FEBRUARY EVENTS

Saturday, February 8th – Fishing for a Cause: Rio Grande Cutthroat Day

If you have chatted with Chris lately, you have probably heard about our hosted trip to the Trinchera Ranch in 2019.  We are proud to announce that Living Waters will again be hosting 3 separate trips to the Trinchera Ranch during the summer of 2020!  These trips are beyond incredible and offers anglers five star meals/lodging as well as the opportunity to catch brown, rainbow, brook, and native cutthroat trout.  The part of the trips that we are most excited about, is the fact that the Trinchera Ranch offers prime fishing for relic/aboriginal Rio Grande Cutthroat.  Come and find out what the Trinchera Ranch is all about and come give Tom and Estevan a big Texas hello!

Event Schedule:

10:00 A.M. – Rio Grande Cutthroat Conservation in Colorado / Guest Presenter:  Estevan Vigil, Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatic Biologist

2:00 P.M. – Trinchera Ranch / LWFF Conservation Excursion Promo / Guest Presenter:  Tom Martin, Trinchera Ranch Fisheries Manager

Wednesday, February 12th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction (except on “First Wednesdays”), but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

Event Schedule:

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night 

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  Egan’s Rainbow Warrior, Instructor: Josh Smitherman

Saturday, February 15th – Introduction to Fly Fishing

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

This class is perfect for everyone from complete novices to more experienced anglers looking for a refresher on the foundations of fly casting. An introductory class can shave years and lots of frustration off of your learning curve. Join us for this FREE course on the fundamentals of fly casting, fly tackle, and access points and fly selection for the Hill Country.

All equipment is provided; just bring a notebook and pen!

Event Schedule:

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

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 P.M. – Basics of Fly Fishing & 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 will 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. – Fishing Local Waters

Come learn where, how, and when to fish our local hot spots, including techniques, river access, and fly selection for each body of water. If you’re new to the area, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, February 19th – NO FLY TYING NIGHT DUE TO TROUTFEST PREPARATION

February 21st – 23rd –  TroutFest Texas 2020

Fun for the whole family, TroutFest 2020 is going to be bigger and better than ever!  National level speakers, educational clinics, casting classes, fly tying instruction, and more – and all for FREE!!!  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/. Tickets are available now.

**The fly shop in Round Rock will maintain normal business hours for those that cannot attend the event.**

Tuesday, February 25th – Living Waters After Hours with Pat Dorsey

7:00 P.M. – Doors Open / Coffee / Drinks / Round Rock Donuts

7:15 P.M – Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies

Learn how to tie some of Pat Dorsey’s favorite guide flies, the patterns he uses to fool selective trout on some of America’s renowned tailwater fisheries. As an added bonus, Pat will recommend how to fish these patterns under a wide range of conditions from nymphing rigs to dry fly set ups. Come join us for a wonderful evening of fly tying and fly fishing tips.

9:00 P.M. – 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.

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.

Wednesday, February 26th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction (except on “First Wednesdays”), but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

Event Schedule:

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night – Beginner Fly: Woolly Bugger / Intermediate Fly: TBD

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Saturday, February 29th – Fly Fishing for White Bass 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Learn how to chase white bass effectively on the fly by taking some time to listen to what Pat Vanek has to say about one of his favorite species!  Pat, owner of Bosque Valley Fly Fishing, guides the Brazos River and Lake Waco tributaries for a wide variety of fish, but he has a special place in heart for the scrappy white bass.  Come and find out when, where, and how to catch them with a fly rod!

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing for White Bass / Guest Presenter: Pat Vanek

6:00 P.M. — Doors Close

March

Wednesday, March 4th – “First Wednesday” Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

NEW FOR 2020: The first Fly Tying Night of each month will be round-table style for ALL intermediate and advanced tiers. Instead of a traditional “Fly of the Night,” our staff will be available to help you with the tying techniques or patterns you’ve been focusing on at home. Come with your vise, tools, and materials; tying problems to solve; or techniques to share. Beginner tying will be business as usual!

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction (except on “First Wednesdays”), but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  N/A – Freestyle Tying

Saturday, March 7th – 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 will 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

Come learn where, how, and when to fish our local hot spots, including techniques, river access, and fly selection for each body of water. If you’re new to the area, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!

6:00 P.M. — Doors Close

Wednesday, March 11th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  Barr’s Emerger

Saturday, March 14th – TRWD Fly Fest in Fort Worth, TX

Chris and many other local fly anglers and tiers will be presenting at Fly Fest in Fort Worth.  This is a fantastic event for the whole family and it is free of charge!  Come up to Ft. Worth and make a day of it!  For more information and a full event schedule visit:  http://trwdflyfest.com/

Wednesday, March 18th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  Whitlock’s Nearnuff Sculpin

Saturday, March 21st – Matt Bennett’s Streamer School

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Guest Presenter:  Matt Bennett of Fly Geek Custom Flies

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

10:00 A.M. – Streamer School with Matt Bennett

Matt is known for his fly tying prowess and proven fly designs.  Join him as he explains the tricks of his trade as it pertains to fishing and tying streamers.  From trout to bass to salt, this presentation will have something for everyone.  Matt is an excellent teacher and puts a lot of thought behind every pattern that comes off his vise.  When you fish any of his signature patterns, you reap the rewards in the net!  This will be an info-packed presentation that you won’t want to miss!

Wednesday, March 25th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  Holy Grail Caddis

Saturday, March 28th – Texas Live Snake ID Class

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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

2:00 P.M. – Texas Snake Identification

Presenter:  Tim Cole of Austin Reptile Service

Austin Reptile Service offers several types of programs in the city of Austin and surrounding areas, which center around education on Texas native reptiles. Tim Cole maintains a sizable collection of indigenous reptiles, including lizards, harmless snakes, as well as venomous species.  Many of the animals are used to express the ecological importance of reptiles, and how they benefit humans. Tim will also show commonly confused species side-by-side, including harmless water snakes next to cottonmouths, Mexican milk snakes next to coral snakes and Texas rat snakes next to western diamondback rattlesnakes. Tim will be bringing over 20 species of live snakes to Living Waters for you to see, learn about, and view safely up close!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

APRIL

Wednesday, April 1st – “First Wednesday” Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

NEW FOR 2020: The first Fly Tying Night of each month will be round-table style for ALL intermediate and advanced tiers. Instead of a traditional “Fly of the Night,” our staff will be available to help you with the tying techniques or patterns you’ve been focusing on at home. Come with your vise, tools, and materials; tying problems to solve; or techniques to share. Beginner tying will be business as usual!

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction (except on “First Wednesdays”), but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Woolly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  N/A – Freestyle Tying

Saturday, April 4th – 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 will 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

Come learn where, how, and when to fish our local hot spots, including techniques, river access, and fly selection for each body of water. If you’re new to the area, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss!

6:00 P.M. — Doors Close

Wednesday, April 8th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  BC Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  Wired Soft Hackle

Saturday, April 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, April 15th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  Johnson’s Creek Boss

Saturday, April 18th – FLY FISH TEXAS in Athens, Texas

Living Waters Fly Fishing will have a booth at this event and it is a great experience for the whole family!  The event is held at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.  More info can be found at as the event approaches https://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/

Wednesday, April 22nd – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  Sculpzilla

Wednesday, April 29th – Fly Tying Night 

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Fly Tying Night is divided into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable. For beginners, we supply everything – materials, tools, and instruction. For intermediate tiers, we provide materials and instruction, but you are responsible for your own vise, tools, and thread.  For those looking to do their own thing, we’ll have an extra table set up for freestyle tying – just bring your own stuff! Everyone is welcome to join us for dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. before we meet back at Living Waters for fly tying at 7:00 P.M.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Dinner @ Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ

7:00 P.M. – Doors Re-Open / Fly Tying Night

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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Beginner Level Fly:  Woolly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel Nymph