Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

May 2, 2012The fishing on the Guadalupe River for trout in the upper reaches (First 5 to 6 miles from the dam) continues to be good in the mornings.  Flows have moderated some and are currently holding at 65 cfs.  Water temps in the first 7 miles are in the low to mid 60s in the overnight and morning period and jump to the lower 70s in the mid-day.  We are seeing good hatches of tricos and midges in the mornings and the fish are also moving to damsel patterns as well.

All of my trips for trout on the Guadalupe at this time of year are half day trips, where we are on the water by 7-8 am and off by no later than noon.  The fish look healthy and are active in the mornings, but the lack of insect activity in the mid-day, and the warmer water temperatures make fishing the mid and late day problematic for trout.

As an upside, we have had nice bass and other warm water species in the late mornings and into the mid day, so taking a mixed trip of trout in the morning and bass in the afternoon a nice alternate to just trout.

Suggested flies: Very similar to the last report.  Tricos:  #22 trico spinners.  Midges:  #20-22 Rainbow Warriors, .  Caddis:  #14-18 soft hackle hares ear or similar.  Damsel: #16 olive hares ear.  Attractors:  #14 San Juan worms in brighter colors, #12 girdle bugs

Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009

Warm Water Report

May 2, 2012:  The warm water fishing throughout the Hill Country is good to very good right now.   Break out your 12-15 lb tippet for all of our bass rivers and dust off those 6wt rods.

The Llano River has seen a reduction in flow since the last report.  The headwater still has flows for floating, but the middle and lower sections of the river are getting more difficult to navigate at this time.  That being said, the river is fishing very well.  Water clarity on the lower section of the river remains gin clear and the upper river has a slight stain but is still very fishable.  Lighter color streamers in the lower stretches with some poppers in the evenings and darker streamers and poppers throughout the day on the upper.

The Colorado River downstream of Austin continues to fish very well.  We are seeing some flow changes on the river, so checking the releases from Longhorn Dam has become a morning ritual once again.  The upside to the bump in flows is that the water clarity on the river has improved tremendously.  Patterns still include various streamers in either light colors or crawfish patterns as well as poppers that are worked very close to the bank.  If you can get the popper on the spot, typically the fish will eat in the first chug.

The San Marcos River is fishing good to very good in the mornings to early afternoon.  We are seeing good work on olive or black streamers and nice work on green poppers.  It seems that the river slows after noon or 1pm, so fishing early is a better option for the San Marcos.  Lots of bass in the 1 pound range.

The Guadalupe River near New Braunfels. This is an alternate location for those wanting to fish something besides trout near New Braunfels.  The smallies and guadalupe bass remain good on olive streamers and good to very good on poppers in the afternoon.  This section of river will start to see more toobers on the weekends, but tends to be quiet in the early to mid week periods.

Suggested Flies will vary with the river but more in size than in color.  For the Colorado, fish larger patterns in the #4-3/0 range and for the San Marcos and Llano fish patterns in the #4-8 range.  Streamers include various clouser minnows, most any wooley bugger or crawfish pattern.  On clear water/sunny days, go lighter in your colors such as white or chartreuse and on Overcast/stained water, go with darker colors such as black or purple.  You can fish rust and olive patterns most any day.  Poppers are more by the color, with yellow, green and red working well most days.

Historical Warm Water Fishing Reports for 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009

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