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“The Guadalupe bass? Well, that’s my childhood friend,” says our guide, Alex Herrera, who’s just nineteen years old and grew up fly fishing in the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. We’re near the tiny town of Martindale, about seven miles southeast of San Marcos, at a state-leased boat ramp. The aqua-green San Marcos River cuts a sandy bank through grassy farm fields and flows beneath a canopy of swaying trees. After sliding his raft down a stone dam and into the river, Alex offers his forearm for support as my father-in-law, Bob Alton, and I climb aboard. We’ve entrusted this young yet disarmingly mature man with helping us catch the state fish of Texas. I’d become fascinated with the legend of the Guadalupe bass…
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