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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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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Bass O Matic

| November 13, 2017

Bass on Fly Rod

Good Monday Morning, or what’s left of it! This could be a week for the memoir after another weekend to forget! A book review pressing down on me – guess I should be different and actually read the book. This one’s right up our alley, “The Best Bass Flies,” subtitled, “How to Tie and Fish Them.”

It’s funny, I threw my box at them last week on Lewisville Lake, and what worked in the end, and worked quite well? The last fly I tied on was a Black / Black Clouser on a circle jig hook. I found some very good structure around a high pressure cove, and picked off four there, before heading back over to the old dam riprap I had just covered with a different fly – and put the hit on fish there as well. IT WAS the fly. And, if YOU are fly fishing for bass right now, and everything’s right, but everything’s wrong; try a super-slow retrieve to go with an impressionistic fly.

One nice thing about Lewisville Lake is that you can find cover from our prevailing winds this time of year – those would be the NORTH or SOUTH winds. This lake may provide cover, but it feels  like the bigger bass have departed. I can’t wait to challenge them this spring.

I have some feelers out for new stories to work this off-season, but am not hearing back from my primary contacts at the moment. Seems like everyone is busy these days, these weekdays anyway. What’s up with that? I am looking for anyone who would be interested (not magazine story related) in a day trip to the Blue River this week, or maybe a meetup in BendBow. Just let me know.

Well, it’s on to a pending welding project, a pending website build and post production on images for a band and that website build. Throw in a new product I am creating for the skiff crowd – doing a “Go Fund Me” for that one – and this week was over when it began.

Enough said, let me know what YOU are doing and where you are catching these days. If you say, “PK below the dam,” I would say, “You must live closer than I do!” I may make it out that terribly long way once the TPWD starts feeding the striper some fresh trout, but until then … have at it.

 

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

 

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!

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk Hits and Misses

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Astros 13 Dodgers 12 Homerun Derby

Well, with all the “drama” surrounding the day to day, I missed giving the Texas fly fishing contingents a heads-up on the Texas Clay Fest down in Gruene over the weekend. Somehow, I have come to know a lot of clay artists, and in Texas the Texas Clay Fest is ground zero for their harmonic convergence of art, music and a lot of storytelling behind the scenes. Virtually none of it is related to fly fishing, but the location is pure gold. Just like everything else in that part of Texas, I imagine it has been usurped by hipsters, but then that is what separates that part of Texas from the rest of us (besides its blueness).

I am not going to miss out on the opportunity to tell you that we are at the beginning of the month, and that means a lot of fly fishing clubs meet all across Texas. By now you know where I am when it comes to “The Club Life,” but my attitude on that is not set in stone – no matter another birthday last week! I am more than willing to resample the club life when I hear about, and I quote, a “Fort Worth Fly Fishers youth movement.” I am going to do a throwback, and run the list of clubs that are meeting in Texas this November. If I had the freedom, I would attend every single one of these – just to check the heartbeats. You may have noticed; I discontinued my own CPR efforts of these organizations — because these patients seem to have DNR as their primary goals. The 21st. Century marches on leaving them all behind.

This should be a very off-topic week if I have anything to say about it. I have a phone full of music to pass along, I am still in possession of the Nikon 360 camera (I don’t think the company wants it back!), it’s time to tie some flies, it’s time to reveal a new prototype for a skiff / fly fishing accessory, and yes, it is time to hit the water somewhere somehow. There’s a long to-do list …

We’re locked-and-loaded for a batch of new stories to carry us all the way into year eleven (that would be 2018 for the numerically challenged such as myself). We have the book reviews, a brand new building for Living Waters Fly Shop in Round Rock, Beaver’s Bend, the flounder run, striper action on Texoma, striper action on the Guadalupe, Texas Gulf Coast salt in winter, fly tying, rod building, music, beer and gear for winter review. Is that enough to keep you old geezers reading, and you newbies wanting more?

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

You may have noticed there’s not a ton of “Paid Content” reading these days, and that is because the extension that allows me the luxury life – is “broke down.” Right now, that bleeding edge is needing a tourniquet, and there’s not a lot I can do. IT WILL BE REPAIRED before we head into this new series of Fall and Winter 2017-18 stories though. The reason for that is that we are headed toward some extremely revealing information on Beaver’s Bend (put that gas money back in your pocket and stick a quarter in the slot), and these other topics. You may have also figured out that your subscription also allows you to see more “opinionated” views and language on the topics that concern me these days.

CLUB MEETINGS NOVEMBER 

  • November 6 Dallas Fly Fishers
  • November 7 Red River Fly Fishers
  • November 7 Fort Worth Fly Fishers
  • November 9 Brazos Valley Fly Fishers (do you still exist?)
  • November 9 Laguna Madre Fly Fishers
  • November 14 Central Texas Fly Fishers
  • November 14 Central Texas Fly Rodders
  • November 20 East Texas Fly Fishers
  • November 21 Alamo Fly Fishers
  • November 30 Rockport Fly Fishers

If you have a new club / group / gathering of like-minded fly folks – feel free to let me know! If any of the above dates have been altered – feel free to let me know! If any of the above organizations no longer exist – feel free to let me know!