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Monday Morning Sidewalk Mixed Bag of Treats

| September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Hurricane Relief North Texas Fly Fishing Trimming Skiff Going Coastal

I found a mixed bag on the sidewalk today, and this is what it had in it …

As you read Friday, the Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament is cancelled because the infrastructure in Port Aransas / Rockport is so damaged. Yes, the cameras have moved on, but I will be on the ground in that part of Texas next week.

There’s a new four-legged companion in crime potentially coming my way … I am giving it a lot of thought, and in this world as it now is? I could use a therapy dog for a lot of reasons – we all could! We will see; the timing of that trip south next week is a bit precarious. But, how often is one asked to write for Drake magazine unfettered and open ended?

Not one to make things easy, I imagine that drive from Houston to Rockport to be challenging and worthwhile. On the other hand, it sure would be smarter to keep the story local to Houston (where Clyde is parked now), and get in-and-out clean and simple. This weekend job has my you-know-what in a tiny vise, and the tiny handle continues to turn slowly – with no relief in sight.

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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Wet After a Stormy Night

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas tarpon talk and Texas Insider Fishing Report stoking the fires

Good Monday Morning! What a surprise that rain storm was for us here in the DFW area last night! Thunder, lightning and rain – the works. I was awake at about 4am, and checked the radar … that cell seemed to be feeding off the concrete heat as it dissipated like a magician in a puff of smoke. Strange days (and nights) indeed.

It was fun watching the TEXAS INSIDER FISHING REPORT on Fox Sports Southwest, and their segment on Texas tarpon. That’s a story I want to start working on this year, but their analysis puts them 3 miles offshore and dead center (now between the Galveston Ship Channel and SLP) off the beach. Houston, we (I) have a problem! Their history lesson matched my historic perspective on the modern Texas Tarpon population (dams are the problem that forever changed our Texas Tarpon population). Without those dams? I would never have left the Texas Gulf Coast from my childhood, and wouldn’t be sitting here writing this either.

I would love to go on and on about a fishy weekend, but you guys know I don’t fish on the weekend. But I am fishing today, and probably a couple more days this week! Based on the TEXAS INSIDER FISHING REPORT, I like the looks of PK lake and night fishing on Grapevine is calling my name … heck, night fishing anywhere is better than this heat! I’m looking for riders.

Have a great week folks. I appreciate all the great photos coming in from everyone — and you will see those on the InstaFishFeed – unless you say otherwise. There are so many coming in now, that I can’t actually run them all! I apologize for that, but I have to edit for quality and repetition. PLEASE take the best photo you can, and use a camera whenever possible!

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Texas Fly Fishing Report – Texoma Striper Action Easy to Find NOW

| July 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Spotlight on Lake Texoma Striper summer action on fly – all you need to know right now!

 

Lake Texoma Striper on Fly 2017HOT

If you are looking for a break from the heat, don’t head to North Texas! It’s crazy hot here now, and that heat has evacuated the flats where I fish the most – on Lake Ray Roberts.

I just love throwing down definitive words, like “evacuated,” because it triggers a response from lurkers who make it their mission to prove me wrong. They go out, torture themselves, in adverse conditions … and sure enough … they blast the airwaves with their proof of life, and superior abilities. All I can say today; you go boys and girls!

Texoma Striper FishingTexoma striper (August 2013) when guest on board with C.Keating. 

TEXOMA STRIPER TIPS AND PATTERNS ON FLY

I was off Texoma before the high heat of the North Texas afternoon yesterday. My plans to redeye to the coast

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Friday Fly Fishing Report – Where it All Comes From

| July 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

I bet you wonder where all this information comes from.

WHERE THE INFORMATION COMES FROM

When it comes to assembling the (sometimes weekly!) Texas Fly Fishing Reports, I glean information, that isn’t FIRST HAND, from a few specific resources. These resources are NOT fly fishing based, and I typically don’t report on common knowledge that is found on forums because it can be so hyperbolic that the real value is very low – to hardcore fly fishers. What I simply try to do is assemble real information together in a format that hits the highs and ignores the rest.

RESOURCES FOR YOUR OWN REPORTS

First – Texas Fishing Reports provided by TPWD. You can have e-mail alerts sent to your phone as soon as they hit the TPWD site.

Second – Fox Sports Southwest on Fox Sports Outdoors on my cable TV (which is soon to be disconnected), early Saturday morning.

Third – Texas Insider Fishing Report, again on Fox Sports SW.

HINT – You can watch Fox Sports SW on your computer. Texas Insider is at www.texasinsiderfishingreport.com

THIS WEEK – Consider Sam Rayburn for

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Keeping it Coming – New Carp Prospecting Video Plus Texas Fly Report

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Carp guide prospecting and Texas Fly Fishing Report Update tropical storm Cindy

GIFTS KEEP ON GIVING

The plate was full this week, and with the call to repair a local fly fishing club’s website (down for several days now), my plot only thickens. AND, that’s the way I like it!

Father and Son take a skiff break

I am also getting a pretty good feed of your photographs for the Texas Fly Caster Instagram Feed – running behind, but thank you friends and readers for that! New news-tips are coming in as well, more like “you should check this out” tips really — requiring more legwork, more boat-work and more typing on these keys. Thank Goodness (that’s what I should call my wife, goodness), this half broke-in laptop is now paid off! And just in time to get a check from YouTube for all those ads you watch (so I guess you will now stop watching!).

We have passed the first peak of the carp season, and are moving steadily along to the next one which will be helped along by the rains coming over the next 24-hours.

So this video is a conglomeration of some footage from prospecting for carp in preparation for the two guide trips I did this past week, and at the end is the scroll with commentary, on the Texas Fishing Reports provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. I am beginning to wonder about their accuracy based on years of reading, and this week’s UNMENTIONED tropical storm.

Who can blame the folks who assemble those reports really? (It’s the same folks that power the once famous (now dying) www.texasfishingforum.com) The bid for that job, of providing the reports for Texas fishermen, goes to? THE LOWEST BIDDER. The State can make exceptions (Yes, I know that for those of you wonks reading this) to the “Lowest Bidder” for bids, but rarely does.

Whack a Mole Sand Bass Ray Roberts 2017

The thing about Whack-A-Mole sand bass is … at least you don’t get a soggy tush, and you get any kind of bite you want – deep, mid and topwater are all contenders in this game – a game a lot like horseshoes and hand grenades.

Not only did we get on some carp this week, the sand bass are appearing on the lake – on top, and that means a great game of WHACK-A-MOLE for anyone interested — yes I can take you out for that exercise, and you can keep all the legal fish you catch. (No, I don’t clean them.)The sheer numbers, many of you are into that, put other locations to SHAME again this year. I have deals starting the first day of summer, and they’re called SUNDOWNERS – for those fishing, or fly fishing to eat (as I do).

Thanks for reading. I am guessing there’s enough red meat here for those of you who read, and are not on your family “VACA” right now.

If you’re in town, and ready to take the carp ride of your life, you know where to find me, right?