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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 –

Wanda Taylor – TFO –

Jen Ripple – Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine –

Steve Galleta – Co-Owner of the Bighorn Angler, Ft. Smith Montana –

Duane Redford – Lead Guide at Minturn Anglers, CO and Author –

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!


If you’ve been fishing the Guadalupe but have wanted to catch trout on your own flies this is the must attend event of the year. Chris at Living Waters will be releasing knowledge bombs this Saturday at his shop, Living Waters in Round Rock, TX.

Please let them know you heard about it here!

Saturday, January 7th – Fly Tying for Guadalupe Trout

All fly tying instruction will be shown on the projector, so every seat in the house is a good one!  Bring a notepad and a pen!

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

10:00 A.M. – Dries and Attractor Patterns / Presenter:  Chris Johnson

Chris will tie through each of the following patterns in step-by-step fashion:

  • Chris’ Mimic May
  • Chris’ Fluff Beast
  • CDC Skating Caddis
  • Dave’s Rubber Legged Red Squirrel (LWFF version)
  • Glow Bug Egg
  • Pat’s Rubber Legs

2:00 P.M. – Nymphs and Midges / Presenter:  Chris Johnson

Chris will tie through each of the following patterns in step-by-step fashion:

  • Dorsey’s Top Secret Midge
  • Garcia’s Rojo Midge
  • Chris’s Spanflex Midge
  • Rubber Legged Hares Ear
  • Chris’ CDC Flash Midge
  • Craven’s Two Bit Hooker (Chris’ CDC version)

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

grtu_tf_2017png-294x300After taking a year off, the Guadalupe Trout Unlimited chapter is bringing back the annual Troutfest. This year finds the festivity relocating to the Lazy L&L campgrounds (secretly my favorite spot on this stretch of the water) from February the 17th thru the 19th.

Whether you’ve just taken up fly fishing or are a seasoned veteran, this event is a great way to learn new skills, try out gear, or simply catch up with fellow anglers from all across Texas.

For more details on the event or volunteer to help make it the best year ever, visit the GRTU Toutfest site.


An excellent introduction into the world of Tenkara via the fine folks at Living Waters.

Saturday, August 20th – Tenkara Techniques


Event Schedule:

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

10:00 P.M.. — Texas Hill Country Tenkara / Presenters: Chris Johnson and Rob Gonzales

Come learn the ins and outs of Central Texas Tenkara!  We will show you where to take you Tenkara game next and what to do when you get there!  Techniques, tactics, and access points for the Llano, Brushy, San Gabe, and Guadalupe will all be covered in this presentation.  There will also be time following the presentation to try you hand at casting different Tenkara lines and rods!

1:30 P.M. — Tenkara for Trout / Presenters: Chris Johnson and Rob Gonzales

We will travel from Texas to Oklahoma and then onto Colorado in this presentation!  Learn how to apply Tenkara to trout water of any shape and size!  There will also be time following the presentation to try you hand at casting different Tenkara lines and rods!

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

Wednesday, August 24th – FLY TYING NIGHT

Join us for our regularly scheduled Tying Night!  We provide all the tying materials and instruction.  All you need to bring is yourself, vise, and tools!  We meet at Pok-E-Jo’s BBQ at 6:00 P.M.for dinner and gather back at the shop around 7:00 P.M. for tying.  Fly of the Night:  Chris’ Crafty Shad.