On Another Mission

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Thanks for stopping in presumably to see the popular Texas Fly Fishing Report. Unfortunately, there is an exception to that regularly scheduled report. The exception is if I am actually out doing research!  

So check back tomorrow. Or check the Texas Fly Caster YouTube channel. 

Until then, fish on my friends fish on. 

Battle Lines Being Drawn – Trinity Edwards Aquifer & Electro Purification

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

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I was listening to the local broadcast on North Texas’ NPR station KERA in Dallas yesterday, and they have subscribed to a new news service, the Texas Standard out of the University of Texas Austin. Of course there are “leanings” that may be foreign to the Chicken Fried Nation, but they did hit on a topic all readers of this news outlet value – water.

Apparently, the State of Texas has awakened a sleeping giant with their awarding of water pumping rights for the Trinity-Edwards aquifer. Lawsuits have been filed, and the battleground is the 1904 “Rule of Capture.” The company at the center of this water storm is Electro Purification, also known as EP.

Here’s the link for the story – There’s a lot to learn about the Texas aquifers, and if the new normal means some of the old normal dries up and blows away, chances are we will be hearing, seeing, and I’ll be writing a lot more about it here.

Thanks to the Texas Standard for their very liberal sharing policies (I couldn’t find any rules on that), and their much needed perspective on Texas news stories! Any job openings?

NOTE – I think I can handle others fighting the water battles in other distant parts of Texas, and reporting on them! I wonder if Rick Perry will be getting campaign contributions from a company with the initials EP?

Lake Ray Roberts Alligator? You Tell Me!

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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As I held up the mysterious bones Saturday, I wondered just what I was looking at, what I had found. Right now, I would like to think it was a Shakespearian moment; holding up the skull as Hamlet … perhaps I bring you, the readers, along on a tail of infinite jest?

I knew for sure that I wish I had paid more attention in my biology and science classes, perhaps in another parallel universe I would be a scientist in the field researching what is surely a world nearer humanity’s end than it’s beginning. No, I would be stuck in a lab under green lights, looking into a microscope watching, waiting for some magic to never happen.

As far as I can tell, the partial skeleton I found on Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, Saturday, is that of an alligator. A few still connected and articulating caudal bones, and the main event – a nicely cleaned pelvis bone.

It’s impossible for me to recall, if I ever tipped that I had seen gator signs last year in this area of Lake Ray Roberts last year, but I wasn’t about to fly off on unsubstantiated “signs” before I had more information. The close proximity to HWY 377 was my first strong indicator; a great place to stop on a bridge in the middle of the night, and toss a pet over the side and suffer no more consequences of one’s own stupidity. A second of that sighting – of “signs” – came about a month ago, from Chris at Mariner Sails in Dallas, TX. He passed along a tease about a kayaker seeing alligator somewhere on Lake Ray Roberts.

So as soon as the weather cleared, I knew I had to go back to that location and see if our “gator” had survived. A lot of walking yielded one partial set of bones that I could not identify at the time, but have since come to believe are the remains of the sole gator on Lake Ray Roberts. I have covered a lot of that lake. Is that the only gator? How can anyone say that it is “the ONLY” gator when there are so many stupid people with stupid pet choices outgrowing their tubs?

Gooey Weather Gives Way to Sunshine Redbuds Crane Flies

| March 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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It was sunny a week ago, and so it goes today. In between that Monday and this was sandwiched a soggy slog. We had a bit of the rain we need, even if it also brought fly fishing conditions we didn’t necessarily want. But we’re here, all in our places this fine morning, so welcome again to the Monday Morning Sidewalk.

I was talking to someone yesterday, who said Lewisville Lake “looked like it had gone up a foot” when they drove over on the bridge. That’s actually accurate in a week’s time, and in a month’s time that lake has gained two feet. That, my friends, is a lot of water back in that system, and just in time for wasteful spring lawn watering … perfect.

The extreme “progress” in the Denton, Texas, area, does lead to one obvious side-effect; when a City methodically paves over nature unchecked, that rainwater has nowhere to go but down to the newly constructed concrete drainages, and straight into local lakes (Denton drains into Lewisville Lake). If nothing else, even if it’s not beautiful, one thing Denton does now is drain.

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