Ultralight spin fishing, aka “threadlining”, has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, not only in the U.S. but in Malaysia, Japan and Philippines. I had the pleasure of working with Joe Robinson, the author of “Piscatorial Absurdities”, who is responsible for my interest in threadlining. In it’s simplest form, threadlining involves the use
Barton Creek starts as a trickle in Hays County and meanders northeast until it ends in Lady Bird Lake (aka Town Lake) and Barton Springs Pool. Barton Creek flows through mostly private property, and doesn’t get much pressure, except at limited “access” points. These points are usually private as well, and may involve trespass, so
It’s still winter here in Austin, Texas and that can mean temperatures ranging from below freezing to almost 80 degrees, maybe in the same day! On warmer, sunnier late winter and spring days, white bass are contemplating their spawning run. It starts with a few “early birds” being found near creek and river mouths, and
As Lady Bird cools down, invasive Tilapia move into the “warmer, spring fed” waters of Barton Creek. In years past, they numbered well into the hundreds! They will spend most of the winter there, and will spawn in Barton Creek as well. When bedding, they guard their nests, attacking any interlopers – just like a bass!
Ultralight spin fishing is a natural (IMHO) progression for the fly fisherman. The right UL outfit can allow one to cast “flures”, which is shorthand for “flies”. Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, Joe Robinson and many more “famous” fly fishermen all have played a hand in UL fishing here in the US. UL is perfect for
Spring is just around the corner, and there is plenty of water in central Texas. Time to get out and chase the early arrivals, white bass. The males typically start the run, and are followed by fat females, ready to spawn. Ultralight tackle might be the best way to target whites, to help get down