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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

Spring Fishing on the Guadalupe

With a recent bump in flows, the Guadalupe is still fishing strong! In fact, it has been fishing so well that I have not spent near enough time on the local bass waters that I normally guide on this time of year. And what is better than spending a beautiful spring day in Texas catching trout?

With an abundant amount of rainfall this year Canyon Lake has been at, or over, capacity for the last 10 months. The upper Guadalupe watershed has been keeping the lake full and in turn Canyon Dam has been steadily matching the inflow. We have not seen flows below 150cfs since the tout were stocked in December. The last 4 years we had average flows of 60cfs year round! That is a huge increase and this has kept the trout below the dam very happy.

In the past few years, with really low flows, the better trout fishing had a window that ended about mid-March. Sure you could go out and catch a few fish later in the season, but they were always spooky and few and far between. The low water and the approach of another scorching Texas summer marked the end for many fish. The few that did find a "good" spot to weather the oncoming summer were wise on fly patterns and probably leery of any commotion in the water. I believe that a lot of these fish go nocturnal this time of year and take advantage of the abundant Hexegenia mayflies that hatch in the twilight hours.

This year proves to be different, so far. We are still catching good numbers throughout the day, and the fish are active and healthy. Strong bug hatches have kept the fish happy too. There have been some great Caddis hatches this year; something that was scarce in the last few years. The fish are also spread out in the river and not bunched up into the deepest spot in the run. Needless to say, the Guadalupe is fishing GOOD!

I am still offering trout trips on the Guadalupe and plan to until I leave for Colorado. However, with the rising thermometer, these will only be Half Day AM float trips. Call now to book your trip!
The bluebonnets are worth the drive!


Frying Pan Rainbow

Come Fish Colorado

Join me again this summer in the beautiful Roaring Fork Valley and fish some of Colorado's premier trout streams. I will be working for Aspen Trout Guides again and guiding on the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, and Colorado Rivers. We have all the permits to fish and float anywhere in the valley and the White River National Forest. Don't miss the Green Drake hatch in July on the Fork and Pan; excellent dry fly fishing! Call me now for more info or to book a trip.



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!


Jud Cole

Jud Cole

TPWD Licensed Fishing Guide

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