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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.

Fly Fishing Texas
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.