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Best Fly Fishing Guides on the Guadalupe River

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For fishermen and anglers, the feel of crisp morning air and hints of reddish-gold foliage along the banks of the Guadalupe River mean it’s time to hit their favorite fishing spots. Trout fishing is a BIG DEAL in New Braunfels and, thanks to its central stocking station, Rio Guadalupe Resort is right in the middle of the action!

Guadalupe River Trout Fishing – Rio Guadalupe Resort

The Guadalupe River is the southernmost trout stream in the U.S., and Rio Raft (Rio Resort’s on-site rental facility) is listed in many fly fishing publications as the best access point to start a trout adventure. As such, several professional fly fishing guides launch from Resort property. Keep reading for a list of our favorite Guadalupe River fishing guides!


What surprises most people, and especially fly fishing enthusiasts, is that Rio Guadalupe Resort’s section of the Guadalupe River is listed as one of the Top 10 Trout Streams in America.

Sue Nelson, Rio Guadalupe Resort

Best Fly Fishing Guides on the Guadalupe River


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Photo Courtesy of Jud Cole – Hell ‘N Back Outfitters

Hell ‘N Back Outfitters

Contact: Judson Cole

Hell ‘N Back Outfitters is a full service, fly fishing guide outfitter. They specialize in Central Texas Rivers and target species such as Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Guadalupe Bass, and various species of sunfish. Hell ‘N Back offers full and half-day float trips, wade trips, fly casting lessons, and eco-tours. 


Expedition Outfitters

Photo Courtesy of Kevin Stubs – Expedition Outfitters

Contact: Kevin Stubbs

Expedition Outfitters provides guided fly fishing raft trips on Texas Hill Country Rivers near Austin, San Antonio and New Braunfels, Texas. Expedition Outfitters float and fish the upper and lower Guadalupe River, San Marcos River, Devils River, Llano River, and other spring-fed streams. Trips target Guadalupe River Rainbow Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, Rio Grande Cichlids, Carp, Sunfish and Long-Nose Gar. Fly fishing classes, lessons, and instruction are also offered. All fishing trips are catch and release only using flies and artificial lures.


Photo Courtesy of Dan Cone – Castell Guide Services

Castell Guide Services

Contact: Dan Cone

Castell Guide Service offers fly fishing guidance and instruction on the Guadalupe River. During the winter months, Castell Guide Service specializes in fly fishing for Rainbow Trout on the Guadalupe River. During the spring and fall, Castell Guides offer fly fishing for warm water species such as Guadalupe Bass, Rio Grande Cichlids, and Carp on the Llano, San Marcos, and Colorado Rivers.


Action Angler

Photo Courtesy of Chris Jackson – Action Angler

Contact: Chris Jackson

Action Angler offers an intro to fly fishing course, fly fishing guide school, casting lessons, and float trips (fishing or nature tour) on various Texas rivers including the Guadalupe River between Canyon Dam and the town of New Braunfels. Targeted species include Rainbow Trout, Guadalupe Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, several species of Sunfish, and Rio Grande Perch. All trips are catch and release only.


All Water Guides

Alvin Dedeaux - All Water Guides
Photo Courtesy of Alvin Dedeaux – All Water Guides

Contact: Alvin Dedeaux

All Water Guides offers full and half-day guided fly fishing trips on the rivers of Central Texas including Colorado, San Marcos, Guadalupe, Llano, and Brazos Rivers. They also fish Central Texas lakes including Bastrop, Decker, and Austin. Trout fishing on the Guadalupe River is best from December through March.


Guadalupe River Trout Stocking Dates

Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited stocks trout around early November, but you must be a member to get exact stocking dates. Texas Parks and Wildlife typically stocks the Guadalupe River in December. Visit their website for trout stocking dates and other information.


Fishing on the Guadalupe River – Rio Guadalupe Resort

Guadalupe River Fishing Spots - RIo Guadalupe Resort
View from Rio Guadalupe Resort – Best Trout Fishing Spots

Whether you’re new to fishing or a seasoned expert, we think you’ll agree that the Guadalupe River offers some of the best fishing spots in Texas! 

Need a place to hang your hat after a long day of fishing?

Rio Guadalupe Resort offers convenient, comfortable lodging on the Guadalupe River. Recharge in one of our riverside cabins or park your rig in one of 58 RV campsites. Take advantage of the on-site tube, raft, and kayak rentals and stock up on snacks at our Convenience Store and Gift Shop.

Adventure is calling! Book your Guadalupe River fishing trip today! Call 877-RIO-RAFT for reservations. 

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