Guadalupe River Fly Fishing

Guadalupe River Report

May 18, 2010:  The late season fishing on the Guadalupe River for rainbow trout continues to stay strong.  We have seen some of our best hatches and better fishing days of the season this May with very good cross hatches on most days.  Tricos, midges, caddis, PMD and hexagenia continue to produce nice fishing opportunities and the recent rains have allowed fish to move into areas that are difficult for wade fishermen to access but are easily fished by raft.

We have seen some dramatic increases in flows after rain events but the Army Corp has done a good job of keeping the lake level at a sustained level and typically the down time after a rain due to high flows is only three to five days.  This is a very nice change from prior years and has helped to keep the fish healthy and hungry late into the spring.

Weekdays are my preferred time for fishing the Guadalupe, as there are fewer toobers on the river, but even on weekends we are having quite mornings on the river and the fishing in the afternoon has been very good, even with the toobers.

Fly Patterns that are working include trico emerger, black midges throughout the day, PMD emergers continue to produce in the afternoons and various caddis emergers, with a sparkle caddis being my preferred afternoon emerger.  My preferred attractor is a tan or light brown San Juan Worm and patterns such as hares ear nymphs have produced some nice hook ups as well.  We have also had some nice goes on larger nymphs fished deep in the pools.

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Warm Water Report

May 18, 2010:  Spring bass fishing in the Hill Country is in full swing now, with nice to steady fishing on most of the rivers throughout the region.  Overall, we have seen good rains this spring, giving us more flow than in recent years and opening up water that has been difficult to access in the lower flows.

The San Marcos River has continued to have increases in flows from the recent rains and that appears to have affected the fishing somewhat due to the continued turbidity in the water.  Most of my better fishing on the San Marcos continues to be in the early morning and into the early afternoon on flies fished very deep.

The Llano River continues to have more flow than we have seen in the past few seasons, opening up more water for floating and giving us chances to get away from some of the more popular spots.  Water on the lower river is gin clear and water color near Junction is nice but a little off color.  Buggers and clousers have been better in recent weeks and water temps are coming up nicely.  Nice sunnies and decent bass are starting to hit on the surface as well.  The Llano should continue to fish nicely throughout May.

The Colorado River below Austin has seen wide fluctuations in flows over the past month but it appears that the flows have moderated and the river is fishable once again.  With peeks at or about 2000 cfs in the overnight hours and lows at or about 150 cfs, getting on the Colorado in the mid morning and fishing throughout the day has given us a nice window to fish with clear to mostly clear water.  Some of the bigger fish seem to be holding deeper but there are a number of nice fish hitting poppers and shallow fished streamers as well.

Fly Patterns that I am preferring right now include heavily weighted streamers or lighter streamers fished with sink tip lines.  Buggers in olive, black and crawfish patterns have been very good, with a crawfish pattern being my favorite for fishing the San Marcos.  Topwater flies include frog poppers or a Pistol Pete in Yellow and Green.

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