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|Guadalupe Rainbow caught and released by Dusty Thompson
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River
Conditions: Canyon Dam release 208 CFS, water temp at mile 17.5 in the City of
New Braunfels 74 degrees F. Bass fishing trip with Scott Mathews and friend Phil from Horseshoe Bay yielded several
brightly colored sunfish, a largemouth bass and several smallmouth bass. We encountered 6 kayakers and 5 tubers on a
3 mile float trip. The largest fish was a 3.5 lb smallie pictured below.
|Guadalupe River Smallmouth Bass
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 8-01-08, Canyon Dam release 208 CFS. Water clear with light green tint. Guided trip with Rick Niles and
his Dad yielded several smallmouth bass and one big rainbow trout in the 3.5 lb range. We encountered very few tubers
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
8-10-08, Canyon Dam release 200 CFS. Water clear. 1/2 day guided trip with Kevin Worfe and Kevin Worfe Jr.
yielded a nice smallmouth, sunfish, a small rainbow trout, and a "Monster, Slab-sided" rainbow in excess of 5 lbs.
Kevin Jr. did a super job bringing the big fish to the net. We never lifted the fish out of the water and shot a picture
of him in an oversized net. Picture Below.
|Guadalupe River Rainbow, caught and released by Kevin Worfe Jr.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 8-30-08, Canyon
Dam release app. 200 CFS.
Water chalky with green tint. Guided Bass fishing trip with Barry Paiga from San Francisco, CA, and brother Daryl from
Austin produced several nice smallmouth and largemouth bass. We also released many colorful sunfish. We stayed
ahead of the rafters and tubers after starting early. The water was refreshing and the scenery and mild rapids were
Guadalupe Fishing Report and River Conditions: 9-27-08, Canyon Dam
release app. 206 CFS. Water clear with light green tint. Julie Dietrich and her friend Jeff from the Woodlands,
TX. yielded several scrappy hybrid Guadalupe bass and several large sunfish. We encountered no other traffic on our
long 1/2 day float from Rio Raft to Gardo's (app. 6 river miles). The weather was fantastic!
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 9-30-08, Canyon Dam release 206 CFS. Water
clear with green tint. Half day scouting float produced several nice smallmouth bass and lots of brightly colored
sunfish. We didn't encounter another soul on a 3 mile float.
River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 10-03-08, flow app. 115 CFS. water clear with green tint. Kevin Hutchison
hosted a 4 boat trip on the Martindale to Staples run. We caught and released many sunfish and smallmouth bass.
We encountered no other traffic on a 6 mile float.
Llano River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 10-04-08, flow at Mason
app. 113 CFS. Ryan Westbrook came from San Bernadino, CA to fish the Llano. We went from White's Crossing
to the James River Crossing. We landed quite a few Guadalupe Bass and many colorful sunfish on a four mile float.
We also landed a nice largemouth on a cone head bugger. See picture Below.
|Devils River Expedition Spring 2008
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 10-11-08, Ron Ernst
and brother Erik came from Dallas area to fish for bass. The water was clear on the lower Guad. We landed largemouth,
smallmouth, and spotted bass. Erik landed a Rio Grande Cichlid and a nice largemouth that jumped in acrobatic fashion.
Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: Flow at Baker's Crossing 190 CFS.
Water crystal clear about 70 degrees F. Jeff Schmitt, Alan Bray, and Erik Bataille were hosted by Kevin Stubbs at the
Spencer Ranch about 6 miles downstream from Baker's Crossing. The weather was spectacular with cool nights and 70
degree days. We didn't land a lot of fish, but the fish we landed were monsters. All of these guys are expert
fly fishers. See pictures below.
|Alex Horton With Devils River Smallmouth Taken on Fly
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 10-22-08, Canyon Dam Release app.
85 CFS. Water clear with green tint. Guided trip with Dick Roseland from Phoenix, AZ provided many colorful sunfish
and some small bass. We hooked some larger smallies, but we couldn't get them to the boat. Some topwater action,
but heavy coneheaded buggers were the best producers. We didn't encounter another boat or person, on our 3 mile
|Sam Corman, Hollis Corman and Alvin Dedeaux near Devils River State Natural Area
Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 11-03, to 11-04-2008 Flow
at Baker's Crossing 190 CFS, water gin-clear with light green tint. Bill Cason and his gang from Austin toured the
Ranch that we have access to, adjacent to the Devils River State Natural Area. We caught smallmouth, largemouth and
sunfish. We also toured a Cave and marveled at the 4,000 year old petroglyphs. Hollis Corman entertained us by
playing her fiddle on the Ranch House porch, overlooking the river. The weather was beautiful! Pictures above
|Ryan Westbrook Casting Large Cone Head Bugger
|Connie Smith with Devils River Largemouth
|Pam and Mark McCurley and Angie and Connie Smith at Dolan Falls
|Bill Cason in the background, Devils River
Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 11-08-08 to 11-09-08
Water gin-clear approximately 68 degrees F. Flow at Baker's Crossing app. 190 CFS. Mark
and Pam McCurley from Cordillera Ranch accompanied Angie and Connie Smith from Montgomery County, on a sight-seeing
and fishing excursion at the Ranch adjacent to the Devils River State Natural Area. The calm weather conditions made
fishing tough in the crystalline waters, although we managed to land a few fish. We toured Dolan Falls and saw the rock
art in the area. We also explored a nearby cave that had been inhabited for 10,000 years. See pictures below.
|Fly Fishing Pro Jim Collins with Guadalupe Trout
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-10-09, Flow is low and
slow, but very fish-able with a lot of sight casting. Trip with fly fishing pro Jim Collins, from the Angler's Edge
in Houston yielded several nice rainbows caught on streamers. There were many violent strikes with airborne action.
Jim also hooked a largemouth bass that was so big, we thought he was snagged on a submerged log, until it began to fight.
He also landed another little, hard fighting bass. We did about 3 river miles in the trophy trout section.
See picture below.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-11-09, Flow is low, with good
clarity, making for many sight fishing opportunities. Guide trip with Fly Fishing Pro Bruce Young, from the Tackle Box
Outfitters in San Antonio, produced many violent hookups using streamers. Chuck, a good friend of Bruce's, landed
a nice 'Bow while sight casting. We also witnessed the largest rainbow this guide has ever seen in Texas.
It was mortally wounded during the fight, and the angler did the right thing by taking the fish home. It will probably
be the new state record. See picture below.
|Kevin Vincent with Devils largemouth, Spring 2008
|Possible "New State Record Rainbow Trout"
|Erik Bataille with Trophy Smallmouth
|Jeff Schmitt's Bass
|Alan Bray with Devils River Largemouth
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 12-22-08, Canyon Dam Release
app. 60 CFS. Water clear with light green tint, temp. 59 degrees F. Kyle Sorenson came from North Carolina to
fish with his dad, Scott. The wives said they were crazy because it was so damn cold. We floated and waded app.
3 miles from Rio to Lazy L&L. The guides froze on our rods, a first for me in Texas. We had several short
hook-ups, but the action was slow. Scott landed a rainbow approaching 5 lbs, and Kyle landed a largemouth that was about
4.5 lbs. See picture below.
|Kyle Sorensen with Guadalupe River Largemouth Bass
Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 10-17-08, to 10-18-08,
Flow at Baker's Crossing app. 190 CFS. Water temp. 68 degrees F. Water
Crystal Clear with unlimited visibility. Guides Kevin Stubbs and Alvin Dedeaux hosted the "Horton Gang" with
Dad, Lee Horton hailing from San Angelo, TX. The weather was spectacular with riverside camping in the 40's
at night and 70 degree daytime temps. We spent 2 days and 2 nights at the Spencer Ranch. The days were calm
with little, or no wind at all. This made for excellent sight casting. We landed and released many smallmouth
and largemouth bass. See picture below.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-22-09, Canyon Dam Release
app.65 CFS. Water temp. 50's F. Water clear with moderately windy conditions. Guide trip with Dr. Bill
Berlocher and his "Fish Slaying wife Alma" from Corpus/ Aransas Pass produced almost too many rainbows to count.
Some of their fish approached 5 lbs.
|Dr. Bill Berlocher with Guadalupe River Smallmouth Bass
|Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-23-09, Flow was low and clear.
This was Bill and Alma's second day; yesterday they spanked the rainbows, so they decided to bass fish. Good
call! We released several nice largemouth and pictured above is Bill's first smallie on fly.
|Bob Kretschmer's GuadalupeTrout
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-25-09, Water Temp in the 50's, running
clear and low. Guided trip with Bob Kretschmer and Ken Sly produced many acrobatic hook ups with big Guadalupe Trout.
We also got a huge Palomino Trout pictured below. Life's Good!
|Ken Sly with Giant Guadalupe Palomino Trout
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-31-09, Guide trip with Audrey Ambrose and
her friend Sheila yielded many good rainbows. The little black midge did the job for us. Of course these ladies
could "fish", making the guide's job easy.
|Bill with Guadalupe Trout
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 2-06-09, River Low and Slow, with good clarity and
fishing well. Felipe Casteneda and his buddy Bill joined me from Houston. This is their 3rd season fishing with
Expedition Outfitters. Last year Felipe had the biggest fish. This year Bill kicked his butt with the chunky Guadalupe
Trout pictured above.
|Cliff Mistretta with Guadalupe Trout
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 2-06-09, The day was super windy with
gusts to 40 MPH. Even with the tough conditions, Cliff Mistretta's group landed some nice Guadalupe Trout.
Tucker managed to land some nice fish too!
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
2-17-09, Guide trip with Tim Marvin and his buddy Scott Griffith from Houston produced some really nice rainbows.
It was Scott's first time to fly fish and he landed more fish than the other anglers we saw on the river. Other
anglers on the river complained about the slow activity, but we spanked the fish, because we had the right flies on.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 2-19-09, Mitch Elder from San Antonio hosted his
dad, Tim from Ohio. We did about 3 river miles in the "Trophy Trout Section." Other anglers complained
about the "slow action." We caught and released many fat rainbows up to 6lbs. Tip to other anglers:
"Match the hatch!" Seems simple enough, but you need the right flies, and you have to be able to identify
insects. Mitch Elder's Guadalupe Trout is pictured below.
San Marcos River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 3-02-2009, Flow app. 95 CFS. Water Temp
72 degrees F. Float trip from Martindale to Staples produced quite a few nice largemouth, smallmouth, and sunfish.
Tiffany Fluitt was the star of Photo Shoot with Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine. Steve Probasco, (editor) and Jon Luke,(art
director) documented the adventure.
|Junior Stelzer with Devils Smallmouth
Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 3-10-2009, 3-11-2009 Flow at Baker's Crossing
app.165 CFS. Water crystal-clear about 68 degrees F. Guided trip with Diane and Junior Stelzer from Post, Texas
produced many nice smallmouth and largemouth bass. It was mostly sight casting to patrolling fish. Sub-surface
patterns did the trick. The weather was overcast and calm on day 1. Day 2, we were slammed with a cold Pacific
front pelting us with stinging, wind driven rain. Pictures above and below.
|Diane Stelzer with Devils River Largemouth Bass
|Diane Stelzer with Devils River Smallmouth Bass
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 3-30-09, Flow app. 85 CFS, water chalky with light
green tint. Float from Rio to Land L with Gail and Paul Wallace produced quite a few fat rainbows on nymphs. Trico
spinner was the ticket.
Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-3-2009, Flow at Baker's crossing app. 165 CFS, water gin
clear about 65 degrees F. Guided trip based out of our ranch adjacent to the Devils River State Natural Area produced
some very nice trophy bass that were caught and released. We have access to a cabin on 8900 acres with 3 miles of Devils
River frontage. Kevin Vincent, John Boatwright, and Anthony Grice from Houston brought Greg Gardiner from Dallas.
We sight casted to many patrolling largemouth and smallmouth bass. Alvin Dedeaux, Kevin Stubbs and Steven Bowka had
the pleasure of guiding these "seasoned' fly fishers. This is the second trip these guys have done with us on the
Devils. Pictures above.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-08-09, Flow: low and slow, yet very fishable.
Guided trip with Mike Green from St. Louis, yielded many good rainbows; the largest is pictured below and approached 6lbs.
There was a very nice tricot hatch, and we matched it!
|Guadalupe Trout, Fly Fishing Texas caught by Mike Green
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-09-09, Canyon Dam release, low and slow.
Water temps were in the 50's in the AM. Guided trip with David Pruner and his son Collier, produced several nice
hook ups with Guadalupe trout. Collier is pictured below with his Guadalupe trout. Dead drifting nymphs was the
key to our success.
|Guadalupe Trout caught by Collier Pruner
Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-13-09, Dave and Gary from Hawaii and San Jose,
CA caught and released several nice Guadalupe Trout. Nymphing, with a yarn egg and a midge dropper did the trick.
Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-16-09, Flow is still low and slow, but fishing very
well. John Engvall came from Houston for a short float, and we hooked many strong, hard fighting, Guadalupe Trout.
Several took the egg pattern.
Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-25-09,
1/2 Day trip with Richard Fraser from Austin, and his brother from Colorado produced several really nice, fat, Guadalupe trout.
The egg pattern with midge dropper did the trick. The takes were subtle, but our guys set the hook as needed.
The flow was low, but very fish-able.
Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-02-09, Canyon Dam release app. 100 CFS.
Recent rains helped to "bump up" our inflow to Canyon Lake. Kevin Stubbs hosted Dale Rhodes from Snyder and
his friend Josh Lorenz, who sells aircraft for Hawker Beech in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Josh had never fly fished, but he caught
on quickly. We landed several phat Guadalupe Trout. A damsel attractor with midge dropper did the trick!
Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-20-09, Canyon Dam Release app: 80
CFS, water slightly chalky. Scouting trip yielded many slab-sided sunfish and several nice Largemouth and Smallmouth
Bass on poppers. The topwater action was hot, and the temperatures were cool. As the day warmed up we changed
to heavily weighted streamer patterns and picked up more nice Hill Country Bass.
San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-23-09, Water clear app. 74 degrees F.
Flow 92 CFS. Guide trip with Kevin Hutchison of Hill Country Fly Fishers produced many brightly colored sunfish and
quite a few nice bass. Even though there were quite a few canoeists, we experienced periods of relative solitude.
Right after lunch a thunderstorm unleashed a deluge with crackling lightning hitting trees very near our party. Just
when we thought the "end" was near, the storm subsided and we bee-lined it for the take out.
San Marcos Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-7-09, 6 mile float on lower San Marcos River
with Mike Carr, from New Braunfels, yielded tons of colorful sunfish and quite a few small smallie hybrids. We
also caught and released largemouth bass too. Water temp was in the high 70's in the AM; but it warmed after lunch.
There was good clarity with many sight casting opportunities.
|Erik Bataille's Devils River Largemouth Bass
Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-09-09, 1/2 Day float with Dale from
Dallas produced tons of brightly colored sunfish and numerous small bass on surface patterns. The flow was 60 CFS, but
we fished a section that allowed us to float in the raft, with minimul effort. The water was clear and cool with no
tubers sighted until after lunch.
Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-10-09, 1/2 Day float with Jake,
(fly fishing pro from Gruene Outfitters) and his lovely daughter and wife yielded good hiking, picnicking and fishing.
The water was low and cool with no tubers sighted until after lunch. See picture of Jake's smallie below.
|Jake, Fly Fishing Pro From Gruene Outfitters
Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-14-09, Hotties Barbara Barnes and Stacey
Scott won a 1/2 Day trip donated to Gruene Outfitters by Expedition Outfitters. We did about 3 miles. We mainly relaxed
and floated but the girls displayed their new fly fishing skills too.
Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Texas Report and River Conditions: 6-15-09, Water temp 78 degrees F.
Water clear with light green stain. Flow was low and slow, but very fishable. Klaus Wiemer from Dallas and his
grand son Dylan from North Carolina, caught and released several aggressive sun fish and bass. We encountered very few
tubers and traffic.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-30-09, Flow low, but very fish-able.
Water clear with light green stain. 1/2 day trip with Patty Miller from Washington, DC., and her buddy Rusty from Dallas;
yielded lots of brightly colored sun fish and lots of little smallmouth and largemouth bass. We hooked some larger bass
that came un-buttoned. We encountered 4 kayakers on our 3 mile float.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 8-08-09, water temp 82 degrees F, water clear
with green tint. 1/2 Day guided trip with Keith Shein from San Francisco and his son in law Scott from Houston yielded
many colorful sunfish, a smallmouth bass and several largemouth. Early in the morning the action was on top. We
switched to heavy sub surface patterns as the day grew hot. Good call. The bigger, heavier flies produced action
from larger fish. We encountered no tubers until almost lunchtime.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 8-20-09, Flow approx. 70 CFS, water clear with light green
stain. Clark Dubreuil from Orange County, CA booked a guided day trip on the lower Guadalupe River near New Braunfels.
He caught several nice little bass, quite a few sunfish and a trophy smallmouth bass pictured below.
Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions: 9-20-09, Flow near New Braunfels approx. 130 CFS.
Water temp. 79 degrees F, slightely stained to murky. 1/2 Day Fly Fishing Lesson/Guided float with Merideth Miller
and Andy yielded some sunfish and few small bass. Overall, the fishing was great, but the catching could have been a
little better. There was a topwater bite early, but slowed as we entered water "muddied" by recent rains.