As our May 2 guest speaker, Fort Worth Fly Fishers welcomes Austin-based Matt Bennett, a full-time commercial fly tyer and the owner of Fly Geek Custom Flies. While interested in many different types of fly fishing, Matt most enjoys tying flies and fishing for the native bass species of the Texas Hill Country. Most of his flies were created to fool these fish, but Matt’s patterns can 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 $ (Lunch Money), is available in fly shops all over the country. Matt currently serves as the president of the Austin Fly Fishers, the vice president of the Texas Council IFFF and was awarded the 2015 Charles E. Brooks Memorial Award by the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Matt lives in Austin with his wife, Amanda, and Welsh Corgi, Winston. You can view more of his work at his website, flygeek.net or on Instagram @flygeekmatt.
In addition to speaking to our May 2 meeting Matt is hosting a tying session starting at 1 p.m. the same day at Backwoods, . If you would like to attend please email Adam at Fortworthflyfishers@gmail.com. All materials to tie are included. Bring your vise, tools, and thread. The fee is $80 for a 4-hour class that will focus on Matt’s most successful Texas patterns. Limited spots available, first come first serve.