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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!

Flinging Some Spring Ideas for Fun and Entertainment on the Sidewalk

| April 23, 2018 | 1 Comment

Weather Keeps Fly Fishers Circling

Goodness gracious. Can we please get some weather pattern that sticks around for more than a day, please??

Today, probably by the time you read this, I am out there somewhere scouting the flats, and looking for those tell tail signs. But the reality is, even with a potential client in from South Carolina for a one-day-shot Wednesday, the odds are still bad. We have a cool front coming in on Wednesday and I don’t think the weather today is in any way similar to Wednesday’s weather.

So it’s time to look out for ourselves, as many of the millennials (I know) are so good at, and head elsewhere this week. You may recall that list of locations I threw down in anticipation of leaving fish to find fish? We literally – lit-rally as they say – have to get out of the way of the weather this week as we get another shakedown Wednesday.

Just like the hopelessly optimistic folks that brought you the Athens Fly Fishing Festivus too early in the year, there are some more local events that fall during this (taint) time of year that are worthy of note – not for their fly fishing, but for the cultural phenomenon you can only find in a college town like Denton, Texas. The most noteworthy is the Denton Arts & Jazz Fest, and the second is something of a “sleeper event,” called Aubrey Pasture Pickin in a beautiful pasture outside of Aubrey (much closer to the lake).

DENTON ARTS & JAZZ

Around here, we shorten the name of the Denton Arts & Jazz to Jazz Fest, and their musical lineup is something to behold. Saturday night, one of my all-time favorite bands Los Lobos takes the main stage, while Sunday night is considered the headliner spot, and that belongs to the legendary Michael Brecker. Their “Arts” have been trending down over the years mostly due to the heavy vig taken by the event to keep the music free, but there are still some fine artists that have this event on their calendar.

ANNUAL PASTURE PICKIN

The Pasture Pickin is the brainchild of a friend of ours and her husband. He’s now a widower, as she died quite unexpectedly and quickly last year. That makes it such a bittersweet event for so many of us who were lucky enough to know her – even if it was for the shortest of time as in our case. Our circles overlapped for less than a year, but the impact is still being felt. This is probably the last Pasture Pickin event after a nearly two decade run. You’ll find a wide range of stuff – horse trailers, tons of antiques, unique art, and a lot of pickings that come from barns, garages and storage. It’s almost impossible to walk away empty handed. If I have the time, I may be able to add some steel work to the mix.

Thanks for reading, and I am planning to do a simulcast of this week’s Texas Fly Fishing Report – either on Facebook (commies), or using Periscope. If you don’t already have the Periscope APP, you might think about going and getting that one. This is new ground no one on the fly scene has dared (I’m sooo brave!) to, or figured out how to, tread. The idea is to get some interaction – QUESTIONS – while doing the standard report. If you want to e mail me questions now, you can do that as well. If you have your own reporting, you can certainly send that as well. I will run your fish photos – if you send those in to me – on the report as well.

Water Wednesday – Rainy Season Yet to Come to Texas

| March 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Substantial Rain Precedes Texas Rainy Season Huge Impact on Warm-water Fly Fishing Season

Texas Drought Map

The rains are finally letting up here, and I am taking a lunch break to sit down and search for that drought map. We’re not even in the rainy season yet, and lakes in the TPWD “Prairies & Lakes Region” are either full or filling nicely. We all know what these rains mean to our warm-water fly fishing – Boom or Bust. I heard a conventional fisherman complain about dropping water confusing fish, “They don’t like it,” and I believe that to be true whether it’s bucket mouths or carp. An upward surge is fantastic, but the way they drain lakes so abruptly? Heck, it even confuses me!

DON’T FORGET

Don’t forget the CCA Fort Worth Crawfish Boil tonight! Here is the flier on that event – Crawfish Boil CCA Fort Worth. Be there!

SUBSCRIBE!

Be sure to subscribe to my premium YouTube Channel soon! I have a detailed ariel map of a local lake that is small and loaded with big bass. It’s public, and the only way you can get these fish is on kayak. I am going to lay out the structure that makes it a killer location. It is the number one place I have caught the most big bass in the shortest time (a single outing) – ON FLY. There are double-digit bass, and a strange assortment of aquarium fish in the pond as well.

GRTU Fall 2017 Fishery Update Guadalupe River Trout

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE

Hard Summer on the Guadalupe River

by – Jimbo Roberts

Another Hot Texas Summer has come and gone.

To tell you the truth things looked bad. On May 15th, the lake was two feet below pool and it never got back to 909’msl all summer. We missed having the GBRA Flow Agreement kick in for this past summer once again and I was looking at another year with the possibility of very little holdover. The flows were about 180cfs until the end of June when they dropped to 100cfs. That meant we were going to lose most of the fish below Little Ponderosa. Then the other shoe dropped and flows fell to around 50cfs the first week in September. That couldn’t have come at a worse time as September is still a hot month and water temperatures soared throughout the system. Now we were losing fish below Maricopa. Then we received some much needed rain and late September the releases went back up to 100cfs. Just in time to save some of those trout in the upper river.

Now the good news. I was on the Guadalupe 10/2/17 looking the leases over. We still have trout down to Whitewater. I think John DeLoach’s daily feedings helped get many trout in the Tuber’s Loop through to this fall. TPWD will be doing some shocking surveys before our first stockings this season. When the results are known, I will pass them along to our membership.

For the 2017-18 season, we will be increasing our brown trout stocking to 2,000lbs with fish averaging 16-18″. This is 1,000lbs more than we have ever stocked, plus they will be delivered before mid-December. This, along with the 12,000lbs of rainbows, means that we will have more trout to fish for than ever before. We will also be planting leftover eyed rainbow trout eggs in Whitlock/Vibert Boxes in January, and fingerlings from “Trout in the Classroom” in late spring. With last season’s holdover and all of these new fish, trout fishing this season should be outstanding.

Other good news, the Lease Access Program is expanding this year to 18 sites. We will be making other improvements to the LAP to make it easier to understand all the program rules and those associated with each individual site. We will also be shooting some videos to explain the rules and philosophy of the LAP, along with a virtual tour of every LAP site soon. As always the Lease Access Pictures sticky on the Lease Members Forum will be your “go to” reference to each site and their own rules. The LAP packet will continue to include a map of all these sites and their basic rules, including GPS coordinates. Please keep all this information confidential to limit trespass and make continued lease renewal easier.

I am hoping that this will be the summer when we see a return of cold high summer flows, last seen in 2010. If this happens, those who have not fished these sustaining flows will see the true potential of the Guadalupe fishery. I have seen it, fished it, and it can be amazing. NOAA is predicting a return of La Nina conditions in the pacific starting this fall and continuing through winter. This means a likelihood of lower than average rainfalls in Central Texas. Predictions for the coming summer have not been formulated as of yet. Let’s pray for rain and hope for the best.

Jimbo Roberts | GRTU VP of Fisheries

Troutfest 2018 Building on 2017 Success!

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

GRTU NEWS RELEASE Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited

Building on the tremendous success of Troutfest TX 2017, we are gearing up for an even better 2018 event Feb 16-18 at Lazy L&L Campgrounds. Sponsorship, exhibitor, and donor opportunities are going fast and we are close to sold out of exhibitor space as of this date. Banquet tickets are on sale as is merchandise and raffle tickets below. Our silent auction has gone digital and our auction items will surpass last year in quantity and quality. Trips to Alaska, Argentina, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana and many more are available plus great gear. Don’t wait as we sold out last year and will do so even earlier this year.

We are extremely pleased to have the best lineup of Featured Presenters in our history. They are Keynote Speaker, Chris Wood – CEO of Trout Unlimited, Flip Pallot who needs no introduction, Daniel Galhardo – Founder of Tenkara USA, Jen Ripple of Dun Magazine, Duane Redford of Minturn Anglers, Chris Johnson of Living Waters Fly Fishing and Noah Parker of Land of Enchantment Guides,

Some of biggest brands in fly fishing, local fly fishing favorites and artists and guides from around the world are already registered for Troutfest TX 2018, including: Sportsman’s Finest, TFO, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Yeti, Nissan of New Braunfels, Tenkara USA, Stonefly Artworks, Red Rivers Angler and Sport, ORVIS, Zach Neville Outfitters, Land of Enchantment Guides, Fishpond, Nathan Brown Art, Fly Fishing the Run, Sage, Redington, RIO, Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co., DUN Magazine and many more.

We look forward to being able to contribute once again to the GRTU Tomorrow Fund https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/are-you-up-for-the-grtu-tomorrow-fund-challenge as we did last year to the tune of $10,000! We were also able to lend a hand to Casting for Recovery, Project Healing Waters, Reel Recovery, TPWD and Fishing’s Future thanks to all of you.

The Troutfest TX 2018 Committee looks forward to seeing you on the river in February.

Bill Marshall | GRTU Board Secretary