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Tuesday’s on My Mind – Blue on Black Plus More on OK Leaves

| November 21, 2017

BLUE RIVER VIDEO LAST SEASON

Happy Holiday week to those of you with actual days off this week! Funny, in this abusive work Country, the bossman can call it a holiday, and then not pay traditional double-time for working the day. It seems that when it comes to humane treatment, “traditional” kindness is out the window these days, doesn’t it? In case you are wondering, there are no laws requiring holiday pay in the good old red-white and blue.

The weather seems to have finally forced our hand into the cold water fly fishing days here in North Texas. For those of you elsewhere? Feel free to laugh at us as we wait for our cars to warm up, double check we have our layers of clothing packed, put it in gear and head for the OK State. The only game in town isn’t, and the game is underway.

If you read the digital tea leaves, you may be getting wind of a couple of things that are taking shape in the Southern Oklahoma scene.

1 – Beaver’s Bend is still suffering with the new version of the LMF. TIP – I hear the browns are concentrated in upper spillway’s deepest pools. That should be pretty clearly doable. Problem is; that leads to merciless pounding of these fish, until finally they are cleaned out or too wise. I would be tempted to throw big meaty flies, but then that’s no original thought either.

2 – It looks like the Blue River is receiving exceptional numbers of stockers, and with great consistency. Unfortunately, just about everybody that fishes these two places reads. You can expect more people at the Blue River than you are used to, perhaps more than ever were there in the past.

I am looking to do the Blue on Black this Friday, and hoping the leaves have fallen, I can find the wind favorable, and fish biting. If you are interested in the Blue River, Friday would be a good day. You are welcome to contact me, and we can figure out the logistics of a Texas Invasion of the Blue River this Friday morning.

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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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

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing Isn’t Depressing

Good morning wherever you happen to be this Monday morning! I actually wonder where each of you are this morning, and how you’re actually doing – believe it or not.

Last week was one to mark on the calendar. My wife and I, in that order, were stunned by the passing of a new friend who we’d come to know only a short time ago. My wife and her had become quick friends, and she was perfectly healthy going-and-doing. They made a trip together back in May, and she hadn’t been feeling good, so off to the doctor. Diagnosis; terminal pancreatic cancer (terminal is all I have ever heard of when it comes to pancreatic). Fifty-seven-years-old and so much more to do … it’s a time when we struggle to make sense out of the loss. I know you young whippersnappers probably think 57 is old, but let me tell you; you’ll be there in the blink of an eye, and it’s not old.

Now that I have cheered you up for the week! There is a small window to fish this week as the windows do get smaller. It actually looks like today is the best day to be on the water, and Wednesday could be a good day to be at the water somewhere river fishing (and testing your rain gear).

I am starting to see a lot more real fly fishing information being broadcast using Instagram feeds these days, and from folks who were dragged into the whole “social networking” thing against their will. You’d think they invented Instagram by their followings. And some of them have (smartly) taken those loyalists from their Texas Hill Country guiding adventures to … their new guiding adventures on the Texas Gulf Coast. Heck of a deal, if I do say so myself. I like to think I can see a lot of things coming, but I never saw this uprising of the Hipster Fly Movement, much less that I was an early part of it. Thankfully, this tide raises all boats – even if it is possibly just a new generation of “sports.” Time will tell … ADD tends to knock a bunch of these guys off the branches before they wear out their first fly line … and out goes the tide.

Finishing on the bright side: My Grandmother down in the Borderlands turns 98-years-old this week. Now that is a life of length and girth. She’s been a bit ornery lately, but the Greatest Generation has a right to be that way, don’t they?

That time change had me up early this morning, confused by it all, and taking advantage of the opportunity – to get this out, and to maybe hitch up the boat, waiting for a weather break, in the driveway since Thursday. I was determined to add some fly fishing records to the boat this year, but learned my lesson. I started too late in the year, and stayed way too close to home. The fall bite is a lot tougher, but lays the waypoints for next spring.

Texas Fly Podcast 001

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing’s Newest Journey of the Mind

For those who’ve been around long enough (subtract ten years and see where you were), you may remember this website started off with words. Then, it quickly lead to sounds in the form of slideshows with audio, and what I called “FlyPodCasts.” The edge was bleeding at the time,  but how could I know that a simple phone in our pockets would lead to a revolution in the way we show and share (remember my original mission statement?) information and nowadays bragging rights on FLY FISHING IN TEXAS.

Heck, in the earliest of www.texasflycaster.com history, I certainly brought the base well beyond “FLY FISHING IN TEXAS,” and expanded our horizons to Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Colorado and New Mexico.

It didn’t take long – a few outdoor designed waterproof cameras, and a few phone upgrades – for video to go flying past audio podcasts as a means to show you all I could find about fly fishing, fly tying, techniques, reviews and social events and then my guiding for carp. The more video I captured, the more I wanted to do more and improve more. THAT DRIVE still exists as I press these keys. Yet, we have had our audio appetites whetted here on occasion – late night music countdowns from snowy, frozen oil fields along the Red River, audio fishing reports and more.

HOWEVER, with the maturing of iTunes Podcasts, and the falling away of the chafe of bad-to-terrible Podcasts, and ONE fantastic audio interview in Rockport; I am looking to make our way back into audio journeys of our minds via iTunes Podcasting. You can be sure the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel will keep on trucking, but until I finally have a real budget for more REAL GEAR to record top-shelf video – the technical progress of the YouTube Channel is hobbled on location stories. On the other hand, I have had plenty of gear ready for the entry point of quality Podcasting NOW. The gear just sat there, until now.

The only thing to develop is … the audio journey in a way that paints a picture you can see in your mind’s-eye only. I’ll be honest with you, there’s a big field here to plow – as Bernie would say, “H UUU GGG E.” I can see hear a time when we do audio taken from phone interviews of other fly fishing guides, fly fishers, and fly fishing industry movers-and-shakers. Those phone interviews require some technical powers I have yet to find (help me if you can).

I will also be honest; you may get some “artsy-fartsy” Fly Podcasts as well. I actually started, then forgot about, a collection of water sounds from Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico. Finding those would be near impossible, so we will just have to go do them again. I am anxious to try recording fly fishing audio, with all the descriptive talk that goes over it, and see just how that works. If you see some strange guy walking around talking to himself … feel free to approach me, and for God’s sake, start a conversation!