Texas FlyFishers South Llano River float trip 2015
The Texas FlyFishers started showing up at camp, Morgan Shady Park (http://www.morganshadypark.com
) late Friday morning. The routine of checking gear, talking about the fishing, setting up camp, and general chatter kept the group busy until René broke out the charcoal grill. Quickly the focus became food as he deftly grill bratwurst followed by hamburgers.
A phone call to our livery, Fun in the Sun Canoe Rentals, just to make sure that they would be there at 0530, and the wake-up time noted, the dinner chatter wound down as folks drifted off to beds.
Fun in the Sun Canoe Rentals showed up at 0540 and immediately set to work loading watercraft. The small crew made short work of getting all the kayaks on the trailer and us into the bus. We made it to the water at a perfect time, just a few minutes after sunrise.
There were 12 anglers in 11 watercraft on Saturday. The canoe was to be the “mother boat” and had a nice cooler of drinks in it.
The weather stayed overcast and comfortable the entire day. The river was up from last year by 9-12”, making the paddling much easier.
We had 5 swimmers that day with one double dip. There was this one log that got every one of us within the first mile of the trip….
One young man that we met on the river performed 2+ good deeds for us and others. He saved a rod for us as our double dipper swam the second time, and was able to perform first aid (hook removal) with a tool that we had dropped at the launch, which he returned when he caught up with us. I hope he gets in touch with us and joins some of our outings.
3 and 1/4 lost, and recovered rods. One broke rod, on the “mother boat.” It was a nice TFO so it will go back to the factory shortly.
Mary-Kay looked like a mayfly caught in a spider’s web as she tried to help Russell recover his reel by pulling on the fly line and backing until the reel and bottom part of the rod surfaced. Skip had a handful of the stuff, and was just barely out of reach. Russell was anchored, and had his hands full with fly line, rod parts, and fast water. All of this happened at the bottom of a swift run. 30 minutes later we were all back on the water, with all gear salvaged.
Guadalupe bass, Largemouth bass, Bluegill, yellow sunfish, green sunfish, Rio Grande Perch, and gar were all caught. I didn’t see any monsters pulled out, but there were some nice fish caught. The numbers of fish caught is another story completely. Most of us stopped counting at around 50. After a few hours I switched from a size 12 spider to a larger, size 6 S1B, to entice larger fish.
The range of flies that worked was a varied as the anglers.
a. Yellow spiders (see photo for another reason this fly may work)
c. Brown spiders
g. And I could probably get a list from the participants as to what worked for them.
The first of our crew was off the water at about 1500, with the last showing up at camp at 1700. 7.21 water miles covered on this stretch.
Pizza was fetched for Saturday night’s supper and quickly consumed. By about 2300 the camp was once again quiet.
Sunday morning was a leisurely affair. Coffee, breakfast, tinkering, packing, good-byes, and a late start of 0900.
5 people in kayaks on Sunday for the short run between crossings. Five of us decided to head back to Houston, and two of us were just too banged up to enjoy another day in the kayak. On the water before 1000, with 2 base camp crew waiting at the take-out point.
I'll actually work on this more as the week goes on, as well as setting up a "dropbox" for the photos.Puck