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Colorado River 7-13-19 Fly Fishing Report

Guides Day Off 7-11-19

Central Texas Fly Fishing Report 4-29-19

looking Good For 2019

2019 is off to a good start. Trout fishing on the Guadalupe River has been great. Although higher flows have made wade fishing pretty tough , float fishing has been good, and the trout really do much better with more water in the river. An additional benefit of the higher flows is a longer season. Trout fishing on the Guadalupe should be good well into the spring this year.

Bass fishing is usually slow this time of year but we have still been having some luck on the warmer days. Good flows on the San Marcos and Llano Rivers should give us some great bass fishing once things warm up a bit. The Colorado River has been high all winter, but with dropping lake levels the flows should return to normal in the coming weeks. Most of the largest Guadalupe and Largemouth bass are caught during the late winter and early spring on the Colorado River.

Higher winter flows on our local rivers mean good runs of white bass in the late winter and early spring. The Llano, Pedernales, San Gabriel, and the upper Colorado should all be good this year. White bass runs on the lower Colorado have been getting more consistent as well.

Fall is it the Best Time of the Year?

With falling air and water temperatures, everything seems to dial down in the Fall... except for the fishing! Water levels and water clarity are great right now on the Colorado and San Marcos Rivers. Most of our warm water fish tend to sense the coming winter and begin to feed aggressively as the water temperatures drop. What and how the bass are eating has changed along with the weather and it's a lot of fun to see how different Fall fishing can be than other times of the year. 

Fall is also the prime time to fly fish for redfish on the Texas coast. The progressively temperate conditions of Fall are especially beneficial for coast fishing. Decreased winds speeds and cooler water temperatures set up great opportunities to sight cast to tailing fish in shallow water. We are lucky enough to have good fly fishing on the Texas coast all year, but the next couple of months are undoubtedly the best time of the year to target redfish on the fly.

So, is Fall the best time of year to fish in Texas? The short answer would be yes! We are lucky to have fishing opportunities year round, but fall is certainly one of the better times to get out on our local waters. 

The ‘not so’ dog days of summer?

Usually about this time of year we are starting to talk about Fall being right around the corner.  Don’t get me wrong, Fall is my absolute favorite time of year to fish but let’s talk about the right now a bit.

So far, the fishing on the Lower Colorado has been absolutely amazing this summer-well relatively absolutely amazing I suppose.  Many years ago, way before All Water Guides, summer time wasn’t so bad.  Sure it was hot as hell, but the fishing kept us engaged with numbers that almost don’t seem real anymore.  Then, the drought set in, and it got bad. Then, bad got worse.  The drought ‘ended’ and we rumbled amongst ourselves about when will it come back around…it has to come back around…right? And slowly it did.  We’ve seen the ‘old river’ through changing windows.  Windows that were inconsistent, confusing and frustrating to us as guides.  Privately, I wondered “what if it never recovers?”

We have had some great fishing over the last few years since the drought. But, the last piece of the puzzle has been the summer time fishing.  It just hasn’t been there for us.  I think we’re seeing that come to an end and we’re seeing the river coming into its own again.  As a paramedic, there is a time after a patient experiences cardiac arrest when we have regained pulses where we just have to sit and watch.  It’s the longest few minutes I can barely explain, and then only to those who have experienced it too. You sit and watch with your hands in your pockets to see if they can hold their own without intervention.  When they do, the tone changes dramatically.  I kind of feel that the summer time fishing has been those few minutes we’ve needed to see if the river can hold its own.  And in these last few weeks we’ve seen a river busting with life, cool clear water and some great fishing.

As I sit and type this, we are coming off some really great time spent on the water.  Some weather moved in yesterday that gave the watershed a good flushing and as always there will be a recovery time, but I’m excited and optimistic about what August and September have in store for us.  The name of the game will be as it has been:  start early and fish hard until the heat has sucked the life out of you.

I know football is less than a month away but from a fishing stand point I’m looking forward to seeing how this summer pans out.

See you on the water.

Winston

 

 

 

Winter in Central Texas

There is no doubt what winter has come to Central Texas. When the mercury drops and the wind blows us fishermen are in serious danger from a case of cabin fever. Fortunately for us we have a some  great options this time of year to get out and catch a few fish. 

The Guadalupe river is the first spot that comes to mind this time of year. The Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout every winter. Texas Parks and Wildlife and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited both stock the river from November through February.  Most of the fish stocked by TPWD will be in the 8" to 12" range. GRTU stocks larger fish, sometimes up to 20" and larger. The banks of the Guadalupe River are mostly, but there are quite a few access points for wading anglers or those wanting to launch a boat. Rio Guadalupe Resort, Lazy L & L Campground and The Action Angler are a few of my favorites. The nice thing about the Guadalupe this time of year is that no matter how cold and wet it gets you can still fish. The trout are usually more active when the weather is bad and the fishing pressure will be a lot less.  Check out some recent photos below.

If you are looking for some solitude, the Colorado River is the place to be. Bass fishing on the Colorado River is a year round proposition. After a few warm mid winter days the bass will be on the move and feeding. The nice thing about winter fishing on the Colorado is the chance to catch some really big fish. The new world record Guadalupe Bass was caught in the Colorado River in February of 2014. Several Guadalupe Bass over 3 pounds have been caught so far this winter. We have caught some really nice large mouth bass as well. The trick is keeping an eye on the weather. Fishing will be best after several days in the 60s. Fishing will be slowest right after a cold front moves through the area.  While there are miles and miles of great water on the Colorado River, access is limited for paddle craft and wading anglers. The easiest place to access the Colorado River is at Little Webberville Park. Cooks Canoes rents canoes and runs a shuttle service. Some recent Colorado River photos below. 

Of course we are doing full day and half day trips all winter on both the Guadalupe and the Colorado. Drop us a line if you have any questions or if you want to book a guided trip.

It’s beginning to not feel like Christmas — and we’re okay with it!

December rang in with a flurry of freezing cold weather, which should have shut down our bass fishing. But in spite of the recent cold weather, the Colorado River fishing is still going strong.

The last few days have been some of the best this fall with clients catching good numbers of quality bass—including white bass over 2 pounds, Guadalupe bass up to 3 pounds and largemouth bass to 5 pounds! The craziest catch of the week was by angler Tyler Reisig who caught a huge (40lb.) Smallmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus) that pulled the sledsled around for about 20 minutes.

The water clarity is perfect at about 3-feet and will only get clearer throughrout the winter. Even though the temps have been colder than normal, recent warm weather has the fish turned on to chasing small minnows. Sub-surface patterns like Clouser Minnows and crawfish patterns are the most productive right now. The weather looks good for the rest of this week until the next cold front hits just before Christmas.

If you are thinking about fishing the Colorado River now is the time. And don’t forget, All Water Guide’s gift certificates make the perfect stocking stuffer!

Family and friends coming together to share their love of fishing.

This holiday weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) proved to be very busy and very productive for All Water Guides. Alvin, Shea, Winston, and Jeff were all out on the Colorado River working all weekend and the fishing was nothing short of amazing. The river has been on a steady clearing pattern after recent rains and this combined with a warming trend after the season’s coldest weather has put the bass in the mood to eat.

Small fish, big fish, white bass, largemouths and Guadalupe bass were out in force and and our clients reaped the rewards. Several clients caught multiple species of bass while others caught personal best with the largest fish of the weekend topping the scales at 6 pounds 8 ounces! The one common thread was that every guide and guest noted quantity and quality fish coming to the net.

What's so amazing is the fact that we are bass fishing in late November and early December! As in past winters we were throwing crawfish patterns and classic streamers like Clouser Minnows, which always seem to work well. Additionally, all of us have perfected a number of new crawfish and streamer patterns that all produced well with black, chartreuse and orange/brown being the top producers. This great fishing should continue all winter as long as we maintain our typical Central Texas weather pattern of cold fronts followed by warm days—hopefully without torrential rains.

This holiday weekend was priceless with family and friends coming together to share their love of fishing and the great outdoors with AWG. We enjoyed spending time with all of our guests and are looking forward to a repeat next season. The only folks smiling more than our happy clients are their guides who collectively had a BLAST this weekend and for that we are grateful!

Thanks again from AWG!

New boat...New water...No problem.

Alvin returned from Colorado with a new boat and with his arrival All Water Guides has been exploring some new water.   With our relationship with Orvis slowly taking shape we are stepping out of our comfort zone a little to offer up...well, more fish to our clients.  This is a fishing report though.

Head Shot!

AWG have been on Lake Bastrop and Lake Austin over the past month.  We are catching fish on the fly and we are doing so on some notoriously tough but very rewarding lakes.  As we wrote for another publication it is, after all, only water and fish gotta eat.

It's nice when the fish is exactly where you think it should be.  its a problem though when its your "ok...last cast"

Lake Austin fished very well recently for Shea and Winston who boated about 10 Bass (10 bass is a good day on Lake Austin).  They were on the water and fishing at daybreak and home well before noon and before they were in trouble.  Most fish were caught near the surface with baitfish like stuff and at times they were sight casting to some big fish chasing small fish which they said was extremely exciting.  Texas dry flies haven’t been productive yet (that's a big yet).  8wts are the way to go on the lake with an aggressively tapered floating line so you can throw the big flies. However, as things cool off, Winston will start ranting about the “other lines”.  Lake Austin holds some very large bass and participates in Sharelunker.  Lake Austin is arguably a top 5 bass lake in Texas and has been mentioned as a top 100 bass lake in America.  We’re looking forward to fishing this one more and with its close proximity makes for easy half day trip.

Shea and the BBQ bass

JD and Bastrop Bass

Lake Bastrop has been consistent for Alvin, Jeff and Winston.  Overall probably better.  We’ve all had good days pounding the banks with big surface flies.   Alvin and Winston managed a couple nice bass one morning in close proximity to some “bass fisherman” in “bass boats” which was kind of fun as we were getting tight and they were not.  We say this in a playfully competitive manner; we know we can learn a lot from these guys.  Like Lake Austin we have been on the water early and heading home before the heat of the day sets in.  Bastrop is said to have “more smaller fish” but we have not experienced this.  JD and Alvin have pulled out some larger fish.  6-8wts are the way to go, again with floating line. Poppers and baitfish type stuff.

Since the lakes are pretty new to us, we’re not saying that the fishing has been good or bad as only more time on the water will tell.  We are excited to be catching Bass on the fly though.  These lakes hold some big fish and targeting them with a fly rod is different.  I’m sure we’ve gotten some strange looks with our "row boats" at the ramps.  Fall is going to be good!

Alvin with a Bastrop "deer hair crushing" bass

Tight lines and see you on the water, 

AWG

"They pull hard"

Good weekend. Between the state flower in full bloom and our state fish the Guadalupe bass in an eating frenzy, it's hard to beat central Texas right now. Many bass to the boat this weekend, heavy orange crayfish seemed to be the ticket.  These things can't eat any more than they do, taking giant flies with live crayfish still in their throats. Lots of bent rods out there right now. Enjoy the Bananza.