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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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David Ruimveld, is one of my favorite "Sporting Art" artists.

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.

Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada's Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Guadalupe Bass, June 2015, Fish of the Month!


We're now in the realm of the North American basses (the genus Micropterus).



Guadalupe Bass

Micropterus treculi

Local Names:

Texas spotted bass, Black bass, Guadalupe spotted bass

Average Size:

8 to 12 inches

½ to 1 pound

Distinguishing Field Marks:

(See the illustration.)

North American Range:

Map to the right shows approximate range in North America.


This Sunfish's diet begins with the very young feeding on small aquatic invertebrates, especially insects. Young adults feed mainly on small fishes. Older adults' diets, once again, are mainly invertebrates.


The Guadalupe bass inhabits a relatively small range in eastern Texas. It's preference is for habitats with clear moving water and is found rarely, if ever, in still water.

The spawning behavior of this species begins as early as March and continues into early summer and is typical of the genus (Micropterus) in that the males assume responsibility for nest site selection, nest building, driving the spent female parent from the nest, aerating the incubating eggs, and guarding the new-born young for a short period.

Fly Fishing for Guadalupe Bass:

We're including this species as a courtesy to anglers who might be visiting its small range and either intend to fish for it or catch one incidentally and need to identify it. We also anticipate the possibility of receiving a few angry letters calling us on the carpet for revealing the habitats of this excellent game fish.

In any event, here's some of what you'll need to know to be a successful Guadalupe bass angler.

Within its limited Texas range, look for Guadalupe bass in 3 watersheds on the northern and eastern Edwards Plateau, the Colorado, the upper Guadalupe, and the San Antonio. Outside of that region, this bass lives in the lower Colorado and Nueces Rivers.

Light fly-rod tackle, say 3 to a maximum of 5 weight, is recommended for presenting small light offerings to Guadalupe bass. You might even think of this member of the Sunfish tribe as a bass made for the dry-fly fisher.

Although small, the Guadalupe bass is an excellent game fish

Significance to Humans:

Minimal, except in Texas where the Guadalupe bass is the sate fish.