Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Hemphill, Texas

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Capt. Steve "Scooby" Stubbe

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon1-844-683-3474 Email iconcaptsteve@mudfishadventures.com Link iconmudfishadventures.com
Hemphill, Texas

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The Story

Join Orvis-endorsed guide Capt. Steve "Scooby" Stubbe for a memorable fly-fishing excursion in Texas. Have you ever caught a big bass on a deer-hair popper with a fly rod? Captain Steve has been fly fishing the backcountry of Toledo Bend Lake for 12 years. Bassmaster Magazine voted Toledo Bend Lake as the #1 Bass Lake in the Nation for two years in a row.

Go fly fishing in Texas and enlist the expertise of Orvis-endorsed guide Capt. Steve "Scooby" Stubbe. If you have been looking for a different and unique fly-fishing experience, then give Mudfish Adventures on Toledo Bend Lake in East Texas a try. It's not just a fly-fishing trip, it's an adventure. Every day is different and nothing is routine. You never know what you might catch or see.

Captain Steve can take you to the secluded marsh flats in the Palo Gaucho and Mid Lake areas exclusively with his special custom built GatorTail mud motor boat. This boat is like a four wheel drive vehicle. It can take you places that other boats can't. That's part of the adventure.

Captain Steve primarily targets black bass (catch, photo, and release) on the fly. The Captain will be taking you to proven fish locations where you can cast your fly to and around targeted areas (like Cypress trees, stumps, laydowns, lily pads, hydrilla, and aquatic vegetation) to catch a big black bass.

Seeking adventure, this type of fly-fishing trip is full of wildlife; bald eagles, gators, wild pigs, migrating birds, and if you look real hard you might see the Legend of Boggy Creek (skunk ape)!

A morning trip will start as you walk out your cabin door and see your Captain waiting at the water's edge. The Captain will do a safety orientation about the boat operation and safety gear. The boat will be making way to the backcountry to fly fish the flats in the darkness. The boat will come to rest in the fishing area, power poles down, all electrical power will be turned off and we will be sitting in complete darkness listening to the crickets and gazing at the stars above. That's what is so unique about Mudfish Adventures! While most guides are sitting on the dock waiting for first light, we are already on the fishing hole. When you hear the first fish break the surface, it's time to fish and make memories.

An evening trip is even more unique; the Captain will pick you up at the water's edge right outside your cabin. He'll do a safety orientation about the boat operation and safety gear. We will get underway to the backcountry to fly fish the flats where we will be casting a fly to targets like shaded areas, creek channels, and backwaters. As the evening starts to fade to dark, the Captain will point out wildlife going to roost - water birds, eagles, and alligators. We will continue to fish until sundown. That's prime time for a big bass strike. Now relax and enjoy the boat ride in because you might see something in the headlights. Next a nice dinner and some fellowship.

To schedule your fly fishing adventure call 1-844-683-3474.

Maximum Capacity: 2 persons and gear, plus the Captain.

Gear Recommendations:

If customers want to bring their own fly-fishing gear they are welcomed to do so. Here's Captain Steve's suggestions. Rod weights preferred for bass and other bigger species of fish are 8-10 wt. If you like to catch smaller fish like perch, crappie, or bluegill, then bring a 3-5 wt. rod.

What to bring:

  • Raingear
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras
  • Medicines
  • If you have a drone, bring it.

Species & Season:

  • Black bass: Year-round
  • Catfish: February-September
  • Black and white crappie: March and April
  • Perch: March-September
  • Gar: March-September
  • Stripers: March-September
  • White Bass: March-September
  • Pickerel: March-September
  • Grinnell: March-October


Toledo Bend Lake is a border lake between East Texas and Louisiana and is 65 miles long, consisting of 185,000 acres.

You will experience marshy flats, moss-filled Cypress trees and flooded timber while in search of that double-digit black bass.

There is little-to-no boat traffic where Captain Steve will take your party. Chances are you will not hear another boat or distraction while fishing. This area is so remote that you will not have any cell service. This is your time away to fly fish, relax, and enjoy the abundance of wildlife that you will experience in the back country of Toledo Bend Lake.

Typical Weather:

Southern climate with south to southeast winds.

  • Spring: Mild weather (65-75 degrees F)
  • Summer: Mild weather (80-100 degrees)
  • Fall: Mild weather (65-75 degrees)
  • Winter: Mild weather (avg. 45 degrees)

Starting from: $325
You can find all pricing information at: http://mudfishadventures.com/packages.

What is Provided:

Mudfish Adventures, Master Captain Steve, will provide personal, one-on-one service. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned caster, you might even learn a few knot-tying tricks.

All fly-fishing gear (rods, reels, line, leaders, and special handmade bass flies) will be provided.

Snacks and beverages will be provided. Lunch and dinner can be scheduled.

Captain Steve will pick you up in a custom GatorTail mud motor boat at the water's edge right outside your cabin door. There is no wasted time traveling to the fishing area.

Additional Activities:

Hemphill, Texas is a quant small town of 3,000+ people. While traveling through Hemphill, you will notice there are four stop signs and no traffic lights. There are no paparazzi cameras here!

Some places to visit in Hemphill, Texas:

  • Dairy Queen (for treats)
  • Slice Pizza (for Italian food)
  • El Tio's (for Mexican food)
  • Patricia Huffman Smith Nasa Museum, Remembering Columbia Exhibit
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