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#12374775 - 08/06/17 02:01 PM A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek
1960texan Offline
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Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 465
Loc: Knee deep in the Guadalupe.
I found a secluded spot on Onion Creek last week and lost a pretty good sized fish, so I decided that this morning would be a good time to take another shot at it. I arrived right at nine am and saw that I had this little stretch of the creek all to myself.

J-Moe and a few other fly fishermen on this forum mentioned in more than one post that they were having great success with hoppers, so I stopped by Cabela's a few days ago and picked up a few. I am happy to report that the hopper is still very effective.




I saw this guy hanging out below a limestone cut in the far bank and tried my luck at site fishing. He did not disappoint. It was a real thrill watching him slam the hopper.

I even managed to land my second ever Rio, a nice bull. As I was taking him off the hook I noticed a ten dollar bill floating a few inches from my shoes! That more than pays for the hoppers I bought a few days ago.

The redbreasts were the most aggressive, I probably caught six or seven of these. In fact,
I think I may have caught the same fish twice.

I must have landed about twenty fish in two and a half hours. As I was heading back to the house I stopped at another, smaller creek for the first time and tried out the new spinning rig my wife bought me a few weeks ago for my birthday. This creek was probably less than ten feet across at its widest point, but I still managed to land a decent bass and this beautiful little longear, both on a small chartreuse and orange roostertail. If I hadn't already promised my wife we'd see a movie today, I'd probably still be out there. Instead, I fished for ten minutes and went home.

This was by far the best solo fishing excursion I've had in quite some time.
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#12374798 - 08/06/17 02:20 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
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Awesome post Will. Good job. thumb



Side note. You know you are living right when you find a ten dollar bill floating in a fishing hole. rockon
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#12374825 - 08/06/17 02:47 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Registered: 11/11/16
Posts: 844
Loc: La vernia tx
Originally Posted By: banker-always fishing
Awesome post Will. Good job. thumb



Side note. You know you are living right when you find a ten dollar bill floating in a fishing hole. rockon




+1 rockon
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#12374917 - 08/06/17 04:23 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
Littlefeather Offline
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Registered: 11/16/15
Posts: 374
Loc: Brownwood, Texas
Very nice! Man those Rio's are really beautiful and unique! Congrats
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#12374938 - 08/06/17 04:36 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
1960texan Offline
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Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 465
Loc: Knee deep in the Guadalupe.
Thanks Chuck, Clayton and Littlefeather for the replies. Littlefeather, the Rios are what we have to make do with down here when we can't fish for trout! smile
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#12374993 - 08/06/17 05:30 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
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Registered: 11/16/15
Posts: 374
Loc: Brownwood, Texas
Lol! I hear ya! I've caught Rio's. I kept some in a 75 gal aquarium but never could get the lights right to capture the colors. Congrats again
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#12375254 - 08/06/17 08:16 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
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Registered: 04/23/11
Posts: 1428
Loc: southwest more west than south...
Great post and pics! Thanx for sharing, happy belated bday
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#12375275 - 08/06/17 08:26 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3137
Loc: Brenham, TX
Great job, great variety of fish.

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#12375493 - 08/06/17 10:47 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
1960texan Offline
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Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 465
Loc: Knee deep in the Guadalupe.
Thanks gar1970 and Jamie for the replies.

Jamie, thanks again for posting about your success with the hoppers! In this case, your success had a great deal to do with my success.
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#12375510 - 08/06/17 10:56 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
Hunter498 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/12
Posts: 274
Loc: Huntsville, Texas
What great pics, thanks for the story!!

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#12376404 - 08/07/17 04:46 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
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Loc: Feeding Time
I really like those pictures. Beautiful fish you caught
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#12376534 - 08/07/17 06:23 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
1960texan Offline
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Registered: 11/09/15
Posts: 465
Loc: Knee deep in the Guadalupe.
Thanks Hunter and Fitz for the replies. Fitz, I'm already itching to go back.
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#12377139 - 08/08/17 07:57 AM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 10899
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Nice fish 1960texan! You seem to find some pretty neat places!

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#12378798 - 08/09/17 08:49 AM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
Laker One Offline
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 11367
Loc: San Antonio TX
Great post. woot Were you using black or other colors?

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#12379238 - 08/09/17 01:19 PM Re: A Rio, A Rebate, And Redemption On Onion Creek [Re: 1960texan]
Pot licker Offline
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Registered: 01/22/17
Posts: 313
Loc: SW Texas
Awesome post love the pictures! Thanks for sharing clap

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