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As a long time aficionado of New Mexico and Colorado trout as well as the excellent local fly shop Living Waters, i’m excited to feature their trailer for the upcoming feature on trout fishing in both of these wonderful states.

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We regret to inform you that the LoCol Trash Bash has been postponed due to unsafe water conditions.  We have been carefully watching recent rainfall, river flows, lake levels, and dam releases within the Colorado River watershed. After consulting with the LCRA, we have concluded that river flows will likely remain unsafe for at least the next several days.  Safety is our primary concern.  No trash is worth risking a life for!

We are rescheduling the event for Saturday, June 25.  Same time, same location.  We can not assume that everyone will be available again in June, so we have opened a separate registration for the rescheduled date.

We apologize for the inconvenience of having to reschedule the LoCol Trash Bash this close to the event.  We hope that you will be able to join us on June 25. – Orvis of Austin

Register (or re-register) via this link.

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If you have any sort of access to Spotify you’ll be able to enjoy this new playlist of loud, screaming music that is sure to get you and your co-pilots banging your heads so hard that you’ll likely stop worrying if you’re going to run out of gas before you make the next small town at dusk after a long day of enticing giant fish with tiny flies. It’s not for everyone, but for those that love the rabid intensity of metal, it’s a compilation sure to amp you up to eleven.

Listen to the playlist HERE.

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As anyone who’s worked in retail during the holidays can attest, it’s easy to forget the real message of the season when you’re neck deep in panicked shoppers looking for any shiny object to throw in a box and slap a holiday message on.

Luckily i was reminded of what joy the holidays can hold when i recently spent a few days with my family in ice cold Colorado. More or less holed up due to single digit temperatures, days were spent playing board games, taking turns cooking AMAZING meals, and occasionally venturing out to Bass Pro shop right around the corner to amass a small fly tying arsenal.

Originally the fly tying idea was my cure against “Cabin Fever”, setting up shop in the garage in an effort to keep myself busy and out of the way while cooking magic was going on inside. I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but eventually my mother (a great artist and incredibly creative person) ended up in the “Tie Shop” with my brother David (an amazing fly tier and steel header from Oregon) and i giving her first lesson in fly tying.

I’ve never seen anyone take to anything so quickly, she is a natural to put it mildly. The time spent with my brother and her was amazing on its own, but eventually David retired and it was just me giving what advice i could to my mom while engaging in random conversation. It was probably only an hour spent there with flies, alternately being tied by her and i, enjoying wine and beer respectively while supporting each other, but it felt like a blissful eternity. Conversations were those of adults that respect each others differences instead of the parent / child dynamic that tends to cause so much anxiety and heartache on both sides of the fence.

So remember that you have a lot more to offer than you think. Sometimes just sharing your knowledge is a gift, and sometimes just seeing it being embraced so whole heartedly and enthusiastically is a gift in itself.

You can not buy that feeling. Anywhere.