with flows sitting around 400cfs the Guadalupe River has been on fire.
Johny Merkle and Ryan Branch came down from Houston for a weekend getaway of fly fishing and hanging with the wives.
Ryan has been fly fishing for a while and wanted to introduce his friend Johnny to the light side. You see, Johny is an accomplished fisherman himself. He is the owner and operator of Gulf Coast Legends a fishing charter in Galveston, Texas, where he takes clients on the hunt for Red fish and speckled trout with conventional gear. Besides being a USCG guide, Johny also has a rod company called GCL Rods, a company that builds rods for saltwater and freshwater bass fishing. In fact, he built his first fly rod for Ryan and was able to fish with it during this trip.
Another neat fact about Johny is that he is the founder of Fisherman Helping Fisherman. A nonprofit charitable organization that hosts fishing tournaments and events that benefit individuals and organizations in and out of the fishing industry. Please reach out to them if you would like to compete, donate, or are in need of some assistance.
As independent workers, fishing and hunting guides can find it very difficult to put together an affordable insurance program that covers unforeseen accidents and ailments. It makes me very proud to be a part of the fishing community when I see organizations like this being established to help other fisherman/woman in need.
Here are a couple of links to some other great friends and guides that could use your help.
as per usual the fish were not keying in on any one particular fly. We caught all of our fish on several different patterns. Higa’s SOS, pink worms and griddle bugs when the sun came out on Sunday there were some big BWO and some caddis hatches coming off late morning. Caddis emergers were our most productive
And remember kids,
If you want to catch a fish you have to think like a fish. If you want to think like a fish you have to drink like a fish.