FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES
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Another day at the old office. Wipe away the cobwebs from the old fly rod and reel, and go get some.
After a weekend outage (four days actually) of the website that didn’t allow any site updating, we are back up and running for your better or worse … I hope the better of it! We were cut off at the knees last week by the outage, which really helped my progress on rebuilding parts of the Fly Bar (that have aged over the years), and helped with the new configuration of fences I built in the back yard – as we prepare for a new studio for Cimarrona Hats & Accessories in that same back yard.
What the outage didn’t help is; in preparing a short story on a trip (a little over 200 miles round trip) to the dam below Possum Kingdom Lake. That will be out as soon as possible. It also short circuited the Texas Fly Fishing Report, as those reports are timely. With the weather changing so rapidly those reports can become worthless in a matter of hours, or a couple days.
Things are stacking up pretty deeply in the background, like the story on yesterday’s outing on a raging-then-calm Lake Ray Roberts – taking old friend and guru Joel Hays for a walk-wade of one of our old haunts, after being blown away from an outing with JB on his East Cape Fury – JB just turned around and drove home (like a lot of other boaters we saw at the ramp). The short story version – Carp-A-Plenty. JH stuck two, and broke his BVK on the second, so we were off the flat after only about an hour.
GETTING THE GAME FACE ON
Also stacking up are the places to hit as things turn on-and-off again in this unstable weather. Looming next weekend is the Lake Fork Bass World Championships on Fly. On a lake I have zero boating experience, a lake known to have widowmaker stumps … nerves are already fraying, but research is forthcoming. In fact, most of the lakes on my spring short list are hazardous to boat/driver health. If anyone has any tips for running Lake Fork, and surviving to talk about it, please let me know.
GO-NO-GO FOR LAUNCH?
Right now, I am holding off on launching the new Texas Skiff website, as income of a more tangible proportion is in demand. A more likely launch of a business site very soon – a site called SoftSparkArt, based on steel work, both creative art, and functional home-yard steel work done by me on the “Spark” side. And the “Soft” side covered by unique art by my better half, but different from her work at Cimarrona. WE have actually started feeling out the “Spark” side at Etsy, and you can see Spark work at Soft Spark Art Etsy.
Stay tuned as we approach warp speed!
BASS ON THE FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT
7th ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
LAKE FORK, TEXAS, USA at Lake Fork Marina
SATURDAY MAY 7, 2016 6:00AM- 2:00PM
RODS, REELS AND FLIES MUST BE EXCLUSIVELY FOR FLY FISHING.
THIS IS A CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE TOURNAMENT.
BOATERS: 1-2 PERSON TEAM, 5-FISH PHOTOS, TOTAL LENGTH;BIG BASS.
KAYAK: INDIVIDUAL, 5-FISH PHOTOS, TOTAL LENGTH;BIG BASS. (kayak, float tube, pontoon, or bank. No power.)
CLUB TROPHY: 3 BIG FISH,total length/Club-Organization
COST: $60/PERSON, incl. $5 big bass pot. Optional $5 big sunfish pot.
PAYOUT: 1-$1200, 2nd-$800, 3-$500, 4-$300, 5-$200, 6-10 $100.
Big Bass – $300, $200. (Based on 100 entries.)
PLANNED ACTIVITIES: Friday – 10am-4pm Free casting clinics, 6PM Guide report, Product booths & Kayak demos, Casting Contests;
Saturday – 9am-Noon Free casting clinics, Kayak demos, casting contests, drawing for prizes after weigh in.
Friday 3-6 pm optional BIG SUNFISH TOURNEY, $10.
REGISTRATION: BY MAIL To Bass on the Fly, P.O.Box 173, Yantis,TX 75497. If received prior to April 16 get FREE BASS FLY AND BE ELIGIBLE FOR DRAWING FOR A NEW FLY ROD. ON SITE registration Noon-9:00PM Friday or 5-6:00AM Saturday, cash only. Check back for online registration.
CHECK-IN:ALL CONTESTANTS MUST CHECK-IN AT THE TOURNAMENT SITE FRIDAY OR BEFORE 6:00am SATURDAY.
Your camera must be able to connect to an hdmi or usb port to display your photos on a laptop.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions.
ENDORSED BY THE FEDERATION OF FLY FISHERS – TEXAS COUNCIL.
SPONSORS: Temple Fork Fly Rods, Skeeter Boats, Brothers Flies, Ranger Boats, Cabela’s, Simms, Redington, RIO, Gypsy Jack lures, Lake Fork Marina, Umpqua Flies, Mariner-Sails, Lone Star Fly Fishers, Cliff Outdoors, Tailwaters Fly Shop.
Proceeds benefit Reel Recovery and FFF-Texas Council.
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Whoa. Where to start this fine afternoon? Well, just back in town after a drive up from Seguin, TX, this morning. Not a drop of rain this time though, and traffic actually moved!
ALONG THE WAY, I received a text from a confidential informant – the dam is shut at PK, and the striper action should already be ON. Nothing like arriving home after four days gone, and a five-hour drive, and telling my S.O. that I’ll be hitting the road again tomorrow morning and fly fishing the PK striper run for the week. Okay, I may have to commute, but I can’t think of anything better than the idea of, say a 10wt?, casting in the rain and storms, below PK, for these monsters. Sure there are better things, and sure if I tried real hard I could think of them. But there really is nothing like catching a wall.
I did wet a line over the weekend in the Guadalupe, private water … okay, the back forty tastes the Guadalupe for about a three-hundred yard run, but it was a bit fast and a lot muddy. Unless you were dredging fresh cut bait for cats (more than 200-pounds caught in three days along this run), fly fishing was a non-starter. Rain check on that run.
I also met a guy who had spent his weekend throwing croakers to hungry redfish, met him last night, and they did catch. When wouldn’t you catch on croakers? Anyway, the point of meeting a bait caster, other than to spread my gregarious personality around (LAUGH HERE), was to go mining for stories that could be of interest to Lone Star Outdoor News, or any publication for that matter! There’s never a dead end when it comes to meeting new people who make their fun in the outdoors, as far as I am concerned. The same goes for readers here: IF YOU have a story about the outdoors, in any aspect of outdoors – please let me know — you will be rewarded in some way for your “NEWSTIPs.” Think in terms of the unusual (kind of like fly fishing in North Texas!).
PK IS SHUT
The dam at Possum Kingdom Lake is shut in now. That’s your hot tip of the week. If you need more information, stay tuned, because I AM hitting the road (tomorrow if all goes accordingly) for PK, and could be there most of this week, assuming the weather goes bad. I know I am repeating myself, but this kind of HOT SPOT bears repeating!!!
I have to close this post out, and get ready for PK tomorrow, so thanks for reading, and remember to drive safely to wherever your roads lead you. It’s a gauntlet out there. Stay tuned, and check out the Twitter Feed or the Instagram Feed for updates from PK (and who knows where else!) this week! Those links to social information are over to the left column.
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Thanks for watching the Texas Fly Fishing Report. I am on the road and will be back north next week! The site is developing some technical issues, so please be patient and e mail me with any errors or bad things that show up on the site! These things happen if you do this long enough …