MARCH

March 18th / Saturday – Fly Line 101 and Tying with CDC

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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

10:00 AM – Fly Line 101:  Which line and why? / Presenter:  Chris Johnson

Chris is a bit of a nerd when it comes to fly lines.  He will walk you through the basics of proper fly line selection – Taper, Core, Coating, Use, and Weight.  Knowing these components, and how they work together, will make choosing your next fly line a breeze!

2:00 PM —CDC Tying Demo / Presenter: Chris Johnson

The Miracle Feather – it floats, fishes, ties beautifully, and has a funny name when translated.  Chris’ affinity for CDC is no secret, and he uses it in most of his dry fly patterns – and nymphs too!  Come and watch Chris tie his way through some of his personal favorites and learn the many uses of this versatile material!

6:00 PM — Doors Close

March 22nd / Wednesday – FLY TYING NIGHT
Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M. for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: Jigged Brushy Creek Streamer / Difficulty: Beginner

March 25th / Saturday – 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!
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!

4:00 PM — Fly Tying for Beginners
This class is designed to walk people through the essential basics of fly tying. We will walk each attendee through tying a couple basic fly patterns that fish well on our local water, as well as discussing the uses of the many fly tying tools out there! This is a great class for beginners as well that those who want to brush up on their fly tying and tool knowledge. If you already have a vise and tools, feel free to bring them! We do have a limited amount of loaner vises and tools as well.

6:00 PM — Doors Close

APRIL

Saturday, April 1st  – Brushy Creek Clean Up and Crawfish Boil

Every spring, we show some love to our home water!  Come join us and do your part to keep Brushy Creek clean!  Our annual crawfish boil at the shop, immediately following the clean-up, is co-sponsored by the Austin Fly Fishers!  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, but donations are appreciated.

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

Event Schedule

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

9:30 A.M. – Clean Up Briefing/Equipment Distribution/Carpool

9:45 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 5th  –  Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  Kiwi Muddler

Saturday, April 8th – Alaska Day

Guest Presenter: Rus Schwausch of EPIC Angling and Adventure

Rus Schwausch (pronounced “ss-wow-sh”) of EPIC Angling & Adventure will be at the shop to tell us about two fishing destinations-of-a-lifetime located on the Alaska Peninsula – Alaska Wilderness SAFARI and Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST.  Living Waters hosted at trip to OUTPOST in 2016 and have plans to return in the future! You can find out more about Rus and Epic at www.epicaaa.com – we can’t recommend him highly enough!

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing Alaska with Epic Angling and Adventure                                                                                                                        

Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, the more sophisticated operation, is written up in the book Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die as “arguably the most isolated coastal fishing camp in Alaska and one of the best places in the world to pursue chrome-bright, ocean-fresh salmon.” But if you want, there’s a lot more to do than just fish. This eco-diverse destination also offers daily wildlife viewing, waterfall hikes, tide pools and beach combing, plus helicopter fly-out fishing during their “Late” season when the silver salmon are running.

His second operation is Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST. It’s a rustic, early season camp offering excellent small stream fishing for rainbow trout, grayling, king salmon and more. Short on frills, this program is for the die-hard fisherman focused on quality fishing rather than amenities. We fished here in 2016 and had a fabulous time! You can find out more about his operations at www.epicaaa.com.

2:00 P.M. – DIY Alaska:  How to fly fishing Alaska without breaking the bank

We used to think that Alaska was a 10K bill per person…well, we were wrong!  While going on a guided trip to Alaska has distinct advantages, we will show you how to fish your way through the Kenai/Anchorage area on a tight budget.  This presentation is story rich and picture heavy, with plenty of time for Q&A.  Bring a notepad and pen!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, April 12th – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M. for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  Kinky Muddler

Thursday, April 13th – The Austin Fly Fishing Film Tour

Doors @ 5pm | Show @ 7:30pm
Tickets: $28 

A special edit of our film Unspoken will also be showing at the event.

Purchase Tickets at:  https://tickets.austintheatre.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2261

The first 500 in the door receive a custom FFFATX Howler Bros Hat. Come early, enjoy the bar and free food provided by Taco Deli. Check out all the great local sponsors and new products. Don’t miss the incredible raffle items and trips that help support the Kids Outdoor Zone.  FFFATX is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns among friends and dream about casts still unmade.
2017 marks The F3T’s 11th annual adventure.

Saturday, April 15th – Chasing the Rio Grande Cutthroat

Presenter:  Chris Johnson

These presentations have never been done in the shop! Fly Fishing for Rio Grande Cutthroat.  A day devoted to conservation, education, and adventure. To get a taste of what this day will involve visit:  www.livingwatersflyfishing.com/unspoken

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing for Rio Grande Cutthroat

Learn the tips, tricks, destinations, techniques, and tackle that will make you next trip to cutthroat country even more successful!  Chris will show you how to find a secret spot of your very own, and will share a few of his!

2:00 P.M. – Backcountry Basics                                                                                                                                                                            

Cutthroat fishing can be challenging.  The hikes can range from a few steps to miles of high elevation travel!  Learn how to plan your trip, pack correctly, get equipped, and make the most of your next cutthroat excursion!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close      

Tuesday, April 18th – The Fredericksburg Fly Fishing Film Tour

We will have a booth at this showing of the film tour and our film Unspoken will be showing on the BIG screen in its entirety!  We can’t wait!  For more info call the shop or visit:  www.fredericksburgflyfishers.com

Wednesday, April 19th – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  Panfish Gurgler

Saturday, April 22nd – GRTU General Meeting

Guest Speaker: Joe Robinson

While not a “shop” event, we highly encourage folks interested in fishing the Guadalupe River this season to attend the April general meeting.  For more info please visit: www.grtu.org

Wednesday, April 26th – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M. for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  Saltwater Gurgler

Saturday, April 29th – Lower Mountain Fork & Southern Colorado 

Guest Speaker:  Peter Breeden

Peter currently guides full time for Beavers Bend Fly Shop in Oklahoma, as well as for The Sportsman in Lake City, Colorado.  He has fished Southwest Colorado for 20 years and is on the water close to 300 days a year!  Peter is one of the finest trout guides we have met, and is wealth of fly fishing information!  This is one event you won’t want to miss!

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Lower Mountain Fork River Presentation                                                                                                                                          

Learn the basics of fly fishing one of the South’s premiere trout fisheries!  Peter knows the Lower Mountain Fork River in Southeastern Oklahoma, better than most!  He will cover a variety of topics including access, techniques, fly patterns, and hatches.

2:00 P.M. – Lake City/Southern Colorado Presentation                                                                                                                                        

Peter is well versed in backcountry streams and larger, named freestone rivers alike!  He will be covering hatches, fly selection, destinations, and more!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

MAY

Wednesday, May 3rd – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M. for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  Madam X 

Saturday, May 6th  – Texas Snake ID and Brushy Creek 101

Guest Presenter: Tim Cole of Austin Reptile Service

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Texas Snake Identification / Presenter: Tim Cole                                                                                                                        

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.

2:00 P.M. – Brushy Creek 101 / Presenter: Chris Johnson                                                                                                                                    

While our home water is not known for its wide open spaces, it is recognized for its rich history and wide range of fish and insect species.  Brushy Creek is home to the iconic “Round Rock” – the Chisholm Trail land mark for which our city is named.  The limestone river bed still wears the wagon ruts of days gone by, proving that many before us also knew the value of this charming creek.  We have fished Brushy Creek for over 20 years and it still never ceases to amaze us with its beauty, complexity, and diversity. Come learn the basics of fly fishing our home water, and make the most of your next trip!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, May 10th – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M. for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  TBD

Saturday May 13th  – Brushy Creek One Fly and Sky Kings Falconry Demo

Guest Presenter:  Jordan Turner with Sky Kings Falconry

Just like last year, in order to fish in the tournament you need to pre-register via email or by calling the shop – NO ENTRY FEE.  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!  Make sure you come back after for an awesome raptor presentation by Sky Kings!
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)

3:00 P.M. – Sky Kings Falconry Presentation – Raptors Revealed                                                                                                          

**Event will be held at Centennial Plaza across the street from the fly shop**                                                                                          

This presentation features hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, and other raptors in a free flight program that will leave you thrilled and amazed. Sky Kings will discuss the natural history of these incredible birds along with their unique traits and natural abilities. They will even go one step further to demonstrate their hunting styles and techniques, all right ABOVE the audience!

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.
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 17th  – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  TBD

Saturday, May 20th – Fly Tying Master Class

Guest Presenter:  Matt Bennett

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

10:00 A.M. – Matching the Hatch for the Texas Hill Country.                                                                                                                                  

This is a power point and tying presentation focusing on our local forage and keys for incorporating feeding triggers into your flies that get fish to eat!  We’ll take about our prevalent prey species profile, motion, camo and coloration and how to select proper materials to match what you’re attempting to imitate.  At the end, I’ll tie a selection of flies that incorporate all of these elements into a final product and explain my decision-making in the materials and techniques used.

2:00 P.M.-Production Fly Tying Tools and Techniques: Get the Most Out of Your Time at the Vise.                                                                    

It’s a conversational presentation with some tips and tricks I use to help save time and get bugs cranked out.  I’ll go through my tying setup and tools and we’ll talk about proper material preparation and the like. You don’t have to tie commercially to be efficient behind the vise! Come with some questions about the production tying world, tying efficiency, or really just whatever you want to ask.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, May 24th  – Fly Tying Night

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT:  TBD

Saturday, May 27th – Introduction to Fly Fishing

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

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!
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!

4:00 P.M. — Fly Tying for Beginners
This class is designed to walk people through the essential basics of fly tying. We will walk each attendee through tying a couple basic fly patterns that fish well on our local water, as well as discussing the uses of the many fly tying tools out there! This is a great class for beginners as well that those who want to brush up on their fly tying and tool knowledge. If you already have a vise and tools, feel free to bring them! We do have a limited amount of loaner vises and tools as well.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close