Monday, May 21, 2012

Snake Eyes

Was able to sneak away for a few hours and do some fly fishing on the Guadalupe river. The water is starting to clear from the rains of a week ago but the flow was still at a good rate. Wading my way upriver, it became apparent that I was going to be wet from the waist down most of the day since it hasn't returned to normal level yet.

Struggling in some areas to get through against the current, I was able to make my way to a run where i've caught trout during the winter. Fishing this stretch without a bite, it was time to sit down and eat the leftover piece of pizza that i'd packed for lunch.

While sitting on the rock eating lunch and enjoying the sound of the water flowing past my feet, I was startled to see a snake slithering by my feet as the current swept it down the river. We startled each other and he kicked it in high gear to get as far from me as possible. After lunch was done and I was putting my packs back on, here came another snake right at my feet being carried down as well. After making a mental note to not eat lunch at this rock in the future I decided to work downstream and change up tactics from trout to bluegill. Tying on a wooly bugger was all it took to get the fish coming in for pictures.

As I came to a deeper pool, I decided to get close to the bank and cross at a different section. Approaching the bank, and after seeing the amount of snakes that were out I scanned the edge as I approached. Looking down to see where to step I met another snake that was curled up under a branch beneath the water. If I hadn't looked down I would have stepped right on it.

It was a nice relaxing day and a good workout all rolled into one. I was able to try out my new 5wt custom rod and Solitude reel.

Even learned how to work the self timer on my camera.

Have fun out there....................................................................


  1. I've seen those Diamond backs under water while wading also...maybe you should have shared your PIZZA

  2. Larry, bet it was the sausage that attracted them