03-17-2010, 09:40 AM
WXNW '10 (Hill Country trip report)
Well the cool kids in these parts are all atwitter over the hip goings on up the road at SXSW.
They can have it. I'll go enjoy a gorgeous river w/nw of town.
Grabbed breakfast on the way: Chilaquiles, Machacado, y Horchata. Wonderful accoutrements of South Texas.
Headed out to utilize a beautiful day-
Had a nice short drive to the river, and was able to sight cast to some bass within 20 minutes of getting my feet wet. I'm a fan of ALL that. Caught a few, some weren't interested. So it goes with super clear water and cool temps for these guys.
Saw the biggest gar I've ever seen in a Hill Country river. This thing was easily 50" long and 10" in diameter. (The local norm is more like 28" and 5")
That section got a little crowded with yokels, so I went back above the crossing.
Purdy crick indeed-
Kept catching 10" bass. This photo technique doesn't turn out so good-
This one almost did-
Kept on moving up into this canyon, (mo pretty than fishful)
Where some texican alpinists left some gear-
Finally got the first sunfish for the day. (very odd for this river) This guy absolutely glowed in the sun, pic does no justice-
Worked my way back down to the car, and picked up at least as many fish in the last hour as I did prior to that. I think I caught about 20, only 3 were sunfish, and I got to sight-cast to most of them. That's pure fun, even if you don't break 12".
New rod works on the green troots too (review pending)-