JANUARY EVENTS

Wednesday, January 1st – FLY SHOP CLOSED for New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 8th – “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.

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: Elk Hair Caddis / Intermediate Fly: N/A – Freestyle Tying

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Saturday, January 11th – 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. – Fly 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, January 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.

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: Foam Beetle / Intermediate Fly: Smitherman’s Immortal May

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Saturday, January 18th – Fly Tying for the Guadalupe River

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Come learn how to tie the seven essential core patterns for targeting Guadalupe River trout. These patterns have more than proven themselves and deserve a place in every angler’s fly box. As a bonus, we’ve added a second TV to the loft upstairs, and the patterns will be shown in detail on both as they’re tied, so every seat in the house will be a good one!

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Tying for the Guadalupe River

Pattern Listing:

Whitlock’s Red Squirrel Nymph (Living Waters’ edition)

Glow Bug Egg

Pat’s Rubber Legs

Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge

Garcia’s Rojo Midge

Rubber Legged Hare’s Ear

CDC Pheasant Tail

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, January 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.

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: Jigged Bugger

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Saturday, January 25th – Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

We had quite a few people as that we do this presentation again!  This is a repeat of Chris Johnson’s November presentation in case you missed it.

The Guadalupe River is Texas’ only year-round trout fishery and is ranked as one of the top 100 trout streams in the United States!  While at times it fishes very similarly to western tailwaters, the Guadalupe would not be truly Texan if it was not just a little bit different.  Have you ever caught a striped bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, and rainbow trout in the same trip?  It can happen on the Guadalupe!  Chris has guided the Guadalupe since 2008 and often fishes the river outside of the unofficial “winter trout season.”  This presentation will focus primarily on teaching you how to effectively target Guadalupe rainbow and brown trout.  Chris will cover fly selection, reading the water, Guadalupe River entomology, perfecting your presentation, fishing different flow rates, and much more.  Whether you are a first time Texas trout angler or a Guadalupe veteran, you will learn something from this presentation focused on our TU chapter’s home water.

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, January 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.

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: Brushy Creek Streamer / Intermediate Fly: TBD

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Saturday, February 1st – Iron Fly Competition

Come and join us for a day of Fly Tying, Fun, Food, and Friendly Competition.

We will be providing all the materials and hooks.  Please bring your own vise and tools, but for those who need them, we will have 12 vise/tool sets available.

Rules, regulations, and prizes will be announced at the event.

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. – Round 1 – Bass/Salt/Trout

12:00 P.M. – Lunch @ Living Waters Fly Fishing

2:00 P.M. – Finalist Round – Mystery Material Freestyle

6:00 P.M – Doors Close

Update: Special guest and 2019 FFI Iron Fly Award winner, Mike Morphew, will be in the house as one of our judges!

 

Wednesday, February 5th – “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.

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: Elk Hair Caddis/Intermediate Fly: TBD

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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 PromoGuest 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 – Beginner Fly: Foam Beetle / Intermediate Fly: TBD

9:00 P.M. – Doors Close

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 26th – 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.**

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