Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

December 2, 2011Flows on the Guadalupe have remained constant from the last report and are currently holding at 56cfs.  The fishing in the past two weeks on the river has been good as the holdover trout have been supplemented with stockings by both GRTU and TPWD.  With the low flows we have seen trout schooling more than in high flow years and typically when you find one fish you will find numerous fish.  Lighten up on your weights (I am using either bead head flies for weight or a single #6 shot with un-weighted flies) and shorten your indicator to fish in most places.  Keep a close eye on your indicator, as the fish are making very quick strikes at flies and it is very easy to miss a fish simply because of the current tendency for the fish to “short strike” at flies.  I have had some work stripping small buggers and larger nymphs but most of my better work has come on dead drifts or on the swing.  Better hatches have included midges, caddis and a few BWOs on the overcast days.  The most important thing to remember: keep moving until you find fish.

Suggested flies: Patterns that have been effective in recent days include #16 olive hares ear nymphs, #18-20 rainbow warriors , various stonefly patterns in the #14-18 range as well as pheasant tail nymphs, eggs & worms in the #14-18 range.  Smaller, lightly weighted buggers are also working well at times.

Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2011, 2010 and 2009


Warm Water Report

December 2, 2011: 

The Colorado River below Austin has slowed a little with the cooler weather but we have seen some nice days when we have had a string 3-4 warm days in a row.  Most everything has been on streamers and we have seen more Guadalupe bass than largemouth bass in recent weeks.  This is typical for this time of year as the LMB will tend to be suspended.  Still work longer leaders but fish the fly a little further off the structure and off grass beds to prospect for the largemouth.

The San Marcos River has nice flows but with the cooler weather is a hit-or-miss river for bass and sunfish.  Keep an eye on the weather and time your trip out for days that are in the 80+ degree range after a few days of highs above 70.  Streamers.

The Llano River continues to rebound from the low flows from this summer.  The South Llano seems to be fishing better than the main Llano, but like our other warm water streams is in a winter pattern, where the warmer days will produce more fish.  Like the Colorado, fish your streamers further off the bank to prospect for suspended bass.

Suggested Flies for warm water in the winter months is mostly streamers.  On sunny days with clear water you will do better work with white or chartreuse patterns and on overcast days switch to black & purple.  I will fish olive patterns and crawfish patterns in most any condition.  Keep to heavier flies (3/4 to 1 foot per second sink rates) and longer leaders in the winter months to effectively get your flies to depth.  It is also possible to switch to a short sinking tip line to get your fly down and keep it down.

Historical Warm Water Fishing Reports for 2011, 2010 and 2009


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