Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Warm Water Report

September 15, 2011: 

The Colorado River below Austin is one of the few rivers in the Hill Country that has good flows this summer.  This is due mostly to the LCRA releases through Town Lake for downstream use.  Time your put in based upon the daily cycle of flows to catch the river as it is falling from peak flows.  Use both streamers and poppers fished closed to the bank for best results and try to fish early and late to avoid the heat.

The San Marcos River has fair flows for kayak fishing at this time.  The San Marcos fishes well in the summer months on both streamers and poppers.  Work the banks and dead falls in the areas adjacent to current for better results.

The Llano River is very low at this time.  If you do get out, make sure that you fish early and play the fish quickly, as the warm water temps will stress even the hardiest of bass.  Hoppers, poppers and small buggers all work well on the Llano in late summer and into the fall.

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.


The “Seriously, We Need Rain” Report

September 15, 2011The flow on the Guadalupe below Canyon Dam has remained at or about 65 cfs throughout the summer.  Even with the drought and low flows, the water temperatures have remained cold enough for trout to survive in the first 5-6 miles of river below Canyon and in some of the deeper water below the 6 mile mark.  Given the severity of the drought and the low flows it has been surprising at the number of nice hold over fish that still remain in the river in the upper stretches.  If you have to get out, please consider fishing very early in the mornings, playing your fish quickly, keep the fish in the water while removing the hook, and spend extra time allowing the fish to revive before releasing.  That being said:  for those wanting to wet a line, consider fishing the river closer to Gruene and target bass and sunfish.

Suggested flies: None at this time for trout.  For smallies & sunfish, any of the patterns listed in the warm water report will work.


Historical Guadalupe River Fishing Report for 2011, 2010 and 2009


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