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Monday Morning Sidewalk Shaping Hats Shaping Up July

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Sidewalk

As we stagger into another week, from wherever we are … to right here staring at your screens; I hope we are all taking the time this summer to fly fish somewhere that takes our minds off the trials and tribulations we may encounter in these days unlike any other.

It is worth reminding you that there is a ten year repository – a library if you will – of fly fishing information and wonderful getaways stored within this website. Amazing, ten full years the wheel has spun since the first words were written here.  Somehow, when I started this journey, I wanted to live it like there was no tomorrow – as if I knew I wasn’t going to make it to a natural end of the road.

Cancer could have fulfilled that prophecy, but I was evidently spared – unlike some friends that are now gone. It (cancer) turned out to be more of a pothole in the road, one that severely damaged my suspension, but a pothole instead of a dead end. I don’t know how many of my friends made from Reel Recovery bother to read the site – be they administrators, facilitators or the class I participated with, but one – ONE – of my class has kept in touch over the last 2-1/2 years.

When I met him he had no signs of sickness, but his was a ticking time bomb type of cancer. Next Monday I’ll be headed to Houston to visit him after a round of chemo at MD Anderson. So send your thoughts and prayers his way and keep them coming.

One of the things that has transpired over the last three years since being diagnosed (7/7/15) was taking on a manual labor job that ate my weekends whole for the last twelve months. The only real upside was boosting my endurance and conditioning to a level (better than years before cancer), that I assume, gets me ready for the next road that I take as I reach the intersection in July. You see, my conditioning peaked about two months ago, and the body says it’s time to do something different before real injury results. That little/long road is about over now, and I’ll need your feedback to figure out where the road goes … the physical clock is ticking, and I am turning off this one-year road at the last possible second, two wheels in the air  …

Speaking of July

July has always been my most sentimental month – bar none. And like it or not, I am a pretty darn sentimental sod of a person and fly fisher. July was the “Family Reunion” time of year, which meant South Padre Island (SPI), Texas, for at least a week that included the 4th., and sometimes another week just for good measure. If I had to identify geography for coming of age, South Padre Island would be one of the top two places. It is no different now. If there were a choice, I would find the full moon and put SPI on my calendar every single year.

But sometimes other more pressing needs take undeniable precedent. A huge part of the coming July will be an adventure along a road I have never traveled to a place I’ve never been. I’ll be riding and driving along with a friend of mine from here in North Texas – all the way to New England – to fulfill his late wife’s last wish.

FLY FISHING

We now have a week of cooler and unstable weather to look forward to! What a relief. As I said in last Friday’s report – the variables here in North Texas are many, and fish few. Maybe some rain and cooler temperatures are just what the fly doctor ordered? Something has to give …

So I soaked my next straw hat – from www.sunbodyhats.com in Houston – in the trough this morning, and am reshaping it to be “The Hat” for the rest of this year – if I can get it to fatten up around my fattening head! I guess you could call it shaping my anticipation for future roads?

NOTE: I did become aware of some glitches in videos deposited here (never on YouTube) last week, and will work to remedy those – and repost them, as new, very soon!

Texas Fly Fishing Report 061518

| June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here’s the Deal! Texas Fly Fishing Report

Hello, and thanks again for tuning in to the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel, and checking out this new video report on fly fishing opportunities in Texas. Make sure you contact me if you are in Houston the week of June 25! I’ll be there too, and spending time with a friend as he goes through a round of chemo at MD Anderson, but there’s always some time to sneak off and go to Bayou City Angler or maybe a long delayed trip to Fishing Tackle Unlimited.

All I know for sure is – the wind and heat are draining the lake pretty quickly now, and the fish are dazed and confused by the rapid decline. Saltwater fly fishing is also subject to heat now – your best shallow bet is early and late on moving tides (always on moving tides!).

Free Per View – The Answer Just Blew In

| January 10, 2018

Just when I though I won the lottery!

READING IS FREE – JOIN THE YOUTUBE NATION FOR MEMBERS ONLY CONTENT!

It looks like the Pay-Per-View option no longer works for those of you who show up to this website frothing at the mouth for great new content – think toll booth in Blazing Saddles.

So, there’s my answer in a nutshell. I am going to disable the Pay-Per-View function on this website. For those of you who have had paid memberships, and still do have paid memberships, you will be privy to exclusive members-only YouTube videos for the calendar year 2018.

And if you want to get exclusive limited YouTube Content, that’s what you can do – pay your $!1 usd and I will make a member out of you. Thanks for reading, and now THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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

 

Watcher Wednesday What Are You Watching?

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here’s your watcher Wednesday video this week

Maybe I should ask? What are you watching these days? It’s such a wide open question. I know those of you readers with kids a certain age are probably sick and tired of Thomas & Friends, and my renewed addiction to news is just about over and done with. We are even about to cut the cable in this household.

One of my favorite “TV” shows and “TV” personalities is Flats Class‘ Captain C.A. Richardson. This guy is straight business, and it seems like he shares everything he knows, about what he’s doing, in each episode. Good stuff. I e mailed him to see if there is somewhere I can go to find his shows online.

TV is in a weird transitional time, isn’t it? That applies to cable TV especially. We are about to cut the cable around here, and just rely on the internet sources for entertainment and news. There will be some holes in our watching, but is there any doubt that we’ll all be able to get our TV from the internet within a few years?

Right now, in my search to find a source for Flats Class, I stumbled onto this site Waypoint TV.  And as I dug a little deeper? B I N G O! Click this link – Flats Class on Waypoint TV. And that’s your video find of the week! Thanks for reading again, and let me know what you find to watch – sharing is fun!