Ben (Orvis Fishing store Manager) and I were guided by Winston who during his days when not on the water guiding/fishing is an EMS/Firefighter in the Austin area. He was extremely helpful during our trip. Besides fighting the current rowing a heavily laden 16’flat bottom aluminum boat, he was actively giving advice on casting techniques, fly selection, and re-rigging our equipment. Since the water was higher than usual and many of the shoreline trees had been laid over by the recent floods casting, casting accuracy was a premium as was boat handling. We primarily used large poppers and big jigs (similar to what conventional guys use for bass fishing) and of course we put our share flies up into the trees but only two were lost and not recovered. Winston would paddle his butt off getting us into position to make the recovery each time without even a growl. That was hard work too!
The fish were where they were supposed to be but still were a little “gun shy” due to the river’s condition. We all caught fish throughout the day but the catching really slowed down after 11 am. Around noon we all gathered at a lazy bend in the river under some trees for our lunch of fresh sandwiches, chips and cookies. After lunch we motored downstream to where a confluence forms between a wastewater plant discharge and the Colorado River. OK, Ok, I know what in the heck are we doing here? The discharge as it flowed out of three 24 inch diameter pipes caused the water surface to froth into white bubbles and under those bubbles we found some active white bass. We all stopped there for several minutes taking two or three each before moving on. That was fun but a little weird! The day in general was lots of fun and full of talk about returning when conditions get much better.
On the return trip to the boat launch Winston showed Ben and I what the jet boat was all about. We jumped gravel bars and trees stumps without even a slight feeling of hitting something. The ride was smooth as glass. Thank God for the breeze too. Winston forgot to wear long pants and his legs got pretty burned up. Unfortunately, Ben and I both left out sunscreen back in our trucks after we applied before we left the ramp. He told us that it has been more than a month since he had been on the water and forgetting the sunscreen was a mistake he won’t make again this year! As a medical technician I’m sure he still has a few things up his sleeve to remedy the burns though!
So all in all I had a great time sharing the water and outing with some fun people. Thanks Alvin, Winston, and JT for making our day wonderful. The trip back to Houston went by fast as I was lost in thought of fishing the beautiful Colorado River again with these guys. I will get some photos to post here in a few days that will better tell the story. Tight Lines.