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Hell ‘N Back offers fly fishing guide service on the many rivers of the Texas Hill Country in search of native fish species to be caught on a fly. We offer float trips, wade trips, fly casting lessons, and eco-tours. Whether it’s bass on the Blanco or rainbow trout on the beautiful Guadalupe, you’re sure to have a memorable experience with Hell ‘N Back Outfitters!


 

New and Noteworthy

The Guadalupe River is full of trout and the time to go fishing is NOW!

Guadalupe Trout

It's that time of year again folks and we are already putting some big fish in the net.

From now until March the Guadalupe will be periodically stocked with Rainbow Trout. And these are not your typically small "stocker" fish...

Through the generous efforts of both GRTU and the TPWD the Guadalupe has become known as the "Southern-most Trout Stream in North America". Years of studies and negotiations with organizations such as the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and the US Army Corps of Engineers have led to what we have today in the Guadalupe; a truly sustainable trout fishery!

But trout don't live in Texas...do they?

Yes, in fact, there are NATIVE Rio Grande Cutthroat trout currently residing in McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe Mountains of far West Texas! While these Texas Native trout are off limits to fishermen, it proves the point that trout are at home in Texas.

Hundreds of miles to the East lies the Guadalupe River, which up until the mid 60's, was like every other Hill Country stream that meandered it's way to the coast. In 1964 Canyon Dam blocked the flow of the "Guad" and created Canyon Lake. The type of dam built was in the nature to discharge water from the base of Canyon Lake, which is about 120' deep. The result is cold, clear, nutrient rich water feeding the lower Guad; a constant supply of 55-degree water. Jump ahead four decades and you have what was just a dream to some local fishermen; a Texas trout river.

Join me on a Texas trout trip this winter and you won't be disappointed. We are currently booking trout trips for January and February 2014! Call now!


After a long day of fishing I begin my way home on a dusty country road. On my journey I take a turn onto Purgatory Road and from there I glide across the Devil's Backbone. All of these ominous sounding epithets really set the mood for this harsh landscape. A landscape so vast and rugged that it seems impossible for life to sustain. Deep valleys and soaring vistas are filled with jagged limestone outcroppings. Cedar trees cling to the rocks searching for a drop of water. It is a place of beauty; and of despair. A place of mystic lore, scorching heat, and rattlesnakes...

Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide

...And then you cross "the river." Not one in particular, but one of the MANY located in Central Texas. Winding slowly through the Hill Country these rivers provide the life-blood for existence here. Lush banks of vegetation frame the river with blasts of color. Sweet-smelling Mountain Laurels, neon-pink Redbuds, giant Live Oaks, and the noble Cypress all make their homes on the river bank. The water, crystal clear, comes bubbling up from ancient springs, eroding the ever present limestone like a potter molding clay. They carve their way slowly across Texas, falling gracefully from the upper elevations of the western Hill Country, moving south east and widening out into deep ribbons of water on their journey to the Gulf of Mexico.

These same Hill Country rivers are a FLY FISHERMAN'S PARADISE!!! Texas is home to some unique aquatic species, many of which are located in these waterways. Whether nymphing for trophy rainbow trout on the Guadalupe River or stalking record size Largemouth bass on the San Marcos, it is year round fishing at it's finest.

Hill Country Fly Fishing for Bass

......With thoughts of the days events on my mind I crest a hill on the Devil's Backbone. On the expanding horizon I see another spectacular Hill Country sunset. Reds, oranges, blues, and purples fill the sky; and in my rearview mirror a fast approaching thunderstorm. I ride in front of the line of dark storms and head long into a surreal veil of light framed by darkening clouds....I truly feel I have gone to Hell 'N Back!

Why the Name "Hell 'N Back"?


 

  • Guided Fishing Trips
  • Learn Fly Fishing
  • Buy Custom Tied Flies
Guadalupe River Fly Fishing Guide

Hell 'N Back Outfitters specializes in guided fly fishing trips in the scenic Hill Country. Whether you are interested in targeting rainbow trout on the Guadalupe tailrace or bass and sunfish on one of the many Hill Country rivers, we can PUT YOU ON FISH!

Fly Fishing Lessons

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly fish? I have found there is no better way to learn than by doing! I can custom tailor an instructional lesson to fit your needs and skill level. Let Hell 'N Back Outfitters get you started in your Fly Fishing adventures.


Fly Casting Lessons

 

 

In a typical Fly Fishing lesson you will not only learn how to cast a fly rod, but how to put the cast to work for you and catch fish. We will cover casting mechanics and techniques, fly selection and presentation, how to "read the water", and angling ethics. We will discuss and practice different fishing situations to make you a well rounded fly fisherman.

Contact me to book your fly fishing lesson.

Custom tied flies

Need to restock your fly boxes for the upcoming season?

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Planning a trip and need some specific flies?

Place your order with
Hell 'N Back Outfitters!

 

 

With a sample fly, brief description, or picture I can create or re-create just about anything for a truly custom order. I specialize in trout flies (nymphs, emergers, dries, soft hackles, etc.) and bass flies (poppers, streamers, and jigs) of all sizes, but can also reproduce some hot patterns for the Gulf Coast (shrimp, crabs, baitfish streamers).

A minimum of 1 dozen flies is required for all orders and a deposit will be required for all orders over 2 dozen.

Call now to place your order!

Hell 'N Back Outfitters

 

Jud Cole

Jud Cole

TPWD Licensed Fishing Guide

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