Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Fishing Report

January 5, 2011The New Year has brought the first signs of rain since September to the Guadalupe River Valley, and with it mild winter conditions and nice hatches.  The flows on the Guadalupe remain below historical averages, but he float fishing has been good.  We have seen a number of trout in shallow waters, allowing for some nice sight casting opportunities and even a little dry fly fishing on select days.  The holdover fish are biting as well, if not better than the new arrivals on small, natural patterns and the newer fish are hitting attractor flies aggressively.  I have resisted the temptation to go to 6x tippet, but am using 5x fluorocarbon to my attractor as well as my trailer.  Tricos are out most warmer days, along with caddis and some hexagenia.  On the cooler days we have seen slate drakes & BWOs.  The midges are out most afternoons, no matter the weather.

Suggested flies: for the Guadalupe include a mixture of of attractor patterns and naturals.  My attractors include various color eggs in smaller sizes (18-20) as well as San Juan worms in most any color.  I haven’t had much success with bead-head attractors but larger olive hares ear nymphs and beadless prince nymphs have worked more days than not.  Natural patterns include smaller (18-22) RS2 patterns in both gray and black, as well as smaller pheasant tails, poly wing midges in gray and brown and various soft hackle patterns in olive, gray, black and tan. 

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Warm Water Report

January 5, 2011:  (Pretty much the same as before)  The typical pattern for this time of year is to have a cold front through the area every 3-7 days.  This bring north winds and cold mornings and slow warm water fishing.  Fortunately, the space between fronts allows for the weather to warm and the bass to get back to feeding.  Big bass and shortly some white bass can be caught deep on heavy streamers and sinking lines.

The Colorado River below Austin remains our most consistent warm water fishery in the Texas Hill Country.  Lots of big bass produced some very nice days this past fall.  I am not seeing as much surface activity as I was in October but crawfish patterns and white clousers have produced many nice fish.  Flows are at the winter-lows but still good for floating and the water is clear.  We are still seeing some top water action on the warmer days and in the evenings.

The San Marcos River benefits from constant water temperatures at the San Marcos Springs that help to moderate the effects of cool fronts.  Typically the fishing on the San Marcos rebounds after a front a little sooner than some of our other rivers in the region but you still want to fish deep with heavy streamers.

The Llano River is typically more affected by cooler weather than some of the other river in the Hill Country.  While I will fish the Llano for myself throughout the year, I typically do not guide on the Llano once we have some stronger fronts through the region.  As mentioned above, timing is everything when picking a day to fish for bass on the Llano.  Go deep with streamers such as clousers, heavy buggers and crawfish patterns for some bigger fish.

Suggested Flies for bass in the Hill Country include most any streamer that is white in color as well as crawfish patterns that get deep.   I am still seeing some top water activity in the evenings, but for the most part I am working streamers at banks and structure.

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