Welcome to CentralTexasFlyFishing.com

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!

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Guadalupe Trout - 2015

If you haven't heard, trout season on the Guadalupe is in full swing! This is a great time to be a fly fisherman or woman in Texas. The Guadalupe is the only sustainable trout fishery in Texas and the Southern-most trout river in North America.

We are offering a Float and Learn special for any interested in learning about fly fishing. We will start off in the morning learning the casts, rigging up rods, and talk about reading the water. After we are up to speed, we hop in the boat and put our new skills to work. Call about details and rates!





Spring Bass - 2015

With the Spring spawn right around the corner, we will start focusing our fishing efforts in a warmer direction. That's right, bass fishing will be here soon!

Of course, you can bass fish in the dead of winter, but it takes time and usually requires you to go deep, out of the limits of most fly fishermen. But during the Spring spawn and with warmer weather patterns approaching the bass will soon be returning to shallower waters, and in reach of our flies!

We are now booking for Spring Bass float trips on the San Marcos and Colorado rivers. Call or email for details and rates!

Frying Pan AnglersFrying Pan RainbowFrying Pan Anglers - Basalt, CO

We had an amazing summer guiding in Colorado this past year! Working for Frying Pan Anglers and guiding on the numerous waters in the area, we have found a "second home" in the Roaring Fork Valley. Plans are being made for our (sooner) return to the valley as we ready for another amazing trout season!

Join me this summer in Basalt, Colorado for some World-Class trout fishing with Frying Pan Anglers! Headquartered in Basalt, Frying Pan Anglers is a well-known fly shop on the Frying Pan River. The shop boasts the largest fly selection in the valley. Frying Pan Anglers has lodging options as well, all with private access to the Frying Pan River. The new "lodge" next door to the shop just opened and is ready for the 2015 season!

The fishing is some of the best Colorado has to offer! Epic hatches and lots of water to fish; it is a place worth returning to guide. Come with me and let me show you some of my favorite holes on the Pan or the Fork. Just request me as your guide when you book your trip through Frying Pan Anglers, simple as that!

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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