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the farther west and the farther uphill you go, the quicker the rivers recover from flash flooding – there’s just not a lot of chert to retain muddy water and cloud the rivers. Farthest upriver crossing on the Pedernales, 48 hours after a 900 cfs monsoon wash.
Most of the hill country headwaters will fish well 48 hours after a flood. Note that people often use hill country to define a range of waters, some of them even draining black-dirt farmland – but if you get far enough up the Llano, it’s close enough. Little waters like the James R. can be smashing in years like this. Long drives to Vance and Barksdale can blow your mind, especially the rare trees that overhang the river. If you do fish the Nueces, watch out for the white quicksand – it looks just like flagstone through the clear water.
Here’s the USGS for Texas – every gauge by basin, east to west. Click on a gauge, it will plot flows for the past week.
Intellicast used to give good 24-hr rainfall maps so you could predict run-off, but they sold out to Weather Underground.
Doppler radar is also a good thing so you don’t get caught in a flash flood.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Ron Mc.
This morning, two 4th grade classes from New Braunfels Christian Academy brought their fish to the river. If I didn’t mention, our brown trout experiment this year had some hitches, and NBCA brought their one fish to the river.
Great place for a fish to live.
Jimbo arrived styling (with new cams and undisclosed hp)
NBCA 4th graders right behind
Some parents attended also – the river was really big today, 1640 cfs, and a more than a foot higher than last Saturday, though the fast water was beautiful.
The kids were proud of their one fish.
Even though he was a bit shy
The class prayed over their fish
And gave the honors to Ms. Holbrook of St. Mary’s Hall – her HS aquatic science class lost their fish this year.
In spite of the high flows, there was a quiet seam next to the submerged bulkhead, and more than these two adult trout were also attending
TIC in Texas is a joint effort between GRTU and Texas Fly Fishers of Houston (FFF).
My buddy Matt handles all the footwork for Houston, Deer Park and Katy.
The Texas program was started 18 years ago by my friend Karen – I helped her set up the first tank, and after 6 years and health limitations, she volunteered me to take over…
A Major Thanks to Mr. D for letting us trample his lawn.
I’ve caught October holdovers with the same damage.
Our fish take a lot of wear and tear.
but every thread needs a photo – how about the hot pink mylar reflection my camera caught on this redfish last Saturday
and the blue tip of his tail
I’m jealous, can’t get out – 250 cfs is perfect
Monday April 1
I’m betting he plucked an oak caterpillar from a dangling web and stuck it on his fly hook.
Dale and I were just discussing how trailing behind Alex will find fish who learned to get in and out of the hook Very Quickly.
I’m thinking now I most likely lost it trying to get past the pump intake on Redhorse Run, because my mind was totally on my footing there. But I have a net and will add a new Gallatin later if necessary.
I am so socked with oak allergies – first year in a long time – I won’t be getting out this week, but we can catch up on some of those long wades later…
I both nymph fish and swing wets on H&H (Beartooth) braided-butt leaders. I charge the braided butt with red Mucilin, so it still acts as a strike indicator.
If I really need to get down swinging wets, will go to a Teeny line.
more tackle to show off – I was out for 4 hours Thurs morning, got saturated with oak pollen, and 4 trout including this feisty little brown buck.
Part of this trip was retracing my steps – my favorite net didn’t make it home last week from my day out with Alex – I thought it probably got plucked by brush when I was busting on the island, but no avail.
The rod is Heddon No. 17 Black Beauty, 8-1/2′ 1-3/4 ferrule size – 4/5-wt (fishes dries well with a 4, turns over hardware better with a 5); the reel is Heddon Little Rivers (1st model Shakespeare Russell, 1928-34)
(this reel sounds so good)
In the interim, I re-bagged my 40-y-o Brodin Firehole hoop (bought at Austin Angler) to replace the hook-grabbing black net bag – I already had the new bag around, was planning to use in on the Gallatin hoop. If anybody finds a Gallatin net with Fiberglass Flyrodders logo, please LMK.
rainbow on the swing in a bwo hatch, also taking line right away – this one has the focus in the right place
- This reply was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by Ron Mc.
yes, if Alex and I had been organized, we could have left one vehicle somewhere in Sattler – while I’m thinking about it Alex, pm me your cell phone #
Jimbo, I’ve even got some old photos of fishing with Mike – one day we both randomly arrived at lower Rio – more good bwo water.
this isn’t Mike, but the same water
380 was tough enough wading today.
Glad you’re all right. Alex, I’ll post the photos…
the remaining seasonal leases are open through next weekend