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#10799888 - 04/27/15 08:58 AM San Marcos Canoe Trip
winchester44 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/07
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Loc: Fort Worth
Good Morning All,

I'm taking my little brother on a canoe trip down the San Marco River this weekend.
He is currently stationed at Lackland AFB, but is about to leave the states
for quite some time again.
Anyhow, I was looking if anyone had an particular fly recommendations for that river.
We will be starting just below town of San Marcos and heading about 10 miles downriver.
We would love to catch Bass, Gar, carp and or particular interest would be a Rio Grand Cichlid.

Thanks in advance!

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#10799978 - 04/27/15 09:29 AM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: winchester44]
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Bring every Cat's Whisker , woolly bugger size and color combo you have and a few more.
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#10800172 - 04/27/15 10:32 AM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: rrhyne56]
winchester44 Offline
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Thanks! what species would you use those for?

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#10800183 - 04/27/15 10:34 AM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: winchester44]
Bob9 Offline
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Rio Getter - size 12-16. Guadalupena.

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#10800546 - 04/27/15 12:16 PM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: Bob9]
winchester44 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob9
Rio Getter - size 12-16. Guadalupena.


Really so the Rio's like them pretty small? Hmmm.. interesting. Perhaps that's been my mistake.
Typically was using a size 8 or 10 Olive Krystal Bugger which seemed to work on just about everything else
in there.

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#10801098 - 04/27/15 03:14 PM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: winchester44]
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Winchester
small is best for Rios- bounce weighted flies such as Rio Getters, Brinators, and other weighted flies along the bottom. Very curious fish- like to graze and not chase prey.

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#10801172 - 04/27/15 03:40 PM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: winchester44]
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Registered: 02/10/15
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I'm from San Marcos and fly fish the river once or twice a week. The advise of the flies here is good. I'd add size 4-8 Clousers as a go to as well. Lately I've been targeting Sunfish with small topwater stuff size 8-12 and been having a blast. Last week in a 2 hours span I had to have caught 70+ with a hand full of small bass mixed in.

Foam Dragon - Bream Fly
I've been tying these in various sizes and colors, with great results.

My question would be where are you putting in and taking out? If your putting in just downriver from town and going ten miles on a weekend and your objective is fly fishing you need to rethink. A large section of that (between 101 and Don's Fish camp) will be completely inundated with drunk tubers. Certainly a lot of nice eye candy, but it will render the river unfishable with a fly rod as there will always be someone behind you.

If you want to do a 10ish mile float with excellent fishing and no tubers I'd do the float between Staples and Fentress. From what I understand this is the section that guides usually do their trips. I really like this section of river. No damns to portage (except at the start) and less big slow sections. If you fish it hard, It will take a full day so start early and a rope will be helpful for the portage over the Staples damn.

You can also do Martidale to Staples, it takes about 6 hours if fished hard. I like the first half the second half is mostly the lake above the Staples dam where it's harder to find the fish.

Watch the videos on this website and look around it to gleam some knowledge:

Local Guide

More

Local Club Website:

Local Club Website

Shuttle service if needed:

T&G Canoe

Shady Grove

Also, If you can join the texaskayakfisherman local board San Marcos/New Braunfels - you can find trip reports and what not.


Edited by Texjbq (04/27/15 04:07 PM)

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#10801597 - 04/27/15 06:13 PM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: winchester44]
Bob9 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/04
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Loc: Paris, TX
Rios have a small mouth.

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#10801669 - 04/27/15 06:35 PM Re: San Marcos Canoe Trip [Re: Texjbq]
winchester44 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Texjbq

My question would be where are you putting in and taking out? If your putting in just downriver from town and going ten miles on a weekend and your objective is fly fishing you need to rethink. A large section of that (between 101 and Don's Fish camp) will be completely inundated with drunk tubers. Certainly a lot of nice eye candy, but it will render the river unfishable with a fly rod as there will always be someone behind you.



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