Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

November 21, 2011The flow on the Guadalupe below Canyon Dam ha been reduced slightly from the last report an is currently holding at 56 cfs.  Water temps are in a very good range and the river has benefitted from the first round of stockings for 2011/12.  We did have some holdover fish in the river and good hatches but this first stocking will help to improve catch rates significantly.  Much like other seasons, the first couple of weeks after a stocking should be good, with standard patterns working well most days.  Currently we are seeing nice hatches of tricos and caddis on the river and there are many more baitfish in the river that I have seen in a couple of years.

Suggested flies: Patterns include small hares ears and pheasant tails in the #16-20 range as well as various trico patterns such as black RS2s.  For the bass, typical warm water patterns such as wooly buggers, meat whistles and clouser minnows have been productive and are best fished towards banks and structure.  You can use the same streamers worked slowly through deep water for trout.

Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2011, 2010 and 2009

Warm Water Report

November 21, 2011: 

The Colorado River continues to fish very well.  Brighter colored streamers including meat whistles and Clouser minnows with good weight are better producers along with various crawfish patterns in brown or rust colors.  Fish close to structure and allow your fly to get deep.  Floating lines still work well but we are using longer leaders in the 9-10 foot length to get down to the fish.  Some work on poppers and divers on the warmer days and in the evenings.  We are in lower winter flows, and the water is very clear.  Most bass range between 1.5 and 3 pounds with chances at some bass in the 4-5 pound range.

The San Marcos River continues to have nice flows from the San Marcos springs.  Fishing has been better on the warmest days, with streamers providing better action most days.  Much like the Colorado, working the structures has resulted in some very nice bass.

The Llano River finally has some flow.  The cooler days and some rain has given the best boost to river flows in some times.  Much like other bass streams, you are better to use streamers most days.

Suggested Flies for the warm water streams in the Hill Country include most any popper in the #4-12 range, with better work coming on froggie patterns and poppers that move a lot of water such as VIP poppers.  Streamers such as Clouser minnows, crawfish patterns and buggers in various colors and weights are working well.  Most of our rivers are flowing clear to mostly clear and brighter colors (white & chartreuse) have been very good choices.

Historical Warm Water Fishing Reports for 2011, 2010 and 2009


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