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shannon

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Monday Morning Starting in Last Place Fading Fast

| May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Holy Carp Tournament and Bass World Championships – Over and Done I Completely Missed

Welcome to Your Monday Morning, or what’s left of it!

Good Monday Morning! If you are a music lover, I am spinning Kandace Springs right now — what a sweet voice. There’s nothing quite like a young voice that you know will only get better with age – unlike MINE!

fly fishing monday morning sidewalkIn the science and art of fly fishing, in this instance for carp, we can certainly apply some mathematics as well – even if I hate math. Take your fly fishing action curve and bend it straight up, UP and AWAY right now. We are at the height of the carp fly fishing season, and there does not seem to be anything or anyone who can stop it. And by now, the frisky males who were paying little attention to flies? Well, they’re probably pretty famished.

I’ve missed a lot of Texas Fly Fishing news lately, and that includes the results of the world famous Bass World Championship held at Lake Fork, Texas. Tournaments, are by necessity, on weekends – and that means I am out for the foreseeable future. My weekdays are gold though!

I will get those Bass World results ALONG WITH the Houston carp tournament – HOLY CARP — as soon as they are available. At LEAST I GOT the headsup that there is a Dallas carp tournament, somewhere, sometime soon!?! I know nothing about it.

Today is already gone, so I will get you a report on Texas Fly Fishing PLUS a specific call on where the fish are on Lake Lavon, Texas. For now, enjoy this week OUTSIDE and send in your fish-pix for including in the Texas Fly Fishing Report. I love to show YOUR SUCCESSES more than mine.

Now Hear This! Fish-pandemonium Underway

| May 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Where to begin? How about: IT DOESN’T Get Any Better

 

Fly Fishing Carp Lake Ray Roberts #flyfishing

Depending on where you are and what you know about the preeminent carp fly fishing lake in Texas, there’s a tale of two lakes going on right now. One side is blowing-and-going, and the other requires a bit more of a search. The juvenile males are running rough shod through the flats, not stopping to eat and in search of love. They look entirely like a spawning crew – small and difficult to distract into consuming.

If you don’t pull the trigger NOW, I will guarantee you that the action curve will bend, and it WILL GET tougher. The numbers are huge, and so are the shots at catching the challenging carp. Play the odds amigo & amiga!

Meanwhile the big femmes are ready to eat. Their work is done, and they have the munchies.

#flyfishing #TexasSkiff Carp on fly Ray Roberts TX

 

Lake Lavon Carp and Buffalo

I had perfect conditions on Lake Lavon, Wednesday, and after a lot of searching to find a location given by a kayaker at the ramp – I found a nice sandbar between shore and an island that was crawling with carp and dark-shadowed buffalo. I did catch a couple of commons in all, but also bagged this 14.5-pound buffalo. I don’t know what it is about me and the buffs, but I seem to have finally dialed them in. I say that, next thing I will be trying and trying with NO LUCK. They are a tough fish to get to eat a fly.

Fly Fishing #flyfishing Lake Lavon TX

This 14.5’er should unseat the current record of 10.67 caught on a Clouser (?) in July of 2011. It’s hard to find the time for the paperwork though! Records are made to be broken.

Netting that monster was pure comedy! It just flopped out of the net and kept going. Remind me! I gotta’ get a bigger net!

SANTA FE TEXAS

Our thoughts, concerns and prayers go out to Santa Fe, Texas, today. You’ll recall the story I did on artist and writer Mike Quinn awhile back. I vividly recall his kids getting home and hopping off the bus out front, coming over to meet me … they’re all okay.


YOUTUBE FANS – There simply are not enough hours in my week to be able to assemble the video report today. Besides THIS WEEK LOOKS A LOT LIKE LAST WEEK, except A LOT BETTER and MORE of it!

Monday Morning Sidewalk – Time to Take a Break

| May 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Gone Fishing

Good Monday Morning all! I will be giving the keys a break this morning in interest of self and fish! Have a great Monday walking along that usual sidewalk, and tune in later this week, or take a look back at last Friday’s Texas Fly Fishing Report for reports from Danny Scarborough in Houston, Captain Ken Jones and Captain Will Townsend in the Corpus – to – Rockport area. They were kind enough to send in photos, and there’s a monster speck among them!

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report

| May 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here’s the deal on Fly Fishing in Texas this Mother’s Day

First, don’t do it on Mother’s Day – that is if the mothers in your life matter. Next, if it doesn’t matter, get a look at this video and watch through to the end. That is when we get three other fly fishing guides to tell us what is happening in Texas Fly Fishing this weekend – AND BEYOND!


For this YouTube video — I heard from:

 

Thanks for reporting, and if you guide and want to report – photographs and information are due by 1-pm every Friday, and you can TEXT THAT TO ME for best results. Give me images, preferably horizontal, and any text BUT INCLUDE name / date / location (in general), and I will publish your photos and reports. It really is that easy for you to be a part of these reports. THIS IS HOW the REPORTS were ORIGINALLY DESIGNED TO FUNCTION.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND AND LOVE YOUR MOMMA!

Your Skin Is In This Monday’s Game

| May 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Save Your Own Skin Game Skin Protection For Fly Fishing

What’s the two letter word I’m looking for this morning? Funny, there’s never a shortage of words … reminds me of a line in the fantastic film “The Post,” when Tom Hanks says, “Write like a poet, not a novelist.” Oh yeah, I remember the two letters: O and N, it is ON. The game is afoot.

Good Monday morning and welcome to the sidewalk. This is the day we leave our front porches, stagger like the 1960’s Kris Kristofferson version – to the sidewalk, and put one foot in front of another, staring down to make sure we really are walking with both feet forward. Forward, always forward.

My Mondays have evolved in the last year to be a day of simple physical recovery from weekly three-day epic workouts – going on nearly a year now. Nietzsche said, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger,” and if you believe that …

BODY – MIND – SOUL

Today is the official melanoma Monday, and time to recall the ways we can take care of our skin – and our eyes as well!

I have written many stories over the years on how to take care of different body parts by protecting them from the sun. Rather than send you to those stories, let me take a minute and do a brief rundown.

  • Wear a wide brim hat. I like the hats offered at a company called, Sun Body Hats out of Houston, Texas. They are importers, not actual makers of straw hats. Don’t get too sentimental over your hat. Pull out a can of black paint, stuff the crown area with paper and paint the underside of the brim black.
  • Wear polarized UV blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV light.
  • Buff neckwear may look funny, and it may be unappealing to some, but it will protect your neck, and pull it up to go around your face / ears / jawline and mouth. Consider buying a straw big enough sized to actually allow your Buff to go under the hat! Neckwear also does a fantastic job of regulating body temps as well.
  • Long sleeves and long pants with UV ratings are a must for our tropical exposure.
  • If you choose to expose anything to the sun, I firmly believe in Smart Shield products, which are proven to be effective and do not harm fly lines or live bait! I was introduced to Smart Shield on a photography trip to Tulum, Mexico, in 2006 – by a Smart Shield executive, used it on that trip, and never ever considered any other sunscreen since then.
  • COVER YOUR FEET too, or be willing to slather them with sunscreen. Feet are as sensitive as any part of your body that never sees the sun (know what I mean?).

Consider post exposure maintenance with your own formula of oils. Sun or no sun, because of my cancer experience, I use a concoction that includes a base of coconut oil with helichrysum, frankincense, CBD rich cannabis oil (no THC) and a dose of vitamin E just for good measure. This stuff is pretty easy to find, with the exception of the most vital ingredient in my personal formula – helichrysum. That one is expensive and not easy to find. Here’s the deal: In the long run, considering insurance deductibles, missing work, and the cost of formulated moisturizers – YOU WILL SAVE MONEY!


ON – Winds are a paltry 5-10 today, so make sure you get some sunset action at the very least, and if you are looking to pull the trigger on a guided skiff outing – time to start working on YOUR calendar. Be sure to request the new Guide Pricing brochure today. The format has changed this year – after years, to make more numerical sense of how and when we fly fish for carp.