March Events

Wednesday, March 20th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Woolly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  Johnson’s SOS Baitfish

Saturday, March 23rd – Fly Fishing the San Marcos River

Presenter:  Marcus Rodriguez of Living Waters Fly Fishing

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

9:00 AM — Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

10:00 AM — Fly Fishing the San Marcos River / Presenter: Marcus Rodriguez

Very few know the San Marcos River as well as our very own Marcus Rodriguez!  He is a San Marcos River guru and he considers the San Marcos his home water – especially now that he lives on its banks!  Come learn how to fish the river yourself and/or see what is in store for you when you book a trip with Marcus on the San Marcos this year!

Wednesday, March 27th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  Johnson’s Camp Robber

April Events

Wednesday, April 3rd – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying. 

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  BC Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

Saturday, April 6th – The History of Fly Fishing

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

10:00 A.M. – History of Fly Fishing / Presenter:  Mike Morphew

Join Mike for a fun morning of learning where fly fishing started and about the tackle used from the 1700 -1800’s.  Take the opportunity to look at touch and feel a selection of antique tackle from Mike’s collection, as well as some flies tied to horsehair which are amazing!  At the end of the presentation Mike will tie a few patterns from that era that he still fishes with.  Yes, they still catch fish!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, April 10th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

Saturday, April 13th – How to Target BIG BASS on the Fly

Guest Presenter:  Bob Pool

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee 

10:00 A.M. –Fly Fishing for BIG Bass / Presenter:  Bob Pool

Bob Pool has a passion for fly fishing for the biggest bass available in any body of water.  He is one of the few local fly anglers that consistently targets these large fish and has positive results.  Bob will show you how to apply his tactics to any body of water, and hopefully land your personal best bass on the fly.  If you want to laugh until your sides hurt and don’t mind catching a bass that can eat a fly pattern the size of a squirrel – then this class is for you!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, April 17th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

Saturday, April 20th – Fly Design Panel with Umpqua Signature Tiers

Presenters:  Matt Bennett, Josh Smitherman, and Chris Johnson

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

10:00 A.M. – Solving Problems through Fly Design

Join three Umpqua Signature Fly Designers Matt, Josh, and Chris as they discuss how they solve fishing difficulties through fly design.  Learn how they determine which materials to use in the tying process, how to properly weight flies, the balance of realism and motion, and so much more!  This class is going to be packed with info and is sure to help you in your own fly design process!  Bring a notebook and a pen!

Fun fact:  All three of these Umpqua Signature Fly Designers are or were part of Living Waters Fly Fishing staff!

Matt Bennett (owner of Fly Geek Custom Flies, www.flygeek.net) got his fly tying start at Living Waters and went on to become a full time, custom fly tier and one of the finest fly tiers that we have ever known!  The shop now stocks a number of his proven patterns for the Texas Hill Country!  Having a hard time catching bass?  Just throw Matt’s Lunch Money at them – problem solved!

Josh Smitherman is an extremely accomplished fly tier and is currently part of the current fly shop staff.  Plain and simple, Josh’s flies catch fish.  Lots of them!  His signature streamer pattern the Sugar Shaker was first tested in Brushy Creek, and with GREAT success we might add!

As for Chris Johnson, everyone actually reading this should know his story by now…

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, April 24th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Woolly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

Saturday, April 27th – Introduction to Fly Fishing

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. — Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

9:30 A.M. — Introduction to Fly Casting
(Traditional and Tenkara)
We’ll be kicking things off with a casting class catered towards beginners. Join us for a clinic on the basic principles of fly casting. Casting traditional and tenkara fly rods will be demonstrated and discussed, with plenty of interactive learning opportunities!

11:00 A.M. — Basic Rigging for the Hill Country
(Traditional and Tenkara)
This presentation will explain the how’s and why’s behind rod, reel, and line selection for fly fishing our local waters. We’ll also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different fly line tapers, and show you the knots you need to get rigged up and ready to fish!

2:00 P.M. — Local Hot Spots – Llano River, San Gabriel River, Brushy Creek, and more!
We did this presentation back in May, and it was a big hit. Come find out where, how, and when to fish our local fishing hot spots. We will be giving a presentation on multiple hill country rivers and will discuss fishing techniques and flies according to each river. After this presentation you can consider yourself to be armed and dangerous from a local fly fishing standpoint! If you’re new to the area, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!

6:00 P.M. — Doors Close

MAY

Wednesday, May 1st – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  BC Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Saturday, May 4th – Brushy Creek One Fly Tournament

NO ENTRY FEE – Just show up for the briefing at 8:15 A.M.

In order to fish in the tournament you must attend the pre-tournament briefing held at 8:15 A.M., just before the start of the event.  The rules aren’t too complicated; however, if you have any questions just call the shop at (512) 828-FISH.  There will be prizes awarded, so fish hard! We look forward to seeing you here!

EVENT SCHEDULE
8:00 A.M. — Tournament Entrant Check-In @ Living Waters Fly Fishing
8:15 A.M. — Pre-Tournament Briefing (Mandatory for Entrants)
8:30 A.M. — Tournament Begins
11:30 A.M. — Tournament Ends
11:45 A.M. — Photo “Weigh In”
12:15 P.M. — Winners Announced/Prizes Awarded
12:30 P.M. – Fish Off (in the event of a tie)

TOURNAMENT RULES:
1. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE BUT YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO FISH THE TOURNAMENT!
2. You must attend the tournament briefing in order to fish the
tournament. — This is essential so that you know boundaries, regulations, and rules.
3. You can fish with only ONE fly during the duration of the tournament.
4. If the single fly is lost and cannot be retrieved, you must leave the water and return to the fly shop for fish species photo review — you may return to the creek to fish after your photo entry if you wish.
5. This will be a multi-species tournament — the winner of the tournament is the individual that catches the most species of fish on a single fly.  Keep this in mind when selecting your fly.
6. A Clear Picture (showing markings, profile, etc…) of the fish will be required at the close of the tournament for proof of species. (BRING YOUR OWN DIGITAL CAMERA)
7. Chris Johnson will be judging all fish species caught at the close of the tournament and can be contacted during the tournament hours for ID questions. Photos in most cases will be able to be seen on the camera/phone screen but if necessary we can download the pictures to a computer for viewing. Bring appropriate, related camera cables if in doubt of your camera’s viewing quality.
8. In the event of a 2-way tie, the two top finishers will compete in a tie breaker of epic proportions!
9. All fish must be caught and released within set boundaries. (To be announced at tournament briefing)
10. Abide by property laws — If it says NO TRESPASSING then DON’T TRESPASS!
11.  Tournament Fishing Hours are from 8:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
12.  Photo “Weigh-In” will be held at 11:45 A.M.  For late “weigh in” arrivals, we will deduct a single species from daily catch per every 5 mins late to “weigh in”.
13.  ALL CONTESTANTS MUST HAVE A VALID TEXAS FISHING LICENSE!

Wednesday, May 8th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Saturday, May 11th – BRUSHY CREEK CLEAN UP & CRAWFISH BOIL

Every spring, we show some love to our home water!  Come join us and do your part to keep Brushy Creek clean!  There will be the annual crawfish boil at the shop, immediately following the clean-up!  Maurice Larimore will be cooking up the mudbugs, so they are going to be fantastic as usual!  There is no charge to join us for the boil if you helped with the clean-up, but donations are appreciated.  If you can’t make the clean-up but want to eat some crawfish with us, please join and just throw a few bucks in the donation jar.  Please, no alcohol on site.

**If you plan on attending, please wear long pants and bring work gloves for the clean-up**

Event Schedule

8:30 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts

8:45 A.M. – Clean Up Briefing/Equipment Distribution/Carpool

9:00 A.M. – Clean Up Begins

1:00 P.M. – Crawfish Boil

3:00 P.M. – Eat More Crawfish

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, May 15th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Thursday, May 16th – Marcus Rodriguez at Austin Fly Fishers

Marcus will be the featured presenter at the Austin Fly Fishers May club meeting.  For more information visit: www.austinflyfishers.com

Saturday, May 18th – Tenkara in Texas

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts

10:00 A.M. – Tenkara Tackle Class / Presenters:  Chris Johnson and Rob Gonzales

Come and learn how to fish simply with Tenkara in Texas!  This class will walk you through the right rods, lines, and tenkara gear that you will need to fish for the Texas Hill Country!  Learn how to rig for success and select the right type of water for tenkara fishing.  The presentation will also cover fly selection, tippet types, and other tips that will give you an edge on the water.  The presentation will conclude with an opportunity to cast each of the Tenkara USA rod models with different types/lengths of line.  Come and learn how to fish simply with Tenkara in Texas!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Sunday, May 19th – Flies and Flames Expo

Living Waters will have a booth at the event and Chris will be a featured presenter as well.  The Austin Fly Anglers 1st Annual Flies and Flames Expo will be held Sunday, May 19th at Star Hill Ranch.  The event will marry the central Texas fly fishing community with great local BBQ, top of the line booth/product displays, fly tying, casting and cooking classes, food sampling, and some local music!  This is a family friendly event.  Kids under 16 are Free!  For more info and tickets visit: www.austinflyanglers.com

Wednesday, May 22nd – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Woolly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Saturday, May 25th – Brushy Creek: A Closer Look

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED – Bring a notebook/pen!

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts

10:00 A.M. – Brushy Creek:  A Closer Look / Presenter:  Chris Johnson

This little creek is and always will be Chris’ home water.  He knows it better than most and will take you a bit deeper into the details of how this tricky little fishery works!  He will be covering locations, patterns, hatches, fish species, techniques, and more!  If you want to learn how to pick Brushy Creek apart and increase your catch rates, then this is one class you will not want to miss!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Tuesday, May 28th – Chris Johnson at Texas Fly Fishers Meeting in Houston

Chris will be giving a presentation on fly fishing the Texas Hill Country at the Texas Fly Fisher’s May club meeting.  For more information visit: www.texasflyfishers.org

Wednesday, May 29th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  BC Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

JUNE 

Saturday, June 1st – SIMMS Product Showcase & Scientific Anglers Line Shootout

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open / Round Rock Donuts / Coffee

10:00 A.M. – Simms Product Showcase / Presenter:  Eric Kraimer

Eric is our local Simms sales rep and is a dear friend of the fly shop.  He will be walking folks through the details of some of Simms newest product lineup!  From boots to sportswear and waders to packs, Eric will cover it!  If you have questions about a Simms product, are preparing for an adventure, or you just would like to know more about the finest gear in the industry, then don’t miss this one!

2:00 P.M. – Scientific Anglers Shootout / Presenter:  Chris Johnson

Chris is part of SA’s Pro Team, but really when it comes down to it, he’s a fly line nerd.  If you want to know what separates Scientific Anglers from all of the other brands on the market and/or need help selecting the right fly line for your next fly fishing excursion, this presentation is for you!  The class will conclude with the opportunity to cast a wide array of SA lines, so that you can actually FEEL the difference!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, June 5th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Wednesday, June 12th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Wednesday, June 19th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Woolly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly: TBD

Saturday, June 22nd – Living Waters’ 11th Year Anniversary Party

It been 11 years y’all!!!  Come join us Saturday, June 22nd for our 11th Year Anniversary as your local fly shop!  Doors open at 9:00 A.M. with Round Rock Donuts/Coffee!  There will be a special prize drawing at the close of the day as well – details below.  Chris’ dad will have the smoker going and a FREE BBQ lunch will be served at 12:00 P.M. — If you have had Chris’ dad’s BBQ before, you know it will draw a crowd so get here early!

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts

12:00 P.M. – BBQ Lunch is Served

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Prize Drawing Ends
11th YEAR ANNIVERSARY PRIZE DRAWING
Here’s the prize drawing works: Every customer that walks through our doors gets a free raffle ticket to place in the prize drawing of their choice, and for every $10 that you spend in the shop on June 22nd, you get an additional ticket to place in the drawing of your choice! We will draw the winning tickets at 6 P.M. after we close.  You DO NOT have to be present to win!  Come see us Saturday, June 22nd to help us celebrate 11 years as a fly shop, and possibly win big too!  We look forward to seeing you all at the event!  Call the shop at (512) 828-3474 if you have any questions about the event.

Wednesday, June 26th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  BC Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Saturday, June 29th – Introduction to Fly Fishing

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. — Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

9:30 A.M. — Introduction to Fly Casting
(Traditional and Tenkara)
We’ll be kicking things off with a casting class catered towards beginners. Join us for a clinic on the basic principles of fly casting. Casting traditional and tenkara fly rods will be demonstrated and discussed, with plenty of interactive learning opportunities!

11:00 A.M. — Basic Rigging for the Hill Country
(Traditional and Tenkara)
This presentation will explain the how’s and why’s behind rod, reel, and line selection for fly fishing our local waters. We’ll also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different fly line tapers, and show you the knots you need to get rigged up and ready to fish!

2:00 P.M. — Local Hot Spots – Llano River, San Gabriel River, Brushy Creek, and more!
We did this presentation back in May, and it was a big hit. Come find out where, how, and when to fish our local fishing hot spots. We will be giving a presentation on multiple hill country rivers and will discuss fishing techniques and flies according to each river. After this presentation you can consider yourself to be armed and dangerous from a local fly fishing standpoint! If you’re new to the area, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!

6:00 P.M. — Doors Close