4th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip, 2018-05-19

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event:  4th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip, Trip leader needed

When:    19th May 2018

Where:      Headquarters: Spencer Canoe: 9515 FM 1976, Martindale, TX 78655

Pre-Registration MUST be made in advance for camping, kayak rental, or the trip.

How to sign up: Contact Skip

Start Time:  Meet at 8:00 AM Saturday

End Time:    5:00 PM

Trip Leader:  Skip Donavan

Phone:       (713) 822-OO69

e-mail:    skipdonovan1(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Trip Description: Fish the day away with Hill Country expert guide Kevin Hutchinson, for bass, bluegill and other native species, all the while enjoying a peaceful float down the tranquil waters of the San Marcos River.

The 4th Annual Clarke Thornton San Marcos River Trip is on the 19th of May.  There should be a campsite reserved at Spencer’s Canoe & Shady Grove Campground.  Use the name “Texas FlyFishers” when you reserve your campsite or your kayak.

How to get waiver forms: Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  The Link to the form

Cost: $20 payable to Leader, $5 shuttle fee to Kevin

Warning:  You will not be considered as signed up until the fees are paid.

Directions:  https://goo.gl/maps/zT1eMXgz8gE2

About the area: San Marcos River

The analysis has found the San Marcos River to be one of the most popular recreational rivers in Texas. The river rises at Aquarena Springs within the city limits of San Marcos, flowing approximately 75 miles through heavily wooded banks to join the Guadalupe River. A wide variety of water types, including a few rapids, many small riffles and an abundance of clear, quiet pools are present. Average width of the stream is 30 feet; however, it narrows between steep banks in its lower reaches. In periods of low water, numerous log jams are found, especially downriver.

Important items:

  • Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  (Can be downloaded here ) • Extra change of dry clothes • Wind and/or water proof jacket
  • Lunch, Water, snacks • Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent • Hat, Polarized Glasses • First Aid Kit • Drinking water!

Recommended Equipment:
3-7 wt rod

Recommended Flies:
Swamp Monsters,
Woolly Buggers,

4th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip May 2018- The 4th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip will be on May 19, 2018. As in the past, this trip we will tag along with Texas Hill Country guide, Kevin Hutchison. Kevin can answer any questions you have regarding your morning fishing, so you are well prepared for the afternoons fishing. We will be fishing mainly for bass and brim. The San Marcos is a spring fed river which gives the water a clarity that makes it one of the nicest rivers in Texas.  For those who want to come out the night before, we will reserve a camp site at the Shady Grove campground, 9515 FM 1979, Martindale, TX. 78655. If you are in need of a kayak or just camping out for the night, you must make arrangements with Pat prior to arrival. Their phone number is (512) 357-6113.

3 thoughts on “4th Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip, 2018-05-19

  1. From ‘Skip’ Donovan
    “Date for the 4th Annual Clarke Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip has been firmly set with Kevin Hutchison for May 19, 2018. Kevin is again hosting this trip as he has in years past. There is a $20.00 fee for this trip payable in advance to secure your spot. A camping spot has been reserved at Spencer Canoe & Shady Grove Campground in Martinda!e for those wishing to camp on Friday and/or Saturday night but all camping or kayak rentals must be handled and paid for by each individual in advance. Shore lunch, flies and a commemorative t-shirt will be provided for those signed up by deadline to be announced. Call Skip Donovan @ (713) 822-OO69 for additional information.”


  2. From Skip:
    “4th Annual Clarke Thornton Memorial
    San Marcos River Trip
    with Kevin Hutchison

    The San Marcos River trip is on for Saturday, May 19th and the river should be in great shape. If you have ever thought about floating the San Marcos River this is the trip you should sign up for. The flow is always great due to it being a spring fed river and the level has never been better. Kevin, who has guided on this river for many years, is hosting the trip and coordinating the logistics. He is planning on floating the section between Spencer Canoe / Shady Grove Campground down to the town of Staples. This is a long run but with the flow being what it is he thinks it will be perfect. Plans are to meet at Spencer Canoe at 8:00 am and run our shuttle by 8:30. Kevin will arrange the shuttle. There will be a $5.00 per car parking fee for each vehicle payable to Kevin. Based on getting started at 8:30-9:00 am we should be off the water around 5:00 pm.

    Each person signing up for this trip will receive a brand spanking new leader, a dozen San Marcos flies (in a new fly box) and a special commemorative t-shirt, printed special for this event courtesy of Kevin & company and perhaps the best shore lunch you have ever experienced. The fee for this unforgettable trip will be $20.00 per person. This fee must be paid or committed to in advance and is non-refundable after May 1st, this is also the cut off date for reserving your commemorative t-shirt.

    A camping spot has been secured at Spencer Canoe/Shady Grove Campground for those of you who wish to drive down Friday night and miss the early morning drive. You may also camp Saturday night after the float if you wish, just let them know you will be doing so.They are also your kayak rental source if you are in need of one. Now this is important! Camping and/or kayak rentals MUST be made in advance with Spencer’s (there is no deviations to this) ! You must personally call them at (512) 357-6113 for your camping and rental needs, these fees need to be settled by you! Everyone entering the property must check in at the office. Just tell them that you are with the Texas FlyFishers and that you will be floating the river with Kevin Hutchison.

    So, how do you sign up for this trip? Easy, with me! No Evite, nor TFF registration. Call me or e-mail me, contact information is listed below. I need your e-mail address, your phone number, your t-shirt size plus your commitment to the $20 pre-registration fee.

    Kevin also has available three canoes and two, one man, sit on top, kayaks which he will generously rent at the deep discounted rate of $15.00 per boat. These boats will be available on a first come first serve basis but if they are all gone you can make arrangements with Spencer’s as I pointed out before..”


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