Thursday, December 1, 2011

Trout time on the Guadalupe

It's that time of year again. The leaves have been falling and the temperature is dropping, and the trout stocking in the Guadalupe River has begun.
A good weapon of choice is a 4wt rod with a 3X or 4X leader. For tippet, try using 5X fluorocarbon. Flies to use are woolly bugger in size 12, San Juan worm, nymphs in size 16/18,thread midges in 20/22, and egg patterns. You will need strike indicators as well as BB shot.
Most of the fishing is subsurface, though on some days dries and emergers will work best, most often at dawn and dusk. The trick is having a fly you can see, parachute patterns are good for that with a good size being 12-16.For fish in riffle water, a dry with a midge dropper is killer.
I can't wait to get out an experience some of the trout fishing that the state has to offer.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Avoiding the lines

Avoiding the temptation to stand in the long lines to save a few bucks, I launched the kayak as most people were waiting for that special deal. Gliding through the water you could lose yourself in the beauty of the changing scenery as winter approaches. With some of the trees starting to shed their leaves and the cypress needles starting to choke the waterway, it made for a rough day with the fly rod as more time was spent removing debris from the fly than fish. Numerous fish were caught on the day with the majority coming on an ant imitation fly, no pictures of bass were taken since every one of them went airborne and politely gave me back my fly. Water temperature is starting to drop as I didn't see any fish cruising around or hanging out in the shallows.
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and look forward to the Christmas season.