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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

Guadalupe Striper Fishing

Frying Pan AnglersThe Guadalupe is full of water and with the higher than average rainfall this summer/fall Canyon Dam has been working overtime. After the recent flood events on Halloween, the outflow of Canyon Lake was increased again to over 5000 cubic feet per second to alleviate the quickly rising lake level. With these high outflows there are always a few unsuspecting fish that get sucked through the pipe works. In this particular case that fish tends to be the Striped Bass. Lightning fast and with an insatiable hunger, the Striped Bass is equally at home in the river as it is in deep impoundments, where it spends most of it's time roaming vast amounts of water searching for food.

Join us this fall, in what would normally be the start of our trout season, for some river Striper fishing on the beautiful Guadalupe River. The river "Striper" is an easier target for the fly angler since they are in shallow water and congregate in schools as they race up and down the river. The most effective technique is swinging streamers through deeper holes or searching for the schools and targeting them. Normally I have a strict catch and release policy, but I am making a special exception for these fish. With an 18-inch minimum length and 5 fish bag, I am hoping to send you home with as many of these "trout eaters" before we kick off our 2015-16 trout season. Frying Pan Rainbow



Book Now and Save

Book your trip before December 1 and save $75 off your first trip. Any type of trip, Bass, Trout, or Striper, for any later date, but book it now before Dec. 1 to take advantage.




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?


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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