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Archive for February 13th, 2017


If you live anywhere near central Texas and are even remotely into fly fishing, then the local Guadalupe Trout Unlimited event entitled Troutfest is a must attend event for you. After taking a break last year the event is back and bigger than ever, not taking place at (my personal favorite) the Lazy L and L campgrounds. Both the expo on Saturday and Sunday are free to the public with the Fly Fishing Film Tour playing Saturday night at 7PM. In addition to many vendors and shops sharing their wares, the following speakers will be providing presentations.

The Troutfest 2017 Committee is thrilled to announce our impressive array of fly fishing experts from all over the country already committed to Troutfest 2017. They are:

Keynote Speaker: 

Kirk Deeter – Editor of Trout Magazine and Vice President of Trout Media for Trout Unlimited

Celebrity Guests / Presenters: 

George Daniel – http://www.livinonthefly.com/home.html

Wanda Taylor – TFO – http://www.wandataylorflyfishing.com/

Jen Ripple – Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine – http://dunthemagazine.com/

Steve Galleta – Co-Owner of the Bighorn Angler, Ft. Smith Montana – http://bighornangler.com/

Duane Redford – Lead Guide at Minturn Anglers, CO and Author – https://flyfishersplaybook.wordpress.com/about/

To keep updated please visit our facebook page HERE!

For information on the Fly Fishing Film Tour happening that Saturday night, please go here!

If you want to chat, grab a sticker or sweet trucker lid, just swing by the Gruene Outfitters booth where i’ll be more than happy to fill you in on my new role at Gruene Outfitters as well as introducing you to the wonderful folks (Chris 1 and 2) that run guided trips for trout on the Guadalupe!

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A few months back i was at Sportsmans Finest looking to replace a five weight line i had that was many years past its prime, due to a wide collection of cracks that looked like it had spent to much time sunbathing on some distant, forgotten beach.  As a long time fan and user of the Rio Grand i was a little hesitant when Casey suggested re-lining my spool with the Short Bellied Taper line from Scientific Angler. As a creature of habit, i tend to find something i like and stick with it ad-nauseum, whether it be a fly line or an entree at a local restaurant. Like a true professional though he explained the differences, laid out the information and related his own experience with what he considered to be the best line for trout fishing on the Guadalupe River.

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Over the course of a few weeks i tried out the 5WT line on my 10′ 3WT and found that much like Casey had said, it was the perfect line for nymphing in tight with a double fly rig and a strike indicator since the bulk of the line lies in the front 25′ of the tip making it easy to load a rod at very close quarters. Due to the extra mass i found this line excelled especially when “flipping” the rig back upstream after nymphing through a pocket.

With a camo tip to keep the curious fish at ease, as well as a strikingly orange belly to cue you in to where the bulk of your line is residing, this is a must have line for nymphing on any smaller waters such as our local Guadalupe River.

Available in 2-6 WT options, this is the line you need if your tossing heavy streamers or throwing heavily weighted rigs. The SBT lines are available locally at Sportsmans Finest and Gruene Outfitters.

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