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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.

Trout Stream Trashing Hurting Access in VA

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Recently Virginia anglers lost access to another long stretch of trout stream. This is not the first time landowners have posted their land to keep fishermen out. This is a continuing situation that seems to be accelerating with more and more access being denied to the public. Much of our trout streams run through private property and depends on landowner agreement to allow the public on their land for the purpose of fishing.

Without the agreement, VDGIF will not stock those portions of stream with trout. The trout are a public resource and can only be stocked where the public have free access to the fish. So why would landowners want to keep people just out for a relaxing afternoon of fishing off their property? Quite simply in almost every case it's because of the trash left behind. Landowners are tired of cleaning up after folks that have little respect for the landowner and his property. Whether it's the fishermen leaving behind their lunch trash or someone else dumping their tires or household trash over the stream embankment, it's often the fishermen that get the blame.

 If you would like to keep your access to your favorite trout fishing spots it's time you start cleaning up after yourself and others that thoughtlessly leave their mess behind. If you can carry your lunch and snacks to the stream, you can carry the empty wrappers and containers out with you. And if you stop to pick up other trash, it will go a long way in keeping access to your favorite fishing holes.

Recently a group of volunteers and VDGIF personnel cleaned up a section of Mill and Stony Creeks in Shenandoah County in the hopes of regaining a recently lost section of stream access. This is not something that is a normal part of the trout stocking program, so don't depend on this activity to clean up after you all the time. The hard working crew of 11 volunteers, four VDGIF personnel and a County Deputy pulled an unbelievable 2,800 pounds of trash from a short section of Mill Creek that was taken to the landfill by a dump truck provided by Cabin Hill Homes LLC.

Approximately 1,500 pounds of trash was hauled away from Stony Creek by 30-40 volunteers and three VDGIF personnel and taken to the landfill by Bushong Excavating and several volunteers with their personal trucks. This time the hard work paid off and these caring people helped obtain verbal commitments from two landowners to return their properties to the Mill Creek trout steam public access. One of these landowners had their property off the access list for about 10 years. 

Virginia Does It Right For Dad’s Day

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The Fishing Wire reports that just in time for Father’s Day Weekend, a special event is planned for Big Tumbling Creek located at the Clinch Mountain Fee Fishing Area for June 13, 15, 17, & 18. A special brook trout stocking to include more than 500 trophy sized trout stocked throughout the week, will test the skills of anglers of all ages. Two barrier-free trails are now open for limited mobility anglers. A daily permit ($8) is required of anglers; however, children 12 and under may fish without a permit as long as they are accompanied by a permitted adult and their combined creel does not exceed that of the adult (6 trout). Additional information may be found by contacting the DGIF Marion Regional Office (276-783-486