Troutfest TX 2018 – Speakers

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The Troutfest Texas 2018 Committee is thrilled to announce our impressive array of fly fishing experts from all over the country already committed to TFT 2018. All presentations are held in the Speakers Tent.

Chris Wood – CEO, Trout Unlimited – Banquet Keynote

Before coming to Trout Unlimited in September 2001, Chris Wood served as the senior policy and communications advisor to the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service where he helped protect 58 million acres of publicly owned land. Chris began his career as a temporary employee with the Forest Service in Idaho and also worked for the Fish and Wildlife program of the Bureau of Land Management. He is the author and co-author of numerous papers and articles and three books including, Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices (AFS 1997), From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy (Island Press, 2003), and My Healthy Stream: A handbook for streamside owners (TU and Aldo Leopold Foundation, 2013).


Flip Pallot – Fisherman, Guide, Television Personality, IGFA Hall of Fame Angler

• Saturday – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: “Be Careful What You Wish For” – A discussion about angling dreams.

Flip Pallot was born and raised in South Florida. An avid outdoorsman for as long as he could remember, Flip began his career as a banker, for “way to long” according to him. After finding the courage to leave the corporate world, Flip began his second career as a fishing and hunting guide. After 12 years Flip moved to television producing, bringing his life’s fishing travels to the small screen for us to enjoy. He is best known for bringing us the Walkers Cay Chronicles, which aired for 16 seasons on ESPN and as a founder of Hell’s Bay Boatworks. His keen sense for storytelling and bringing to life the best part of fishing adventures has continued with teaching instructional classes and writing books on Fly Fishing. Flip currently lives in Mims, FL . Flip was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame in 2015.


Daniel Galhardo – Founder, Tenkara USA

2 Presentations – Topics:
• Saturday – 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Tenkara history, gear, and techniques.
• Sunday – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – In-Depth Tenkara

In 2007, Daniel Galhardo discovered a method of fishing called tenkara existed in Japan. After visiting Japan he fell in love with the method’s uncomplicated nature and decided others needed to learn about it. So, Daniel set out to create a business to introduce tenkara outside of Japan by putting tenkara gear in the hands of people. In March of 2009, a month before Tenkara USA officially “opened doors”, Daniel left his successful career in international banking to dedicate himself full-time to creating Tenkara USA.

Jen Ripple – Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine; Principal at Fly Squared Media.

2 Presentations:
• Sunday – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Smallmouth Bass on the Fly
• Sunday – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM –
History of Women in Fly Fishing

Jen Ripple grew up on a small private lake in Wisconsin. Spending all of her formidable days diving the waters of the Midwest, it is no wonder she bleeds water. Currently, she is the Principal of Fly Squared Media, a company that publishes a number of magazines in the outdoor industry with an emphasis on the fly fishing lifestyle. She is most known as the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of DUN Magazine, the international women’s fly fishing magazine. In addition to these positions, she is a member of the Board of Directors for Fly Fishers International. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing through speaking engagements nationwide and teaching fly casting and fly tying clinics. She is an avid conservationist, who devotes her free time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.

Chris Johnson – Living Waters Fly Shop, Round Rock, TX

3 Presentations:
• Saturday -10:00 AM – 11:00 AM– Fly Fishing the Republic of Texas
• Saturday – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River
• Sunday -11:00 AM – 12:00 PM– Fly Fishing the Republic of Texas

Chris is the owner and founder of Living Waters Fly Fishing, a fly shop and guide service based out of Round Rock, Texas. He has guided the Texas Hill Country for over a decade, and has fly fished the heart of the state for nearly 20 years. Chris has been a licensed guide in Texas, Oklahoma, and Alaska. Chris is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor, Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, Tenkara USA Guide, and TPWD Angler Educator. He is also a member of Whiting Farms, Scott Fly Rods, and Scientific Anglers Pro Team. Chris is dedicated to sharing his passion for the sport and investing in the next generation of fly anglers. He often is a featured presenter/fly tier at fly fishing, outdoor, and community events throughout the state. Chris and his shop have also been featured in several outdoor publications including Trout magazine, Garden and Gun, and Tenkara Magazine. Chris was also awarded the 2014 Man of the Year from the IFFF Texas Council and in the same year, Living Waters was the recipient of the IFFF’s prestigious Lee Wulff Award. In addition to fly fishing, Chris is passionate about film and photography. He co-produced the short film “Unspoken,” in an effort to raise awareness for Rio Grande Cutthroat trout conservation. As a result, Living Waters is working with Trout Unlimited as a Gold Level endorsed TU Business to restore Rio Grande Cutthroat across their native range. Chris is happily married to his wife Emily and together they enjoy running the fly shop, fly fishing the world, and raising their daughter Lydia in the sport.

Duane Redford – Professional Guide & Author

3 Presentations:
• Saturday – 9:00 AM -10:00 AM – The Dance- Landing Trout on a Fly Rod
• Sunday – 9:00 AM -10:00 AM – Hidden in Plain
View, Recognizing the Obvious, Exploiting the Obscure
• Sunday – 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Mastering Technical Water

Duane spends the majority of his days guiding on the South Platte River near Deckers, Colorado and on the Eagle River near Minturn, Colorado. He began his fly fishing career fishing the Rocky Mountain West, and has been toting a fly rod for better than four decades.

His latest presentation: The Dance- Landing Trout on a Fly Rod- digs into the statistical information as why and how people lose hooked fish, and provides dozens of skills and tactics to prevent losses. This enjoyable presentation will make you stop and think before you cast and drift that next fly. Don’t miss it!

Noah Parker- Land of Enchantment Guides

2 Presentations:
• Saturday – 12:00 AM -1:00 PM – Sharpening Your Fly Fishing Skills
• Sunday – 10:00 AM -11:00 AM – A Few More Fly Fishing Skills

Noah started fishing at very early age with his father on many of the classic trout streams in the Catskills and New England. During his youth he often fished with family friends Ernie Schwiebert and Arnold Gingrich, both of whom inspired his love of fly fishing. At about ten years old, Noah also started tying flies and selling them to make extra money. A great influence on his early fly tying endeavors were Harry and Elsie Darby who encouraged and helped him to learn the craft. In his early twenties, Noah’s love of the water and all things involving fishing led him to a career as a commercial fisherman. Working off the coast of New England, he ran his own boats fishing for lobster, cod and bluefin tuna (see the picture to the left of Shane & Noah). After over twenty years on the ocean, he has gone back, full time, to his first love of fly fishing and fly-tying. Noah moved with his family to northern New Mexico in 2004, where he has been fishing and guiding ever since.