I am frequently asked “Have you been out on the water?”. Typically the answer is “Yes, I have…”. This past week I was out on the Llano. This response will cause a deer in the head lights glare and a very common question, “Is there water in the Llano?”. Sure, the Llano does have water. We are still in a drought, but the spring rains have given the Llano a shot in the arm with much needed water. My good friend and fish’n buddy Andy and I headed west into the Texas Hill Country the first week in May.
The fish where not responding on top, however streamers where the answer for the day. We have had a cool spring this year which I contribute to a slower than normal start with top water action on the Llano. One of my favorites streamers is the “Matt’s Bug”. This is a wooly bugger variant that was originally tied from a past member of the Central Texas Fly Fishers – yep you guessed it, his name is Matt. What makes the Matt’s Bug so special is the lead tape that is used to both weight and shape the fly.
We had a variety of species take the fly that day including the Redbreast Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Guadalupe Bass and the first Rio Grande of the year.
Not only was the fishing good, you sure can’t beat the springtime Texas Wildflowers in bloom.
So just in case you are wondering, yes the Llano is wet and is worth a drive west into the Texas Hill Country.
Keep Austin Fly Fishing!