December 26, 2009
Guadalupe River Report
Winter in Central Texas has arrived, and with it has come cooler mornings and nice afternoons. On the cool mornings we are seeing hatches start later in the morning and continuing throughout the day. The hatches have included various mayflies, midges and, on the days where we warm up, some hexagenia and caddis in the afternoons. In our current pattern it is not necessary to be on the water at first light, except possibly on the weekends when you are trying to secure a walk-wade spot. Most of our better fishing has been in the late mornings and into the afternoons, with the evening fishing being very nice with good cross hatches. Once the sun is low in the sky the bugs complete their daily cycle and the fishing slows down in the last 30 minutes before dark.
On the days where the temperatures are a little warmer in the mornings we have seen a few tricos in the air, with good hexagenia and caddis in the afternoons. This is a little later in the year for this pattern, but on any warmer morning we can see good fishing earlier in the day. Later in the season (March-April) this pattern becomes the norm and in that pattern the fishing tends to be good early and late in the day, with a slow down throughout the middle part of the day. This has not been as apparent at this time, simply because our afternoon high temperatures are staying in a lower range and both the bugs and the fish are remaining active throughout the day.
We have seen another round of new fish into the river and these new fish include a number of palomino rainbows (check out the Photo page for some pictures of these interesting looking fish) as well as your more typical rainbows. The palominos are interesting to fish, simply because they are very visible in the water and make it easy for anglers and osprey to see where the fish are holding. For those wanting to learn more about how fish hold in the water, simply watching one of these fish work a seam can be very educational.
Float fishing continues to be my preferred way to fish the river, as it allows us to cover more water with greater ease. For those on a wade trip we have been able to get into spots where the fish are in a pod, allowing for some fast action.
Fly Patterns that have been the most productive over the past week include smaller attractors such as cream colored eggs, beadless prince nymphs and smaller stonefly patterns. Trailer flies that have been productive include smaller hares ear nymphs (18-20) various RS2 patterns in gray and black, midge emergers in black or chocolate and pheasant tail nymphs in black or natural in the same sizes as the hares ear nymphs. The standard Guadalupe assortment seems to be staying productive at this time with possibly a shift towards smaller flies.
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