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| 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!

 

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report

| July 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Texas Fly Fishing Report

I figured you needed a little relief from my turtle head, so this YouTube broadcast is audio only – for your listening enjoyment. There are a couple of spots mentioned – gleaned from all the places I watch and read (remember last week’s post?).

You never know, this particular report could easily end up as a podcast on iTunes in the future? I tried to do a SnapChat on the water the other day, and I have no idea how that works – obviously! If you are a SnapChat person, maybe we can be “snappy” friends or whatever it is that’s required to make that idea go … Periscope is better right out of the box – I KNOW THAT for sure.

Have a great weekend as usual, and ALWAYS KNOW BEFORE YOU GO fishing anywhere in Texas!

It’s Watcher Wednesday! Are You Tired of Watching Yet?

| July 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Going with the flow of video somehow gets easier

 

This is the LONG VERSION of a trailer that was supposed to be a short version. I guess I am better doing long than short videos. Still experimenting …


NOW THIS IS a good video. Yes, slow-mo overkill, but well done. (Maybe I should move there, and do this “reporting?” After all, we are “Texas” Fly Casters, right?)

Somehow, the ability to share via video seems to lead to more ideas and more topics – topics that I hope interest your eyes in watching. What is so funny to me is how primitive things seem to look – video quality, recording quality, editing, audio quality – in such a short time.

I’m also looking to be more “up front” with the Fly Nation, having tried live events, and taken a look at Snapchat. It looks like it may be time to get on board with Snapchat based on the sheer numbers of young people who are now using it. When I asked one of those young people last night, “Why Snapchat?” He said, “Because it’s easy. It’s the easiest way to do this.” The Google-Hangout thing is still so cumbersome, kind of, like, for OLD PEOPLE?

I know you couldn’t tell by looking, but I do like easy technology … stay tuned.

Keeping it Coming – New Carp Prospecting Video Plus Texas Fly Report

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Carp guide prospecting and Texas Fly Fishing Report Update tropical storm Cindy

GIFTS KEEP ON GIVING

The plate was full this week, and with the call to repair a local fly fishing club’s website (down for several days now), my plot only thickens. AND, that’s the way I like it!

Father and Son take a skiff break

I am also getting a pretty good feed of your photographs for the Texas Fly Caster Instagram Feed – running behind, but thank you friends and readers for that! New news-tips are coming in as well, more like “you should check this out” tips really — requiring more legwork, more boat-work and more typing on these keys. Thank Goodness (that’s what I should call my wife, goodness), this half broke-in laptop is now paid off! And just in time to get a check from YouTube for all those ads you watch (so I guess you will now stop watching!).

We have passed the first peak of the carp season, and are moving steadily along to the next one which will be helped along by the rains coming over the next 24-hours.

So this video is a conglomeration of some footage from prospecting for carp in preparation for the two guide trips I did this past week, and at the end is the scroll with commentary, on the Texas Fishing Reports provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. I am beginning to wonder about their accuracy based on years of reading, and this week’s UNMENTIONED tropical storm.

Who can blame the folks who assemble those reports really? (It’s the same folks that power the once famous (now dying) www.texasfishingforum.com) The bid for that job, of providing the reports for Texas fishermen, goes to? THE LOWEST BIDDER. The State can make exceptions (Yes, I know that for those of you wonks reading this) to the “Lowest Bidder” for bids, but rarely does.

Whack a Mole Sand Bass Ray Roberts 2017

The thing about Whack-A-Mole sand bass is … at least you don’t get a soggy tush, and you get any kind of bite you want – deep, mid and topwater are all contenders in this game – a game a lot like horseshoes and hand grenades.

Not only did we get on some carp this week, the sand bass are appearing on the lake – on top, and that means a great game of WHACK-A-MOLE for anyone interested — yes I can take you out for that exercise, and you can keep all the legal fish you catch. (No, I don’t clean them.)The sheer numbers, many of you are into that, put other locations to SHAME again this year. I have deals starting the first day of summer, and they’re called SUNDOWNERS – for those fishing, or fly fishing to eat (as I do).

Thanks for reading. I am guessing there’s enough red meat here for those of you who read, and are not on your family “VACA” right now.

If you’re in town, and ready to take the carp ride of your life, you know where to find me, right?

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk – Juneteenth Rumble and Shake This Week

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week will be full of fly fishing action –

JUNETEENTH 2017

Good Monday morning! It’s Juneteenth in Texas, and for those of us who don’t know our Texas History; this is the day news finally reached Texas slaves that the emancipation proclamation had been ratified. Texas had about 250-thousand slaves in the State at the time.

HI-DEF Radar Screen Shot Today

If you are reading from North Texas, maybe you felt the rumble and shake of thunder, and we did get a couple of lightning strike, but still no rain in my little neighborhood. It looks like weather was everywhere around us, but my dog only hid in the closet for about ten minutes – just before sunrise.


FULL FLY WEEK

This will be a pretty fantastic week for fly fishing in North Texas (the rest of the State is hot fishing as well!), as there are a couple of days of guiding, a trip to the doctor in between, and plenty more coming my way to tighten up the calendar. It seems like your calendars are loosening up a bit these days, and your timing couldn’t be better either.

If you tuned in to the website or the YouTube channel last week, I always hate to disappoint you, but sometimes the original Texas Fly Fishing Report just can’t be produced – commitments to income, family and life can, and do – get in the way.

However, I did take the time to do some video yesterday, Father’s Day 2017, and had a blast applying a ton of EFFORT and gear to getting unique and interesting video that’ll require production work, but should be out on the TexasFlyCaster YouTube Channel today, and in a post here tomorrow. It’s amazing how easy this stuff is getting to produce. I guess being a professional photographer helps! I think it at least helps maintain certain standards of quality you viewers have come to expect over the years! Those who can – DO, I guess? No scripts required.

If you check the YouTube archives, you’ll see just how rough (long ago dubbed “GONZO”) the old videos were – amazingly bad. The only Gonzos I know of were and are, Hunter S. Thompson and Ted Nugent Double Live respectively, but anyway …

Speaking of ease in the photography / videography / website building realm: Have a look at a startup website I created to raise awareness of my welding work and art here in Denton, Texas – www.dentonwelding.com. Welding is just one of the things that keep me somewhat busy these days, and is one of those factors mentioned in keeping me from being too regular in producing the Texas Fly Fishing Reports. One more shameless plug: if you need a website, be sure to look at www.dentondigital.com. I build those too – no welding required, just some SuperGlue. I bet we can even find a GONZO theme for your site! SORRY FOR ALL THIS SHAMELESS SELF FLAGELLATION. It’s become apparent: I have to help myself a lot more than I realized, and have been getting zero help from the local pro-fly-business population for quite some time. This (self-promotion) is certainly not the fun part of anything I do. That much should be obvious by now.

Thanks for reading this Monday Juneteenth! It’ll be a fishy week for sure! I would say to check the TexasFlyCaster social media feeds, but you’re more likely to find updates on the YouTube Channel once the hot fly fishing action cools down this week. (Besides, twitter and instagram? so 2010!)