Anglers grab your gear and get ready!
The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will celebrate the sport of fly-fishing through their Fly-Fish Texas event, to be held on March 12.
Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., fly-fishers, ranging from beginner to expert, can enjoy instructional exhibitions and classes designed to learn new skills, or improve upon their existing know-how.
The event is geared to increase the public’s awareness about the often-overlooked sport.
In a recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Press Release, Steve Hollensed, fly-fishing instructor, tells some of the advantages of the sport.
“One of the most fulfilling things you can do is catch a fish on a fly you have tied,” he said. “Fly-fishing removes a lot of the high-tech aids in catching fish. There is more of a direct connection between the fish and the angler.”
Food and refreshment vendors will be on-hand at the Fisheries Center to help make Fly-Fish Texas an all-day event. Also present will be vendors selling gear, rods, kayaks and apparel for enthusiasts that want to get started right away.
According to a TPWD press release, “In one day the complete beginner can learn to tie a fly, cast that fly, and catch a fish with it.”
For the more experienced fly-fishing angler, classes will break down the sport, and will focus on fine-tuning existing skills.
Attendees can expect to learn about solving casting problems, how to set up tackle, choosing the right gear and more. Also on hand will be experienced fly-fishers who will offer instruction on making flies.
All activities and classes are included with paid admission to the event. Adults are $5.50 and children are admitted for $4.50.
For the beginners’ classes, gear is provided at the event.
For more advanced classes, attendees will need to bring their own equipment.
For questions about Fly-Fish Texas, please contact Larry Hodge at the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center at 903-670-2255.