Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

April 17, 2012The fishing on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam continues to be better in the mornings.  We did have a cool front come through recently, which has cooled the air and water temps but we are are in our late spring pattern, where the fishing (and bugs) are good from first light until about noon and then with a brief window in the late evening.  Flows from Canyon Lake are holding at or about 95 cfs, and water temperatures are good, with temps in the mid-sixties throughout most of the trophy trout zone.  The water is stained, but the fish are still finding small bugs in the water.

In the mornings we are seeing nice hatches of tricos with some midges and caddis mixed in and in the late evenings we are seeing good hatches of caddis.  We are also seeing good action with various attractors as well as damsel nymphs.

If you plan on fishing the Guadalupe, a half day float or wade is the better way to experience the river.

Suggested flies: Tricos:  #22 black RS2, #22 trico spinners.  Midges:  #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, #22 polywing emerger.  Caddis:  #14-18 soft hackle hares ear or similar.  Damsel: #16 olive hares ear.  Attractors:  #14 San Juan worms in brighter colors, #12 girdle bugs

Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009

Warm Water Report

April 17, 2012:  The bass fishing in the Hill Country is coming into that perfect time of the year.  We are post-spawn on most rivers and the fish are working very well on top water on the Colorado, the Guadalupe and some on the Llano.   Break out your 12-15 lb tippet for all of our bass rivers and dust off those 6wt rods.

The Llano River continues to benefit from good flows.  The water is off color from Groby crossing to half way between the James River and Simonsville Crossings and then gets very clear as it flows through the eastern part of Mason County and into Llano County.  We have seen some nice bass on the Llano this spring, with most of the work on streamers.  White, chartreuse and crawfish colors have done the better work.  In the areas of the river that have a little color to the water, poppers have been good in darker colors.

The Colorado River downstream of Austin has been fishing very well to excellent.  The top water action on the Colorado has been good to very good most days and we are having good work in between those times with various streamers, with crawfish patterns doing most of the work.  The water downstream of  FM 973 remains stained, but it has improved over the past week.  Despite the stained water, the fish have been aggressive.  Most days our better takes have been on the first cast to a spot.  If we don’t get a hit on the first shot, we move on.  Once you find one fish, you can typically find a few more.  Keep moving and don’t work any one spot too long.  For big bass, the Colorado remains the best option in the area.

The San Marcos River report has not changed and, with the river continues to benefit from good flows, the fishing has been spotty.  Better fishing has been early in the day and on streamers.  Typically the San Marcos picks up in mid to late April, so the report should be changing soon

The Guadalupe River near New Braunfels. This is a new location for the report.  The fishing from 1st crossing downstream to Cypress Bend Park in New Braunfels has been good to very good.  We have seen a mixture of topwater and streamer work, with streamers working better on sunny days and earlier in the day and poppers working on overcast or late afternoon conditions.  You will see toobers on the weekends, but during the week there is minimal recreational traffic.

Suggested Flies will vary with the river but more in size than in color.  For the Colorado, fish larger patterns in the #4-3/0 range and for the San Marcos and Llano fish patterns in the #4-8 range.  Streamers include various clouser minnows, most any wooley bugger or crawfish pattern.  On clear water/sunny days, go lighter in your colors such as white or chartreuse and on Overcast/stained water, go with darker colors such as black or purple.  You can fish rust and olive patterns most any day.  Poppers are more by the color, with yellow, green and red working well most days.

Historical Warm Water Fishing Reports for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009

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