First, I’d like to say how excited I am to be a new member of the Echo & Airflo Pro-staff group. I’ve been using ECHO rods and AIRFLO Fly Lines for some time now and am really looking forward to this new relationship. The rods basically sell themselves but it’s the customer service I’ve experienced in the past that I look forward to spreading around here in Central Texas.
April means a couple things here in the Hill Country of Central Texas:
- The Trout fishing on the GuadalupeRiver has come to a stop (for the most part).
- The Bass fishing on all our other rivers has turned on, Big Time!
This year April started off gangbusters on the Lower Colorado River. With the cool mornings and afternoon warmth, the Bass eagerly took Crawfish patterns in the morning and were looking towards the surface for the big poppers we throw in the afternoons. We were catching and releasing a lot of fish. Mid April brought some much need rain to Central Texas, the flows increased and for the past two weeks the river has been really off color, making things difficult but definitely rewarding. When the water conditions are favorable, it’s normal to catch a bunch of fish. But, due to the muddy water, the overall amount of fish caught is down but the ones we have been catching are BIG. The Guadalupe Bass, the Texas state fish, is our favorite fish to target and we are really expecting to catch the Texas state record this spring. This native “strain” of smallmouth are found in faster water and although smaller than Largemouth Bass, in our opinion a ton more fun to catch.
The rods of choice in my boat are the ECHO3 690 armed the Airflo Bass/Musky Taper line and the ECHO3 890 with the Airflo Depth Finder line. These rods are turning heads in an area formerly dominated by other brands. I enjoy telling a client to “lean into it… it wont break” knowing full well the rod won’t.
As usual we have had the river to ourselves most days, only seeing the occasional kayaker. We have been moving from rafts to jet boats, thus opening up a lot of water to us. Water that had been nearly impossible to fish on a day trip in the past. We’re already booking trips into late May, so if you find yourself in Austin, Texas with and afternoon to burn and want to fish an amazing, and under fished river. Contact us at www.allwaterguides.com and mention ECHO Rods. As always if your in the area and would like to cast any of these rods or lines prior to purchase contact me and I will make it happen.