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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.