Talk to GUI - he can tell you where the girls catch big fish! haha. Access is limited, but you can pay a small fee to park and get in the river at one of the GRTU lease access sites. The GRTU put some big fish in the river this year and the TPW has done their stockings on schedule as well, I think. There are a few Guad guys on here that should chime in, help a lady out.
Once you pay to park at a Guadlupe access, can you then wade the river anywhere? Can you walk within high water marks? I have a TX license and always hoped to get down there but I'm of limited mobility and cannot do a lot of tricky wading. Is there any float fishing on the river with a guide?
And a short time on our friend Google and I have linked to about a half dozen or more guided fishing outfitters. For me a float trip would be the better way to go but darn I didn't think they'd get the kind of prices they get to drift down the river. Cost of doing business I guess but will have to consider that in with the costs of driving and staying down there. Maybe consider it a full fledged vacation and not just an overniter or two.
Last Edit: Jan 23, 2018 23:47:46 GMT -6 by bassman
Ya'll, my trip was awesome!!! I had so much fun out there among all the Texans and it was worth that 6 hour drive! GRTU does a great job with the trout they stock. Learning about the land/water access issues was a little confusing at first but I lucked out and a very nice little lady let me hang out with her and she knew of some pretty good areas.
Saturday morning was super warm and muggy with a a little drizzle so I left my rain jacket. Bad idea. We started near the bottom somewhere before the 2nd bridge and fished up a ways with no luck. When the trees started to overhang the west bank of the river we started seeing more activity. Then the wind picked up like crazy and huge dark clouds rolled in as the temp dropped. All of a sudden it was sunny and clear, then moderately windy. Big trout were nosing the surface and once about every thirty minutes or so one would jump out of the water. Most of the hits were on small dark purple and dark green midge patterns, then news started spreading that they were going after squirmy wormies. I did not get a strike or hit all day, spent most of it flailing around with a stupid strike indicator. I actually managed to slap myself in the face with it somehow. Getting knots and losing my rig on stumps every 20 minutes. Those indicators are evil. I still had tons of fun though, some massive trout passed right by me at several points and seeing the size of trout that others were getting into was great.
Sunday I did much better and we started at the Whitewater bridge since there was free access. We fished our way up from there. It was very sunny and pleasant compared to Sat and it got me a little worried the bite might not be as good. I forewent the strike indicator and tight lined it since that area was a little more narrow. I had a pats rubber legs, or girdle bug as I kept hearing it called, with a chartreuse soft hackle as a dropper. I found a huge fat rainbow near a rock. My knot came undone and I cried on the inside when I saw that little curly cue. Anyway, I did eventually land a very pretty respectable hen that jumped and ran and made me smile all day, and yesterday, and today and probably for a while. I think she took a sz 20 or 22 blk zebra midge. I also saw a dad and son land what I thought was a pretty big sucker fish and I really wish I had gotten a pic of it.
Thank you all for the advice, I really appreciate it!
Last Edit: Jan 30, 2018 23:06:47 GMT -6 by Smallfry
Post by cigarsnjeeps on Jan 31, 2018 6:56:32 GMT -6
Nice fish. Glad you had a good time. We were down there fishing on Sunday, but we didn't select a great spot and by the time we went to try another spot, people were stacked and packed, so we went and had a 5 guys burger and headed home to chores 😏
Yeah it was crowded Sunday but other than 2 people literally everyone we met on the water were polite and nice about moving around each other. I was surprised that the two guys who were complete jerks were a guide and client in a drift boat.
Post by golferjeff on Jan 31, 2018 13:05:41 GMT -6
Psssst - the overhanging branches are full of little green worms. Moths of one sort or another. Hence the green squirmy wormy. A little early in the year for them, but probably the reason for the noses poking up.
Gui, it was fun! And the place is way more scenic than I thought it would be. It'd be nicer if it weren't a 6 hour drive though... I did meet a dude that had come in from Arkansas, he was from the Mountain Home area and we talked about missing Streamer Lovefest. That was plan B if this one had fallen through.
Hankinsfly, I'd like that. Ya'll ever have time and come down hit me up, I'll find a sitter!