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Cherokee Classic 2016

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    The 2nd Annual Casting for Hope Cherokee Classic held in June was a big success.  The Cherokee Tribe’s fish and wildlife division graciously donated $6,000 to Casting for Hope as the prize money for the top three teams in the field of 16 two-person squads.  It was an outstanding day of being on the water fishing for a cause.  The top prize winners were Patrick Clark and Ricky Ozmar, taking home $3,000; Scott Enloe and Cherokee’s own Michael Bradley, taking home $2,000; and Casting for Hope’s co-founders John Zimmerman and Taylor Sharp taking a 3rd place, donating their $1,000 in prize money back to the Casting for Hope programming funds. 

                John and Taylor started Casting for Hope back in 2011 after they fished together in a one-day competition on the Davidson River, hosted by Davidson River Outfitters to support Casting for Recovery.  Blending their skill sets of seeing potential and starting new programs. Their first Casting for Hope tournament was November 2011.  One of the favorite parts of the Cherokee Classic this year was the new faces in the lineup. The father-son team of the Garretts used the tournament as their Father’s Day weekend centerpiece and Mike Kinner who “had the time of his life” and is already eager for the next Casting for Hope competition.

Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival in Dallas

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Beau Beasley, director of the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival has announced the next March (11-12) the 1st Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival (TFFF). The venue is the Plano Center, located miles north of Dallas.  

“We are thrilled that the TFFF chose Plano,” said Mark Thompson, Director of Visit Plano. ”This unique event is a first for Plano and should attract attendees from all over the region. We look forward to helping Beau and his team make this another signature event for Plano.”

Dallas-based fly rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation are early sponsors of the festival. “The region has been waiting for an event just like this one–for a new approach to fly fishing,” said TFO owner Rick Pope.

The TFFF will feature lectures and classes throughout the weekend on techniques and tactics for novices and advanced casters alike, exotic fishing locales, fishing etiquette, and much more. Also offered are free Women-Only Casting Classes as well as one-on-one instruction in basic knot-tying skills. Attendees can sit down at the vise for hands-on fly-tying instruction from members of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.  Experienced anglers may considered enrolling in more advanced distance-casting or Spey-casting classes with expert specialized instructors. Fly fishing icon Lefty Kreh will speak as well.

 “Fly fishing is easy, affordable, family-friendly, and fun,” says Beasley. “Our Texas festival is in Plano–that’s within easy driving distance of eight million people. Think of what fishing together can do for family life.”

For more, visit www.txflyfishingfestival.org or call 703-402-8338.