GRUENE TEXAS
Y'ALL
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.
THE BUILDING
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.
TIFFANY YEATES
Tiffany Yeates manages the two retail locations while living in Gruene with her two daughters, Lily and Paige, and their chocolate lab, Amos. She’s and avid fly fisher and spends most of her free time fly fishing for Saltwater species or enjoying hill country rivers with the girls. Being outside is their passion.
ERIC FELDKAMP
One part buyer, two parts whatever is needed, Eric wears many hats at Gruene Outfitters, both literally and figuratively.

CHRIS LONG

As a hill country native, Chris has been fishing and exploring Texas rivers and streams since before Gruene Outfitters was born. A few days a week you can find him in the fly shop giving casting instruction, rigging equipment, or telling a good fishing story. If you are interested or curious about fly fishing don't hesitate to come in and pick his brain. When he's not at Gruene Outfitters he's guiding fly fishing trips on all the beautiful waterways in Texas, or enjoying a beer next to a BBQ pit while cooking up some fine grub. We are thankful to have him as a resource and team member of Gruene Outfitters. Fish. Beer. Repeat. 

MAGGIE SMITH

Maggie joined us from Austin, TX and oversees purchasing for the fly shop. Originally from Dallas, Maggie is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. Growing up, she spent many summers vacationing with family in Colorado where she acquired a love for the mountains and streams...so much so that she returned in May '18 to attend guide school with Vail Valley Anglers. While Maggie spent many years working in the corporate world in Commercial Real Estate, she's no stranger to the fly fishing industry or retail environment. It was her adventurous spirit and passion for the outdoors that ultimately brought her back to both. Maggie has experience in retail sales, merchandising, purchasing & receiving, and inventory management. Her favorite part of her job, however, is developing relationships with vendors and anglers in the fly fishing community. Maggie got her start learning how to fly fish for none other than Texas Hill Country bass...but she is looking forward to gaining more knowledge about coastal fishing and dialing in her saltwater skills. Redfish...watch out! When not in the shop, you'll likely find Maggie exploring new waters or camping with friends and her most adorable yellow lab, Mack. He's settling into his new role as resident "shop dog" and seems to enjoy the biscuits customers bring him more than their fish tales!  

FLY FISH TEXAS
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.
RECOMMENDED GUIDES
Although we don’t have an in-house guide service we do highly recommend the following local guides and guide services.
CHRIS LONG
Long time guide and our resident fly-shop guru
ALL WATER GUIDES
ACTION ANGLER

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