Casting Instructors
Troutfest 2017


Dayle Mazzarella

Dayle Mazzarella has 44 years experience as a highly successful and award winning teacher, coach, and teacher trainer. He is an International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor and a member of the Federation’s Guide Association.


Dayle has successfully presented many fly casting clinics to large and small groups of varying casting abilities across the United States. He has been guiding fly fishing trips in Wyoming for the past twenty-five years, and currently guides fly fishing trips in Western Wyoming from June through September.

Dayle spends his Winters and Springs fishing Tampa Bay and he has fished in Baja, Alaska, South America, New Zealand, and the Bahamas.

Gary Davison

Gary Davison (Gulf Coast Spey LLC) is a regional representative for Ballistic Spey & Single Hand Fly Lines. Has been involved in instructing single- and double-handed casting for over 10 years. Gary is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor who has had the honor of learning and teaching fly-casting with some of the best in the field which include Mr. Al Crise MCI, Mr. Lee Davison MCI, THCI, Mr. Steve Hollensed MCI & Mr. Dayle Mazzarella MCI.


Gary is associated with The OL Al’s CI study group that assists IFFF candidates in their certification journey.  Gary is an avid fisherman with a passion for fly-casting and is especially interested in those techniques that trend toward adaptation of Spey Casting to the Gulf Coast area for both single and double-handed presentation. Gary is a member of the Montgomery County Fly Fishers Club in Spring TX, Texas Fly Fishers Club in Houston TX, Woodlands Anglers in Woodlands TX, and is a member of the GRTU chapter.

Jim Bass

Jim started fly casting in 1948 at the age of 11. When in Junior high he started tournament casting and continued until now. At age 17 he attended the ACA national tournament and qualified to be a member of the All American Casting Team.


After marriage and job he drifted away from casting in 2002 and moved back to north Texas and started the trail to IFFF Certification under a master casting instructor Mr. Al Crise, got his certified instructors card in 2007 and have been teaching about 12 years. Have been at trout fest for about 8 years teaching. He loves seeing people learn and then go out and catch fish which is what trout fest is all about.

Mike Wright

Mike has been a IFFF certified casting instructor since 1998.  He has fly fished for more than 50 years in many places including Idaho, Montana, Eastern and Western
Sierras and Southern California.  He was principal fly fishing instructor for
Bass Pro in Rancho Cucamonga for more than 5 years that included fly casting
and introduction to fly fishing.


He taught fly casting at many fly fishing clubs in southern California and at University of California San Bernadino. He currently lives in Seguin Texas and is a member of the New Braunfels Fly Fishers IFFF fishing club. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 GRTU Troutfest.

Rob Gonzalez

Rob Gonzalez is an avid fly tyer and Tenkara angler from the Central Texas Hill Country. For the past few years, he’s been at the forefront of promoting Tenkara statewide. In 2016 he was awarded the IFFF Texas Council “Educator of the Year Award” for his contributions in introducing Tenkara in Texas. He’s passionate about the simplicity that Tenkara fly fishing offers and enjoys sharing that with the fly fishing community. Join him at: