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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!

Monday Morning Starting in Last Place Fading Fast

| May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Holy Carp Tournament and Bass World Championships – Over and Done I Completely Missed

Welcome to Your Monday Morning, or what’s left of it!

Good Monday Morning! If you are a music lover, I am spinning Kandace Springs right now — what a sweet voice. There’s nothing quite like a young voice that you know will only get better with age – unlike MINE!

fly fishing monday morning sidewalkIn the science and art of fly fishing, in this instance for carp, we can certainly apply some mathematics as well – even if I hate math. Take your fly fishing action curve and bend it straight up, UP and AWAY right now. We are at the height of the carp fly fishing season, and there does not seem to be anything or anyone who can stop it. And by now, the frisky males who were paying little attention to flies? Well, they’re probably pretty famished.

I’ve missed a lot of Texas Fly Fishing news lately, and that includes the results of the world famous Bass World Championship held at Lake Fork, Texas. Tournaments, are by necessity, on weekends – and that means I am out for the foreseeable future. My weekdays are gold though!

I will get those Bass World results ALONG WITH the Houston carp tournament – HOLY CARP — as soon as they are available. At LEAST I GOT the headsup that there is a Dallas carp tournament, somewhere, sometime soon!?! I know nothing about it.

Today is already gone, so I will get you a report on Texas Fly Fishing PLUS a specific call on where the fish are on Lake Lavon, Texas. For now, enjoy this week OUTSIDE and send in your fish-pix for including in the Texas Fly Fishing Report. I love to show YOUR SUCCESSES more than mine.

Monday Morning and We Survived

| April 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing and April Events in Texas

 

Good Monday Morning, and welcome to another Yo-Yo week of weather and fly fishing spring give-and-take. This weather … hailstorms, wind damage, sunny and cold. What next, pray tell?

I guess many of us residing at, or above, the I30 line got spoiled by two past years of mild winters and equally mild springs. What we have here is part of the new reality – unpredictability.

ON UNPREDICTABILITY

(aka. You Thought Trump was Bad? Try Texas in Springtime.)

These unpredictable days, coupled with a weekly window shortened by three days, mean chances will have to be taken to do the research we had in mind for other fly fishing locations – listed earlier in the year. We are just going to have to roll the dice, and try to keep the damage to a minimum.

AS PER Lake Ray Roberts, and fly fishing that fertile field? It was beautiful, and untouched by carp as of last week. The water is still cold, and if they are just offshore; they are well hidden by the wind CHURNED water. The flats are greening up nicely though. I am still searching for that snakehead I saw there a couple of years ago, but I bet that was a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.

PILING ON

April has its share of public events as well. Already halfway through the month, some of the best events are yet to come.

Somehow, I am hoping the folks at the other Texas fly fishing related festivuses have learned their lessons this year. Your events are TOO EARLY in the year – in this part of the United States of America. That goes for the Athens Fly Fishing Festivus as well. Mid-April should be a minimum, with May-June being the right time for this Country. Question is; will they ever learn?

Story Summary July 2017 Backcasting The Month Away

| July 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Here’s your list of what you missed

By popular request (one person actually makes it a “popular request”), I am beginning a Sunday Summary of the month’s stories – on the last Sunday of each and every bloody month. Just in case you are sick of TV, and already sick of the Dallas Cowboy hype (what happened to objective reporting newsheads?), feel free to tap these links to the months stories of fly and more.

THUNDERSTRUCK – Monday Morning Sidewalk July 3

TEXAS SKIFF – How to Use Ram Mounts for Push Poles on Skiff Platforms

IT’S WATCHER WEDNESDAY – Are You Tired of Watching Yet?

FRIDAY FLY FISHING REPORT – Where it all Comes From

MONDAY MORNING – Sidewalk Slam

WATCHER WEDNESDAY – What are You Watching?

FRIDAY TEXAS Fly Fishing Report July 14

MONDAY MORNING SIDEWALK – On The Pole

IFTD Wrap UP of Retail Winners

TEXOMA FLY FISHING REPORT  – Texoma Striper Easy to Find NOW!

MONDAY MORNING SIDEWALK  -Wet After a Night Rain

WEDNESDAY WATCHER  – Log This Waypoint on Your Browser Today

 

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.

Flag USA

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.

 

 

FC15-03 Lone Star from Forrest Fox Productions on Vimeo.