I'd somehow never fished the Llano river before, but decided that streak needed to end. It also also happens to be the only river with sufficient flows for decent fishing in South Texas currently, so I decided the time was prime.
Its a good further than I normally drive for river fishing, so I got an early start.
Early + altitude= South Texas July Miracle
Some fat schmuck tried to walk in on the slick concrete, 80% dunked himself, and lost a bottle he bought last summer....(whoops, told too much) Had to come back for it an hour later.
I really didn't expect to drive 2 hours into the desert to find a river that looked so much like the damn Rappahannock.
Most all of this stretch was too deep to wade but I managed a few sunfish and bass. This ballsy little guy took a new fly I'm fairly certain is pure genius.
I was glad I had a back up spot in mind nearby, and was quite thrilled with what was waiting for me.
I walked up that last run and found a few feisty playmates. Those RGP's are a favorite of mine, and this river turned out to be a goldmine.
Headed back downstream and discovered that the river is split into FIVE different tumbling channels in this one stretch. Here's two of them-
Picked up a few in fast water just below the crossing, and quickly got into repeated big slow flats with riffles in between. I was taunted by anorexic Redhorse all day.
Best bass habitat I've seen in a river. Might have been 400 total yds of this. Wish I'd grabbed the 7-iron-
Damsel nymph was a no-brainer, given the thousands airborne-
And a snack from Cooper's for the ride home-