FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES

Rolling into Fall With Round Rock’s Living Waters Fly Shop Events

| August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Have a gander at the long list of happenings at the highly active Living Waters Fly Fishing shop located right near the middle of Texas in Round Rock. I have to tell you, just from my club experiences, as well as the work I did in creating the Denton, TX, event First Friday Denton, it takes a lot – A LOT – of work to pull off these social events on a consistent basis. Living Waters has consistently been up to the task of gathering their local fly fishers, and sharing knowledge about our spectacular sport.

September Events

Wednesday, September 2nd
FLY TYING NIGHT

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: Rio Getter

Saturday, September 5th
Special Guest: Kevin Hutchison of Hill Country Fly Fishers

Kevin is a very close friend of Living Waters and an experienced fly fishing veteran.  Kevin has guided Central Texas longer than most, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fly fishing the immediate area and beyond!  Join us for a day filled with friends, laughs, stories, info, tying, and more!  You can learn more about Kevin and his renowned guide service at www.hillcountryflyfishers.com
9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts
10:00 A.M.  – The Story Behind the Book
Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country is the most comprehensive river access guide available to local anglers.  Originally penned by the late Bud Priddy, the book has evolved much over the years.  Kevin Hutchison has in the recent past, beautifully re-written, updated, and refreshed this invaluable piece of fly fishing literature.  Come and hear more about how the book took shape and how it can serve you on your next Central Texas fly fishing adventure!
1:00 P.M. – Fly Tying for the Texas Hill Country
Kevin Hutchison is an accomplished fly tier, and many of his original patterns are staples throughout the hill country!  Join us as Kevin demonstrates how to tie several of his most effective fly patterns.

Wednesday, September 9th
FLY TYING NIGHT

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: TBD

Saturday, September 12th
Guadalupe Bass Fishing and Conservation in Texas
10:00 A.M. / Presenter:  Dakus Geeslin – Aquatic Scientist – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Dakus will highlight the areas anglers should target to catch our state freshwater fish, the Guadalupe Bass, including spring fed streams of the Hill Country to the Lower Colorado River east of Austin.  He will also describe angling gear, techniques, strategies, and flies to use in targeting Guadalupe Bass.  Lastly, Dakus will showcase several of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department conservation efforts aimed at protecting and enhancing Guadalupe Bass and their habitats and how you can help.

Wednesday, September 16th
FLY TYING NIGHT

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: TBD

Saturday, September 19th
Brushy Creek Guadalupe Bass Conservation Tournament

In light of the previous weekend’s event, we will be hosting a special fly fishing tournament in the name of conservation.  Here’s how it works:  We are going to collect fin clippings from Guadalupe Bass in Brushy Creek for Texas Parks and Wildlife to analyze.  In order to collect them in a large quantity, we wanted to get everyone involved in this project.  Texas Parks and Wildlife will be supplying us with fin clip kits and collection instruction and Living Waters will host the tournament.  Prizes will be awarded for the greatest number of fin clips collected by a single angler.  There will be a fly division and a tenkara division.  All we need to see is a picture of each Guadalupe bass that a clipping was collected from so that we can confirm ID to match the number of fin clips turned in at the close of the tournament.  You must sign in at the fly shop the morning of the tournament in order to compete.  Due to the fact that you will be handling the fish for fin clipping, use of a landing net is highly encouraged to reduce fish stress.  Call the shop at (512) 828-FISH if you have any questions or need additional info.  Tournament schedule is below:

8:00 A.M. – Doors Open/ Tournament Sign In/Coffee/Donuts
8:30 A.M. – Pre- Tournament Briefing and Rules/Fin Clip and ID Instruction
9:00 A.M. – Tournament Begins!
12:15 P.M. – Tournament Ends
12:30 P.M. – Fin Clip “Weigh In” and photo review @ Living Waters

TOURNAMENT RULES:
1. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE BUT YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER TO FISH THE TOURNAMENT!
2. You must attend the tournament briefing in order to fish the
tournament. — This is essential so that you know regulations and rules.
3. A Clear Picture (showing markings, profile, etc..) of the fish will be required at the close of the tournament for proof of species.(BRING YOUR OWN DIGITAL CAMERA)
4. Chris Johnson will be confirming bass ID at the close of the tournament and can be contacted during tournament hours for ID questions. Photos in most cases will be able to be seen on the camera screen but if necessary we can download the pictures to a computer for viewing. Bring appropriate, related camera cables if in doubt of your camera’s viewing quality.
5. Abide by property laws — If it says NO TRESPASSING then DON’T TRESPASS!
6.  Tournament Fishing Hours are from 9:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
7.  Photo “Weigh-In” will be held at 12:30 P.M.  For late “weigh in” arrivals, we will deduct a single bass from daily catch per every 5mins late to “weigh in”.
8.  ALL CONTESTANTS MUST HAVE A VALID TEXAS FISHING LICENSE – Keep in mind that they need to be renewed as of September 1st!

Wednesday, September 23rd
FLY TYING NIGHT

Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: TBD

Monday Morning Sidewalk Still Rolls Around

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

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It has certainly gotten thin around here, but at least we can count on a walk down the Monday Morning Sidewalk for awhile longer. I hope you got the kids off to school, if this is their first day back, and are wherever you need to be – safe, sound and well insulated.

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I had a friend, Immanuel Salas, show up in North Texas this past weekend, so we had no choice but to hitch up the Lagoon Skiff and do some prospecting on Lake Ray Roberts last Saturday. Now that there are a few (I don’t know how many now) ramps open, and the school year is tamping things down a bit, it seemed like a Saturday would be mostly harmless, and it was.

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Ice Cold Air at Living Waters Fly Shop Round Rock Texas

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

I just thought I would hook a few more of you for Chris at Living Waters by pushing the A/C angle. It seems every store I walk into these days people look at me like all I want is to cool off. Okay, maybe that’s true, but don’t we all just want a little more coolness? Chris and his crew at Living Waters are still doing a great job of bringing in a crowd on a regular basis, and it doesn’t seem to matter what they’re tying on! If you are in range of his shop, which if I am not mistaken just had an anniversary, spoil yourself for a couple of hours, and get inside! That last event on August 29th. should be an EYE OPENER!

 

 

Wednesday, August 19th – FLY TYING NIGHT
Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: Foxy Clouser

Wednesday, August 26th – FLY TYING NIGHT
Come join us for our regularly scheduled fly tying night. We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around7:00 P.M. for tying. There is round table tying for those wanting to tie their own patterns, and there is also a designated “Fly of the Night,” for which all material and instruction is provided. FLY OF THE NIGHT: TBD

Saturday, August 29th / 10:00 AM — FINDING SECRET FISHING SPOTS – Presenter:  Jim Gray
Jim Gray will be teaching you how to utilize free online resources to track down your own “secret spots” and new access points.  This presentation is one of our very favorites and is extremely informative.  Make sure that you bring a pen and a notepad – you’re gonna need it!

Monday Morning Rundown

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Good morning everyone! I trust that you have arrived to your destinations, wherever they may be this morning, and if you arrived on time – there’s a bonus (not) waiting for you at the front desk.

Seriously, with the trips to Fort Worth’s medical district happening multiple times every week, I am blown away by what’s considered normal for the Dallas and Fort Worth main arteries. I35E through Dallas is a dangerous gauntlet without an escape path should things go bad, and now Fort Worth’s main north-south I35W is just as bad (on a smaller scale). There is no longer a “good way to go” to get anywhere. North Texas roads are a nightmare that the media doesn’t seem to cover.

THE MEDS

The medical ball is finally starting to roll, and as of this writing I am on the tail end of the throat surgery from last Wednesday. More about all that here – http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/shannondrawe/journal/view/id/55d20a884db92127380475c2. If anyone in Fort Worth knows anyone who might have an “off house” – a second small backyard cottage for rent in Fort Worth, I am looking for something before I start the five-days-a-week treatments very soon. I also need to know about some easy waters to hit between appointments – that are close enough to the medical district as to not get me in a drive-time-bind.

SKIFF LIFE

Pieces and parts arrived last week, all to patch problems that happened while doing multiple shakedown cruises. First, there’s the sleeve for taking the two-piece Stiffy Pushpole and making it a one piece again. It won’t break there ever again! Next, there’s the new set of pushpole holders, which I will use one to lessen the bend in the pole along the gunnel. A new pair of hub dust covers made by Posi-Lube for the Ez Lube Axles (and stainless). One of those was lost somewhere down the road, and you can’t just have water running into the hub every time you launch! And last, there’s the box from Lagoon Boats with a mechanical water pressure meter to replace the hour meter, and a simpler hour meter that goes on the motor. We’re still waiting on the tiller extension handle from Strongarm in Florida. The boat kicked the first time I tapped the starter last Monday, and it was a good dust-off ride last Monday, but way too choppy to do any serious fish hunting. I just made sure KoKo ran, and took her back in after about an hour.

RERUNS

I’ve been active enough to enjoy the mornings we’ve been having lately – downright pleasant – and getting fresh air down my throat that has a little moisture content (compared to the relentless A/C) has been fantastic (before the pollution kicks in). Almost anything outside beats anything inside doesn’t it? I mean, the World Fishing Network for example; the quality overall of that network has improved, but there are some real duds on there every day. And regular TV is running through the season of reruns for what? another month? It got me to thinking … with something like 1400 stories (posts) here, maybe we could throw out some GOOD reruns to tread water while I am on the mend? I think that combined with that fantastic information coming in from a few guides and shops could keep this boat afloat through a rather difficult sea. We’ll give that a try this week.

 

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