TEXAS FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES

Happy Monday Birthday Thomas McGuane

| December 11, 2017

Good Monday Morning to you all! To say the world is frazzled just doesn’t do the frenetic pace justice these days … but today is Thomas McGuane’s birthday, and at the ripe young age of 78-years, I do hold out hope that I will find myself alive and well at his age.

For those unacquainted with McGuane, he is very nearly the antithesis of diarist John Gierach in his writing style. Yeah, I read both, but I guess I am old enough to have my preferences — and crazy enough to express them in a public forum. Heck, PC’s done nothing for me, that much is certain.

If you are seeing holes in the timeframe of posts, fly outings and such; that is because we just finished our largest and most successful ever “Leslie’s Backyard Holiday Art Show” last Saturday (no fly guys showed up with the secret password by the way), and today begins a short run “Pop-Up Shop” in Downtown Denton, Texas. Throw that together with a 32-hour-three-day work weekend for yours truly, and now you’re getting it? … the big picture.

Texas turned downright cold last week and the folks along the coast were freaked by the snow show from Corpus Christi, all the way up to Houston, Texas. I am still shaking my head because we had no snow here in North Texas – simply amazing. AND we are in a full-on burn ban here in Denton County, and yes, a full on drought once again. I, for one, am very happy for the salt to have a winter cold snap. THAT IS normal, and I believe the fish need NORMAL.

I’ll say it once again: The only place that does not get drought? Saltwater. They can suffer in other ways from the lack of freshwater intake, but there’s always water on the salt. Are you getting the picture of the future yet?

I had enough time to talk with people I trust about the state of the Art State over the weekend, and specifically how the internet has changed flavors so clearly this year. Folks have gone from the ease (sickness) of Facebook (and its fake news), to even shorter formats – Instagram. Now, you know I never miss the opportunity to drop my year of membership to social media, but I am pretty much moved on past Instagram as a venue – especially since it has been corrupted this year by the “likers” who don’t look at actual images, but try and entice a “like-for-like” response from other “Instagrammers.” Instagram is corrupted, and therefore pretty much an illegitimate format. I only “like” things I look at, and that hurts my standings of course.

No, we’re headed into long form in 2018 – the Loooooong Form. From the continuing challenges of YouTube, and over to a new-again interest in Podcasting that I am taking on as the ultimate challenge: painting a story in the mind’s eye, but keeping it technically easy and easy access and easy listening. Those are huge challenges, by the way. AND we will move into live broadcasting in 2018, simulcasting actually, any fixed reporting from the Fly Bar as well as any other opportunity that lends itself to the Periscope or Snapchat world (once again out in front of the fly fishing powers that be).

Have a great week, and feel free to call me if you are interested in truly unique gift shopping here in Denton, Texas! I will be working at the Pop-Up Shop several hours on weekdays, so come on by. Our hours are such that you can get off work in DFW, and come up here for shopping and a meal out in Downtown Denton, Texas. This shop will close just after Christmas, and the hours will get shorter right at Christmas, so make your plans and call me if you need more information!

Backyard Art Show and Denton Pop Up Shop

| December 8, 2017

Backyard Art Show Denton Holiday Pop-Up Shop 2017

We are having a Backyard Show tomorrow, Leslie’s Backyard Art Show, and it starts at 10-am and runs to about 5 tomorrow evening 12/09/17.

Then, we are moving all of Leslie’s Cimarrona merchandise to our temporary Pop Up Shop just off the Historic Square in Downtown Denton, Texas, to open that store Monday December 11. That shop will be open for a couple of weeks, more-or-less, and will feature several artist’s work and several different types of media. The Denton Holiday Pop-Up Shop is located at 301 S. Locust St. just south of the Square in Denton, Texas. Come by and say hi during the weekdays if you get a chance. I will have long hours, and can stay open in the evening if you just let me know you’re coming (how old school is that?).

So as you can tell, I am a bit busy with things other than, but ALWAYS in support of the fly life! Heck, it snowed across Texas south of here last night anyway. It is almost impossible to believe we didn’t get any snow, while Houston and other “warmer” places had a 2-inch dusting on the ground this morning. There’s certainly no need for a Texas Fly Fishing Report this week.

It is the season when we do turn toward enticing you into the holiday spirit – with our list of fly fishing gift giving ideas, and we finish up with our Top 10 Fly Fishing Music for 2017 in the last half of December as well. There are full-length releases I have yet to spin, but I will let you know where I stand – with the long list, and you can tell me if I missed anything, before I get down to the short list.

Anyone attending the Saturday show? Drop the code word at the Fly Bar for a special release beer treat, no trick.

Watcher Wednesday Recorded Live Sons of Hermann Hall 120317

| December 5, 2017

Randy Brodnax and Friends Christmas Show 2017 Sons of Hermann Hall Performances Carl Block E Flat Porch Band

Just as promised, and then some, we have a double-dip of music and Watcher Wednesday. I shot some still images of a lot of the art, but the best idea is for you to go to Instagram and subscribe to the Texas Fly Caster Instagram feed. It’s fresh feed for your eyes! Enjoy the music. It’s low down good old folk music.

Thanks for watching, and have a fantastic HUMP day why don’t you!

Monday Morning Sidewalk Leads Everywhere

| December 4, 2017

All About Fly Fishing in Texas and Texas Artists That Fish

Good Monday Morning, and a heck of a Monday it is! There’s nothing quite like having a piece of the weekend with my art family to bring the good vibes and creative juices back into alignment in my grey matter.

Of the three day Randy Brodnax & Friends Christmas Show at Sons of Hermann Hall, I was able to get yesterday to hang out and help out my wife and her business, Cimarrona, for the entire day. But … there’s no rest for the weary.

We now begin preparing for the “Leslie’s Backyard Show,” here in our back yard this coming Saturday. It is a one day show with eleven different vendors (give or take 1), and runs all day Saturday the 9th. of December.

AT THE SAME TIME, we are about to open a new temporary Pop-up-Christmas shop just off the Square in Downtown Denton, Texas. This opportunity presented itself, and we had to take the leap on an idea I had for Denton retail (was it four years ago already?). The ideas never seem to be the problem. It’s the funding, and the price is right this time! Thanks to our friends at Flower Garden Florist for making this happen.

There will be a formal invite going out to my readers, for both of these opportunities this week, so stay tuned. Unfortunately, the single fish oriented artist I had lined up didn’t have a good grip on his calendar when he originally committed, meaning I have no fish artists to offer Texas Fly Caster attendees. I will set aside some very exclusive beer for anyone who reads this and uses the code phrase “Tight Lines” at the Fly Bar. “Tight Lines” gets you a special refreshment, and you may need a DD to get home.

There will be a follow-up post tomorrow, with scenes from the Randy Brodnax Show, and a vendor list for Saturday’s show will probably be with that post as well.

If you don’t make it back tomorrow, be sure to scroll down later in the week, and see what you’ve missed. We obviously have a lot on our plates, as the holidays approach, and with a little luck, maybe a line or two in the water.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE Texas Fly Caster INSTAGRAM feed for image / gift updates (in case you don’t read).

Remember … “Tight Lines” …

Friday Fly Fishing Report – Oklahoma and Texas

| December 1, 2017

New to the Texas fly fishing scene?

You’ve come to the right place. Just about every week, I compile information sent to me by e mail subscription from taxpayer supported organizations, like the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and during winter coldwater season, from the Oklahoma Wildlife Department. The information comes in bulk form, and I whittle it down to what is the essence of what I would want to know if I were you. I am not a newbie, so take that last sentence with a grain of rock salt, and a heaping helping of optimism. Why? Because you have still landed on the most in depth and interactive fly fishing website based in Texas (and just about anywhere else for that matter). I’ve been called arrogant (by the guy who’s photo is in the dictionary under the word). There are so many synonyms for arrogant, feel free to fill in your blank with whatever works for you. And when you’re done, be sure to simply count up ten years of information, and count up the number of words in almost 2-thousand individual posts while you’re at it.

Sure, Google doesn’t rank this site where it should be. The only time they did was back in the days when their spiders were accurate. Nowadays? Search is covered up by Google ads, geek fly fishers who’ve stuffed the internet with worthless incoming links, and even dead sites that never move or change. Page rank has become a worthless measure. They (Google) are even doing their best to destroy YouTube these days – making imbedding more difficult (so you have to go to YouTube), and with declining ranking standards. Regardless, Youtube is still showing the greatest future potential of the internet, bar none.

Is it any wonder so many have retreated to the fake news of Facebook. We may as well call it “Fakebook.” Of course they can’t be held responsible …

Coming in for a Hard Landing – JUMPING OFF THAT SOAP BOX NOW!

FRIDAY DECEMBER 1

I just felt like writing that out long board style, so maybe the end of this year will come even sooner than I want. This was one of those years. It had good, it had bad, and it still has downright ugly going on.

The good was a carp season, a season to end all carp seasons, and just maybe it has? The only season that compares to 2017 was the 2016 season, and that’s in the last ten years. The trends are pretty well documented here – for the last ten years. I would be looking the fish gods in the eye if I said I think the 2018 season will compare to the last two.

We are dry as a bone after two good water years. I don’t hear anyone talking the dreaded “d” word yet, but if December is like November? that’s what we will have – another good old drought. File drought under ugly.

The bad was, and continues to be, the ongoing beat-down of my photography business. While there have been the best bright spots (articles in Lone Star Outdoor News and Drake Magazine), the dark days dominate the year (magazine closures). Most of my “old” friends still marvel that I have been a photographer for so long now (30 years). It certainly helped to create this site ten years ago, and hone my writing to create complete packages for publications. Still, if things were as in the past, I would be spending all my free time in Port Aransas and Rockport documenting that disaster … it seems like it’s already forgotten, and if money didn’t matter? It would be an epic photographic story. I am sure some trust-funder will get that done in my stead.

I’m no hipster-trust-funder-fly-fan in case you haven’t noticed, so the long exhausting manual labor weekends are filed under bad, but also under good. They’re good because I am much stronger than before the bout with HPV throat cancer two years ago, much much stronger. Of course with this particular manual labor comes the threat of serious injury, and I teeter on that edge every single weekend. The beat goes on.

DECEMBER 1 Report

OKLAHOMA

Blue River

November 28. Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Trout good on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait, gold spoons and San Juan worms around points, rocks, below rifles and obstructions in current in deeper water. Stocked approximately 4,800 rainbow trout on November 22. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Lower Mountain Fork

November 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on PowerBait along rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

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