Thursday, December 15, 2011

Birthday on the Guadalupe

Turning a year older means just another day of fishing. I took the Coosa out to the first crossing on the Guadalupe river for my first trout outing in the state of Texas. The weather was changing with the approaching cold front on it's way and scattered showers most of the day. But I always say, the fish are already wet so they don't really mind the rain. Not knowing what to expect I got in touch with John from DragonFly Angler flies and he put together a nice selection of flies for the trip.

The first fish that I caught today came on a Wooly Bugger stripped through a riffle and ended up being some kind of sucker fish. Put up a good fight. I was surprised at how many trout that I saw throughout the day, both cruising and rising with a few coming out of the water as they crashed the surface. The first trout and only trout of the day, which I will call my birthday present came on an emerger that I let sink before stripping it in. Since I forgot the net at home I worked the Rainbow into the shallows and when I went to cradle the fish it got slack as I knelt down and was soon on its way. Would have gone close to 18 inches so a nice present it was.

It was a great way to spend my birthday and I will have to make some more trips and hopefully keep learning so I can keep catching.

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