What's In Your Fly Box for Guadalupe River Trout?

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pjvanek
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Re: What's In Your Fly Box for Guadalupe River Trout?

Post by pjvanek » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:15 pm

I'm not sure what distant learning is, but I'll try to stay on topic!

I've only had one opportunity to fish to rising trout on the Guad, and Lord only knows what they were eating. I couldn't see anything on the surface, so perhaps emergers just under the surface? A friend and I actually had some decent luck on dry / droppers, and about half the fish we caught came up and ate our dries.....a #14 parachute Adams was on my line. On those rare occasions they are looking up, what dries do ya'll use? Or maybe a better question is what dries do you carry for the Guad? I know hatches can run the gamut between tiny BWO's and huge hex's and I guess largely it would depend on what is coming off the water. Any dry / dropper rigs ya'll have had luck on? Thanks!

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Alex Argyros
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Re: What's In Your Fly Box for Guadalupe River Trout?

Post by Alex Argyros » Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:02 am

With the proviso that I rarely fish dries on the Guad, I think that you should think more about fly type than specific pattern. Any fly type can be tied to match a specific bug, but different fly types have different characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses.

Having said that, my own preference is for dry flies tied with a lot of soft stuff (soft hackle, cdc, etc.). The reason for this preference is the one aspect of imitation that often goes unmentioned: motion.

I'm also partial to Sandy Pittendrigh's innovative dry fly designs.

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Re: What's In Your Fly Box for Guadalupe River Trout?

Post by WadeWebb » Sat Nov 25, 2017 4:40 pm

Hello! Thanks for asking! I will be following the answers to this questions, since I just wanted to start a new thread on this theme!

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Re: What's In Your Fly Box for Guadalupe River Trout?

Post by Cassio » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:24 pm

I figured I would revive this thread with some new flies and techniques that have been successful in these low flows and picky fish.

First of all bead head red fox squirrel nymph is such a great pattern, I like with small rubber legs, I don't know why I didn't use them in the past. I've been using it almost exclusively as my attract or fly with great success.

I also began tying variations of zebra midges but using a small amount of dubbing instead of a bead. They are quick to tie and produce well, I like them in cream color, silver wire, and black dubbing.

As far as technique I've been swinging flies a lot more often this season with these lower flows. It's been a learning experience but so much fun and the strikes are so memorable. Plus it saves time rigging.

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Re: What's In Your Fly Box for Guadalupe River Trout?

Post by Blewis » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:57 pm

I keep wanting my wet flies to work, but small RS2's in grey were the only thing that produced last time for me.

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