Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Smithville, Texas

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Kevin Hutchison

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon512-589-3474 Email iconfishhead@texas.net Link iconhillcountryflyfishers.com
331 La Reata Trail
Smithville, TX 78957

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The Story

We provide a true blue ribbon fly fishing experience in the Texas Hill Country. With over 25 years experience we have the local knowledge needed to make your trip a success. We also understand that both your time and money are important to you and we don't waste either. We have built our reputation on giving customers clear and honest information before their trip and outstanding service during their trip.

Date Range

For Trout fishing the best times are mid-November through February. The Bass fishing picks up during February and runs all the way to late November with the peak seasons in the spring and fall. The mild winters combined with the Trout stocking program on the Guadalupe River gives Central Texas a 365 day a year fishing season.

What is Provided to Customer

We provide customers with all the needed gear (rods, reels, leaders and flies). Free shuttle and hotel pick-ups / returns are also offered. A full, homemade, lunch is provided and we can accommodate any dietary needs. Vegetarian, kosher, gluten free and low carb. menus are available at no additional charge. Menus are E-Mailed to the customer in advance for approval. Mid day snacks and all drinks are also provided.

Sample Menu:
Grilled Shrimp Waldorf Salad
Hummus with Grilled Jalapenos
Pita Bread
Fresh Fruit

Clif Bars
Candy Bars

Bottled Water
Sports Drinks

Region/ Terrain Where You Fish

The Hill Country of Central Texas.

Typical Weather by Season

The winters are mild in the Hill Country as is spring and fall. The summers are hot and dry but manageable.

Species You Fish For By Season

In the winter months we fish for Rainbow Trout in the Lower Guadalupe River. That season runs from Mid-November through March. Our Bass fishing season runs from February through late November, giving us good fishing all year long.

Sample of Typical Trip

Every trip is custom designed to suit the clients but typically we meet them in the morning at the launch spot, having already run our shuttle before the customers arrive.

If a fly casting refresher is needed we cover that before heading out. Stopping for lunch around 12:00 we evaluate how the day is going and make any needed changes. Often the boat seating positions are changed at lunch. On bigger trips customers are often rotated between guides for a different fishing experience.

When the afternoons fishing is done we pull the boats out and the customers are shuttled back to their car(s) and given their departing gifts. These change with the seasons but our returning customers look forward to the new and useful “Thank You” we give. In the past these have included custom screen printed T-Shirts, custom embroidered fleece blankets, custom printed “buffs”, custom printed aluminum water bottles or beer glasses etc. (there are advantages to having a wife that owns a custom printing and embroidery business).

What Should Customers Bring

Customers are emailed in advance with a "What To Bring" list.

These are the basic items that I feel you should bring:

  • Valid Texas State fishing license. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Long sleeve, quick dry, shirt
  • Long, quick dry, pants
  • Good (lucky) fishing hat
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Any medications you may be on (often overlooked)
  • Sun Screen
  • Rain Jacket (on the outside chance it might ever rain again)
  • Shoes you can get wet
These are things I feel you don't need:
  • Cell phones (I’ll have one if we need it)
  • Pagers
  • Non waterproof cameras. Again, we will have one if you want photos
  • Jeans, if they get wet you’re wet all day
  • Waders (unless otherwise instructed)

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trip! Caught a lot of fish. Kevin is a great guide, instructor, and host. Could not have turned out better. Very highly recommended!
Date published: 2021-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thank you Capt. Kevin! My brother and I had a wonderful experience with Capt. Kevin! If you’re looking for a Hill Country fly fishing guide, I definitely recommend him. Super knowledgeable, extremely helpful and great company. It was a pleasure to spend the day with him. We will definitely be using him again. If you’re looking for a guide, look no further. Thanks again!
Date published: 2021-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First time fly fishing I had a great experience with Kevin. I have never tried fly fishing before and was honestly a little nervous. But as soon as we started he gave me some pointers and I picked up within about 30 mins or so. And once I caught my first fish I was hooked! We had an outstanding day catching a lot of fish on the San Marcos River. We caught about 4 different types of species including a gar and even a small stripped bass. I will definitely be coming back for another trip and I am now going to be fly fishing a lot more. It is not as hard as you think, just takes a little bit to get used to it.
Date published: 2021-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful day from beginning to end. My wife surprised me with a gift certificate for a fly fishing lesson with Hill Country Flyfishers. My brother-in-law joined me on the trip and it was a wonderful experience. Kevin met us in Junction and began the day with an on-land casting lesson. Even though I had been fishing most of my life, fly fishing was completely new. Kevin was an exceptional teacher--patient, kind, humorous and clear in giving directions. We spent the remainder of the day on his raft floating the South Llano River practicing our casting, catching fish and enjoying the amazing scenery. We pulled over to a rock bar for an incredible lunch complete with table/tablecloth and chairs. (My wife contacted Kevin for recipes we raved about the food.) Kevin's patience and positive attitude throughout the day was greatly appreciated. I could not have asked for a better teacher or guide. The entire experience was wonderful. By the end of the day, I was confident enough in my skills to drive to the San Antonio Orvis store the following day to purchase a rod, reel and flies in order to begin my new fly fishing "hobby".
Date published: 2021-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Day with Kevin Fly fishing on the south Llano River with Kevin Hutchison was an exciting and memorable experience. My brother-in-law invited me to share his Christmas present – a fly fishing lesson. I had never touched a fly rod and my entire knowledge of the sport came from A River Runs Through It. That all changed thanks to Kevin Hutchison. Kevin is a remarkable teacher. He knows how much information to share without overwhelming a novice and is extremely supportive and encouraging. His love for the sport was apparent all day. Neither of us knew anything about fly fishing so we started the day with a lesson on dry land and in no time Kevin had us abandoning our bait-casting moves and successfully hitting our target with our new-found fly fishing techniques. We were off to the South Llano for a day of practicing our new skill and what a day it was. Kevin was patient with the first-timers, an enthusiastic fisherman sharing his knowledge, and an incredible host. He took care of everything and would not let us help; we were pampered all day. He made the day about helping us learn a new-to-us sport and be successful. We caught fish and trees; Kevin was there to release both. He served us a delicious home cooked meal complete with table, chairs, and tablecloth on the river bank and then he cleaned everything and left no sign we had been there. He moved us down one of the prettiest river scenes in Texas and shared wonderful stories of his incredible adventures fly fishing. We were hooked. You should definitely consider booking a guided fly fishing day with Kevin Hutchison and Hill Country Flyfishers. Six hours on the South Llano river with Kevin Hutchison and my brother-n-law and I were on our way to Orvis to purchase our first fly rods! We absolutely enjoyed the lesson, the fishing, and the professionalism. Kevin’s enthusiasm was infectious. We will practice and certainly look forward to another day on the river with Kevin.
Date published: 2021-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kevin is great! From the very beginning Kevin was helpful, easy to get in touch with, and fast to respond to any questions we had. My son (8) & I were first time fly fishers. Kevin made us feel at ease & helped us every step of the way. Upon arriving Kevin gave us a quick how-to lesson then put us right on the fish. Kevin had us catching fish in no time! My son fell in love with fly fishing and we are now hooked thanks to Kev!
Date published: 2021-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from From Zero to Hero Met Kevin for a day and a half trip on the San Marcos river. I had never touched a fly rod and Kevin had me up and casting in a very short period of time. He is extremely patient, even as I caught tree after tree. I think he was as excited as I was each time I hooked a fish. I caught more than my share of the prized Guadalupe Bass. Kevin took care of every little detail and would not let me help him with anything, I was totally pampered all day. We stopped mid-day on a sand bar and ate a gourmet meal complete with red and white table cloth. If you are wanting to learn the sport, I cannot imaging any better way to be exposed than spending a day on the river with Kevin. I enjoyed it so much, the next day I went to Orvis and bought my first fly rod. He is a true professional.
Date published: 2021-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellence in Fly Fishing guide services We recently spent a day on the San Marcos river in the Texas Hill Country with Kevin. It was an outstanding trip. Kevin is extremely knowledgeable, a great teacher, superb boat handler and a pleasure to share a boat with. We fought fish, good fish. This was the best flashing trip that I have had. Kevin should be strongly considered for Guide of the Year 2021. I can whole hearty recommend Kevin for a wonderful day on the water. I am sure that you will have a pleasurable trip.
Date published: 2021-03-16
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