If I drown out the smell, Barton Creek is like being on an East Coast trout stream

Back in high school, a friend of mine was an avid fly fisher. When we wanted to go out, he would sometimes stay home and tie flies. I made fun of him endlessly for this. He also would go about a block away from his house and fly fish in a little stream called Barton Creek. At the time, fishing for me was about getting huge bass or catfish on bait. Again, I would kid him for messing with the little “minnows” in his nearby stream.

Now that I’m older and moved back to the area that I grew up in, I thought I would try out the little minnow stream in Lost Creek. I’m very happy I did. It’s an easy access, beautiful little stream. I posted some pics below of a couple of my recent trips. My son went with me on the first visit. Although he didn’t catch anything (and he’s getting to be a pretty good caster for a 7 yr old), he thoroughly enjoyed wading in the stream.

I went back after work on Friday as it’s on my way home. As long as the water stays in the creek, I think I may spend a lot more time there. And sorry Scot for being such an ass as a kid. You had the right idea.

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  1. Thanks. Very nice maps btw. I'm pretty happy to “rediscover” it. I drive right by it on my way home from work so I'm hoping to get to know it much better. Does water stay in it year round?

    1. Thanks. Very nice maps btw. I’m pretty happy to “rediscover” it. I drive right by it on my way home from work so I’m hoping to get to know it much better. Does water stay in it year round?

      1. Water stays in the deep pools year round, at least the ones on that map linked to above. They got incredibly small this year though with pools that are normally three to four feet deep getting down to one or two feet. Right now is the perfect time to be down there though. And remember there is a lot of Barton Creek out there. That Lost Creek area on the map just happens to be where i spend most of my time, although i did find a section recently that is new to me and just as beautiful. Check it out at

        http://diefische.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/troll-under-a-bridge/

  2. Water stays in the deep pools year round, at least the ones on that map linked to above. They got incredibly small this year though with pools that are normally three to four feet deep getting down to one or two feet. Right now is the perfect time to be down there though. And remember there is a lot of Barton Creek out there. That Lost Creek area on the map just happens to be where i spend most of my time, although i did find a section recently that is new to me and just as beautiful. Check it out athttp://diefische.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/troll

  3. Thats a cool looking fish. What is it? I'm mostly a saltwater guy and am always amazed when I see colors like that come out of a small freshwater stream.

  4. That's a Texas Cichlid or a Rio Grande Perch. It's native to southern Texas and is the northern-most Cichlid. Turns out that it is a pretty common aquarium fish. It's pretty cool to catch one. That one in the picture was the first one I've caught.

  5. Thats a cool looking fish. What is it? I’m mostly a saltwater guy and am always amazed when I see colors like that come out of a small freshwater stream.

    1. That’s a Texas Cichlid or a Rio Grande Perch. It’s native to southern Texas and is the northern-most Cichlid. Turns out that it is a pretty common aquarium fish. It’s pretty cool to catch one. That one in the picture was the first one I’ve caught.

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