Guadalupe River Fishing Report
January 5, 2016: The fishing on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam is fishing as well as you are likely to seen it fish. Good to very good days have been the norm over the past couple of weeks. Lots of good cross hatches on the river, with tricos, midges, baetis, slate drakes, PMDs, and caddis all playing a part. There are also lots of big hellgrammites in the river, as well.
Flows have moderated, and we are seeing more wade anglers on the river. As of this report, the inflow is actually slightly higher than the outflow (355 on the inflow vs. 325 on the outflow) and Canyon Lake is holding more-or-less steady at 909.6’ msl. We are due to have some more rain later this week, so we might see an increase in outflow soon. Keep an eye on the flow gauge if you are wanting to wade this coming weekend.
Flows for floating have remained very good this season, and with the reduction in flows, float fishing has improved. This is in part due to not having to fish as much weight, but also it seems that the trout have started to see the smaller insects more often than when we were having flows above 600cfs. My favorite part about the current flows: I have not had to wear waders on the boat once this season!
With the reduction in flows, we have also seen a nice clearing up of the water color. It is much easier to see the channels and cuts in the river, with is good for knowing where to fish as well as knowing where not to step while wading. I would still encourage wade anglers to carry a wading staff, if only to probe ahead of themselves when walking.
I have not been in a big hurry to get out on the water on the cold mornings, as the insects tend to start picking up after the sun has made an appearance. Once we get a little warming in the mornings, we have had steady fishing throughout the day.
Suggested flies: Attractors as a top fly and naturals as a bottom fly. Matching the hatch has been a good way to pick up fish in recent days, though there are a few fish still eating big bugs along the way. I do not have any one pattern that I am liking right now, as many patterns have made good goes in recent weeks. Attractors in the 12-16 range and naturals in the 14-20 range of sizes.
Services and Rates Upcoming Clinics
Fishing the Guadalupe in Higher Flows, Part I
Guadalupe River Insects and Flies to Match the Hatch
Warm Water Report
January 5, 2016: Winter fishing is in full effect on our warm water rivers. Pick and choose your days for bass. Look for 3-5 consecutive days of warmer weather and fish on the day or two before the next front. Fish deep and slow with streamers.
The Colorado River below Austin has been fishing well on the warmer days. The fish are deep and the bites are subtle. Streamers are the way to go right now.
The Llano River near Castell has TROUT! The Castell, Schneider’s and Scott’s Crossings have all been stocked by TPWD with trout and the river in Llano is due to be stocked with trout on January 14. It is a fun time for the Llano. With ultra clear water and good flows, get out and have some fun. Don't for get to stop in at the Castell General Store to say hello to Randy & Mark and enjoy some good food, plenty of beer and tall tales!
If you time it out right, and fish on days that are a little warmer, you can have trout, bass and sunfish all in one river.
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.