Tag: fly fishing for sand bass

Sand Bass SNAFU – YouTube Are You Listening?

| April 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Uggggghhh! For whatever reason, the de-facto compressor of all things video – YouTube – has chosen to default all videos I upload to the Texas Fly Caster Channel as “Private,” so feel free to watch this video again for the first time, and the best way to get through this (if I’m not mistaken) is to go to YouTube and suscribe to the Texas Fly Caster Channel. If you do that, you will be notified of new videos without having to come to the site – although I would have no clue why you wouldn’t want to visit the site! I apologize for this inconvenience.

Later today I will be running a story on the iPhone 5. Is it the best fly fishing camera ever?

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Sand Bass on Fly – It’s a Texas Thing

| April 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

In North Texas, spring has been an on-again-off-again thing. Today, ambient temps are in the upper 30’s and expected to be in the 60’s for highs. That’s just not right. If you couple these late April weather swings with the continuation of our spreading drought, all I can say is; when someone says they’re biting, you better have your rod loaded and ready to go. My FISH FLASHes that have been going out in April have a shelf life as short as a day, and finding patterns … it just isn’t lasting that long.

There’s plenty of down and dirty ditch creek fishing locally, and more power to those folks is all I can say. The experiences in the stretch I fish are a little less pounded and a lot less crowded. If I can just get work to get out of the way, there’s a lot of fishing to do all over Texas right now. As for the sand bass running here, it was over almost as soon as it started, and there are no crappie following as in years past (so far).

Living Waters Fly Shop March Events

| March 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

White Bass Shindig
When: Saturday, March 17th, 9:00 A.M-6:00 P.M.
Where: Living Waters Fly Fishing

9:00 A.M. — Doors Open
10:00 A.M. — White Bassin’ near Waco
Presenter: Pat Vanek
Pat is the President of the Jack Sparks Central Texas Flyrodders club in Waco, TX. He has a vast knowledge of white bass fishing the greater Waco area and he will be sharing new white bass fishing locations that many fly fisherman from this area are not familiar with.
1:00 P.M. — White Bass Fly Tying Demo
Presenters: Matt Bennett and Chris Johnson
Learn how to tie some of our favorite patterns for the spring white bass run!
3:00 P.M. — Fly Fishing for Hill Country White Bass
Presenter: Chris Johnson
The what-to-do’s, where-to-go’s, and why-to-do-it’s for Central Texas white bass!

Wednesday, March 21st – Fly Tying Night
Our regularly scheduled Tying Night. We meet at Pok E Jo’s @ 6:00 P.M. and then we head back to the fly shop at 7:00 P.M. to tie up a storm!

Thursday, March 22nd –Beginning Fly Tying Class
Instructors: Chris Johnson and Matt Bennett
When: Thursday, March 22nd, 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Where: Living Waters Fly Fishing
Skill Level: Beginner
Cost: $50

If you have ever wanted to begin fly tying but just needed someone to show you how, this is a class designed with you in mind. Matt and Chris will be teaching the elemental basics of fly tying and will help you build solid fly tying foundations that will last a lifetime! All vises, tools, and materials will be provided. Class size is limited to 6 students. Cost is $50 for the two hour class. Call (512) 828-3474 or email to reserve your spot today!

March 23rd-25th, FLYSTOCK @ Long’s Fish Camp on the Llano
This is a new event that will be held on the banks of the Llano River near Kingsland, TX. Living Waters Fly Fishing will have a booth at this event on Saturday, March 24th. Make sure that you come out and say hi and support this local event! We will see you there! For more info visit: www.flystock.org

Wed., March 28th – Fly Tying Night
Our regularly scheduled Tying Night. We meet at Pok E Jo’s @ 6:00 P.M. and then we head back to the fly shop at 7:00 P.M. to tie up a storm!

Thursday, March 29th — Marc Petitjean Magic Tool Class
Instructors: Chris Johnson and Matt Bennett
When: Thursday, March 29th, 6:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
Where: Living Waters Fly Fishing
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Cost: $50
This class is designed to teach the many uses of the Marc Petitjean Magic Tool. This tool has revolutionized our tying by opening up new possibilities with tried and true materials! This is a class that you will not want to miss. Class size is limited to 6 students. All students will need to supply their own Vises, Tools, and Magic Tools. Living Waters Fly Fishing will supply the materials needed for the class. Marc Petitjean Magic Tools are available for purchase in store. Cost is $50 for the two hour class. Call (512) 828-3474 or email to reserve your spot today!

Saturday, March 31st — Fly-A-Thon Finale
Where: Living Waters Fly Fishing
When: Saturday, March 31st, ALL DAY

We are pleased to announce that we have already received over 1000 flies for the Fly-A-Thon donations and have that many more flies committed!! We will be hosting the finale to this event and there will be fly tying in the store all day long!! Our goal is to host as many fly tiers as possible and see how many flies we can tie in a single day to donate to Casting for Recovery and Reel Recovery. More info on this event coming later this month — watch for the email!! Call the shop at (512) 828-FISH if you would like to know more about the Fly-A-Thon!

Fly Fishing for Sand Bass – What’s So Special?

| March 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sand bass are an interesting for a number of good reasons.

First, they are an extremely plentiful fish – schooling in huge numbers on Texas lakes during certain times of the calendar year. There are times when, just as on the Gulf Coast, we hop in a boat and go looking for birds. Seagulls will be diving on shad that have been schooled up and are being attacked by sand bass on the surface. Cooperation between birds and fish is remarkable, and extremely efficient. At times the fish, and I’ve been in these “blitzes” on a kayak, can cover an entire acre, and I have heard legends of even larger blitzes. It’s not a question of catching, it’s a question of getting tired of catching. If you check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s size and keep limits, they’re amazingly low and high for a reason. Typical lake regulations are a 10-inch minimum and 25 fish bag limit per day. That’s a lot of fish.

Second, sand bass taste good. Hey, I am a catch-and-release guy, but these are hard times, and I feel like a little sand bass action can put a few meals on the table. When we fish for meat, it’s sand bass, and we try to make all the cleaning (which I can prove I am not good at) worthwhile by upping our keep size to 12-inches. They are a very neutral tasting white meat, with the lake fish typically tasting slightly better than the creek runners. They just seem to be in fantastic condition during the time of year when they are chasing shad all over the lakes. These fish were made for fish tacos, and I am happy to oblige.

IF YOU want to catch and release sand bass, more power to you. Chances are there is someone on the bank further up creek who would love to feed their family, and sand bass are just crazy enough to bite again pretty quickly.

Third, speaking of crazy … these fish fight like crazy. Really, they will give you a “what for” just for hooking them. They aren’t as insane as a palmetto or a striper, but sand bass are in the creeks and crannies that stripers and palmetto hardly ever go. They will wear the skin right off your thumb for lipping them, because they are still slapping you the whole time you are trying to get a hook out. I’ve taken my skin all the way down to the last layer (and that hurts by the way) during spring sand bass runs. If you get into a run of females, or larger males, say 14-16 inches, you’ll know you’ve been in a fight – guaranteed.

Fourth, sand bass aren’t really all that difficult to catch on a fly rod. I’ve seen a lot of flies concocted with sand bass tacos in mind, and many of them tend to over think the taste buds of sand bass. When they are blitzing on the lake, they will eat beyond capacity, regurgitating their way to the boat and leaving eaten shad in the boat as well. It’s quite easy to catch two fish during blitzes when the second is following the hooked fish looking for left overs. I’ve caught bigger fish on lake blitzes by fishing below the blitz. Imagine larger fish waiting for what falls below.

Tomorrow – What you need to know to catch sand bass on fly in southern creeks.

NOTE – Hey fellow fly fishers, I was called on to do a photo shoot for Peterbilt in Seattle, Washington, today. And that means today! So I will be on the road for a couple of days in Washington State. Sorry for not adding artwork to these posts on sand bass, and I had some grand ideas, but maybe I can make it up to you in Seattle over the next few days.

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