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Wednesday Watcher and Travel Log Travel Dog Update

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wednesday video relief

While I am busy putting out the logistical fires that just broke into the coastal plans – JURY DUTY CAN YOU BELIEVE THE NERVE – feel free to kick back and watch this episode of Texas Insider Fishing Report. This stuff translates easily into fly-speak and you will know what to do, won’t you?


Meanwhile, I have a couple dozen flies to tie for guests of a fly fishing friend coming to Ray Roberts this weekend. So you’ll know where to find me if I am not watching the Ken Burns Vietnam documentary on PBS. Yes, you may have heard there is this other great time burner now, a four-legged friend named Finn. And I say to myself, “What have I done?” It is pretty obvious to me (and to you too probably), I need one of those “Emotional Support Dogs” more than just about anyone I come across, but maybe we will categorize him as a Emotional Fishing Support Dog just to make me sound more normal / less needy?

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Speaking of the WATCHERS (not the doers), I had a friend speaking in one of my ear holes the other day – imagine he’s the devil on one shoulder, and some silent angel stands on the other – and he wants to start an anti-club club in North Texas. He’s been cavorting with other friends who have undoubtedly been throwing this idea around, and bounced it off me for a couple years now, but he had an idea that sounded most reasonable …

His club would have no official officials of any kind, no elected anything and only have one requirement to remain in the club – you must go fly fishing with the group – OR YOU ARE OUT. I liked that, but added a twist: “What if a person in the club has to pay for NOT attending a group outing?” What if, there’s a minimum of six outings a year, and you must attend four? If you miss? That will cost you $50-dollars for coming up short – up to $200 a year – OR YOU ARE OUT. Imagine that, if you will, having to explain to your S.O. why you have to pay because you didn’t go fly fishing!

A Bloody Good Chum Line Bayou City Angler

| September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

SALT IS SALT

 

Bayou City Angler Houston Fly FishingHot fly fishing was the main topic at Bayou City Angler (BCA) in Houston, Texas, yesterday afternoon. And the audience, employees and customers at BCA didn’t need any help whipping themselves into a frenzy over the coastal fly fishing scene with some duck hunting talk thrown in just to increase the volume. It was a chum slick of information, and we were all feeding.

Bayou City Angler Fly Fishing Houston

I did try to settle myself down a bit by looking at all the merchandise at BCA,  and I am very impressed with the inventory that has been built up at BCA since the last time I was in the store. Not only is there good inventory, they have a supply of discontinued Sage rods – right out front and CLEARLY marked down. BCA is also making room for their new fall clothing (out with the summer stuff), and an incredible series of markdowns on the reels we always want but never can afford – Abel and Hatch for example! It looks to me like BCA is establishing a name and place for itself in the fourth largest city in the Country. They also have the most extensive inventory of fly lines I have ever seen in one store, and smartly encourage buyers to try out any rod they are serious about purchasing – three reels per weight, with three different fly lines to help in decision making for line as well as rod.

CLYDE HAS A NEW GUIDE

I was there to pitch the next leg of the Clyde trip (Clyde – the car made famous in Drake magazine) to our old friend Danny Scarborough who now works at Bayou City Angler. Danny, being a wiser man that many I know, has sole possession and control of Clyde, and you can be sure it won’t get hung up sitting in Houston for six months of … let’s just say he won’t be wasting anybody’s time, or throwing me under the bus (still have Dallas tire tracks across my back) – unless I fall asleep in the middle of the road down south. That would be justified.

Clyde Drake Magazine

Danny couldn’t keep his redfish stories from Tuesday out of the Wednesday chum, and not only was that shared information great, so was the growing knowledge of snook showing up “everywhere” in Texas now. Put simply, the level of conversation and free trade of information was like a good shot of top-shelf. In my mind, I thought, “this is how it’s supposed to be.” Heck, when you’re as close to the action as these guys are – THIS IS HOW IT BETTER BE! Not a lot a talk, but talk backed by action – doing every chance they get to do it.

Of course there’s the bad with the good and ugly. Grass carp are being caught out in the bay. The number of commons in the bayous is a fraction of pre Harvey scale count. I am sure the guys that like to kill off these fish in the Houston Bayous are happy. We know they will be back. The mold is settling into the homes inundated by the Harvey floods.

I guess this means I will be forced to commute to Houston on a much more regular basis to get a shot of the real chum, and get back to the level of energy that started this adventure. God knows, I am having a hard time finding a good chum-line in North Texas. Salt is salt – it brings its own energy with it. It heals. Friends have heard me say this, but let me just tell all of you sitting at home – this is a great place for a fly fisher to LIVE.

Texas Fly Fishing Report

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Watcher Wednesday Hurricane Blues and White Bass Hot Spot

| September 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

LIVE TRACK HURRICANE IRMA

Welcome to the “Watcher Wednesday” column. This is a day set aside to just watch something you may never have seen before, and enjoy the view from the top of your working hump-day. Me, and my crack research team comprised if myself and I, scour the video world to find something that might be of interest to the demographic that appears to enjoy this website – something that won’t get you too excited, or put you to sleep either. It’s an amazingly hard job! It is difficult to talk fly fishing right now, as the destruction of our beloved Texas Gulf Coast is still fresh and the flotsam still to be gathered into those huge dozer piles, but I did wet a line, and caught some big fat sand bass yesterday. That information is for my subscribers below. Perhaps catching a few will help us get our heads screwed back on straight after the emotional wreck of Harvey? I hope it is your remedy.

HOT SPOT NOW

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Hurricane Harvey Makes Mush of Today’s Texas Fly Fishing Report

| August 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Conditions for Texas fishing and fly fishing in limbo as Hurricane Harvey does it’s dance on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Thanks for tuning in to the original Texas Fly Fishing Video Report! This week, we’re all getting a forced break in the action, as we watch and wait for Hurricane Harvey to make landfall. This one is a rainmaker. The talking weatherheads are all drawing straws to see who has to stand out there in the wind and rain (so silly and goofy). Then, they all line up in the same location, about ten feet apart (“are you in my shot?”), and act like they are planting a flag on the moon. When the intensity is all over, they pack up and leave, budgets shot, and tweeting their heroic activities in the van on the way home.

Below are a few of my images from Hurricane Ike, after all the talking heads had left. Those were the days when I had plenty of time ($) to do a story the right way – long form. By the time I can take this amount of time to do a story (Hurricane Ike) ever again? I will probably either be too old, or dead.

Hurricane Ike Damage

Hurricane Ike Damage

Hurricane Ike