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Brushy Creek is a small river up north of Austin Texas, that travels through Round Rock. I didn't get to fish the entire stretch, but what I fished looked really pretty and nice. The day I fished was slow from what I was told, I did see some locals fishing and asked how they were doing. All of which said it was the slowest day they had seen in a while. Of course as soon as I go out right? Anyway, its a pretty little stream that holds Guadalupe and smallmouth bass, sunfish, carp and rio cichlids. I believe there are some other species as well. I had a great time, even though it wasn't as productive as I wanted. I got to test out a foam hopper I'm working on, and a small crayfish fly im working on as well. Both of which caught fish. I caught some panfish which I think one was a redbreast sunfish but I could be wrong. I did catch a little bass, and Im not sure if it was a Guadalupe or a smallmouth, Im still learning how to identify them. I am new to fishing in Texas, and so I could always use your guys help identifying the fish I catch. Also please help me with figuring out how to catch Rio's. Im not sure the technique. Honestly it looked like they were spawning to me, chasing others off their little nests at least it looked like. Not sure if that's a bad time to fish for them or not. I also saw a snake, and while it could be the non verminous water snake that is common in the area, I am quite sure it was actually a cottonmouth (or commonly called water moccasin). It ducked under a rock before I could get my camera positioned on him so I could not get any video, and I didn't want to go poking around the rock and get bit. I almost stepped on him, I need to remember to be more careful and look where im walking each time I go out.
Last week Paul and I went out to kayak fish the Medina and had a blast. The water was super clear though and we could not get any fish to bite. So I decided to head out on my own, wading the river and see if I couldn't get a few. The water clarity was slightly off color comparably, so I was able to get a few to nibble. Quite a few sunfish, and one really nice one. Then also some bass. What a fun time! The fly that caught most of the fish was something I came up with. I called it the panfish delight. Here is a link to that tying video on how you can tie the same fly. https://youtu.be/AbdUmeNTABQ
The Medina river was filled with fish, beautiful, and had amazing structure. It had the makings of what could have been an amazing day fishing! And I know we would have caught tons of fish if the water temps weren't so low. We had a cold front come in 2 days prior and stayed for the weekend, so there was not much chance of that water being warm enough to get the bass to strike. They just were not interested at all. But we saw lots of fish. In fact I was very surprised at how many fish we could see. Catfish, bass, carp, panfish, and shad. All of which were schooling thick, but none would eat. In a way it was a frustrating day, just watching fish not pay attention to your fly, and some scattering at the slightest kerplunk of the fly hitting the water. However we did get a few, and had a nice time just kayaking around. It really is a beautiful river, and very enjoyable to kayak. I will be returning to try my hand at the Medina once again.
Of course, with a camera onboard, recording everything, I didn't catch any big fish. Fun morning, though. Does anyone know how to film without the sun glare? Too big to put it here, so please go to http://youtu.be/-Yi37_5ANyg and watch me catch some little Spotted Sunfish.