Monday Morning Sidewalk Smells Like Fall in the Air

| September 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Shannon Drawe Cover Photo TPW Magazine

I appreciate all the good words about the cover photograph on latest Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine!

Good morning, and what a morning it is! Fall has fallen on us, and the gloom of rain will probably be gone (in North Texas) by the time you read this, while the rest of the State begins to clear away the rain and wet air – to be replaced by cool dry, dare I say, fall air in the next twenty-four hours. I always find it amazing when seasons actually kick in when they are supposed to, after so much environmental damage we’ve done to our part of the world. Normal really is the exception these days, isn’t it?

My guide trip last Thursday yielded many, many shots at our golden bones – off the bow of the skiff, but although many were called, none were chosen to land — hooked yes, but not landed. It made me realize just how “advanced” chasing carp on fly can be in the hierarchy of fly fishing in freshwater.

It really is easy to take for granted the skills acquired, and required for casting on carp – a) accurately, b) with stealth, and, c) with consistency. Many carp are called, but sometimes few are chosen on a daylong skiff stalk.

I received the summary of the inaugural Holy Carp! Bayou City tournament held in Houston last weekend. I can see this event easily rivaling the legendary annual South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slam  in Denver, CO.

HOLY CARP! Tournament Summary

Holy Carp! 2016 Houston Carp Tournament

Holy Carp! – Courtesy Photo 

Official standings on the 2016 Holy Carp! Fly Fishing Tournament

1st place- 70.25″

McLean Worsham

2nd place- 29.5″

Andrew Vrana

3rd place- 24″

Ben Huston

Longest gar- 17.5″ Alligator gar

Ben Huston

Congrats guys!

Big thanks to everyone who came out! Big thanks to Bayou City Angler for hosting us and sponsoring the event! And let’s not forget all our sponsors who made it all possible Bayou City Angler, MarshFly Rod’s, Sealevel Apparel, Diablo Paddle Sport’s, Post Fly Box, Scientific Angler, Howler Bros, Umpqua, and Texas Fly Geek!!!!

Can’t wait until next year guys!!

Holy Carp! 2016 Houston Carp Tournament

Holy Carp! – Courtesy Photo 

Thanks for the reading, and hang tough this week, as plans for the fall fly fishing season take shape. I’ll be in Houston for a photo shoot later this week, and so very close to the salt …

Texas Fly Fishing Report for 092116

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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It’s about time! Here is a much delayed, for good reason, video – the one and only, Texas Fly Fishing Report. These videos are backcast on the Texas Fly Caster YouTube channel, so be sure to go there and watch a few, maybe find out what you haven’t been missing.

FLIRTING WITH THE BEAVER – Beaver’s Bend Oklahoma & the Blue River

This is the official flirtation with the idea of guiding in Beaver’s bend this winter, so watch and see what I have to say about that tidbit. It’s an idea that I have kicked around, before I got kicked around by last year’s cancer encounter. Why rest on my laurels this winter? What are laurels anyway?

I am looking for you guys and ladies to do some preliminary contacting of ME in regard to booking your date(s) in Beaver’s Bend – starting BLACK FRIDAY this November! Go to the “Calendar” page to see when I will have dates available in  Beaver’s Bend available. And if you are interested in other dates for guided trips at the Blue River (public areas only), hit me on that too! I will be up front about the FACT that fish know when weekends are, and your chances in Oklahoma have always been BEST during bad weather, and NOT ON WEEKENDS. So take that for what it’s worth.



Monday Morning Burning Up The Sidewalk

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Good day, and welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk! I hope your Monday is going well, and you are indoors for the duration of the week – unless you want to get outdoors with me and chase fish of course!

Although we had some surprisingly early cool fronts in the last couple of weeks, that little party has come to an abrupt end, with the hot weather returning in force over the weekend, and continuing into this week. The winds on the waters around here have been virtually dead calm. That’s great for running the skiff, but it does make the fish a lot more skittish – easier to see them, easier for them to see us! Still, the shots are all over the place, and with a little breeze, a hundred shot day is not out of the question.

Texas Fly Caster Lagoon Skiff Carp on Fly -Courtesy Kevin Crawford

I hope you read the post on the carp tournament coming up this weekend in Houston, Texas. It’s their inaugural tournament, and they certainly have an impressive list of sponsors, and I hear the list of people going is getting longer every day. Talk about some tough carp conditions; those concrete bayous force you to be as stealthy as possible, and you have to have a good eye to see the take from the top of one of those embankments.

If you are near the salt, then you know these are good times – in most places. I have not checked the latest red tide report, but last I heard it was pretty isolated along the coast. I have seen images of Texas tarpon, and the usual redfish as well as extraordinarily good speckled trout action lately.

And speaking of salt and tournaments, don’t forget the Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament is coming in two weeks! The timing looks good for that tournament to produce some very competitive results.

I am cutting this short, so I hope you get back here or to the YouTube channel later this week, and see what’s going on … it has been long enough away from doing a Texas Fly Fishing Report by now, and the subscribers keep coming. Sooner-or-later they’re going to expect something, something new that is!

Have a great week, and drive and arrive safely!

Holy Carp! It’s a Houston Fly Fishing Tournament for The Rest of US!

| September 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Holy Carp Tournament Logo - Courtesy Logo


DATE: September 24, 2016 Sunrise to 5-pm weigh in
BASE – WEIGH IN: Bayou City Angler Fly Shop
WEBSITE: www.houstonfly.fishing


Total inches of as many of these 3 species as you can.

  • Common carp
  • Grass carp
  • Smallmouth Buffalo

First, second and third will receive prizes, registration fee includes tournament shirt.

Side pot for longest Gar of any of the gar species ($5 entry) at the captains meeting. Winner takes the pot.


You will receive something that must be in the photos the night before the tournament and the day of. You must use a legal measuring device and pictures must clearly show the fish and measurement. Judges will determine all photos and official measurements.


Anywhere in Texas so long as you’re back to the weigh in by 5pm on the tournament day. Exact locations will not be given out it’s up to the team to find the fish.


Anywhere not permitted for fishing. No private water, No trespassing, No snagging, no chumming, no bait (including the coffee bean fly), no flossing, no cheating it’s fly fishing and supposed to be fun!!

Any violation will result in disqualification determined by the judges no if and or buts about it. We hope to see you there, all persons fishing the tournament must be in possession of a valid Texas fishing license, and adhere to  all laws in the state of Texas.

-T-shirts and other swag will be available for pickup at Bayou City Angler during the captains meeting the night before tournament.-

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