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Monday Morning Sidewalk ON The Pole

| July 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Sidewalk

Good Monday Morning to those who see the good in a Monday morning! I am guiding on Lake Ray Roberts as you read this, so you’ll have to let me off the hook (so to speak) for this short greet and go.

I hope you are also WATCHING the YouTube broadcasts that seem to be coming out with a little regularity – ON FRIDAYs. I am starting to enjoy the process of assembling those, and still looking for ways to be more efficient and accurate with the information provided on those Friday Texas Fly Fishing Reports. Do you have suggestions?

I’ve gotta let you go – catch-and-release – so I can pick up a client on the dock this morning. Thanks for reading, and we can get caught up soon!

If you are a Snapchat user, let’s connect with that app! I think you would search for texasflycaster on the Snapchat app.

Monday Morning Sidewalk Slam

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here’s my beef today

Welcome to the regularly scheduled Monday Morning Sidewalk, or is it the Monday Morning Meltdown today?

We had a major rain event that blew up right over our part of town yesterday evening, and the flooding that always occurs during these biblical rains (one homeless person swept away and dead in Denton County)? Yes, once again a river ran through our driveway and back forty. These events are the things that make my blood boil because they are perfect examples of how the fine City of Denton does nothing for tax paying residents. The typical story you hear from people is; the City of Denton is your adversary at every turn, not your friend and not interested in cooperative problem solving on an individual basis. Get me to a beach now!

THE BEAT GOES ON

So we begin to baste in the soggy city this morning, with the humidity being pulled out of the ground and into the atmosphere, I am betting the talking weather-heads are wrong, and we will have a few more pop-up cells in the area this week. For those of you out on the water this week – watch your radar on your phone if you have it.

Speaking of beat – I am wondering if you the readers would rather listen to the Monday Morning Sidewalk as an audio broadcast that may eventually result in a “PodCast” on iTunes. I abandoned reading scripts a long time ago, but since I have become addicted to Malcom Gladwell’s “Revisionist History,” I am thinking of giving the format a second chance. Reading off something prepared just doesn’t seem to work in my case. If you haven’t delved into podcasts, you may be missing the new “The Drake Cast” on iTunes. It seems to me Gladwell is the “Tipping Point” person for podcasts, and the popularity of his podcast may just give that old format a new shot in the arm.

Speaking of Malcom Gladwell (author of several best-selling books), I sent him a file last week – a broad outline of the life of Lefty Kreh. If there was ever one person who revised the history of fly fishing, my vote would be for Lefty. Who would you vote for? I might post that file as an open letter sometime in the future.

So what are you fly fishers up to this week? Salt is looking pretty good now. It’s plenty busy in my world, but I always prefer to highlight your exploits over my own! I received a nice story from a man who got onto some pond fly fishing down Palacios, Texas, way last weekend — and I will be running that story this week. No matter the size or scope of your fly fishing world – I want and need to hear about it! As always – THANKS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CONTRIBUTE. The mere act of writing takes time, doesn’t it? Continue Reading

Pat Yourself in the Back? It is Monday After ALL

| June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Last week was an exceptional one here at Texas Fly Caster

Good morning fly friends! I hope you are happy with the weather this morning? You could ask for better, but you wouldn’t get it.

I am suffering from a case of tennis elbow, this time caused by the constant patting of my back by myself. Have you ever tried that? Some decent videos last week, two guide trips, and a Texas Fly Fishing Report that nailed, NAILED the fishing conditions last Friday … honestly, by Saturday I was thankful for the rain giving me a chance to sit still and recuperate.

By Sunday I was quite content to ride along with a friend on his tandem Hobie pedal drive, acting like I was pedaling occasionally. He wanted to “trawl” around for sand bass, but the schools I saw last week were elsewhere. Wow, Lake Ray Roberts was crowded too!

This is shaping up to be a defining week for our future, with things happening “one way or another,” “for better or worse,” in regard to a lot of things that have meandered along for this entire year. It will be nice to get past these boxes on the calendar, and on with some new opportunities.

Are you a Drake Magazine subscriber? I have been looking for the Summer 2017 issue on Denton’s only newsstand, but they don’t have it yet. I am always wondering which comes first, the digital issue, or the paper one? I know I’ve told you about the article I have coming out in this issue (at least once), but I am always anxious to see how the images are used … I guess it goes back to my newspaper days.

As this week begins to define one part of life, it is refreshing to know it also defines the time on the water – like today. The skiff is hitched, and I just need to throw the dart.Thanks for reading, and check back this week. This week will be as big a mystery to me as it is to you (believe it or not) at this very moment.



LOVE YOUR CHILDREN

Tomorrow is another somber day. Another of the contemporaries of, and friend of family members, died of a drug overdose and that service is tomorrow. Twenty-nine years old. That makes three young men we knew, in the last five years, dead at the hands of drugs. Tragedy, pure and simple, pays another visit.