Winter is here, and the trout bite is on! The Guadalupe has had several stockings of trout with one of the loads containing a good number of Palominos. There’s a variety of bug hatches, so there’s a long list of fly patterns and techniques that are producing some bites. Dries, nymphs, and streamers have all had success so far. We’ve had a good amount of cloud cover and unusually warm air temps. Fishing without waders has been the norm, but will likely change soon.
The flows on the Guadalupe below Canyon Lake are 119 CFS. We are recommending half-day float trips for trout because of the lack of water. This is the time to brush up on all of your fly fishing skills so you are ready for the January and February prime time. Many great fishing stories of trout biting on dries, nymphs, and streamers. The Canyon Lake level is finally full. Flows below the dam could change at any time. It’s very important to keep a watch on the river flows. Wading can become dangerous if you are on the river when the dam suddenly increases its flow. We recommend visiting http://www.grtu.org/river-flow/ to stay informed of the lake level and dam release.
by Chris Jackson