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Brazos River - Amarilla - New Mexico

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Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Griffith's Gnat, F-Fly
BWO Late Afternoon #16-#18 Olive Emerger, PMD Nymph
February Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Griffith's Gnat, F-Fly
BWO Late Afternoon #16-#18 Olive Emerger, PMD Nymph
March Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
BWO Afternoon #16-#18 PMD Nymph, Sparkle Dun
April Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Caddis Evening #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
May Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
Caddis Evening #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
June Caddis Evening #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard Caddis
Yellow Stones Afternoon #12-#14 Stimulator, Prince Nymph
July Tricos Morning #20-#22 Trico Spinner, Griffith's Gnat
Caddis Evening #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
August Caddis Evening #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
Tricos Morning #20-#22 Trico Spinner, Griffith's Gnat
September BWO Afternoon #16-#18 Olive Emerger, PMD Nymph
Caddis Evening #14-#16 Elk Hair Caddis, X-Caddis
October BWO Afternoon #16-#18 Olive Emerger, PMD Nymph
Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
November Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Griffith's Gnat, F-Fly
BWO Late Afternoon #16-#18 Olive Emerger, PMD Nymph
December Midges Afternoon #20-#22 Griffith's Gnat, F-Fly
BWO Late Afternoon #16-#18 Olive Emerger, PMD Nymph

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

Brazos River in Amarillo is a fantastic fly fishing destination, brimming with various fish species. Below are some of the top spots:
  • Possum Kingdom Lake: This tailwater below the dam forms a thriving trout fishery and is a great spot for big striped bass.
  • Lake Granbury: Fly fishing here can yield sunfish, white and black bass. It’s perfect for a quiet day on the water.
  • Brazos River Cliffs: This stretch near Palo Pinto is well-known for smallmouth and spotted bass.
  • College Station: A part of the river near Texas A&M University is populated with largemouth bass. We recommended fly fishing during the spring and fall seasons.
Remember to respect all local laws and catch and release guidelines to maintain a healthy population of fish. The Brazos River in Amarillo is a treasure trove for all fishing enthusiasts that offers spectacular rewards.

Best Access Points

The Brazos River in Amarilla, Texas, is a popular spot for fly fishing. Here are some top access points for a memorable fishing experience:
  • Possum Kingdom State Park: This well-known park located along the Brazos River boasts a rich biodiversity and is a fantastic hotspot for fly fishing.
  • Palo Pinto County Park: Offering plenty of fishing spots along the river’s banks, this park also provides amenities like restrooms and picnic areas.
  • FM 211 Access Point: Located near the small town of Kopperl, this location presents wide-open fishing spots perfect for casting a fly. Be sure to check local regulations as it’s a state managed public fishing area.
To get the most out of your experience, be sure to try different spots throughout the day as fish patterns can change.

Local Fish

  • Guadalupe Bass: This gamefish is the state fish of Texas and is found in abundance in the Brazos River.
  • Rainbow Trout: While not native, Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the Brazos with rainbow trout during the colder months for recreational fishing.
  • Smallmouth Bass: These fish are typically found in clear waters of the river’s rapids and pools.
  • White Bass: Popular fish species that migrate upstream for spawning in the spring in large numbers.
  • Bluegill: Though small in size, they are an exciting challenge for fly fishers due to their aggressive nature and tendency to travel in schools.
  • Channel Catfish: Typically found in slower waters of the Brazos, these fish provide a unique challenge for the fly fisherman.
  • Redbreast Sunfish: Known for their fight, these sunfish are prevalent throughout the Brazos River.
  • Crappie: Preferring the quieter waters of the Brazos, crappie are a popular quarry for both baitcasting and fly fishing anglers.

About The River

The Brazos River, also affectionately known as the Amarilla (‘the yellow one’ in Spanish), has quite an interesting story to tell. Originating in Blackwater Draw, New Mexico, its majestic journey of over 1,280 miles before ending in the Gulf of Mexico has shaped Texas history.

It was a major waterway for Native Americans and later European explorers, and even has a few tales of pirate activity up its sleeves!

  • The Brazos served as a significant lifeline for settlers, known for its rich agricultural potential and as a commerce route,
  • Historically, it was a boundary for several Native American tribes like the Comanche and the Wichita,
  • Impressively, it’s the 11th longest river in the United States, making it a prominent geographical feature in Texas.

So, if you happen to pass by the beautiful Amarilla, remember that you are witnessing a river that saw the footsteps of Native Americans, European adventurers, and countless Texan settlers.

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