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Texas Council Expo / Women’s Breakfast

July 31, 2016 General News No Comments


Put this date on your calendar. September the 10th at 8am. At the Texas Council Expo, we again will have an incredible women’s breakfast, that this year will be highlighted by two amazing women in the sport of fly fishing!!! The breakfast will be a catered event, and a must attend event.  There will be presentations from these two special guests that you will not want to miss. Come and meet some new friends, and catch up on the latest activities that fly fishing has to offer.

Reservations can be made by registering at

If you make it into town early, or already live here, please join us Thursday night at Oak Grove Park on the banks of Lake Grapevine, for a welcoming cookout. Come meet the staff, vendors, and early guests as we watch the sun go down while watching the IF4 Film show. This film has not been seen anywhere in Texas, and will make it’s only showing here at the Expo. Tickets can also be bought on line, or simply support the event through a donation the night of the event

Here is some information about our two special guests that will be hosting the women’s breakfast. They will also be seen giving presentations on both Friday and Saturday, or may be seen down at the park helping with the first class casting programs. Check the expo schedule for times on all events.

Jen Ripple is the Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine.  When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing and devoting her 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.


Molly Semenik was born and raised in Michigan. She fondly recalls the day when, at the age of fourteen, her father presented her with his prized Orvis bamboo rod. When Semenik moved to Utah in 1979, she brought the rod along and spent the next several years fly fishing in western fresh water. She eventually ventured into saltwater angling.

A career in fly fishing started with her move to Montana in 2000. By the following year, Semenik accomplished three major goals: she was a Federation of Fly Fishers certified fly-casting instructor, she received her Montana guide license, and she founded Tie the Knot Fly Fishing. Tie the Knot includes guided fly fishing on the Yellowstone River and local spring creeks, as well as instruction and fly-fishing destination trips for women. Semenik specializes in introducing women to the sport in a fun, professional, and encouraging way; she believes that “when a woman can tie her own knot, she has started down the path of independence.”

Not willing to simply rely on her earlier accomplishments, Semenik became a Federation of Fly Fishers master fly-casting instructor in 2006, cofounded the Yellowstone Fly Fishing School with Matt Wilhelm in 2006, and two years later became a certified outfitter in the state of Montana. She was elected to the Casting Board of Governors of the Federation of Fly Fishers in 2010.

Semenik and her family live in Livingston, Montana. She has been guiding for eleven years and is busy teaching, sharing, and fishing throughout the country.


Make your plans now to attend. Slots are filling up as we speak.

Thanks and see you there!!

Expo Team

Oktoberfisch 2016 October 14, 15, 16

July 25, 2016 General News No Comments



Always the best outing of the year. The annual Oktoberfisch. Bigger and better this year!!!!!


Three months and closing! Have you made your plans to attend! A great new site and great activities: Classes, Vendors, Auctions, Food, Fishing!
The RV sites are filling up fast, so call now for your reservation at South Llano RV Park in Junction (325) 446-3388.
You now can register and pay online for Oktoberfisch at

Texas Council Expo Friday Night BBQ with Kelly Galloup

July 10, 2016 General News No Comments

Texas Council Expo goers, please join us Friday Night September the 9th as we have a great night with some Hard Eight Texas style BBQ, and Kelly Galloup, Mr. Streamer talk to us about fishing BIG streamers for trout, or all BIG Fish predators!!

Kelly Galloup Kelly started his fly fishing career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He started guiding at the age of 16 and still manages to run a couple trips a year. Kelly owned and operated The Troutsman fly shop and guide service in Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman in 2001, and purchased The Slide Inn lodge on the banks of the Madison River in southwest Montana. Kelly has written two books:  Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout and Cripples and Spinners, and has numerous DVD’s on tying and fishing. In 2003 Kelly received the living legend award from the FFF, and was awarded the Charles E Brooks memorial life award in 2007. He has over fifty nationally recognized fly patterns that are sold worldwide, and is currently a signature tier for Montana Fly Company. He is also a rod and line designer for St Croix rods and Airflo fly lines. Kelly has been published in every major fly fishing periodical in the U.S., and is one of the Editors at large for Fly Fisherman magazine. Kelly is also the host of Fly Fish TV with Kelly Galloup . As one of the most sought after speakers in the country, Kelly spends much of his winter months speaking for clubs and Sports shows across the country.

Register NOW for the dinner and time with Kelly Galloup. Simply go to and sign up. This dinner will fill up fast so don’t wait to the last minute. Great Texas BBQ under the stars with refreshments and Kelly Galloup!!!

See you there


Kayak raffle and Demo Day at Lake Grapevine!!

July 7, 2016 General News 2 Comments


Texas Council Expo members. here is this years Kayak for this years BIG Kayak Raffle. You could win this kayak for only $20!!!! Register here if you would like to participate!!!

Also pay close attention to our website as we announce all of the manufacturers who will be demoing kayaks on the shores of Lake Grapevine. Once finished at the kayak demo day, take a shuttle over to the convention center and enjoy the Fly Fishing Expo. Stay a little later and enjoy the BIG Live Auction.





On Saturday September 10th the folks from Mariner Sails along with reps, pro staffers, and ambassadors from approximately 10 kayak manufacturers will have an on the water demo day at Lake Grapevine. We will have representation from Native Watercraft, Hobie, Wilderness Systems, Nu Canoe, and many others.

Anyone who is remotely interested in buying a kayak is encouraged to attend. There will be a large number of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and maybe a sailing kayak or two on hand for you to hop in the driver’s seat and take for a test drive. This is a FREE event in conjunction with the Texas Council Fly Fishing Expo.

The hours are 9 AM to 2 PM at Oak Grove Park on Lake Grapevine.



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