Texas bass on the fly, spring break, and a few bugs

My fly box is a mess, the leader on my 6 wt. is shredded, and the waders are still damp in the garage. Over 2,000 miles in the truck, half a dozen states, and a few fish later, we’re back in the North country after a great spring break trip to the Texas Hill Country. Headquarters for the week were near the banks of massive Canyon Lake, the source of the southernmost trout fishery in the U.S. – the Guadalupe River. We’ll post a full report soon, but in the meantime here are a few pics from the trip…

largemouth on the fly guadalupeWe didn’t bass fish nearly as much as we would’ve liked (does anyone ever do enough bass fishing in TX?), but Braden managed to stick this fat bucketmouth on a Meat Whistle during ┬áthe first day of the trip. Besides the first two days when temps crept into the eighties, the weather was not conducive to bass fishing. It actually froze overnight early in the week, with a nasty cold front dropping temps over fifty degrees one night – not exactly the conditions you’d hope for when bass fishing the clear waters of the Hill Country. I’m not complaining though, as we spent plenty of time trout fishing and fifty degrees actually felt pretty good compared to the subzero temps that have been typical in Minnesota this year.

The Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River a ways below Canyon Dam. This section holds some nice rainbows.

On the fly tying side of things, the bugs have been flowing off the vise. We’ve been tying everything from bass flies to trout nymphs to ice flies for orders and the upcoming season….

Trout flies headed to Wisco and Indiana

Trout flies headed to Wisco and Indiana

Slab Spikes for hardwater panfish

Slab Spikes for hardwater panfish

Can't wait for the lakes to open up and toss some poppers...tied up these guys for a friend

Can’t wait for the lakes to open up and toss some poppers at a few bass…tied up these guys for a friend

Tight lines,





Updated: March 19, 2014 — 10:54 pm

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