January Events

Saturday, January 27th – INTRO TO FLY FISHING CLASS

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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

9:30 AM — 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 AM — 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 PM — 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 PM — Doors Close

Wednesday, January 31st – FLY TYING NIGHT
Thanks to our new location, we now have room for everyone at our Fly Tying Nights!  We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct groups – 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.

Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  Craven’s Dirty Hippy  

February Events

Saturday, February 3rd – Pat Dorsey at Living Waters

Pat is a dear friend of Living Waters and he will be joining us for a day of tailwater teaching and tying!  Bring a notebook and a pen!

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

10:00 AM — Tips to Catch More Trout / Presenter: Pat Dorsey

Pat knows trout better than most.  Come and learn tricks that you can apply to trout water everywhere!  From tailwater tactics to freestone, western streams, Pat will help you put a few more tools in your trout fishing toolbox!

2:00 PM — Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies / Presenter: Pat Dorsey

Watch Pat tie some of his signature tailwater favorites and learn how he fishes them.  Pat’s patterns catch the fire out of trout all over the country, including the Guadalupe!  We will have everything projected on the big screen, so that every seat in the shop is a good one!

6:00 PM – Doors Close

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A native of Colorado, Pat Dorsey has been guiding for over 25 years. Pat Dorsey spends approximately two hundred days a year on the water, a combination of guiding customers, hosting trips, and personal days on the water.

Pat Dorsey is the head guide and co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop in Evergreen, Colorado. He oversees and trains more than 25 guides, setting the standard for integrity and professionalism in the Blue Quill Angler guide operation. Dorsey also, maintains an online stream report that monitors stream flows and conditions for the Blue, Colorado, South Platte (Cheesman, Deckers, Spinney Mountain Ranch, and Elevenmile Canyon), North Fork of the South Platte, and Williams Fork rivers.

Pat Dorsey is a Simms Ambassador, a member of the Sage Elite Pro Team, Fishpond Ambassador, Orvis Pro Team Member, Yeti Pro staff, and Scientific Anglers pro staff. Pat Dorsey is the Southwest Field Editor for Fly Fisherman Magazine.

In 2005, Pat authored the book, A Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte River, a complete how-to fly fishing manual for the entire South Platte River drainage. It encompasses a thorough look at each section of the river detailing the hatches and recommended fly patterns for each of the four seasons of the year.

In 2009 Pat Dorsey authored Fly Fishing Tailwaters, a comprehensive book on how to fish tailwater fisheries. In 2010 a companion book to Fly Fishing Tailwaters hit the shelves, Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies, which is jam-packed with how to tie Pat Dorsey’s favorite “guide flies”. This book includes 500 step-by-step tutorials, as well as, helpful tips and illustrations on how to rig and fish them. His latest book is Colorado Guide Flies, which was released in 2015.  It features tips from the state’s best guides and includes approximately 600 proven guide flies with recipes.

Pat Dorsey is an accomplished fly tier and has originated a number of very effective patterns such as the Mercury series, UV scud, Limeade, Cherry-Limeade, Paper Tiger, Top Secret Midge, Medallion Midge and the famed Black Beauty. Although Pat Dorsey no longer has the time to tie flies commercially, he once produced over 28,000 flies in a year. He is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. His signature flies are available at the Blue Quill Angler and other specialty fly shop throughout the United States. Pat Dorsey is also a Pro Team Member for Whiting Farms. Many of his flies incorporate Whiting Farm products.

Pat Dorsey is a nationally known speaker. He travels the United States sharing his passion for fly fishing at trade shows and private fishing clubs. He is a Celebrity Speaker for the International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver and is very active in Trout Unlimited and the conservation of cold-water fisheries.

Pat Dorsey is the proud father of three wonderful boys, Forrest, Zach, and Hunter. He is also blessed with two step children, Nicole and Michael Richardson. They, like their dad, enjoy fly fishing. His wife, Kim, is an avid angler and often appears with Pat at trade shows and other speaking engagements. Kim and Pat Dorsey, also, host a yearly trip to Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge each September and Rio Manso Lodge each December (Patagonia) with a group of his clients.

Monday, February 5th – Pat Dorsey at Waco Fly Fishing Club in Waco, TX

We will be carting Pat up to Waco for his presentation at the Waco Fly Fishing Club.  More info about the club can be found at http://wacoflyfishingclub.org/

Tuesday, February 6th – Pat Dorsey at the San Gabriel Fly Fishers in Georgetown, TX

Pat will have a busy roster while he is here, and his final stop will be at the San Gabriel Fly Fishers for their monthly meeting.  We’ll be there and so should you!  More info about the club can be found at www.sgflyfishers.com

Wednesday, February 7th – FLY TYING NIGHT
Thanks to our new location, we now have room for everyone at our Fly Tying Nights!  We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct groups – 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.

Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly: Bennett’s Lunch Money  

Saturday, February 10th – Trout Tactics

Learn how to target trout on the Guadalupe River from top to bottom! 

Presenter:  Chris Johnson

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

10:00 A.M. – Guadalupe Nymphing Techniques

Learn the different rigging styles, methods, and applications for each!  Chris will present a systematic approach to nymph fishing that will greatly increase your effectiveness on the water!

2:00 P.M. – Guadalupe Streamer and Dry Fly Techniques

The other sides of Guadalupe trout fishing.   This class will teach you specific presentations for dries and streamers and will help you know when to use them to your advantage.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, February 14th – NO FLY TYING NIGHT DUE TO VALENTINES DAY!

Feb. 16th – 18th / GRTU TROUTFEST – FLY SHOP WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY!

Troutfest 2018 is going to be the best yet!!  National level speakers, educational clinics, casting classes, fly tying instruction, and more – and all FREE!!!  Chris is one of the featured speakers for Troutfest 2018, so make sure to come out and enjoy all of the free instruction and presentations! We will have a booth in the event tent, so drop by and say hello!  For more info visit:  http://www.grtu.org/troutfest/

Wednesday, February 21st – FLY TYING NIGHT
Thanks to our new location, we now have room for everyone at our Fly Tying Nights!  We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct groups – 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.

Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD

Feb. 24th/ Saturday – WHITE BASS DAY

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing for White Bass (Hill Country Region)
Presenter: Keith Barnes
Planning on fly fishing the Texas Hill Country for white bass? Keith Barnes will show you how! He has been guiding the Highland Lakes for years and knows what’s up for springtime sandies!

2:00 P.M. –Fly Fishing for White Bass (North Central Texas/Waco Region)
Presenter: Pat Vanek
Waco may not be on every white bass angler’s to-fish list, but it should be! Pat LOVES chasing white bass on the fly, and he will show you a few lesser known locations that just might turn out to be your new favorite destination!

3:30 P.M. – Tying for White Bass
Presenters: Pat Vanek and Jeff Hoelter

The beauty of fly tying for white bass: The flies are simple and effective! Pat and Jeff will show you how to fill your box with more than enough go-to patterns to get the job done!

Wednesday, February 28th – FLY TYING NIGHT
Thanks to our new location, we now have room for everyone at our Fly Tying Nights!  We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct groups – 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.

Beginner Level Fly:  Clouser Minnow

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBD