Troutfest TX 2019 – Casting Instructors
The Troutfest Texas 2019 Committee is thrilled to announce our impressive array of fly fishing experts from all over the country already committed to TFTX 19.
Stacy Lynn – FFI Certified Casting Instructor
The sport of Fly Fishing has been central in Stacy’s life since 1995. Stacy has worked in Central Texas’ best fly shops since that time and is an avid saltwater and freshwater angler. She is a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of Joan Wulff’s Fly Fishing Instructor’s School. She is an active supporter and member of many of the Texas fly fishing clubs and related organizations. She is a volunteer Instructor for Texas’ Casting for Recovery program – a weekend fly fishing retreat for women surviving breast cancer – and has been a co-organizer for the Lydia Ann Fly Master’s saltwater fly fishing tournament benefiting CfR. She has been a feature speaker, demonstrator and instructor at numerous events including The Fly Fishing Show, The Shallow Water Show, Fly Fish Texas, Flat Out Fishing!, TPWD Expo, Oktoberfisch, the Houston Fishing Show, and several FFF Conclaves/Fairs. Stacy is the General Manager of Bayou City Angler, the only full-service fly fishing specialty shop in Houston, Texas. Her favorite fly fishing endeavor to date is sight casting in saltwater, and her instruction specialty is conducting casting diagnostics and helping fly casters prepare for the challenging and exciting Saltwater Fly Fishing experience.
Mike Wright – FFI Certified Casting Instructor Since 1998
Mike has been a FFI 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 FFI fishing club. He’s looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2017 GRTU Troutfest.
Jeff Ferguson – FFI Master Certified Casting Instructor
My fly fishing began in the early 60’s fishing the South Louisiana marshes for bass and bream. Santa Claus delivered a fly rod that sat on the shelf for many years because working got in the way. Many years later, I noticed my fly rod all dusty and neglected. I attended a fly fishing conclave and met a Master Casting Instructor and have been casting several times a day for the last five years. I became a CCI in 2013 and an MCI in 2016. Now I chase massive schools of redfish far back in the Louisiana marshes. My current goal is winter wade fishing for trophy speckled sea trout with a two handed rod.
Jim Bass – FFI Certified Casting Instructor
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 FFI 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.
Gary Davison – FFI Certified Casting Instructor Gulf Coast Spey LLC
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 FFI 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 FFI 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.
Dayle Mazzarella – FFI Master Certified Casting Instructor
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.