Guadalupe River Fishing Report
February 24, 2016: The annual return of the sucker spawn report. We have once again reached that time of year, when you can tie on a sucker spawn pattern in the morning, and likely leave it on throughout the day. There are many other flies that the trout are eating right now, and they are eating them very often. This season continues to be one of the better seasons for trout fishing on the Guadalupe that we have seen in a number of years.
The flows have dropped to 125cfs as of this writing, which is still enough to float without waders, and has also caused the fish, and therefore the fishermen, to congregate in areas with a little more flow, but there are fish to be had in the less likely places, you just have to be willing to travel to get to them. Wade anglers willing to walk will find more fish. Lower flows also means that my fly selection has shifted to smaller patterns, in the 12-20 range, as opposed to the 8-16 sizes that we were using in higher flows.
Hatches have be good and, for the most part consistent. Tricos in the mornings, with some midges mixed in and in the afternoon it has been a mix of midges and caddis. I have seen a few PMD and slate drakes around, and those patterns are working. There has been a pattern to the bugs in recent weeks that is more like late March, whereby we see good hatches & good fish in the mornings and in the mid day (1 or 2pm until 3pm or so) that the bugs have slacked off a bit, and so too has the fishing. Once the caddis and evening midges start, the fish start back up again as well, and it is often possible to fish some up with bacon & eggs when the bugs are slow.
Suggested flies: I am off the cat poo, but have added the sucker spawns and continue to have good work with worm patterns; especially the worms that like to squirm (stop in at Action Angler and and ask Prof. Squirm, aka Dave, all about the squirm).
Naturals (bottom fly) continue to vary. Mornings are good on dark (olive or black) nymphs and emergers, with a few dark chocolate thrown in for good measure. Black PT in a #20 or black RS2 in similar sizes. Midges are mostly #20 or #22 and are the standard fare for the Guadalupe. Afternoons have been more midges, though in lighter colors, as well as caddis pupa in a green, or caddis emergers. Soft hackles have been working well for the caddis, especially if you start getting takes on the swing.
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Warm Water Report
February 24, 2016: We have been enjoying an unseasonably warm February, which has meant more and better bass. While the bass fishing is still best after a few consecutive days of warmer weather, the early Spring bass fishing is shaping up to be good to very good this year.
The Colorado River below Austin continues to fish well on warmer days. Look for water closer to Austin or further downstream, near Bastrop for clearer water. Winter flows on the river mean that a shorter float, spending more time fishing deeper (even conventional soft plastics even) will do better work that fast moving with shallow running streamers. Pick your days right, and you can find some fat bass.
The Llano River near Castell continues to be very clear and cool. This has benefited the rainbows that were stocked around Castell, which have been rising to dry flies in the evenings. The bass are still slow, but give them a few weeks, and check back.
If you time it out right, and fish on days that are a little warmer, you can have trout, bass and sunfish all in one river.
Suggested Flies will vary with the river. Bigger flies for bigger fish. Most (the vast majority) of our fishing this time of year will be with streamers with colors depending on the conditions. Dark colors for stained or overcast conditions and light colors for sunny days or clear water. Do not be afraid to tie on that popper or hopper on a warm afternoon or evening for a few minutes. It certainly is not worth the casts many topwater casts, but one blowup on top is worth five chucking meat.
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