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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 Looking Back at Sunday and Beyond

| June 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

This YouTube fly fishing video reminded me of the second video I ever uploaded to YouTube way back in 2008.

SOGGY BOTTOM BOYS

 

Good morning! It’s another Monday morning sidewalk, and I am dragging! I forgot just what a workout it was to walk-and-wade the flats, but was reminded – by the windy walk we took yesterday on Lake Ray Roberts. The skiff would’ve been futile on a day with winds that strong, so the only way for my guru to get a much needed carp fix was to go for a fish walk.

It was windy, about 20-miles-per-hour sustained, and the south wind was pushing clouds overhead, which “turned the lights on-and-off” in a matter of seconds as we sight casted for carp.

There were carp aplenty, but they were well protected by the stirred waters, the intermittent clouds and heightened senses. We had plenty of opportunities, and finally (I think as the water hit the right temp) scored a few fish.

THE WEEK AHEAD

The big question of course; is this the weather we will have tomorrow, or Friday? The patterns seem to be less drastic, but it also seems like the talking weatherheads are still hedging their bets a bit. If this wind drops, conditions improve drastically. It may be time to seek a creek, or river!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you know, and what you want to know. No matter what, travel safely to-and-from wherever you go in the Messtroplex these days. It’s getting a lot better on the North Texas highways, but distracted drivers can still write your name in stone … you’ll never see it coming.

Friday Fly Fishing Report Plus New Subscriber Information!

| March 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

March 16 Texas Fly Fishing Report and weekly Statewide fishing report by TPWD.

THE ORIGINAL
TEXAS FLY FISHING REPORT

This is the first Texas Fly Fishing Report in a long while! I hope you enjoy it and find it useful. I constantly try and tweak the format for your benefit, and this time that includes the weekly TPWD fishing reports at the end credits. They roll like old school end credits, so you fan fast-forward and pause when you see a water body you are interested in fishing this weekend! REMEMBER – standard fishing reports translate easily into your fly fishing plans. And if you don’t know how, just read more articles in Texas Fly Caster.

NEW FOR TFC SUBSCRIBERS!

For Texas Fly Caster subscribers; there are a bunch of new benefits that far, far outweigh the $30-dollar yearly subscription. Now, you get private YouTube videos sent to you, and viewable only by subscribers. You also get a 10-percent discount on my guided trips, and 10-percent discount on all purchases at www.popsflyshop.com. Not enough, you say? How about invitations to private Texas Fly Caster subscriber parties at the FLY BAR during the season, with me at the grill and a Denton Micro at the tap? It’ll be anything but a “club” type of gathering, that much is for sure!
+Shannon Drawe
+Texas Fly Caster

Water Wednesday Daylight Saving Soggy Bottom Boys

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Are you still adjusting to the time change?

There are actually several very interesting motivations behind DST. You can read more about how it came into existence here – Time and Date

Texas rainfall drought map

Click on map for more details!

As we look at the drought map, we can see “abnormally dry” conditions sneaking back into Texas this Spring Break week. I am hearing that although the water flows are cut from lake-to-lake, the flows earlier in the month have finally brought crappie and lingering hybrids up into the creeks.

My plan for a day of “Soggy Bottom Boys” fly fishing will wait until tomorrow, as I go far to hit creeks that feed Ray Roberts. It’s just too crowded (in the creeks) the closer we get to Denton-DFW, and “non-locals” have officially invaded the Ray Roberts watershed (and it is probably permanent – the new normal).

Fly Fishing Soggy Bottom Boys

SOGGY BOTTOM BOY – Courtesy Photo (3/14/17)

Notice, I just slid a new name for the creek fly fishers – “Soggy Bottom Boys” – into the mix? “Soggy Bottom Boys” are the vibrant segment of the fly fishing scene in Texas who I have wondered aloud about – earlier this year. In the movie business, they call it “foreshadowing,” and what we are foreshadowing here is a long look at the Texas Soggy Bottom Boys of fly fishing.

I’ve given my own Soggy Bottom experience a lot of thought recently, and I did come up with my original Soggy Bottom experience from fifth grade. Add a friend’s experience with his young son only yesterday, and you can see there is no chance of the Texas Soggy Bottom Boys ever facing extinction.

It’s off to work on the Airstream today, but the weather the rest of this week means one thing – chase fish! And you won’t see me, because I will most likely be going Soggy Bottom fly fishing in search of these mega crappie I have heard about recently. For annual subscribers, you will get a text from the Soggy any time I find something worth a bother, and there are two YouTube videos coming this week – one privately distributed to the subscribers, and one public report.