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Tomorrow is the grand opening for what is sure to be one of the most amazing fly shops in central Texas. Here is the information from their Facebook page!

Saturday, September 16th –
at 103 N. Brown Street

Living Waters Fly Fishing now has a new home at 103 North Brown Street in Round Rock, Texas! Come out and celebrate with us! Lamppost Coffee (awesome local coffee shop) will be serving coffee when our doors open and there will be plenty of Round Rock Donuts. Matt Bennett with Fly Geek Custom Flies will be fly tying in our new fly tying loft – if you have never watched Matt tie a fly, get ready to be impressed! There will be live music from acoustic guitarist Chandler Hansen throughout the day as well. Gano’s Smokehouse will be serving up BBQ lunch plates at noon ($8 and $12 depending on the plate). TPWD Game Wardens will also be on site with the Operation Game Thief trailer! There will also be three rounds of prize drawings – you do have to enter the free drawing in store, but you don’t need to be present to win! Factory reps from Simms, Ross, Abel, Scientific Anglers, Umpqua, Fishpond, Hatch, TFO and more will be onsite to help answer all of your product questions! Prize items from Simms, Fishpond, Ross Reels, Scientific Anglers, and many more! It will be a shindig to remember, so come help us fill the new digs with fly shop family!


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

11:00 A.M. – Prize Drawing Round 1

12:00 P.M. – Lunch on site by Gano’s Smokehouse – $8 for Sandwich Combo and $12 for a 3 Meat Plate.

2:00 P.M. – Prize Drawing Round #2

4:00 P.M. – Prize Drawing Round #3

6:00 P.M. – Doors Close

I’ll be swinging by first thing in the morning so be sure to say hello and hit me up for some stickers!



A great video with some wonderful editing, sick beats and good tying advice. Love it. For more excellent videos including some great fly tying videos, go to Norbert Renaud’s Vimeo site. These “Simple Baitfish” patterns would be excellent flies for so many fishing situations that everyone would benefit by tying a few of these.


It’s very likely that this is the most versatile fly pattern out there. I’ve been tying these off and on over the years in size 4-8 for bass, sunfish, carp and trout in stiller waters but recently had my eyes opened to tying them in sizes 12-16 for trout in quick moving water. All the tips in this excellent video by Tightline Productions work but you’ll just need to downsize the ingredients. Tie a few up and see if they don’t do the trick either on a dead drift or with slow strips.

For size 12 and smaller Buggers, i recommend:

  • Tiemco 5262 hooks
  • Beads in 1/8 for size 12 and 7/64 for size 14, and 3/32 for size 16
  • Ultra Chenille
  • invest in a Whiting Bugger Pak, it has the smaller hackle and more than pays for itself

All these items can be purchased in the Austin area at either (ask for Greg) and or online (if you don’t have a local fly shop) at