Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

December 6, 2015Water, water everywhere and lots of bugs to eat.  The trout have spread out along the Guadalupe River tailrace below Canyon Dam and they have many options on insects to choose from. The biggest trick for fishing right now is getting a fly down to the fish.  We are seeing flows that we have not had the pleasure of experiencing for a number of seasons, so changing your techniques to get to those fish is almost as important as the fly you are presenting. Go deep.   Leave the itty bitty split shot at home and bring out the AB and BB shot, along with some weighted nymphs and long leaders. Higher flows means the fish are less fickle on tippet, too.  You can go 3x to an attractor most days, and 4x to a natural.

With the flows being up and the fish spread out, our better days are when we cover a lot of water by floating.

Be careful wading out there. While there are a number of spots that you can access at these flows, make sure to check where you are stepping before you commit to that step.

In addition to the hatches of morning tricos and afternoon midges, we are also still seeing good mixtures of PMDs, with some slate drakes and a few caddis on the warmer days.

Suggested flies:  Big attractors in the 10-12 range, with naturals in the 14-18 range.  Match your hatch but also keep something with a little sparkle in the tie to catch they eye.

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Warm Water Report

December 6, 2015:  Much like the Thanksgiving report, warm water right now can be good on days where we have had some warm afternoons.  Pick and choose your day and you can have some very nice late season fishing.  Go deep and slow most days for the most success.

The Colorado River below Austin has spots with clear water and spots with stained water.  The fish are digging on the areas with the clear conditions.  Streamers fished to the edges or deep.

The Llano River continues to have a nice boost in flows from the rains of late October.  The flip side to that, is the number of cold nights that tend to make the fish sluggish.  If you do go, look for the warmest days when you have had a number of warm days in a row.

Suggested Flies will vary with the river.  Bigger flies for bigger fish.  Most (the vast majority) of our fishing this time of year will be with streamers with colors depending on the conditions.  Dark colors for stained or overcast conditions and light colors for sunny days or clear water.  Do not be afraid to tie on that popper or hopper on a warm afternoon or evening for a few minutes. It certainly is not worth the casts many topwater casts, but one blowup on top is worth five chucking meat.

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