Tag: Houston fly fishing

Heads Up Houston – Danny Scarborough Speaking at Houston Fly Fishers Meeting

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Brays Bayou along the concrete creek banks

A fly fisher I have learned from, 


Don’t Miss it! The Inshore Expo – Fishing Tackle Unlimited

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Tips, tricks and techniques for Fly and Conventional Anglers who like to keep it shallow.


Saturday, December 13, 2014
8723 Katy Freeway
10 am – 5 pm

Captain Rob Fordyce
Rob is a professional saltwater guide with over 30 years of experience guiding anglers for big tarpon as well as permit, bonefish, snook and many other saltwater gamefish. ONLY guide to have won all four major Fly Tarpon Tournaments in the 50 year history. Co- authored Tarpon on Fly in collaboration with Donald Larmouth. Rob also is one of the fly-fishing Captains on Destination America’s TV show called Silver Kings.

With Special Guests:
Captain Scott Null – guide, writer and outdoor photographer
Captain Scott Sommerlatte - renowned guide and outdoor writer. Scott is best known to most of Texas as a premier Fly Fishing Guide, but is known to the rest of the country as a spectacular outdoor photographer and writer as well.
Michael Harris – Member of Texas Fly Fishers & Pro Staffer or Jackson Kayaks



  • 11:00am: “Fly Fishing from a Kayak” with Michael Harris – Jackson Kayak Pro Staff and accomplished fly fisherman. He will also talk about tactics for shallow water fishing and showing off some of the NEW Jackson boats in the fall line-up.
  • 12:30pm: Fly Fishing Baja with Frank Smethurst. Frank has a ton of experience in the Baja region and is famously known for his video “Running Down the Man” about surf fishing for roosterfish. One of the best fly fishing videos you’ll ever see.
  • 2:00pm: Tarpon Fishing and Tactics with one of the world’s best, Captain Rob Fordyce. Rob is the only captain to have won all four major Fly Fishing Tarpon Tournaments in the 50 year history. He’s also the Co-author of Tarpon on the Fly and is one of the hosts for Discovery’s Destination America NEW TV show called Silver Kings.
  • 3:30pm: Freshwater Trout Tactics from Texas to the Rockies with Jake McKittrick. Jake is a long time guide and respected angler based out of Colorado who’s fished for trout the world over. He will discuss tactics to apply from the Guadalupe to the Rockies.
    Casting and Tying Demonstrations all day long!!
  • Whether you’re new to fly tying or an accomplished tier, you’ll be able to pick up some new tricks. We’ll also be displaying some of the New Enrico Puglisi material for the show.
  • Renowned rod builder Kenny Murph will be on hand all day to answer all your rod building questions. Great opportunity to learn from one of the finest robs builders around!


-Eric Kraimer (Simms, Scientific Angler, Buff, Abel, Ross)

-Darin Jacober (Sage, Rio and Redington)  Darin will have all his companies set up in a trailer outside the store near our casting area for customer to look over and try.

-Hughes Andry (Loomis, Shimano)

-Frank Smethurst and Jake McKittrick (Scott Fly Rods (New addition at FTU), Airflo Fly Lines (New Addition at FTU), Montana Fly)

-Banning Collins (TFO, Hatch, Waterworks, Winston and Umpqua)

-Mark Shelton (Tibor, Fishpond, Dr. Slick)

NOTE – If you fly fish and you are within range of the dominant, and only Houston fly shop, Fishing Tackle Unlimited, this is a great chance to hear from some guys I follow religiously – Scott Sommerlatte and Scott Null. Captain Null operates in the northern regions of the Galvston system, while you can find Captain Sommerlatte further south in Port O’Connor, Texas. Both are known for their fly fishing expertise, and you can certainly find their names here by digging through the archives (search box on right). And it’s a chance to visit with some of the factory reps I know, like the ever helpful Banning Collins and Eric Kraimer.

CCA Concert for Conservation with Hank Williams Jr. – May 17

| April 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

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The concert will be held at Sam Houston Race Park, located at 7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West, Houston, TX 77064. Doors will open at 5:00 pm, with the first performance going on at 6:00 pm. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Concert attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, but lawn chairs will also be available for purchase at the event. Get your tickets now, as we are expecting a big crowd!

Advanced Reserved and Advanced General Admission tickets can be purchased here.

4 Pack of General Admission Tickets for $99 can be purchased here.

NOTE – I’m not sayin’ the saltwater guys have more fun, but I’m just sayin’ …

Soul’s Worn Thin on The Monday Morning Sidewalk

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

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NOTE - I don’t know about you, but I can feel the pebbles and cracks of the sidewalk through a “soul” worn thin by recent events and a brutal winter, but the promise of spring does much to thicken it back up, get it ready for our pursuits yet to come. If you fly fish, you’ve got to be an optimist, don’t you?

Welcome to your Monday morning wherever you are across Texas, and across the USA. For so many folks it’s now that time of year – Spring Break! And nowhere else do we feel it more than right here in Denton, TX, a town proudly boasting about 45-thousand university students, and a significant number in public schools as well.

That giant sucking sound you hear is the sound of gasoline coming out of the station’s tanks and being force fed into fleeing vehicles of all shapes and sizes, an outright exodus.

Fortunately for me, if you are reading this on Monday morning, I am already on the water as you read. This time it is Broken Bow, OK, and a ride along trip to do some photography, maybe fish a little, and see just what has become of Beaver’s Bend – Broken Bow.

The Bow is high on DFW (freshwater) fly fisher’s list of places to go for a cheap trout fix, and while I have been there quite a bit over the years, it has been years since I’ve been back. Many years. With a little luck, and a little weather, maybe I can bring back a good update on all the changes since the floods there. It’s hard to believe how long it has been.


Over the weekend, I made a trip out to the Texas Freshwater Fishery Center to do another “Carp Fly Fishing” presentation, and it was the last slot of the day, which looks to me to be the worst slot of the day judging by the dozen attendees, several of which were waiting for their Moms to pick them up. They probably thought they were caught in a warp when the brand new presentation came off more like an environmental science lecture. Is anyone listening? Well, yes they were, and it only takes one among the dozen for me to consider the effort a raving success.

If you have a club or group who wants to hear about current methods, and challenges to fly fishing for carp, be sure to contact me. The current lecture also contains a substantial dose of reality about the water situation we find ourselves in here in Texas. My next speaking engagement is at the Red River Fly Fishers monthly meeting in Sherman, Texas, on April 1. That’s no joke.

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Photo Courtesy – Danny Scarborough

You are probably becoming more familiar with the flies (sold at Pops Fly Shop) of Danny Scarborough who lives in Houston, and Danny is stepping up to also keep us posted on the conditions in that lush part of the State.

Danny’s New Fly Report: “We’re doing good here this spring. Lake Conroe is only a foot low. Highest I’ve seen it in a long time. On Lake Houston the white bass have been here and there but definitely spawning. The crappie have really thick this year.

Lake Livingston’s white bass spawn is going strong as we speak. I’ve been seeing limits almost daily. I really should of fished there but didn’t want to make the drive.

I had to work yesterday morning till 10. So instead of going to any of the fishing shows, I decided to fish Lake Houston and test the Game Changers. They are now tested and approved for bass, gar, and a huge crappie (sadly lost at the boat).”

In tripping down to Athens for the presentation with Joyce riding along, I was excited to hear about her upcoming fly travels. She’s headed to Montana for a trip with Steve Hollensed and even booked a trip to go bone fishing in October (also with Hollensed)!

Joyce is a member of Texas Women Fly Fishers, an organization that I thought was only for women. She informed me that it isn’t “a sexist organization!” and men are welcome too. Okay, since all the recent club drama where I am a member, it only seems logical to give the TWFF group a look. One thing is certain, the Texas Women Fly Fishers know how to have fun.

One bug she also planted in my ear (and she’s not the first) is to begin planning my own group trips to great destinations. Honestly, I haven’t a clue how to do one of these as of this writing, but momentum is gathering …

Have a great week, and great spring break for those of you lucky enough to get a Spring Break!

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