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Happy Monday Birthday Thomas McGuane

| December 11, 2017

Good Monday Morning to you all! To say the world is frazzled just doesn’t do the frenetic pace justice these days … but today is Thomas McGuane’s birthday, and at the ripe young age of 78-years, I do hold out hope that I will find myself alive and well at his age.

For those unacquainted with McGuane, he is very nearly the antithesis of diarist John Gierach in his writing style. [ppw id=”183910827″ description=”Reading and Writing” price=”.25″]

Yeah, I read both, but I guess I am old enough to have my preferences — and crazy enough to express them in a public forum. Heck, PC’s done nothing for me, that much is certain.

If you are seeing holes in the timeframe of posts, fly outings and such; that is because we just finished our largest and most successful ever “Leslie’s Backyard Holiday Art Show” last Saturday (no fly guys showed up with the secret password by the way), and today begins a short run “Pop-Up Shop” in Downtown Denton, Texas. Throw that together with a 32-hour-three-day work weekend for yours truly, and now you’re getting it? … the big picture.

Texas turned downright cold last week and the folks along the coast were freaked by the snow show from Corpus Christi, all the way up to Houston, Texas. I am still shaking my head because we had no snow here in North Texas – simply amazing. AND we are in a full-on burn ban here in Denton County, and yes, a full on drought once again. I, for one, am very happy for the salt to have a winter cold snap. THAT IS normal, and I believe the fish need NORMAL.

I’ll say it once again: The only place that does not get drought? Saltwater. They can suffer in other ways from the lack of freshwater intake, but there’s always water on the salt. Are you getting the picture of the future yet?

I had enough time to talk with people I trust about the state of the Art State over the weekend, and specifically how the internet has changed flavors so clearly this year. Folks have gone from the ease (sickness) of Facebook (and its fake news), to even shorter formats – Instagram. Now, you know I never miss the opportunity to drop my year of membership to social media, but I am pretty much moved on past Instagram as a venue – especially since it has been corrupted this year by the “likers” who don’t look at actual images, but try and entice a “like-for-like” response from other “Instagrammers.” Instagram is corrupted, and therefore pretty much an illegitimate format. I only “like” things I look at, and that hurts my standings of course.

No, we’re headed into long form in 2018 – the Loooooong Form. From the continuing challenges of YouTube, and over to a new-again interest in Podcasting that I am taking on as the ultimate challenge: painting a story in the mind’s eye, but keeping it technically easy and easy access and easy listening. Those are huge challenges, by the way. AND we will move into live broadcasting in 2018, simulcasting actually, any fixed reporting from the Fly Bar as well as any other opportunity that lends itself to the Periscope or Snapchat world (once again out in front of the fly fishing powers that be).

Have a great week, and feel free to call me if you are interested in truly unique gift shopping here in Denton, Texas! I will be working at the Pop-Up Shop several hours on weekdays, so come on by. Our hours are such that you can get off work in DFW, and come up here for shopping and a meal out in Downtown Denton, Texas. This shop will close just after Christmas, and the hours will get shorter right at Christmas, so make your plans and call me if you need more information!

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Monday Morning Sidewalk Leads Everywhere

| December 4, 2017

All About Fly Fishing in Texas and Texas Artists That Fish

Good Monday Morning, and a heck of a Monday it is! There’s nothing quite like having a piece of the weekend with my art family to bring the good vibes and creative juices back into alignment in my grey matter.

Of the three day Randy Brodnax & Friends Christmas Show at Sons of Hermann Hall, I was able to get yesterday to hang out and help out my wife and her business, Cimarrona, for the entire day. But … there’s no rest for the weary.

We now begin preparing for the “Leslie’s Backyard Show,” here in our back yard this coming Saturday. It is a one day show with eleven different vendors (give or take 1), and runs all day Saturday the 9th. of December.

AT THE SAME TIME, we are about to open a new temporary Pop-up-Christmas shop just off the Square in Downtown Denton, Texas. This opportunity presented itself, and we had to take the leap on an idea I had for Denton retail (was it four years ago already?). The ideas never seem to be the problem. It’s the funding, and the price is right this time! Thanks to our friends at Flower Garden Florist for making this happen.

There will be a formal invite going out to my readers, for both of these opportunities this week, so stay tuned. Unfortunately, the single fish oriented artist I had lined up didn’t have a good grip on his calendar when he originally committed, meaning I have no fish artists to offer Texas Fly Caster attendees. I will set aside some very exclusive beer for anyone who reads this and uses the code phrase “Tight Lines” at the Fly Bar. “Tight Lines” gets you a special refreshment, and you may need a DD to get home.

There will be a follow-up post tomorrow, with scenes from the Randy Brodnax Show, and a vendor list for Saturday’s show will probably be with that post as well.

If you don’t make it back tomorrow, be sure to scroll down later in the week, and see what you’ve missed. We obviously have a lot on our plates, as the holidays approach, and with a little luck, maybe a line or two in the water.

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE Texas Fly Caster INSTAGRAM feed for image / gift updates (in case you don’t read).

Remember … “Tight Lines” …

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!

Monday Morning Sidewalk Washing Away the Dust

| April 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing Monday Morning Sidewalk

GOOD MORNING, and welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk. If you’re in North Texas, I hope your roof doesn’t leak! It rained about six hours Sunday morning, and we had another wave Sunday evening. The ground is soaked, so we’re looking at runoff and maybe some flash flooding if it rains again soon. I believe we had more tan 2-inches of rain in the last 24-hours in Denton alone.

It was an action packed weekend – at least socially – over this past weekend. First, I had to go and do my mea culpa for offing Backwoods (the Fort Worth Outdoor and fly store) prematurely. Then it was over to a fish fry over at the home of Fort Worth’s favorite fly couple — Mike and Mandy Mendez. Amazing how good a batter of Dr.Pepper and flour can be when it surrounds some great fish and onion rings! Thanks for that invite. It was great to see, and talk to, a bunch of Soggy Bottom Boys from Fort Worth too!

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Texas Fly Caster SUBSCRIBER UPDATE – YOUR NEW BENEFITS PLAN HAS ARRIVED!

| March 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Subscribe to Texas Fly Caster and Score

Spring is about to pop. This year will be even better than last year on the fly! It seems like a good time to generate a little more buzz around the Texas fly fishing Nation by adding a few bonuses to the befit package paid subscribers receive at Texas Fly Caster, as of March 1, 2017.

First, a fair warning. A significant amount of the fresh 2017 Texas Fly Caster content will be available to Annual Subscribers only. That includes DETAILED HOTSPOTTING, YouTube Invitation Only Videos and as always, great written information intended to help YOU catch more fish on fly.

HERE’S THE DEAL

  • DISCOUNT ON MY FLY FISHING GUIDE SERVICE
  • EXCLUSIVE FLY BAR PARTY INVITES – Food / Beverages / Community
  • DISCOUNT + DEALS AT PoPs FLY SHOP
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These new benefits are available ONLY for Annual Subscribers of course. How much sweeter can it get?

Read all about the new subscription benefits on the SUBSCRIPTION BENEFITS page, and how to subscribe at – SUBSCRIBE HERE. The simple way is to click below (There’s no content there), and go through that process to subscribe without delays.

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