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Guadalupe River Trout Fishing Guide Greg Smith with Ron, Kyle Johnson's buddy from Houston

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Hunter Granstaff with Devils River Largemouth Bass

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Wednesday October 31, 2012.  Flow app. 80 CFS.  Water temp. 75 degrees F.  Half day trip with good friend and client Clark Dubriel and his buddy Marcello from Los Angeles yielded many explosive blow ups on red poppers.  We didn't manage to land very many fish, but the opportunities were there.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Sunday November 4, 2012.  San Marcos spring flow approx. 150 CFS.  Water clear with light chalky stain at 72 degrees F.  Full day float/lesson with Char Hu, and his family from Georgetown, produced several new fly fishers.  Char caught on quickly.  He even landed two bass at the same time!  Of course, we were using two flies...but still!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday November 9, 2012.  Half day lesson/rafting float trip with Abby Foster and her Dad produced a couple of new fly fishers.  We had a leisurely float on a beautiful day.  

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday November 10, 2012.  Richard Grimes and his buddy  Ben joined Expedition Outfitters' guide Kevin Stubbs for a 4 mile float in the warmwater section.  We caught too many bass to count.  Wish you were here!

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday November 15, 2012.  Baker's Crossing flow at 138 CFS. Expedition Outfitters had the pleasure of hosting Texas Monthly Publisher David Dunham, Al Perkinson with Costa Del Mar and Mark McGarrah and Bryan Jesse with McGarrah-Jesse advertising agency.  The bite was slow over all with very few bass hooked.  David Dunham is pictured below at Dolan Falls. Mark McGarrah is pictured below with one of his bass.

Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Monday December 10, 2012.  Half day guide training trip with Hayden Gore and Greg Wielander produced more experienced guides.  We sight casted to many huge Guadalupe Rainbow Trout.  These fish were stocked last week and many are in the 5lb class.  Some of these fish appeared to be "on the move" enjoying their new found freedom from the hatchery in Missouri.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday December 15, 2012.  Four boat, half day trip with Noel Grewing and his bachelor party gang yielded eight new fly fishers.  Greg Smith's boat caught the most fish.  We had lots of laughs and beautiful 70 degree weather too.

Guadalupe River Trout Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday December 22, 2012.  Full day Guadalupe River fly fishing trip with Andy Murray from Colorado Springs, CO yielded several Guadalupe Trout.  One of his fish was in the 10 lb class.  There was a nice Trico and BWO hatch.  The fish weren't feeding on individual bugs; they were waiting in the eddies and gulping mouth fulls of little mayflies.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Trout Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday, December 28, 2012.  Half day trip with John Schlobohm and his son in law JW produced too many Guadalupe Rainbow Trout to count.  The Prince nymph proved to be the ticket with a gold ribbed hairs ear dropper.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday January 3, 2013.  Expedition Outfitters' guide Capt. Cody Miller hosted Hilary Sampson's group from the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.  The clients were first time fly fishers, but Cody was able to school the guys in the art of fly fishing.  The fishing was fantastic, but the catching was pretty slow.  The guys hooked several willing fish, but the new fly fishers only landed a small perecentage.

Guadalupe River Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday January 5, 2013.  The river level is low and very clear, but very fishable with lots of sight casting opportunities.  Today we hosted winners of a donated gift certificate benefiting the endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, native to the Texas coast.  Our first time fly fishers were successful at landing several fat, hard fighting Guadalupe River rainbow trout.

Guadalupe River, Rainbow Trout Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Sunday January 6, 2013.  Half day trip with Andrew Schroeder from Houston was blown out by high releases from Canyon Dam.  The Canyon Lake Dam, increased the release from 56 CFS to 430 CFS.  This spike picked up debris from the river banks and turned the Guadalupe River Chocolate for the remainder of the day.  We cut our losses and called the trip about 2 hours later.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Monday January 7, 2013.  The Canyon Lake Dam Release has returned to normal after Sunday's spike in flow.  GBRA reported an operator error at the off site control station.  They said the operator misplaced a decimal point when entering flow commands to the Canyon Dam tailrace.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Wednesday January 9, 2013.  Last night's, and today's rainfall brought the upper Guadalupe River up to 180 CFS for a short time.  The release from Canyon Lake Dam has been increased too.  The water was a little chalky but still green and very fishable.  There was a late evening BWO hatch.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Thursday January 10, 2013.  Canyon Lake Dam release about 90 CFS.  Phil Whittmore from the Lakeway area joined Expedition Outfitters guide Kevin Stubbs for a six mile float from Rio to the Old Gardo's.  We caught and released too many Guadalupe trout to count.  We mixed it up with streamers and nymphs tambien!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Friday January 11, 2013.  Half day scouting trip revealed large Guadalupe trout redistributed throughout the river influenced by higher Guadalupe River flows.  We floated the raft easily over former obstructions that caused us to drag the boat in places, before the recent spikes in flow.  We literally have twice the flow that we had before recent rains.  The Edwards Aquifer also rebounded a couple of feet from recent rains.  Things are looking up with springs flowing again.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday January 13, 2013.  Canyon Lake Dam release 100 CFS with springs and creeks adding a few more CFS. Guadalupe River conditions are ideal with good clarity, and dark green tint.  Today's raw weather caused us to reschedule our Guadalupe Trout float.  The good news is: the river flow is up at the Spring Branch gauge 180 CFS (inflow to Canyon Lake).  The San Antonio portion of the Edwards Aquifer is up almost five feet due to recent rains.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Monday January 14, 2013.  Canyon Lake release about 100 CFS.  Today we did a trip that was donated to the American Cancer Society.  We floated and fished from Rio to the Old Gardo's; about six miles.  Our first time fly fishers were pretty good learners but the fish were stingy only giving us a few Guadalupe Trout to the net.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday January 15, 2013.  Canyon Lake Dam release still about 100 CFS.  Water is relatively clear with olive tint. Expedition Outfitters' clients rescheduled today due to harsh conditions.  It was a good call with high winds and steady temperatures hovering around 35 degrees F.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Wednesday January 16, 2013.  Canyon Lake release about 100 CFS; water relatively clear with olive green tint.  Greg Smith hosted Kurt Sauer from Austin on a Guadalupe Fishing Guide trip.  They caught and released many acrobatic Guadalupe Trout.  The day started out crisp and cold, but warmed to almost short sleeve conditions with abundant sunshine.  Prince nymphs were the go to flies.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday January 17, 2013.  Canyon Lake release 100 CFS.  The water is relatively clear with olive green tint.  Today we observed at our headquarters a BWO and really nice Trico hatch.  There were not too many fishermen out, but the success ratio was high.  Get yourself out here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday January 19, 2013.  Canyon Lake Dam release about 100 CFS.  Expedition Outfitters guide Harrison Nash hosted Pat Ottinger.  Pat caught and released almost a dozen Guadalupe Trout.  Once again the prince nymph was the go to fly.  Get yourself out here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday January 20, 2013.  Harrison Nash had the pleasure of hosting Patrick Mulroy on a full day Guadalupe Fishing Guide trip.  They had good weather conditions and the water level was good too, at 100 CFS.  There was a late afternoon BWO hatch and it made the fish turn on.

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Thursday January 24, 2013.  Flow at Baker's  Crossing about 123 CFS.  Pafford gauge reports 145 CFS.  Scouting trip with Greg Smith revealed an abundance of smallmouth bass.  Red poppers were the ticket.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday January 26, 2013.  Half day trip with Pat Curry and his buddy Alton produced a leisurely float using our ultra-light spinning gear.  Nobody was really hot, but it looked like the fly fishermen were doing better than our hardware.  

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Sunday January 27, 2013.  Expedition Outfitters' guide Harrison Nash hosted Steve Patterson from Colorado and his lovely 8 year old daughter.  Guadalupe River conditions were slightly windy, good water clarity and warm temperatures in the afternoon.  There was a prolific BWO and Trico hatch.  We even saw some caddis late in the evening.  The group tried out the wooly buggers that Steve's daughter tied.  You should have been here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Monday January 28, 2013.  Canyon Lake Dam release about 80 CFS.  Water clear with green tint.  Today was mostly overcast with a few sun breaks and air temperatures in the high 70's.  There was a pretty nice BWO and Trico hatch again today at the 3rd crossing bridge over the Guadalupe River.  The Osprey was on patrol with many spectacular fish scooping flights into the Guadalupe River.  There were many good photo ops of this mighty predator showing us how to fish.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  February 1, 2013.  Canyon Lake dam release adequate for good floating and fishing.  The morning started out with crisp temps. in the 40's but rapidly warmed to shirt sleeve weather.  There was a prolific BWO and Trico hatch.  Fish were gulping mouthfulls of drowned spinners in eddies downstream of the major hatches.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday February 2, 2013.  Guadalupe River water temp 59 degrees F.  Water clear with olive green tint.  This morning started out with 46 degree temps and ended up with shirt sleeve weather again.  We topped out at 78 degrees and there was a nice caddis hatch this evening.

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: Wednesday February 6 and 7, 2013  Two day trip with Phil Watkins and Roger Scholler produced too many smallmouth and largemouth bass to count.  Luckily, these guys had superior fishing skills when they arrived.  We promptly released all of the fish we caught unharmed.  The weather was perfect with blue bird days and chilly nights sitting beside the roaring campfire.  Please see Phil's bass below.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday February 10, 2013.  Half day instructional guide trip with Emily and Tyler Bethea from Dallas yielded two new fly fishers.  Both caught on quickly to the technique.  Overall the bite was slow, even with a good BWO and Trico hatch.  We got several takes, but we only brought one Guadalupe Trout to the net.  It was a beautiful Guadalupe Trout in the 4 lb class.  We promptly released it unharmed.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday February 16, 2013.  Dr. Jimmy Adams and his wife Sarah joined Expedition Outfitters Guide Kevin Stubbs for a three mile float from Rio to Lazy L and L.  The weather was perfect with a crisp cool morning and afternoon temps in the 70's.  We hooked several Guadalupe Trout, but we only got one fish to the net.  There were no prolific hatches.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Friday March 1, 2013;  Captain Cody Miller hosted Will Smith on a three mile float on the San Marcos River.  The flows were good and the water was pretty clear.  Will managed to catch and release many nice smallmouth and largemouth bass.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Sunday March 10, 2013;  Half day float with Nicole Dyer's boys from Ft. Worth produced quite a few nice smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Robert's fly was bitten by a largemouth in the 10 lb class but he couldn't seal the deal and the big bass got away.  You know what Shakespeare said:  It was better to have loved and lost; than to never have loved at all!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Thursday March 14, 2013.  Gary Kesler joined us from Michigan for a full day float on the Guadalupe River.  Greg Smith, one of our guides, put him on many acrobatic Guadalupe Trout.  They caught and released almost a dozen Guadalupe Rainbow Trout.  The most successful pattern was the Prince Nymph.  The Guadalupe River flow was slow, but this allowed for many sight casting opportunities.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Wednesday March 20, 2013.  Craig Floro from Hawaii and his buddies joined Expedition Outfitters' guides Greg Smith and Cody Miller for a full day float on the spring fed San Marcos River.  The guys made a thousand casts in the high winds but managed to land some small bass and sunfish.  The flow was 120 CFS with mostly clear water conditions.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Thursday April 11, 2013.  San Marcos spring flow 109 CFS, water clear with good visibility. Half day float with Danny Hughes and his buddy Walt from Las Vegas produced many brightly colored sunfish and quite a few smallmouth and largemouth bass.  We had windy conditions but the guys were brave and toughed it out.  It was a beautiful spring day with temps. in the lower 70's. Wish you were here!

San Marcos Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Friday April 26, 2013.  Half day trip with Ashely Otis and her buddy Tristin produced two new fly fishers.  We caught and released many brightly colored sunfish and small bass.  The flow is around 100 CFS with good clarity.  Red poppers were the ticket to success!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday May 5, 2013  Half day fly fishing lesson/float trip with Gerald Isley and his buddy Rick Frost produced two new fly fishers.  After stream side casting lessons, we got into the raft and put the guys to work catching and releasing quite a few Guadalupe Bass and many brightly colored sunfish.  Canyon Dam release was about 100 CFS.  The water was clear with light green tint.  Red poppers proved to be the winning fly.

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Monday May 6, 2013.  Half day scouting trip with old buddy Ben Mumford produced quite a few Guadalupe Bass and many brightly colored sunfish.  The weather was spectacular with high temperatures in the mid 70's.  Once again, red poppers were the ticket to success.  What are you waiting for?  Get out here and join us!

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Updated Monday May 13, 2013.  Half day Guadalupe River fly fishing instructional float with Jim Costello and his buddy Larry from San Antonio produced two new fly fishers.  After stream side casting lessons, both guys caught on fairly well and we proceeded to float and fish about three river miles in the warmwater section of the Guadalupe River.  The flow was around 110 CFS making for some nice little whitewater rapids, riffles and runs.  We didn't land a lot of fish, but we had many opportunities with a decent bite.  The Clouser minnow proved to be the winning performer.

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and Fishing conditions:  Saturday May 18, 2013.  Guadalupe River Flow app. 110 CFS.  Water is clear with green tint.  Half day instructional fly fishing lesson produced two new fly fishers, these guys caught on pretty well putting their flies into the strike zone. We had many bites but only a few fish made it to the boat.  You have to get out here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Sunday, May 19, 2013.  Guadalupe River flow approx. 120 CFS.  Water relatively clear with green tint.  Jeff Aichroft and his son Rob joined us for a full day Guadalupe River bass fishing trip.  Jeff came from Baltimore Maryland to visit his son Rob in Austin.  This was Rob's first fly fishing experience.  He did a great job listening and executing instruction.  Before the end of the day, he caught more fish than we could count.  Wish you were here!

Guadalupe River Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Monday May 20, 2013.  Guadalupe River flow about 90 CFS.  The water was slightly chalky with green tint.  Half day fly fishing lesson/instruction rafting float trip with Dee Baker and Buck produced two new fly fishers.  Dee caught and released a nice smallmouth bass as we were doing our fly casting lesson.  We got quite a few bites after that but the action slowed down as it became hot later in the day.

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday May 21, 2013.  Half day lesson/instructional float trip with Brian Howard from Austin and his buddy Gary produced two new fly fishers.  We started with stream side casting lessons, then we got into the raft and floated about three river miles putting our new skills to work landing...and releasing unharmed... quite a few fish.  Wish you were here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday May 31, 2013.  Canyon Dam release about 100 cfs.  Water is relatively clear with green tint.  Half day scouting trip with Ray Railey produced quite a few nice hook ups.  Our biggest bass was 4.5 lbs.  What's not to like?

Guadalupe River Fishing Guides Report and and River Conditions:  Guadalupe flow about 125 cfs.  The water was green with decent visibility.  Arthur Zuniga brought his sons Zack and Nathan on a half day float in the warmwater section of the Guadalupe River.  This was their first time to fly fish. They all did a good job with Dad catching the most fish.  Everybody learned to fly fish effectively.  Most of the action was sub surface.  We didn't see very many tubers at all.  The day was cool and very pleasant!

Guadalupe Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Saturday June 8, 2013, half day lesson/float trip with Ted Keeling from Houston yielded lots of feisty, colorful sunfish and a nice largemouth bass.  Ted was quick to catch on.  He made accurate casts in the target rich areas.  The flow was about 120 cfs with class I riffles and rapids.  The water was tinted green with decent visibility.  There were a few tubers, but they didn't get in the way of our fishing.  The weather was delightful with 61 degrees F to start, and we ended with a high of 80 degrees.  You should have been here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions updated Sunday July 7, 2013.  Half day instructional float/fishing trip yielded two new fly fishers. Dianne Wiltz and her buddy Michele joined us from Boerne and San Antonio for a three mile float on the warmwater section of the Guadalupe River. We caught and released many brightly colored sunfish and Guadalupe bass.  The flow was adequate for light whitewater rapids and we encountered very few tubers until our float was almost over.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Friday July 26, 2013  Half day guided float/fly fishing lesson with Carry Wait from Waco produced a new fly fishing enthusiast.  After streamside casting lessons, we fished the lower Guadalupe River.  We caught and released many brightly colored sunfish and Guadalupe Bass.  We encountered no tubers until after our float.

Guadalupe River Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Monday August 5, 2013; Half day fly fishing lesson/float trip with Jenna Jameson and her girlfriend Patty Baker yielded many brightly colored sunfish and quite a few Guadalupe bass.  The ladies caught on quickly making casts approaching 40 feet!  Top water poppers proved to be the winning flies.  We didn't encounter any tubers on our 3 mile float.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday September 1, 2013.  Dave Link and his son Ricoh from Canyon Texas joined us for a half day Guadalupe River fly fishing lesson and rafting trip.  Dave had a little experience and Ricoh caught on quickly.  We caught and released many brightly colored sunfish and Guadalupe bass.  Poppers were the winning ticket.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Saturday September 7, 2013  Half day fly fishing lesson /rafting trip with Chris Anderson and his sons Karsten and Pace produced three new fly fishers.  The day was warm, but we hugged the shaded shoreline.  The guys caught and released many brightly colored sunfish and some Guadalupe Bass.  Yellow poppers were the ticket!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday September 10, 2013.  Half day float with Rick Rogers from Montana yielded several smallmouth bass and a really nice largemouth in the 5 pound class.  We stripped heavy streamers through the deep pools.  The water was clear with a green tint.  We encountered no other traffic on our lower Guadalupe River float.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday September 12, 2013.  Ira Gaddy and his Wife Josey from Missoula Montana joined us for a full day float in the warmwater section of the Guadalupe River.  We were the only people on the water all day long.  We started out with some sunfish on poppers early in the going, then we switched to heavy streamers and we were rewarded with many acrobatic smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Josey was the star, she hit the bank with pinpoint accuracy seeking many good hook ups.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Wednesday September 18, 2013;  Half day trip in the warm water section of the Guadalupe River produced many Guadalupe Bass and quite a few brightly colored sunfish.  Wendy Russell and her buddy Pam joined us from Denver.  They were seasoned fly fishers and had no trouble placing the fly in the right places.  Weighted streamers with rubber legs proved the point.  We were the only people on the water.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday September 19, 2013.  Our newest guide Brent Turner, joined Kevin Stubbs for a scouting float on the warmwater section of the Guadalupe River.  There wasn't another sole on the entire river.  We hit the banks with heavy streamers yielding many acrobatic "buck" bass, that jumped and ran like crazy.  The water was relatively clear with a green tint.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Updated Monday September 23, 2013.  Half day float with Officer Brian Bigler and his buddy Andrew from San Antonio Police Department produced two new fly fishers.  We caught and released many colorful sunfish and little  Guadalupe Bass on yellow poppers.  We encountered no other river traffic.  The morning was crisp and cool at 57 degrees F.  The fish responded well to the cooler temps...and so did we!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday September 24, 2013 Half day Guadalupe Fly Fishing trip with Hannah Oring from Las Vegas Nevada produced several acrobatic largemouth bass that jumped and ran like they were fighting for their lives.  Of course they didn't know all of our trips are catch and release.  Top water patterns were the ticket again.  We didn't see another soul on our three mile float trip.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday October 1, 2013  Half day Guadalupe River fly fishing scouting/guide training float with Brent Turner produced quite a few brightly colored sunfish, a couple of nice Guadalupe Bass and a smallmouth bass in the three pound class that fought so hard we didn't think it could be landed on a six weight fly rod.  After a rod doubling battle, we finally cleared him from the boulder cobbled area.  Believe it or not, he ate a stone fly nymph.  You should have been here!

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Thursday October 3, 2013; half day Guadalupe fly fishing float in the warmwater section produced catfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass, 4 species of sunfish and many Rio Grande Cichlids.  Mike Osborne joined us from Tennessee.  Mike is an expert fly caster and made the guide's job easy.  We had a 3 mile float and did not encounter a soul.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday October 5, 2013; half day trip with Lonnie and Tammy from FT. Worth produced tons on brightly colored sunfish, feisty smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Yellow poppers were the ticket.  There was another guide boat on our route, but we had the flies proving to be the secret weapon.

Guadalupe Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday October 6, 2013.  Our second day with Lonnie and Tammy from Ft. Worth was not as successful as the previous day.  Although we caught and released some nice bass and sunfish, the bite wasn't as strong as the day before.  We were on a different warmwater section, but a strong cool front may have affected our success.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Monday October 7, 2013; half day guide training/scouting trip with Austin Stubbs produced some nice sunfish and several little Guadalupe Bass on yellow poppers.  The weather was cool and cloudy with no one else on the river.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Friday October 10, 2013; Full day trip with Tony Porter and his son Erin from Midland, Texas produced many colorful sunfish and Rio Grande Cichlids.  Tony also did battle with a 3 lb smallmouth bass that almost kicked his butt. Instead, the talented fly fisher subdued the wily bass by applying the maximum pressure to his equipment.  We did not see another soul on the Guadalupe River and the weather was delightful with temps in the high 70's most of the time.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide report and River Conditions:  Monday October 14, 2013; half day guide training and scouting on the lower Guadalupe River revealed many hungry bass positioned at the mouths of flowing creeks entering the river.  Again, yellow poppers were the ticket.  The flow was about 120 cfs and the water temp was 82 degrees F. in the warmwater section of the Guadalupe River. 

Guadalupe River Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Friday October 18, 2013;  Half day scouting trip/guide training with Walter Penobscott revealed higher flows and water clearing from recent rainfall.  Tributary creeks are running after spring recharging rain events.  The cooler weather also produced prolific BWO and Trico hatches.  Sunfish and small Guadalupe Bass were seen sipping the newly hatched flies from the river's surface.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Monday October 21, 2013.  Full day Guadalupe River fly fishing guide trip with Adam Floyd from Canada produced too many bass to count.  We also landed and released several sunfish on heavy streamers.  The weather was delightful with relatively robust flows making for some fun whitewater rapids.  The air temp. high was 72 degrees F, with some riparian foliage beginning to show fall colors.  There was not another person on the river.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Wednesday October 30, 2013.  Half day scouting/guide training trip with Walter Penobscott revealed many aggressive smallmouth and largemouth bass in the warm water section of the Guadalupe River.  There was nobody else on the river.  Yellow poppers were the ticket.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and and River Conditions:  Thursday October 31, 2013; full day fly fishing trip with Waite Dalrymple had to be rescheduled due to a flash flood on the Guadalupe River.  The stream flow went from approximately 65 cfs to 40,000 cfs after heavy overnight rains from a stalled cold front dumped several inches of precipitation.  After the event, the level of Canyon Lake rose four feet.  The Edwards Aquifer also rose about 3 feet according to the J-17 index well in San Antonio.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday November 3, 2013.  Half day Guadalupe River scouting/guide training revealed clearing river conditions after a recent flash flood event.  The river flow was about 200 cfs and the water temperature was around 68 degrees F.  We caught and released quite a few feisty Guadalupe Bass.  Once again, yellow poppers were the ticket.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday November 5, 2013.  Guadalupe River scouting trip above the third crossing revealed an improved trout habitat as a result of the recent flash flood.  The 40,000 cfs flow "blasted" the fine sediments and re-arranged the gravel and boulders.  The clarity produced by this cleansing action will give us some great sight casting opportunities this Guadalupe trout season.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Thursday November 7, 2013;  Half day scouting/guide training trip with Walter Penobscott revealed a prolific BWO and Trico hatch.  Sunfish, baby bass and minnows gorged themselves on the tasty insect bounty.  We saw a five pound-class largemouth slam the unwary baitfish while they had their guards down.  We also caught and released a trophy smallmouth bass in the four pound class.  It was almost impossible to land on a six weight rod; wrapping itself around rocks and going under the boat.  The smallie fell for a heavy purple streamer.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday November 10, 2013; Half day scouting trip with Greg Smith revealed a flow of about 200 cfs.  The Blanco River is contributing about 50 cfs of the total flow.  Water temp 72 degrees F with good clarity.  Recent flash flooding with flows around 70,000 cfs caused quite a bit of "human damage."  There were numerous decks, roofs and school buses swept into the river last week.  Two of the school buses still remain submerged near Scull's Crossing.  Besides the human damage, quite a few trees were uprooted.  Don't worry, there's plenty of gallery forest left.  As far as the bite, we hooked up numerous times with wily largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Thursday November 14, 2013;  Guadalupe River full day fly fishing float with Joeanne Tomiyama from Calgary Canada produced several nice football sized Guadalupe Trout.  We did a three mile float taking out at Lazy L and L.  Some of the Guadalupe trout fell for a large black bugger pattern with rubber legs.  The flow was pretty low, but the water was very clear allowing numerous sight casting opportunities.  We also had some good action on prince nymphs.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:   Friday November 15, 2013; Michael Herman from Austin and his buddy Blake joined us for a half day Guadalupe River trout fishing trip.  The Guadalupe trout we landed were hard fighting, acrobatic fish that jumped and ran like crazy.  Some fish fell for the big streamer pattern but we managed to hook up with nymphs too.  The weather was perfect with cool temps, blue skies and the riverside trees were in peak autumn colors.  The flow was around 100 cfs with clear water conditions.

Devils River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:   Wednesday  November 20, 2013.  Baker's Crossing flow about 220 cfs.  Rusty Wallace and Kevin Stubbs explored and scouted our new access point at the Blue Sage Subdivision.  We have a new  camping and access point that breaks up the lower end of the river's float.  Our new access point is 6.5 miles from Devil's Back.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Thursday November 21, 2013;  Guadalupe River scouting trip at third crossing below Canyon Lake revealed prolific BWO and Trico hatches.  The only fish rising to sip the tiny bugs were sunfish species.  The water temps were in the high 60's with air temps at 80 degrees F.  The water was clear with recent flood debris and trash being removed by the WORD clean up crews.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Updated Monday November 25, 2013.  Evening scouting trip with guide trainee Walter Penobscott revealed hungry Guadalupe Rainbow trout with an affinity for Prince Nymphs.  The rain subsided giving way to solitary waters infested with hungry trout.  Wish you were here!

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Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Thursday November 28, 2013; Happy Thanksgiving!  Brief evening scouting trip at the Guadalupe River third crossing, Action Angler access revealed a prolific evening trico and midge hatch.  Even if the newly stocked Guadalupe rainbow trout were hungry, they were put down by the artful actions of apex predators...two Osprey!  The skilled fishers have articulated talons allowing the unlucky trout to be carried in an aerodynamic fashion.  Bald Eagles cannot do this.  It's truly a spectacle to see the mighty raptors in action.  The water was flowing about 120 cfs counting the inflow from numerous running creeks.  The clarity was better than usual.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Friday November 29, 2013; flow about 120 cubic feet per second including creek inflows.  Evening scouting/guide training trip with Walter Penobscott revealed trico and midge hatches.  There were quite a few fishermen out and most of the fish were being hooked on sub-surface patterns.  The water clarity was good with shirt sleeve temps in the 60's.  

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions: December 2, 2013;  Evening scouting trip at the third crossing on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake revealed a modest caddis hatch.  There were also a few Slate Grey Duns.  Even with insect activity, we did not see any rising fish.  This is typical for this fishery because there is so much food below the surface.  The weather was outstanding with shirt sleeve conditions approaching 80 degrees F.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday December 3, 2013;  Canyon dam release about 76 cfs with creeks adding another 30 cfs for a flow of 110 cfs.  Water temp. at the third crossing on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake about 65 degrees F.  The shirt sleeve weather in the low 80's persists with spring like temps.  Beats the hell out of snow and ice!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Thursday December 5, 2013;  Observations at the third crossing below Canyon Lake revealed several fishermen that were shivering from a short cold spell.  It was only 45 degrees F. but the Texas tolerance for low temps is weak.  The bite was actually good with several nice Guadalupe trout being caught and released.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Saturday December 7, 2013 Flow approx. 85 cfs including creek inflow, water temp 40 degrees F.  The recent cold spell kept alot of people off the river, with temps hovering in the 30's F.  Our group rescheduled the trips we had booked.  It's more fun to fish than freeze!  

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Updated Sunday December 8, 2013;  Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake flow about 85 cfs including creek inflows.  A cold morning below freezing gave way to a beautiful afternoon.  We finally reached shirt sleeve weather after the recent cold spell.  It reached 50 degrees F. this afternoon with clear blue skies.  Wish you were here!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Monday December 9, 2013.  Evening scouting trip revealed very few fishermen on the water.  The afternoon was overcast with light rain.  The high temperature was 45 degrees F.   Even with low temps the rainbow trout bite was regarded pretty good on nymphs and egg patterns.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Tuesday December 10, 2013; Brief scouting trip at the fourth crossing showed warmer temperatures which triggered a prolific BWO and Trico hatch. There were also quite a few Caddis coming off too.  The water clarity was excellent with fall colors a little past peak.  Even with good insect hatches there were very few fish rising to sip the tasty morsels.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Wednesday December 11, 2013; Water temp. 48 degrees F. at fourth crossing.  Brief scouting trip showed very few fishermen with beautiful conditions.  We did not see a significant amount of rising fish but there were a few bugs coming off.  As usual, the sub-surface activity on the Guadalupe River is the normal  feeding pattern.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Thursday December 12, 2013; Expedition Outfitters guide Greg Smith hosted Jeff Lava and his buddy from Austin.  They did the traditional Rio to L and L leg.  The water clarity was excellent with a beautiful fall afternoon in the high 50's F.  The guys spanked the rainbows with over 20 fish being caught and released.  The winning fly of the day was the "the fly formerly known as Prince."  The guys dropped it under a San Juan worm on 5x.  Wish you were here!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:   Friday December 13, 2013.  Expedition Outfitters guide Greg Smith hosted Jenifer Fox and her guy for a day trip from Rio to Lazy L and L.  On their three mile float they encountered very few fishermen and foggy conditions.  Even with limited visibility they managed to catch and release quite a few Guadalupe Trout.  The common "Zug Bug " was the winning fly of the day.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday December 14, 2013; It was Jenifer Fox's second day fly fishing the Guadalupe River for rainbow trout.  Greg Smith hosted them again with several nice Guadalupe rainbow trout being caught and released.  The weather started out mild in the high 40's F with clear blue skies.  A cold front passed through about mid morning but the skies remained clear.  There were quite a few fishermen and some other guides on the water.  Luckily our crew had the secret weapon...a flash back prince nymph!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Sunday December 15, 2013; Half day afternoon guide training/scouting trip with Greg Combs and Brent Turner produced several nice hook ups on nymphs dredged through the deepest holes.  The takes were very gentle but the guys were on their game missing very few hits.  The afternoon was shirt sleeve warm with a moderate amount of fishermen out.  I saw good friend Brad Wilkins at the Ponderosa Bridge. There was a small Trico hatch with numerous "micro caddis" buzzing about the surface, but nothing slashing at them.  The water was relatively clear with clear blue skies and 70 degrees F.  

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Monday December 16, 2013; Evening scouting trip at the third crossing showed numerous micro caddis buzzing about the surface and some slate grey Duns too.  There were a few fishermen enjoying the beautiful shirt sleeve conditions (68 degrees F).  Their catch...and release consisted of a combination of smaller TPWD stocked Guadalupe trout in the 10 inch size range and a few bigger fish (2-3 lbs) probably stocked by Guadalupe Trout Unlimited Chapter.  All of the action was on nymphs.  The Osprey were busy too.  It was fascinating to see them dive and pick up fish...and fly off to enjoy a hearty meal.  It was National Geographic esque!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Tuesday, December 17 2013; half day afternoon guide training/scouting with Brent Turner yielded one fiesty Guadalupe Trout on a drowned spinner.  We didn't spend as much time fishing as scouting.  The scouting revealed trout absent from traditional holding spots.  The clear water and light winds allowed us good visibility to make these observations.  To be successful one has to think like a Guadalupe Trout.  The fish are holding in the deepest holes to avoid predators...go figure.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Wednesday December 18 2013; Half day trip hosted by Brent Turner built on his client's skills as a nymph fishermen.  The takes were subtle and hard to detect.  Opportunities are sometimes fleeting but we have top set the hook on the slightest indication. The weather was beautiful with temps in the lower 70's F and clear blue skies.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Thursday December 19, 2013; evening scouting trip showed beautiful weather conditions with some fall foilage still left to decorate the landscape.  The Guadalupe River was relatively clear with numerous sight casting opportunities.  The nymph fishing report from fly fishermen at the third crossing was clearly thumbs up with decent hook ups on San Juan worms and egg attractor patterns.

Guadalupe River Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Friday December 20, 2013; Afternoon scouting trip/guide training revealed quite a few fishermen for a weekday.  Looks like everybody took the day off to enjoy summer like conditions with temps reaching 75 degrees F.  According to our observations, nymphs dredged through the deepest holes hooked up.  Prince nymphs, Hare's Ear and Zug Bugs did the best.  Don't try fishing without an indicator, you'll be making a grave mistake because the takes recently have almost undetectable. 

Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Saturday December 21, 2013; Morning rains were replaced by clear blue skies and lower humidity.  A frontal passage pushed in some fresh air and beautiful conditions.  There was a moderate hatch of Tricos and BWO's with a few Caddis mixed in.  Even with rainy morning conditions there were quite a few fishermen out.  The winning fly was reported to be the caddis emerger from the fishermen polled.  The water clarity was good with light green tint.

Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Sunday December 22, 2013; evening observations revealed a moderate amount of fishermen out on a beautiful day.  The temps topped out 60 degrees F. with clear blue sky.  The Osprey were at work showing us the proper way to take fish.  A little known fact:  Osprey have articulated talons allowing them to carry the fish in an aerodynamic fashion...eagles can't do this.  The winning fly of the day was said to be a brown San Juan Worm.  Wish you were here!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Monday December 23, 2013; Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited  stocked several thousand full sized trout in the 1.5 to 5 lb range today.  There were very few fishermen out but the Osprey were awaiting the new prey.  The few fishermen we saw were dead drifting nymphs through the deep holes and runs.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:    Tuesday December 24, 2013.  Observations at the fourth crossing showed very few fishermen on the water.  The weather was beautiful with highs in the 60's F.  The fishermen who had permission from their spouses to fish reaped the benefits of a great day of catching.  As your guide will tell you...the fishing is always good; but sometimes the catching is lacking.  Today was the exception to the rule.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Thursday December 26, 2013; Early morning conditions were slightly overcast with cool temps in the high 40's to low 50's F.  Observations included several folks at the third crossing access, (Action Angler) were getting Guadalupe Rainbow Trout on dry flies.  The guys were imitating caddis and using stimulators too.  The water clarity was good with very little turbidity.

Guadalupe River Fly fishing Guides Report and River Conditions:  Saturday December 28, 2013;  Half day trip with Curtiss and Kevin produced two new fly fishermen.  Although the Guadalupe trout bite was moderate, we indeed hooked several fish.  There were quite a few fishermen on the water and thay had marginal success as well.  The most popular fly proved to be the sucker spawn egg.  The conditions were pleasant with a few clouds and sunshine.  The temps topped out at 65 degrees F.