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Filtering by Tag: flyfishing

Featured Fly: Adult Crane Fly

leah kirk

This time of year the crane fly often is overlooked by southern fly fishers. In many streams it a key source of food for trout.  Crane flies, both in their larval form and their adult form, can be very abundant. On southern freestone and tailwater rivers, crane fly larvae and adults are relished by trout, especially larger meat conscious trout.

Hook:                    Daiichi 1260 size 6-10

Thread:                UTC 140

Amdomen:         Tan Antron

Foam Body:        2mm Tan Foam

Underwing:        White FluoroFiber

Overwing:           Deer Hair

Legs:                      Pheasant Tail Fibers, Brown Rubber

Hackle:                 Whiting Grizzly Saddle Hackle

Inaugural Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival in Dallas

leah kirk

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 or call 703-402-8338.

Cohutta Fishing Company's 2nd Southern Bassapalooza

leah kirk

Cohutta Fishing Company's 2nd Annual Southern Bassapalooza fly tourney is June 25, 2016, in Georgia. I suppose if you catch a trout at this event you will raise a few eyebrows, as the event is focused on striperXwhite bass hybrids, white bass, spotted bass, shoal bass, and of course the local favorite, Mr. Largemouth Bass.

Tournament competitors can fish any river within a 60 mile radius of Cohutta Fishing Company. Participants may not fish lakes or ponds. It’s a catch and release only competition; all fish must be handled in a sportsman like manner. The entry fee is $150 per team. Each team must consist of 2 anglers, and must possess a photo capable phone. Each teammate must fish from the same vessel. (i.e. jet boat, Jon Boat, drift boat, Canoe, etc.)

Only fly fishing equipment may only be used and or possessed by participants during the contest. Only artificial flies only can be used; no conventional tackle—no scented or soft plastic 'fluke' style of lure can be used or in the possession of any participant during the contest. To enter a fish for judging, participants must submit a picture of the angler holding the fish. A second picture must be taken with the fish lying on the measuring device with the tournament credential card and length clearly visible. Fish must be measured to the nearest quarter inch mark, participants must send the judges their estimated score for approval for each fish.

Tournament begins at daylight on June 25, 2016. Participating fly fishermen will meet at Floyds Landing at 5 p.m. for the awards ceremony. Contact Cohutta Fishing Company for more 770- 606-1100.