MAY EVENTS


FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #1 (REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR BEGINNERS)
Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The first and second Wednesdays of the month are Instructional Fly Tying for Beginner and Intermediate+ level tyers. These nights will be held in-person at the fly shop.

For Beginner tyers, we will supply everything you need – vise, tools, and materials – to learn two patterns each night. These four total patterns will equip you with the essential techniques for continuing your tying journey. We strongly encourage new beginner tyers to start on with Week 1. For Intermediate+ tyers, each week you’ll learn a new Fly of the Night. We will provide the instruction and materials, but please bring your own vise, tools, and thread.

6:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes
6:45 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens
7:00 P.M. – Fly Tying Night Begins
Beginner Fly #1-2 / BC Streamer and Woolly Bugger
Intermediate Fly / Umpqua Zirdle Bug
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

BRUSHY CREEK ONE FLY TOURNAMENT
Saturday, May 4, 7:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Prove your angling prowess at the 14th Annual Brushy Creek One Fly Tournament! The rules are simple. Choose a single fly and catch as many different species with it as you can. If you lose your fly, you’re out!

There is no entry fee and no registration is required, but you MUST attend the Pre-Tournament Briefing to participate. The winner will be the individual that catches the most species of fish in the allotted time. Both traditional and tenkara style fly fishing are acceptable. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place!

7:00 A.M. – Doors Open / Coffee / Round Rock Donuts
7:15 A.M. – Tournament Entrant Check-In @ Living Waters Fly Fishing
7:30 A.M. – Pre-Tournament Briefing (Mandatory for Entrants)
8:00 A.M. – Tournament Begins
12:00 P.M. – Tournament Ends
12:15 P.M. – Photo “Weigh In”
12:45 P.M. – Winners Announced / Prizes Awarded

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #2  (REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR BEGINNERS)
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The first and second Wednesdays of the month are Instructional Fly Tying for Beginner and Intermediate+ level tyers. These nights will be held in-person at the fly shop.

For Beginner tyers, we will supply everything you need – vise, tools, and materials – to learn two patterns each night. These four total patterns will equip you with the essential techniques for continuing your tying journey. We strongly encourage new beginner tyers to start on with Week 1. For Intermediate+ tyers, each week you’ll learn a new Fly of the Night. We will provide the instruction and materials, but please bring your own vise, tools, and thread.

6:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes
7:45 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens
7:00 P.M. – Fly Tying Night Begins
Beginner Fly #3-4 / Foam Beetle and Elk Hair Caddis
Intermediate Fly / Rainy’s Carp Tease
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Saturday, May 11, at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of fly casting and fly tackle, as well as access points and fly selection for the Texas Hill Country. All necessary equipment will be provided; just bring a notebook and pen!

10:00 – 11:30 / 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! This portion of class will take place outside; please dress for the weather. 

11:30 – 1:00 / 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!

LUNCH BREAK – We’re located just a short walk from many local eateries. 

2:00 – 3:30 / Local Hot Spots 
Learn where, how, and when to fish our local hot spots, including techniques, river access, and fly selection for each body of water!

FLY TYING NIGHT – ROUND TABLE
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. During in-person Roundtable Fly Tying, we provide the space and beverages, but all tyers are responsible for bringing all their own equipment and materials for freestyle tying. Come share with and learn from other fly tyers in your area!

6:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes
6:45 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens
7:00 P.M. – Fly Tying Night
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

FLY FISHING FOR RIO GRANDE CICHLIDS – VIRTUAL EVENT
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 A.M. CST on YouTube LIVE

The United States has only one native species of Cichlid and thankfully, it makes its home in Texas! Most fly anglers infrequently catch Rio Grande Cichlids while fishing for bass and sunfish. However, to catch them consistently, and on a year-round basis, requires an in-depth understanding of the species. Living Waters’ owner and guide, Chris Johnson has caught Rio Grande Cichlids for well over 20 years, but for the last several years he has specifically targeted Rios on fly in an effort to demystify and celebrate one of Texas’ most unique native fish.

This presentation is the culmination of years of study, countless days of fishing, and many long nights of fly design! Chris will cover seasonal behavioral changes, fly selection, fishing techniques, premier fishing destinations, and so much more! Whether you are trying to catch your very first Rio Grande Cichlid or want to expand your knowledge of this largely misunderstood fish species, this presentation has something for you!

FLY TYING LIVE – VIRTUAL EVENT
Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 P.M. CST on YouTube LIVE

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The fourth Wednesday of the month is Virtual Fly Tying. Join Living Waters’ owner and Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, Chris Johnson live online for a tie-along Fly of the Night.

Johnson’s Big Fat Aunt
Hook: TMC 101, size 12-16
Thread: Veevus 12/0, Rusty Brown or Brown
Abdomen: 2mm or 1/8” Foam, Black
Head: 2mm or 1/8” Foam, Brown
Wing: CDC Puff or Trigger Point Fiber, White
Hackle: Whiting Cape, Grizzly
Legs: Round Rubber, Small, Brown

RIO GRANDE CICHLID TOURNAMENT
Saturday, May 25, 7:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Join us for the first ever Rio Grande Cichlid Population Assessment Tournament on Brushy Creek! The purpose of the event is to gather information for Texas Parks and Wildlife regarding the population density of Rio Grande Cichlids within Brushy Creek and to have some fun, friendly competition while we do it!

Anglers will attempt to catch as many Cichlids as possible within the allotted time, while also taking measurement data. TPWD will be on-site to help record fish data and verify tournament results.

There is no entry fee and no registration is required, but you MUST attend the Pre-Tournament Briefing to participate. Both traditional and tenkara style fly fishing are acceptable. Living Waters will award prizes to the anglers that catch the most Rio Grande Cichlids within each of the assigned sections of Brushy Creek.

7:00 A.M. — Doors Open / Coffee / Round Rock Donuts
7:15 A.M. — Tournament Entrant Check-In @ Living Waters Fly Fishing
7:30 A.M. — Pre-Tournament Briefing (Mandatory for Entrants)
8:00 A.M. — Tournament Begins
12:00 P.M. — Tournament Ends
12:15 P.M. — Photo “Weigh In”
12:45 P.M. — Winners Announced/Prizes Awarded

NO FLY TYING
Wednesday, May 29

 

JUNE EVENTS


TEXAS SNAKE IDENTIFICATION with AUSTIN REPTILE SERVICE
Saturday, June 1, 10:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

If you regularly fish Texas rivers, you are going see snakes, period. It’s important to be able to identify the difference between venomous and non-venomous species and how to safely interact with either on or off the water.
In this class, you’ll get to see and interact with LIVE specimens (non-venomous only), learn about their ecological importance, their benefit to humans, and how to compare and identify commonly confused species. This class is family friendly and an invaluable resource for becoming more comfortable and competent in the outdoors!

 

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #1(REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR BEGINNERS)
Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The first and second Wednesdays of the month are Instructional Fly Tying for Beginner and Intermediate+ level tyers. These nights will be held in-person at the fly shop.

For Beginner tyers, we supply everything you need – vise, tools, and materials – to learn two patterns each night. These four total patterns will equip you with the essential techniques for continuing your tying journey.

For Intermediate+ tyers, each week you’ll learn a new Fly of the Night. We will provide the instruction and materials, but please bring your own vise, tools, and thread.

6:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes
6:45 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens
7:00 P.M. – Fly Tying Night
Beginner Fly #1-2 / BC Streamer and Woolly Bugger
Intermediate Fly / Whitlock’s Nearnuff Crayfish
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

FLY FISHING SOUTHERN COLORADO
Saturday, June 8, 10:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Learn about famed rivers such as the Conejos and Rio Grande as well as some of our favorite spots that are not as well known! From brown trout to native cutthroat, owner Chris Johnson will show you where to go and what to do when you get there! Trip planning, fishing destinations, local eateries, jaw-dropping scenic stops, fly selection, and a comprehensive packing list will all be covered! Be ready to learn, with your notebook and atlas handy, and don’t be surprised if you find your next favorite fly fishing destination as a result of this class!

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #2(REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR BEGINNERS)
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The first and second Wednesdays of the month are Instructional Fly Tying for Beginner and Intermediate+ level tyers. These nights will be held in-person at the fly shop.

For Beginner tyers, we supply everything you need – vise, tools, and materials – to learn two patterns each night. These four total patterns will equip you with the essential techniques for continuing your tying journey.

For Intermediate+ tyers, each week you’ll learn a new Fly of the Night. We will provide the instruction and materials, but please bring your own vise, tools, and thread.

6:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes
6:45 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens
7:00 P.M. – Fly Tying Night
Beginner Fly #3-4 / Foam Beetle and Elk Hair Caddis
Intermediate Fly / Sight Cast Skinny Water Shrimp
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

FLY FISHING SOUTHERN COLORADO ( LIVESTREAM )
Saturday, June 15, 10:00 A.M. on YouTube

Tune in online to learn about famed rivers such as the Conejos and Rio Grande as well as some of our favorite spots that are not as well known! From brown trout to native cutthroat, owner Chris Johnson will show you where to go and what to do when you get there! Trip planning, fishing destinations, local eateries, jaw-dropping scenic stops, fly selection, and a comprehensive packing list will all be covered! Be ready to learn, with your notebook and atlas handy, and don’t be surprised if you find your next favorite fly fishing destination as a result of this class!

FLY TYING NIGHT – ROUND TABLE
Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. During in-person Roundtable Fly Tying, we provide the space and beverages, but all tyers are responsible for bringing all their own equipment and materials for freestyle tying. Come share with and learn from other fly tyers in your area!

6:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes
6:45 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens
7:00 P.M. – Fly Tying Night
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

LIVING WATERS 16TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Saturday, June 22 at Living Waters Fly Fishing

It’s our birthday and we want to celebrate with you! Enjoy snacks and drinks while you shop, enter our Anniversary Prize Drawings, earn a Mystery Prize Scratch Off Ticket, and take advantage of discounts throughout the whole store! We’re bringing back our famed BBQ lunch too!
ANNIVERSARY PRIZE DRAWING DETAILS
For every $10 that you spend (In-Person or by Phone Order) during our anniversary celebration, you’ll receive a FREE raffle ticket to place in one of 10 prize drawing(s) of your choice! You DO NOT have to be present to win! You could win a guide trip, rod and reel combo, fly tying vise, and so much more!
MYSTERY SCRATCH OFF TICKET DETAILS
The first 200 purchases made during our anniversary celebration will earn a scratch off ticket redeemable for an in-store coupon, a FREE Scientific Anglers fly line, or a Half Day Brushy Creek Wade Trip with Chris Johnson! *Limit one ticket per customer.

FLY TYING LIVE – VIRTUAL EVENT
Wednesday, June 26,7:00 P.M. on YouTube LIVE

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The fourth Wednesday of the month is Virtual Fly Tying. Join Living Waters’ owner and Umpqua Signature Fly Designer, Chris Johnson online for a tie-along Fly of the Night.

Johnson’s Mimic Hopper
Hook: TMC 5212, size 8-12
Thread: Veevus 10/0, Tan
Abdomen: Deer Body Hair, Pale Yellow
Rib: Veevus 10/0, Tan
Wing: Whiting Hen Saddle, Brown or Variant
Rear Thorax: Spun CDC, Yellow
Head: Elk Body Hair, tied “bullet head” style
Legs: Uni-Flexx, Camel and Yellow
Front Thorax: Spun CDC, Tan or Khaki

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Saturday, June 29 at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Join us for a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of fly casting and fly tackle, as well as access points and fly selection for the Texas Hill Country. All necessary equipment will be provided; just bring a notebook and pen!

10:00 – 11:30 / 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! This portion of class will take place outside; please dress for the weather. 

11:30 – 1:00 / 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!

LUNCH BREAK – We’re located just a short walk from many local eateries. 

2:00 – 3:30 / Local Hot Spots 
Learn where, how, and when to fish our local hot spots, including techniques, river access, and fly selection for each body of water!