Guadalupe River Fishing Report
February 21, 2011: The past three weeks on the Guadalupe has included some of the best fishing of the season. We have seen steady fishing throughout the day, punctuated by a number of very nice trout 18 inches and larger. The cold weather of early February has yielded to very pleasant days and wet wading opportunities. Flows continue to remain at 130 cfs, which has been nice for float/wade trips and water temperatures are in a perfect range of 53-56 degrees.
Hatches have been numerous in recent weeks, with some of the best BWO hatches coming off in the coldest weather days earlier in the month and now tricos, slate drakes and caddis coming off on the warmer days. The midges have been coming off throughout the day, and remain our most consistent hatch. I have had a number of days where we are successful on the same attractor pattern throughout the day and only have to change our natural as the morning hatch transitions into the afternoon hatch. The first signs of the sucker spawn, with suckers aggressively taking flies, rising and showing signs of schooling, have us hopeful that the trout will have a bountiful feast of sucker roe in short order.
Simply put, now is the time to be fishing the Guadalupe.
The scheduled work to Canyon Dam has been delayed and we do not expect to have any changes to flows through February and into the first part of March. I have been getting weekly updates from the Army Corp and will update the report as soon as the next schedule change is announced.
Suggested flies: for the Guadalupe are dependent on the weather and much the same as the last report. On the colder days I have had good work on smaller egg patterns in orange and pink as attractors and midges or gray RS2’s as naturals. I have had nice days in both the warm and cold with various stonefly patterns in sizes ranging from #12-16, various WD40 patterns in gray and chocolate and have had good streamer work as well. I am starting to play with sucker spawn patterns with improved results each day. I have had better goes with attractor nymphs in the #12-16 range in general, but am still staying away from bead head patterns, especially on sunny days. Favorite attractors include beadless prince nymphs and hares ear nymphs. Caddis patterns have been varied, but tan and brown in a #18 or #20 have been better than green. Streamers in a #6-10 in olive, black and brown have all worked so long as we have gotten them deep enough.
Historical Fishing Reports for 2011, 2010 and 2009
Warm Water Report
February 21, 2011: We are experiencing our first warming trend of the late winter and early spring and have had nice reports of fishing on the Colorado below Austin in recent days. Scouting to follow, but given the current weather pattern of highs in the mid to upper 70s and lows in the mid to upper 50s, our first hint of warm water fishing has arrived.
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. Big bass and shortly some white bass can be caught deep on heavy streamers and sinking lines.
The Colorado River below Austin is beginning to turn on. So long as this warmer weather holds, I expect the fishing will remain good. Most of the better fishing has been with crawfish patterns or heavy Clouser minnows, but we have seen some surface activity as well.
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. With the lack of rain this winter, flows on the Llano are very low at this time. 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.
Historical Warm Water Fishing Reports for 2011, 2010 and 2009
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