Guadalupe River Report
May 1, 2010: We are still enjoying nice late season trout fishing on the Guadalupe River. Canyon Lake remains full and spring rains have continued to bring additional rains to the area, keeping the flows nice on the river. Current flow on the Guadalupe below Canyon is 466 cfs, which means very good flows for floating and nice flows for selected wade fishing. My better fishing has been early in the morning through early afternoon, with some nice fishing to be had in the late evening as well.
Trico hatches continue to be nice on the river and caddis, hexagenia and PMDs are very nice most days as well. On the warmer days the fish are sulking in the deep water in the afternoons but on overcast days they are staying active throughout the day. I have had a few nice mornings on trio dries, but am still keeping to nymphs most days. Quite a few fish are chasing flies and fishing a swing will produce some nice hookups most days.
Fly Patterns that are working include trico emerger, black midges throughout the day, PMD emergers continue to produce in the afternoons and various caddis emergers, with a sparkle caddis being my preferred afternoon emerger. My preferred attractor is a tan or light brown San Juan Worm and patterns such as hares ear nymphs have produced some nice hook ups as well.
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Warm Water Report
May 1, 2010: Spring bass fishing in the Hill Country is in full swing now, with nice to steady fishing on most of the rivers throughout the region. Overall, we have seen good rains this spring, giving us more flow that in recent years.
The San Marcos River has experienced some increases in flows from the recent rains but has settled back into a nice fishing pattern. I have had better success on the San Marcos in the early morning to early afternoon with green and yellow poppers and crawfish patterns fished deep.
The Llano River has more flow than we have seen in the past few seasons, opening up more water for floating and giving us chances to get away from some of the more popular spots. Water on the lower river is gin clear and water color near Junction is nice but a little off color. Buggers and clousers have been better in recent weeks and water temps are coming up nicely. The Llano should continue to fish nicely throughout May.
The Colorado River below Austin has seen wide fluctuations in flows over the past month but it appears that the flows have moderated and the river is fishable once again. Late April and early May are historically the best time in the Spring for fishing this stretch, with poppers working well in the morning and evenings and various streamers throughout the day.
Fly Patterns that I am preferring right now include heavily weighted streamers or lighter streamers fished with sink tip lines. Buggers in olive, black and crawfish patterns have been very good, with a crawfish pattern being my favorite for fishing the San Marcos. Topwater flies include frog poppers or a Pistol Pete in Yellow and Green.
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