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Destinations, Trout

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Patagonia Austin is partnering with Austin Fly Fishers to bring you an evening of words, film, music and art all inspired by fishing and water. Author Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate, assignment writer for The Flyfish Journal, will be in the house reading some of his work and screening a short film called Love & Water. We’ll also have artwork from Alana Louise and Jonathan Marquardt on display and available for purchase. Lastly, there will be live music from The Barn Owls, and Hops and Grain brews and snacks—all on the house! All donations collected throughout the evening will benefit the Devils River Conservancy.

When: Friday March 22nd, doors open at 6:00 PM with refreshments
Where: Patagonia Austin 316 Congress Avenue
I can not believe how freaking excited I am for this event. The guest speaker Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate is hands down one of my favorite writers as well as a legit fan of the blog (which is honestly like having Keith Richards tell you he likes your guitar chops).  To have incredible local artist like Louise and Marquardt present on top of that is exciting beyond words.

I will for sure be there and well stocked with a healthy dose of die Fische stickers and such so be sure to say “hello” if you see a gentleman in a fedora that is looking a little shy in the shadows of these greats.

Saturday, March 23rd – Fly Fishing the San Marcos River

Presenter:  Marcus Rodriguez of Living Waters Fly Fishing


9:00 AM — Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

10:00 AM — Fly Fishing the San Marcos River / Presenter: Marcus Rodriguez

Very few know the San Marcos River as well as our very own Marcus Rodriguez!  He is a San Marcos River guru and he considers the San Marcos his home water – especially now that he lives on its banks!  Come learn how to fish the river yourself and/or see what is in store for you when you book a trip with Marcus on the San Marcos this year!  –


I don’t know how I missed this but two of my long time favorites Rolf Nylinder and Håvard Stubø have gotten together and are putting out something truly special. These guys have wildly different personalities but as we all know that’s the special sauce that makes the universe go round which is why this collaboration is so wonderful. Be sure to check out this amazing short and more magic from Rolf over at his YouTube Channel.


An amazing lunch break video to keep you going throughout the day. Impeccable cinematography and editing courtesy of the fine folks at Love it.

New feature: For days of adventure that don’t quite end in a story but deserve to be shared to help our fellow anglers we now present Field Notes.

02/28/19  Llano River – Kingsland, TX:  Upon parking and exiting my vehicle recently at “The Slab” near the junction of the Colorado and Llano rivers in search of white bass, I had the strange feeling that a spot I’d fished for many years suddenly looked completely foreign. It took a good thirty seconds or so until it dawned on me that I was witness to the result of 300,000CFS of flood waters that inundated the area in October 2018. Other than “The Slab” itself nothing I was taking in looked familiar. One time rolling sand dunes have been flattened and now stretch on for many hundreds of yards and now are entirely devoid of the trees, shrubs and plant life that used to call the riverbed home.

Most shocking (for fisherman anyway) is the fact that the course of the river that once followed a pretty well-defined course and had obvious runs and pools for white bass is now completely altered. There are now many shallow braids of the river that split off only to coalesce into deep pools so immensely long and wide that not only is finding an obvious course for the white bass difficult, wading the pools themselves is incredibly tricky if not outright dangerous as there are an insane amount of spots along the bottom of the riverbed that for all practical purposes are quicksand (not ideal when the water is already chest high).

On this day I made the unwise decision to wet-wade the river in my Chacos since the temperature was supposed to climb close to 60˚.  Two hours later, two miles from the car it topped out at 46˚ and things went south real quick. One mile from the car I lost all feeling from my waist down and an uncontrollable shivering set in as the simple act of wading and walking became incredibly difficult, the lack of feeling causing me to tumble forward into water that soaked every ounce of clothing I wore and thereby magnifying the problem. I mention this not because I want anyone to know how stubborn and stupid I can be, but because it’s real easy to forget when you live in Texas that it’s a fine line between safe and dangerous conditions when it comes to the elements. It’s easy to remember when you’re in the Rockies or some such place that a minute change in weather / altitude can kill you, but around here in our relatively flat land we’re so accustomed to thinking about the heat that it’s easy to forget what a few degrees of cooler weather can do. Be smart y’all.

Oh yeah, kept my toes but didn’t catch a white bass. I call that a wash.


Obtuse, dense and unconventional. This is the musical equivalent of pulling up a stool at your local dive bar and finding yourself seated next to a tattooed, slightly misanthropic Gen Xer that majored in philosophy, overdosed on Kerouac, and spent the evening cruising the vinyl bins and downing absinthe before running in to you and launching forth into a slightly disjointed diatribe on the varying differences between post-punk and post-rock.