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Devils River Guided Fishing Trip
Mike Emerson with Devils River Smallmouth

Devils River fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-01 to 11-05-07.  Flow at Baker's Crossing app. 250 CFS.  Water gin-clear, temp. 72 degrees F.
Multiple scouting trips and a 2 day guided expedition yielded many large sunfish, literally hundreds of small to medium sized largemouth and smallmouth bass.  We also did battle with 1 largemouth in the 8lb class; but couldn't get him to the boat after he cleared the water jumping about 3 feet high.
Michael Emerson managed to boat a good smallmouth that stressed the 7 weight rod to the breaking point.
Luckily, we were able to chase the fish with the raft during his wild runs.  The weather was spectacular!

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-07 to 11-10-07.  Flow at Baker's Crossing app. 240 CFS.  Water clear, but slightly chalky at
Hwy 163 bridge.  Water becomes crystal clear 3 miles downstream after settling out in several long
pools along the Nix River Ranch.  We hosted Mark and Ron Welch from Weatherford for
a 2 day expedition.  They caught and released over a hundred bass.  Many good smallies in the
2-4lb range made for exciting action.  We also saw many Rio Grande turkey, whitetail deer, Osprey,
Redtail Hawks, Kingfishers, Aoudad sheep, and also spotted a Golden Cheek Warbler.
Fellow guide, Alvin Dedeaux, assisted with guiding duties and landed many good bass on our scouting days.
The weather was spectacular!

Devils River Bass
Ron and Mark Welch, Devils River Guide Trip

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-12 to 11-14-07.  Flow app. 240 CFS.  Water temp 70 degrees F.  Water clarity gin-clear,
6 miles down from Baker's crossing. 
We hosted Jeff Schmitt, Alan Bray and Erik Bataille.  They caught and released several hundred bass and  
and sunfish.  They landed bass up to 4 lbs.  The weather was spectacular!

Devils River Guided Fly Fishing
3 Past Presidents of Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited
Devils River Fly Fishing
Devils River Smallmouth
Devils River Fishing Guide Trip
Jeff Grant with Devils River Largemouth

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-16, 11-17-07  Flow at Baker's Crossing app. 247 CFS.  Water temp. 70 degrees F.
Water clarity 6 miles downstream from Baker's Crossing, Gin clear.
We hosted Jeff Grant from Phoenix, and Shawn Kesterson from Dallas.
They caught and released quite a few medium sized bass.  Jeff also landed a largemouth
in the 4 lb class.  The weather was mild.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-21-07.  Canyon Dam release rate 195 CFS.  Water temp. 70 degrees F.  Water clarity, good.
1/2 day guided trip with Mark Wilshusen yielded quite a few largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Mark landed a 3 1/2 lb largemouth that jumped several times. 
The bass stressed the 6 wt. rod to the max.  The float covered the section from 1st crossing to Gruene.
We didn't encounter another person during our trip.

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-27-07.  Flow at Bakers Crossing app. 240 CFS.  Water clarity: crystal clear.
Two day guide trip with Doug Hardie, Aly, Luis, and Frank Russell yielded quite a few nice
largemouth and smallmouth bass.  Doug Hardie landed a trophy smallmouth pictured below.

Devils River Guided Fly Fishing Trip
Doug Hardie with Devils River Trophy Smallmouth Bass

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-29-07.  Flow app: 240 CFS at Baker's Crossing.
Water Clarity: crystal clear.  Water temp 65 dgrees F.
Scouting trip with fellow guide, Banning Collins yielded a good largemouth and
a good smallie.

Devils River Guided Flyfishing
Devils River Smallie

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
11-30-07 and 12-01-07.  Flow at Baker's Crossing app: 240 CFS.  Water temp. 63 degrees F.
Water Clarity: crystal clear.
We hosted Jim Gray from Austin and his 3 fishing buddies; Jeff, Chad and Bart.
They caught and released quite a few bass. 
Chad caught a Rio Grande Cichlid that is the largest that guide Banning Collins has ever seen.
Jim Gray did battle with a trophy smallmouth that stressed his 8 wt. rod to the limit.
We chased Jim's smallie with the raft, but it kicked our butt by sounding 25 feet
and breaking off under a submerged ledge.  Bart Zadel landed a thick smallmouth bass pictured below.

Devils River Guided Fly Fishing
Bart Zadel with Devils River smallie
Devils River Flyfishing
Chad's Rio Grande Cichlid
Devils River Fly Fishing
Devils River Largemouth caught by guide Banning Collins

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
12-06-07, Canyon Dam Release rate 270 CFS.  Water temp. at mile 7 below the dam, 62 degrees F.
Water clarity: chalky, with light green tint.
Guide trip with Rick Reed and Doc, produced a nice rainbow in the 4 lb class.  It made several nice runs
making the reel "sing" when it pulled the drag.  Doc also caught a nice yellow cat and smallmouth bass on fly.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
12-20 to 12-23-07, Canyon Dam Release rate approx. 180 CFS.  Water clarity good with green tint.
Nice Rainbows to 5lbs on streamers and nymphs.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
12-28-07, Canyon Dam Release rate approx. 134 CFS.  Water temp. 53 degrees F. 
Water clear with light green tint.
Guide trip with Marden Evans from Bozeman, MT yielded a couple of nice rainbows, one was about 4.5 lbs.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-04-08,  Canyon Dam release rate approx. 146 CFS.  Water temp. 53 degrees F.  Water  clear.
Guide trip with Dave Schmidt, Jordan Schmidt, Kevin and Joe produced some nice rainbows on nymphs.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-05-08,  Canyon Dam release rate approx. 146 CFS.  Water temp. 59 degrees F.  Water clear.
We sight casted to several rainbows in the 4-5lb class.  Glenna Noret and Mike hooked some nice fish.
Lots of fishermen; but looked like everyone was hooking up.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-06-08,  Canyon Dam Release rate app. 146 CFS.  Water temp. 59 degrees F.  Water clear.
Guided trip with Mark Wilshusen and Yvonne produced several nice rainbows.  We sight casted to one rainbow in the 24 inch class,  yes, I said 24 inches!  I doubt we could have landed this fish on the 4 wt.
rod that Mark was using, but we had to try.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-07-08,  Canyon Dam release rate app. 190 CFS.  Water temp. 59 degrees F.  Water clear.
Scouting trip with Judge from Gruene Outfitters, and Cody Stewart, Ranch Broker, yielded nice rainbows on streamers.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-08-08,  Canyon Dam release app 190 CFS.  Guide trip with Doug Kuntz from Canada produced a couple of fat rainbows on nymphs.  Catching was a little tough, but fishing was great!

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-12-08,  Canyon Dam release 189 CFS.  Water clear and cold, app. 50 degrees F.
Melissa Guthrie and Page wanted a guided trip to learn nymphing.  Melissa hooked and landed a nice 3lb
rainbow on the first cast.  I think she's hooked!  Page also caught and released several nice rainbows that jumped and made the drag sing.  With the right flies, drift technique and rigging, success is the next step.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-17-08, to 1-25-08  Canyon Dam release app. 220 CFS, water clear and cold about 50 degrees F at mile 7.5.  We haven't been catching large numbers of fish, but the rainbows we are getting are large, fat and sassy.  They have been making wild runs and jumping high.  The cold rainy days haven't been too bad, if you have the right waders and rain gear.  I went to Gruene Outfitters and bought the Patagonia Capilene underwear.  Wow, what a difference the moisture wicking effect has!

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
1-31-08,  Canyon Dam release app. 225 CFS, water clear and cold with light green stain.  Chris Wray and his wife, Rae were high bidders on a trip donated to the Alamo Fly Fishers.
We floated from Rio to Gardo's.  Rae landed several nice rainbows while nymphing.
Chris also caught and released some nice fish too.  One of his rainbows is pictured below.

Fly Fishing Guadalupe River
Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
2-1-08,  Canyon Dam release 225 CFS, water clear and cold at 51 degrees F.
Charlie Ferguson said he went several thousand miles recently to South America to go trout fishing.
He said that he had a better fishing trip 2 1/2 hours from Houston on the Guad.
He caught and released several rainbows up to 4.5 lbs.  His fish jumped high and made
wild runs in the fast current.

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
2-2-08,  Flow: 225 CFS, water clear and cold.
Guide trip with expert nymph fishermen, Tim Smith and David Garza produced quite
a few nice rainbows.  We did about 5.5 river miles.  There were quite a few fish rising late in
the evening to caddis and BWO's.  Tim landed a thick 'bow pictured below.

Fly Fishing Guadalupe River
Tim Smith with Guadalupe Rainbow

Guadalupe River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
2-6-08,  Release app. 220 CFS water clear and cold in the high 50's.
Scouting trip with David Fishel from IFLY Angler's Edge produced a
rainbow rivaling the state record.  Instead of claiming the record,
David released the fish unharmed.  The rainbow is pictured below.

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David with trophy Guadalupe Rainbow Trout
Fly Fishing Guadalupe River
Kathy Rogers with Trophy Guadalupe River Smallmouth

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
3-8-08, 3-9-08. Flow at Baker's Crossing: 211 CFS.  Water gin clear with light green tint. 
Guide trip with Rick Brown from Dallas and Terry Davis from
Houston yielded quite a few nice bass.  The first morning was dead calm and presented
several sight casting opportunities.  The wind blew like hell for the rest of the time.

Devils River Fishing Report and River Conditions:
3-11, 3-12-08.  Flow at Baker's Crossing: 211 CFS.  Water gin clear.
Guided trip with Jon Loehman and brother produced many nice smallmouth and largemouth bass.
On day 2 we resorted to ultralight casting because of high winds.  This was a vacation saving move.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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
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Pam and Mark McCurley and Angie and Connie Smith at Dolan Falls
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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.

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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
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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. 

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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. 

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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.