Since I started fly fishing in february 2012, I have never fished for rainbow trout. 99% of my fishing has been done on the coast, with a few trips for bass in freshwater. Last week while on one of my favorite fishing forums, a member posted pictures of his trip to the Guadalupe river. It really got me interested in heading there myself. The next day I packed up my gear, stopped at the local fly shop to get a few pointers and flies and I headed out. The first afternoon I fished was a good learning experience of what not to do. I lost a lot of flies, and found out just how cold that water is when you take a slip. I also did not catch a single fish, but I was determined to try again. The next morning I arrived at the river just before daybreak. Looking through the flies I still had left from the day before, I decided to go with the olive bead head wooly bugger. I fished that fly hard all morning without a bite. After a quick bite to eat for lunch I was back on the river again. It was long before I FINALLY had my first hook up, a 17″ beautiful rainbow trout.
I was extremely excited to finally have landed my first trout all on my own. She was released and I was back to fishing again. A couple more hours passed by without any bites. I decided to try a different fly, I put on a San Juan worm with a pheasant tail nymph dropper underneath. It wasn’t long before I had another taker.
Another beautiful rainbow close to 17″. I kept fishing that same setup for the next hour or so before deciding to change, I left the San Juan worm but changed the dropper fly to a tiny black midge. First cast I had another fish on. It’s really different for me fighting a fish with a size 22 hook and 6x tippet, but I was able to successfully land another one. My second day on the guad ended with 4 beautiful rainbow trout and I I could not have been more pleased at the end of the day. I’m definitely hooked and can not wait to try it again.