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Our buddies at the Castell General Store took the plunge. Good times on the Llano! ... See MoreSee Less

There were some brave and crazy people for the Polar Bear Plunge this morning! Happy New Year!!🎈🎊

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WinterFisch 2017

December 23, 2017, 1:00pm - December 23, 2017, 5:00pm

A celebration of fishing and of the scenic, spring fed Llano River that flows through the heart of Mason County. The event will feature winter Rainbow Trout released annually at select sites by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The event will include Fishing Guidance, Loaner Poles, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Demonstrations, Ranger & Naturalist Talks, Campfire, Music, Dutch Oven Demonstration, and a Trash Cleanup. Great fun for people of all ages. Perfect for kids and families. This event is free, but Adults must have a valid Texas Fishing License. Children under 17 do not need license if accompanied by a licensed adult.

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WINTERFISCH - Catch a Tagged Fish, Win a Prize!
15 fish are tagged as shown in the images. 5 have red tags and 10 have yellow tags. Remove the tag and contact Tony Plutino to collect your prize, choosing from a list of available items. You must surrender the tag to receive the prize. Good luck! 512-496-2020 or
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WINTERFISCH IN A NUTSHELL - See info below. ... See MoreSee Less

WINTERFISCH IN A NUTSHELL - 2500 Rainbow Trout released at Hwy. 2389 and the Llano River. Known as the James River Crossing. - 1500 released Dec. 23rd for the WINTERFISCH CELEBRATION 1-5pm - 1000 released Jan, 27TH, 2018. - WINTERFISCH CELEBRATION 12/23 1-5 pm featuring general fishing with some loaner poles available, fly fishing and fly tying demos, a camping demo, campfire, music, Dutch Oven demo and a trash cleanup. - Open fishing until they are gone. Valid Fishing license required for all fishers over 17. Minors must be accompanied by a licensed adult. - Fishing during the WINTERFISCH CELEBRATION available on the public gravel bar and only on Dec 23rd at Dos Rios RV Park. - Prizes available for red and yellow tagged fish. 5 red tagged fish and 10 yellow tagged fish available. Contact Tony Plutino if you catch one, The tag must be surrendered, but does not have to be in the fish. - Cook Your Catch - Keller's Store and Mi Pueblo Mason will cook your catch and pair it with some sides. Subject to availability. GOOD LUCK & HAVE FUN!

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River Checklist

Make sure you come prepared for your adventure!

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat and/or Sunglasses
  • River Shoes
  • Appetite for Adventure!

Pricing and Information

  • Kayaks- $40 day (includes PFD (life jacket), paddle, small dry bag)
  • Canoes- $60 day (includes PFD (life jacket), paddle, small dry bag, ropes, bailers)
  • Shuttle - Varies starting at $35
  • Guiding—Starts at $250 per day for two people. Includes basic lessons & natural and cultural interpretation. Discounts available for groups.

About the Llano River

The Llano River is a tributary of the Colorado River and runs about 105 miles. Two spring-fed tributaries, the North and South Llano, stretch across West Texas before merging just east of Junction, forming the head of the Llano River proper. It stretches through the Edwards Plateau and into the Llano Uplift, joining the Colorado as an arm of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson. Because it is so remote, the Llano River is a peaceful and serene kayaking journey with amazing views of the natural geological formations. The Llano is also a wonderful fly fishing destination with Guadalupe bass and largemouth bass, as well as alligator gar and sunfish.

What Folks are Saying…

“We went with Tony to observe the Indian Pictographs near Paint Rock during the Winter Solstice. This was a fantastic trip with the Sun cooperating at just the right time. Truly a memorable adventure. Thanks Tony!”

5 stars

“Very knowledgable about the river, safety conscious, helpful in every way possible. My first time to do this activity and they gave superb guidance and institution. I will be back!”

5 stars

“If you love nature and the water then I highly recommend spending the day on a guided kayaking tour with Tony. The eagle viewing tour was excellent. Tony is extremely knowledgeable in not only kayaking safety & skills but also in all things Mason, Tx and history. I will go back for sure!!!”

5 stars

Contact Me

Please call Tony Plutino at 512.496.2020

About Your Guide

Whether it's exploring Hill Country geology, Native American Pictographs or going on a kayaking adventure down the Llano River, Tony Plutino is always happy to share his knowledge and passion about nature.

Hitting the Wildflowers in Mason County

If you think Texas is only cactus, mesquite trees and sagebrush, you haven’t visited the Hill Country in the springtime. The bluebonnets burst forth first, in late March and early April, followed by flowers of every hue; reds, whites, yellows, and pinks throughout April and May. And this winter, the Hill Country has been blessed with the plentiful rains that practically guarantee a Technicolor wildflower display. On the northernmost edge of the Hill Country, you’ll find Mason County. It’s not a big county geographically speaking, but our wildflowers put on a ‘Really Big Show’ and we invite you to attend a ‘viewing’. To help you enjoy this show at a slow country pace, the Mason County Chamber of Commerce offers “Mason Historic Country Lanes”, this is a selection of three different drives through the county on the back roads. #1 – James River Road, #2- Fredonia-Pontotoc Drive; and #3 – Hilda Drive is available from the Mason County Chamber of Commerce.

How to Find Us

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