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The last time we talked the drought had pretty much dried up the rivers and was threatening to burn down the whole state. Well as they say in Texas “wait a few minutes and the weather will change.
The rivers are up and flowing strong and a bit murky so what does that mean to the fly fishing? I was on the Guadalupe River about 8 miles north of Boerne and was there to check out the flow and see if the Bass had decided to return and get active and to see if it was safe to wade. As soon as I saw it I figured since it was about 11/2 ft above normal and a touch murky that fly fishing would be slow if it existed at all. After fishing hard along the edges and not moving a thing I switched to my favorite little white spider and even the spider got very little attention. Since the Llano has had more time to go down since the last storms I figured I might as well try it. So I made a plan to go white bass fishing on the Llano up by Kingsland with Rick Wilson a local guide and professional fly fisherman.
We got to the Llano on Tuesday the 27th in the morning about 9:30am and took off up the River as far as we could go. Which in his boat is pretty far? We walked it through about 6” to 8” of water over a sand bar a couple of times with no problems except a few dings in the prop. We soon found the White Bass and started catching from that moment on. Typically we would catch 5 or 6 in the hole before they would move and we’d have to go find them again. And we always did. Bass Pro’s little lead eye, chartreuse Clouser did a fine job. Needed the heavy lead eyes to get down where they hang out. Almost everyone who has ever caught a White Bass knows how strong of a fight they put up and how much fun they are to catch regardless of their size. You know what they say about the lady singing. Well, we didn’t catch any of the ladies so I’m presuming the boys will be around for awhile longer.
One of the good parts about working at Bass Pro is it gives us a chance to keep everyone informed about what’s going on in the rivers and the fly fishing world. Our great customers keep us informed and up to date on what’s working for them and how the water is, as well as, what flies their using that are working and not working. That provides a wealth of information to the new fly fishermen who don’t quite have it down yet. We’ll continue to provide that information and the quality products that make fly fishing easy and enjoyable for everyone. See you next time!
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Bass Pro, San Antonio, TX