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Llano will hold its first-ever rainbow trout release party on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grenwelge Park, 103 E. Haynie St. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is releasing 2,000 trout into the Llano River while the city hosts fishing demonstrations and serves free hot dogs. Local outdoor businesses have been invited to set up booths at the event.

“We just want folks to come out and have a great time,” Llano Community Development Director Tony Guidroz told “Bring everybody, bring the whole family.”

The event is part of an annual TPWD program that releases hundreds of thousands of rainbow trout across the state each winter. This will be the first time the coveted game fish is released at Grenwelge Park.

Visitors can expect a fly fishing demo and fly tying class. TPWD officials from the statewide Angler Education Program will be present for a question-and-answer session, fish cleaning instructions, and might even cook some of the catches. Representatives from Tomahawk N’ Spurs Sporting Mercantile and Los Cazadores will also have booths.

Anglers 17 years and older will need valid freshwater fishing licenses to drop a line. 

The event is sponsored by the city of Llano, TPWD, Lower Colorado River Authority, Colorado River Alliance, Llano Chamber of Commerce, and Llano Main Street Program.