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Devils River, Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Mexican Free-tailed Bat caught by cold snap at Devils
Devils River Fly Fishing
Jack and Chris Bookout's Devils arsenal
Devils Largemouth Bass
Chris Bookout's Devils Largemouth

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
2-10-08,  Water clear and cold, release app: 200 CFS.  Guide trip with Jim and Kathy Rogers produced several nice rainbows including a palomino caught by Kathy.  Kathy also did battle with a football sized smallmouth
approaching water body record.  Instead of claiming the record she released the fish un-harmed!
Her trophy smallmouth is pictured below.

Fly Fishing Devils River, Spring 2008
Jack and Chris Bookout rigging-up for Devils Bassin'

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
3-15, 3-16-08.  Flow at Baker's 211 CFS.  Water gin clear.
Our first day was epic, with numerous sight casting opportunities.
We had a light breeze out of the north with a high of 70 degrees.
Jack Bookout's group included son Chris, Bobby, and Cliff; all from Dallas. 
Alvin Dedeaux did a world-class job guiding half of the party.
Chris proved to be a phenominal fly caster nailing the bank like a guided missile.
Cliff landed a trophy smallmouth.  What's not to like?
Pictures above and below.

Devils River Spring 2008
Chris Bookout with Devils Largemouth
Hill Country Fly Fishing
Kevin Vincent with Devils Largemouth Spring 2008

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
4-17, to 4-21-08.  Flow at Baker's Crossing approximately 204 CFS, water crystal clear.
Water temp. 67 degrees F.
Guide trip with Greg Gardiner, Kevin Vincent, John Boatwright, and Bryan Baker produced
many good bass, and some were too big for us to land with 8 weight fly rods.
Our first day was epic with clear blue sky, light north wind about 70 degrees.
This made for perfect sight casting conditions.  Cool nights in the high 40's made for
good camping.  The wind blew like hell the next day, but we still landed some nice fish and we
also had sight casting conditions during lulls in the gusts.
Pictures from the trip are above and below.

Devils River Expedition Outfitters
Bryan Baker with Devils smallmouth bass, Spring 2008
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Kevin Vincent with Devils largemouth, Spring 2008
Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Devils River largemouth Spring 2008

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
4-30-08,  Canyon Dam release app. 148 CFS.  Water temp. at mile 7.5, 61 degrees F.
Water slightly chalky.  Guided trip with Paul and Gail Wallace produced several nice rainbows, a couple of sunfish and a yellow cat, caught on fly.
Trico hatch was in full swing by 10:00 AM.  There was also good numbers of BWO's going off.
Even with the big hatches, there were very few rising fish.

Guadalupe Fishing Report and River Conditions:
5-04-08,  Canyon Dam release app: 148 CFS. Water temp. 61 degrees F. at mile 7.5. There were caddis hatching in fair numbers early in the AM.  There were also good numbers of BWO's going off. 
Guided trip with Ed Collins and his fishing buddy Jack from Arizona produced some nice "Bows".
We hooked several fish that were too big to land on a 5 weight Sage. 

Fly Fishing Texas Hill Country
Guadalupe Rainbow caught on guided trip with Steve Martin and Tom Pickering

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
5-06-08,  Canyon Dam Release: 148 CFS.  Water stained slightly green. 
Temp at mile 7.5 61 dgrees F.
Guided trip with Tom Pickering and Steve Martin from Garden Ridge yielded
many nice rainbows and several smallmouth bass. 
Luckily these guys were good fishermen.  Most of the 'Bows were in the 4-5lb range.
Steve Martin caught and released a 22 inch rainbow in excess of 6 lbs.
Tom Pickering landed a nice smallie on a bugger too.
Pictures are above and below.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
5-18-08,  Canyon Dam Release app. 178 CFS, water temp 64 degrees F at mile 7.5
Guided trip with Kent Kester and Ken Phillips from Pearland yielded several nice
rainbows and several smallmouth and largemouth bass.
The day was cool with winds from the north keeping the tubers away.

Guadalupe Baby Trout
Guadalupe River Rainbow "Baby Trout" picture by Jimbo Roberts

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
6-7-08, Canyon Dam Release 218 CFS. 
Water temp. at Dam 59 degrees F.  Water slightly chalky with green tint.
1/2 Day Float with  Dr.Paul Rocheck from Connecticut produced several
chunky rainbows  fooled by dead drifting nymphs.
No tubers or rafters showed until afternoon. 
There were 2 other fishermen, but we really had the beat to ourselves.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
6-14-08, Canyon Dam Release 238 CFS.  Water Chalky with green tint; Temp. 59 degrees F. at Dam.
1/2 Day trip with Bill Cason, Carrie, Nick and Daniel yielded several hook ups with fat 'Bows on nymphs.
Nick and Daniel's boat also did battle with smallmouth and a huge Carp.
We started early and got off the water as the "Rubber" hatch began to peak.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
6-24-08, Canyon Dam Release 257 CFS.  Water chalky, with green tint.
Bass scouting trip with Sterling DeMasters produced several fiesty fish.
We had a "hairy" portage over a dam near IH 35, and lost an oar.
Luckily, we had a spare oar strapped to the raft and chased the other oar downstream
where we recovered it.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
6-26-08, Canyon Dam Release 250 CFS.  Water temp 66 degrees at mile 7.5.
Guide trip with first-timers Tom and Patricia Gerino produced several hook ups with acrobatic rainbows.
We also landed a carp about 6 lbs.  The heat was OK because the cool water kept us comfortable
while wet wading.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
6-27-08, Canyon Dam Release 246 CFS.  Water temp. 66 degrees.
Guide trip with Dave Agerton and his son Ted yieded several nice hook-ups with hard fighting
rainbow trout.  We also landed some sunfish on nymphs.  BWO emergers and caddis emergers
were the ticket.  By the end of the trip, Ted Agerton was an expert nymph fisherman.

San Marcos River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
7-05-08, Flow app. 110 CFS, water clear.  Water temp. 72 degrees F.
Two boat guide trip produced several nice largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Quite a few fiesty sunfish rounded out the action.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
7-11-08, Canyon Dam Release app. 208 CFS.  Water chalky with light
green tint, AM temp. 65 degrees F.  1/2 Day trip with Dusty Thompson from Lubbock
produced several chunky rainbow trout on nymphs.  Dusty has fished all over the mountain
west; and said these were some of the biggest fish he has tangled with.
We encountered 6 kayakers and no tubers.  One of Dusty's Rainbows is pictured below.

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
Fly Fishing Texas
Guadalupe Rainbow caught and released by Dusty Thompson
Possible "New State Record Rainbow Trout" caught in Guadalupe River
Possible "New State Record Rainbow Trout"

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
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
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.

Fly Fishing Central Texas
Erik Bataille with Devils River Largemouth

Guadalupe River Fishinng Report and River Conditions: 10-17-09 River Flow near New Braunfels approx. 180 CFS.  Water stained green, temp. approx. 75 degrees F.  1/2 Day float with Kevin Kilpatrick from Ft. Worth yielded many small bass and sunfish.  Kevin also landed a hard fighting smallmouth pictured below.

Fly Fishing Texas
Kevin Kilpatrick with Guadalupe River Smallmouth

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 11-19-2009, Canyon Dam release app. 100 CFS.  Water temp. near 4th crossing 65 degrees F.  Water clear, but stained with light green tint.  Guided fly fishing trip with Paul and Gail Wallace produced several chunky rainbow trout, many in the 4-5lb range.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditons:  11-24-09,  Canyon Dam release app. 110 CFS.  Water temp. 60 degrees F.  Water clear with light green stain.  Guide trip with Don Admire from Dallas produced many huge rainbows up to 5 lbs.  Proper nymph selection and strike detection were the ticket.  Don Admire is pictured above with Guadalupe Trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 11-25-09, Canyon Dam release app. 110 CFS.  Water temp. 65 degrees F.  Water clear with light green stain.  1/2 day guided Fly Fishing trip near New Braunfels with Paul and Gail Wallace produced quite a few hard fighting rainbows on nymph patterns.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 12-5-09, Flow app. 112 CFS. Water clear with green stain.  1/2 Day Fly Fishing Lesson with Nathan Wolber and his wife Jeniffer, from San Antonio, produced some nice rainbows for beginners.  This guided trip was more fun than casting lessons in a parking lot!

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 12-6-09, Flow app. 115 CFS.  Water temp. 46 degrees F.  Recent cold temps slowed the action slightly, but Mike Carr managed to land some nice fish though.  Nymph fishing was pretty slow, but we got some nice action on a streamer.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 12-14-09, Canyon Dam release 110 CFS.  Water temp 55 degrees F.  Water clear with green stain.  Float from Rio to Gardo's with Dr. Martin Sowards and Lorna from Colorado yielded some nice rainbows on nymphs.  Lorna's first fish on fly was 5lbs.  Great way to start her fly fishing career.  San Juan worm attractor was the ticket to success on an otherwise slow fishing day.

Guadalupe Trout, Fly Fishing Texas Trout
Guadalupe Trout caught by "Fly Fishing Pro" Judge Suhr

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 12-21-09, Flow app: 130 CFS, water clear with green stain.  Scouting trip with Fly Fishing pros Jim Collins (I Fly Angler's Edge, Houston) and Judge Suhr (Gruene Outfitters, New Braunfels) yielded several nice Guadalupe Trout on a short float.  Jim Collins is picture below with fat Guadalupe Trout.

Fly Fishing Pro Jim Collins with Guadalupe Trout
Fly Fishing Pro Jim Collins with Guadalupe Trout

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-17-2010,  Canyon Dam Release app: 110 CFS, additional creek inflow app. 90 CFS,  Water clear with light green stain.  Guided trip with Melissa Guthrie and her friend Page yielded several big ass rainbows in the 5lb range.  We also landed several small "state stockers" on a 6 mile float from Rio to Gardo's.  Nymphs were the ticket, but good strike detection was the key to success.  See Guadalupe Trout pictures below.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-01-2010, Half day float with Janet Roberts and her friend Bonnie from Austin produced several hard fighting Guadalupe trout.  These ladies have traveled the world fly fishing and recently returned from an expedition in Chile.  They said they had a great fishing trip close to home.  Nymphing was the ticket again, even with a prolific BWO hatch.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  4-04-2010, Flow approx. 420 CFS.  Water chalky with light green tint.  Six mile float with David Prindle and Gina from Austin produced some small bass and sunfish.  The weather was nice, but the fishing was slow.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-07-10, Canyon dam release 410 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint.  Water temp. 60 degrees F.  Six mile float from Rio to Gardo's yielded several hard fighting Guadalupe trout.  Cindy and John came from Louisiana to fly fish close to home.  Dead drifting nymphs with indicators was our best method.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 4-15-2010, Canyon Dam Release 300 cfs.  Water clear with green tint.  Half day float with John Davenport and guests from the Guadalupe River Club yielded several nice rainbows on nymphs.  We saw a few caddis coming off, but no rising fish.  The hard rain made it a little challenging, but there was no lightning.

San Marcos River Fishing Report and River Conditions:  4-21-2010,  Combined flow below the Blanco River confluence was app. 600 CFS.  The water was cloudy and murky due to recent rainfall.  Tom Regina came from Florida to fish for smallmouth bass.  We floated from Martindale to Staples covering about 6 river miles.  The fishing was slow but we managed to land about 10 small bass and sunfish.

San Marcos River Fishing Report and River Conditions:  4-22-2010,  This was Tom Regina's second day.  The water farther upstream was less murky, so we did the upper end covering about 3 river miles.  We caught quite a few sunfish at first, but the catching started to slow after it began to rain.  We cut our float short and headed to the truck in time to beat the heaviest showers.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River conditions: 4-26-2010, Bob Deleaut came from New Hampshire to fish for Guadalupe Trout.  We landed many fiesty fish on nymphs.  He said it was the perfect compliment to his vacation.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  5-1-2010, Canyon Dam release app 600 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint.  Stroman Cashion and his son Gilbert joined me from Ingleside and DFW respectively.  It was Gilbert's first time to fly fish.  He caught on quickley and landed almost 12 nice Guadalupe trout.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:  5-4-2010,  Canyon Dam Release app: 450 CFS,  Water clear with light green tint.  Bass Fishing float with Capt. Ryan Shea and his buddy Bryan, produced many screappy sunfish and several smallmouth and largemouth bass.  The weather was perfect.  Poppers and large purple streamers were the ticket.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  5-05-2010,  Canyon Dam Release 440 CFS.  Water Temp. 57 degrees F.  Gudalupe Trout fishing was superb!  The weather was great, with no tubers or other traffic, other than a few fishermen.  Our second day with Capt. Ryan Shea and his buddy Bryan produced too many Guadalupe Trout to count.  Our nymphing skills were the ticket to success.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-09-2010, Canyon Dam Release 400 CFS.  Water clear with light gree tint at 56 degrees F.  Half day float with Warren (visiting from Arizona) and his brother Doug produced many hard fighting, acrobatic, Guadalupe trout.  There were no tubers or floaters to be seen.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-12-2010, Canyon Dam release 400 CFS.  Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake, water clear with light green tint, temp. 57 degrees F.  Eight mile float with Alamo Fly Fisher's Andy Niland and Lloyd Matthews produced too many Guadalupe trout to count.  Luckily, I had some good fishermen!  Nymphing was our preferred method of hooking acrobatic Guadalupe trout.  No tubers were encountered the entire day!

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-21-2010,  Canyon Dam release 400 CFS, Water clear, with light green tint.  Water temp. 57 degrees F.  Nine mile scouting float with William Russell produced several nice Guadalupe Trout, that jumped and fought hard.  Double nymph rigs were the preferred method.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 5-22-2010, Canyon Dam Release 400 CFS.  Half day float with Skip and Rhonda Chandler from Austin produced quite a few nice Guadalupe Trout hook-ups.  The rainbows fought hard, making it difficult for the anglers to land the fish.  We did, however get a couple in the net, to be released promptly.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  6-05-2010,  Canyon Dam Release 400 CFS,  Water clear with light green stain.  Roger Friedline and Ray Peacock from Midland Texas used Roger's gift certificate and we did a day trip starting at first light.  There was a good hatch of BWO's, Caddis, and Trico's coming off around 8:30 AM.  Even with a prolific hatch, we only saw a couple of rising fish.  The double nymph rig was the ticket and we hooked more fish than we could count.  Ray landed a 5 pound Gudalupe Trout with beautiful color and markings.  We didn't see any tubers until after lunch.

Llano River Fishing Report and River Conditions:  6-09-2010.  Flow about 275 CFS clear with light green stain.  Water temp. 80 degrees F. Three boat trip with Kevin Hutchison and Harrison hosted an agri-chemical company.  Our guys caught some little bass and sunfish on poppers and buggers.  A thunderstorm kept us under the gun.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River conditions, 6-15-2010, Canyon Dam release 440 CFS, water temp. 62 degrees F.  Water clear with light green tint.  Half day trip yielded several hook ups with Guadalupe Trout.  These fish fought hard, and made challenging runs.  We encountered very few tubers or other floaters until afternoon.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-19-2010,  Canyon Dam release 185 CFS.  Water clear, temp. 62 degreees F.  Half day float with LaRae and Darren Duff yielded several hook ups with fiesty Guadalupe Trout.  We sight casted to several Rainbows in shallow water.  We didn't encounter any other river traffic until after lunch.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-23-2010,  Canyon Dam release 240 CFS.  Water moderately clear with chalky tint.  Andy Thatcher and I floated 6 river miles, targeting Guadalupe Trout in the morning and fishing for bass in the afternoon.  Andy landed several nice Guadalupe Trout and a nice largemouth bass pictured below.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 6-28-2010, Canyon dam release 240 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint @ 67 degrees F.  Half day float with Ed Furst and his son Coleman yielded many Guadalupe Trout hook ups.  We managed to get several nice Guadalupe trout to the net, where thy were released un-harmed.

Comal River Fishing Report and River Conditions.  July 7th, 2010 Flow 387 CFS, water crystal clear at 72 degrees F.  Herb Muecke and I stalked Big bass that had lock jaw on the Shortest River in Texas.  We did manage to land some fiesty sunfish.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  July 11th, 2010.  Canyon Dam release 566 CFS.  Water chalky with green tint.  Water Temp 62 degress F.  Half Day Fly Fishing Lesson/Guide trip with Leslie McConnico and her buddy Hollie from Austin was challenging.  The fisher ladies did a great job with their presentation, but the fish didn't cooperate.  We had a few takes, but we didn't get any fish to the boat, and the guide didn't get hooked!

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  July 14th, 2010; Canyon Dam release 565 CFS.  Water temp. 62 degrees F. water clear with green stain.  Full day float with Jimmy Martens and his son Gordon, produced two nice Guadalupe Rainbow Trout, and several sunfish.  We did about 6 river miles.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  July 16th, 2010.  Canyon Dam release 566 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint, Temp. 62 degrees F.  Fly Fishing lesson, combination 1/2 day guided float produced several hook ups for Charles and Angela Thompson from Texas City.  We didn't encounter any tubers or rafters, until after lunch.  Charles landed a 4 lb Guadalupe Trout, pictured below.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  August 7th, 2010.  Canyon Lake Release 200 CFS.  Water very clear with light green stain, temp. 64 degrees F.  1/2 Day Fly Fishing Lessons were combined with "on the job training" (rafting float trip).  Richard Harmeson and his friend Jerry from from the Panhandle were presented with several sight casting opportunities to Guadalupe Trout.  We managed to land some nice fish on hopper droppers.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  August 13th, 2010.  Canyon Lake release 200 CFS.  Water crystal clear with light green tint at 64 degrees F.  Fly Fishing Lessons and 1/2 day float with Craig Nidever and his friend Jon from Houston produced several hook ups with acrobatic Guadalupe Trout.  This was their first time fly fishing and the guys caught on quickly.  We also saw several huge striped bass over 25 lbs, but we didn't have gear heavy enough to fish for them.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Monday, August 30th 2010, Canyon Dam Release 175 CFS.  Water clear with green tint, Temp. 66 Degrees F.  Scouting trip with Brett Humphries of Sportsmans Finest and his sidekick Roy produced some nice Guadalupe Trout on Nymphs.  We also sight casted to several striped bass; a couple of them were in the 35lb class.  We used our heavy 9 weight rods with shad patterns and flies resembling small rainbow trout.

Devils River Fly Fishing Texas River Report and Conditions:  Saturday September 18th and Sunday September 19th 2010,  Flow at Baker's Crossing 210 CFS.  Water temp. 79 degrees F.  Water slightly murky with light green stain.  Three mile float downstream from Baker's yielded many small to meduim sized largemouth bass.  We also landed a couple of little smallmouth and several fiesty sunfish.  There were several new fly fishers in our group, and a good time was had by all.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Texas River Report and Conditions:  Friday September 24th, 2010.  Canyon Dam Release 600 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint; water temp. 70 degrees F.  Six mile float from Rio to Gardo's gave us several nice largemouth bass, sunfish, and a huge spotted gar that bent the 6 weight rod in half.  We saw very little river traffic.  We also spotted several huge stripers in the 25-35lb range.  They were swimming with similar sized carp.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Texas River Report and Conditions:  Sunday, September 26th, 2010.  Canyon Dam release 250 CFS.  Half Day Fly Fishing Lesson/Float yielded lots of brightly colored sunfish and small bass.  The weather was awesome with light whitewater rapids and no other river traffic.  Fall is great in Texas!

Devils River Fly Fishing Texas Report and River Conditions:  Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2010.  Flow at Baker's Crossing 200 CFS.  Water slightly murky with green tint; temp. 75 degrees F.  Float with beginning fly fishers yielded several nice bass and many sunfish.  The weather was perfect with cool nights in the high 40's and daytime temps about 72 degrees F.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and river conditions: 11-20-2010  Canyon Dam release 110 CFS.  Water clear with green tint, temp. 62 degrees F.  First time fly fishers Dan Dohnalek and his son Hayden joined us for a couple of tough days of fishing.  We hooked several nice Guadalupe trout, but only got one in the net.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and river conditions:  11-23-2010,  Canyon Dam release 110 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint.  Half day float with Paul and Gail Wallace was non stop action hooking more huge Guadalupe trout than we could count.  Some fish exceeded five pounds.  They jumped and ran like crazy.  Of course, the anglers are expert fly fishers.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions:  11-26-2010, Canyon Dam Release 112 CFS, water clear with green tint.  Short 1/2 day float with Mark Wilshusen and Yvonne Jackson produced several explosive hook ups.  Yvonne landed a huge rainbow and Mark caught a hard fighting smallmouth bass on a stone fly nymph.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River conditions:  11-27-2010,  11-28-2010.  Canyon Dam release 110 CFS.  Water clear with light green tint.  Al Leoanard and Lynn joined us from Canada for two tough days of Guadalupe Trout fishing.  We managed to land a couple of fish but they weren't easy.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River conditions:  12-03-2010,  Canyon dam release 110 CFS.  Ron Mcaffee from Florida and Zach from Austin joined us for a six mile float.  We landed several really big Guadalupe trout.  One fish approached seven pounds!  Prince nymphs were the ticket.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  12-5-2010,  Canyon Lake release 112 CFS.  Water clear and cold.  Half day trip with Todd Westbrook and his Dad produced several hook ups and we manged to land a big Guadalupe River rainbow trout and a nice Guadalupe River smallmouth bass.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 12-18-2010, Canyon Lake Release 110 CFS, water cold with chalky green tint.  Guided trip with Mike Carr from New Braunfels yielded many hard fighting, slab-sided Guadalupe Trout; some in the 5lb range.  We sight casted to many of the fish, making for great fun!  We saw many nice mayflies including Trico's and Hexagenias coming off.

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Guadalupe Trout caught by Will Carr

Guadalupe Trout Fishing report and river conditions: 12-27-2010,  Canyon Lake release 112 CFS, water temp 53 degrees F.  Will Carr and his Dad Mike joined us for a six mile float.  We sight casted to many large Guadalupe trout.  The guys managed to land two huge fish and another nice sized one.  Will caught the biggest Guadalupe trout, it was in the 5lb range.  The Guadalupe rainbow jumped three times and made the drag "sing" with blinding runs.  Will managed to keep the "pig" from breaking off on the sharp bedrock ledges.  Will's Guadalupe trout is pictured above.

Guadalupe Trout caught by Charlie Granstaff
Charlie Granstaff with trophy Guadalupe Trout

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River conditions: 12-30-2010,  Canyon Lake release 112 CFS, water chalky with green tint, good visibility.  Charlie and Hunter Granstaff joined me for an enjoyable day trip.  On our six mile float we sight casted to many Guadalupe trout.  Luckily these guys are expert anglers, because there were holiday crowds and lots of fish with sore mouths.  Charlie landed a really nice Guadalupe trout pictured above.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River conditions:  1-02-2011,  Canyon Lake release 105 CFS.  Water cold and clear with light green stain.  Six mile float with Dr. Randy Marx and his wife Emily elected to use conventional spinning gear, but the fish weren't cooperating.  We saw lots of fish landed on fly, but they wouldn't eat our lures.  The Marx family decided to return to the Guadalupe and try fly fishing next time.

Guadalupe Trout Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-10-2011, Steven Bowka guided Mark Patty from Indiana on an ultralight spin fishing trip targeting Guadalupe Trout.  They fished with single barbless hooks on their jigs.  They landed many nice Guadalupe Trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  1-17-2011, Canyon Lake release 130 CFS.  Steven Bowka guided Ryan Nacole from Austin on a float from Rio to L and L.  They hooked, landed and released several nice Guadalupe Trout.  What's not to like?

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: 1-20-2011, Jeremy Smearman and his buddy came from Atlanta to fish for Guadalupe Trout.  The morning started off with fog and light rain, but that didn't deter their guide Greg Smith.  After a couple of hours the guys had already landed some fat Guadalupe Trout.  A strong norther blew through clearing the skies and giving the guys blue-bird conditions to finish their trip.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated January 25, 2011, Canyon Lake release 117 CFS, water clear with light green tint.  Half day instructional float with Terry and Karen Ryan from Bulverde yielded several nice Guadalupe Trout.  The Ryans did really well for their first fly fishing trip.  Caddis emergers and drowned trico spinners were the ticket for Guadalupe Trout action.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated January 28th, 2011.  Water clear with light green tint.  Flow 160 CFS.  Half day scouting trip from County Road 101 to Skull's crossing yielded a wealth of information.  Lot's of fish and no people on the river.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated, January 29th, 2011.  Canyon lake release 118 CFS.  Water temp. 62 degrees F.  Half day trip with David Stinett and his friend Kenneth yielded many nice fish including a 6lb Guadalupe Trout, several other nice Guadalupe Trout and a red horse that put up a big fight including a 2 foot jump above the water surface.  Prince Nymphs and egg patterns were the ticket!

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Saturday February 4th, 2011. Flow 130 CFS. Greg Smith, one of our guides, hosted Bob Kretschmer and his buddies landing a possible new state fly fishing record, for catch and release category. The huge Guadalupe Trout is pictured below. The possible "new state record Guadalupe Trout" measured 26" and weighed almost 8lbs. The possible new record Guadalupe Trout was released healthy and unharmed after being weighed and measured by Texas Parks and Wildlife personnel.

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Possible New State Record Guadalupe Trout

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated February 11, 2011. Canyon Lake Release 130 CFS. Water temp. 52 degrees F. Water Chalky with green tint. Rick McNulty joined us from Longview, Texas. His son Mark came from San Antonio to fish for Guadalupe Trout too. The day started off real slow for most anglers on the water. There were no hatches until late afternoon. Around 4:30 PM there was a prolific Trico and BWO hatch. That turned the fish on to complete our day.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Sunday February 13th, 2011. Canyon Lake Release 130 CFS. Water slightly chalky with green tint. Steven Bowka, guided "world renowned" angler Lloyd Mathews of our favorite club "Alamo Fly Fishers". The day was slow for everyone without a good, solid feeding period. There were quite a few fisherman on the water but Lloyd did better than most landing the biggest rainbow he has caught in the Guadalupe Trout Trophy zone. Lloyd's Guadalupe Trout is pictured below.

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Lloyd Mathews with "Big Mama Guadalupe Trout"

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Wednesday February 16th, 2011. Canyon Lake release 130 CFS. Water temp. 54 degrees F. Half day float from Rio to Lazy L and L with Ed Voboril from Arizona yielded a couple of nice Guadalupe Trout. There were quite a few fishermen on the water and most people were struggling to catch fish. There was a late afternoon BWO hatch and that seemed to turn the fish on.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated February 26th, 2011. Canyon Lake Release 130 CFS. Water Chalky with green tint. Sixth annual guide trip for Felipe Costenada and his buddy Bill produced several explosive hook ups on streamers. We dead drifted nymphs all morning with little success, so we switched to bugger patterns. There were lots of people fishing, but we were able to find a few un-molested Guadalupe Trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Wednesday March 2nd, 2011. Canyon Lake release 130 CFS. Water temp. 56 degrees F. Half day trip with Kevin Macbride and his buddy Sean produced several explosive hook ups with Guadalupe Trout. Prince nymphs with zugg-bug dropper proved to be the ticket. Kevin Macbride is pictured below with his Guadalupe Trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Sunday March 6th, 2011. Canyon Lake release 130 CFS. Water chalky with green tint. Water temp: 59 degrees F. Steven Bowka hosted Roger Isenhart on a 1/2 day trip. They hooked several nice Guadalupe Trout. Nymphs were the ticket to catching Guadalupe Trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Thursday, March 17th, 2011. Canyon Lake release 130 CFS. Water temp. 57 dgrees F. Water clear with light green, chalky tint. Claire Jones and her Dad Rocky joined me for a 6 mile float from Rio to Gardo's. There were quite a few fishermen on the water, but the guide boats were spread out. Claire started the day as a "newby fly fisher." By the end of the day, she was casting, mending and landing fish like a pro. Claire Jones is pictured below with one of her Guadalupe Trout.

Devils River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  April, 5th, 6th 7th and 8th, 2011.  Devils River flow at Baker's Crossing 145 CFS.  Water crystal clear at 76 degrees F.  Our expedition team had the pleasure of hosting Al Perkins, with Costa Del Mar and his ad agency and good friends from Austin, Bryan Jesse, Mark McGarrah and Linda.  We encountered great weather conditions and the fish were cooperating too.   Everyone toured the Devils River canyon by helicopter.  Our pilot is a neighboring rancher and he's a great tour guide too!  See pictures below.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: March 21st, 2011. Water level low, but very fishable. Half day fly fishing lesson with Barry Brupbacher and his buddy produced two beginning fly fishers. After our stream side casting lesson, we hit the water and put our new skills to work.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Monday May 2nd, 2011. San Marcos spring flow 137 CFS. Water temp 75 degrees F. Half day lesson/float trip with Tom Roberts and his two friends produced three beginning fly fishers. After our stream side casting lesson, we got into the rafts and floated about three river miles. Along the way, we landed several large sun fish and a couple of nice bass. Pretty good start!

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Saturday May 14th, 2011. Flow 120 CFS. Water clear with green tint. We hosted Doyle Mosier with Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries, Greg and Kelly Wilkinson and their new in-law Phil. We did a day trip from County Road 101 to Skull's Crossing. Overall, a pretty slow day; but we managed to land a few nice fish. Doyle Mosier is pictured with a nice largemouth bass.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Wednesday May 18th, 2011. Spring flow approximately 120 CFS. Water clear with light green tint. Trip with Kevin Huchison, and his good friend, and client Don Canada (Boat show producer San Antonio and Austin), yielded several nice bass and sunfish. Don brought his boys; they were fun to be with.... and they could fish!

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Wednesday May 25th, 2011. Water low, and clear, with light green tint; but very fish-able. Half day fly fishing lesson / float with Dave Rentschler and his son Andrew, from Austin, produced a couple of really nice bass and many sunfish. The guys did a good job of learning new techniques and casting. This was a good introduction to fly fishing for both.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Saturday July 16th, 2011. Dave Overstrum from Connecticut joined us for a half day fly fishing float for bass. There weren't any other user groups until we got off the water before noon. We encountered many brightly colored sunfish, small fiesty bass and several hook ups with larger bass too. We hugged the shade of the big pecan trees and cypress trees for a comfortable morning. We saw whitetail deer, hawks, herons, ducks and lizards on our morning float.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Updated Wednesday August 10 and 11th, 2011. Dr. Jim MacMahon, Dean of Science at Utah State University and Beautiful wife Patty, joined Guide Kevin Stubbs for a two day trip on the Guadalupe River. We started really early in the morning and finished before it became too hot. We encountered very few other people on the river. We did, however encounter large numbers of slab-sided sunfish and many small to medium sized bass. Jim and Patty specifically came to catch and release the only Cichlid native to North America, "The Rio Grande." Jim claimed his prize in the last few minutes of our second day of fishing the Guadalupe River. What's not to like?

 

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Sunday August 21st, 2011, Water conditions clear with green tint. Half Day instructional float with Todd Westbrook and his future brother in law yielded many brightly colored sunfish and fiesty Guadalupe River bass. We saw a few tubers later in the day, but there wasn't much river traffic.

 

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Saturday, September 3rd 2011. Water clear with chalky color, temp. 78 degrees F. Jim Gebhart and his son joined us for an enjoyable day of catching on the San Marcos River. We released dozens of brightly colored sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlids and fiesty smallmouth and largemouth bass. We didn't encounter any other fishermen the entire day.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Monday September 5th, 2011. Water clear with green tint. Miguel Portillo and his lovely wife joined us from Mexico City while touring Texas Fly Fishing attractions. We caught and released dozens of sunfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass. We encountered a handful of tubers, but they didn't affect our fishing.

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:   Friday October 14th, 2011.  Canyon Dam Release about 76 CFS, water clear with light green stain.  Cooler weather produced prolific hatches of Tricos, midges and Blue Winged Olives.  Sunfish and small bass were gulping flies by the mouthfull.  Bigger bass were crashing the sunfish and minnow species on the surface.  Dave Baker from Cuero, brought his buddy from Canada.  They fly fish all over the world and had some good stories.  We managed to land about 30 sunfish and small bass, mostly on top.  The action slowed as the day warmed and we started stripping weighted streamers.  That produced sveral more nice bass.

Devils River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Saturday November 5th, 2011, Flow at Baker's Crossing app. 145 CFS, water gin-clear at 72 degrees F.  Karen Johnson and Karl Rove were hosted by Mike Luigs at the San Pedro Ranch.  The full moon made fishing tougher than usual with fish feeding at night.  We did manage to land a couple of really nice bass though.  Pictures above and below.

Devils River Fly Fishing report and river conditions: Saturday November 12, 2011.  Flow at Baker's Crossing approximately 145 CFS.  water temp. 65 degrees F.  Kevin Stubbs was joined by his good friends, Mike Luigs and Ashley, for a short float on the San Pedro Ranch.  The bite was slow, but we got our casting practice in with high southerly winds.  Our trip was cut short, when an errant wind gust, blew a huge streamer fly at Ashley, and she got hooked.  Luckily, Mike had his Cessna 180 handy at the air strip and flew Ashley back to San Angelo to have the hook removed....Man was she brave!!  She said it didn't hurt at all; she's a tough lady!  See pictures below.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Sunday November 20th, 2011.  Water clear with green stain, temp: 62 degrees F.  Flow is pretty low, but very fishable.  Float trip with Greg Damianoff and his buddy Frank from Houston produced quite a few nice, Guadalupe Rainbow Trout.  The Fall colors were vivid with a beautiful blue sky.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Monday November 21st, 2011.  Water low and clear with light green stain.  Float trip from Rio to L and L, produced a huge Guadalupe Trout.  Mike Parish came from Colorado, where he fishes all the time, and.....He caught one of the largest rainbows in his fishing career.  The huge Guadalupe Trout was in the 6 pound range.  

Guadalupe River Trout Guide Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions: Wednesday November 30, 2011.  Water clear with light green stain, 60 degrees F.  Half day guide training/scouting trip with Chrissy Smith and Ashlee Newman-Montandon revealed schooling rainbows prowling in packs.  We had several sight casting opportunities in the clearwater conditions.  Chrissy and Ashlee got their workouts casting and rowing.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report Updated Saturday December 17, 2011.  Jud Cole hosted Andy Thielen from San Antonio.  Their Guadalupe Fishing trip started at Whitewater Sports and they floated to Rio Raft Company.  Guadalupe Trout Unlimited stocking truck broke down, and the most recent stocking was slowed, while the tow truck pulled the huge trout stocking truck to trout stocking sites, in the Trophy Trout Special Regulation Zone.  Our guys managaged to land about a dozen nice Guadalupe Trout.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report Updated Tuesday, December 20, 2011.  Water clear with light green tint.  Donated trip (American Cancer Society) today was lots of fun with quite a few, Guadalupe trout being landed on "dry droppers, "  If you've fished in the Rockies, you know this is a proven technique.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions: Updated Friday December 23, 2011.  Danny Duff hosted recipients of gift certificate "For the Cure."  They floated about 3 river miles.  The cold weather and high winds made it more difficult than usual, but they ended up with several nice Guadalupe Trout.  Prince nymphs were the ticket!

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Wednesday December 29, 2011.  Guadalupe River fly fishing guide, Kevin Stubbs hosted hosted Phil Lane, General Manager of KSAT 12 San Antonio TV Station.  Phil brought his boys Christopher and Justin for a long day of Guadalupe Trout fishing.  Although there were quite a few fishermen out, we managed land several nice Guadalupe trout.  Prince nymphs with an egg attaractor, was the ticket to catching fish at the Trout Unlimited Stocking sites.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Friday December 30, 2011.  Mark Singleton joined Guadalupe Fly Fishing Guide Kevin Stubbs, for a 6 mile float from Rio Raft Company to Gardo's.  Mark brought his son in law Steve, who never fly fished the Guadalupe River for Trout.  Although he was a beginner, Steve was casting, mending and fishing like a champ.  Even with all of these great skills, the fish were hard to fool.  It seemed every fly fisher in Texas was on the Guadalupe River fly fishing for trout.  Even with crowded conditions, we managed to land a few nice Guadalupe trout! 

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Monday January 2, 2012.  Charlie Granstaff and Hunter Granstaff joined Expedition Outfitters' guide Kevin Stubbs for a 6 mile float from Rio Raft Company.  There were quite a few Guadalupe Trout fly fishermen out for the extended holiday. The bite was slow in the morning.  The afternoon yielded a BWO and Trico hatch, which put a few fish in a feeding mode.  Hunter spotted a couple of big male Guadalupe trout in the skinny water and successfully landed both of them.  See a picture of Hunter's Guadalupe trout below.

Devils River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday January 7, 2012.  River flow 133 CFS at Baker's Crossing, water gin clear at 60 degrees F.  Guide training and scouting with Chrissy Smith and Laura and Bryant Baker revealed a cohesive expedition team.  A short fly fishing float gave everyone their casting practice.  We also scouted the "outback" of the Russell Ranch in preparation for the Outdoor Adventure School.

San Marcos River Fly Fishing Guide Report and River Conditions:  Updated Wednesday January 11, 2012.  San Marcos River spring flow 111 CFS.  Water slightly chalky and off color from recent rainfall.  Kevin Stubbs was joined by Chrissy Smith and her dad Jim.  This was Jim's first fly fishing lesson.  He, and Chrissy did well with their presentations, but the fish weren't cooperating.  We had several fish on, but we only got one to the boat.

Devils River Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday February 16, 2012.  Flow at Pafford crossing 180 CFS.  Water gin clear at 62 degrees F.  Three day scouting trip to the "New" Devils River State Natural Area revealed good access points on ten miles of frontage.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department asked us to evaluate fishing opportunities on the 20,000 acre property.  We landed many nice smallmouth and white bass.  White clouser minnows proved to be the ticket.

Guadalupe Trout Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated Thursday February 23, 2012.  Guadalupe River, Canyon Dam release about 100 CFS.  The creeks and springs are flowing again adding another 30 CFS.  Water stained green and slightly chalky with decent visibility.  Kevin Stubbs had a pleasant surprise hosting his high school principal from Westlake High School in Austin.  Pat Patterson came to join us for a fun filled day of recollection and fishing.  Pat landed some really nice Guadalupe Trout.  They fought hard, jumping often, sometimes almost five feet in the air.  

Guadalupe Trout Guide Fly Fishing Report and River Conditions:  Updated Saturday February 25, 2012.  Canyon Dam release 100 CFS, water temp. 56 degrees F, water stained slightly green and chalky.  Greg Smith hosted Rice University professor Alex Butler and his Dad.  Guadalupe Trout Fest was underway at Rio Raft Company.  Despite the crowds, the guys did very well.  They landed many nice Guadalupe River rainbow trout.  Double prince nymphs proved to be the winning combination.

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.

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.