Brushy Creek

The often overlooked and seldom fly fished Brushy Creek can produce some of our most memorable days of fishing.  This little creek runs right through the heart of Round Rock and in fact bears the city’s namesake, a large round rock anchored securely to the limestone creek bed.  This rock was used as a landmark on the Chisholm Trail during the pioneer days.  The iconic rock designated a safe place to ford the creek and even today the solid limestone streambed bears wagon wheel ruts of times past.  Brushy Creek has a rich history and its future looks great considering the amount of park land and greenbelt that makes up its banks.

I grew up fly fishing this little creek and now I have the privilege of not only guiding on it but also running a fly shop just mere seconds from its cool, clear water!  Unlike most rivers throughout the Texas hill country, Brushy Creek fishes more like a coldwater trout stream than a warm water bass creek.  This one fact gives little Brushy Creek a very special place in the hearts of many local fly fishers.  Brushy’s bass and sunfish key in on insect hatches with amazing regularity and believe it or not it there are days where you can almost time the hatch to the minute!  The creek is always changing and its fish are always keyed in on some sort of prey — matching the hatch and enjoying a day of fishing Brushy Creek is always a pleasure.

Rates based on one angler ($75 for each additional angler)
Half Day Wade Trip — $250
Full Day Wade Trip — $300

Target Species:

– Guadalupe Bass
– Largemouth Bass
– Rio Grande Cichlids
– Redbreast Sunfish
– Redear Sunfish
– Longear Sunfish
– Bluegill Sunfish
– Green Sunfish
– Warmouth
– Carp

What is Provided

– All Flies
– Leaders and Tippet
– Drinks on half day trips
– Lunch and Drinks on full day trips
– Hours of on the water fly fishing instruction
– Transportation to and from the river if desired
– Fly Rods and Reels are available by request

Trip Preparations

– Practice Casting: Practice distance, accuracy, and form in several different casts. (overhead, roll cast, sidearm, etc…)  Making good presentations will catch you more fish than having the “right” fly.
– Practice on the water fishing techniques if possible.  Especially mending and dead drifting if trout are your targeted species.
– Practice spotting fish.  Sometimes when you are off the water for awhile, seeing fish underwater can be  a challenge.  In order to spot them faster, grab your polarized glasses, head to some clear water in your area, and go fish hunting!  Bring a rod as well so you can practice sight casting!
– Practice Stealth!  There are times that fish will become startled by loud wading, un-natural movement, shadows, etc.  In order to make sure that you get the most out of your guided trip, practice being stealthy in your approach.  Things to remember:  Stay low, wade softly, avoid quick movements, don’t cast your shadow on a fish, wear natural colored clothing.

Pre-Trip Packing List

– Valid Texas Fishing License
– Fly Rod and Reel
– Polarized Glasses
– Wading Boots

– Waders (cooler months)
– Wet Wading Socks (warmer months)
– Sunscreen
– Hat or Cap for sun protection

Recommended Tackle and Gear

6-8 foot, 2-4 weight fly rod
Any fly rod in the length and weight range listed above should be more than adequate for all species of fish we will be targeting.  The rule for Brushy Creek is eight foot and under, anything longer will for the most part be too long to cast in tight areas of the creek.
2-4 weight fly reel with a smooth drag
The reel is mainly just a place to store the fly line that is not in use; however, when a big fish latches onto your fly and runs for the next county you will be glad for high quality drag!

Felt or good rubber soled wading boots
Brushy Creek has a solid limestone streambed mixed with limestone gravel in many places.  Either sole will work fine — with the advent of rubber soles some have boot manufacturers have done very well some not so much.  Make sure the boots have a somewhat aggressive tread pattern so that you will not slip on the transitions from mud to rock.  (We use Simms Streamtread soles)

Wet wading socks – preferably neoprene (warmer months)
This single item can make a huge difference when fishing Brushy Creek.  The neoprene wet wading socks that I use act as a barrier against sand and gravel and they add cushion to every step.  Layer the socks for additional effectiveness and comfort.
(We use Simms Guard socks as an outer layer with their standard Neoprene sock as an inner layer)
Call the fly shop at (512) 828-FISH if you have any questions regarding this setup.
(We use Simms Guard socks as an outer layer with their standard Neoprene sock as an inner layer)

Polarized Sunglasses with amber or copper lenses — gray is better than nothing but with the fish will be easier to see with amber or copper lenses. (We use Costa del Mar glasses with copper and amber lenses)

Waders (cooler months only)
In cooler water and weather temperatures we do recommend wearing a good pair of breathable waders.  Neoprene waders quite frankly get too hot for most of the fishing we do.