RSSTechnical Poling Skiffs

Yeti Bucket: Why Buy a $40-dollar Bucket

| February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Texas Skiff Video – The Yeti Bucket for a deck stripping bucket


Yeti is one business that is now imitated on a grand and global scale. I know somebody will come out with a copy of this bucket – GUARANTEED. But for now, watch this video on Yeti’s Bucket to see why I bought one at full retail.

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!

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.


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


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 Family good, and family bad … a historical reference point that defines my family’s life.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 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.

Keeping it Coming – New Carp Prospecting Video Plus Texas Fly Report

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Carp guide prospecting and Texas Fly Fishing Report Update tropical storm Cindy


The plate was full this week, and with the call to repair a local fly fishing club’s website (down for several days now), my plot only thickens. AND, that’s the way I like it!

Father and Son take a skiff break

I am also getting a pretty good feed of your photographs for the Texas Fly Caster Instagram Feed – running behind, but thank you friends and readers for that! New news-tips are coming in as well, more like “you should check this out” tips really — requiring more legwork, more boat-work and more typing on these keys. Thank Goodness (that’s what I should call my wife, goodness), this half broke-in laptop is now paid off! And just in time to get a check from YouTube for all those ads you watch (so I guess you will now stop watching!).

We have passed the first peak of the carp season, and are moving steadily along to the next one which will be helped along by the rains coming over the next 24-hours.

So this video is a conglomeration of some footage from prospecting for carp in preparation for the two guide trips I did this past week, and at the end is the scroll with commentary, on the Texas Fishing Reports provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. I am beginning to wonder about their accuracy based on years of reading, and this week’s UNMENTIONED tropical storm.

Who can blame the folks who assemble those reports really? (It’s the same folks that power the once famous (now dying) The bid for that job, of providing the reports for Texas fishermen, goes to? THE LOWEST BIDDER. The State can make exceptions (Yes, I know that for those of you wonks reading this) to the “Lowest Bidder” for bids, but rarely does.

Whack a Mole Sand Bass Ray Roberts 2017

The thing about Whack-A-Mole sand bass is … at least you don’t get a soggy tush, and you get any kind of bite you want – deep, mid and topwater are all contenders in this game – a game a lot like horseshoes and hand grenades.

Not only did we get on some carp this week, the sand bass are appearing on the lake – on top, and that means a great game of WHACK-A-MOLE for anyone interested — yes I can take you out for that exercise, and you can keep all the legal fish you catch. (No, I don’t clean them.)The sheer numbers, many of you are into that, put other locations to SHAME again this year. I have deals starting the first day of summer, and they’re called SUNDOWNERS – for those fishing, or fly fishing to eat (as I do).

Thanks for reading. I am guessing there’s enough red meat here for those of you who read, and are not on your family “VACA” right now.

If you’re in town, and ready to take the carp ride of your life, you know where to find me, right?


The Fly and the Fish by John Atherton

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

John Atherton The Fly and the Fish


Opening the book “The Fly and The Fish,” by John Atherton, is a lot like opening a time capsule to an earlier age of fly fishing in the United States.

Atherton’s book, originally published in 1951, is written from the perspective of the author, and combines clear instructions on fly fishing that still apply to fly fishing today. The book also contains reminiscences written with as much creativity as the author was known for in his successful career in art.

Of course some of the technical aspects of fly fishing covered in the book are well out of date, as the (widespread) use of bamboo fly rods and catgut leaders are mainly things read about and not experienced in modern times.

The quality of the writing, and the accuracy of Atherton’s analysis of flies and presenting flies make this part of the book timeless, and valuable in the way it confirms what we still learn today and what other books have said since publication of “The Fly and The Fish” in 1951. It’s a book that belongs on a studios fly fisher’s shelves because of its place and time in the history of fly fishing.

The funny thing about this book is that controversies in 1951 fly fishing, such as fast action fly rods, were new and controversial then, and are still the topic of much debate today.

Unfortunately, we will never know Atherton’s later views on the rapid modernization of fly fishing after 1951. Atherton, who was born in 1900, died shortly after the book’s publication, in 1952.

Whether you are a fan of technical books on fly fishing, historical perspective, or creative prose from another era, “The Fly and The Fish” combines all these in one book that any fly fisher would appreciate as part of their library collection.