Texas Fly Fishing Expo 2016 Headliners

Matt Bennett is a full-time commercial fly tyer and the owner of Fly Geek Custom Flies. While having a varied interest in many different types of fly fishing, Matt most enjoys both tying flies and fishing for the native bass species of the Texas Hill Country, and most of his flies were created to fool these specific quarry. However, most of Matt’s patterns have a broad universal appeal to fish species all over and he very much enjoys sharing his tying and fishing knowledge with others. Matt is a member of the Umpqua Feather Merchants Signature Fly Designer program and his initial pattern, Bennett’s Lunch $, is starting to show up in fly shops all over the country. Matt currently serves as the President of the Austin Fly Fishers, and was awarded the 2015 Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award by the International Federation of Fly Fishers

Pat Cohen Cohen “found” fly fishing in 2008. He fell in love with fly tying in 2009 and since 2012 has been a full time commercial tyer, fly, material and tool designer. He runs an internet based business called Super Fly, www.rusuperfly.com. Pat is a warm water fanatic, specializing in smallmouth, largemouth, pike and carp on the fly. Pat travels all over the country teaching fly tying classes and doing presentations on warm water fly fishing techniques.

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.

Kyle Hand After about 25 years of tying flies for someone else, Kyle decided he needed to expand his horizons. Yes, he took the deep dive and started tying Classic Salmon flies. Since then he have also started tying Classic bass flies, wet flies and Rangeley style streamers. It is a continuing education. Kyle also got into dyeing his own materials and soon hope to get into making his own hooks. Kyle lives in Ft. Worth, TX with Susan, his wife of 35 years. They have two daughters and their families that live there as well and 5 grandchildren ranging from ages 13 to 2. Kyle recently retired from the BNSF Railroad so he’s adjusting to that life and hopefully can find more time for tying, fishing and learning the bass guitar.

Fred Hannie Internationally renowned realistic fly tier and author. 2014 GCC fly tier of the year. Fred’s flies have been featured in numerous magazines including the cover of Fly Tyer magazine. Authored his first book “Fly Tying with Monofilament ” in 2015 . Fred conducts fly tying workshops , teaching his style of tying across the south. A pro staff tier for Deer Creek, Togens hooks ,On The Vise and many more. Also a member of the IFFF Fly Tying Group.

Russell Husted is the current President of the Texas Council IFFF, and past President of the Fort Worth Fly Fishers. Russell spends most of his spare time fishing Texas Rivers and targets BIG Bass. He is an avid fly tier, focusing on simple patterns that are proven to do the trick. Russell loves urban bass fishing and enjoys spending time doing seminars and working with the youth.

Mike Morphew has been fly fishing for trout, salmon and saltwater fish for over 50 years. He tied his first fly aged 13, caught a trout on it and was “hooked”. He has been fascinated with tying “ultra-realistic” insects for 15 years. In 2003 he was asked to create a salmon fly display for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne. All of his flies and realistic imitations are hand tied and mounted for the best presentation. Mike lives in Smithville, Texas and is on the board of the Austin Fly Fishers Club.

Jen Ripple Bio Coming Soon!