Texas Fly Fishing

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TX - Colorado River: 30.245892, -97.690186
TX - Guadalupe River : 29.843054, -98.168205
CRAMER CREEK AT US HWY 54 NR DALHART, TX: 35.751250, -102.893167
E FK CHEYENNE CREEK TRIB NR CHANNING, TX: 35.675097, -102.280722
CANADIAN RIVER NR AMARILLO, TX: 35.470326, -101.879628
BIG BLUE CREEK NR FRITCH, TX: 35.720778, -101.662528
CANADIAN RIVER NR CANADIAN, TX: 35.935042, -100.370688
PALO DURO CREEK NR SPEARMAN, TX: 36.202255, -101.305993
WOLF CREEK AT LIPSCOMB, TX: 36.238649, -100.275689
TIERRA BLANCA CREEK ABV BUFFALO LK NR UMBARGER, TX: 34.848671, -102.176030
PR DOG TWN FK RED RIVER NR WAYSIDE, TX: 34.837555, -101.414058
PR DOG TWN FK RED RIVER NR BRICE, TX: 34.627836, -100.940699
PR DOG TWN FK RED RIVER NR CHILDRESS, TX: 34.569227, -100.194002
GROESBECK CREEK AT SH 6 NR QUANAH, TX: 34.354520, -99.740372
LELIA LK CREEK BL BELL CREEK NR HEDLEY, TX: 34.935607, -100.696525
SALT FK RED RIVER NR WELLINGTON, TX: 34.957553, -100.220949
N FK RED RIVER NR SHAMROCK, TX: 35.264216, -100.241786
SWEETWATER CREEK NR KELTON, TX: 35.473104, -100.120950
PEASE RIVER NR VERNON, TX: 34.179583, -99.323333
RED RIVER NR BURKBURNETT, TX: 34.110093, -98.531723
N WICHITA RIVER NR TRUSCOTT, TX: 33.820642, -99.786482
S WICHITA RIVER NR BENJAMIN, TX: 33.644257, -99.800925
WICHITA RIVER NR SEYMOUR, TX: 33.700370, -99.388691
WICHITA RIVER NR MABELLE, TX: 33.760093, -99.142850
BEAVER CREEK NR ELECTRA, TX: 33.905928, -98.905067
WICHITA RIVER AT FM 368 NR IOWA PARK, TX: 33.896944, -98.707222
WICHITA RIVER AT WICHITA FALLS, TX: 33.909542, -98.533666
HOLLIDAY CREEK AT WICHITA FALLS, TX: 33.884444, -98.498889
WICHITA RIVER NR CHARLIE, TX: 34.053150, -98.296714
LITTLE WICHITA RIVER NR ARCHER CITY, TX: 33.662602, -98.613112
LITTLE WICHITA RIVER ABV HENRIETTA, TX: 33.826767, -98.240046
E FK LITTLE WICHITA RIVER NR HENRIETTA, TX: 33.812878, -98.085041
BEAVER CREEK NR RINGGOLD, TX: 33.855403, -97.943847
BELKNAP CREEK NR RINGGOLD, TX: 33.806983, -97.886314
RED RIVER AT DENISON DAM NR DENISON, TX: 33.818991, -96.563326
BOIS D'ARC CREEK AT FM 1396 NR HONEY GROVE, TX: 33.682222, -95.984444
BOIS D'ARC CREEK AT FM 409 NR HONEY GROVE, TX: 33.744167, -95.961111
RED RIVER NEAR DE KALB, TX: 33.684000, -94.694377
S SULPHUR RIVER AT COMMERCE, TX: 33.211780, -95.914133
MIDDLE SULPHUR RIVER AT COMMERCE, TX: 33.266501, -95.915522
S SULPHUR RIVER NR COOPER, TX: 33.356499, -95.594956
N SULPHUR RIVER NR COOPER, TX: 33.474830, -95.587735
SULPHUR RIVER NR TALCO, TX: 33.390668, -95.062441
CUTHAND CREEK AT FM 910 NR CUTHAND, TX: 33.498889, -95.051389
SULPHUR RIVER AT IH 30 NR DALBY SPRINGS, TX: 33.309444, -94.698056
WHITE OAK CREEK NR TALCO, TX: 33.322336, -95.092718
WHITE OAK CREEK AT IH 30 NR OMAHA, TX: 33.274722, -94.802500
ANDERSON CREEK AT HWY 98 NR SIMMS, TX: 33.384444, -94.498056
SULPHUR RIVER NR TEXARKANA, TX: 33.304167, -94.151389
BIG CYPRESS CREEK AT US HWY 271 NR PITTSBURG, TX: 33.072931, -94.965228
BIG CYPRESS CREEK NR PITTSBURG, TX: 33.020958, -94.882155
BIG CYPRESS BAYOU NR JEFFERSON, TX: 32.749583, -94.498810
BLACK CYPRESS BAYOU AT JEFFERSON, TX: 32.777917, -94.357415
LITTLE CYPRESS CREEK NR ORE CITY, TX: 32.672641, -94.751043
LITTLE CYPRESS BAYOU NR JEFFERSON, TX: 32.712920, -94.346026
BIG CYPRESS CREEK ABV SH 43 NR KARNACK, TX: 32.738611, -94.232500
COWLEECH FK SABINE RIVER AT GREENVILLE, TX: 33.132893, -96.076916
S FK SABINE RIVER NR QUINLAN, TX: 32.897901, -96.253312
SABINE RIVER NR WILLS POINT, TX: 32.806236, -95.919411
SABINE RIVER NR MINEOLA, TX: 32.613747, -95.485790
LAKE FK CREEK NR QUITMAN, TX: 32.763184, -95.463009
SABINE RIVER NR HAWKINS, TX: 32.559864, -95.206614
BIG SANDY CREEK NR BIG SANDY, TX: 32.604029, -95.091610
SABINE RIVER NR GLADEWATER, TX: 32.527089, -94.960218
SABINE RIVER ABV LONGVIEW, TX: 32.479870, -94.804380
SABINE RIVER BL LONGVIEW, TX: 32.416818, -94.709932
SABINE RIVER NR BECKVILLE, TX: 32.327379, -94.353530
SABINE RIVER AT LOGANSPORT, LA: 31.972389, -94.006301
SABINE RIVER AT TOLEDO BD RES NR BURKEVILLE, TX: 31.173799, -93.566008
SABINE RIVER NR BURKEVILLE, TX: 31.064080, -93.519617
SABINE RIVER NR BON WIER, TX: 30.747146, -93.608508
BIG COW CREEK NR NEWTON, TX: 30.818889, -93.785556
SABINE RIVER NR RULIFF, TX: 30.303817, -93.743778
SABINE RIVER (AT NAVY PIER) AT ORANGE, TX: 30.097988, -93.721554
COW BAYOU NR MAURICEVILLE, TX: 30.186320, -93.908506
NECHES RIVER NR NECHES, TX: 31.892390, -95.430786
NECHES RIVER NR DIBOLL, TX: 31.132966, -94.809931
NECHES RIVER NR ROCKLAND, TX: 31.025000, -94.399444
E FK ANGELINA RIVER NR CUSHING, TX: 31.860172, -94.823270
MUD CREEK NR JACKSONVILLE, TX: 31.976556, -95.160779
ANGELINA RIVER NR ALTO, TX: 31.671844, -94.952715
BAYOU LANANA AT NACOGDOCHES, TX: 31.616290, -94.641321
ATTOYAC BAYOU NR CHIRENO, TX: 31.504350, -94.304368
AYISH BAYOU NR SAN AUGUSTINE, TX: 31.396296, -94.151029
NECHES RIVER NR TOWN BLUFF, TX: 30.791036, -94.151024
NECHES RIVER AT EVADALE, TX: 30.355764, -94.093237
VILLAGE CREEK NR KOUNTZE, TX: 30.397986, -94.263522
PINE ISLAND BAYOU NR SOUR LAKE, TX: 30.106046, -94.334632
PINE ISLAND BAYOU ABV BI PUMP PLANT, BEAUMONT, TX: 30.178823, -94.188794
NECHES RIVER SALTWATER BARRIER AT BEAUMONT, TX: 30.156878, -94.114347
W FK DOUBLE BAYOU AT EAGLE FERRY RD NR ANAHUAC, TX: 29.675556, -94.666114
W FK TRINITY RIVER NR JACKSBORO, TX: 33.291779, -98.080598
BIG SANDY CREEK NR BRIDGEPORT, TX: 33.231782, -97.694754
W FK TRINITY RIVER NR BOYD, TX: 33.085399, -97.558636
WALNUT CREEK AT RENO, TX: 32.945680, -97.583080
WFK TRINITYRV AT WHITE SETTLEMENT RD,FORT WORTH,TX: 32.759722, -97.403889
CLEAR FK TRINITY RIVER NR WEATHERFORD, TX: 32.740407, -97.651971
CLEAR FORK TRINITY RIVER AT KELLY RD NR ALEDO, TX: 32.653056, -97.586389
CLEAR FK TRINITY RIVER NR BENBROOK, TX: 32.665133, -97.441964
MARYS CREEK AT BENBROOK, TX: 32.695132, -97.447242
CLEAR FK TRINITY RIVER AT FT WORTH, TX: 32.732353, -97.358906
W FK TRINITY RIVER AT FT WORTH, TX: 32.760963, -97.332517
W FK TRINITY RIVER AT BEACH ST, FT WORTH, TX: 32.751797, -97.289460
BIG FOSSIL CREEK AT HALTOM CITY, TX: 32.807351, -97.248626
VILLAGE CREEK AT EVERMAN, TX: 32.603469, -97.265014
W FK TRINITY RIVER AT GREENBELT RD, FORT WORTH, TX: 32.788463, -97.140011
W FK TRINITY RIVER AT GRAND PRAIRIE, TX: 32.762500, -96.994444
BEAR CREEK AT SHADY GROVE RD, GRAND PRAIRIE, TX: 32.804497, -97.009881
MOUNTAIN CREEK NR VENUS, TX: 32.490972, -97.123065
WALNUT CREEK NR MANSFIELD, TX: 32.580970, -97.101953
MOUNTAIN CREEK AT GRAND PRAIRIE, TX: 32.747631, -96.925838
ELM FK TRINITY RIVER AT GAINESVILLE, TX: 33.624275, -97.156402
TIMBER CREEK NR COLLINSVILLE, TX: 33.554554, -96.947227
RANGE CREEK NR COLLINSVILLE, TX: 33.526220, -96.807219
ELM FK TRINITY RIVER AT GREENBELT NR PILOT POINT, TX: 33.349722, -97.035556
CLEAR CREEK NR SANGER, TX: 33.336227, -97.179459
LITTLE ELM CREEK NR AUBREY, TX: 33.283450, -96.892781
DOE BR AT US HWY 380 NR PROSPER, TX: 33.219285, -96.891948
HICKORY CREEK AT DENTON, TX: 33.151787, -97.141957
ELM FK TRINITY RIVER NR LEWISVILLE, TX: 33.045677, -96.961117
INDIAN CREEK AT FM 2281, CARROLLTON, TX: 33.026944, -96.917222
DENTON CREEK NR JUSTIN, TX: 33.119010, -97.290573
DENTON CREEK NR GRAPEVINE, TX: 32.987068, -97.012786
ELM FK TRINITY RIVER NR CARROLLTON, TX: 32.965957, -96.944450
ELM FK TRINITY RIVER AT SPUR 348, IRVING, TX: 32.873333, -96.930556
TURTLE CREEK AT DALLAS, TX: 32.807351, -96.802501
TRINITY RIVER AT DALLAS, TX: 32.774852, -96.821946
WHITE RK CREEK AT GREENVILLE AVE, DALLAS, TX: 32.889292, -96.756666
WHITE RK CREEK AT WHITE RK LK, DALLAS, TX: 32.808739, -96.725832
TRINITY RIVER BL DALLAS, TX: 32.707631, -96.735832
E FK TRINITY RIVER NR MCKINNEY, TX: 33.203727, -96.595824
INDIAN CREEK AT SH 78 NR FARMERSVILLE, TX: 33.225000, -96.373056
SISTER GROVE CREEK NR BLUE RIDGE, TX: 33.294558, -96.483041
WILSON CREEK DWS OF HWY 75 AT MCKINNEY, TX: 33.184850, -96.638050
ROWLETT CREEK NR SACHSE, TX: 32.959844, -96.614438
E FK TRINITY RIVER BLW LK RAY HUBBARD NR FORNEY, TX: 32.798611, -96.494167
E FK TRINITY RIVER NR FORNEY, TX: 32.774295, -96.503599
E FK TRINITY RIVER NR CRANDALL, TX: 32.638744, -96.485265
TRINITY RIVER NR ROSSER, TX: 32.426530, -96.463042
TRINITY RIVER AT TRINIDAD, TX: 32.147653, -96.102471
CEDAR CREEK NR KEMP, TX: 32.503471, -96.112751
KINGS CREEK AT SH 34 NR KAUFMAN, TX: 32.556111, -96.338889
ASH CREEK AT HWY 171 NR MALONE, TX: 31.909558, -96.881464
RICHLAND CREEK AT HWY 22 NR MERTENS, TX: 32.054669, -96.906519
WHITE RK CREEK AT FM 308 NR IRENE, TX: 31.978056, -96.873333
RICHLAND CREEK NR DAWSON, TX: 31.938491, -96.681379
CHAMBERS CREEK AT FM 55 NR AVALON, TX: 32.164650, -96.762006
WAXAHACHIE CREEK AT WAXAHACHIE, TX: 32.382222, -96.850556
WAXAHACHIE CREEK NR BARDWELL, TX: 32.243481, -96.640268
CHAMBERS CREEK NR RICE, TX: 32.198482, -96.520264
TEHUACANA CREEK NR STREETMAN, TX: 31.848496, -96.289976
TRINITY RIVER NR OAKWOOD, TX: 31.648506, -95.789403
UPPER KEECHI CREEK NR OAKWOOD, TX: 31.569896, -95.888294
TRINITY RIVER NR CROCKETT, TX: 31.338513, -95.656341
BEDIAS CREEK NR MADISONVILLE, TX: 30.884722, -95.777778
TRINITY RIVER AT RIVERSIDE, TX: 30.859355, -95.398830
KICKAPOO CREEK AT ONALASKA, TX: 30.886750, -95.080389
LONG KING CREEK AT LIVINGSTON, TX: 30.716306, -94.958824
TRINITY RIVER NR GOODRICH, TX: 30.572145, -94.948822
MENARD CREEK NR RYE, TX: 30.481389, -94.779722
TRINITY RIVER AT ROMAYOR, TX: 30.425207, -94.850762
TRINITY RIVER AT LIBERTY, TX: 30.057715, -94.818257
TRINITY RIVER NR MOSS BLUFF, TX: 29.941885, -94.774366
TRINITY RIVER AT WALLISVILLE, TX: 29.812443, -94.731309
CEDAR BAYOU NR CROSBY, TX: 29.972719, -94.985760
GOOSE CREEK AT BAYTOWN, TX: 29.770782, -94.999650
W FK SAN JACINTO RIVER NR HUNTSVILLE, TX: 30.646030, -95.675224
W FK SAN JACINTO RIVER BL LK CONROE NR CONROE, TX: 30.342153, -95.542998
LAKE CREEK AT SENDERA RANCH RD NR CONROE, TX: 30.257750, -95.563694
W FK SAN JACINTO RIVER NR CONROE, TX: 30.244657, -95.457162
W FK SAN JACINTO RIVER ABV LK HOUSTON NR PORTER, TX: 30.086051, -95.299935
SPRING CREEK NR TOMBALL, TX: 30.119939, -95.646056
WILLOW CREEK NR TOMBALL, TX: 30.105495, -95.546608
BEAR BR AT RESEARCH BLVD, THE WOODLANDS, TX: 30.190556, -95.491111
PANTHER BR AT GOSLING RD, THE WOODLANDS, TX: 30.192159, -95.483829
PANTHER BR NR SPRING, TX: 30.134383, -95.477718
SPRING CREEK NR SPRING, TX: 30.110495, -95.436328
CYPRESS CREEK AT SHARP RD NR HOCKLEY, TX: 29.921058, -95.840229
CYPRESS CREEK AT KATY-HOCKLEY RD NR HOCKLEY, TX: 29.950224, -95.808284
CYPRESS CREEK AT HOUSE-HAHL RD NR CYPRESS, TX: 29.959112, -95.717725
LITTLE CYPRESS CREEK NR CYPRESS, TX: 30.016054, -95.697446
CYPRESS CREEK AT GRANT RD NR CYPRESS, TX: 29.973556, -95.598555
CYPRESS CREEK AT STUEBNER-AIRLINE RD NR WESTFIELD, TX: 30.006610, -95.511885
CYPRESS CREEK NR WESTFIELD, TX: 30.035775, -95.428827
W FK SAN JACINTO RIVER NR HUMBLE, TX: 30.027164, -95.257989
E FK SAN JACINTO RIVER NR CLEVELAND, TX: 30.336598, -95.104100
E FK SAN JACINTO RIVER NR NEW CANEY, TX: 30.145493, -95.124376
CANEY CREEK NR SPLENDORA, TX: 30.259658, -95.302436
PEACH CREEK AT SPLENDORA, TX: 30.232714, -95.168266
LUCE BAYOU ABV LK HOUSTON NR HUFFMAN, TX: 30.109660, -95.059929
SAN JACINTO RIVER NR SHELDON, TX: 29.876334, -95.093819
BUFFALO BAYOU NR KATY, TX: 29.743287, -95.806895
BUFFALO BAYOU NR FULSHEAR, TX: 29.723009, -95.767172
BUFFALO BAYOU AT STATE HWY 6 NR ADDICKS, TX: 29.769381, -95.643167
S MAYDE CREEK AT HEATHERGOLD DR NR ADDICKS, TX: 29.805111, -95.709611
BEAR CREEK NR BARKER, TX: 29.830783, -95.686891
LANGHAM CREEK AT W LITTLE YORK RD NR ADDICKS, TX: 29.867170, -95.646612
LANGHAM CREEK NR ADDICKS, TX: 29.835782, -95.625778
LANGHAM CREEK AT ADDICKS RES OUTFLOW NR ADDICKS, TX: 29.790506, -95.624112
BUFFALO BAYOU NR ADDICKS, TX: 29.761896, -95.605778
BUFFALO BAYOU AT W BELT DR, HOUSTON, TX: 29.762173, -95.557721
BUFFALO BAYOU AT PINEY POINT, TX: 29.746896, -95.523554
BUFFALO BAYOU AT HOUSTON, TX: 29.760228, -95.408551
WHITEOAK BAYOU AT ALABONSON RD, HOUSTON, TX: 29.870781, -95.480496
COLE CREEK AT DEIHL RD, HOUSTON, TX: 29.851337, -95.487996
BRICKHOUSE GULLY AT COSTA RICA ST, HOUSTON, TX: 29.828004, -95.469385
WHITEOAK BAYOU AT HOUSTON, TX: 29.775228, -95.397161
LITTLE WHITEOAK BAYOU AT TRIMBLE ST, HOUSTON, TX: 29.792778, -95.368056
WHITEOAK BAYOU AT MAIN ST, HOUSTON, TX: 29.766617, -95.358549
BRAYS BAYOU AT ALIEF, TX: 29.709120, -95.583000
KEEGANS BAYOU AT ROARK RD NR HOUSTON, TX: 29.656621, -95.562166
BRAYS BAYOU AT GESSNER DR, HOUSTON, TX: 29.672732, -95.528277
BRAYS BAYOU AT HOUSTON, TX: 29.697175, -95.412162
BRAYS BAYOU AT MLK JR BLVD, HOUSTON, TX: 29.714167, -95.338889
SIMS BAYOU AT HIRAM CLARKE ST, HOUSTON, TX: 29.618844, -95.446052
SIMS BAYOU AT HOUSTON, TX: 29.674397, -95.289381
BERRY BAYOU AT NEVADA ST, HOUSTON, TX: 29.656619, -95.229101
VINCE BAYOU AT PASADENA, TX: 29.694674, -95.216323
HUNTING BAYOU AT HOFFMAN ST, HOUSTON, TX: 29.808837, -95.313270
HUNTING BAYOU AT IH 610, HOUSTON, TX: 29.793282, -95.267991
GREENS BAYOU AT CUTTEN RD NR HOUSTON, TX: 29.949112, -95.519663
GREENS BAYOU NR US HWY 75 NR HOUSTON, TX: 29.956889, -95.417994
GREENS BAYOU NR HOUSTON, TX: 29.918278, -95.306880
GARNERS BAYOU NR HUMBLE, TX: 29.933861, -95.233961
HALLS BAYOU AT HOUSTON, TX: 29.861891, -95.334937
GREENS BAYOU AT LEY RD, HOUSTON, TX: 29.837170, -95.233267
CLEAR CREEK AT MYKAWA ST NR PEARLAND, TX: 29.596899, -95.297437
CLEAR CREEK NR FRIENDSWOOD, TX: 29.517455, -95.178544
CHOCOLATE BAYOU NR ALVIN, TX: 29.371543, -95.323048
DMF BRAZOS RIVER AT JUSTICEBURG, TX: 33.038432, -101.197630
DMF BRAZOS RIVER NR ASPERMONT, TX: 33.008158, -100.180659
DMF BRAZOS RIVER NR RULE, TX: 33.187917, -99.960136
RUNNING WATER DRAW AT PLAINVIEW, TX: 34.178960, -101.702675
SALT FK BRAZOS RIVER NR ASPERMONT, TX: 33.333980, -100.238162
LK CREEK NR WEINERT, TX: 33.345189, -99.666389
BRAZOS RIVER AT SEYMOUR, TX: 33.580928, -99.267576
MILLERS CREEK NR MUNDAY, TX: 33.329266, -99.465082
CLEAR FK BRAZOS RIVER NR ROBY, TX: 32.787608, -100.388718
CLEAR FK BRAZOS RIVER NR NOODLE, TX: 32.674560, -100.072600
CAT CLAW CREEK AT ABILENE, TX: 32.475402, -99.749256
CEDAR CREEK AT IH 20, ABILENE, TX: 32.499568, -99.716200
CLEAR FK BRAZOS RIVER AT NUGENT, TX: 32.690119, -99.669533
CLEAR FK BRAZOS RIVER AT LUEDERS, TX: 32.792750, -99.612028
CALIFORNIA CREEK NR STAMFORD, TX: 32.930944, -99.642588
CLEAR FK BRAZOS RIVER AT FT GRIFFIN, TX: 32.934556, -99.224521
DEEP CREEK AT MORAN, TX: 32.559291, -99.170074
HUBBARD CREEK BL ALBANY, TX: 32.732897, -99.140630
BIG SANDY CREEK ABV BRECKENRIDGE, TX: 32.648456, -99.004515
HUBBARD CREEK NR BRECKENRIDGE, TX: 32.837063, -98.948125
BRAZOS RIVER NR SOUTH BEND, TX: 33.024284, -98.643948

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Texas is a state that is larger than life. In this state, it’s go big or go home in all aspects. Fishing is no exception to this rule, because here you’ll find fly fishing opportunities that are nothing short of spectacular. Texas is a state where freshwater and saltwater fly fishing exist, which means lots of variety for anglers. While fly fishing may not have been the most popular method among anglers, it is now really starting to catch on and become very popular.

In Texas, you have the ability to fish on rivers, bays, lakes, and even the saltwater flats for a real unique experience. The state offers over 80,000 miles’ worth of water to explore. In the lakes category alone, there are 100 that are popular with anglers.

So there’s just one question to ask yourself – what are you waiting for? If you’re ready to book that trip to Texas to enjoy fly fishing at its finest, then you’ll want to take notes with this guide.

Where to Go?

When you’re dealing with a state as massive and diverse as Texas, it can be hard to decide where to start. There are just so many great rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, and bays to choose from. Of course, that’s not even including the saltwater shoreline of the state. Really, this is the kind of place you’ll need to visit a number of times in order to truly get an appreciation of what it offers for fly fishing.

So let’s take a look at just a few of the most popular rivers for anglers. Keep in mind these are just rivers.

The Guadalupe River

Here's a river that really shouldn't be missed. Conveniently located near the city of Sattler, this one is open for fishing from late November until May. It has the opposite season as many rivers in the country. Instead, consider this one as a fabulous winter destination. The Guadalupe River also holds a pretty cool title, and that's the fact that this trout fishery is the southernmost in the entire country. This explains why the season is during the winter and early spring.

While you fish for trout, you'll be able to take in some rather beautiful scenery. The river itself is a lovely deep blue, there are cypress trees lining the banks, and the river shifts and changes in depth. Many people compare the setting to that of what you would find in a tropical rainforest. It makes for a rather unique experience. This river contains rainbow trout and is best fished by floating. If you like, you can also wade in it.

Blanco River

This is another popular river among anglers. You won’t be able to float along this one as there are dams that impede you from traveling far. Instead, you can fish from shore, or wade in some spots. The fish you’ll find in this river are panfish, sunfish, and both smallmouth and largemouth bass. The river is open year-round for fishing, but keep in mind summer is quite busy here. Most anglers prefer the quiet of fall and winter.

Llano River

Located in the middle of Texas is the Llano River. Here's another gem for anglers of all skill levels. Along the banks of this river are gorgeous cliffs, massive rocks, trees, brush, and sand. The river is usually quite clear, which of course makes anglers pleased. The typical fish found here are bass and sunfish. Keep in mind you won't be able to access some areas of the river. It's also divided into a north and south portion. Both are equally challenging, scenic, and rich in fish.

Lampasas River

Located in Hamilton County's west-end is the Lampasas River. You will find that the banks along this river are quite thick with vegetation, and the surrounding area is rolling and filled with hills. This river makes for a great place for fly fishing. Most times of the year the water level is quite low, the river is narrow in most spots, and you will find that many areas have low-hanging tree branches. Keeping these factors in mind is important when choosing which fly rod to use.

This particular river is found in northern Texas and is filled with sunfish, perch, and smallmouth bass. It has many interesting natural features about it as some areas run rough and fast, there are deep pools in other areas, and then in some spots, it’s shallow and slow moving. Again, you can fish year-round on this river.

When to Go?

Texas is one of those magical states where you can fish year-round, and have fabulous conditions each time. The one downfall is that summer in Texas, especially in the southern regions, gets extremely hot. It can be rather uncomfortable to be out there fishing in the heat of the day. Additionally, many of the rivers are crowded with canoes, kayaks, boats, and more. If fly fishing is more of a quiet hobby for you, stick to winter where it’s nowhere near as crowded and busy. You may also want to wait until the mercury drops a bit. As the temperatures cool down, sometimes the fishing tends to get better too.

Fishing for trout specifically means it's important to "match the hatch". Here's a look at the typical hatch chart as you would find on the Guadalupe River. This can be used as a basis for other trout waters in the state.

The blue winged olive can be found in January through May, and then starts up again in December. The hexagenia is present from March until the end of October. The Trico is around from late January until mid-November. The slate drake and caddis have almost the same season, starting up in March then ending in October for the slate drake, and December for the caddis. The sucker spawn has a short season from mid-January until the end of April. Terrestrials are May through to the start of December. Finally, there are the midges, which hatch all year.

What You Will Need When You Get There?

For Texas you are dealing with some pretty diverse landscape and water conditions. When you are fishing in a river such as the Lampasas River, then you’ve got some areas that are quite narrow. There’s also the fact there are low-hanging tree branches. Showing up with that 10-foot fly rod is just not going to be ideal. This is why some planning is necessary. It will allow you to pick the best fly rod and reel for the location, and fish species.

Generally speaking, in Texas you can use anything from a seven foot to a 10-foot fly rod. The weight will need to balance with the rod you choose.

Flies are another tricky part. You aren't just dealing with one type of fish in Texas; instead, there is a massive variety. Sure, you can try to match to the hatch, but it goes a lot deeper than that in Texas. It may be that imitation cicadas, crickets, and grasshoppers end up being your best bet. A good idea if you're feeling unsure is to visit a local fly fishing shop and ask for advice. Not only will they be able to give you tips, but you’ll also be able to buy the flies you need right there.

There are a number of different ways to fish in Texas. In some areas, the shore is the only option, whereas others allow you to wade, float, or even boat. There is a large variety for you to choose from, allowing you to pick your favorite style. A good rule of thumb is to always pack a pair of high-quality chest waders in your bag so you’re set to go if the opportunity presents itself.

In the state of Texas, anyone who is 17 years of age and older needs a valid fishing license. It doesn't matter if you plan to do saltwater or freshwater fishing, a fishing license is required. There is one exception to this rule. If you are doing your fishing in a state park from the bank, no license is required. There are resident and non-resident licenses available. You can purchase a one year or one-day license. As a side note, if you plan on doing any hunting, there are combination licenses available. Your fishing license can be obtained from Texas Parks and Wildlife. You can also find information regarding limits and regulations through the department.

Anglers will have no problem with the mantra “go big or go home” in the state of Texas. Everything truly does seem bigger and grander here. You’ve got a massive selection of freshwater and saltwater fishing locations to choose from, there are challenges for all skill levels, and there’s the fact that you can fish year-round in this beautiful state. In fact, winter is sometimes the very best time to go fishing here. You won’t be fighting with the summer vacation crowds, the water will be easier to navigate, and the fish will be that much easier to spot.