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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Bass O Matic

| November 13, 2017

Bass on Fly Rod

Good Monday Morning, or what’s left of it! This could be a week for the memoir after another weekend to forget! A book review pressing down on me – guess I should be different and actually read the book. This one’s right up our alley, “The Best Bass Flies,” subtitled, “How to Tie and Fish Them.”

It’s funny, I threw my box at them last week on Lewisville Lake, and what worked in the end, and worked quite well? The last fly I tied on was a Black / Black Clouser on a circle jig hook. I found some very good structure around a high pressure cove, and picked off four there, before heading back over to the old dam riprap I had just covered with a different fly – and put the hit on fish there as well. IT WAS the fly. And, if YOU are fly fishing for bass right now, and everything’s right, but everything’s wrong; try a super-slow retrieve to go with an impressionistic fly.

One nice thing about Lewisville Lake is that you can find cover from our prevailing winds this time of year – those would be the NORTH or SOUTH winds. This lake may provide cover, but it feels  like the bigger bass have departed. I can’t wait to challenge them this spring.

I have some feelers out for new stories to work this off-season, but am not hearing back from my primary contacts at the moment. Seems like everyone is busy these days, these weekdays anyway. What’s up with that? I am looking for anyone who would be interested (not magazine story related) in a day trip to the Blue River this week, or maybe a meetup in BendBow. Just let me know.

Well, it’s on to a pending welding project, a pending website build and post production on images for a band and that website build. Throw in a new product I am creating for the skiff crowd – doing a “Go Fund Me” for that one – and this week was over when it began.

Enough said, let me know what YOU are doing and where you are catching these days. If you say, “PK below the dam,” I would say, “You must live closer than I do!” I may make it out that terribly long way once the TPWD starts feeding the striper some fresh trout, but until then … have at it.

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk Hits and Misses

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Astros 13 Dodgers 12 Homerun Derby

Well, with all the “drama” surrounding the day to day, I missed giving the Texas fly fishing contingents a heads-up on the Texas Clay Fest down in Gruene over the weekend. Somehow, I have come to know a lot of clay artists, and in Texas the Texas Clay Fest is ground zero for their harmonic convergence of art, music and a lot of storytelling behind the scenes. Virtually none of it is related to fly fishing, but the location is pure gold. Just like everything else in that part of Texas, I imagine it has been usurped by hipsters, but then that is what separates that part of Texas from the rest of us (besides its blueness).

I am not going to miss out on the opportunity to tell you that we are at the beginning of the month, and that means a lot of fly fishing clubs meet all across Texas. By now you know where I am when it comes to “The Club Life,” but my attitude on that is not set in stone – no matter another birthday last week! I am more than willing to resample the club life when I hear about, and I quote, a “Fort Worth Fly Fishers youth movement.” I am going to do a throwback, and run the list of clubs that are meeting in Texas this November. If I had the freedom, I would attend every single one of these – just to check the heartbeats. You may have noticed; I discontinued my own CPR efforts of these organizations — because these patients seem to have DNR as their primary goals. The 21st. Century marches on leaving them all behind.

This should be a very off-topic week if I have anything to say about it. I have a phone full of music to pass along, I am still in possession of the Nikon 360 camera (I don’t think the company wants it back!), it’s time to tie some flies, it’s time to reveal a new prototype for a skiff / fly fishing accessory, and yes, it is time to hit the water somewhere somehow. There’s a long to-do list …

We’re locked-and-loaded for a batch of new stories to carry us all the way into year eleven (that would be 2018 for the numerically challenged such as myself). We have the book reviews, a brand new building for Living Waters Fly Shop in Round Rock, Beaver’s Bend, the flounder run, striper action on Texoma, striper action on the Guadalupe, Texas Gulf Coast salt in winter, fly tying, rod building, music, beer and gear for winter review. Is that enough to keep you old geezers reading, and you newbies wanting more?

BEHIND THE CURTAIN

You may have noticed there’s not a ton of “Paid Content” reading these days, and that is because the extension that allows me the luxury life – is “broke down.” Right now, that bleeding edge is needing a tourniquet, and there’s not a lot I can do. IT WILL BE REPAIRED before we head into this new series of Fall and Winter 2017-18 stories though. The reason for that is that we are headed toward some extremely revealing information on Beaver’s Bend (put that gas money back in your pocket and stick a quarter in the slot), and these other topics. You may have also figured out that your subscription also allows you to see more “opinionated” views and language on the topics that concern me these days.

CLUB MEETINGS NOVEMBER 

  • November 6 Dallas Fly Fishers
  • November 7 Red River Fly Fishers
  • November 7 Fort Worth Fly Fishers
  • November 9 Brazos Valley Fly Fishers (do you still exist?)
  • November 9 Laguna Madre Fly Fishers
  • November 14 Central Texas Fly Fishers
  • November 14 Central Texas Fly Rodders
  • November 20 East Texas Fly Fishers
  • November 21 Alamo Fly Fishers
  • November 30 Rockport Fly Fishers

If you have a new club / group / gathering of like-minded fly folks – feel free to let me know! If any of the above dates have been altered – feel free to let me know! If any of the above organizations no longer exist – feel free to let me know!

Watcher Wednesday It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

When we say it’s “Floodin’ Down in Texas,” you know what we mean now don’t you? Texas proved it in the last seven days; we just do it bigger and better than anyone in these States. Bigger floods, bigger help and bigger hearts than anybody else. And I’ll stand on that statement.

There’s nothing to enjoy or celebrate today, and I hesitated to even post anything, but sometimes music says it all for us.

I was on the road yesterday, for a photo shoot down in Round Rock, Texas, and they were drying out from a weekend of rain. Last week, before all this, I had planned to roll a story on the new digs for Living Waters Fly Shop into this trip, but all plans got pushed; I talked to owner Chris Johnson, and he said they are in the midst of the moving frenzy and under pressure to get it done. So you can look forward to an interview of Chris whenever he is ready to allow cameras in to his new location.

What I saw on the road yesterday was subtle, but obvious if you are the observant type. Eighteen-wheelers are stacked up, parked all along I-35E’s rest stops and truck stops – stacked up solid. They’re basically circling the airport, waiting for it to reopen – hundreds of them.

Then there’s the strange behaviors; I saw a little old Subaru Forrester with fifteen five gallon gas cans strapped to the top of it. The math on that is mind boggling – seventy-five gallons of gas on top.

There were mini convoys of cars, stopped randomly on the roadside, dazed and somewhat confused. It seems that unprecedented weather brings unprecedented behavior. Plenty of us just don’t know what to do, or what we can do.

Around here, we are focusing on animals – pets rescued and displaced by Hurricane Harvey. We will be dropping new supplies off for the Denton Animal Support Foundation this morning at New York Sub Hub at 305 W. University Dr. (US 380). We are not able to take in any animals, but can certainly send some supplies in the right direction.

 

Thunderbird – Get High Everybody Get High With Billy Gibbons

| August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Billy Gibbons Live From Daryl’s House

 

Nothing quite like a little Texas blues guitar from good old boy Billy Gibbons for today’s Wednesday Watcher! It feels like we’re finally getting back to our core here at Texas Fly Caster. Just found out I’ll be in Round Rock for a photo shoot next week, and trying to wrangle a story out of Chris at Living Waters Fly Shop.

Who’s Your Daddy? Here’s What Dad Really Wants Father’s Day

| June 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Fly Fishing Father’s Day Gifts 2017

We’re getting down to brass tacks. Have you done your Daddy right for this FFFD – that’s Fly Fishing Father’s Day? Those of you lucky enough to be Dads, thank your god for your good luck, and pass this story along to the people that matter.

I bet Dad already has all the fly fishing gear, dangling jangling trinkets, pants, shirts, boots and trout suspenders he will ever need. And, he looks a little funny in some of the hipster fly clothing – you might like; bright colors he’s never seen before, designs that are a little slim in the midsection and prices that will take away a few cases of your favorite hipster beer from this weekend’s event. So let’s keep Dad grounded with a list of gifts that keep on giving, from this Dad’s Day onto the next.

KEEP IT SIMPLE
You can keep it simple for good old Dad, and just book a guided carp trip right here, right? Look no further, give that big extra gift to Dad today – by clicking the PayPal button in the side bar, and simply look no further. You really love your Dad, right?

And it’s still simple to give a subscription to the Pay-Per-View content on this site! Last week had a timely post on where / what / how of the current technical aspects of fly fishing for carp here in North Texas! This is the kind of information that saves a lot of time for dear old Dad, so that he can take you out to eat, buy you new stuff and keep your hipster lifestyle in tact. Read more about subscription benefits at Subscribe to Texas Fly Caster.

TPWD
How about a subscription to Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine? I was published there last year, so of course that magazine is in favor with me right now. And it was a favorite as a kid as well. Anything that makes Dad smarter can’t be all that bad can it?

THE DRAKE MAGAZINE
How about a subscription to the edgy Drake Magazine? Another of those magazines I am currently published in, and one I look forward to writing and photographing for in the future; Drake covers a lot of ground, sometimes with reverence and at times irreverent, but typically with great images and creative text.

THEME? FREE DAD’S MIND – THE REST WILL FOLLOW

As you can read, this year’s gift giving theme is EXPAND DAD’S KNOWLEDGE. Besides the reading material, the music below will free his mind, lift or sober Dad’s spirits and provide the escape from reality – an escape that is much needed these days. Some of it harkens back to his youth, with the taste of Pink Floyd (from Roger Waters), new Beatles remaster “Sargent Pepper’s … ” ,  to the way way back sounds brought to us by ultra-cool and modern artists featured on the fantastic release – “American Epic,” which is destined to be a Top 10 for 2017 (zero doubt about that!).