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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Back To The Path

| October 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Fly Fishing Sidewalk Harvey Talk

What a Monday! I know you’ll be happier wherever you are than meeting with accountants and lawyers, right? Monday, it seems, can be a day for medicine of all kinds. Nevertheless, I hope you all had a great weekend, and don’t pin your happiness on the Dallas Cowboys who you should expect to disappoint you by now (unlike fly fishing in every way).

Last week was nearly a thousand-miler, and I touched on the scene at Rockport – Port Aransas, but then got pulled away for the weekend job. The burden of the scene down there on the Texas Gulf Coast weighs heavy, and I am still trying to figure out what to do, more specifically WHAT I CAN DO about it. I am pretty sure my greatest skills for contributing to their recovery are not a chainsaw (have one), or a hammer (have many) and shovel (have too many).

I am looking to employ what I call the “skills” I have here – story-telling through photography and writing – on a larger scale, to a broader audience … somehow. I want to make a public appeal to you club members who are reading this: I would like to ask for a few minutes of your next meetings to show some photographs from Rockport, tell their story as it begins, and present you with a snapshot of the problems, and inspire you to respond to the Hurricane Harvey disaster in your own unique ways that go beyond the usual giving you do to broader fundraisers for cancer and national efforts. This is a Texas disaster that needs Texans to respond with pinpoint efforts.

Cutting this morning short, and off to those meetings. I will dribble out some more about last week soon – and go big on the discussion boards to focus more eyes on the Hurricane Harvey effort — within the next day or two.

Monday Morning Sidewalk – Wet After a Stormy Night

| July 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas tarpon talk and Texas Insider Fishing Report stoking the fires

Good Monday Morning! What a surprise that rain storm was for us here in the DFW area last night! Thunder, lightning and rain – the works. I was awake at about 4am, and checked the radar … that cell seemed to be feeding off the concrete heat as it dissipated like a magician in a puff of smoke. Strange days (and nights) indeed.

It was fun watching the TEXAS INSIDER FISHING REPORT on Fox Sports Southwest, and their segment on Texas tarpon. That’s a story I want to start working on this year, but their analysis puts them 3 miles offshore and dead center (now between the Galveston Ship Channel and SLP) off the beach. Houston, we (I) have a problem! Their history lesson matched my historic perspective on the modern Texas Tarpon population (dams are the problem that forever changed our Texas Tarpon population). Without those dams? I would never have left the Texas Gulf Coast from my childhood, and wouldn’t be sitting here writing this either.

I would love to go on and on about a fishy weekend, but you guys know I don’t fish on the weekend. But I am fishing today, and probably a couple more days this week! Based on the TEXAS INSIDER FISHING REPORT, I like the looks of PK lake and night fishing on Grapevine is calling my name … heck, night fishing anywhere is better than this heat! I’m looking for riders.

Have a great week folks. I appreciate all the great photos coming in from everyone — and you will see those on the InstaFishFeed – unless you say otherwise. There are so many coming in now, that I can’t actually run them all! I apologize for that, but I have to edit for quality and repetition. PLEASE take the best photo you can, and use a camera whenever possible!

Thanks for reading!

Friday Fly Fishing Report You Decide

| June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Getting into the groove of weekly fishing reports and now Texas Skiff videos as well

YouTube Channel Tops the 1K Mark Today!

I am pacing the Texas Skiff side project, so that video will be released later this weekend or Monday for sure. As I say in the video, time is greatly curtailed – weekend time – for the foreseeable future, unless something unforeseen happens — like hitting 10-thousand subscribers by the Christmas break. Yeah, I threw down the 10K (in the video), but with a hefty goal of two years. Heck it only took ten years to break a thousand subscribers – TODAY. One thing about the bleeding edge? You bleed.

I can certainly see why the cash rich businesses, be they brick-and-mortar fly shops, be they top-shelf clothing peddlers, be they million-selling rod makers … I can CERTAINLY SEE WHY they have not stepped up to YouTube. It’s a real time burner to do it right, and a lot easier to half-ass it more than give it 100% every time.

Who knows? I am guessing something else will come along, and take me to another, as yet unknown, bleeding edge – 360-degree live feed, live broadcasting, who knows what? By the time I figure that edge out, those aforementioned fly fishing organizations will be dropping YouTube videos every day … just hide, you’re good at it, and watch, you’re good at that too …

(Now that we have crested the 1K mark, I fully expect the haters to unsub as soon as they realize the treachery they have released into the world!) – Thanks to you as well! I always appreciate a good pushback.

Texas Fly Fishing Report – Monday Morning Rolling In

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Whoa. Is it December 5 already? What happened to the year? For you young whippersnappers reading, you probably get tired of hearing the older crowd saying, “time flies so fast, you don’t realize!” Well it’s the truth. We don’t have much time to end this year, tie it up with a pretty little bow, and put it under the tree.

Our weather has finally taken a turn pretty much across Texas, and the cool fronts that are hitting North Texas are also making their way through the State, instead of fizzling out at about Austin. We have 20’s-30’s temperatures in this week’s forecast – the coldest air in two years. That means the patterns are being set for the Texas Gulf Coast, and the rest of Texas as well. On the Coast: fronts with high winds followed by bluebird calm days that reveal trout working, reds in the guts and flounder everywhere. For the bait casters – I am hearing about bull reds in just about all the jetty channels.

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Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report and Much More

| December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

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I don’t think it hurts too much to look back and see where we came from occasionally, and I did some year-end cleaning of the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel last night (that unknowingly lead to a pile of accidental tweets detailing the cleaning) that slowed me down to look at some of the old videos titled “Texas Fly Fishing Report,” and in those was a guy who, in August of 2015, had no idea he was about to get hit by a truck.

It was amusing really, to see what I thought a battle with cancer would be like, compared to the truck that hit me and slowly backed up over me. At least I had a good attitude … blissful ignorance.

So as the year-end cleaning continues, it seems apparent that having a weekly “Texas Fly Fishing Report” does not really work on a weekly video basis for the slowly changing times of year. There will be another “Texas Fly Fishing Report” out next week though, because IT IS TIME now to do one. Look for that next week.

And to flesh out (keep it interesting) our next “Texas Fly Fishing Report,” I plan on adding some holiday oriented fly fishing gift giving ideas – just to make this one pony show more difficult to produce!

WORD – If you have any Backwoods gift cards, go to your local Backwoods store and use them As Soon As Possible. I am guessing that when / if they go into full liquidation mode, those cards will not be honored when you show up to clean out the remaining fly tying droppings. Personally, it’s not so bad to see the Fort Worth Backwoods go, as it directly relates to the local fly fishing scene. Hearing my written words (from this site) regurgitated as if they were the speaker’s own brilliant words, with no attribution? was a wakeup call I’ll never forget. And with never a single guide referral? Let me now put duct tape over my mouth.


If you think learning fly fishing, and guiding is ever complete, well it isn’t! I was involved in a conversation about guiding on the Blue River in Oklahoma, which I had planned to do, only to find out from a very good source that guiding there (since I had a guide guide me there) has been reinterpreted to be against the rules set forth in the original land agreement – that disallowed “businesses” in the park. I don’t think any of us will be losing any sleep over that news though.


Of course the Texas Fly Caster reporting on fly fishing in Texas has never really ceased, it just takes the form of written word in between those hot YouTube videos. Next year will be the tenth year for the Texas Fly Caster website, and those anniversaries that end in zero have a deep effect on the celebrants. (Just ask my ex-wife from almost two decades ago) It is difficult to tell where the zero year will go. Maybe it’s time to delete all the old stories, and start all over again? Write a book instead? Go YouTube exclusively? Downscale? Upscale? Resume the slide, “Fly Fishing Culture on the Skids” mantra? God knows the skids I have going! We’ll just have to see what happens … I’ve never been into doing the same thing again, and again, and expecting different results. It’s not so difficult to ignore the numerical fact this site is enjoying more traffic than at any time in its (10-year) history. There’s just an itch, as always, to be ahead of the curve.

North Texas is going to be wet this weekend, and more attuned to indoor sports, like … tying a mop fly, or doing some Christmas shopping (art buying) at Sons of Hermann Hall … or anything that keeps you out of the 40-degree & rainy weather. I appreciate a good challenge on the water, but if weather predictions hold, places like Blue River and Lower Mountain Fork will be pretty “stained” for our pursuits. No, your best bet is to run to the coast, beat this front, and cash in on our bountiful saltwater fly fishing along the Texas Gulf Coast as winter begins in earnest.

In Central Texas, the Guadalupe River trout fishery has been stocked, and those who care ask that you keep the pressure off those fish as they settle in (quit swimming in circles looking for Purina Fish Chow). Those fish, as well as synthetic fish in Oklahoma, really are more fun once they have had a chance to sample the rewards of going native. I bet the bait casters have already cleared half of those hapless synthetics out by now.

Have a fantastic weekend, whatever you do, and I WILL SEE YOU next week.

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