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Texas Skiff – How to Use Ram Mounts as Push Pole Holder on Platforms

| July 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

First Texas Skiff video goes over rigging your skiff for maximum efficiency

If you come from, or are into kayaks, you know the value of good mounting systems on your boats. Well, I brought my faith in RAM MOUNTS to my skiff and so-far-so-good. I have been very happy with the Ram Mount’s performance and am still finding ways to use them on KoKo.

This video will eventually find its way onto the Texas Skiff YouTube Channel, so go there and subscribe to that channel if you are interested in these kinds of things.

Thanks for watching and HAPPY 4th. OF JULY!

Thunder Cracks Greeting Us Here This Monday Morning

| July 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

Is it a sign? As soon as I powered up the computer thunder cracked nearby.

THUNDERSTRUCK

I wasn’t paying much attention to the weather this morning as I powered up, but the rains have just started here at my house – real rains. Is this an unusual summer, or what! And it looks like Texoma is getting a sizable storm this Monday morning as well.

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BEST HOLIDAY OF MY YEAR

Well I am glad to welcome you to the best week in the history of my life, and that’s Fourth of July week. I have the deepest and the most heartfelt memories of my family gathering over so many years at 3401 Gulf Avenue on South Padre Island, Texas. It looks nothing like it used to look, unrecognizable actually, but in my mind’s eye? It’s still the place where I go back to, the place where the weight of my memories tip the scale. Family good, and family bad … a historical reference point that defines my family’s life. And that’s what every July 4 week means to me.

LAST WEEK

Last week I made it to Lake Bridgeport, Texas, and made good on my trip pretty quickly. I landed, measured and released a lake record Buffalo (on fly). At first, I really didn’t know what I was looking at, but we know what buffalo are about – a fight as good as any in freshwater.

This week? Well, the freshwater life, as opposed to the 4th. of July on South Padre salt, is damn crowded on Texas lakes! However, with my newly constricted calendar, I have no choice but to see how far I can get – today, tomorrow and the rest of the days up to Thursday this week. IT may be as simple as finding the carp on my home waters (for the next two week’s guiding trips), or another one of those runs to Texas lakes to work on a series of lakes I want to cover this year.

I really don’t know if the regular MMS readers, realize it or not, but I am certainly hitting physical and mental stride again and looking for a whole lot more – to report, to review and to discover about fly fishing in Texas. Nowadays, it is UP TO YOU more than ever to help me find the stories of interest, stories like the one now running in Drake Magazine on Danny Scarborough in Houston, Texas. I will keep bombing you with the “Drake Magazine” article until you beg for mercy (sorry but that’s my world now). You can make it easier for me to forget about this particular feather in the old ball-cap … by bringing new story ideas to my attention.

It’s actually hard for me to keep up with myself right now (part of hitting stride?), but I want to mention that there’s a new TEXAS SKIFF segment to my YouTube Channel. It will have information rolled into it from what I’m learning from my time rigging KoKo. And there is a lot of information you will recognize from the kayak days when it comes to rigging the technical poling skiff. All you have to do is tune in to the new segment I’ve added to the TexasFlyCaster YouTube Channel. (I wish there was a way to divide these out, but YouTube doesn’t work that way now.) I think you will see an innovation, or two, and maybe some answers to questions on how the whole thing works for me. There’s a brand new Texas Skiff video hitting the channel in the next 24-hours, so get familiar with YouTube and download the APP –  Android and iPhone, stream it on your TV, or let me know your method of watching the second biggest innovation (internet being biggest) to hit fly fishing in this Century. Start watching and you will soon realize: That last statement is absolutely true.

 

 

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Fly Rod Choice For North Texas Carp and Largemouth Bass

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

My Choices for boat rods fly fishing for carp and bass North Texas

Opinions on fly rods are, like opinions in general; you know … everybody has one. The reality is the best rod for you is the one that best matches your cast. If you cast enough, I mean a WHOLE LOT, the rod matters a lot less than the ability to change rods – from a mountain 2 weight to a saltwater 12 weight. If your cast is locked and loaded, you could do both rods (and anything in between) in the same day – and the action of the rod is inconsequential.

I am on the water Tuesday morning, so enjoy this and I will get the continuation of this video out (the 360 Nikon maybe) later this week. I apparently had two cameras going (double live GONZO!), and may just run both for your comparisons sake. This Nikon 360 software is nothing short of a nightmare!

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report

| June 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s time for another fly fishing report from Texas, for and about Texas! PPV reading – skiff advantage and techniques.

 

Besides the original Texas Fly Fishing Report on YouTube (your first stop of course!), I also provide information targeted to what is happening with the fish I specialize in guiding for carp, here in North Texas. And my information is even more specific to Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, carp on fly, BUT you should interpret this information for your pursuits of fish on fly – wherever you are.

This information, as all information, has value. It is open reading for subscribers, and you too can read it by simply inserting a quarter in the slot, or better yet; subscribe to this website for access to all the Pay-Per-View stories found here! (And don’t tell anybody, but if you subscribe there’s a discount on guided trips!)

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I have been on the water twice this week, and the carp are a little finicky – eating so much vegetation right now that they seem full, and when caught they are sporting distended bellies. I was first clued in to what they were up to when I saw floating grass in the Buck Creek access area.

There are already vast areas where carp have stripped away that vegetation (I call it grass because I don’t know what it is called), and are rooting around underneath that grass – perhaps eating the base, or new sprouts, or bugs underneath. I can’t bring myself to dissect a carp and inspect their digestive track …

Things are just not that difficult overall, a soft presentation, and a “leave” not a stripping presentation are key. The “leave” means you leave the fly alone in front and close to the rooting carp. If you see mud clouds, first try to make tails and heads of the fish, and drop it on the boiling mud – let it settle down into the invisible.

I base my “lift-strip-set” mostly on time, although I have no real count, much more like an instinctive timing I guess I would call it. If there’s not resistance, let it drop right back down into that cloud (we are at point-blank range), and try again! If the cloud is still there, the fish is still eating, rooting and ready to take. A carp eating like this has some of its keen senses turned off, and is operating in what I call “Full On Eat Mode.” The odds, for once, are in your favor!

FROM THE CASTING DECK

Our view from the deck of the skiff makes a huge difference these days! I am able to target shots at better distances than ever before – out of range of a typical common carp’s senses – and it is easy to setup successive shots. If one shot fails, I can call out the next one, and still not cause one of those carp stampedes that comes from running a distant fish through the herd of grazers nearer to my position. If you have ever fly fished for carp, you know how frustrating the stampedes can be. From the deck, we start with the fish on the outer edges, and there have been numerous times when we can pick one off and the herd has no clue what’s happening! Amazing.

As you saw from today’s YouTube video Texas Fly Fishing Report 060917, once there’s a take, things can and do go a little crazy with some fish! These weather shifts and temperature shifts make me believe each carp is behaving in its own unique way right now. If we lose a few degrees of water temperature today, with this rain, I think the carp will go even wilder than they have been earlier in this week. That’s a great problem to have!

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Carp on Fly – Down to the Last Cast

| October 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

It smells like tomorrow will be the swan song for the epic CARP 2016 Season on Lake Ray Roberts, Texas. I’ll have a guest on board the skiff, but made no promises of even seeing any carp on the famous flats that produced so many memories in a new book of memories started this year. If next year is anything like, anything close to this year, then the world is right (regardless of politics).

I am betting there will be others out on the flats tomorrow, trying to get one more taste of the “carp thang” as well, and I guess I should warn them / you that I am going to blow up the Lantana Flat as the first order of business tomorrow. It’s only right really, after having them blown for me and a guest the last time I was there (by an unconventional wader*). *I would be glad to explain the nuances to you.

SEASON IN REVIEW

It will take awhile to gather all the “hits” from the Spring-Summer ’16 fly fishing, but I will try and get together a YouTube video or a slideshow … call it a brag reel if you like! I don’t mind looking back for the most part, but it’s a little hard to do that while looking forward to, and preparing for Oklahoma (still have to send in that paperwork proving I’m an ‘merican citizen and all the rest) this winter when it’s pushing 90-degrees the next three days.

LOOKING AHEAD

It is enticing to leave the skiff hooked up to the truck, as it is right now, and just head south until it’s warm enough to be interesting on the water – and reading reports for places, like Lake Belton, and Lake Somerville do nothing to make me want to mothball the skiff any time soon.

Next weekend it is a change of scenery for sure though, as we head to the Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, Texas. Regular readers will remember that we have made that trip a few times over the years, and although I have yet to catch a fish there, it is a fantastic getaway. Maybe we will get lucky this time? If you know anything about the water out that way (the Concho in town seems just about empty of fish), feel free to let me know – and if you live there – COME FIND ME at the Chicken Farm. I am sure I can get away for some fishing.