TEXAS FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES
Whoa. Is it December 5 already? What happened to the year? For you young whippersnappers reading, you probably get tired of hearing the older crowd saying, “time flies so fast, you don’t realize!” Well it’s the truth. We don’t have much time to end this year, tie it up with a pretty little bow, and put it under the tree.
Our weather has finally taken a turn pretty much across Texas, and the cool fronts that are hitting North Texas are also making their way through the State, instead of fizzling out at about Austin. We have 20’s-30’s temperatures in this week’s forecast – the coldest air in two years. That means the patterns are being set for the Texas Gulf Coast, and the rest of Texas as well. On the Coast: fronts with high winds followed by bluebird calm days that reveal trout working, reds in the guts and flounder everywhere. For the bait casters – I am hearing about bull reds in just about all the jetty channels.
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TENTH ANNIVERSARY APPROACHING
I don’t think it hurts too much to look back and see where we came from occasionally, and I did some year-end cleaning of the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel last night (that unknowingly lead to a pile of accidental tweets detailing the cleaning) that slowed me down to look at some of the old videos titled “Texas Fly Fishing Report,” and in those was a guy who, in August of 2015, had no idea he was about to get hit by a truck.
It was amusing really, to see what I thought a battle with cancer would be like, compared to the truck that hit me and slowly backed up over me. At least I had a good attitude … blissful ignorance.
So as the year-end cleaning continues, it seems apparent that having a weekly “Texas Fly Fishing Report” does not really work on a weekly video basis for the slowly changing times of year. There will be another “Texas Fly Fishing Report” out next week though, because IT IS TIME now to do one. Look for that next week.
And to flesh out (keep it interesting) our next “Texas Fly Fishing Report,” I plan on adding some holiday oriented fly fishing gift giving ideas – just to make this one pony show more difficult to produce!
WORD – If you have any Backwoods gift cards, go to your local Backwoods store and use them As Soon As Possible. I am guessing that when / if they go into full liquidation mode, those cards will not be honored when you show up to clean out the remaining fly tying droppings. Personally, it’s not so bad to see the Fort Worth Backwoods go, as it directly relates to the local fly fishing scene. Hearing my written words (from this site) regurgitated as if they were the speaker’s own brilliant words, with no attribution? was a wakeup call I’ll never forget. And with never a single guide referral? Let me now put duct tape over my mouth.
ON GUIDING OKLAHOMA
If you think learning fly fishing, and guiding is ever complete, well it isn’t! I was involved in a conversation about guiding on the Blue River in Oklahoma, which I had planned to do, only to find out from a very good source that guiding there (since I had a guide guide me there) has been reinterpreted to be against the rules set forth in the original land agreement – that disallowed “businesses” in the park. I don’t think any of us will be losing any sleep over that news though.
TEXAS FLY FISHING REPORT – The Original
Of course the Texas Fly Caster reporting on fly fishing in Texas has never really ceased, it just takes the form of written word in between those hot YouTube videos. Next year will be the tenth year for the Texas Fly Caster website, and those anniversaries that end in zero have a deep effect on the celebrants. (Just ask my ex-wife from almost two decades ago) It is difficult to tell where the zero year will go. Maybe it’s time to delete all the old stories, and start all over again? Write a book instead? Go YouTube exclusively? Downscale? Upscale? Resume the slide, “Fly Fishing Culture on the Skids” mantra? God knows the skids I have going! We’ll just have to see what happens … I’ve never been into doing the same thing again, and again, and expecting different results. It’s not so difficult to ignore the numerical fact this site is enjoying more traffic than at any time in its (10-year) history. There’s just an itch, as always, to be ahead of the curve.
North Texas is going to be wet this weekend, and more attuned to indoor sports, like … tying a mop fly, or doing some Christmas shopping (art buying) at Sons of Hermann Hall … or anything that keeps you out of the 40-degree & rainy weather. I appreciate a good challenge on the water, but if weather predictions hold, places like Blue River and Lower Mountain Fork will be pretty “stained” for our pursuits. No, your best bet is to run to the coast, beat this front, and cash in on our bountiful saltwater fly fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast as winter begins in earnest.
In Central Texas, the Guadalupe River trout fishery has been stocked, and those who care ask that you keep the pressure off those fish as they settle in (quit swimming in circles looking for Purina Fish Chow). Those fish, as well as synthetic fish in Oklahoma, really are more fun once they have had a chance to sample the rewards of going native. I bet the bait casters have already cleared half of those hapless synthetics out by now.
Have a fantastic weekend, whatever you do, and I WILL SEE YOU next week.
Good cyber Monday morning! Was your e mail inbox as full of sh … tuff as mine this morning? I guess that’s the new way of doing things. One thing for sure; Black Fridays aren’t what they used to be. However, a little fly fishing BOB (Blue on Black) trip did me a lot of good.
The video shows – you that have experience (on the Oklahoma Blue River’s catch-and-release) – everything you probably already knew about how to get there, and how to get to the upper reaches of the c-n-r area. But since I hadn’t been there in a couple of years, I took the time to really think about that fishery as not just (what I call) a waterpark for fly fishers. I really considered how difficult the Blue River can be for a novice fly fisher, and with that I began mentally assembling a list of “Techniques For Success on the Blue River,” and a detailed list of reasons why “Better Casting Makes for Better Blue Days” as well. Finally, I also included a list of flies that can work on any given trip to the Blue River. One technical tip I forgot to mention in all the ways to fly fish the Blue River (at the end of the video) is DRY FLY. So add that to the ways you can approach (the Blue) and hone your skills for other waters in other places.
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Thanks for reading this Monday in the cyber realm! Have a great week and don’t miss the North Texas winter rollout of new fashionable hats from www.cimarrona.com at the Randy Brodnax Christmas Bash this coming weekend in Deep Ellum at the Sons of Hermann Hall. It is a great opportunity to find unique (one of a kind) gifts for yourself and others this giving season.
For those who are a captive audience wherever you are this Thanksgiving weekend, please enjoy a look back at what turned out to be an epic year of chasing carp on Lake Ray Roberts, Texas. A look back at a year of recovery for me. A look back at how rough things were, and appreciation of all things, a Thanksgiving for how good my health now is. To say I don’t recognize myself from this March to this November is a bit of an understatement. But then, I certainly don’t recognize myself from, say summer 2015 to now either!
Enough about “myself” though! This long video (which you can FF at any time) is a way for me to close it out, create a document, and keep on moving; new chapters are already in the works. You may experience problems with video length / quality / streaming speeds — and there will be a lot of bandwidth chewed along with that dressing over the holidays!
If you do watch – THANKS! And if you don’t? Thanks anyway! I would rather not see myself on screen anymore, so you can keep me off screen by sending me “newstips,” and story ideas, and inviting me along on your trips — to DOCUMENT YOUR FLY FISHING (and other) STORIES for consumption by hungry fly fishers here at Texas Fly Caster. Operators are standing by!
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving tomorrow, and we’ll see you out there somewhere on Black Friday!