Now is the time for Guadalupe River trout Fishing


If you have been waiting for the fishing to get good on the Guadalupe River,  the wait is over. The last couple of weeks have been some of the best fishing in years. Higher flows due to a wet year have really helped return the Guadalupe River to it's top 100 trout streams status.

High flows early season made wade fishing dangerous, but float fishing was still good. In the last week or so flows have dropped to near 300 cubic feet per second (CFS) below Canyon Lake. 300 cfs is usually safe to wade if you are careful. Float fishing is still the easiest way to fish the Guadalupe. 

As in most tailwater streams the Guadalupe River is primarily a nymphing river. We  have great hatches of many different bugs, but most of our fish will be caught down deep with strike indicator nymph rigs. Because the Guadalupe is such a fertile river there are numerous patterns that will work. Everything from stonefly nymphs to tiny midge patterns. Check out a few photos from the last couple of weeks on the Guadalupe.

Getting Back Into The Swing of Things

So fall is finally here in Central Texas and with it comes the promise of a wet and cool few months, thanks to the strongest El Nino in years. In the short term heavy rains and flooded rivers have put a damper on our fishing. But, we are lucky to have so many different fishing opportunities in central Texas. In spite of the rain we have been able to get out and catch a few fish. The long term outlook is great. We just have to be flexible and be prepared to change plans depending on current conditions. The last time we had a strong El Nino winter and spring we had great fishing on our rivers for a couple of years afterward. 

Bass fishing should still be an option for a good while. The Colorado River is beginning to clear up after the most recent rains and the river is healthier than ever. The Colorado River could provide some great fishing all through the winter. The San Marcos River is still pretty high and muddy. It may or may not clear up before the water cools off too much for the bass.  The Llano should be good after the recent rains once it clears. Timing is everything on the Llano. Go to soon after a rain and the river will be muddy. If you wait too long it may be a tough float with more dragging the boat than floating.  Hopefully the rain this fall and winter will help increase the base flows on the Llano. 

Trout fishing on the Guadalupe should be better than it has been in years. Last Mays' rains filled Canyon Lake and that triggered the minimum flows for the Guadalupe River this summer. At the moment it looks like we will have higher flows on the river this fall and winter as well. Fishing on the Guadalupe River is much better when we have higher flows during the winter. All in all it is looking good for Central Texas fishing in the next few months.  

Great Season in Colorado Time to Head Home


Another awesome summer season is in the books. Thanks to all the great guys at Vail Valley Anglers for helping me escape the Texas heat for a couple of months. Most of all I want to thank all the great anglers i got to fish with this season. Time to start thinking about some Texas bass fishing. 


Another Summer in the Mountains off to a Great Start

When it starts to get hot in Central Texas I join all the other Texans in the mountains of Colorado. This is my 10th year guiding on the rivers of the vail Valley. After a very rainy and cold May most of the rivers are a little higher than normal for this time of year. Things are just starting to get good though. The dry fly fishing is in full swing on the Eagle River. The Colorado River and the Roaring Fork are still pretty high, but nymphing is putting some fish in the boat on those rivers. I will be here until early August. Look me up if you are headed this way. Here are a few pics from last weeks fishing.

Fall is Here!

Cooler temps mean hot fishing! After another long hot Texas summer fall is finally here. Water temperatures in our local rivers are starting to fall as well. I spite of the ongoing drought we have been having good flows on the Colorado and San Marcos Rivers. The water temperatures are below 70 degrees and the bass are starting to get much more active. Depending on the weather we should have at least another month of good bass fishing before it is time to start thinking about Guadalupe River trout fishing. It's time to go fishing.

Another Great Season in the Mountains

Mid August means I am heading back to Texas after another great season guiding in the Vail Valley of Colorado. I would like to say thanks to everyone who fished with me this summer. I couldn't have done it without you. I also want to thank all the guys at Vail Valley Anglers. Without a doubt you guys are the best fly shop and guide service I have ever been a part of. 

Higher than average snow pack made a real difference on the rivers this summer. It was one of the best float seasons on the Eagle River in years. We had lots of double digit days and most of our fish were caught on dry flies. The Colorado River was in fine form as well. We were catching big Brown Trout on hopper patterns a month earlier than usual. Higher than normal flows delayed the fishing on the Roaring Fork, but by late July it was on fire as well. From what I have been hearing the fishing continues to be great. It looks like fall fishing should be awesome as well. 

It may seem like a long way off, but I am already booking dates for next summer. I am usually there from the beginning of July until mid to late August. Get in touch with Vail Valley Anglers to book a date with me next summer or any of the other great guides working there year round. Check out some photos of this summers highlights. 

Spring is in Full Swing

Great fishing so far this spring. The weather has been all over the map and we have had to cancel a few trips due to weather and or high flows, but we still have managed to have more productive days than slow ones.

Spring is when we start having success fishing surface flies on the Colorado River. So far we have had a few really good days fishing on top, but slow sinking streamers have been the most productive.  As the water temperatures warm the topwater fishing should pick up. 

So far this spring most of our trips have been on the Colorado River. In spite of the drought the Colorado is in really good shape this year. The flow is good and the water is clear. Our other option in the near future will be the San Marcos River. We typically have some of the best fishing on the San Marcos once it really gets hot in Central Texas. All in all things are looking good for the rest our spring season. Check out the photos below.

Working Hard For Some Nice Fish

I fished today with a couple of guys named Jim. Jim Bradly and Jim Robinson have been fishing together for 45 years, but today was the first time either one of them had fished the Colorado River.  We put in at the Utley bridge and ran about 5 miles up river. The water was a little cooler than it has been lately at about 63 degrees. The fish we pretty sluggish in the morning but  Jim Bradly caught his first ever Guadalupe Bass, a nice one about 2 pounds, on a popper. We tried topwater, streamers and some heavily weighted Clouser Minnows.  We managed to catch fish throughout the day, but the fish seemed to get more active as the water warmed. The fish of the day was caught during the last hour of fishing on an orange deer hair sub-surface pattern. 

It Just Keeps Getting Better

As temperature keep rising so does the fishing on the Colorado River. We have been seeing water temperature in the high 60s lately on the Colorado. The bass have been moving into the shallows and starting to look up. On some days we are switching back and forth from poppers to streamers, but with every warm day the top water bite is becoming more consistent throughout the day. The rest of April and May are looking to be very productive.

3 days on the Colorado with George and Greg

Great fishing this week with George Ward and Greg Menttzer. We fished the Colorado River from Austin to Smithville. It was cool early in the week and the weather and the fishing got hotter later in the week. On Thursday we ended up having a great day op top water fishing. The bass on the Colorado are starting to look up and the fishing is getting hot!

Great Father Daughter Day on the Colorado River 3-22-14

I had a great Day on the Colorado River with Randall and his daughter Rachel. We fished about 6 miles of the Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop. The water temperature was in the mid and upper 60s all day. The bass were in an eating mood. Most of our fish were caught on Clouser Minnows, but we did get a few on green poppers. We had a good mix of Guadalupe and Largemouth Bass.  Fishing on the Colorado is off to a great start this spring.

Good Day on the Guadalupe river 1-25-14

We had a good day on the Guadalupe River this Saturday. The day started off in the mid 20s, but warmed into the upper 70s by lunch time. The trout were in an eating mood. The most productive flies were small mayfly emergers and San Juan Worms. We also caught a few fish on larger attractor flies. Most of out trout were i the 14" to 16" range. The river is still low, but the water is very cold and the trot are very strong and put up quite a fight. Check out the photos below.

Colorado River Still Going Strong

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. We have been catching white bass over 2 pounds, Guadalupe bass up to 3 pounds and largemouth bass to 5 pounds. The water clarity is at about 3 feet and the temps are getting colder but not enough to slow the fish down. Sub surface patterns like Clouser Minnows and crawfish patterns are the most productive right now. The weather looks good for most of next week until the next cold front. If you are thinking about fishing the Colorado River now is the time.

No Black Friday Crowds on the Colorado River

I fished the Colorado River today with Jeff and Gwen. It was Gwen's first time fishing with a fly rod. Within minutes she was making some great casts. Jeff got things started with a few white bass on a baitfish imitation. Gwen caught the first Guadalupe Bass a few minutes later. It was a nice one. Jeff continued to catch a few more white bass and a couple more Guadalupe Bass. Things slowed down for a while most likely due to cooler than normal water temperatures. Things warmed up later in the day and Jeff caught several nice largemouth bass. The most productive patterns baitfish patterns and crawfish flies.

Cold and Lonely Guadalupe River 11-26-13

I fished the Guadalupe today with Jason and his dad Larry Morgan. It was in the low 30s to start the morning and we had quite a stiff wind.The mostly cloudy sky made it seem even colder. The good thing was that we had the river to ourselves. No other guides and only a handful of waders. It took a while for the fish to get going, but once things warmed up a bit we starting to catch a few nice rainbow trout. The best fish was about 17 inches caught on a size 20 RS2. We had decent action until early afternoon and the fish seemed to shut down. All in all it was a good early season day trout fishing on the Guadalupe River.

Great Fishing on the Colorado River 11-18-13

I fished the Colorado River below Austin today with Randy Randel. We fished the area of the river that was hit by the Halloween floods. The river has changed dramatically. Lots of new gravel bars, islands and very little weed growth. The water has really cleared up and the fishing was great. We caught white Bass, Guadalupe Bass, Largemouth Bass and a huge Rio Grande Perch. Most productive fly was a crawfish pattern. 

November Fishing Forecast

With the time change and cooler weather fall is certainly upon us. Recent heavy rains have given our local rivers a much needed boost. The next few weeks should provide some great opportunities on our waters. Time to get out and fish!

Ben Got His Big One

I fished the Colorado River today with Ben Thompson and his mom Suzanne. The action was hit or miss for most of the day, but we were catching fish. Ben has fished with me a few times in the last couple of years usually with his dad Mike Thompson. Usually Mike caches the fish of the day. Like this one. Today was Ben's turn. We were fishing with an assortment of poppers and divers. Ben had switched to a deer hair diving minnow when he made a cast to a great looking eddy neat the bank He thought that there had to be a fish there, when bam it hit! After a good fight Ben landed his best ever bass. We continued to catch fish sporadically for the rest of the day.

Ben Thompson with his best bass