TEXAS FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES

Fly Fishing Across The Tracks and Down South of Cowtown With Some Soggy Bottom Boys

| November 16, 2017

Pitbull Along the Tracks

Anybody looking for their lost pitbull? A source told me that it used to have a pink collar around the head that was detached and thrown over to the side of the tracks (a clean cut).

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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Bass O Matic

| November 13, 2017

Bass on Fly Rod

Good Monday Morning, or what’s left of it! This could be a week for the memoir after another weekend to forget! A book review pressing down on me – guess I should be different and actually read the book. This one’s right up our alley, “The Best Bass Flies,” subtitled, “How to Tie and Fish Them.”

It’s funny, I threw my box at them last week on Lewisville Lake, and what worked in the end, and worked quite well? The last fly I tied on was a Black / Black Clouser on a circle jig hook. I found some very good structure around a high pressure cove, and picked off four there, before heading back over to the old dam riprap I had just covered with a different fly – and put the hit on fish there as well. IT WAS the fly. And, if YOU are fly fishing for bass right now, and everything’s right, but everything’s wrong; try a super-slow retrieve to go with an impressionistic fly.

One nice thing about Lewisville Lake is that you can find cover from our prevailing winds this time of year – those would be the NORTH or SOUTH winds. This lake may provide cover, but it feels  like the bigger bass have departed. I can’t wait to challenge them this spring.

I have some feelers out for new stories to work this off-season, but am not hearing back from my primary contacts at the moment. Seems like everyone is busy these days, these weekdays anyway. What’s up with that? I am looking for anyone who would be interested (not magazine story related) in a day trip to the Blue River this week, or maybe a meetup in BendBow. Just let me know.

Well, it’s on to a pending welding project, a pending website build and post production on images for a band and that website build. Throw in a new product I am creating for the skiff crowd – doing a “Go Fund Me” for that one – and this week was over when it began.

Enough said, let me know what YOU are doing and where you are catching these days. If you say, “PK below the dam,” I would say, “You must live closer than I do!” I may make it out that terribly long way once the TPWD starts feeding the striper some fresh trout, but until then … have at it.

 

Not Enough Time

| November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s Friday, and tomorrow is Veteran’s Day.

Thank you to all the veterans I know, those I don’t, and those we lost in the just pursuit of goodness, the defeat of evil and the ongoing struggles for a tolerant world where all nationalities can walk the globe without fear.

The big chill has settled in here in North Texas – FINALLY! It’s a wet cold, a “bone chiller” is what I call it.

We don’t have any YouTube Texas Fly Fishing Report today, and I am probably going to tune that down and refocus on cold water reporting from Oklahoma, and audio podcasting — as time allows. It seems to make sense of seasonal changes – until I live in a place where the seasons never REALLY change anymore.

Time Ticks Away

I had two photo shoots at different ends of the spectrum yesterday – from a cabinet making business in the afternoon, to a band called “Hip Hop Hooray” last night at Lava Cantina in The Colony, Texas. Each presented their own unique challenges, but I think we can get along with the resulting photography.

I am still working on the podcast of the interview of Captain Chuck Naiser, and realize that my learning curve is weakest when it comes to actual SPEED of getting these things done. It’s a bit difficult when there’s more than 45-minutes of monologue to get through and whittle down to a manageable, but still engaging journey. There’s just not enough hours in my weeks these days!

#flyfishing #texasfishing #VeteransDay

 

GRTU Fall 2017 Fishery Update Guadalupe River Trout

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE

Hard Summer on the Guadalupe River

by – Jimbo Roberts

Another Hot Texas Summer has come and gone.

To tell you the truth things looked bad. On May 15th, the lake was two feet below pool and it never got back to 909’msl all summer. We missed having the GBRA Flow Agreement kick in for this past summer once again and I was looking at another year with the possibility of very little holdover. The flows were about 180cfs until the end of June when they dropped to 100cfs. That meant we were going to lose most of the fish below Little Ponderosa. Then the other shoe dropped and flows fell to around 50cfs the first week in September. That couldn’t have come at a worse time as September is still a hot month and water temperatures soared throughout the system. Now we were losing fish below Maricopa. Then we received some much needed rain and late September the releases went back up to 100cfs. Just in time to save some of those trout in the upper river.

Now the good news. I was on the Guadalupe 10/2/17 looking the leases over. We still have trout down to Whitewater. I think John DeLoach’s daily feedings helped get many trout in the Tuber’s Loop through to this fall. TPWD will be doing some shocking surveys before our first stockings this season. When the results are known, I will pass them along to our membership.

For the 2017-18 season, we will be increasing our brown trout stocking to 2,000lbs with fish averaging 16-18″. This is 1,000lbs more than we have ever stocked, plus they will be delivered before mid-December. This, along with the 12,000lbs of rainbows, means that we will have more trout to fish for than ever before. We will also be planting leftover eyed rainbow trout eggs in Whitlock/Vibert Boxes in January, and fingerlings from “Trout in the Classroom” in late spring. With last season’s holdover and all of these new fish, trout fishing this season should be outstanding.

Other good news, the Lease Access Program is expanding this year to 18 sites. We will be making other improvements to the LAP to make it easier to understand all the program rules and those associated with each individual site. We will also be shooting some videos to explain the rules and philosophy of the LAP, along with a virtual tour of every LAP site soon. As always the Lease Access Pictures sticky on the Lease Members Forum will be your “go to” reference to each site and their own rules. The LAP packet will continue to include a map of all these sites and their basic rules, including GPS coordinates. Please keep all this information confidential to limit trespass and make continued lease renewal easier.

I am hoping that this will be the summer when we see a return of cold high summer flows, last seen in 2010. If this happens, those who have not fished these sustaining flows will see the true potential of the Guadalupe fishery. I have seen it, fished it, and it can be amazing. NOAA is predicting a return of La Nina conditions in the pacific starting this fall and continuing through winter. This means a likelihood of lower than average rainfalls in Central Texas. Predictions for the coming summer have not been formulated as of yet. Let’s pray for rain and hope for the best.

Jimbo Roberts | GRTU VP of Fisheries

GRTU Guadalupe River Lease Access Program Changes for 2017-2018

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE

By Chris Johnson –

As many of you have noticed, some changes (listed below) have been made to the Lease Access Program (LAP) for this upcoming season. These changes will help us structure for even more success within our lease access program. I would personally like to thank all of our LAP members for their support of the chapter and the fishery. Please remember to be good ambassadors for GRTU while on the river and share your love for the river whenever/wherever you can!

1) Lease materials will not be mailed out until mid-October, as the lease access year does not begin until November 1st. 

2) Lease Access Program price increase to $150. Reasons: Prices have increased for lease sites and trout being stocked.

3) Maximum Number of Lease Members is now limited to 750. This number does not include youth LAP members, but does include spouses.

4) New GRTU Youth Badges

GRTU Youth/Kids (Under 18 years of age) will now receive different color badges from the annual badge color and always need to be accompanied by an adult LAP member. These badges cannot be worn by adult LAP members or guests, and are only valid for the children of current LAP members. As in years past, the youth badges are free. The color for youth badges will remain the same each year and they will be non-numbered badges. This will aid in replacement and potential multi-season use. 

5) Sign up period will close on Jan 31st or at 750 members – whichever comes first. 

6) Lost LAP buttons will now cost $20 to replace. 

7) Additional guest passes can be obtained by lease members at Action Angler, Sportsman’s Finest, and Living Waters Fly Fishing. ($15 cash only please)                                            

8) The GRTU VP of Membership is the sole point of contact for LAP sign up difficulties.

9) “In person” sign ups at fly shops/lease orientations have ceased. Online sign up at grtu.org is the sole method of sign up. All lease materials will now be mailed to LAP members.

In the event of an online sign up complication, please contact the VP of Membership.

See you on the water!

Chris Johnson | GRTU VP of Membership