Last Monday of June – Break out the Sparklers!

| June 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Light the fuse! The star-spangled month in fly fishing is staring straight in our faces, and demands we break free from fly fishing intolerance, break free from our borders, break free from the floods, break free from price scalping at the pump and go to the fish wherever they may be in this, the greatest Country in the recorded history of this planet. Heck, this Country is so great, we can leave it, go to a foreign country and return on a moment’s notice – all in the interest of the fly. Welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk.

This week ushers in July, a month that is my Christmas, my new year and a birthday celebration all rolled into one. It is THE month I love most, and that goes back to spending extended time at the beach (South Padre Island) with grandparents and the entire immediate family – year after year for many, many years. Those days had their own dramas, their own firsts and have been distilled by time, down to the best of times. So, it makes sense to get back to South Padre Island this July for however long I am allowed by adulthood’s slings and arrows. I think this will be a good month, when we factor in picking up the boat in Cocoa, FL, to keep one eye on the odometer and report my mileage – once you see the route, maybe you the readers can suggest some stops along the way! Great fly fishing is a priority stop, but food, historic sites, and things that I should photograph should also be a priority in your recommendations. I’ll reveal the routes and you can send me your recommendations. There will be a list of road tunes coming out this week, in preparation for road warriors everywhere – so be sure to look for that.


Last night the F3T stopped in Dallas, Texas, and I had no idea it was happening! Somehow, not a lot of “publicity releases” reach me here these days, and that certainly keeps me on topic, but doesn’t allow much in the way of easily shedding light on events that could draw new talent into the fly fishing world. If you think the readers of this site would benefit from your events, feel free to let me know! I am going to add some kind of calendar in the sidebar so the events that are sent to me are there (with links) – up until the date of the event.

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Texas Fly Fishing Report Friday – Here We Go Round and Round

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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If you watch last week’s YouTube Texas Fly Fishing Report, you’ve seen this week’s report. I can’t say there’s a dime’s difference between last week and this.

The USACE is being even more unpredictable with releases from Ray Roberts, and as we all know this stuff flows downhill. It certainly is all about the timing. I got to the dam the other day, and it was wide open, way too much flow to follow through with my FISH FLASH and hit that spot there. I didn’t even try.

A day later, I went back, not believing what I saw on the website for flow at the Ray Roberts Dam – solid zeros. I had to go look just to see if it really was shut in … and it was! So, in less than 24-hours the dam went from wide open to completely shut.

I have heard that the story about measured poo in the Galveston Bay System was a false report, trumped up on social media and originating in a fire station somewhere around there. I report, you verify!

If you find fish this weekend, feel free to let us know about it! I run other’s photographs on Instagram, and also as little or as much information as you want me to provide. To think your sweet spot will be overrun is a bit of an overestimation (of other fly fishers) in many, many ways. So, don’t worry and fish on!

The Texas Aquifers and Fly Fishing Fall Striper Denison Dam Everything in Between

| June 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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It was hard to know where to start when it came to this late release of our regular Water Wednesday report.

On the coast, where I was last weekend, the conditions are actually considered dangerous, with measured amounts of human feces and flesh eating bacteria in the Galveston Bay system. The smell there is awful, and you could find alligator carcasses, and all manner of debris along areas like the jetties and Galveston Ship Channel. And if you look at the river systems that lead to the Galveston area? the inflows are not letting up at all. All I can say is, HEAD SOUTH, way south for salt.

I read an interesting article in the Houston Chronicle while there recently. It highlighted the increasing consumption of our aquifer resources here in Texas, something I haven’t really thought a lot about since we don’t fly fish subterranean … but of course should be a part of our water concerns for our State.

First, proper credit goes to the Chronicle for a balanced publication and consistent balanced coverage of Texas’ assets and liabilities. I come from the newspaper business, and know balance when I see it.

The article talks about how even a record setting year like we have now does not fully recharge the Texas aquifer system. The topic of aquifers, as you may read, is important to the entire State of Texas.

I continue to wonder when Texas and California, and the rest of the USA, will finally belly up to the bar, bite the bullet, and start building water desalinization plants? Think about it. If California had been proactive, not wasted the time they are now, and started building plants twenty years ago? I always marvel at reports that say, “If this were built X number of years ago, it would have cost Y. Today, the cost is Y x 10 .”

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Monday Morning Sidewalk

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Good morning and welcome to wherever you arrived this fine day! For those of you who haven’t already binged on Bloodline, a new Netflix series, be sure to check it out ASAP. Set in Islamorada, a place you will remember me driving through (because I just had to see Isla) on a fateful waste of time to pick up a Mitzi (and leave behind a “friend”) awhile back, this is one of the more sophisticated series I have ever seen. Intertwined stories, plot twists and fully developed characters set against one of the most beautiful places (hedging a bit) in the United States of America. Watch it, and see if you can keep yourself from bingeing.

Meanwhile back here in North Texas, what a rough segue, the fly fishing is improving now that we’re zeroing in on what works in these conditions. Make no mistake, these are unique times that call for unique thinking outside the box. For example, I am headed back to a recent HOT SPOT at lunch today, to see about adding a few more of those two-pound crappie to the menu this week. The sentiments on crappie are unanimous; it is the best tasting warm freshwater fish in the south, with a texture and flavor that demands more fly fishing for them!

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