The most frequent question I was asked this past spring was “Are the White’s running?” With the drought still a sad occurrence here in central Texas, we just never had the amount of rain fall needed for a solid run out in the Hill Country. I fish four spots that will hold a decent run and only one had a run this year. We have had several good rains this spring, but not enough to allow for consistent water flow down the tributaries for the Whites to make a road trip to the party grounds.
However, the one spot that did produce out of the four this year was at the confluence of the Llano River with Lake LBJ. This spot is a hard to get to location due to the private land that borders the spawning areas. I have access through a couple spots which allows for less walking and more fishing.
I had the opportunity to take Shannon for a late trip this past April. We fished the tail end of the run, which allowed for a few larger fish. Shannon has attended several fly tying classes that I instruct at the shop and he just happened to be there on a night we tied a white bass fly (The Flashabou Streamer). This fly was the ticket for the bigger fish.
So even in a drought, the LBJ Whites still had the urge and enough water to make “a run”, or on second thought I will call it “a walk” this year due to the lower than normal flows.
Hopefully next year we have a stronger run of White’s, but at least there might be an opportunity for a White Bass Walk.
Keep Austin Fly Fishing!