New feature: For days of adventure that don’t quite end in a full-length story but deserve to be shared to help our fellow anglers we now present Field Notes.

10/03/19  The Lower Colorado – Austin, TX:  After an excessively saturated spring there were strong hopes among many central Texas anglers like myself that we might be in for an amazing fishery well into the fall. Unfortunately, the leaky faucet was quickly cut off and the summer months saw healthy flows rapidly turn into stagnant flows and ultimately dry creek and river beds.

In an effort to scout out some of the few remaining floatable waters my good friend Nathan and I made a last-ditch effort to explore one of the last fully flowing bodies around Austin, the Lower Colorado east of Austin. The flows were a paltry 300 CFS compared to their average of 1,000 CFS this time of year which made the shallow spots fun and fast but also meant that the larger pools, of which there are many, combined with the upstream breeze made progress slow and laborious.

photo by @theurbanfly via instagram

The float was from Little Webberville to Big Webberville and although the current and wind made vast stretches of the float difficult, it was none the less an absolutely gorgeous float. The same thing that made it difficult and slow (low flows) also made it possible to completely survey the riverbed and all the nooks and crannies it possesses.  Holes normally head deep were now shallow waterways with the riverbed easily observable just a few feet below.

In stark contrast to the many unproductive days I’ve had lately, I somehow managed to catch and land an easy twenty-plus Guadalupe bass over the course of the day. Strangely enough, they all seemed to be the same fish with EVERY single one of them almost identical in size and coloration (give or take a quarter-pound) despite the fact they were caught hundreds of yards apart.

How can you be sure what I say is true? Well, you’re going to have to take my word because it turns out that the nagging feeling I had packing up the car at the last minute was that of me forgetting the waterproof camera that has provided hundreds upon hundreds of the photos on this blog. I’m fully aware that without photos it’s hard to know whether or not this is all a bunch of bullshit, but we’re friends, trust me, it’s on. Go now.

P.S. For the Lower Colorados most knowledgable guide service contact the fine folks at www.allwaterguides.com

photo by @theurbanfly via instagram