San Gabriel

This clear hill country river is one of our favorite local haunts.  The San Gabriel river originates from its source in the easternmost reaches of the Texas hill country and flows just a few miles north of Living Waters Fly Fishing.  The San Gabriel river has three forks, the North, Middle, and South.  The North and South are the more popular fishing destinations with the Middle being mostly surrounded by private land.  The North Fork of the San Gabriel is dammed just west of the city of Georgetown to form Lake Georgetown.  Below the lake the Middle Fork joins the North Fork and just a few miles downstream the major confluence of the North and South Fork occurs.  This confluence is the end of all of the separate forks and is the beginning of one main river that flows right through the wonderful city of Georgetown, Texas and beyond.  From sunfish and bass  in the shallow upper stretches to white bass running up the river above lakes in the spring, the “Gabe” as locals call it, has something for every fly fisherman.

View the latest flow data for the San Gabriel River

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
– Longear Sunfish
– Bluegill Sunfish
– Green Sunfish

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

7-9 foot, 3-5 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.
3-5 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
The San Gabriel River has a solid limestone streambed mixed with large 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 on the Llano.  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.