Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

December 14, 2010The Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam is fishing well.  We still have clear water but that has allowed for nice days of sight casting and spotting fish.  We have seen a bit of a false spawn in recent weeks, were the rainbows were moving into shallow waters and making spawning beds.  This activity is coming to an end and may of the fish that were in the shallows are starting to move back into their typical holding areas throughout the river. 

Hatches have been numerous in recent weeks, with tricos still coming off strong in the mornings and have been joined by some very nice hexagenia and a few midges.  In the afternoons we are seeing a mixture of caddis, midges, PMDs and more hexes.  The cross hatch has resulted in quite a few fly changes in recent days, fished mostly with 4x and 5x tippet.  With the clear water I have been tempted to go lighter on the tippet, but with an average rainbow being in excess of 17 inches and very strong fighters, I have resisted this temptation so far.

Suggested flies: for the Guadalupe include a mixture of smaller midges in both gray and black in the 20-24 range, trico emergers in the mornings, beatis nymphs and emergers throughout the day and attractor patterns such as San Juan worms, prince nymphs and copper johns.  Typically flies fished in a day include, black & gray RS2s, pheasant tail nymphs in both natural and black, graphics caddis and various Gridle bug patters either drifted or stripped.  We have seen nice work with white streamers fished deep in the mornings as well.

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Warm Water Report

December 14, 2010:  Winter is settling in to the Texas Hill Country.  The typical pattern for this time of year is to have a cold front through the area every 3-7 days.  This bring north winds and cold mornings and slow warm water fishing.  Fortunately, the space between fronts allows for the weather to warm and the bass to get back to feeding.  ‘Tis the season for big bass, caught deep on heavy streamers and sinking lines.

The Colorado River below Austin remains our most consistent warm water fishery in the Texas Hill Country.  Lots of big bass produced some very nice days this past fall.  I am not seeing as much surface activity as I was in October but crawfish patterns and white clousers have produced many nice fish.  Flows have been good on this stretch throughout the fall, and the water is clear.  We are still seeing some top water action on the warmer days and in the evenings.

The San Marcos River benefits from constant water temperatures at the San Marcos Springs that help to moderate the effects of cool fronts.  Typically the fishing on the San Marcos rebounds after a front a little sooner than some of our other rivers in the region but you still want to fish deep with heavy streamers.

The Llano River is typically more affected by cooler weather than some of the other river in the Hill Country.  While I will fish the Llano for myself throughout the year, I typically do not guide on the Llano once we have some stronger fronts through the region.  As mentioned above, timing is everything when picking a day to fish for bass on the Llano.  Go deep with streamers such as clousers, heavy buggers and crawfish patterns for some bigger fish.

Suggested Flies for bass in the Hill Country include most any streamer that is white in color as well as crawfish patterns that get deep.   I am still seeing some top water activity in the evenings, but for the most part I am working streamers at banks and structure.

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