Fly Fishing Texas Rivers

GUADALUPE

RIVER

Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River runs from Kerr County, Texas to San Antonio Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. The river has several dams along its length, the most notable of which, Canyon Dam, forms Canyon Lake northwest of New Braunfels. Canyon Dam releases water from the bottom of the dam, creating the lower Guadalupe tailrace. This allows the Guadalupe river to stay cool enough to sustain trout throughout the year. The Guadalupe River is listed as one of the 100 top trout streams in the United States, and is the southernmost trout fishery in the United States.

Action Angler guides the Guadalupe River between Canyon Dam and the town of New Braunfels.  We have been guiding central Texas rivers for over 18 years. The watercrafts we use are whitewater rafts custom designed for 2 anglers, complete with casting platforms and lean bars. These rafts are very stable and comfortable, and are great for getting through shallow water.
 
The Guadalupe River has an abundance of fish species including Rainbow Trout, the state native Guadalupe Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, several species of Sunfish, and Rio Grande Perch, all of which will take a fly. The best rod to use on this river is an 8 to 9-foot, 3-weight to 6-weight fly rod. Roll casting a nymph rig is the most commonly used technique for trout. Poppers and streamers are used for bass and perch.

 

COLORADO RIVER

Colorado River

The Colorado River in Texas is one of the best bass fishing rivers in the entire Texas Hill Country. It is the longest river in Texas, with its source and mouth both within the state of Texas, and is the 18th longest river in the United States. The 862-mile river runs from Dawson County to the Gulf of Mexico at Matagorda Bay.

Action Angler guides the lower Colorado River stretches between Austin and Smithville.  We have been guiding central Texas rivers for over 10 years. The watercrafts we use are whitewater rafts custom designed for 2 anglers, complete with casting platforms and lean bars. These rafts are very stable and comfortable, and are great for getting through shallow water.

The Colorado River has an abundance of fish species, including the state native Guadalupe Bass, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Sunfish, Rio Grande Perch, Freshwater Drum, and Catfish, all of which will take a fly. All species of fish found on the Colorado River are some of the largest found in central Texas rivers and streams. The best rod to use on this river is a 9 to 10-foot, 7-weight or 8-weight fly rod. Long and accurate casts can sometimes be required.
 

 
 

LLANO RIVER

Llano River

The Llano River runs just over 100 miles through the heart of the Texas Hill Country and through three different counties and geologic zones.  The best fishing on the Llano River happens in the Spring (March-June) and the Fall (October-November) for guadalupe bass, largemouth bass, catfish, rio grande cichlids and sunfish.

The upper Llano River is made up of both the South Llano and North Llano Rivers, which join in the City of Junction to form the Llano River.  The North Llano begins near Roosevelt, TX and does have some fishing but flows intermittently and is difficult to access.  The South Llano River begins near Telegraph, TX and is spring fed from it’s source.  The 700 Springs area provides the base flow for not only the South Llano but also the Llano River.  Fishing on the South Llano is best done by canoe or raft, as the plunge and pool nature of the river makes wade fishing very limited.

The Llano River below the confluence of the North and South Llano Rivers flows from Junction, in Kimball County, to the south and east, through Mason and Llano Counties, eventually joining the Colorado River in Kingsland on Lake LBJ.


The Llano River in Kimball County has good access for float fishing and a limited amount of wade access fishing.  The river in this area flows across a mostly limestone bed and takes on the blue/green hue familiar to those who fish other Hill Country rivers, such as the Guadalupe and San Marcos.
 

SAN MARCOS
RIVER

 

San Marcos River

The San Marcos River begins as a spring from the Edwards Aquifer in the center of the town of San Marcos. Four miles downstream from the spring, the Blanco River joins the San Marcos. Seventy-five miles downstream from there, the San Marcos River flows into the Guadalupe River near the town of Gonzales.

Action Angler guides the San Marcos River between the towns of San Marcos and Fentress.  We have been guiding central Texas rivers for over 16 years. The watercraft we use are whitewater rafts custom-designed for 2 anglers, complete with casting platforms and lean bars. These rafts are very stable and comfortable and are great for getting through shallow water. 

The San Marcos River has an abundance of fish species including the state native Guadalupe Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, several species of Sunfish, and Rio Grande Perch, all of which will take a fly. The best rod to use on this river is an 8 to 9-foot, 5-weight or 6-weight fly rod. Short side arm casts under overhanging trees is often required.

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