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    Default Catching some Species

    After fly fishing now for about a year, one of my favorite things about it is that the fly doesn't discriminate.
    This weekend proved it once again.

    Largemouth Bass- on my craw that I posted in the "what are tying" thread


    Catfish -


    The Guadalupe X Smallmouth


    Gray Redhorse sucker -


    The Clouser with black zonker strip has been one of my favorite flys lately.


    Banded Water Snake -

    I'm not scared of snakes really, but said favorite fly is stuck in the grapevine about three feet from the snakes face. I yanked and yanked, but they don't come out of that grapevine. I yanked still harder and the limb he is on is moving around, that should scare him off. No. My buddies are laughing at me now. One said "just poke him with you rod, he'll move". I poked him a couple time and he rears his head up about to strike at my rod tip. I want my fly back but now I've got the sucker agitated. I could have probably just reached up and grab it at the start and it wouldn't have minded. So I just keep yanking and the snake is swinging, finally my 12# fluorocarbon breaks.
    Oh well, I'll tie some more.

    River Crab -


    Sunday afternoon I though I'd try out some small stuff.


    Smallest fly I've tied, size 10. I really admirer you guys that can tie those small flys.


    Thanks for letting me share.

    -- David

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    Looks like quite a variety you have available there!

    I'd leave the snake alone, though. I've found they can have a bad attitude when disturbed. Those river crabs look to be a lot more docile.
    Mike

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    Congrats on the fishing! I don't like snakes so breaking off would have been the route I would have taken from the start!
    Larry


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    I can't wait until I can get into some catfish! Nice catch!

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    Thats a great report right there sir! I gotta say im pretty envious I have hooked every dang bass around me but nothing over 12 inches you seem to have a nack for the big boys keep it up!

    Tight Lines,
    Bucktail

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    Default Re: Catching some Species

    Nice fish and variety . Is ther a name for that Guadaloupxsmallmouth hybrid?
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    What a bunch of fish David, nice report on your fishing there.

    Ard

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    Default Re: Catching some Species

    Quote Originally Posted by riverbilly View Post
    The Guadalupe X Smallmouth
    I've never seen one or been there, but are they a hybrid of something and smallmouth bass? Looks almost exactly like a spotted bass. Cool fishes!
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    Wow Great report with fat fish!
    Mark

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    Default Re: Catching some Species

    Thanks everybody for the replies. It was a fun day.

    As for the Guadalupe X Smallmouth hybrid. In the late '70s until the mid -'80s the Texas Parks and Wildlife stocked smallmouth bass (which are not native to here) in central Texas rivers and lakes in hopes of giving fishermen another species to fish for. No research was done as to the consequences of this stocking. It turned out that the guadalupes and smallmouths interbreed. Now some 30 years later there are no true guadalupe bass left in most central Texas rivers, they are all hybrids.
    The guadalupe bass are very threatened and the TPWD has programs to try and bring them back, including stocking them out of their native range in rivers that were not stocked with smallmouth and stocking pure guads to try and delute the smallmouth genes.
    In my river, the Colorado, it's to late. There are just too many to ever go back.
    With that said, they are a very sporty, beautiful fish and fun to catch. They top out at about 19" which is much larger than the average pure guadalupe.

    They don't have a particular nick name, most people call them "Spots". Me and my buddies just call them "guad hybrids".
    They originally evolved from some type of spotted bass about 10,000 years ago. Didn't take us long to screw it up.

    Thanks again everybody. I'm doing another river camp this weekend, hopefully I'll have something to report.

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