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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 weather is warming but bass fishing in the Hill Country is HOT right now!
Since February we have had consistent action on both the San Marcos and Colorado Rivers. All the Hill Country rivers are low, but nothing new there. The flood event last October has definitely improved an already drought stressed fish habitat. We still need more water, but the fish still don't seem to mind, and we are thankful for the water we have. We are still catching lots of fish!
On the Colorado the action has been mostly on top with Hair Bugs being the biggest producer. If they are not eating on top then a slowly stripped crawfish pattern has been working well too. The vegetation is growing but not nearly as bad as it has been the past few years; just perfect for bass ambush points.
The San Marcos has been my favorite recently with some decent fish being pulled out of unlikely hiding spots. Poppers of all sizes and makes are working good in the mornings. Later in the day we are switching to deeper flies. The color choice and type of fly varies by the day but chartreuse and white clousers and brown buggers have been my first choices.
The Guadalupe River is still fishing well for trout early in the mornings, but we are now spending less time close to the dam and doing most of our fishing in town. The bass fishing never ceases to surprise me in town. Last year we caught some really nice fish right in the heart of Gruene and New Braunfels.
We have limited dates available for May and early June. Check the calendar and call NOW!
In mid June I will be leaving to guide in Colorado. I can still be reached via phone and email. If you are looking to fish the Hill Country please don't hesitate to call. I can direct you to one of my associate guides to take you fishing in my absence. If you are looking to fish in Colorado this summer then also feel free to call or email me to find out more info.
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...
...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.
......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!
- Guided Fishing Trips
- Learn Fly Fishing
- Buy Custom Tied Flies
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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