RSSTournaments and Contests

Lower Mountain Fork Mystery Fly Contest

| January 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation
Mystery Fly Contest
February 24, 2018

7:00 AM until 12:00 Noon
Lower Mountain Fork River; Beaver’s Bend, OK

Starting Point – NEW! Canoe and Kayak Rental Parking Lot – across bridge from Beaver’s Bend Fly Shop.
Pairings will be drawn just prior to the start.

Join us FRIDAY evening (the 23rd) for dinner and the LMFRF Meeting at 5:00 pm at the Forest Heritage Center.

Details and registration information available at

Broken Bow Dam Spillway Repairs
The USACE completed repairs to the Spillway release valve on January 20/21 and flow through Spillway Creek should be returning to normal.


Lydia Ann FlyMasters 8th. Annual Tournament Announced

| August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Start preparing for this year’s Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament.

Lydia Ann Fly Masters TournamentWe have the date set, venue secured and web site up to date and ready for registrations. This year marks our 8th annual tournament and we are excited to kick things off for another fabulous year!

Due to some scheduling conflicts, we have decided to move this year’s event a little later in the year, on October 28th.  This edges up to one of my favorite times of year to fish the Texas coast and should provide cooler weather and excellent fishing.  After experiencing the upgrades that Redfish Willie’s made at last year’s tournament, we are pleased once again to have secured their private pavilion for this year’s dinner and awards ceremony.  If you haven’t been by there lately and didn’t make last year’s tournament, be sure to stop in and check out their new set up!

Below are a few things I wanted to share on how each of you can help make this tournament even better than year’s past:

  • Volunteer opportunities: This tournament belongs to each and every one of us that has participated over the past seven years.  We want to get more people involved in the tournament to help spread the workload and to give everyone an opportunity to support CfR even further.  The biggest area of support we need is to help solicit donations from fly shops, venders and corporate sponsors.  We can also always use a hand on site for Late Check-In and on tournament day.  If you are interested in helping out, please send me an email  at [email protected] or call/text me at (210) 885-3730 and we can find the best spot for you to help.
  • Spread the Word: I know many of you are on different blogs, work for different companies, are members of different clubs, visit many local fly shops and run in circles of other fly fishing addicts.  Please help spread the word about the tournament to anyone you can think of that might be interested.
  • Save the Date: Of course, the tournament wouldn’t be what it is without all of your support over the past seven years.  Be sure to put this year’s event on your calendar!  We look forward to seeing each and every one of you again this year.


REDFISH WILLIE’S – Here is your link to: Redfish Willie’s website.

PAST STORIES – Here is your link to: Past Stories on Port Aransas and Lydia Ann Tournament.

TPWD – Here is your link to: the TPWD website / Port Aransas

CITY OF PORT ARANSAS – Here are your links to: More Port Aransas and Tourism Port Aransas.

This tournament is in Port Aransas / Aransas Pass Texas. October 28 is actually a pretty fantastic time of year for Texas redfish! I will be checking the tide charts and report those here later — CHECK THE COMMENTS for that follow up!

Monday Morning Sidewalk and All the Fly Fishing News That Fits

| May 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Results from the Holy Carp Bayou City Tournament and the Bass World Championships.


I will probably be passing by the Coliseum that RG3 built, where the Baylor Baptist Bears sacrificed Christian beliefs, by the time you wipe the sleepy from your eye, and drain that first cup of coffee into your darkness. It’s Austin, Texas, today for some photography work – the only work I love more than fly fishing!

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Speaking of fly fishing … both weekend days were productive, Saturday for a first timer, and Sunday for an out of towner who needed a fly fishing fix. The weather played some games, and so did the boat traffic from the Texas High School bass tournament that was on Ray Roberts.

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The weather left the lake shaken a little Friday going into Saturday, and very stirred by Sunday (after brief intense thunder storms passed Sunday AM). The fact we saw and caught fish Sunday was slightly miraculous, while Saturday was significantly better. The week ahead holds plenty of ups-and-downs, but I anticipate it all being ironed out by my next guide trip on Thursday. I always advise staying off Texas Lakes during any three-day holiday weekends, and this one’s no different. As radical as it was Sunday on Ray Roberts, I can’t bear to see what next weekend will look like. At this point in Ray Roberts history, it’s not about people running through your fly fishing, or tipping you over with a wake in a cove. At this point, the circus is at the boat ramps, and it is actually very entertaining (in a frightening way) to watch.

Since I / WE – you and I – will be holing up and not fly fishing next weekend, I will see if I can produce some new video content to keep you entertained. I am feeling a lot more creative in that respect these days, and if you would like to be involved in the seek-and-find of a good story; just send me a “NEWSTIP” and I will give it some thought. These things have value to me, so that should be your incentive!


Two tournaments are in the bag now – two of them that I have helped out with free adverts here – the HOLY CARP! Tournament (2nd. year), and the BASS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS at Lake Fork (about 8-years-old?). There are two more tournaments still to come (DO YOU know of more?) – the First Escarpment at Blanco, Texas, and the Lydia Ann Flymasters Tournament in Port Aransas, Texas. The Escarpment tournament is July 8, and Lydia Ann will probably be in the golden month of October. If someone wants to share the cost of the Lydia Ann with me, I could use a second on the skiff for that one. Otherwise, it’s a stretch, and not just a stretch of the twine on the map pin-to-pin, point-to-point.


“Holy Carp! 2017 had some real numbers put up this year! 10 Grass Carp, 8 Smallmouth Buffalo and 3 Common Carp we’re turned in totaling 460 inches of carp caught in one day! We had 26 participate and 10 submit fish. Big thanks to all of our sponsors, everyone who participated and of course Bayou City Angler!” 

Courtesy Holy Carp Tournament

Tournament Winners
1st place
    John Shank       121.5 inches
    Ryan Keel           95.25 inches
    Nick Pasciak     62.5 inches
Longest fish other than a carp
    Zach Wallace       23.5 inches


“Once again the 2017 World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament set a participation record with 74 fly fishers from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Missouri, California and Colorado!  The event was held at Lake Fork Marina on Saturday, May 6th.  The weather was great and the bite was good ………. for some.

There were a record 26 teams (50 people) entered in the boater division and 24  in the kayak division.  80% (21) of the boater teams caught fish with 6 five fish limits and a total of 61 fish were photographed.  It was tougher for the kayakers where 50% (12) of them caught 28 fish and there were no limits.  This is a catch-photo-release tournament so even the Lake Fork “slot fish” can be counted.”

The 2017 winners were:

Boater Division
1. Ric McNulty & Bill Ramey, $800
2.  Rex White & Eric Dilts, $400
3.  Ben Bowne & Joe Veach, $300
4.  Steven & Nic Schwartz, $200
5.  Cameron Reeder & Cameron Clifton, $120
Big Bass – Brian Nims, $250
Big Bluegill – Joshua Yarbrough, $55

Kayak Division
1. Calvin Rackly, $400
2. Greg Stine, $250
3. Robert Cromier,  $150
4. Russel Husted, $100
Big Bass – Lee Kodet, $125
Big Bluegill -Robert Cromier, $20

(Cash payouts are determined by the number of entries in each division.)

“The winners consistently reported they caught fish on poppers early and streamers, some of which were homemade, later in the day.

In the optional Friday afternoon Blue Gill tournament $140 was won by Robert Cromier from Louisiana.

The accuracy casting contest was won by David Grimes from the East Texas fly fishers and the distance casting contest was won by Robert Cromier in a cast-off with Russell Husted.  The winners each received the TFO NXT Combo  that was used for the respective contest.

Robert “Catch” Cromier, from Lousiana, made quite a haul and threatened to bring some of his buddies with him next year.  In reality, he probably wants to keep the easy pickin’s a secret.

Everyone received an Umpqua coffee mug, a Rio leader, and assorted decals. Once again, Gypsy Jack produced some newly designed lures to be fished with sinking line which garnered a lot of interest.  Early entries also received a choice of lures including Peltz Poppers produced in California.

The early entry Sage Bass II rod with a matching Sage reel was donated by Sage & Tailwaters Fly Shop and was won by Chuck Ham, one of our kayak fly fishers from San Antonio.

The coveted TEAM trophy was  reclaimed by the Lone Star Fly Fishers  by a slim margin over the East Texas Fly Fishers.   The Dallas Fly Fishers were not a factor this year, reportedly due to their aging membership.

The tournament donated $650 to Reel Recovery (retreats for men with cancer) and $500 to the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

Our great sponsors provided door prizes which included rods, rod & reel combos, sling packs, hip packs, flies & fly boxes, discount coupons, belts, billfolds, hats, DVD’s, fly tying kits, a hoodie, rod cases, cash and other assorted items.

Our Sponsors included Sage Rods,  Skeeter Boats, Umpqua, Tailwaters Fly Shop,  Cabela’s, Redington, Rio, Mariner-Sails, TFO Rods, Bass Pro Shop-Garland,  Simms, Orvis-Plano, Ranger Boats, Gypsy Jack Lures,  Fatties on the Fly, Lone Star Fly Fishers, Red River Fly Fishers, and East Texas Fly Fishers.  Thank you all for making this a fun tournament!

The 9th World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament will be held in May 2018 (final date to be determined.)  We’re hoping additional fly fishing clubs will bring their best bass fishers to see if they can measure up to the clubs in North East Texas.  Check the website,, for the latest information.”


It’s a play on my old claim, EGO EATS BRAIN, but what it means in this case is that I feel like I could put on a Lake Ray Roberts carp tournament in 2018 – in my head – but, I still don’t know if my body would hold up to all the effort it takes to do one of these. If anyone out there reading wants to help me with this, don’t hesitate to step up! Get in line. Don’t stampede all at once … reminds me of the line to get into a brick-and-mortar store …

Thanks for showing up here once again. Today is my day to run the sacrificial gauntlet from Denton South, so keep me in your road prayers! Be kind out there, and be safe.

Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament Results 2016

| October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments


Gross Funds Raised: $9,125
Net Funds Raised: $6,183
Total Funds Donated to CfR (2009-2016): $39,378

Total Number of Anglers: 60
Kayak Anglers: 12
Boat Anglers: 48
Female Anglers: 8 (included in totals)


1st: Mickey Collins – 30 1/4″ Redfish
2nd: Steven Charles – 29″ Redfish
3rd: Lloyd Mathews – 26 3/4″ Redfish

1st: Ken Kahanek – 21″ Redfish
2nd: Walter Ross – 15” Redfish
3rd: Rick Burlingame – 12” Redfish

1st: Joel Miller – 39” Kingfish
2nd: Oscar Gutierrez – 22 1/2” Ladyfish

1st: Dawson Merrill – 16” Needlefish
2nd: Tim Constanzo – 14 3/4” Speckled Trout

1st: Kari King – 21 1/2″ Redfish 


Fellow Anglers and CfR Supporters,

After wrapping up the 7th annual Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament, I remain humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support that the fly fishing community continues to give toward our event and especially toward Casting for Recovery.  We have been truly blessed by the continued support from each of you and from our dedicated and generous sponsors!

Though this was our seventh year to host the tournament, we continue to take your suggestions to improve and grow the tournament in small ways each year.  In my opinion, this year was the best tournament yet and the changes we have made were well received.

This year was also one of the most meaningful tournaments with this year’s LAFM tournament being dedicated to Allison Miller, a CfR alumni and longtime supporter of the LAFM tournament.  We were truly honored and humbled to be able to use our tournament to remember and celebrate the life of a strong and devoted supporter of both our tournament and Casting for Recovery.  It made it even more meaningful to see so many of Allison’s family members and friends at the tournament this year.

As I finished the clean up this year and walked away from another successful event, it got me to thinking about how far this tournament has come since its inception in 2009.  We began with a few small tents, a couple of banners and a handful of sponsors on the sandy side of the Crab Man Marina parking lot.  We had to learn from scratch what it takes to put on an event like this, from the venues to the rental companies to soliciting sponsors and participants.  Through the past seven years, we have all braved the heat, the rain and the wind.  We have watched rivers form and run through our raffle tents, we helplessly watched raffle tickets and buckets get blown off the tables and we saw our original venue change hands and change names.  Collectively, these challenges have created havoc during the tournaments, but they have also created great memories that have made the journey of keeping this tournament going so enjoyable.  READ MORE FROM ROB BURLINGAME Continue Reading

Holy Carp! It’s a Houston Fly Fishing Tournament for The Rest of US!

| September 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Holy Carp Tournament Logo - Courtesy Logo


DATE: September 24, 2016 Sunrise to 5-pm weigh in
BASE – WEIGH IN: Bayou City Angler Fly Shop


Total inches of as many of these 3 species as you can.

  • Common carp
  • Grass carp
  • Smallmouth Buffalo

First, second and third will receive prizes, registration fee includes tournament shirt.

Side pot for longest Gar of any of the gar species ($5 entry) at the captains meeting. Winner takes the pot.


You will receive something that must be in the photos the night before the tournament and the day of. You must use a legal measuring device and pictures must clearly show the fish and measurement. Judges will determine all photos and official measurements.


Anywhere in Texas so long as you’re back to the weigh in by 5pm on the tournament day. Exact locations will not be given out it’s up to the team to find the fish.


Anywhere not permitted for fishing. No private water, No trespassing, No snagging, no chumming, no bait (including the coffee bean fly), no flossing, no cheating it’s fly fishing and supposed to be fun!!

Any violation will result in disqualification determined by the judges no if and or buts about it. We hope to see you there, all persons fishing the tournament must be in possession of a valid Texas fishing license, and adhere to  all laws in the state of Texas.

-T-shirts and other swag will be available for pickup at Bayou City Angler during the captains meeting the night before tournament.-

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