Tag: entomology

Time To Brush Up for the Sake of Brushing Up!

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

#flyfishing texas trout fly fishing books entomology tying flies biology match the hatch

When you’re lucky enough to have someone knowledgable leading you through early learning about fly fishing, a lot of what may be left out are the nuances of technique that can make a difference in the longer life of a fly fisher. There are those days when only the right fly will work the right way, and nothing else.

Around North Texas, there aren’t many days like that. Places we fly fish for rainbow trout are inhabited by stockers. We have a lot of trout raised on fish food, and fish food looks a lot like a size 12 woolly bugger as it disintegrates in the water column, brown, black or green. So that fly works, nay kills fish day-in-day-out during the trout season we North Texans stick a cold toe to into about this time every year – be it in Oklahoma, or on the Guadalupe River here in Texas.

However, I for one am left worrying just what’s left behind, what lurks that does not bite on such a conventional offering? That can be a pretty insecure feeling. And with the advent of guiding in Oklahoma later this winter, the pressure to perform only intensifies the drive to know a whole lot more about bugs, their biology and flies that catch trout when Purina Fish Chow isn’t working. I’ve heard there can be days like those.


A trip to the local secret repository of fly fishing books lead to a few purchases recently, and after this post hits the site, I am headed right back to that repository – Recycled Books on the Square in Denton, Texas. CONTINUE READING? —  [ppw id=”86853652″ description=”books on ento” price=”.10″]

They have had an extraordinary collection of fly fishing books for some strange reason, for quite some time. On my last visit, I could plainly see their inventory has been impacted by either purchase or dwindling interest, and the number of hardcore books is roughly a third of what I saw at its all-time high.

The new books I do have in possession include:

  • “An Angler’s Guide to Aquatic Insects And Their Imitations,” byRich Hafele and Scott Roederer with illustrations by Richard Bunse.
  • “Flies, Ties & Techniques, A Practical Guide to Tying 50 Irresistible Flies,” by Charles Jardine.
  • “The World’s Best Trout Flies,” edited by John Roberts. This book has selections made by many famous fly fishers as their favorites.

Along with new books, I will be digging up old posts that contain detailed “Hatch Charts” for the places we will be fly fishing for trout this season, and also sending out links to people like Rob Woodruff, and fly shops that are currently a service to the Beaver’s Bend fly fishing community. You want to stay tuned, and subscribe, because we are headed into the time of year when value is definitely added!


Broken Bow Entomology Class by Rob Woodruff – last OK class for a year

| October 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Fly fishing in Oklahoma and Broken Bow, Oklahoma fly fishing.

ENTOMOLOGY for FLY FISHERS, October 26 & 27, 2013, Broken Bow, OK.

Oklahoma fly fishingA course designed for all fly fishermen, gives an overview of the invertebrates, both aquatic and terrestrial, that are of importance to the fly angler. Warm-water and cold-water environments are included. Topics covered include sampling techniques, identification of both larval and adult stages and simple biology of the species. The ultimate goal of the class is for the angler to develop the ability to equate in-the-field observation to fly selection and construction in order to achieve success.
Beavers Bend State Resort Park, Broken Bow, OK
October 26; Noon to 5pm, Three Rivers Fly Shop
October 27; 8am-11:30am, Mountain Fork River
Tuition- $75.00, Registration Deadline- Monday, October 21.

Contact Rob or Three Rivers Fly Shop (580) 494-6115 to register.

This will be the only opportunity to take the class on the Lower Mountain Fork until October 2014. Late October in Southeastern Oklahoma is a great time with crisp mornings, autumn colors and spawning Trout. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Rob Woodruff

NOTE – Far be it for me to question, but, I guess “spawning trout” at Beaver’s Bend is no longer a scientific debate? Heck, I guess if one spawns, they all spawn? I know I have to get back there soon!

Living Waters Fly Shop Fourth Anniversary Party Saturday

| June 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

Chris and Emily inside their fly shop - Living Waters in Round Rock, Texas.
Chris and Emily at Living Waters Fly Shop.

Greetings Fellow Fly Fishers,

Time flies when you are having fun and it’s really hard to believe that the fly shop has been open for 4 years already! We are so grateful to all of our loyal customers – without your support we wouldn‘t be here! Thank you all so very much for helping us make Living Waters Fly Fishing a reality!

To celebrate our 4th Year Anniversary we have decided to throw a party this Saturday, June 23rd. This bash will be complete with customer appreciation sales, exciting new items, different clinics and a FREE BBQ lunch! Below is the event schedule (also posted on our website) so make sure that you come to all or as much of it as you can! We look forward to seeing you here for the big day! Take care and God Bless!

Many Thanks,

Living Waters Fly Fishing Team
John 7:38


9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Brushy Creek Stream-Side Entomology with Dakus Geeslin.

Dakus is an aquatic biologist for TCEQ, a skilled fly fisherman, and a great friend of the fly shop! His clinic will be extremely informative and will help you “match the hatch” the next time you are on the river! The clinic will be held on Brushy Creek at the intersection of Brushy Creek Rd. and Great Oaks Drive. Call the shop at (512) 828-FISH if you need additional info and/or directions.

11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
FREE BBQ Lunch at Living Waters Fly Fishing!
This is pretty much self explanatory. Eat BBQ, Tell Fish Stories, Use Napkin, Repeat.

1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Living Waters Fly Fishing Timeline
We will re-cap some of our past events, location changes/expansions, and good times as well and share about where we are headed in the future!

2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Lower Mountain Fork River – Oklahoma’s Premiere Trout Fishery!
Many of our customers are aware of the Lower Mountain Fork but not all have fished this wonderful tailwater stream! The LMFR is really not all that far away and is a fantastic summertime destination for brown and rainbow trout! Living Waters Fly Fishing is now a licensed guide service in Oklahoma and we will be debuting our new all inclusive guided fly fishing trip packages at the clinic! Come find out more about this fabulous tailwater that is not too far from home!

4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Fly Tying Demonstration: LWFF’s Top 6 Fly Patterns
Come learn how to tie what we consider to be our Top 6 in-store patterns! All six patterns were created here at Living Waters Fly Fishing by Chris Johnson and Matt Bennett and have more than proven themselves on our home waters and beyond!

New location of Living Waters Fly Shop, Round Rock, Texas.
Living Waters Fly Shop in Round Rock, Texas.

Steve Hollensed & Rob Woodruff Reporting and Entomology

| October 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

Here are a couple of reports from Steve and Rob, as well as some future happenings to put on your calendars.


Summer recap: Though it may not have been one of Texoma’s banner years, we certainly had a great summer of topwater fly fishing. Late July & early August was the peak for quality stripers in blitz mode with many quality fish landed. The summer run on the main lake was very good this year, however it was very popular and lots of boats showed up on some days. This was a result of fewer topwater plays fishing well. However when it got crowded, alternate strategies really paid off. These alternate strategies included finding minor runs or plays, adjusting times, or adjusting target depth. One of the best strategies was adjusting target depth. We had a great summer of deep structure fishing and caught lots of quality fish when there was not another boat in sight.

Smallmouth was another highlight for the summer. June, particularly mid to late June, was one of the best smallmouth periods I have ever had on Texoma. The smallies were shallow and aggressive and we caught both numbers and quality most days. I feel that, for whatever reason, the smallmouth fishing is just getting better and better on Texoma.

Current Conditions: Texoma is about 7 feet low; slightly stained though visibility is good in most parts of the lake; Water temps are in the low to mid 70’s. Very few boats on the lake.

Striper fishing is good to excellent. Fish are in large schools and located on most of the major mid lake flats. Birds and/or electronics will easily locate the schools. Both topwater and subsurface presentations have been working, depending on activity level of fish, with subsurface presentations being much more consistent and producing the better fish. We have fished the Orvis Freshwater Bass, Streamer Stripper, and Depth Charge lines and have done well on all three lines in the same day. This fall pattern should continue at least through November.

As the water continues to cool, the shallow near-shore bite should improve also.

The gulls have moved in and are providing an exciting backdrop to the fishing. Fall is one of the time periods where you have a good chance to be in fish all day long… a great time to be on Texoma with fly rod in hand.

NOTE – I am hearing a lot of good to great things about the smallmouth bass on Texoma right now.


Entomology for Fly Fishers, November 12 & 13, 2011
Mountain Fork River, OK, in conjunction with Three Rivers Fly Shop.

A course designed for all fly fishermen, gives an overview of the invertebrates, both aquatic and terrestrial, that are of importance to the fly angler. Warm-water and cold-water environments are included.

Topics covered include sampling techniques, identification of both larval and adult stages and simple biology of the species. The ultimate goal of the class is for the angler to develop the ability to equate in-the-field observation to fly selection and construction in order to achieve success.

Tuition- $75.00

Class size is limited

This is the last offering of Entomology for Fly Fishers on the Mountain Fork River until May 2012.

NOTE – It’s much more involved than this release indicates – meaning you will learn some life-changing fly fishing information and techniques from Rob Woodruff. Just do it.

Entomology Class on the Guadalupe – Part 2

| July 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

Part Two – Rob Woodruff Entomology Classes on the Texas Guadalupe River

Chris Baumbach, who operates Red Fly Guides in New Braunfels, Texas, said, “I haven’t taken this class from Rob before, but I have sat through a long entomology seminar with a Professor. What a drag that was! I like how Rob refers to the arthropods in hook sizes instead of millimeters. I feel like his class fills in the spots where entomologists usually speak way over everyone’s heads, and fly-fishermen (who teach) don’t give enough information.  It is great that he puts a guide’s twist on the class.  I myself thought that the class had good flow and clear explanations.”

On day two the class moves to the water, and the learning experience takes on a whole new perspective. Woodruff demonstrates several ways to collect both airborne terrestrials, and waterborne organisms that are part of a fish’s diet. To him, it’s about taking the time before you begin to fish, to observe what nature is telling you as a fisherman, understand what you are seeing, and then convert that information into proper fly selections.

That knowledge becomes more detailed as the class moves downstream, since the types of waterborne food sources change significantly as participants move to different locations downstream. Woodruff advises that just because a particular fly works up by the dam, don’t take for granted the same thing will work further downstream.

“I was amazed how much of a difference there was in insect life from location to location.  I have already thought of how I am going to change my fly selection, hook size, and presentation.  I now see that in a few locations I have been using too big of a hook size, and after seeing and collecting samples, my flies are about two shades too dark in color too. I will definitely be lightening the colors up,” Baumbach said.   

The overarching goal of this learning process is not merely to catch more of the easy “stockers”, but to have a chance at hooking older, larger more experienced trout that, on the Guadalupe, may have held over from the previous year’s stockings.

Woodruff considers the fertile waters of Lake Fork in East Texas his home waters, although he also guides on the waters of Oklahoma’s Lower Mountain Fork in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. One of the more valuable aspects of Woodruff’s entomology lessons is they apply, in general terms, to all fresh waters, whether you are fishing the Guadalupe, Lower Mountain Fork, or a stock tank on the back forty.

For more information about Rob Woodruff, you can find his website at www.flyfishingfork.com or at 903-967-2665.

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