Guadalupe River, Below Canyon Dam


The “Guad” as so many refer to it as, was established as a trout fishing tail-water in the mid 1960’s.  This was shortly after Canyon Lake was formed in 1964.  Trout were originally stocked into the river by Lone Star Brewery, creating the southernmost trout fishery in the U.S.A.  Today Texas Parks and Wildlife manage a fish stocking program on the river, as well as a private organization, the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited. GRTU is the largest Trout Unlimited chapter in all of the country.  The efforts from both the state and GRTU ensure we have and will continue to have one of the top 100 tail-waters in the country.  The term “tail-water” refers to a river system that is fed by water released from a dam. In this case Canyon Lake dam.  Canyon Lake is deep enough that the water let out of the bottom of the dam remains very cold.  This cold water is the secret to the success of the 12+ miles of prime trout fishing water in central Texas.  Sportsman’s Finest is a proud sponsor and participant in GRTU’s Trout Fest each year.  Trout Fest is an event aimed at not only having fun with likeminded folk, but more importantly educating people in our surrounding area about habitat, conservation, and the overall ins and outs of helping keep our local gem of a river pristine and healthy for generations to come.


Zach Neville Outfitters

Based out of Bozeman Montana, Zach Neville Outfitters migrate south each year for the winter.  Austin, TX and the Guadalupe River have become a second home to Zach and his guide service. 

His time down south allows him to fish every month of the year, and really keeps his skill dialed in to the fullest potential.  One of our favorite attributes of Zach is his natural ability to work well with all skill levels of fishermen.  With 15 years of professional guiding under his wader belt, the most experienced fly anglers will feel just as comfortable on Zach’s raft as a first time angler will.

Hell 'N Back Outfitters

Judson Cole is the owner/operator of Hell and Back Outfitters. Jud has spent the last 15 years of his life in the Texas Hill Country.  His passion for being on the water and sharing his skill set with others led him to become a full time fly fishing guide almost a decade ago.  When given the opportunity to be on his boat, a client can expect to learn Jud’s intimate knowledge of that particular watershed.  During the summer months when fishing slows down in the hill country due to high water temperatures, Hell and Back Outfitters travel to Colorado to continue their season.  You can find them on the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan rivers chasing trout with all skill levels of clients.  Running 100+ trips a year on our tail water fishery, the Guadalupe River is Jud’s main focus during the winter months. Jud is no doubt one of the premier guides working on the Guadalupe River.

Able to deliver the necessary advice on the how-to’s of casting to and catching a trout, either of these guides would be an ideal choice for your next adventure to the Guadalupe River.

Trips can include all necessary up-to-date equipment, an enjoyable lunch, non-alcoholic drinks, and most importantly, the right fly to catch your next Guadalupe River Trout.



Late November-March, Rates are $450 for a full day (includes lunch and beverages) or $350 for a half day (beverage only)

These rates are good for up to two anglers.



This river’s availability does book up quickly, so please consider booking well in advance in order to get the dates of your choice; otherwise, we are sure to be able to get you on the calendar on the next available dates.

Both of these guides are experts beyond trout fishing on the Guadalupe River.  Please inquire with us in regard to their warm water fishing trips that both have available in the Texas Hill Country. This information is coming soon to the experience tab of our web page. 

Zach Neville Outfitter’s Montana offerings coming soon as well.

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