Lay Low Labor Day Weekend and Keep You Powder Dry – Friday Fly Report

| August 29, 2014

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There’s a usual rush of folks contacting me about where to go to take advantage of the long weekend we are again faced with starting today, and I all I want to say is, STAY OFF THE GRID! It’s the last hurrah of Summer 2014, one that has been high on the strange meter, and one that only ends on the calendar – after this weekend.

Houston fly fishing is hinging on the weather right now, as the instability that drove through North Texas this morning heads that way. It doesn’t mean you can’t find some fly fishing seclusion this weekend, but you may find a storm or two being the reason you are out there all alone! If you really want a clean get away, take a look at the tide charts, and consider the sand on the backside of South Padre Island, Texas.

If you have access to fresh water pond action, I am still seeing action on topwater, and with these temperatures that have climbed drastically in the last ten days — slow you retrieve down to get that bass bite you’ve been trying to find.

Lake levels have “crested” around here, and we find ourselves in something of a purgatory (that place between), with the water still in the habitat, the carp not, and the bass losing a little bit of interest. Clarity on Lake Ray Roberts, on places like the Lantana Flats, is of the swimming pool variety – clear but warming substantially. I don’t really know how else to say it, but that lake’s freaked out.

I’ve always gone with the theory that a holiday weekend amounts to the worst behavior people can offer on the water. Deaths? You bet, we have consistently produced bodies on local water bodies like Lewisville, Lake, or Lake Dallas if you prefer. And there are always a few more lakes in the area that get in on the grim reaper’s action. Although, in all honesty, it’s the drivers on Texas roads that will do the most damage to us all.

Even if we survive the bad behavior of others, the stereos and boats will certainly keep the fish stressed – on salt, on lakes and wherever they happen to be. Be sure to document, report, call in, or whatever else you can do to squeeze as much bad (or illegal) behavior out of our wonderful, rich Texas environment. Maybe throw the bad actors under the twitter bus by adding a hash tag, like #lawbreaker, #naturespoiler or some other descriptive. The whole twitter thing can be turned into a tool for doing a lot of good, with a little effort.

Have a great weekend, and be careful out there!

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Category: Culture on the Skids, Destination Fly Fishing, Fishing Reports, On The Road, Saltwater Fly Fishing Texas

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