The Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake dam is listed as one of the top 100 trout streams in America. It is also the southernmost trout stream in the U.S. The Guadalupe River chapter of Trout Unlimited is the largest chapter in the nation. The section of the Guadalupe River we fly fish is managed as a trophy trout fishery. The bag limit is one trout over 18" per day and must be caught on an artificial lure or fly. The quality of the fishing in this section of the Guadalupe River improves every year. The Guadalupe River is stocked each winter by Texas Parks and Wildlife as well as Trout Unlimited. The average Guadalupe trout will be in the 12" to 14" range. Fish over 20" are not uncommon and we have caught a few trout in the 5lb to 8lb range over the years.
The Guadalupe River is a tail-water meaning that cold water is released from the bottom of the Canyon Lake dam. As a result, the trout in the Guadalupe River have the potential to survive year round, however due to extremely high recreational traffic during the warmer months we can only fly fish the Guadalupe River during the colder months. Also, the warmer waters in the hotter months adds stress to the trout caught which can reduce the number of fish that make it to the next winter.
The Guadalupe River stream bed below Canyon Lake is publicly owned, but the river banks are all private property. Because public access is limited, the best way to fish the Guadalupe River is to float. All of our Guadalupe River floats are done in comfortable, stable rafts with room for 2 anglers and 1 guide. Full day and half day floats are available. The Guadalupe River dates fill up fast during the winter months so book your date well in advance.