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#12753242 - 05/12/18 11:47 PM Fly Fishing the Brazos River
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3347
Loc: Brenham, TX
I have fly fished the Brazos River below Whitney dam 3 times. Each time was in the summer when they are producing power in the afternoons and releasing water. Each time I went was fantastic. I caught crappie, white bass, stripers, red ear, bluegill, redbreast, longear, catfish, LMB and drum on each occasion. I didn't have to kayak very far to find them either.

Today was not the same though. They haven't been releasing water, nor have they been producing power so the water level was way down. Ben and I had to work hard to find fish today. We ended up kayaking about 3 miles downstream today. With the exception of one hybrid sunfish and a gar, all we caught were Bluegill and bass. But what we lacked in quantity we more than made up in quality.

Ben focused on catching big bass and he didn't disappoint. He caught two 22 inch and one 24 inch bass. He also caught a longnose gar that was about 4 feet long.

I focused on catching bluegill. I only caught 7 bluegill but they were all 3/4 lb. or bigger. I also caught 7 bass and a hybrid sunfish. All my fish were caught on a yellow Llano bug and a rubber legged dragon again.

The biggest bluegill I caught was 9.75 inches / 0.90 lbs. I registered it for a Brazos River water body record.

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#12753254 - 05/13/18 12:19 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
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Registered: 01/12/12
Posts: 97
Loc: Schertz Tx
Congratulations J-Moe, 9.75 inches / 0.90 lbs, WOW. That is one BIG Chunk right there. soldier
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#12753289 - 05/13/18 05:12 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
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That fish is a "CHUNK"! thumb Great post and another CONGRATULATIONS on yet another RECORD FISH! bow_down You are on a roll Jamie. Good job! rockon
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#12753342 - 05/13/18 07:30 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
Laker One Offline
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 12210
Loc: San Antonio TX
bow_down "OUTSTANDING" bow_down That is a super nice Bluegill! As already stated. "You are on a roll"! hooked

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#12753344 - 05/13/18 07:34 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
Hunter498 Offline
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Registered: 04/12/12
Posts: 301
Loc: Huntsville, Texas
Congrats!!

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#12753480 - 05/13/18 09:56 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 11750
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Great fishing J-Moe! You have covered a lot of area! Congratulations on your Record Bluegill!




Side Note: Do you get different results on the flies you use on the different water bodies you fish?

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#12753519 - 05/13/18 10:38 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
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Registered: 11/11/16
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Loc: La vernia tx
flehan flehan
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#12753523 - 05/13/18 10:45 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3347
Loc: Brenham, TX
Thanks everyone for the nice words. I appreciate it. I expect the bluegill and sunfish fishing to be outstanding on this next full moon. I can't wait.

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#12753534 - 05/13/18 11:10 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: Gitter Done]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3347
Loc: Brenham, TX
Originally Posted By: Gitter Done
Great fishing J-Moe! You have covered a lot of area! Congratulations on your Record Bluegill!

Side Note: Do you get different results on the flies you use on the different water bodies you fish?


For the most part I have found that yellow top water poppers have worked everywhere. I used to use yellow Betts Fancy poppers and they always outperformed other colors. I tie the Llano bug with yellow foam, florescent yellow chenille and yellow with sparkle silver silly legs. It has worked incredibly well at Buescher, Bastrop and the Brazos River the last couple weeks.

As far as the rubber legged dragon. It has replaced my Briminators as my favorite pattern. It has been incredible. A guy named Alan Prater sent some to Hook-Line&Sinker for him and I to try out. Both of us agreed immediately it was the best sunfish pattern we had ever used. There seems to be something special about the combination of the orange bead chain eyes with Chartreuse/black silly legs on a black body and tail. I have caught record hybrid sunfish, Rios, and Red Ear on it. I gave a couple to my friend Alan Hunter and he caught 100 sunfish on them in one day. He immediately tied up more.

These seem to work on every lake, creek or river I fish. Now saying that I have seen certain situations where matching the hatch will outperform these. For instance, last summer Alan and I were fishing a small creek. He had bought some size 12 Rainy's brown hoppers that matched the grasshoppers in the creek exactly. They outperformed every other fly we used.

So to make a short answer very long I would say Yes you can improve your catch rate on different water bodies if you more closely match the hatch.

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#12753827 - 05/13/18 05:42 PM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
Laker One Offline
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Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 12210
Loc: San Antonio TX
Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Originally Posted By: Gitter Done
Great fishing J-Moe! You have covered a lot of area! Congratulations on your Record Bluegill!

Side Note: Do you get different results on the flies you use on the different water bodies you fish?


For the most part I have found that yellow top water poppers have worked everywhere. I used to use yellow Betts Fancy poppers and they always outperformed other colors. I tie the Llano bug with yellow foam, florescent yellow chenille and yellow with sparkle silver silly legs. It has worked incredibly well at Buescher, Bastrop and the Brazos River the last couple weeks.

As far as the rubber legged dragon. It has replaced my Briminators as my favorite pattern. It has been incredible. A guy named Alan Prater sent some to Hook-Line&Sinker for him and I to try out. Both of us agreed immediately it was the best sunfish pattern we had ever used. There seems to be something special about the combination of the orange bead chain eyes with Chartreuse/black silly legs on a black body and tail. I have caught record hybrid sunfish, Rios, and Red Ear on it. I gave a couple to my friend Alan Hunter and he caught 100 sunfish on them in one day. He immediately tied up more.

These seem to work on every lake, creek or river I fish. Now saying that I have seen certain situations where matching the hatch will outperform these. For instance, last summer Alan and I were fishing a small creek. He had bought some size 12 Rainy's brown hoppers that matched the grasshoppers in the creek exactly. They outperformed every other fly we used.

So to make a short answer very long I would say Yes you can improve your catch rate on different water bodies if you more closely match the hatch.




Some good information! Thanks J-Moe for sharing. woot

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#12754139 - 05/14/18 04:57 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: Laker One]
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 44409
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Originally Posted By: Laker One
Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Originally Posted By: Gitter Done
Great fishing J-Moe! You have covered a lot of area! Congratulations on your Record Bluegill!

Side Note: Do you get different results on the flies you use on the different water bodies you fish?


For the most part I have found that yellow top water poppers have worked everywhere. I used to use yellow Betts Fancy poppers and they always outperformed other colors. I tie the Llano bug with yellow foam, florescent yellow chenille and yellow with sparkle silver silly legs. It has worked incredibly well at Buescher, Bastrop and the Brazos River the last couple weeks.

As far as the rubber legged dragon. It has replaced my Briminators as my favorite pattern. It has been incredible. A guy named Alan Prater sent some to Hook-Line&Sinker for him and I to try out. Both of us agreed immediately it was the best sunfish pattern we had ever used. There seems to be something special about the combination of the orange bead chain eyes with Chartreuse/black silly legs on a black body and tail. I have caught record hybrid sunfish, Rios, and Red Ear on it. I gave a couple to my friend Alan Hunter and he caught 100 sunfish on them in one day. He immediately tied up more.

These seem to work on every lake, creek or river I fish. Now saying that I have seen certain situations where matching the hatch will outperform these. For instance, last summer Alan and I were fishing a small creek. He had bought some size 12 Rainy's brown hoppers that matched the grasshoppers in the creek exactly. They outperformed every other fly we used.

So to make a short answer very long I would say Yes you can improve your catch rate on different water bodies if you more closely match the hatch.




Some good information! Thanks J-Moe for sharing. woot




This is what makes the TFF a GREAT source of information. Anglers sharing their knowledge! thumb
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#12754457 - 05/14/18 09:25 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
Fitz´┐Ż Online   happy
"Nice Guy"

Registered: 08/12/10
Posts: 9789
Loc: Feeding Time
Way to go Jamie, congrats on another record! clap

I plan to fish the Brazos soon, can't wait. I hear there are some new rules there but don't know any specifics, does it effect fishing out of a kayak?
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#12754747 - 05/14/18 11:54 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: Fitz´┐Ż]
J-Moe Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3347
Loc: Brenham, TX
Originally Posted By: Fitz«
Way to go Jamie, congrats on another record! clap

I plan to fish the Brazos soon, can't wait. I hear there are some new rules there but don't know any specifics, does it effect fishing out of a kayak?


Thanks Andrew

No, it doesn't effect fishing out of the kayak other than the distance from the dam has increased slightly. No more wade fishing. The power generation is now on an automatic setting so there is less time notice when the gates will open.

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#12756057 - 05/15/18 08:55 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
Gitter Done Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 11750
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Originally Posted By: Gitter Done
Great fishing J-Moe! You have covered a lot of area! Congratulations on your Record Bluegill!

Side Note: Do you get different results on the flies you use on the different water bodies you fish?


For the most part I have found that yellow top water poppers have worked everywhere. I used to use yellow Betts Fancy poppers and they always outperformed other colors. I tie the Llano bug with yellow foam, florescent yellow chenille and yellow with sparkle silver silly legs. It has worked incredibly well at Buescher, Bastrop and the Brazos River the last couple weeks.




As far as the rubber legged dragon. It has replaced my Briminators as my favorite pattern. It has been incredible. A guy named Alan Prater sent some to Hook-Line&Sinker for him and I to try out. Both of us agreed immediately it was the best sunfish pattern we had ever used. There seems to be something special about the combination of the orange bead chain eyes with Chartreuse/black silly legs on a black body and tail. I have caught record hybrid sunfish, Rios, and Red Ear on it. I gave a couple to my friend Alan Hunter and he caught 100 sunfish on them in one day. He immediately tied up more.

These seem to work on every lake, creek or river I fish. Now saying that I have seen certain situations where matching the hatch will outperform these. For instance, last summer Alan and I were fishing a small creek. He had bought some size 12 Rainy's brown hoppers that matched the grasshoppers in the creek exactly. They outperformed every other fly we used.

So to make a short answer very long I would say Yes you can improve your catch rate on different water bodies if you more closely match the hatch.




Thanks J-Moe. Interesting! I always love to know what fish are biting on in other water bodies.

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#12756065 - 05/15/18 08:59 AM Re: Fly Fishing the Brazos River [Re: J-Moe]
Fitz´┐Ż Online   happy
"Nice Guy"

Registered: 08/12/10
Posts: 9789
Loc: Feeding Time
Originally Posted By: J-Moe
Originally Posted By: Fitz«
Way to go Jamie, congrats on another record! clap

I plan to fish the Brazos soon, can't wait. I hear there are some new rules there but don't know any specifics, does it effect fishing out of a kayak?


Thanks Andrew

No, it doesn't effect fishing out of the kayak other than the distance from the dam has increased slightly. No more wade fishing. The power generation is now on an automatic setting so there is less time notice when the gates will open.

Thanks Jamie
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