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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!

Monday Morning and the Sun Does Rise Again

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk from wherever you are this Monday November 14! What can we say about the last week that hasn’t been said? Nothing, and that’s exactly what’s being said around here – nothing. Now when it comes to fly fishing in Texas? There’s still a lot to say as the winter fly fishing gets wound up and ready to spin in earnest.

Speaking of “winding up,” I hope you had the time to look at the YouTube video on tying the “Redfish Meth Fly” that broadcast last week – here and on the ever-growing Texas Fly Caster YouTube channel. I went ahead and put that video at the bottom of today’s news post just in case you missed it. You sure can tell when a fly tier is out of practice!

Fly Fishing Blue River Oklahoma

Speaking of “winding up,” I took a day last week and headed up to the Blue River (in Oklahoma) and, armed with the “Mop Fly” proceeded to clean up on stocker trout in the Blue River’s (what I call) catch-and-kill area. I had a guest with me, and his luck was just as good using the tried and true black woolly bugger fly. We did have to move around a lot, as the 80-20 rule* was in effect even though it was only Thursday. By the way – I never heard anything back from contacting my sources who do the Blue River Trout Derby. So I guess it happened Saturday, and I guess it went just fine.

Speaking of “winding up,” I spent the day on Possum Kingdom Lake Saturday, and it was my first day on that lake. Here’s the deal – 1) that lake is incredibly clear in places, 2) it looks like a fine place to chase carp from skiff, 3) schooling LMBs are findable, and, 4) I get the feeling this lake still feels the effects of golden algae with lower populations overall, and virtual disappearance of smallmouth bass.

Possum Kingdom has actually been transformed into a little kingdom for a lot of individuals and corporations whose mansions rest on the cliffs of that lake. Many of these lake houses really are mansions. It is one of the most surreal lakes I have been on, so far, in Texas. It’s a lake in eastern West Texas, plopped down in the middle of nowhere, surrounded on its cliffs by a crown of, not McMansions, but real mansions. Leave the canyon lake rim of cliffs, and you’re more likely to see mobile homes, deer, hawks, snakes, cactus, and since the fires, thriving mesquites. The unique visuals of this lake make me want to get back out there very soon. If you look at that lake on the map, I call it a “dragon” with its long narrower winding layout. I just have to get some more of it, and seeing buff and carp (while looking for bass) in November is the spark for doing some exploring there next carp season.

A CHANCE MEETING

I stopped in to see if I could find some new Ram Mount accessories at Mariner Sails in Dallas, Texas, and happened to meet a guy headed for the Texas Gulf Coast to fish the fall flounder run in Galveston – an event he’s been doing for several years. We got into a conversation, and he said he would love to fly fish the run for the first time, has some experience with a fly rod, and thought that would be fun … one thing lead to another, and after a long day on Possum Kingdom, I drove his way to meet him (before he left for Galveston Sunday) to sell him some of my flounder Clousers. I may never know if he put all his fly fishing ingredients together to have a shot at flounder on fly, but at least he has the flies, and a brief roadside fly rod demo on how to work a fly for flounder – beside the howling Saturday night traffic and sirens of HWY 380 between Denton and McKinney, Texas. We actually lingered in conversation awhile after that demo, as he told me he had just finished radiation for a tumor in his calf … which of course lead to cancer war stories (and a Reel Recovery recommendation).

It’s hard not to believe there’s a reason for that encounter, especially on the heels of the news last week, that one of my class of Reel Recovery attendees lost his brief battle with cancer that overwhelmed him in his early life. Old guys like me taking a cancer beating is one thing. A guy in his early 20’s, getting the ultimate beat down? That’s a whole other thing; I just think of the unfairness of it all. We send out our heartfelt condolences. Wouldn’t it be great if Trump kept Biden on to run the “War on Cancer.”

THE WEEKS AHEAD

This week, I’ll have a short new story on the Blue River, and what I saw there that got me thinking about the changes there. I figure I may as well run the book review I wrote for the Lone Star Outdoor News in preparation for the upcoming season of giving – do people still give books as Christmas presents? And we will round out the week with (you won’t believe this!) another fly tying video! WHY? you may say! Well, I was shooting the Redfish Meth Fly video last week, and it only seemed logical to go ahead and knock another one out while the fly shop was set up for video. There is more content on the drawing board, but unfortunately I have to keep it under wraps for now (good story ideas are scarce, and the gleaners still harvest here regularly).

Before we know it, it will be time to start sharpening the choices for the Top 10 Fly Fishing releases – music releases that is – of 2016. It has been a good, not great, year for our fly fishing ears … I am always looking for your opinions on that topic as well. (Please don’t, as in years past, wait until after the list starts coming out to have an opinion on what I should’ve included!)

Go out and have a fantastic week! It looks like this winter is perhaps a repeat of (what I can remember from) last year’s winter weather — so far. And that spells another fantastic Texas fly fishing season this winter – as well as next spring and summer. Let me know what you are doing and where you are doing it – fly fishing, beer tasting, eating, music and adventures! It’s hard to hide the fact that we Texas Fly Casters, were and will always will be a bit of a “FLY FISHING CULTURE ON THE SKIDS” – sometimes a little more, and sometimes a little less. The one, the only, the original place for the Texas Fly Fishing Report and maybe a little bit more …

Tried crack – the redfish crack fly? How about a little redfish meth fly then?

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| November 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

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I have a report directly from Barry Shrader that came in yesterday, and it is quite surprising, almost shocking, in how good the trout fly fishing is right now on the Blue River outside Tishomingo, Oklahoma. That will be a premium story coming out tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, the weather here in North Texas has no intent of cooperating for this Black Friday, but then that’s why we spend all that money on layering Simms, Simms waders, boots, socks, Under Armour long johns … you get the picture! Somebody needs to bundle it all up and get out to make our Black Friday, or else I will be forced into action. If you do go – SEND PICTURES TO ME any way you want – text, email or whatever way you want, and I will run them here on next week’s Monday Morning Sidewalk!

Looking back over the last few weeks of “recovery,” I realize there wasn’t a lot I could do while the daily physical beating (I received) continued long after the treatments were done. That has been a very big surprise.

Certainly, my case was not one of, “Okay, that’s done! Now let’s get back to business as usual!” I would say as I crossed that two week line, (that is two weeks away from my last treatment) I could tell I was being given back a bit of that energy that was down very near zero tigers in my tank.  Continue Reading

Fried Friday – Beat The Heat? Only if You Stay Indoors!

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

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“It ain’t over til it’s over.” – Yogi Berra

Dang! Who let the hot out? Temperatures are soaring to record highs here in North Texas, and for those of you who thought the drought was over – THINK AGAIN! I warned early on that this could be a repeat of the 1950’s drought that had two distinct flooding events that broke up the drought, but didn’t end it … way back in the early days of global warming (yeah right), and now, if I may roll out a cliche, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.

For those of you keeping track at home, I have been off the radar of late, and as of this coming Wednesday, they tell me to tell you to go ahead and turn the radar off. You won’t be finding me for a little while.

However, I am always glad to glean information from the interweb, and I was surprised when this video below popped up. Seems mergers and acquisitions are in the air at kayak builders and related manufacturers. This one’s for our flotilla of kayak fly fishers, who still have the vim and vigor to paddle miles, fish and paddle more miles.

And since it is cooler on the water, that’s where you want to go. Access, my friends, is still the “issue” (I say problem). Always, know before you go, and feel free to ask me, or where to find that information (ask me that too).

Monday Morning Sidewalk Sale

| June 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Good morning, and welcome to wherever you are this morning. Sometimes I have to wonder exactly where I am, after dreams of poling boats interrupt another restless night’s sleep. Good dreams.

We finally have a weather shift, one that has taken us straight into summer conditions with the main difference being a huge amount of evaporation from our soaked sponge-of-a-land we call Texas. It’s so hard to be optimistic about the future, as this same kind of rain event preceded the last five years of drought, and no one is saying we’re in for anything different in our future. Feast, let me introduce you to famine.

The week ahead isn’t that unusual though. We have a small chance of rain, and we watch the USACE drain local lakes down, sending that bulge downstream. Questions have finally surfaced (in the MSM) about where exactly the zebra mussel will end up, and it’s safe to say they’re in the Trinity River Basin system, will be found in the Dallas waterway, and all the way down the chain. I think it’s safe to say: They’re everywhere in the system, until someone proves they’re not. Perhaps by our “Water Wednesday” report we will be able to forecast the path of these invasives from their known infestations (since the floods).

ON A MARKETING NOTE

I hardly use this format to sell my personal belongings, but I figure I will throw out a few things I am liquidating as we make room for the skiff life around here. Here’s what I have:

  • Native Ultimate 12 Kayak SI / about a 2008 year model / Seat / Seat Riser / Paddle / Anchor / Several snap-in Native accessories / Rigged for Electronics with Ram Mount & Yak-Attack rail / Condition – 4.25 out of 5 used and well maintained indoor kept
  • Wilderness Systems Tarpon 140 SOT / about a 2007 / New Seat / Rigged for Standing with Hobie Amas / Ram Mounts throughout / wheeled cart goes through scupper holes / Paddle / Condition 4.25 out of 5 used and well maintained indoor kept
  • The Native is a lightweight boat that is perfect for ponds and shorter lake runs. Awesome in rivers. You can stand in this kayak right away. It is the first generation of the Native Watercraft you see now. The seat has evolved since this model and the materials and mold has changed. It really shines when hitting coves, flats and running on electronics. These boats are a cross between a canoe and a kayak – with a huge amount of stability.
  • The Tarpon 140 was a model that came to define a generation of great kayaks. It goes straight and fast. When you get there, deploy the Hobie Amas and you have an awesome view to stand, stalk and cast from. Emphasis on fast. This is my saltwater boat when I need to get ten miles, or more, out of a day. This is a SOT, or “sit-on-top” kayak. You can’t sink it, and you can hardly turn it over. You can always fall off though!

There are two paddles. One for each boat, and whoever buys the first boat (at asking price) gets the first choice of either a Aqua Bound Carbon Eagle-Ray ABX 240 or an Aqua-Bound aluminum shaft 240 — two very different paddles, and one exponentially better than the other. None of the accessories on these boats will be parted-out for sale! I stand behind these kayaks reliability and functionality. Contact me for prices this week!

I also have a smattering of accessories for these boats that can be had by agreeable buyers.

If anyone out there has any knowledge of storage units around Lake Ray Roberts, I would also appreciate the heads-up on that, as there are so many that it’s daunting to shop around for several days.

Last, but not least, I have been talking with my “Facebook Contest Consultant” about giving away a free trip on Facebook, so if you haven’t already checked in to the Texas Fly Caster Facebook Page, be sure to get to it soon. If you do get a look at that page, you’ll see you haven’t missed much! I post information here before it ever appears there, as it should be. But for those of you cherished Facebook lurkers … have fun.