Loc: SA, Hallettsville, Rockport
Just outside of Medina, Texas lies, shockingly, the Medina River. Access on the river above the lake is excellent compared to below the dam. This trip to the Medina River I utilized a small park just west of Medina that afforded great wade fishing both up and down stream. I chose the wade down stream.
Like most of my Hill Country forays I figured I would spend most my time landing the variety of sunfish and one of the two bass species typical of said rivers.
Several sunfish, some larger than my hand, and a couple of bass were landed on various flies. Unfortunately, none of the bass had much size to them. There were larger bass I could see, but I couldn't get them to bite anything. Saw a couple of catfish as well as a single carp. About 1/4 mile down river were a couple decent waterfalls.
After the second waterfall I waded up to a small pool and while I was tending to a small wind knot I glanced over and spotted a Rio Grande Cichlid. It's been a couple years since I got a decent shot at cichlids. Today ended up being a great day on the fly for cichlids as I landed 8 or 9 with easy. Man I forgot how great they fight on a 4wt.
The fishing was pretty good today and after about 3.5 hours of fishing I had only waded down river 1/2 a mile. The last pool I came up to provided a few more cichlids and sunfish and water too deep to wade with unprotected camera equipment so I decided that would be it for the day. Don't let the following picture of water deceive you, it was quickly over my head feet from the river bank. So I took a 10-15 minute swim in the cool, clear waters before heading back up river to head back to SA.
I can definitely get used to wading the Hill Country rivers now as a resident of San Antonio.
"Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water." -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus