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The Revolution Will Be Televised

| February 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

If we can’t beat them? Do we join them?

It just seemed a natural time to do some tweaking to the Texas Fly Caster look (SEE your new HEADER?), and since we’re all turning red anyway, maybe red is the color of things in these days of future past. Needless to say, it’s a color clash, but I am not really ready to give in just yet!

BACKROAD TO TEXAS – HWY281 REVISITED

I made a bleary turn and burn trip to Boerne, Texas, Wednesday, and it was a beatdown at 660 miles round-trip in one day. BUT, it also enlightened me to a whole new way of thinking about journeying to that part of the Lone Star State.

You see, it was a trip to help a friend pick up a car he left at the Boerne dealership after he picked up his new car there. So we were just going back down to pick up the old car. Get in, drive, get out, get in the old car and drive. HOWEVER, the new way of thinking involves the route down to near San Antonio.

I have not been on HWY 281 in years, and what a relief it was to be on a moving highway, pothole free, wreck free – a virtually open road from the past. It felt so good to pass over the Brazos, the Leon, Lampasas, the world’s largest spur, the Colorado River, the Pedernales, the Blanco, the Guadalupe — all west of the hell that is I35E and Austin. It was such a fantastic journey that I was left with a “traveling bone” to it Inks Lake which has it’s turnoff from HWY 281 along the way as well. Exciting and enlightening stuff, or maybe I just need to GET OUT MORE!

I call it a “Backroad To Texas” because it leaves a North Texan feeling (once again) like North Texas really isn’t “TEXAS,” and the fact that is so easy to move through the State via 281 makes it feel like the Texas of old. Sure, we clicked on a few extra miles, but sanity stayed with us for the entire ride. Actually HWY281 goes all the way to the Valley, and through the middle of my hometown Edinburg. Needless to say, the experience has my mental wheels turning.

Have a fantastic weekend, and if you can find your way to a fly rod, feel free to tell us about your Texas fly fishing adventures!

“JET PILOT”

Jet pilot for the day
Washed his sins away
Loves to see the Rangers play
His daddy has a job in Washington
Wants to raise a Harvard son

Junior liked to let his hair down
Only trouble is, word gets around

Revolution will be televised
across living rooms
and the great divide
Robbing barren ghettos
for us now
everybody needs a hunting ground

Read more: Son Volt – Jet Pilot Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

Monday Morning Memo – Take No Memos!

| February 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Monday is Memo-Free

Good Monday morning to those of us who still read! This is the year that we remind everyone that #readingisfun – as if we needed reminding!

Funny thing, the word “memos” isn’t it? I am hardly a political beast, but the beasts are certainly on the loose, and marauding through such banal ditches as the “comments” on an Instagram photograph, and much, much further. I would call it a “stumble” on my part; posting a politically charged photograph of a bumper sticker that read, “DOES YOUR TRUMP STICKER MAKE YOU FEEL STUPID YET?” – which I posted with the comment “no comment.” Well … yes, there were comments, a record number of comments for one of my images. Let’s just say I’ll never do that again! Continue Reading

Lower Mountain Fork Mystery Fly Contest

| January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation
Mystery Fly Contest
February 24, 2018

7:00 AM until 12:00 Noon
Lower Mountain Fork River; Beaver’s Bend, OK

Starting Point – NEW! Canoe and Kayak Rental Parking Lot – across bridge from Beaver’s Bend Fly Shop.
Pairings will be drawn just prior to the start.

Join us FRIDAY evening (the 23rd) for dinner and the LMFRF Meeting at 5:00 pm at the Forest Heritage Center.

Details and registration information available at
:http://lmfrfoundation.org/mystery-fly-rules-and-guidelines/

Broken Bow Dam Spillway Repairs
The USACE completed repairs to the Spillway release valve on January 20/21 and flow through Spillway Creek should be returning to normal.

SEE MORE TEXAS FLY CASTER STORIES – THE LOWER MOUNTAIN FORK  BEAVER’S BEND

Shutdown Monday Morning Couldn’t Be Any Better – PLUS Dealing With Devil’s

| January 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

Check Your TP Before You Sit Down

Good Shutdown Monday Morning! Do you feel it? Did you have to get your own roll of toilet paper before diving into the stall in your Federal government building bathroom? Now that you’e seated and enjoying the view – of your screen – on a Monday where the sky is not falling, and we will all get along fine during this continuing debacle.

IT IS TIME for some good questions though. Do these antique politicians get paid to not do their jobs? When the government “shuts down” do these fat cats still get paid? Why should they?

Politics. Politics are the third rail of fly fishing (the one that electrocutes you into ash), but there are other sections of the third rail line that are equally deadly to peaceful fly fishing conversation. And that’s why I have tried, successfully in my opinion, to avoid the third rail all these years. Locally, there are plenty of red meat bomb throwers, who just throw out something to generate polarizing debates. I always call those guys out.

CONFESSED: RED MEAT BOMB-THROWER

This past weekend, mostly to see who is actually looking and following on Instagram, I threw out a red-meat-bomb. It was a simple photograph of an auto window sticker, reading, “Does Your TRUMP STICKER Make You Feel Stupid Yet?” and it lit a fuse that burned through a record (for me) 33 comments and paltry 26 likes. I wish there was a “dislike” for fairness. It enlightened me. My “takeaway” is that people actually LOOK at the images on Instagram feeds, and the folks that comment fall into two distinct categories – I Got Money, and Now I Got More Money, and two, the other side that realizes exactly what all this great income is actually costing the environment, the future and their children’s future.

For goodness sake, why can’t we all just Rodney King (for young readers that means “get along”)? The only politics I care about are those that have a direct effect on fly fishing. I know I am done and gone as an economic force – as long as no one cares about, and understands and supports the values of quality, creativity and integrity.

And politics – State of Texas politics – leads US to what will be the longest discussion about, arguably, the most political geography in Texas – THE DEVIL’S RIVER! I was talking to family at a recent gathering and a couple of cousins have boys that are the right age for a Devil’s River trip, and are familiar with that area from behind a rifle scope (hunting leases in the region). The time may well be right …

THE DEVILS RIVER

So taking on the last great wild ride in Texas is a bit daunting to me. In my mind, I see it as my own personal “health statement” about just how well I have healed, and as I see age 60 off in the distance … the time seems right.

Let the gathering of information begin! If YOU KNOW ANYTHING about the Devil’s River, if you have done the Devil’s River, I would sure like to know about it. I know the situation on the ground there – has changed in recent years. But I don’t really know exactly how it has changed. I am going to reach out to people I have seen have done the Devil’s – people like Alvin Dedeaux (check out that Devil’s YETI video), and Thomas Flemons at Diablo Paddlesports. I know there are more people than that, but I will start there (and try to jog my memory at the same time).

I am cautiously optimistic that I can make this trip happen, and if you are interested in making this trip – let me know. This is starting from scratch though … the Devil’s is in the details.

Texas Fly Fishing Events Piling On Again This Year

| January 16, 2018

Let the good lines roll!

Announcements are flowing like sand through the hourglass now, and as is normal for the Texas Fly crowd, there is another scheduling overlap again this year. Now that they’ve shot themselves in THE OTHER foot, I can’t help but wonder how it is these things happen?

In the first place, the general events (non-trout related) occur at what is typically, and selfishly slow time of the fly fishing year – a slack tide of slow if you know what I mean? People around here may be talking fly, but they certainly aren’t throwing fly.

Here’s what I have so far, and if I miss your event, be sure to holler in my face as soon as possible. I am always glad to share information about this sport you live and love, and if you are so bold and focused as to want to ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT here, we can talk about that as well.

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE

The first event on the 2018 fly fishing calendar is right around the proverbial corner. Whoever comes up with a descriptive name that isn’t “fest.” or “festival” gets a prize! First, we retired “Conclave,” and now we work to retire “festival,” and the word “ambassador” from all fly lexicon forever and ever amen.

Texas Fly Fishing Expo

Based on the dead website http://txflyfishexpo.com/ – it appears that event is now dead in the water. So long. We hardly knew ya’.

TroutFest 2018

February 16-18, 2018

http://www.grtu.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/GRTU_SDE_2018.pdf

Sometimes a “sleeper” event – one loaded with great stuff and great information. That speaker list looks a little worn thin, except for Chris Wood, who I have traveled with in the past. His perspective, and speaking ability, and knowledge make for a good lecture.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries – Fly Fish Texas

https://tpwd.texas.gov/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/visit/specialevents/flyfishtx/

February 24, 2018

This event was hurting for attendance and vendors last year – in my humble opinion. And without any kind of celebrity of note to draw crowds, it may be a little of an underdog this year as well. The February 24 date is questionable as well – with the winter we are having right now.

NOTE: Unfortunately, this event uses synthetic trout as their main attraction – setting up kids to fish for these little fish, and not really pairing up adults with walk-in kids to get their hands on fly rods. A lot more catching and hooking of kids would be accomplished with sunfish as the attraction, instead of those poor seasonal trout. This event feels like it is about ready for an overhaul.

Trinity River Water District – Flyfest 2018

March 10, 2018

http://trwdflyfest.com/

Along the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Texas.

This event has size and gearth to it. The location is eye-opening, and if you are local to North Texas, you are sure to run into someone you know.

Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Expo

March 10-11, 2018

http://txflyfishingfestival.org/

This event a couple of heavy hitters, and it costs heavy as well. I like that. I think in the microbrewery rich region of North Texas, they attracted three different beer makers last year. Pretty pathetic. But then, micro brews are so 2013 anyway, aren’t they? There are some speakers of note this year, and although I have never fished with any of them (you know who you are), I bet we can learn a little something new from some of these folks.

When it comes to talking, I would have expected to hear from Stephen Woodcock out of Fort Worth, but obviously he’s tied up at the TRWD Flyfest going on at the same time in Fort Worth.

NOTE: This goes on over two days, so you can do both this one and the Forth Worth event while you are not hanging out in Denton. You can bet the locals won’t be promoting ANYTHING local to local fly fishers.

Ladyfish 2018 Women’s Fly Fishing Festival

March 24, 2018

http://livingwatersflyfishing.com/ladyfish/

Round Rock Texas

Sponsored by City of Round Rock, and Living Waters Fly Fishing in Round Rock, Texas. This is the first ever of this particular event, and guess what? it’s calling itself a “festival” too.

It looks like your best contact is Living Waters Fly Fishing.


LATER THIS WEEK, I will publish the current rundown of fly fishing tournaments. It is always a short list, and with my working weekends, I won’t be the backbone of any Lake Ray Ray Roberts tournament anytime soon. Maybe in my next decade, I will have that freedom once again.

Or maybe I will just start an event called “Festival! Festival!” and retire now!

 

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