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FlyFishing on the Guadalupe River

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Welcome to the Texas Hill Country and New Braunfels, Texas where trout season begins in mid-October, ending in Spring.

Fly-fishing has become popular on the Guadalupe River with many places to fly fish open to those who know. The Texas Parks & Wildlife stocks the Guadalupe River with approx. 24,000 rainbow trout from November to March.

The basic equipment one needs to enjoy fly-fishing is listed below while comparing to spinning and bait casting rods and reels.

Rod: comes in different lengths with at least three pieces. The spinning or bait casting (conventional) one-piece rod one knows does not exist in fly-fishing. While the typical rod is six (6) to ten (10) feet long; and from one to twelve weight which translates to conventional rods from ultra-light (two to four pound line) to boat rods (over 65 pound line). A good all around fly rod weight is the five-weight as this weight can tackle most fish in the Guadalupe and San Marcos Rivers. Once one has gotten the fly-fishing fever, the rule of thumb to cover fly-fishing from ultra-light and river to saltwater fishing rods in three, five and nine weight. For trout fly-fishing a four weight is recommended with special trout line.

As in conventional rods, buy the best rod one can afford as rod prices reflect quality. Yes, one can buy a custom fly rod but starting out just buy a quality fly rod from a top name fly-rod manufacture.

Reel: this is the easy part as the reels come in the same weights, so a five-weight rod will have a five-weight reel and will cover several weights as in spinning and bait casting reels. Depending on the reel, a Left or Right hand retrieve and extra arbor (spool) for different line weights are available. This is where one can save some money as all the reels are of the same basic design and serve only one purpose: hold the fly fishing line.

Line and Backing: backing comes in 100-yard spool of 20lb Dacron is necessary to reduce line memory and faster retrieving of the fly line. The line weight will matching the type of fish one wants to catch, such as trout, bass, etc.

Leaders and Tippets: the leader is the fluorocarbon line between the fly line and the tippet where the fly (bait) is tied. The fish cannot see the leader and the tippet line and bites the bait. In addition, if your casting is off target check the leader as most problems are corrected when the leader is correct for the fly line weight, type of fly (wet vs. dry) and type of fish one is catching.

Fly: the artificial bait mimicking the local food the fish is eating. For the Guadalupe River, there are 12 flies for trout and two for bass in two basic colors bright and dark. Bright flies for sunny days and clear water while dark flies are used for overcast days or cloudy water.

References

Fly-Fishing Rods | Fly Rod Combos & Outfits|Fly Fishing|Fly Rods — Orvis. (n.d.). Orvis Official Store: Quality Men’s Clothing, Women’s Clothing, Fly Fishing Gear, Dog Beds, Home Furnishings, Luggage, Travel, Hunting, and Gifts; Since 1856.. Retrieved September 29, 2013, from http://www.orvis.com/store/shop.aspx?dir_id=758&group_id=759&shop_id=2040

Guadalupe River Fishing Access Points. (n.d.). Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Retrieved September 29, 2013, from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/guadalupe.phtml

How to Choose Leaders and Tippets when Fly Fishing | Field & Stream. (n.d.). Hunting, Fishing, Survival, Guns, Gear | Field & Stream. Retrieved September 29, 2013, from http://www.fieldandstream.com/articles/fishing/fly-fishing/how-fish/2009/05/how-choose-and-use-right-leader-and-tippet-when-fly-fi

Rainbow Trout Stocking. (n.d.). Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Retrieved September 29, 2013, from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_stocking.phtml

Texas Council International Federation of Fly Fishers | Official Site for International Federation of Fly Fishers Texas Council. (n.d.). Texas Council International Federation of Fly Fishers | Official Site for International Federation of Fly Fishers Texas Council. Retrieved September 29, 2013, from http://texascouncilifff.com

Trout Locations. (n.d.). Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Retrieved September 29, 2013, from http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/management/stocking/trout_directions.phtml?a=21#21