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Destinations, Trout

******************DOING A DAMN GOOD JOB I'D SAY***************

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.

04/28/19  Barton Creek – Austin, TX:  This spring has been one of the wettest seasons I can recall, with more slow consistent rain and in turn less flooding and more reliable flows. For me personally this has meant an at least once a week visit over the last few weeks (even if for just a few hours) to Barton Creek to try to keep a finger on the pulse of my favorite local fishery as it’s been up and down for months as storm after storm has blown through.

This last Sunday the flows were a mellow but refreshing 50 CFS when I contacted my wife to see if she’d like to enjoy a picnic together along the creek bed in a spot that I’d recently come to love. Fortunately she said yes but informed me it would be about an hour before she was there and that I should fish until then.

I hiked in from the Lost Creek crossing, working my way down past the crowds until the trail dropped me into the creek and onto untold bounty. I was wielding my trusty 7’6″ Winston Nexus and a small selection of wooly buggers and micro poppers, casting them against the bank, into the shadows and coaxing forth fish to a ridiculous degree.

If you don’t mind scaling things down to accommodate the smaller fish, days like this can be amazing fighting hand-sized fish on 2WT rigs that accentuate every strike and run with aplomb.

The fishing was small but fun and furious and didn’t let up until it was time to head back upstream and meet my wife. As much fun as the fishing was, it paled in comparison to getting to share a very special spot on Barton Creek with my wife and one of the excellent picnics that she seems to whip up almost effortlessly. Hell, I even won the (almost always) close game of cribbage we played. Suffice to say it was a good day, but it’s generally hard to have a bad one on Barton Creek.

Update: I wrote this post yesterday when the creek was at 50 CFS and tonight ANOTHER storm came through and Barton Creek is currently at 4,500 CFS. Be smart and be careful, wait until the flows have lowered to venture out!

One thousand apologies, I would’ve let y’all know about this earlier but until a few days ago I didn’t even know this was actually a thing. The folks putting together the event for many years have changed (thus my unawareness) but it’s most assuredly going to be an amazing night of art, excitement and camaraderie. Hope to see you there!

Buy your tickets and get more information at: https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/Austin-Tx-31823

P.S. If you have an extra ticket you can spare, please let me know!

 

And the fly fishing events just keep coming!

Friends, this Sunday Gruene Outfitters will celebrate 30 years of business! In gratitude for all of our amazing customers supporting the shop and giving to us all this time, we want to give back to our community this Sunday. We will have complimentary food and beverages, face painting from Once Upon A Party, LLC, treats for the kids from Pop’topia Pops, numerous giveaways and absolutely outstanding raffle items. ALL proceeds from raffle tickets will benefit the following non-profit organizations: Texas Parks and Wildlife, Headwaters at the Comal, FlatsWorthy, Comal Trails Alliance, and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited.  These organizations will be at the shop on Sunday from 1-4pm. Please come out and enjoy the afternoon with us, giving back to our community. – Gruene Outfitters

WHERE: Gruene Outfitters 1629 Hunter Rd., New Braunfels, TX 78130

WHEN: 1-4PM

MORE INFORMATION:  https://www.facebook.com/Grueneoutfitters/

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’ll  be there and with some 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

FREE OF CHARGE AND NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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!  – livingwatersflyfishing.com

 

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.