Originally Posted by zeolite
I am an experienced fly fisher but I am new to Texas and warm water species. I live in Porter and if you want to meet up and show me some spots I can certainly show you a few flyfishing techniques. Having said that, you seem to be doing pretty well by yourself!
Hey Ian, that sounds great! Porter huh? that's not to far from me... around 30 minutes... When I find a good spot, I will definitely invite you to fish it with me!
I do know of good ponds in the woodlands area, mostly bass/bream. But with a 2-4wt bluegill are pretty fun. Although, I've never trout fished, so I couldn't compare haha! A Houston fly fisher told me, "Down in the south, if it looks 'fishy' there is probably fish in it" And he is one who fishes a bayou downtown in the middle of the city for carp and other species.
My best advice for learning the warmwater species is to find a pond or lake that is closest to you. That way you have more time fishing
You probably around know this, but for anyone else who doesn't:
For general warmwater flyfishing typically a 3,4, or 5 wt is best, but the fish aren't too picky
just depends on what you have more fun with.
WF floating line will always be fine, but if you want to get into Bass at all times of the day. Some people will use sinking line, that way the can really fish all of the water column efficiently.
A leader of 6-9ft with tippet from 2-4x is good. Most warm water fish aren't spooky, so the long leaders and thin tippet is not necessary!
For flies: Poppers (various colors and sizes work) 3 main ones, chartreuse, white and black. You can use smaller sizes to catch more fish, but bigger poppers will keep the really small sunfish away.
Prince nymphs, copper johns, and woolly buggers all work great, but a lot of other flies also work. In my experience I haven't been able to find a solid way to "match that hatch" in a small pond. There aren't many stonesyou could find in the water and flip over. Now if dragonflies are present, then it safe to assume so are the dragonfly nymphs, so any of the imitations work great.
I prefer bead head, because in this Texas heat, I find the fish are a little deeper, and the bead head allows me to get down to them faster... but thats just my (noob) opinion.
Lastly like all fishing, dawn and dusk are the more optimal times... and not just because of the fish activity. Because of the sheer heat, it gets very hot and humid, and if you aren't used to it and not properly dressed and hydrated there is the risk of heat stroke. Or just soaking your clothes in sweat
So stay hydrated, oh and don't forget the sunscreen everyone!
well I think that is enough rambling for now, thanks for viewing folks!