Guadalupe River Report
September 15, 2010: The summer toobing season on the Guadalupe is coming to an end and, with the decrease in crowds, the peace and quite that is familiar to trout anglers on the Guadalupe is once again returning. Flows on the river have stayed strong all summer (the minimum flow agreement between the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited and the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority was in full effect this summer) and there are many holdover trout in the tailwater section of the Guadalupe this fall. The fishing on the Guadalupe this summer for trout was nice, though with the heat of summer and the recreational crowds, the better fishing has been in the early morning hours or late in the evening. The bugs have been nice on the river throughout the summer and summer hopper and caddis hatches have provided something we don’t see much of in the winter months: dry fly fishing.
For those who are wanting to get out on the river this fall, the better fishing will continue to be in the early mornings and late evenings (quite often from just after sun-up and continuing until about noon or 1pm) but as we start to have cooler days in late October and early November the fishing will continue to improve in the mid day hours.
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Suggested flies: include various standard patterns like pheasant tail nymphs and hares ear nymphs in the mornings and midge patterns throughout the day. We are continuing to see nice caddis hatches, hexagenia and slate drakes in the summer months as well. Nymphing is typically the most effective method for fishing the Guadalupe but there are a number of mornings when you will have nice goes with various caddis and hopper dry fly patterns.
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Warm Water Report
September 15, 2010: Summer Bass fishing in the Texas Hill Country has been good throughout the summer months. Like the Guadalupe for trout, the early mornings have produced some of the better warm water action in the Hill Country. With the occasional late summer front coming through or a system blowing up from the Gulf, there have been some selective overcast and cooler days that have made for some nice all day fishing this summer.
The San Marcos River has had very good fishing with poppers fished very close to the bank and with crawfish patterns fished deep near the banks as well. Early fishing (getting on a little after sun up and fishing into the late morning) has been very nice, with the toobers being minimal until the early afternoon. We have also had nice fishing in the evenings as well.
The Llano River in Mason and Llano Counties has been fishing well early and late in the day, with hoppers and poppers fishing well fished closed to the bank. We have also seen nice fish on small olive buggers and clousers as well.
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The Colorado River below Austin has had some of the best warm water fishing this summer. Flows still continue to change on a daily basis, but the fish don’t mind and the fishing has been good. This reach of river can fish very nicely on the falling water with heavy flies such as dumbbell eyed clousers and crawfish patterns.
Fly Patterns that have been producing well throughout the Hill Country include poppers, various hoppers, small buggers in olive and black and various crawfish patterns.
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