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The annual GRTU Troutfest is back and better than ever! This is THE must attend fly-fishing event for Texas. It’s chock full of awesome vendors (like Gruene Outfitters), wonderful speakers, good food, entertainment and camaraderie.

Troutfest Texas 2019!!
February 22 – 24, 2019
Lazy L&L Campgrounds

GRTU’s Troutfest Texas is the largest event of its kind in Texas and brings out a crowd of over 3,000 people interested in fly fishing and preserving and protecting cold water fisheries.

The event is hosted by the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the largest TU chapter in the country with over 5,500 members. The three-day event will include:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Online Silent and Live Auction with Digital Bidding
  • Live Auction
  • Door Prizes
  • Great Food and Local Craft Beer

Troutfest Hours

Friday, Feb 22nd
– Banquet: 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, Feb 23rd
– Expo: 9am – 5pm
– Movie Night: 5:30pm – 10pm
Sunday, Feb 24th
– GRTU Chapter Meeting feat. Beverly Smith: 9am – 10am
– Expo: 10am – 4pm

Expo – Saturday & Sunday

  • Hours: (Sat) 9am – 5pm; (Sun) 10am – 4pm
  • Fly Casting Lessons
  • Presentations from guides, outfitters, gear manufacturers and experts from around the world
  • Women-focused events
  • Kids Events: casting pond, archery, and airguns
  • Booths: guides, fly shops, artists, outfitters, gear manufacturers, rod builders
  • On water watercraft demos

You can find the above information and more at www.grtu.org/troutfest.

 

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.

Always awesome, and continually one of the best e-reads out there available at www.thisisfly.com. I’m stoked to see them get back to featuring artwork on the cover which is what helped them stand out back when this whole thing began. If you’ve read it, you know it’s great. If you haven’t you need to see what you’ve been missing out on!

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.

02/14/19 Reimers Ranch: My friend Nate and I headed out to Reimers hoping to intersect with some progressive white bass making their way up-stream. With Lake Travis being the level it currently is (682 ft.) the lower section of the park was so full that you couldn’t even get down to the water and thus were casting from a 10ft. bank. We made our way up past to the rapids that lie between the grotto and the beach only to find the rapids well under water. Very unreadable and VERY cold. Watched a lot of kayakers troll up and down the spot and talked with them, apparently that day nobody was having anything bite although days before some folks had cleaned up. If you’re thinking of going here just note there is a LOT of water meaning that finding a wadable area, much less fish, is going to be very difficult.

02/14/19 Pedernales Falls: Feeling optimistic about finding some active bass we left for Pedernales Falls State Park which just so happens to be a fishing hole we both feel confident on. Folks, it was not good. Once again, high flows, cold water and not a SINGLE spotting of a fish that wasn’t a minnow. After a couple of hours of freezing our lower extremities we just hung out on the sandy beach, drank wine and pontificated until the food and wine ran dry. Suffice to say, other waters will be far more your effort right now, unless of course you are fine hanging out in gorgeous surroundings with a good friend and yapping like idiots.

  • Stick with the trout if you’re focused on catching fish.
  • If you have the time and willingness to possibly get skunked, go for white bass. They’re running in small groups.
  • It’s still a bit early for wade fisherman to catch warm water species, so only do it if you’re fine getting skunked.