Gruene was settled in the late 1800’s by German cotton farmers. The economic hardships of boll weevil infestations in the 1920’s and the Great Depression in the 1930’s led to the downfall of the family farming business and Gruene became a virtual ghost town. In the 1970’s, the land and buildings were purchased by a San Antonio resident, restored and reopened.
What is now the Gristmill Restaurant was the original cotton gin, and our building was the Gruene Brothers’ Garage. During this time, Ray Box used our store as a workshop for the renovation of the other buildings. In the Spring of 1989, Ray Box opened Gruene Outfitters with a small rack of Patagonia clothing, a boat building operation in the back room, and a huge passion for fly-fishing.
DEVELOPMENT AND CHANGE
In 2000, Tiffany Yeates began working at the store while attending the McCoy School of Business at Texas State University. As the granddaughter of an Audubon rookery island warden, she is an avid angler. She quickly fell in love with fly-fishing and the shop.
After graduating, she ran the shop until 2006, when she purchased the business. In 2016, Tiffany opened a second store next door, The Pomegranate, to expand women’s clothing and to add children’s goods.
WE ARE GRUENE OUTFITTERS
We are Fly Fishing Outfitters. We’re passionate about what we do. We are honest, sincere and thrive on adventure.
FLY FISH TEXAS
The Texas Hill Country is home to a wealth of fly fishing opportunities. A vast majority of the Hill Country waters play host to many warm water species including bass, carp and a myriad of sunfish that are most active from April – October. During the winter months our neighboring Guadalupe river is heavily stocked with trout, allowing Texans and visiting anglers alike the opportunity to master their trout setting skills.
For the adventurous salt water angler the Texas coastal flats are rife with redfish, spotted sea trout, black drum and even the occasional tarpon.
FLY SHOP SERVICES
In our fly shop we’re always willing to offer tips and advice on everything from knot tying to fly selection. Whether you’re new to fly-fishing, or simply a visiting fly-fisher we’re more than happy to help you with any questions ranging from reading the water to fly casting advice.
The Guadalupe River is stocked from November through February with Rainbow Trout by both Texas Parks & Wildlife and Trout Unlimited. Stocking locations start right below Canyon Lake Dam and continue all the way down to the first crossing on River Road. While there are only two free public access points, there are numerous campgrounds along River Road that offer access for a small fee. Some of our favorites are:
SAN MARCOS RIVER
The San Marcos River runs 75+ miles from San Marcos, Texas, just south of Austin. Springs from the town center feed the river and keep it a refreshing 72 degrees. Great large, smallmouth and Guadalupe bass can be caught from just below San Marcos all the way down to Luling, TX. Recommended camping and access point: