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If you’d like to pick up a wealth of information from a local fly fishing legend you’ll want to head over to Living Waters this Saturday for a special presentation from Kevin Hutchison. Highly recommended.

Saturday, September 5th
Special Guest: Kevin Hutchison of Hill Country Fly Fishers

Kevin is a very close friend of Living Waters and an experienced fly fishing veteran.  Kevin has guided Central Texas longer than most, and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fly fishing the immediate area and beyond!  Join us for a day filled with friends, laughs, stories, info, tying, and more!  You can learn more about Kevin and his renowned guide service at
9:00 A.M. – Doors Open/Coffee/Round Rock Donuts
10:00 A.M.  – The Story Behind the Book 
Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country is the most comprehensive river access guide available to local anglers.  Originally penned by the late Bud Priddy, the book has evolved much over the years.  Kevin Hutchison has in the recent past, beautifully re-written, updated, and refreshed this invaluable piece of fly fishing literature.  Come and hear more about how the book took shape and how it can serve you on your next Central Texas fly fishing adventure!
1:00 P.M. – Fly Tying for the Texas Hill Country
Kevin Hutchison is an accomplished fly tier, and many of his original patterns are staples throughout the hill country!  Join us as Kevin demonstrates how to tie several of his most effective fly patterns. –


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If you even dabble in tying flies, especially for bass, you’ve doubtlessly read or heard of Pat Cohen. In a world of talented but low key fly tiers he stands out like a rock star sporting his sleeve tattoos, wooly beard, shaved head and ear piercings. While he may not look like your casual fly tier, one glance at his output immediately lets you know that you’re watching an expert at work. Pat’s deer hair divers are such works of art that they frequently sell as exactly that, commanding top dollar for some of his “Display Flies” well the workhorses in his stable catch big bass after big bass (check out his work at

Fortunately for those of us here in central Texas, Sportsman’s Finest is bringing Pat in to town for a presentation of his fly tying technique this Saturday.

Come and join us to see the talented and extremely creative professional fly tyer, Pat Cohen, who will demonstrate some of his patterns and share his tips and skills with you. Pats specialty is deer hair bass bugs but he ties everything from streamers to nymphs. The artistic freedom that fly tying offers, is what drew him to it. All of his flies are meant to be fished with the exception of the display offerings. Every piece of each bug – be it the hair, feathers, or weed guards – has a purpose. The final product is a fish catching fly and a miniature sculpture all in one. To his way of thinking, there is nothing like watching a five pound bucketmouth or an 18 inch smallie erupting from the water to crush one of his bugs as it’s drawn across the surface.  Pat is a member of some the following pro teams, Clear Cure Goo, EP Flies, Dr. Slick, Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles, Peak Vices, Loon Outdoors, Partridge Hooks and Carp Pro Magazine. He regularly demonstrates fly tying at various events and fly shops on the east coast and we are excited get him down to Texas!!   –

This Saturday, May 2nd at 11AM at Sportsman’s Finest, free admission. Hope to see you there!

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It’s that time again, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is making it’s annual appearance here in Austin! If you’ve been before you already know that it’s a hell of a lot of fun. If for some reason you’ve never been, all you need to know is that it’s the second best thing to actually fishing. The night is basically comprised of vendors and free food, with drinks for purchase as well as raffle tickets for some amazing prizes followed by a diverse and stellar line up of fly fishing films that will most assuredly make you want to call in sick on Friday.

If you need more to get stoked or hold you over until the FFFT click here to check out the previews for the night.

P.S. I’m super excited to mention that longtime die Fische fan and supporter R.C. Cone’s film “Yow: Icelandic for Yes” will be showing and it’s definitely one you don’t want to miss!


I’ve been trying to catch a white bass fly fishing presentation for years in hopes of getting a clue as to what i’ve been doing wrong/right when fishing for these incredibly fun game fish. Luckily i’ll be able to find out tomorrow at Living Waters. I have to work in the evening but i’m looking forward to catching Keith Barnes presentation (and downing some donuts).

February 28, Saturday – WHITE BASS DAY 

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

10:00 A.M. – Fly Fishing for White Bass (Hill Country Region) – Presenter: Keith Barnes
Plan on fly fishing the Texas Hill Country for white bass? Keith Barnes will show you how! He has been guiding the Highland Lakes for years and knows what’s up for springtime sandies!
1:00 P.M. –Fly Fishing for White Bass (North Central Texas/Waco Region)– Presenter: Pat Vanek
Waco may not be on every white bass angler’s to-fish list, but it should be! Pat LOVES chasing white bass on the fly, and he will show you a few lesser known locations that just might turn out to be your new favorite destination!
3:00 P.M. – Tying for White Bass– Presenters: Matt Bennett and Pat Vanek
The beauty of fly tying for white bass: The flies are simple and effective! Matt and Pat will show you how to fill your box with more than enough go-to patterns to get the job done!

P.S. I’ll be bringing some stickers, so hit me up it you want some. Hope to see you all there!