FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES
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The gutters are overflowing, and thunder and lightning fill the air early this morning. And until we move the regular Texas Fly Fishing Report to the new “Silver Fly Mobile Studio,” those reports are subject to “rain delays.”
If you’re in Texas, chances are you’re talking about the weather. That’s because for the first time in years we actually have spring rains. Check your lake levels if you’ve been in a coma this month.
All the rules have changed once again, and while I would refer you to the report where I talked about the new habitat difficulties faced on our local locations we roamed for carp, who the heck knows how this will all iron out in the long run? The reality is these massive rains are creating a new set of problems for those of us bound to our feet for fly fishing forays on these freshwater flats.
Where For Art Thou Water Salinity?
Moving away from the inland Texas freshwater fly fishing, toward the coast … this damn freshwater here has to go somewhere – and it is – straight to the Gulf of Mexico. I saw bayous and creeks south of Houston last weekend – ALL OF THEM OUT OF THEIR BANKS. And as of this morning’s report, the Statewide radar is showing more rain directly on the coast. If you already planned a saltwater trip in the next few weeks, you’ll have to let us know how it turns out. I don’t see how anyone could be optimistic, but then I am saying that from 300 miles inland.
Not only are the coastal bayous pouring into the Gulf, you have a situation where stretches like the Brazos below Lake Whitney is at 29-feet, a bonafide flood. It’s only a matter of days (at the current rate) until they open up Lake Ray Roberts, open up Lewisville, and set a torrent of water free to run the Trinity. They’ve held onto water for awhile at Ray Roberts, and the rains would have to keep the pace, but I’ve also seen preemptive releases in the past (preparing for more rain to come).
Higher up the chain, places like Lake Kiowa, Texas, a little private lake I fly fish, north of Ray Roberts, is over the floodway, and that hasn’t happened in years. The results? Depending on how high it goes over the floodway, imagine grass carp longer than your arm, carp, bass and more – floating down to find us on Ray Roberts.
This new water rapidly coming in certainly reduces clarity at lakes like Ray Roberts, and that’s good for we who pursue the golden bones. We will just have to see how long those particulates remain suspended before our exploding population of zebra mussels clean up the “mess.” I would estimate it will take a fraction of the time it once did for water on Ray Roberts to clear – because it’s already so clear and because of those little filter feeders.
TRY THIS IDEA
If you need an untested recommendation of where to have the best luck on the lake fly this weekend, here in the DFW area, I love the look of Lewisville Lake. Take the A Train from Carrollton to the stop at Highland Village, get off the train and walk north to the areas around the boathouses. It’s right off I35E, and taking the train will save you the insane $10-dollar parking fee at the boathouse parking lot (rip OFF). If you’re driving, take a look at the north side of that lake, and its parks, WEST OF I35E.
LOCAL PONDS – Offer Opportunities
Also, don’t forget that pond action can turn on in unusual ways during these rain events. I caught my largest catfish years ago, on North Lakes Pond nearby my house. They move up as the levels rise, feeling more confident and foraging for new food sources washing through. The added oxygen content helps activity in general, so look for the inflows and outflows as your starting points.
Our bottom line is that these rains create a lot of flux in conditions, and fish can still be caught in the flux. As these fish move around, we are more likely to see them in places we never thought we would, and if it looks like a fish, smells like a fish – CAST AT IT like it’s a fish!
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I can’t believe Earth Day had the nerve to come on the Texas Fly Caster Water Wednesday report date! The audacity of Mother Earth …
Well, I took a look at Ray Roberts this morning, and lost count of the number of times I said, “wow.” Just under three feet low now, that lake is still rising and bound to rise more today as we have serious storms forecast. I keep hearing people say, “it has been so wet,” and, “Can you believe this rain?” I want to say, can you remember this rain, when it used to rain? What was once normal (like this), is now exceptional, if that tells you anything. They have also cracked the door on the Ray Roberts Dam, and are letting a little water out now, but just a little. That water has been turbid for so long, I cannot imagine any good fishing on the upper stretch for quite some time. And I have no idea how far down that problem reaches.
Be sure to check that past story (On The Taint)for some good creek action with the kind of runoff we’re having. It should trigger a bit of a bite in that location.
And it doesn’t stop in North Texas, the water situation for East Texas and especially Houston? Unbelievable. Those guys are getting washed away. The bulge of fresh water in the bay system is having an effect now, and I have heard of no end in sight – we know it always ends, right?
Influxes of fresh water like this will trigger a gar bite. And I did see plenty of gar in the flats this morning, nested in the weeds. They’ll surprise you, and be gone before you can ID them, but I did get one little snip from a long nose that was about 40-inches long, but she turned her nose as well, and torpedoed off.
WEATHER ALERTNESS – Stay tuned, stay alert and heed all warnings.
Good morning and welcome to wherever you arrived this Monday morning. It’s a blustery day here in Spring, Texas, and one that has people telling stories about “where they were” last night when the hail storm hit this part of Houston. Me? I was on the road back from Pasadena where I had taken a quick look at a skiff that I had seen on Craigslist. Unfortunately that boat did not have the setup I needed, but if you’re looking for a move from kayak to boat, and you want to check out all the options that are out there – scroll down to the bottom and check this one out. This boat is from a mold that eventually went to the Ankona company in Florida.
And speaking of boats, they’re everywhere around these parts of course, and I stopped to get some of that cheap (very cheap) gas … and struck up a conversation with two guys topping off the tank on their Kenner. “You know what boat stands for don’t you?” Of course I bit, “No, what?” “Bring Out Another Thousand” And of course they had to tell me the obligatory two happiest days a boat owner has, which I have heard a thousand times before, and so it must be true.
It’s up and out early this morning, as the trip to Houston, TX, winds down on the clock. There will be a line cast around here somewhere, but it feels a lot like the “Colorado Monsoons” around here, where we get a few hours of weather to thread the needle and fish. Evenings here are bringing out incredibly unstable weather conditions. Today we’re waking up with temperatures in the lower 50’s here in Houston. And it looks like this weather is wreaking havoc as it heads across the eastern United States.
I certainly had the time Sunday to take a look at Lake Conroe, and the lake that was up the last time I was there, is literally full, and since it was Saturday, overrun with boats of every size, shape and color. It was a zoo that is no longer a step off and wade for grass carp. Yes, you’re going to need a … boat or kayak. Does this sound like a broken record, or what? If you have the opportunity to fish Conroe, the water should be cooperating as it gets into a lot of manageable vegetation and has crept up under those overhanging pine trees of all sizes. Think about those bugs falling off, or being knocked off those branches. In a nutshell, don’t watch that Conroe grass carp video and expect anything like the same conditions today.
Saturday past, we headed down to a town called Wharton, and all along that route from Houston proper down 59; creeks were out of their banks, and rushing. It’d be safe to assume there is going to be an untenable amount of freshwater in the inshore bay system that is fed from those creeks and bayous. How widespread this desalinating event reaches, I do not know.
If you are out and about in Houston, be sure to check out the beer and spicy pig ears at The Hay Merchant at 1100 Westheimer. It’s one of those places that’s right there on the edge of the beautiful people and the rest of us. And it’s darn close to Buffalo Bayou (which was running big time).
I promised to give a shout out to the boat owner, as he was kind enough to meet me late Sunday afternoon in the Pasadena area.