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Living Waters Fly Fishing 101 Workshops This Saturday August 4th. in Round Rock

| August 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Casting, Rigging, and Fly Selection – Saturday, August 4th.

We’ve had an influx of budding fly fishermen and women by the shop this summer, and figured it would be a great time to do a “Fly Fishing 101” event day geared towards three different areas: Casting, Rigging, and Fly Pattern Selection. Saturday’s event schedule is listed below, and call the shop at (512) 828-FISH for more info.

10:00 AM – Casting Basics Demonstration

Before it gets too terribly hot, we’ll head outside to discuss the principles of fly casting. Chris will be going over some basic casting instructions, and a few tips, but come prepared with some questions if you have any particular issues with your own casting that you’d like us to cover.

1:00 PM – Tackle and Rigging Overview

Chris and Matt will be presenting proper rigging for several different kinds of fly fishing, including the differences in leader size and strength, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of traditional leader material vs. fluorocarbon. We’ll also discuss the knots we tie, including a couple tricks that you may not have seen. Finally, we’ll talk about several different types of rigging, such as a traditional double nymph indicator rig, a heavy streamer rig, a drop/dropper rig, and a few saltwater rigs as well.

3:00 – Fly Selection

One of the most common questions we receive here at the shop pertains to fly selection. Knowing what to cast out there will make or break your day on the water. We’ll take you through our fly boxes and discuss proper fly selection, including some “must-have” flies for you trout, warmwater, and saltwater boxes!

Looking Forward To Fall Fly Entomology

| July 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

Now is the time to put the summer heat out of our minds, even if we are unable to put it out of our Texas reality. Apparently, this story on Rob Woodruff and his entomology class on the Guadalupe either fell out of publication here, or was not published after being pitched to the rags. I have slept once or twice since this was written, so there’s no telling why it doesn’t come up in the archives. It was written in late 2008.

For those of you who have considered taking your bug skills to the next level, I highly recommend Woodruff’s classes for their ease of learning, the hands-on experience and knowledge you can gain for (in Woodruff’s classes) the Lower Mountain Fork in Oklahoma, and the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country.

There are two things about this story as presented here; 1 – it’s divided into two parts, and 2 – I am trying out the new magazine flip thing. The magazine flip may be small but, this may be a better way to view images at a more personal pace.

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When you first meet Rob Woodruff, he strikes you as the guy who always sat at the front of your science class, was first to raise his hand, and had all the right answers.

Woodruff, is an Orvis endorsed guide whose specialty is entomology – bugs – and catching trout in Beavers Bend and the Texas Hill Country. He teaches two day (in 2008) seminars on recognizing, collecting and matching the diet of finicky trout to an accurate fly representation that, with luck, resides in your fly box.

Woodruff, who graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in entomology, has a wealth of knowledge that goes well beyond simply identifying bugs.

His audience is riveted to every word as Mr. Woodruff works the overhead projector, points to specific characteristics on insect illustrations and pours out facts in rapid-fire progression. His seminars are divided into two days, the first being a classroom day – with two illustrated booklets on Crustaceans and Aquatic Insects, and Terrestrial Insects. The second session is used to apply what is learned from the first day, and adding water. In this case the water is the Guadalupe River just below Canyon Lake Dam.

Woodruff’s goal is simple, and just what the assembled fly fishers were hoping to hear, “I always thought texts were either too simplistic, or too complex. I try to morph everything into fly science,” but he adds, “There’s still no substitute for proper (fly) presentation.”

The classroom day consists of practical information about particular insects, identification, collection methods, life cycle, and the ultimate payoff – what flies to use to try and fool more and better fish. To aid in the process, Mr. Woodruff also has an extensive collection of sample vials containing the preserved carcasses of everything from the smallest nymph to large examples of frightening looking, but apparently tasty Helgramites.

However, it really isn’t as simple as matching the dominant insects you see and identify at the particular location you are fishing that particular day. “If you can identify second or third tier insects it really starts to pay off. Trout get conditioned really fast to what catches them, and they don’t want to repeat that experience”, Woodruff said.

And, if you think about it for more than just a minute he’s right. If a fly fisher arrives at some unfamiliar location, one of the first things they do is check in at their nearest fly shop to see what’s “working”. It could be any thing from a size 26 nymph to a size 12 Golden Stone Fly with a virtually unlimited number of variations in between. “Chances are the most popular flies have been seen by the fish”, and they are already wise to the fly or had a real bad experience when they tried to eat something that looked a lot like your fly that just drifted by their snouts. He gives a fly fisher the knowledge that can lead to the next level of success, by suggesting variations of tried and true flies when conditions warrant a change in fly fishing strategy.

– Part 2 on Friday –

Rob Woodruff Fly Fishing Report

| July 20, 2010 | 1 Comment

It is certainly a nice surprise every time an e mail updating fly fishing conditions on some of the best nearby locations shows up from Rob Woodruff.

Apparently, one of my old road reports on Woodruff’s entomology class on the Guadalupe has fallen though the digital cracks. So I will try and round that up to publish it again this week. If you aren’t familiar with Woodruff, and his entomology classes, he does them in Broken Bow and on the Guadalupe. The thing is, bugs are different, conditions are different, and fly fishing methods are accordingly different at different latitudes. You definitely want to attend one of these if you are serious about “matching the hatch” (and catching more fish). I will see if I can locate the images and words for that post from the Guadalupe and publish it again. It may go a short way toward getting our collective minds off the heat.

For now here’s the current report –

Lower Mountain Fork River– The fishing has stayed consistently good this summer. The water is cold, and I do not foresee much of a slowdown all the way into the fall.
Zone 1– Sulphur Mayflies and Caddis are hatching most days and terrestrial patterns are getting attention on top. The usual mix of Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears, Sowbugs, Midges
and Spillway Creek Caddis will produce plenty of Trout when presented properly.
Zone 2– Streamers are producing some large, pretty Trout when the bite is on. Black Stimulators and Hoppers are getting some top water attention in the mornings.

Upper Mountain Fork River & Tributaries– So far, this summer’s fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass and Sunfish has been the best in several years. Chartreuse or white poppers are working early and Clouser minnows or other streamers are the best choice once the sun gets high in the sky.

Lake Fork– The combination of hot, windy days alternating with heavy rains has moved the majority of Bass on to deep water structure, ending the topwater bite for now. Usually a full lake, clear water, abundant Hydrilla and lots of Shad equal great autumn schooling action.

Please check back for that lost report on Woodruff’s entomology classes. They will change your fly fishing lives.