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Sun Sets on Winter Weather Wednesday

| December 27, 2017

Weather Keeps Fly Fishing Talk Short and Sweet

Whoa. Now this is what we’ve been missing here in North Texas. We have some real, cold, wet and miserable weather upon us, and boy do we need it! This is the kind of weather that makes a fish believe things are nothing other than normal in their world, and it triggers the kinds of instincts that puts them in their proper seasons, thank God.

The idea of catching a temperate January day of fly fishing in Daingerfield, Texas, for chain pickerel, is now completely viable! We are all systems go for January – and watching closely – for a day, I hope two, to head over to Daingerfield and camp, and putz around the lake chasing chains.

WRAPPING UP 2017

Of course, life without some kind of pressure, is something I know almost nothing about. Those days are an ancient memory now, but with some help, I may relearn relaxation in 2018. After all, 2017 was only the second worst year of my adult life … but who’s counting?

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I started sliding down this slippery slope. It’s funny how that works; some things can be so bad while at the same time, other things for a person can be so darn good. It is impossible to discount the addition of the skiff to the mix of the last two years being the best, but with these fluctuations in rainfall since October – 2018, I think, will be the truest test yet – for the superiority of fly fishing for carp from skiff. I would actually say 2018 IS THE YEAR that decides this debate (but I know it’s hardly debatable).

Take, for example the newest issue of Drake Magazine. By the grace of God, and with a little bit of biblical knowledge (so little I’m ashamed), I was able to get decent play for the article on Clyde going to the epicenter of landfall for Hurricane Harvey. It is reassuring to note that the vast majority of Texas news outlets (like the Texas Standard radio show) are still focused on Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath, even if the numbers still favor Houston’s lead coverage. I can say, with no hesitation, that this story is the best professional thing to happen for me in 2017. Will it lead to anything? Let us all hope so – because it (that story) really NEEDS TO lead to something more. 

On the flip-side of the fly, two new fly fishing records came my way this year. One is from Lake Bridgeport, and I managed a decent gaspergou to put on the books for Ray Roberts as well. Those drum were certainly something in 2017! They were everywhere, and they chased and ate like a gamefish should. I am happy with both of those records, and will be happier when someone makes the effort to break them! That’s why I do it in the first place!

I always shotgun new ideas and make bold efforts to bring new information (and old information) in new ways — to those of you who are still interested in the relentless pursuit of fish on fly. As they say, I sometimes “get out in front of my skis” with these announced efforts. I am realizing with the deduction of about 40 waking hours a week from my life … it can be hard to cash the checks I am writing to you, the loyal readers and new readers with expectations. What I don’t get done for you, in the way of providing information in creative ways, wakes me up in the middle of the night.

For example, the assembly of “podcast style” audio interviews is proving to be a bigger time burner than the videos you find me doing for the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel – much bigger. I have a lot more faith in the popularity of the YouTube content, but I also realize a challenge when it comes to painting pictures with only voices and words. The intensity level of writing for that format is incredible. Anyone can create a Podcast, but hardly anyone can do a good job of it. I am not willing to lower my standards just to be in the format.

WHEN IT COMES TO FORMATS

When it comes to formats sweeping through fly fishing, have you seen the corruption of Instagram? Mark 2017 as the year fly folks finally flocked to Instagram, and then essentially destroyed it as an honest purveyor of information. As a professional photographer and someone who has been on that social media since its beginning, it is sad to see. I feel confident in saying YouTube will NEVER suffer the same fate from the fly fishing community.

So where do we go from here in 2018. After ten years, I wonder the same thing. The interest in written word seems to be at the lowest point ever, and my desire to deliver in writing is at its apex. This is a year to take the measure, and see if words are for profit, and videos and podcasts are for fun. Or, is there another combination? That’s what we’re about to find out going into 2018. I think we can safely call it a “make-or-break” year for the Texas Fly Caster website. No matter what, the archives are pretty fantastic, aren’t they???

ENDING WITH A BANG NOT A WIMPER

I had thought I would throw out a Top 10 Fly Fishing Music Countdown for 2017 via podcast, but I realized later that a lot of my music I am rating is music I have downloaded via my Itunes account, and is not playable for podcast purposes. You will also see that I no longer have any ads for Amazon purchases on the site – they discontinued the commission program (so what’s the point?). I still accept ads though! So I will be contacting you, if you have fly related products, about my ad rates, and why you’d be smart to get on board (if you’re interested in hitting your target market between the eyes!).

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When it comes to posting for profit, aka Pay-Per-View reading, this site will make a dramatic, inelegant shift to all Pay-Per-View reading in January — assuming I can get this terrible software to work properly. It will retroact all the way back to 2008. The rest of the good news? You can still watch YouTube videos for free, and all the social media is still free as well. This may sound strange, “free,” but with the net neutrality laws overturned / unenforced? You want to get ready to pay for a lot of things you though should / would always be free.

 

Texas Fly Fishing Report

| September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing Report Summer Winds Down Doldrums Around

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing in Texas this week

Thanks again for watching the Texas Fly Fishing Report! Please suggest changes where needed – I won’t complain. I think the audio intro is a bit long-ish.

A hard week on the fly for me – skunked twice. Watch for the details in the video. I was advised to be wary of what I heard (and have been told that many times in the past), and it proved out when it came to Lake Grapevine two days ago.

If you can get to the BP and Rollover Pass, it sounds interesting. But then, I am relying – not on all you readers across the state – but relying on televised reporting and the TPWD fishing reports. I have always had a soft spot for Rollover Pass because there is an incredible amount of movement there. I heard a long time ago they were going to fill that in, but I never heard any more about it? I sure would like to hear from readers, rather than trying to discern second-hand information from the sources I am using. Accuracy is very important to me, so my sources need to be honed and more accountable.

If YOU ARE A GUIDE, feel free to call in your report from wherever you are, and we can record and publish it – as is, unedited and heavily (at my cost) promoted.

Texas Fly Fishing Report – Video With Fly Tying Recommendation Ending

| August 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing in Texas: The Texas Fly Fishing Report Plus Fly Tying Tip for Texas Saltwater

Thanks for coming to the website! I assume a lot of you arrive here because of the YouTube Texas Fly Fishing Report, and maybe just because of today’s report?

As I said, the reports from TPWD are laced with the words “fair” which is worse than “good,” but better than “slow” — all terms TPWD uses to be intentionally vague, and not influence the economies of businesses that rely on these lakes. Keep that in mind. All-in-all, there are a lot more “fairs” and fewer “goods” and the curse word “slow” is starting to creep in across Texas. We all know that happens. That’s why it’s called fishing.

SALT

I am not even too surprised to see those words creeping into the saltwater reports either. Heat, and indeterminate wind patterns make things on the coast a bit tepid. The fish begin to spread out, and seek deeper climes. Again, normal. Take the tide-moon phase right now, and I would say – GO TAKE A NAP instead.

REMEMBER

Please remember a couple of things about the reports I do:

  • Almost all of this is gleaned and then combined in one place – HERE
  • If what you get (on your outing) isn’t close to what’s reported here? You HAVE to tell us so that we can adjust. CALL OUT bad information!
  • I will tell you what I NOW FOR SURE
  • This information is based on conventional fishermen reporting on conventional tactics
  • It is up to us to translate this into fly information – for example … watch the video for a killer saltwater fly sample at the end of this week’s video

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE – Local Fly Fishing Scene Heats up Again

What I know about the water I guide on FOR SURE is that there are tons of catfish (heat resistant) on the flats at Lake Ray Roberts. I was out scouting yesterday, and besides the information that follows, I caught a twisted up three-pound slimeball on a black/black Clouser while prospecting for early bass.

SPEAKING OF BASS

All size bass are roving the flats right now! It’s more a matter of the lack of a winter (in my opinion), than the environment – I think their internal clocks are set ahead by about six weeks! I see yearlings in schools marauding, and see good size bass prowling solo. They’re hard to spot, but easy to catch, and will take the time to pursue the smallest fly if it looks worthy.

And of carp? Here is what I think is happening, with the gift of the most abundant carp population in ten years, there’s another edge to the sword. These fish came in, spawned and relaxed, then ate / cleared all (and I MEAL ALL) that grassy vegetation that lined the bottom of flats like Lantana Flats. Once that food was gone, it also coincided with the heat coming on – just a coincidence really.

SO, the fish would come up and look around when it was cool, looking for that grass they like. And, when they found little to none, they would drop off again for the day’s heat.

WELL, that vegetation has grown back! And they’re already back mowing it down en masse. Yesterday, Thursday, August 3, I saw those early season carp’n chains (plays in my imagination as “tarpon chains”), feeders are everywhere, but they are retracing their early behaviors as well – skittish and easily spooked. The numbers are very, very good right now. I also believe the break in the heat helps, but consider the fact that as I was idling in to the cove, there was that telltale grass floating (after being mowed by carp) everywhere — just as in spring / early summer.

So I think we are going to have another valhalla that goes from now until they get it all mowed down again. I believe carp will endure the heat for the eat. But once the eat is gone, they’ll be off again too. Allez bon ton roule.

PS – The YouTube Video for this report contains a recommended Texas saltwater fly that should be very hot right now – based on conventional reports.

Monday Morning Sidewalk With Benefits Aplenty

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lots of information on upcoming fly fishing benefit events coming your way this week

Hey everybody! Welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk. There’s a whole lot of nothing to tell these days. I mean, I’ve been quietly hitting a lake a week for two weeks, this week should be the third, and this heat (yes, let us blame the heat) has me trying very hard to “Show-and-Tell” you more about these adventures … with nothing to show but an expense report.

Heck, I even tried fly fishing at night! And I am here to tell you, that’s not for me. Although I cut my baby teeth (had braces at the time actually) night fishing for speckled trout at night on the intracoastal, this time I was completely disoriented  and assaulted by bugs (worse than the intracoastal) once the wind was not a factor. I can’t imagine fishing a lake I DON’T KNOW at night — the run back to the ramp was so stressful. Maybe more light is in the future? It’s either that, or shut completely down during these dog days.

While I am away, Paris is apparently burning. I watched the Texas Fishing Report, and they are reporting tarpon at Port Aransas, bull reds at Mansfield … should I continue? I bet you trout guys are about to click away from here right about now, but wait … there’s more saltwater for what ails you!

As you may have seen on Instagram, I did manage some big drum on Ray Roberts last Friday morning. They were very visible, and chasing flies like they were hungry. Gaspergou are fun fighters, but this warm water has slowed them down too. I also met my friend JB on Ray Roberts that same Friday morning … he and his guest were aboard his East Cape, and looking for carp. Based on my years of record-keeping, I managed to put them on a spot that proved to be successful. I say that to say this: KEEP RECORDS of your fly fishing adventures! Those records will come in handy sometime, maybe when you are completely frustrated and have forgotten those lessons of the past.

Thanks for reading! Be sure to check back here the next few days for the information on those charity events. And be sure to read yesterday’s BACKCASTING SUNDAY SUMMARY – a look at the fly fishing month’s stories that appeared here. I get the feeling there will be local breaking retail news very, very soon. If you aren’t tired of reading about

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