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Fly Fishing Texas
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. 

Fly Fishing Texas
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 and rafters.

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.

Fly Fishing Texas
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 great!

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.

San Marcos 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 Outfitters
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.

Devils River Fishing Expedition
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 float.

Fly Fishing Texas
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 and below.

Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Ryan Westbrook Casting Large Cone Head Bugger
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Connie Smith with Devils River Largemouth
Fly Fishing Texas
Pam and Mark McCurley and Angie and Connie Smith at Dolan Falls
Fly Fishing Texas
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 Classes, Lessons, Instruction near Austin and San Antonio
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.

Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Kevin Vincent with Devils largemouth, Spring 2008
Possible "New State Record Rainbow Trout" caught in Guadalupe River
Possible "New State Record Rainbow Trout"
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Erik Bataille with Trophy Smallmouth
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Jeff Schmitt's Bass
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
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.

Fly Fishing Classes, Lessons, Instruction near Austin and San Antonio, Texas
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. 

Fly Fishing Near Austin and San Antonio
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. 

Fly Fishing Texas Near Austin and San Antonio
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!

Fly Fishing Texas Near Austin and San Antonio
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. 

Fly Fishing Near Austin and San Antonio
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.

Guadalupe Trout
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.

Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
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.

Fly Fishing Texas
Diane Stelzer with Devils River Largemouth Bass
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
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
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 while Fly Fishing Texas
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.

Fly Fishing Devils River
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.

Fly Fishing Texas Gudalupe River
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.