March 9, 2009
Guadalupe River Update
With more consistent weather, the fishing on the Guadalupe River has improved considerably over the past couple of weeks. With spring conditions come late season hatches including caddis, slate drakes, hexagenia and lots of midges. We have also been seeing quite a number of our suckers spawning, putting thousands of eggs into the water; a favorite food source for our trout. Effective patterns include zebra midges, gold ribbed hares ears, various beatis emergers, graphics caddis and sucker spawns.
We have seen quite a few anglers on the river this season and many of the trout have become educated. Because of this, we are going lighter on the tippet (down to 6x fluorocarbon in some cases) and changing flies more often. Even with the low flows we are seeing nice water temps (upper 50s to mid 60s most days) and the better hatches are coming off in the late mornings and continue into the afternoons. With the warmer days we are starting to see the bass come to life on the Guadalupe (and throughout the Hill Country) as well. All in all, it is a nice time for fishing in Texas.
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