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Fly Fishing 301 – A Day on the Water
Whether you have come up through the Orvis FF101/201 program or you are someone that just wants a little guidance on how to become a better fly fisher, nothing beats time on the water with a knowledgeable guide or instructor. Our FF301 program is the next step in your fly-fishing education. Designed to give you a great on-the-water fly-fishing experience, the day's instruction is built around specific techniques and local fisheries.
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Local Fly-Fishing Information
The Woodlands is located a few miles north of the city of Houston. It is a suburban “bedroom” community to the city. Most of its immediate local fishing consists of Largemouth Bass and various Sunfish which have been stocked into the myriad local ponds which serve as storm water retention areas. As the fishing pressure is generally low, and all of the fishing generally catch and release, it is possible to occasionally find fish of decent size.
In addition to the resident fishing, there are other opportunities within the state that can be very productive. These can be grouped into four categories: Costal Saltwater, Streams and Rivers, Freshwater Reservoirs and Lakes, and Put and Take Trout Fishing. This report will first focus on the immediate fishery, and then on some of the larger fisheries.
While fish can be caught year-round, the Largemouth Bass pre-spawn (mid February to mid March in this area) signals the beginning of truly productive fishing. During this period the fish will feed readily, and will often take even small nymphs. This will continue as the weather warms until the water reaches the upper fifty degree mark. At this point the spawn will begin. During the spawning period, the males make nests and attempt to attract a female to lay eggs which the male will then fertilize. After fertilization occurs, the male will guard the nest while the female retires to deeper water to recuperate. During this period, the best action is found by fishing through the nest looking for an aggression strike by the male fish. The fish will not attempt to swallow the fly (they do not feed until the eggs have hatched into fry) but will only try to remove it from the nest; as a result, the fly angler must set the hook quickly. A strip set is essential to a good hook set during this period.
After the spawn the fish will be nearly inactive for a week or two until the eggs hatch, and after this period they will begin to feed aggressively. The top water bite really picks up during this period. The remainder of the summer is marked by good top water fishing early in the morning and late in the afternoon with good subsurface fishing in deeper water during the hot of the day. Submerged logs and overhanging branches should never be overlooked, as almost all of them will hide fish trying to escape from the summer heat.
The various sunfish species can produce good fun on light tackle. Two, three and four weight rods can create an exciting challenge for Bluegills and Redbreast sunfish. These fish will feed on small nymphs (hare’s ear, Pheasant Tail, etc.) and especially like flies with flash on them. A hook with some crystal flash wrapped around it can be all the fly one needs. The smaller fish can be found around the edges of cattails, or in shallower water where they try to hide from the LMB, and larger fish can be found in similar structure as the bass. Small Wooly Buggers, Foam Spiders, and small poppers can be very productive flies. The Sunfish species will generally bite more than the LMB in the middle of a hot day.
Fishing in Other Areas of Texas
Streams and Rivers
This river also provides the chance to catch a Rio Grande Cichlid, a prize fish in central Texas. The Rio Grande does not generally grow larger than a large Bluegill; however its iridescent blue spots and the large lump found on the male fish’s head can provide a small but beautiful trophy. These fish do not taste good, and because of their limited numbers the angler is encouraged to release this fish.
Various patterns are productive on this water and of particular note are crawfish patterns, large hellgrammites and large yellow hoppers. Both will fish well in the areas of quicker moving water. The Guadalupe Bass has similar habits to the Smallmouth bass and prefers moving water. The hellgrammites and crawfish can be fished under an indicator, and the hoppers can be fished in tailouts, and riffles.
San Marcos River
The Devil’s River
San Jacinto River and Trinity River
Freshwater Reservoirs and Lakes
In addition to stripers, these reservoirs hold Largemouth Bass, and Sunfish in addition to Carp, Gar and other species.
Put and Take Trout Fishing
Hatch activity is sporadic but small cinnamon colored caddis, the occasional BWO and a rare Hex hatch can be fun. The river does have good numbers of scuds, and streamers and terrestrials also work well. After a good spring rain, small red ants (imitating the local fireants) work well in the surface film.
Occasionally large fish can be found in the Guadalupe. In addition to the “Guad” the state of Texas stocks trout in the Llano, and the Possum Kingdom tailrace and many other locations around the state.
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