Annual Clark Thornton Memorial San Marcos River Trip

Where:      Headquarters: Spencer Canoe and Shady Grove Campground: 9515 FM 1976, Martindale, TX 78655

Trip Description: The 5th Annual Clarke Thornton San Marcos River Trip is on the 18th of May.  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.

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, you can call  and reserve a camp site with Pat at the Shady Grove campground, 9515 FM 1979, Martindale, TX. 78655. (tell her you are with the Texas Flyfishers of Houston) 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.

TEE SHIRTS:  As part of the trip, you will get an “Annual Clarke Thornton” tee shirt.

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

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

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


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:
Kayak, kick boat, or canoe
3-7 wt rod

Recommended Flies:
Swamp Monsters, Woolly Buggers, Squrats, Clousers,etc


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