|San Marcos River Cover Story Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine
Look for the San Marcos River cover story in Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine. It
features Expedition Outfitters' guide Kevin Stubbs.
The San Marcos River begins within the city limits of San Marcos
gushing from large springs. The water is crystal clear and near 72 degrees year round. It is fed directly
by the Edwards Aquifer. This very spot is the most continually inhabited area in North America. There is paleo
evidence dating back over 10,000 years. The spring flow fluctuates with the level of the aquifer. There are
endangered species of plants and wildlife that exist nowhere else on earth. It is a prime fishery and a great place
to swim and snorkel.
The San Marcos River trends eastward crossing Interstate 35 on its course to join the Guadalupe
River near the town of Gonzales. It meanders through rural farm and ranch country classified as black land prairie.
There are urban sections punctuated with riverside homes and ranchettes. Most of the float is protected by a tree shaded
canopy, of cypress, pecan, oak and willow trees. Parts of the bank are covered in tropical vegetation, including native
palmetto palm trees and Texas wild rice.
We float the upper and lower San Marcos.
The upper stretch is within the city limits and harbors
good bass fishing. The lower stretch is more scenic
with less fishing pressure. Longer distances are covered on the lower part of the river, but it has quite a few
oxygenated riffles and runs. There are class 1 rapids at certain flows. The smallmouth generally hold in the moving
water and the largemouth are generally found in the still pools.
Our float trips are aboard a customized 14 foot whitewater
raft. There are casting platforms fore and aft for the fishers to stand on. The guide sits in the center of the
boat and rows.
Our trips include all instruction, equipment, lunch and drinks.
Day trips are7-9 hours duration.
Cost: $450.00 per day (up to 2 people),
Half day trip: $350.00
Groups up to 10 by special arrangement.
All trips catch and release.
Call: 210-602-9284 or, email email@example.com to reserve your trip.
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