Hail the size of softballs? You better believe it. Yesterday finally brought a Texas style spring outbreak of weather, and it included all the death and mayhem Texas is famous for in a typical spring.
Much of the weather was spread out across North Texas – from Granbury to Bowie, with concentrations of damage and violent weather as bad as anything I’ve ever seen, or driven through. The weather outbreak wasn’t too much of a surprise with the level of humidity that has been around for a couple of days, but the actual strength seems to caught everyone off guard. Now we just have to see what this does for lake levels and fish activity.
Now as the sun rises above the calm distant cloud bank, we will watch the news crews stand next to each other in front of the worst scene they can find, and talk about luck – good and bad. Maybe you are near the devastation, and are one of the lucky ones? I know my luck was good yesterday, driving past Sunset and Bowie last night through driving rain and wind. Luck is one of those things that blows past fishing sometimes, and leaves hard evidence in her wake.
Feel free to listen to the audio podcast first. It’s a recent interview I did with Palmer Simpson.
“The purpose of the LYDIA ANN FLY MASTERS Tournament is to bring fly fishing anglers from all over the State of Texas, as well as other states, to compete for prizes, share in the enjoyment of fishing the flats, and have a good time, all the while never losing focus of the main reason for being there – to help support a wonderful, charitable organization.
The 2013 Beneficiary will be CASTING FOR RECOVERY. Please visit the “2013 Beneficiary” page to learn more about their cause, and to make additional on-line donations.
Aransas Pass, Texas, was chosen as the center for the tournament due to its near equidistance to Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. It is also close to the heart of the flats that many of us love to fly fish.
The tournament is open to both Boating Anglers and Kayaking Anglers with separate divisions for each. Redfish on the fly and Catch and Release are the objectives, but there are also “Open Species” divisions for both the Boaters and Kayakers just to make things interesting.
For a more complete description of the Tournament Format and Rules please visit the “Rules & Format” page within the website for a downloadable version. A downloadable Application is also available on the “Application & Info” page.We are striving to make the tournament as attractive as we can to all anglers by having separate divisions for the Boaters and Kayakers.
We are working with numerous sponsors to offer quality prizes for the top finishing anglers, as well as Raffle and Silent Auction Items. We encourage everyone that participates in the tournament or visits this site to support these fine and generous Sponsors.”
PUBLISHER’S NOTE – Be sure to click on the podcast above to listen to the audio interview. It really goes into great detail about the tournament and provides a pretty good guide on how to create a fly fishing tournament.
So yesterday was Mother’s Day again. You know, when you get older, and that wheel turns faster, there’s always an event you need a card for, or one you forgot about. Sometimes I have a real excuse, and sometimes I don’t. Working nine at night to nine in the morning? I think that’s a good excuse. Out here in The Middle, you take it as it comes though.
I spent most of the wee hours this morning working on the Lydia Ann interview with Palmer Simpson, and that should be out later today. It’s an audio podcast-style interview from a recent phone interview with Palmer who lives in Aransas Pass, Texas. You see their logo in the sidebar? Click on that to go to the tournament website. I expect to see a few of you there this July.
Things are finally heating up for real now, and we are expecting a day in the 90′s this week before it all goes sideways again. Of course I missed the tournament at Lake Fork Saturday, because I thought I could outguess the weather (didn’t happen), and I couldn’t find anyone to take my graveyard shift out here. I don’t have the results from that event yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure they get published here.
It looks like another show-and-tell is on for the Fort Worth Fly Fishers June meeting. That’s great news for me personally, as I relish getting back in front in a classroom-like setting. It makes me wish I was still teaching photography classes, but who needs to take a class when they can just hit “delete?”
I have made a couple of stops at Amon G. Carter lake on the way to work, and the old honey hole is loaded up with big sand bass that are extremely green. And I caught a few that were as big as any sand bass I’ve caught anywhere. That lake continues to fascinate me with how well established it looks, even if it is more than four feet low. If you do go to Amon G., be sure to take your license and have it on you. I think I’ve fished there seven or eight times and been checked by our fine officers three times. That’s more than anywhere I fish – exponentially.
I was fishing alongside a couple other guys both days, and as we talked and hollered across the water, come to find out we all work for the same guy (even the game warden works for him). That’s how it is when the shale is the only game in town. Then, a random boat trolls through, and the guy on the font of the boat is someone I worked with out in The Middle last year. Amazing.
If anyone is left who hasn’t pulled the trigger on booking a trip with me, things are already getting pretty interesting on the calendar. Throw in a few runs to saltwater, and it just gets “interestinger.”
Welcome to wherever you are this morning. Have a great week, and enjoy the warm weather that has finally arrived! Get outside and fly fish this week! The fish are waiting.