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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.

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!

Texas Weather Beating Us Down

| May 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here’s the deal. Timing is everything when it comes to fly fishing.

Well, you’ve heard it before, if you are a TFC old-timer, but the vast majority of you are (statistically) fresh meat for the Texas Fly Fishing follies. Timing is everything. And, across the board, the weather continues to create bad times in Spring 2018 Texas fly fishing. April was nearly a total loss, and May came in like a lion this week.

 

What does this weather mean, and what does it do to our fly fishing intentions for 2018?

I was not too surprised to view last week’s valuable Texas Insider Fishing Report, and hear guides across Texas phone in their reports on the “tough conditions” presented by our weather in April (now into May). And these sad spring conditions reach all the way to the Texas Gulf Coast fishing and down from there. It may not be as intense there, but it still puts a damper on things.

For the unique fly fishing waters of Lake Ray Roberts, this weather means a bumper crop of carp again this year. Two words to you blood sport carp bow killers, and I’ll use the initials if you’re reading this; F. Y. and get a life. Seriously though, the rain right now does two things — protects the fish from predation, and second, it keeps spawning habitat hydrated. And that’s what I saw when I was …

SNEAKING BETWEEN RAINDROPS YESTERDAY

The wind was howling as the skies cleared about 1:30 on Thursday, and that’s all the window I needed to go walk, wade and search for some sanity. The carp are there, and in pretty good numbers. The stage is something of a pre-spawn, with females lethargic to the point, well watch the video … and the males? They are daisy chaining, grab-tailing and looking for action of the S E X kind – more than eating. You remember how it was when you were that age, right? For me to get an eat was quite a feat. It took several fly changes, and subscribers to the YouTube Channel’s Private Channel will get that fly name and a photograph of the fly that did the trick. I didn’t miss being on the skiff at all – because I would have blown right by the fish in those winds!

Today, Friday, May 4, may the force be with you – because the rains came back, and they’ve been going for about 8 hours now. Tomorrow promises to break good, and so do the next 5-7 days. Of course the wind will crush a few of those, but this is the longest straight run so far this season.

FLY GUIDE SERVICE/PRICE CHANGES

Pilot Point Fishing Guide Ray Roberts TXMake sure you contact me for the newest pricing for my guide services for 2018. This one supersedes all others, and breaks some new ground as far as scheduling and time on the water. Be sure to check out the brand new page FLY FISHING TRAVEL which gives you the most complete picture of where you can stay, and what you can do if you want to spend an entire weekend near Lake Ray Roberts, Texas. I will have information provided by the businesses there – in hand – next week, and can mail you a set of these brochures and business cards about Pilot Point and Lake Ray Roberts – ON REQUEST. Carp on the fly, on Ray Roberts, no longer should be considered an in-and-out thing. It may be hard to believe, but it really is true!

Thanks for watching and reading! Go. Go. Go.

Monday Morning Sidewalk – Big Changes in the Local Fly Force

| April 30, 2018 | 2 Comments

Woodruffs Blue Damsel Lodge Hollensed All Over the Globe

We have ourselves a THREE F day to start the week that leads us from April into the promised land of May this year. Fly Fishing Frustration rules the day, and according to the weatherman – most of the week ahead in North Texas. What else is new? If you watched last Friday’s Texas Fly Fishing Report, then you know I told it like it is when it comes to April 2018. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t chamber of commerce either. I can’t wait for April to be OVER! PS – I will leave the simulcast on FakeBook the rest of today at Facebook Texas Fly Caster.

Rob & Jenny Woodruff Missoula Montana Bound

Speaking of chamber of commerce … I guess the power fly duo – Mr. & Mrs. Woodruff – are headed toward greener pastures than those of Beaver’s Bend, Oklahoma! Reports from BendBow, would have you would think they were catching big honey browns two at a time all winter long, but word is they are officially timesharing between BendBow and running a fly fishing lodge in Montana. The move makes perfect sense on every level.

They’ll be the new lodge managers at Blue Damsel on Rock Creek, not far from Missoula. There won’t be any more guiding for bass in East Texas according to Woodruff, BUT they will be in Oklahoma from November to February, then hitching up the wagons and heading for Missoula for March – October season. If you are a trout lover, this sounds like a dream come true. Rob’s experience with trout, some very difficult trout and conditions, instantly make him (and her of course) into a real force where fish and water flow freely – in my humble opinion. Add his entomological knowledge? I can’t wait to see the reports!

Flywater Angling Steve Hollensed

So, I would guess that the water that the Woodruffs leave behind is water that our other regional Orvis Guide Workforce – Steve Hollensed – picks up full-time. Steve, as you will recall, also has the fly striper business on Texoma. However, if you take a look at his website; it looks a lot like he’s heading for fishier pastures as well — fly fishing in Argentina, fly fishing in British Columbia and the well worn fly fishing from El Pescador Lodge in Belize. Somebody’s got to pick up that East Texas bass slack, don’t you think?

I will have another of the subscriber only video insiders coming out this week. I don’t even know what it will contain, but I know you are itching for some GOOD information, and I’m here to scratch.

END NOTE – If you know any of these three guides, Steve / Jenny / Rob, we would love to hear more about your experiences with them over the years. Feel free to COMMENT, if you, ANY OF you, would like to do so. Don’t worry, this isn’t Facebook, and this site does not harbor any of your information for simply commenting on a story – NOTHING – ZIP – ZILCH – NADA.

GOT NEWS? If you have any news, feel free to send it along. You know we’re more news than fluff, or chamber of commerce around here, right? I am also running still photographs you send in – on the Texas Fly Fishing Report whenever those hit the airwaves, so text me your photographs with – date / general location / names / descriptions.

Friday Fly Fishing Report and Events You Should Experience in North Texas This Weekend

| April 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fish Aren’t Biting? Time To Grab a Bite and hit a real FESTIVAL!

Thanks for backing your viewing – of the Texas Fly Fishing Report – with some more information on what is going on in the North Texas area IN WRITING.

This comes out in advance of the video report which will be added to this post later today. Along with the video on the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel, that report will be simulcast live on the Russian Channel called Facebook. So welcome to all of our Communist friends via Facebook! Once that simulcast is recorded to (I call it) FaKebook, it will be deleted from their record. One cannot be too safe when it comes to FaKebook sharing these days!

 

STARDATE SUPPLEMENTAL

There may have been a worse fly fishing April in the last ten years, but I can’t remember a single one. This April (2018) has been marred by the strange weather patterns that allow for, at best, two days of fly fishing a week, and even then the damage from the prior days has carried over into the good days. For example, yesterday could have been fairly good, and I was out early with Finn, but no. Expectations and a decade of log books suggested it is time to look for carp on the warmer rocky points, as they begin to congregate and point in to the coves. If only the temperature were above 50-degrees when we started, and if only the water temperature were on the rise, and if only the wind were dialed down to (the predicted) five from the howling fifteen. Not only were the fish not there, they WERE NOT THERE.

So you and I are left to wait and rely on the internal clocks of our quarry – that is the final trigger that always gets pulled, regardless of conditions. I would suggest you bide your time at your neighborhood or pasture ponds, wait for your rivers to settle, head for the salt, or enjoy this weekend’s festivities …

DISSONANT CONVERGENCES

Just like there are harmonic (some would say dissonant) convergences of fly fishing events here in Texas, North Texas in particular, this weekend offers another convergence of events that our highly evolved audience may enjoy and bring family along with no hesitation.

While Denton continues to evolve at a pace I have never seen in my 36 years here, it still offers some down-home grass root fun. For example the Denton Arts & Jazz event, a true “FESTIVAL,” is going on this weekend in Denton. If you are a walk winer, and want a parking place up against the door everywhere you go? Too bad. You’ll have to walk a little – very little – to get to this event. Keep in mind, it is a Denton walk — meaning it is safer and distances are much closer than in the Messtroplex. And this event is bordered by some fantastic beer and food opportunities.

There are also events surrounding the FESTIVAL that glom on to the hundreds of thousands of people that attend each year. One such is the Grand Opening at Cave Handcrafted Home Furnishings put on by owner and artist Mark Holderbaum. Full disclosure – I built Cave’s website. The list of different related events are too long to print here, but are what makes the Arts & Jazz qualify as a TRUE FESTIVAL.

AUBREY & PILOT POINT

Downtown Pilot Point Texas Destination

There’s a lot of flesh being put on the bones of these two small North Texas towns these days. And I don’t just mean the chicken-fried-stakes at Buff’s in Pilot Point, Texas.

SATURDAYS in Pilot Point mean the Whistle Post Brewery and Western Son Distillery are open for business! Located near the tracks, and about a block as the crow flies, from the increasingly famous Lowbrows, these three places are arguably becoming the center of gravity for new life in Pilot Point. Restaurants are popping up there now, and this is all framed by the fact that barely three miles away lies the most popular walk-wade carp flat in Texas.

SATURDAY is also the culmination of the Aubrey Pasture Pickins event. I’ve already gone over the history of the event, and this is most likely the LAST TIME THIS EVENT will be held here. No holds are barred, and deals are to be made for antiques, rustic pieces for your outdoor bar, fence posts, horse trailers, boots, faded jeans and old western memorabilia. When it’s gone, IT’S GONE. Nearby the Pasture Pickins is a little row of businesses that include the “World Famous MOMS,” and, “The Upper Park Cafe” on South Main in historic buildings still standing there. Here is your map hint — https://goo.gl/maps/8iKweoNZdET2 Be sure to watch the Instagram feed or the Twitter feed for photos from the Pasture today. Here is their FaKebook page – Aubrey Pasture Pickins.

Thanks for reading, and being able to read! THANK A TEACHER YOU KNOW! I hope you take the time later today to tune into the Commie-Cast or watch the YouTube report for information about fly fishing in your neck of the Texas woods.