Date Posted: July 21, 2012

Summer came back with a vengeance.  With highs back in the 100’s, it’s best to make an early morning trip on the river.  Water temps are beginning to be a factor in the lower river with the water temp reaching a high of 73 degrees on Friday at Dripping Springs.  The water is cooler as you approach the dam.  I spoke to the Corp of Engineers on Friday and they said they had requested some additional flow to help alleviate the problem.  Knowing that conserving water is a prime concern during this drought, I am sure all agencies will do their best to keep our river in the best possible condition.  As I look at the upcoming weather, I see temps back in the 90’s and some slight chances for rain.  This should help the overall picture.  Let’s all do a rain dance for August!!
OK.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is the fishing is actually pretty good.  Locating the fish and time of day are the main factors.  The rainbows and browns are holding in a little deeper sections of the shoals and the deeper pockets above and below the shoals. Size 16 nymphs and emergers and midge pupas seem to be the best choice. Please be careful when releasing your fish during this hot weather because they tend to get stressed while battling in the warmer water.  Try to keep the fish in the water and make sure it is swimming upright when released.  If you need a photo, make if a quick one with your hands wet while handling the fish.
Travis had a good day with me on Thursday, hanging four rainbows in the slot limit and landing two over 19 inches along with a lot of 12 to 14’s.  The fish are fighting well with even the smaller ones still putting on a good show.

Good Fishing!!


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