October Events

Wednesday, October 17th– 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:  Rainy’s Carp Tease / Instructor:  Josh Smitherman

Saturday, October 20th – Fly Fishing for Rio Grande Cutthroat

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

10:00 A.M. – Southwest Treasure:  The Rio Grande Cutthroat / Presenter: Chris Johnson

Chris gave this presentation to the San Luis Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Alamosa, Colorado last month.  In the event you didn’t make the drive up to see it, here’s your chance.  Learn the fish’s history, present status, current threats, and discover new angling opportunities abroad!  Chris will also discuss fly selection and show you how to locate your own slice of cutthroat paradise!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, October 24th – 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’ Laser Shad / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Saturday, October 27th – GRTU General Meeting @ YETI in Austin

While not a “shop” event, we highly encourage folks interested in fishing the Guadalupe River this season to attend the October general meeting.  River info and a fisheries update will be given during the meeting.

Guest speaker Therese Thompson of Western Native Trout Initiative will be presenting on Rio Grande Cutthroat Conservation.

The short film “Unspoken” will also be shown to raise awareness for Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout and Chris Johnson will be giving a brief overview of the purpose and impact of the film.

For more info please visit: www.grtu.org

Wednesday, October 31st – 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: Gray Ghost / Instructor: Chris Johnson

November Events

Saturday, November 3rd – Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing the Guadalupe River / Presenter: Chris Johnson

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.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, November 7th – 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:  Galloup’s Circus Peanut / Instructor:  Josh Smitherman

Saturday, November 10thNatural Selection:  Tying with Natural Materials

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

Event Schedule:

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

10:00 A.M. — Natural Selection: Hackles and Feathers
Anyone that knows Chris well, knows that he is a hopeless hackle nut!  Without a doubt, his favorite materials to tie with are dry fly hackle and CDC.  Chris will be covering the details, differences, and uses of capes, saddles, schlappen, soft hackles, CDC, marabou, chickabou, herl, and more!  He will also teach you how to choose the best hackles/feathers when you are buying materials for your next pattern! This is one you won’t want to miss!

2:00 P.M. — Natural Selection:  Fur and Hair

What makes good deer hair good?  What part of a bucktail is the best for tying clousers?  Which furs are best for dubbing dry flies?  Chris will answer all of these questions and many more!  In addition to showing how to properly select and prepare natural furs/hair, Chris will tie with a few sample materials to show a few of their many uses.

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, November 14th – 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:  Moto’s Minnow / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Saturday, November 17th– 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, November 21st – 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:  Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge / Instructor:  Chris Johnson

Thursday, November 22nd – Shop CLOSED for Thanksgiving Day

Friday – Saturday, November 23rd-24th – Black Fly-Day Sale

This one is one of our biggest events of the year!  Details will be announced in early November, so mark your calendars and make sure that you are part of our email list so you can take advantage of some of our deepest discounts of the season!

Wednesday, November 28th – 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:  Garcia’s Rojo Midge / Instructor:  Josh Smitherman

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!  Tons of in store specials and gift items, not to mention the popular gift bag prize drawing.  Here’s what you need to know:

Doors open at 9:00 A.M.  Just like in years past, there will be special prize drawings and other in store savings as well!  Prizes include: Tenkara USA rod, Simms Gear, Whiting Farms material, Fly Tying Goodies, and much more!

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.

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