Guadalupe River Trout Fishing Report
February 15, 2017: A mixed bag of weather since the last report. We have had days where the air temperatures did not get out of the 50’s all day and we have had days where the temperatures start in the low 60’s and climb into the upper 80s by afternoon. What has this meant for the fishing: a wide variety of hatches and different flies, depending on the days. The trico hatches have continued to be good to very good most mornings, and we have even seen a few rising to dries in the early mornings, though the fish seem to be off of them by mid morning, which is about the time that the caddis begin. Our caddis hatch has been one of the better hatches to fish this season, with fish eating the emergers throughout the late morning and into the afternoons and evenings. Mix this in with the BWO’s on overcast days and we have seen many good bugs and, therefore, many eating fish.
Midge patterns continue to work well anywhere you are fishing near fast moving riffles. The mixture of midges includes #20 black midges and smaller, #24 gray/cream midges.
But wait, there’s more.
The suckers are in the latter parts of their spawn, which means that sucker spawn patterns continue to produce some good eats, though I have seemed to have had better eats on the egg in the morning. Not sure why, but that has been the case for me.
Attractors such as girdle bugs and squirmy worms still have their days,
Suggested flies: A wide mixture of big bugs (works, girdle bugs) on top, with trico emergers or BWO in the morning and #18 tan caddis emergers in the afternoons.
High Flow Tip #1: It is difficult to get a good drift if you are fishing the swift water right now. In the higher flows, there are a number of fish that have moved into less swift water, which happens to be water where longer drifts are possible. Add in you additional split shot, work to make a longer drift but also look for water that might not be as swift.
Hight Flow Tip #2: Now is a great time to take a float trip. Just sayin’.....
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Warm Water Report
February 15, 2017:
The Llano River near Castell is running clear and cold and the report is similar to the last report. I am hearing a few reports of the TPWD trout still coming to hand upstream of the bridge in Castell. Check in at the store to find out the places upstream of the Castell bridge and how to better access those spots for fly fishing. If you want to mix in some bass and sunfish, fish small streamers deep in slow. I had one very good report from last weekend of bass around the Mason area being caught on streamers that were fished deep and slow. Consider bringing out your sink tip line this time of year.
The South Llano River near Junction has continued good flows. I have not gotten a recent report from the South Llano, but suspect that it is similar to the main Llano in terms of bass. Pick and choose your days and fish deep with streamers. There may be a few trout still around the state park, but their numbers are greatly reduced from the last report.
The Guadalupe River near New Braunfels has good flows. The warmer days has meant that we have seen some good bass and numerous sunfish, even when nymph fishing for trout. I saw a group of conventional anglers last weekend doing very well on soft plastic crawfish, that they were working slow and deep.
The Colorado River downstream of Austin had a bump in flows and went off color about 10 days ago but flows have moderated and the color is returning to the river. Broken record: deep and slow with streamers. Consider a sink tip to get down.
The San Marcos River is still flowing well, but cooler weather means cooler fish. You guessed it: deep and slow.
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