Guadalupe River Fishing Report
January 19, 2012: Flows on the Guadalupe moderated a little this week (a little down and then a little up and then back to previous levels) and are currently holding at 59cfs. The slight bump in flow put some floating algae in the water for a day but that algae has mostly dissipated and we are back to mostly slime free drifts. It is important to be checking your flies often to make sure that you don’t have any slime.
The trout are really keyed in on naturals now, so matching the hatch has become much more important in recent weeks. For the most part, we are seeing nice mixtures of hatches that include midges, BWO, tricos, and caddis. It depends on the day (temperatures & light conditions) as to the hatches we are seeing. On sunny days, the midges have been thick in the mornings and continuing throughout the day. We are seeing some tricos on the warmer days in the early mornings and the caddis are also coming out on sunny days in the late afternoons. On the overcast/cooler days, we have seen nice BWO hatches in the mornings and into the early afternoons in the upper section of the special trout zone.
Streamer work has been mixed in recent days. I am still seeing a lot of people pushing buggers, but much fewer hits. If you work a streamer for 12-20 casts and don’t get any results, change colors or get back to a nymph/emerger rig. My best streamer work has been on days with a sparse hatch and in the deep water. This is not to say that buggers are completely out of my boxes. I will give them a go after having nymphed an area first but if I don’t get any results quickly I will switch back to my bobbers.
We still are seeing some rising fish, especially on the overcast days or days where we have strong hatches. A lot of the rising fish in the afternoons are chasing emergers, so putting a soft hackle under a small dry and working to swing the flies (read: give some movement) can be effective.
The “move until you find fish” principal is still your better bet. Once you find one willing fish, you will typically find more. I have had a few places where one day you might find 2-3 fish in a spot and the next day find 5-8 fish willing to eat in the exact same spot. Being at the right place at the right time helps.
One thing I have been playing with in recent days is going “no weight.” I am simply using the natural weight of the flies to get the rig down. This means much longer drifts to make sure you are getting where you need to be but it seems to be working on days when the fish are picky.
Suggested flies: For midges: #20-22 rainbow warrior, pearl, #22 hatchling midge, #22 fly currents midge. For Caddis: #18 caddis emerger, green, #18 soft hackle hares ear. For BWO: #18-20 Palm’s sparkle baetis, #18 gray sparkle wing RS2. For tricos: #20 black RS2, #20 black pheasant tail nymph. Standards: #18 orange egg, #16 olive hares ear, sparse, #12-14 buggers with some flash on days when there isn’t much of a hatch and in deep water. Dries: #16-18 Stimulators and Elk Hair Caddis, #18-22 Parachute Adams, #20-24 midge dries.
Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009
Warm Water Report
January 19, 2012: No change since the last report.
The Colorado River below Austin has had some nice fishing days on the warmer days. We have had good reports of big Guadalupe Bass caught on streamers on the days when the afternoon temps get into the 70s for a few days in a row and the morning temps don’t dip too low. This is a great time of year to be on the Colorado. A lot fewer people out and nice, clear water to fish.
The San Marcos River has nice flows but with the mid-winter temps has been more miss than hit 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 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009
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