FEBRUARY EVENTS


BUILDING A BETTER TROUT BOX
Saturday, February 3, 10:00 A.M. via Zoom

Chris will walk you through the essential elements of building a well-rounded trout fly box. You’ll learn how to match fly patterns by river/water type and how to be easily prepared for almost anything! This presentation will focus primarily on local insect species and their importance, but western species will be addressed as well. No trout box class would be complete without a short dive into entomology, and this one is no exception!  Insect species, profile, motion, behavior, importance, and coloration will all be covered. You don’t have to own or tie all the flies in the world to have a complete box, you just need the right ones for the job at hand. Chris will also talk about blending boxes and patterns to cover multiple habitats and situations with fewer flies.

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #1
Wednesday, February 7, 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. 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
7:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens / Fly Tying Night
Beginner Fly #1-2 / BC Streamer and Woolly Bugger
Intermediate Fly / SOS Baitfish
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Saturday, February 10, 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, February 14, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

In allowance for Valentine’s Day, February 14th will be Round Table Fly Tying and Instructional Fly Tying Night #2 will move to February 21st.

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

TROUTFEST TX
Saturday, February 17 – Sunday, February 18, at Lazy L & L Campground in New Braunfels, TX

Trout Fest is the single biggest and best fly fishing event in the state, and it’s completely free! Sit in on lectures from George Daniels, Pat Dorsey, Heather Hodson, Landon Mayer and more; perfect your cast with FFI certified instructors, shop with local brands and retailers, learn fly tying techniques from Kiesha Atkin, Matt Bennett, Jon Easdon, Steve Maldonado, Chase Smith, and others; and fish Texas’ premier tailwater trout fishery – the Guadalupe River!

Stop by the Living Waters’ booth to shop a curated selection of fly shop merch and event specials!

The fly shop in Round Rock will remain open for those not attending the event.

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #2
Wednesday, February 21, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. Instructional Fly Tying Nights are 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. 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
7:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens / Fly Tying Night
Beginner Fly #3-4 / Foam Beetle & Elk Hair Caddis
Intermediate Fly / DH Baitfish
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

FLY FISHING FOR WHITE BASS with PAT VANEK
Saturday, February 24, 10:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Prepare for white bass season with a class from our friend and guide, Pat of Bosque Valley Fly Fishing. While Pat’s guide service and presentation focuses on the Waco area, his techniques are applicable anywhere white bass are running! Come out to the fly shop to learn Pat’s approach to this scrappy bass and access around the Lake Waco tributaries. Prime time for targeting white and hybrid striped bass is short, and this class will make sure you’re ready when the season starts!

FLY TYING NIGHT – VIRTUAL
Wednesday, February 28, 7:00 P.M. CST via Zoom

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.

Pat Vanek’s Ghost Minnow
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S, #8
Thread: UTC 140, Gray Brown
Eyes: Bead Chain, Medium
Back/Wing: Puglisi 3D Fiber, Menhaden
Flash: Midge Flash, Pearl
Belly: Brite Blend, Polar White
Lateral Line: Mini Lateral Scale Flash, Silver or Pearl

MARCH EVENTS


A DEEPER LOOK AT SINKING LINES – VIRTUAL
Saturday, March 2, 10:00 A.M. CST via Zoom

While every fly anglers begins their journey with a floating fly line, sinking ones deserve every bit as much attention and use, but for many they can seem confusing and complicated to understand. We’re here to demystify this important tackle category and will break down the uses of sink tips, intermediate, and full sinking lines and teach you how to best incorporated them into your arsenal to take your fly fishing to the next level!

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #1
Wednesday, March 6, 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. 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
7:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens / Fly Tying Night
Beginner Fly #1-2 / BC Streamer and Woolly Bugger
Intermediate Fly / Winkler’s Sparring Partner
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

FLY FISHING THE SOUTH LLANO RIVER with K.C. WILLIAMS
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Unique among west and central Texas rivers, the South Llano river has never run dry. With its clear to chalky blue-green water, the South Llano winds through pecan trees and the rock-faced cliffs of the western Hill Country and features an array of wildlife, including wild turkey, deer, and exotics. Thanks to years of conservation efforts through the Guadalupe Bass Restoration Initiative, it is also home to some of the healthiest populations of Guadalupe Bass in the area.

The South Llano is truly a gem and one of our favorite rivers to share with clients. In this presentation, Living Waters’ guide K.C. Williams will share an overview of the area, with public access and accommodation recommendations, tactics and rigging for targeting key species, and his top producing flies!

TRINITY FLY FEST
Saturday, March 9, in Fort Worth, TX

Reel in the fun at this free community festival on the banks of the Trinity River. A celebration of urban fly fishing, this festival features casting lessons, open fishing, live music, food vendors, shopping booths from outdoor sporting vendors, and presentations from local experts, including our own Chris Johnson who will give classes on Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country and Texas Fly Patterns You Should Never Be Without.

FLY TYING NIGHT – INSTRUCTIONAL #2
Wednesday, March 13, 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. 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
7:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens / Fly Tying Night
Beginner Fly #3-4 / Foam Beetle and Elk Hair Caddis
Intermediate Fly / Murdich Wiggler
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

FLY FISHING THE WESTERN HILL COUNTRY
Saturday, March 16, 10:00 A.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Most of us are familiar with the “big” rivers around Central Texas – the San Marcos, Llano, Lower Colorado, and Guadalupe, but how many have ventured out into the Western Hill Country to explore the “small” water? The rivers that comprise the Western Hill Country are well worth a visit from every Texas fly angler and Living Waters’ guide Marcus Rodriguez will help prepare you to do just that! Plan a trip off the beaten path with fly fishing and access tips for the Frio, Sabinal, Medina and Nueces rivers!

FLY TYING NIGHT – ROUND TABLE
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 P.M. at Living Waters Fly Fishing

Fly Tying Nights are divided into three distinct types – Instructional, Roundtable, and Virtual. The third Wednesday of the month is in-person Roundtable Fly Tying. We will 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
7:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Re-Opens / Fly Tying Night
9:00 P.M. – Fly Shop Closes

ON STREAM ENTOMOLOGY
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 A.M. on Brushy Creek

Take a field trip to our local creek for an interactive class on the basics of aquatic life cycles. You’ll learn to identify local aquatic insect species, how to properly match your Hill Country hatch, and the part our insects play in fly selection and design. This class is fun for kids and adults alike! If you would like to be part of the sampling, please wear waders and boots! Otherwise, the remainder of class will take place on the bank.

We will meet at the historic “Round Rock” near Chisolm Trail Crossing Park in Round Rock. Park here. Meet here.

FLY TYING NIGHT – VIRTUAL
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 P.M. CST via ZOOM

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 livestream tie-along.

Johnson’s Creek Leech
Hook: Gamakatsu B10s, Size 2-8
Thread: Veevus 8/0, Olive
Eyes: Double Pupil Lead Eyes, Black w/ Fl. Chartreuse (match to hook size)
Legs: Perfect Rubber, Motor Oil and Brown
Body: SLF Dubbing, Dragonfly Fly Nymph Dark
Wing: Whiting Spey SH/Chickabou, Grizzly Olive
Tail: Frostip Rabbit Strips, Black Olive

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING (REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Saturday, March 30 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!