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As any fan of this blog will know, gar are hands down one of my favorite fish to catch on a fly. So imagine my delight to see that Texas Park and Wildlife is now treating at least one of the gar (the Alligator Gar) like an actual respectable gamefish. To see these prehistoric creatures suddenly go from an unwelcome, unloved trash fish, discarded on riverbanks to die a slow death to a species venerated as a “game fish” is mind boggling, but also deeply satisfying for not only me, but also the many others that know the exhilaration of catching any gar on a fly. Fisherman, and especially fly fisherman, constantly seem to look down on “trash fish” like gar, carp, freshwater drum, etc., but if you’ve ever hooked into one you’ll know that gar and carp are capable of bending an 8WT into two and putting up a fight that resembles saltwater fishing much more than your typical freshwater fishing.

TPWD has set up a special site for the alligator gar at https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/fish/management/alligator-gar/index.phtml and they are looking for folks like you and I to try and shape the future of gar fishing in Texas by taking a survey to see where they should be devoting their resources. If you are interested in helping fly fishing in Texas progress please take a moment to check out this website.

P.S. “Yes” these are long-nose gar photos. I have yet to catch an alligator gar, but don’t worry, that’s my summer’s goal.

Living Waters, a fine fly shop out of Round Rock, TX has an amazing month of fly fishing education lined up for June. Be sure to check them out at www.livingwaters.com for more information on their upcoming events!

Wednesday, June 13th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Elk Hair Caddis

Intermediate Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Spider

Saturday, June 16th – Fly Fishing the Llano River

Guest Speaker:  Jim Gray 

Schedule:

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Round Rock Donuts/Coffee

10:00 A.M. – Llano River Primer / Guest Presenter:  Jim Gray 

Jim Gray has fished the Llano extensively for years and gives an incredibly detailed presentation regarding access, fly selection, and river info.  If you haven’t fished the Llano River, we would consider this presentation core curriculum.  Bring a notebook and a pen as there will be plenty of knowledge to take away from this event.  

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, June 20th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Foam Beetle

Intermediate Level Fly:  Aggravator Nymph

Saturday, June 23rd – Living Waters’ 10th Year Anniversary Party

It been 10 years already!!!  Come join us Saturday, June 23rd for our 10th Year Anniversary as your local fly shop!  Doors open at 9:00 A.M. with Round Rock Donuts/Coffee!  There will be a special prize drawing at the close of the day as well – details below.  Chris’ dad will have the smoker going and a FREE BBQ lunch will be served at 12:00 P.M. — If you have had Chris’ dad’s BBQ before, you know it will draw a crowd so get here early!

Event Schedule:

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts

12:00 P.M. – BBQ Lunch is Served

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close / Prize Drawing Ends
10th YEAR ANNIVERSARY PRIZE DRAWING
Here’s the prize drawing works: Every customer that walks through our doors gets a free raffle ticket to place in the prize drawing of their choice, and for every $10 that you spend in the shop on June 23rd, you get an additional ticket to place in the drawing of your choice! We will draw the winning tickets at 6 P.M. after we close.  You DO NOT have to be present to win!  Come see us Saturday, June 23rd to help us celebrate 10 years as a fly shop, and possibly win big too!  We look forward to seeing you all at the event!  Call the shop at (512) 828-3474 if you have any questions about the event.

Wednesday, June 27th – Fly Tying @ Living Waters

We have now divided our fly tying night into three distinct skill levels– Beginner, Intermediate, and Roundtable.  We eat dinner at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ in Round Rock at 6:00 P.M. and then meet back at Living Waters at 7:00 P.M. for fly tying.

Beginners – We supply materials, tools, vises, and instruction for the Fly of the Night.

Intermediate – We provide materials and instruction for the Fly of the Night.  You bring your vise/tools.

Roundtable – You bring your own stuff and tie whatever you wish.

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Beginner Level Fly:  Brushy Creek Streamer

Intermediate Level Fly:  Kraimer’s DH Baitfish

Saturday, June 30th – Building Your Texas Fly Box

Event Schedule

9:00 A.M. – Doors Open / Round Rock Donuts / Coffee

10:00 A.M. –Matching the Hatch for the Texas Hill Country / Presenter: Matt Bennett of Fly Geek Custom Flies – www.flygeek.net
This presentation will focus on local forage and keys for incorporating feeding triggers into your flies that get fish to eat! Prey species profile, motion, camo, behavior, coloration and proper materials will all be covered. Matt will tie a selection of flies incorporating all of these elements into a final product and explain decision-making in the materials and techniques used, as well as proper fly design. While this focuses mainly on Central Texas fly fishing, its concepts are applicable just about anywhere.

2:00 P.M. – Building a Better Fly Box / Presenter:  Chris Johnson

Chris will walk you through the basics of fly selection for the Lone Star State!  He will show you how to match fly patterns by river/water type and how you can easily be prepared for almost anything!  You don’t have to own or tie all the flies in the world to have a complete box, you just need the right ones for the job at hand.  Chris will also talk about blending boxes and patterns to cover multiple species and situations with fewer flies.   

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

You and twelve of your best friends cruising the banks with an eye on the black bass, gar and carp or possibly on the coast scouting reds and tarpon. How could this ride not seem ideal for private Texas waters and of the public lands outside of our state?

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