RSSTournaments and Contests

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.

Fly Fishing Report Friday Festivus

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fishing Report Texas Fly Fishers Festivus Now

Today’s Texas Fly Fishing Report will be in writing instead of appearing on YouTube. I don’t see any reason to beat the same drum with only slightly different conditions than we had in the past two to three weeks.


Weather. Weather. Weather. About the time I shout “Spring Has Sprung!” … old man winter tries to exhale one last time, and blow away our optimism over the weather we have been experiencing (on-and-off) these last few weeks. Locally, there’s apparently a battle royale brewing – between advancing cold air and the warm southern breezes (yeah I know, 40-mph isn’t exactly a breeze) – and tonight or tomorrow it will all come to a smackdown in this region. Latest word is the warm air is mounting a firm resistance.


I hit Ray Roberts yesterday, and the details of that are available to subscribers on my “Private” list of Texas Fly Caster YouTube watchers. Hint to you subscribers – I am sending these videos to you to view, so please do. Otherwise, we need to make room (in the 200 person limit) for others. Not only will you paid subscribers get details on carp on Ray Roberts right now, but there’s a HIGHLY detailed map for kayak fishing a local park pond in the City of Denton, Texas. CONTACT ME to subscribe. You’ll be glad you did!


We have another of those dreadfully named fly fishing “Festivals” this weekend. Have you noticed; that word has gotten under my skin? I am renaming all fly fishing festivals (which they are not) to “Festivus” in honor of George’s Dad.

THIS WEEKEND’s FESTIVUS is in Athens, Texas, and is either going to be a boom or a bust – based on which weather pattern wins the day. In my humble opinion, most if not all of these North Texas tournaments occur way too early in the year. School is still in session, and prime weather, prime fly fishing is still weeks and sometimes months away.

Athens Fly Fishing Festivus

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!

Carp on fly lake ray roberts texas fly fishing guide

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.

Carp on fly lake ray roberts texas fly fishing guide

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.