Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival

Many of you will notice a change in the name of Texas FlyFishers Annual Fly Tying Festival. At the 2009 17th annual festival, it was proclaimed that henceforth the festival would be known as the Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival as a tribute to Ed for his being the one responsible for getting it started back when.

Now that the "formalities" are out of the way...........

The Festival Details

Ladies and gentlemen, the Texas FlyFishers would like to invite you to attend our 23nd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Bethany Christian Church, located at 3223 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. The hours will be from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.

Charlie at the river
This year's featured guest will be Charlie Craven, owner and president of Charlie’s Fly Box fly shop in Arvada, Colorado. Charlie Craven tied his first fly from a gifted fly tying kit on his eighth birthday. In the days since he has commercially tied flies for most of the shops in the Denver area, as well as many others throughout the Rocky Mountain west. A longtime South Platte River guide, Craven cut his angling teeth on some of the toughest trout in the world. It was these tough fish that prompted him to develop some of his more popular patterns like the Jujubee Midge, Poison Tung and Charlie Boy Hopper.

Charlie at the vice.
Charlie has now been a commercial fly tyer for over thirty years, and in that time has tied flies for nearly every species of game fish in every location on the planet, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rocky Mountain region. Charlie is a Signature Tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is the originator of other popular patterns such as the Jujubaetis, the Ragin’ Craven, Two Bit Hooker and the Double Gonga. Craven was the photographer and fly tyer for Barr Flies (Stackpole 2007) and has now authored two books, Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying (Headwater Books 2008) and Charlie’s Fly Box (Stackpole Books 2010). Craven is also the Fly Tyer’s Bench contributor to Flyfisherman Magazine.

Charlie is a Colorado native and lives in Arvada, Colorado. He has three kids, Charlie, Julie and Jack.

Dr Ed Rizzolo

Dr Ed Rizzolo I started fly tying in New Jersey in Nov. 1944. I started fly fishing in Apr. 1945, and it has been a continuous learning process ever since. I started by fishing the streams in New Jersey, New York, and Maine. I joined the Texas Fly Fishers Club in 1983, and began fishing the Guadalupe River on a regular basis ever since. Areas I like to fish include Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Montana, and Alaska. I have fished at Christmas Island for Bonefish and Trevale. I started the beginners, intermediate, and advanced fly tying classes for the Texas Fly Fishers. I tied flies at the Texas Conclaves, the FFF Southern Conclaves, and the International Sportsman Exposition Fly Tying Video Theatre. It's been a great ride, and I am grateful to still be a part of it. Dr. Ed Rizzolo