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txbevo 03-11-2009 07:21 PM

Warming Up, Topwater and Bigger Fish
I only took up fly fishing in August '08. This will be my first spring to fly fish and I am actually giddy about it. I have been fishing some local ponds and rivers all winter and had some success. (I have even been fishing for Rainbows on the Guadalupe several times, but we won't talk about that here.) ;) There have only been a few occasions when I was skunked. Most times I would catch at least a few small bluegills. Almost all of my fish were bluegills, with very few bass, if any at all. I have viewed it as an opportunity to practice my casting and learn so that I can be better when the fishing warms up.

Anyway, things have gotten progressively better as the weather has warmed. I started catching a small bass thrown in here and there. They started getting larger as in the 1# range. Every now and then one might go 2 lbs. Then over the past week as we experienced a good string of warm days, it got a lot better. Not only more fish have taken my offerings, but they have been bigger on both the bass and bluegill front. I recently caught my largest LM to date which went right at 3lbs. It was a blast on my 4 wt. Up until this past week I had only fished subsurface, but since things were warmer I decided to try a little topwater. Now keep in mind I have never fished topwater before. This is a new experience for me. All I can say it that it is addictive. The combination of the visual and phyisical sensation is amazing. I have been tossing a fly called a Top Spider (a chartruese foam bug) and a Llano Bug (a yellow foam bug similar to a Madam X). 2 days ago I was fishing with my 4wt targeting gills with the Llano Bug and having some good success. It was a pretty shallow area and most of my hits were from smaller fish. I told myself I wasn't going to fish that area anymore to avoid the dinks. Then suddenly something slammed my fly and took off. It turned out to be a nice 2.5lb bass. I learned right then what it meant to have a fish slam your fly.

If I wasn't addicted before, I sure am now. I even understand that this is just the beginning and the fishing will continue to get better. I can't wait!

mcnerney 03-11-2009 09:16 PM

Re: Warming Up, Topwater and Bigger Fish
txbevo: Congrats on the nice bass! You find out fast how addictive fly fishing can be once the fish start to feed.

I watched a fly fishing show the other day on the Guadalupe, I think it was Trout Unlimited. They have some nice sized trout there.


boone 03-11-2009 11:16 PM

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Great bass! If you have small mouth bass in your area they are a blast as well. I guess if your in texas though its probably to warm... Not sure.

arfishinbear 03-12-2009 09:47 AM

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Great post man, glad your doing so well on the bass.

qualey99 03-12-2009 03:05 PM

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Sounds like you are having a blast. Where in Texas are you? I am going over to Fork next weekend, and hope to have pictures to bring to the board after that trip. You are right, it is very addicting. Nice bass by the way.

pszy22 03-14-2009 03:41 AM

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Things are warming up here in Michigan as well. It hit the mid 30s yesterday.

I did surprise myself. Exactly two weeks ago, I was catching bluegills thru a hole in the ice. Since the weather was so nice out (mid 30s and sunny), and most of the ice has melted, I decided to go out and I was actually catching bluegills on a surface bug.

Things sure do move along fast.

txbevo 03-14-2009 08:22 AM

Re: Warming Up, Topwater and Bigger Fish
mcnerney, glad you got to watch the TU show about the Guad. Most folks are surprised that there are trout in Texas. The average size Rainbow caught this year are 16"-18". There was one that went a tad over 28". It is a great little trout fishery from December thru April. Then the rubber hatch (recreational tubers) occurs and it makes the fishing difficult at best. Also the heat of the summer puts a little too much stress on the trout and catching them can be the final nail in the coffin.

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