December Events

(Holiday Closures: December 24-25th and Dec 31st– Jan 1st)

Saturday, December 1st – Fly Tying for Texas Trout

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Tying for Texas Trout / Presenter: Chris Johnson

Chris will be demonstrating a number of his go-to, Guadalupe River favorites!  Each pattern will be demonstrated in step-by-step fashion on the big screen in the loft!

Pattern Listing:

  • Whitlock’s Rubber Legged Squirrel Nymph
  • Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge
  • Chris’ Spanflex Midge
  • Chris’ Mimic May (Hexagenia)
  • Chris’ MardiCraw
  • Pat’s Rubber Legs
  • Rubber Legged Hares Ear
  • CDC Two Bit Hooker
  • Chris’ Glow Bug Egg

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, December 5th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis ­

Intermediate Level Fly:  Jigged Squirrel Nymph / Instructor: Josh Smitherman

Saturday, December 8th – Living Waters’ Christmas Party

One of our two largest events of the year!  Our good friend Mike Morphew will be in store tying up some traditional salmon fly patterns.  These flies will be breathtakingly beautiful and can be extremely difficult to tie, so it’s well worth your time to watch!  There will be tons of in store specials and gift items, not to mention the popular gift bag prize drawing – We are giving away over $3,000 in prizes this year!  Here’s what you need to know:

 

Doors open at 9:00 A.M. with coffee and Round Rock donuts.  Just like in years past, there will be special prize drawings and other in store savings as well!  Prizes items are listed below.  There will also be snacks/drinks in the loft for you to partake of while you watch Mike spin up some beautiful flies!

DRAWING DETAILS:
Here’s how it works:  Every customer that walks through our doors gets a free raffle ticket to place in the prize drawing of their choice, and for every $10 that you spend in the shop on December 8th, you get an additional ticket to place in the drawing of your choice!  We will draw the winning tickets just after 6:00 P.M. when the registers close.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!!!  Come see us or call in on Saturday to save big on your holiday shopping, and possibly win big too!   Call the shop at (512) 828-3474 if you have any questions about this event.

Prize Drawing Items:

  • Scott fly rod of your choice – Up to an $865 value
  • Full Day Guided Trip for Two – River of your choice, up to $450 value
  • Custom Engraved Ross Reel of your choice – Up to a $795 value (excludes custom colors)
  • Tenkara USA rod of your choice – Up to a $245 Value
  • Whiting Farms Hackle Pack – $300 Value and includes a Cree cape!
  • Abel Texas Nipper and Lanyard – $190 Value
  • 3 SA Lines of your choice – Up to a $390 Value

*All Prize items are nonrefundable and must be picked up at Living Waters Fly Fishing.  If the item needs to be shipped, the winner will be responsible for shipping cost.  If the item is not picked up or shipped by 12/31/18, the winner will forfeit the prize.

Wednesday, December 12th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  Chris Mimic May (Hexagenia) / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Saturday, December 15th – Fly Tying Theater

This one is pretty self-explanatory – Come to the shop, bring your tying stuff, tie up a storm while watching fly fishing flicks on the big screen! Living Waters will be providing snacks and drinks but you can also bring a drink and/or snack to share if you desire (no alcohol please).

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

9:15 A.M. – Tying and Films Begin

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, December 19th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Wooly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  Aggravator Nymph (Hare’s Ear) / Instructor:  Josh Smitherman

Wednesday, December 26th – Fly Tying CANCELED due to Christmas Holiday

January Events

Wednesday, January 2nd – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  Chris’ Ozark Craw / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Saturday, January 5th – Layering Logic & Tying Hooks 101

Layering Logic / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

When you fish in the winter, do you look like the Michelin Man?  It’s one thing to own warm clothes, but learning how properly layer is another thing entirely.  Come and learn how to build and use a layering system efficiently.  Gain the most out of your gear and fish in maximum comfort when it’s cold!

Tying Hooks 101:  A Comprehensive Look at Fly Tying Hooks / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Do you get lost in a sea of numbers and letters when you are hook shopping?  How about the difference between a TMC100 and TMC2499-SPBL?  If you struggle with selecting the proper hook for your tying projects, then this class is for you!  Chris will walk you through several brands and hook types and will help you simplify the process of purchasing the right hook for the job!

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Layering Logic

2:00 P.M. – Hook 101:  Learn Your Tying Hooks

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, January 9th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  Craven’s Two Bit Hooker / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Saturday, January 12th – TPWD Guadalupe Bass Restoration on Brushy Creek

Presenters:  Marcos De Jesus and Patrick Ireland of Texas Parks and Wildlife

Texas Parks and Wildlife has highlighted our very own Brushy Creek as a fishery of special interest due to its ease of access and its population of genetically pure Guadalupe Bass.  Marcos De Jesus, District Fisheries Management Biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will present the department’s overall vision for urban fishing opportunities locally and statewide.  Marcos will then hand it over to Patrick Ireland, who is the lead for the management and survey of Brushy Creek.  They will both discuss some of the preliminary survey results from Brushy Creek and will share how this data is teaching us about this valuable ecosystem and influencing potential management approaches in the future.  Marcos and Patrick will both be available to answer questions or discuss other locally relevant topics following their presentation.

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Brushy Creek Guadalupe Bass Restoration Plan

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, January 16th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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. 

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  Pat’s Rubber Legs / Instructor:  Josh Smitherman

Wednesday, January 23rd – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Wooly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  Mercer’s Little Brown Bug / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Saturday, January 26th – Tying and Fishing 6 Hill Country Favorites

Presenter and Guest Tier:  Kevin Hutchison of Hill Country Fly Fishers

Kevin will show you how to tie six of his favorite patterns and will teach you how to fish each of them effectively!  These patterns have produced for his guide service year after year and belong in every hill country fly angler’s box.

Pattern Listing:

– Bass Candy

– Micro Jig

– Bottoms Up

– Spun Hair Diver

– Swamp Monster

– Foxy Clouser

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Tying and Fishing 6 Hill Country Favorites

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, January 30th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  Barr’s Tung Teaser / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

February Events

Saturday, February 2nd– Introduction to Fly Fishing

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Event Schedule:

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, February 6th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

Saturday, February 9th

Fly Fishing for White Bass & Species Spotlight: Rio Grande Cichlid

Event Schedule:

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

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

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!

2:00 P.M. – Species Spotlight:  Rio Grande Cichlid / Presenter: Chris Johnson

We know it’s a bit early in the year to be chasing cichlids, but it won’t be long until you will begin seeing this special fish in most of our local creeks and rivers.  Chris will teach you about the Rio Grande Cichlid’s behavior and feeding habits as well as how to select the proper flies for your next trip!  Chris has made it a point to target cichlids specifically over the past several years, on a number of central Texas rivers, and this is the first time that he has compiled his findings in a presentation.

6:00 PM — Doors Close

Wednesday, February 13th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

Saturday, February 16th – Featured Tier:  Josh Smitherman

Josh is the newest addition to the Living Waters shop family, is one of the finest fly tiers in the state, and is one of Umpqua’s Signature Fly Designers.  In addition to tying up a number of custom patterns for the shop, Josh has a number of his own original patterns that have proven themselves time and time again!  Come learn how to tie some of the hottest fly patterns we have ever seen!  You will learn many new tying techniques from Josh during this class, so be sure to bring a notebook!

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Streamers:  Smitherman’s Sugar Shaker, Electric Slide, and Fry Candy

2:00 P.M. – Hopper/Craw/Nymph:  Smitherman’s Draggin’ Nymph, Mass Hopper, and Mountain Lobster

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, February 20th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Wooly Bugger

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA

February 22nd– 24th / GRTU TROUTFEST

Troutfest 2019 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!!!  Chris will be one of the featured speakers for Troutfest 2019, 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!  We will also be hosting John Geer from Tenkara USA in our booth, so drop by and see him to get all of your Tenkara questions answered!  For more info visit:  http://www.grtu.org/troutfest/

Wednesday, February 27th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– 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.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  TBA