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Anthony Grice with Trophy Devils Smallmouth Bass

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated March 1, 2012.  Flow at Baker's Crossing 128 CFS. Water gin clear at 67 degrees F.  Cliff and Sally Mycoskie, and John and Tammy Newborn joined us for a multi day Devils Fishing trip.  The weather was epic!  The clear, calm conditions made for difficult stalking.  When it's this calm in crystal clear conditions, the fish often see us first.  If they see predators they get lock jaw.  Despite difficult, yet beautiful conditions, we managed to land several nice fish.  Cliff was the champ making long and accurate casts!

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Wednesday March 14, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 100 CFS.  Water temp. 62 degrees F.  Water stained green with cloudy conditions from recent rainfall.  Gary Teer and his buddy Bob, joined us from New Braunfels.  Gary is a retired fishing guide and hammered many nice Guadalupe trout.  Bob did well too; although it was easy to see the results from a professional at work.  Half way through the day, Jake DePriest, manager of Gruene Outfitters, took over the guide duties and finished up the trip putting the guys on several more trophy Guadalupe trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report:  Updated Saturday March 17, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 100 CFS.  Water temp. 59 degrees F.  Water chalky and stained green.  Greg Smith, one of our guides, hosted Kyle Johnson and his buddy Ron for an instructional lesson/float.  The guys did well putting their new skills to work hooking several nice Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout.  Ron is pictured below with one of his Guadalupe Trout.

Devils River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday March 23, 2012.  Flow at Baker's Crossing 127 CFS.Water gin clear at 72 degrees F.  Jeff Moss with Exxon Mobil brought his fishing buddies to fish with us on the Russell Ranch.  One of Jeff's buddies, Steve came from England just to fish the Devils River.  Luckily all of the guys were expert fly fishers.  The weather was clear and calm with temps in the 70's.  The calm conditions were perfect for sight casting.  Some of the big pools resembled bone fish flats with prowling bass, catfish and carp.  We didn't land large numbers of fish, but we ended up with several trophies, which we released unharmed.  See Tom's trophy smallmouth pictured below.

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Tom's Devils River Trophy Smallmouth Bass

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated March 26, 2012.  Canyon Lake Release 100 CFS.  Water temp. 62 degrees F.  Water stained green and chalky. One of our guides, Jake DePriest, manager of Gruene Outfitters, hosted Betzy Griffin for an afternoon float on the Guadalupe River.  They floated about 3 river miles from Rio Raft Company to Lazy L and L.  They hooked several nice Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout and enjoyed a wonderful Central Texas Spring day.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide and River Report:  Updated Thursday March 29, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 100 CFS.  Water temp. 64 degrees F.  Half day scouting trip with Chris Adams, fly fishing manager at Gruene Outfitters produced many hook ups with fiesty Guadalupe Trout.  Chris is joining us as a seasoned fly fishing guide.  When Chris isn't running the fly fishing department at Gruene Outfitters, he'll be on the water guiding for Expedition Outfitters.  Chris said the key to success yesterday was a tan colored San Juan worm.

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Sunday April 22, 2012.  Flow at Pafford Crossing 165 CFS.  Water crystal clear at 79 degrees F.  Scouting trip with Mark and Kathy Rushing  at the "new"  Devils River State Natural Area, yielded many nice largemouth and smallmouth bass.  The wind was gusting 35 mph, but Mark Rushing was able to punch his flies into the wind.  Mark is pictured below at the confluence of the Devils River and Lake Amistad.

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Mark Rushing with trophy Devils River Largemouth Bass

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday May 3, 2012.  San Marcos River flow 197 CFS, water clear at 73 degrees F.  Mike Frampton with El Paso Natural Gas Company hosted a "team building fly fishing lesson/rafting float trip" for eight of his key employees.  We traveled about three river miles putting their new skills to work.  The first time fly fishers managed to land several nice largemouth and smallmouth bass.  We also filled in with lots of scrappy sunfish.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditiopns:  Updated Saturday May 5, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 97 CFS.  Water slightly chalky with light green stain.  Randy Gates and his son joined us for a fly fishing lesson/instructional float.  After our casting lessons we flaoted about three river miles landing several nice smallmouth and largemouth bass on poppers.  We encountered a handful of kayakers, but they didn't bother the fishing.

Devils River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated May 23, 2012.  Baker's Crossing flow 200 CFS.  Guide Kevin Stubbs was joined by Ruthie Russell, William Russell, Johnny Russell and McLean Bowman for a 5.5 mile float from Turkey Bluff Ranch to the "new Devils River State Natural Area".  We hooked up and laned several nice smallmouth bass and McLean Bowman landed a 10 lb class Largemouth Bass.  It was a beautiful day but windy.  McLean's 10 lb largemouth is pictured below.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday June 1, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 110 CFS.  Water temp: 64 degrees F.  Half day, two boat guide trip with Kyle Kettler and his son Will yielded several nice hook ups with acrobatic Guadalupe River rainbow trout.  Jud Cole hosted Jeff and his son Bill too.  They got six Guadalupe trout to the boat.  Good job guys!

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated June3, 2012.  San Marcos River flow 220 CFS.  Water relatively clear about 72 dgrees F. Half day fly fishing guide trip/casting lesson was sucessfully performed with Rob Stewart and his family from Dallas. The guys were in one boat, and the girls were in a another.  The guys landed a couple of bass, but the girls kicked out butt with a really nice smallmouth bass.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Monday June 4, 2012.  Gudalupe River flow about 190 CFS in the warm water section.  Water relatively clear with green stain.  Half day float with John Schlobaum and his son yielded several fiesty Guadalupe bass.  We also landed countless numbers of brightly colored sunfish.  We saw a total of five tubers!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday June 15, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 100 CFS, and the springs and creeks are adding another 40 CFS; good fishing flow though.  Water relatively clear with green stain.  Charlie Ice III and his lovely wife, joined guide Kevin Stubbs for a half day lesson/rafting float.  We encountered no tubers all morning.  This is in part, due to the "can ban" in the New Braunfels area.  The tubers think alcohol has been banned, but it's just the disposable containers.  The lack of tubers this season has made for better fishing.  We landed many nice bass on poppers and countless brightly colored sunfish.  Charlie is pictured below with one his bass.

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Charlie Ice III with Guadalupe River Largemouth bass.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday June 16, 2012.  Flow about 135 CFS.  Mike Kolaski and Trish Kolaski joined us for a half day float.  Mike and Trish landed countless numbers of brightly colored sunfish, many fiesty little Guadalupe bass, a catfish, and two Rio Grande Cichlid.  One of the Rio Grande Cichlids is pictured below.

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Mike Kolaski's Rio Grande Cichlid

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday June 23, 2012.  Canyon Lake release about 80 CFS with creeks and springs adding another 30 CFS for 110 total.  Half day lesson/float trip with Kimber and Jerry Brown produced two new fly fishers.  Jerry did a pretty good job learning new skill sets but, his wife Kimber caught on immediately casting like a seasoned pro.  She put her popper rig within inches of the bank every time....very impressive!  We caught and released many brightly colored sunfish and small bass.  Kimber is pictured below with one of her bass.

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Kimber Brown with Guadalupe Bass

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions Updated Monday July 2, 2012.  San Marcos River Spring Flow 197 CFS.  Water clear at 72 degrees F.  Expedition Outfitters guides Harrison Nash and Kevin Stubbs hosted Paul Hanusa, Jarred Hanusa, Mary Hanusa and Madison Hanusa for a fun filled, two boat, fly fishing lesson/rafting float trip, on the beautiful spring fed San Marcos River.  Everyone caught on quickly and Jarred caught several fish right off the bat.  Paul started to pick up a few fish and took the lead.  Harrison put Mary on the bow of his raft and she took the lead from Paul catching many fish in a row.  All of a sudden, Madison got real hot, (which of course she is!) and boated fish after fish!  Madison is pictured below with one of her many fish!  Wish you were here!

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"Hottie" Madison Hanusa with one of her many fish!

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Saturday July 7, 2012.  San Marcos River spring flow 197 CFS.  Water temp. 73 degrees F.  Half day float with Kyle Kettler, his wife Tracy, his son Will and Kyle's mom yielded many hard fighting bass and sunfish.  The day was warm, but we hugged the tree shaded canopy.  We saw no tubers along the way.

Upper Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday August 3, 2012.  Half day trip on Guadalupe River near Comfort Texas produced many brightly colored sunfish and pure strain Guadalupe Bass.  Poppers proved to be the ticket.  Even though the river flow was relatively low, the water was very refreshing and the shaded tree canopy was welcomed.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday August 9, 2012.  San Marcos River flow 187 CFS.  Water Temp. 74 degrees F.  Half day lesson with Nancy Toth and her nephew Matt, produced two new fly fishers.  We started early in the morning and floated about three river miles.  We didn't encounter any tubers along the way.  We got into the river several times to wade fish and swim.  The water was very refreshing.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Thursday August 16, 2012.  Half day fly fishing lesson/rafting float trip with Michael Herman from Austin and his buddy produced two new fly fishers.  After a brief, shore based casting lesson, we got in the raft and floated the warmwater section.  We caught quite a few fiesty smallmouth, and largemouth bass.  We also landed quite a few sunfish too.  Red poppers were the winning ticket.  We encountered no tubers during our float.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Saturday August 18, 2012.  San Marcos Spring flow 180 CFS.  Water temp. 74 degrees F.  Water clear, but slightly chalky.  Half day guide training/scouting trip revealed topwater action with explosive strikes from largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Red poppers proved to be the ticket again.  We also landed many brightly colored sunfish.  We encountered a few tubers, but none of them went past Don's. 

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Wednesday August 22, 2012.  Flow at Baker's Crossing 127 CFS. Water clear with light green tint.  Expedition Outfitters had the pleasure of hosting Nils Pearson and Carroll Hall from the Austin Fly Fishers.  Harrison Nash guided the expert fly fishers to many largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated  Saturday August 25, 2012.  Flow at Baker's Crossing 127 CFS.  Water temp 82 degrees F.  Water clear with light green tint.  Scouting float from San Pedro Ranch to Sycamore Springs Ranch yielded many nice smallmouth and largemoth bass.  Topwater patterns were the ticket.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday August 31,2012.  Flow app. 80 CFS.  Water clear with green tint.  Half day float with Dr. Gomez from Cuba yielded many brightly colored sunfish and several smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Red poppers proved to be the ticket.  We encountered only three tubers.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday September 8, 2012.  San Marcos spring flow 146 CFS water temp 75 degrees F.  Half day trip with Mark Johnson produced several nice smallmouth bass and brightly colored sunfish.  We also landed a nice 5lb class largemouth on a red popper.  He jumped several times almost three feet in the air!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Thursday September 13, 2012.  Half day lesson/float with Mark and Abel from Houston produced two new fly fishers.  The guys landed many brightly colored sunfish and several hard fighting smallmouth and largemouth bass.
We got off the water right before the thunderstorm hit the area.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday September 20, 2012.  The morning was cool and crisp. Canyon Lake release 90 CFS, water temp. 63 degrees F.  Half day float on the upper end of the tailwater produced several nice hook ups with holdover Guadalupe trout.  Prince nymphs with drowned Trico spinner proved to be the winning combination.  There were prolific BWO and Trico hatches.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday October 6, 2012.  Canyon Lake release 65 CFS, with springs and creeks adding another 60 CFS, making for a 125 CFS flow.  Water clear, with light green stain; temp. 76 degrees F. in the warm water section.  Half day trip with Keith and Rosemary Kogler from Sugarland produced many fiesty hook ups with various species, including a huge Rio Grande Cichlid.  Red poppers proved themselves again, as the preferred pattern.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Sunday October 7, 2012.  Flow approximately 125 CFS in the warmwater section.  Water clear with light green stain.  Andy Stazi from Pennsylvania joined guide Kevin Stubbs for a half day float.  Andy hooked many nice largemouth bass.  Many jumped and ran, in acrobatic fashion.  Olive Wooly Buggers proved to be the ticket!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions in the warmwater section:  Wednesday October 10, 2012.  Canyon Lake release about 65 CFS, the creeks and springs are adding another 35 CFS, making for an overall flow about 100 CFS.  Half day afternoon float with Kristen Doyle from Chicago produced a happy fly fisher.  Kristen landed quite a few fish on poppers.  Her casting was a little rusty at first, but after a little coaching and discipline, she was firing at the bank in tight places and looking like a pro.  We lost count on numbers of fish, but that was a good problem to have!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday October 12.2012.  Half day float with Tim Hall and Butch produced many brightly colored sunfish and some fiesty bass.  We released everybody unharmed, so don't worry!

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Sunday October 21, 2012.  Charlie Granstaff, Hunter Granstaff, Mark Edgmon, and Pete Edgmon joined Expedition Outfitters for a multi-day Safari on the Devils River.  We encountered good weather conditions with flows around 150 CFS.  The water clarity was gin clear with temps around 73 degrees F.  The first day was blue bird and calm.  This made it hard to stalk sight fishing opportunities.  Once the guys got over their "trout hook set," we began to land a few bass.  Mark Edgmon caught and released a trophy largemouth at Dolan Falls...and he caught and released another trophy at the Sycamore Canyon Ranch, the next day.  Hunter Granstaff and Charlie Granstaff closed in, on the leader; and landed too many bass to count the next day.  See pictures and video, above; and below.

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.