TEXAS FLY FISHING NEWS & ADVENTURES

Rain on the Sidewalk Plus Lake Texoma Striper Blitz

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

FRESHWATER STRIPER ON FLY LAKE TEXOMA TEXAS

Thunder rolls around North Texas this fine Monday Morning, giving me cover to put out a “Sidewalk Column” that has a little more meat on the bone …

I have multiple confirmations that it is once again one of “those times” on Lake Texoma, Texas. For those of you who fly fish: Just because Texoma has all the character of an ocean, it doesn’t mean you can’t drop a fly line and catch magnificent freshwater striper as long as your arm. And I’m talking about full-length arms when I say that! The word is they are running top-to-bottom, and even in close (see my archives for nearshore kayak spots).

There are tricks to the trade of a fly for the bite of a big striper on Lake Texoma. Sure, topwater is topwater, and if that is on? we have to whack-a-mole on that all day long. If not on top, we have to open the drawstring on the bag of voodoo that catches striper on fly – AT DEPTH.

MULTIPLE RODS

Like it or not, Texoma is a place that calls for multiple fly rods – multiple heavy fly rods. If you want to bring a knife to a gun fight, I can’t help you. We’re talking about getting a full sink line out and away from the boat with a big bait pattern on it. AND we’re talking about having a rod (ready to go) that can launch a topwater fly into the middle of a blitz – WITHOUT blowing the school out. So dust off yer’ 8’s, 9’s and 10’s. This is why you have them, right?

So we have heavy rods for:

  • full sink line
  • topwater
  • pounding the rocks for smallmouth in between

SINKERS

The hardest part of using a sink line (for me) is learning to be patient with the sink. The water is deep, and the sink is slow, slower than you think. I want to feel my fly scratching the bottom before I even think about starting a retrieve. Snags? Oh, hell yes. That just tells me I am in the zone.

Remember YOUR LEADER needs to be solid fluorocarbon and at least a fifteen tip. That is part of the rub – bigger diameter leaders sink slower and ark sooner than small ones. That weight also allows you to pull hooks free from most rocks (check your points after a snag!).

FLOATERS

Presentation? We don’t need no stinkin’ presentation during a striper blitz. We need some distance and very little accuracy. I mean … can you hit a fifty-yard square target at fifty feet? Still, you have to launch a lunch worthy of an eight-pound striper. Saltwater lines with a heavy tip and true float means switching to monofilament leaders. And you might have to dial down to an eight or ten pound tip to keep the floating character of the fly, although does it really matter that much during a blitz? Nope.

SMALLIE STALKING

If you can’t get a grip on the striper action, or it takes a break? Chase those huge smallmouth bass along the rocks of Texoma. You’ll find them just about anywhere there are rocks, and rocky points jutting out (dam turnarounds). I still think you’ll need to be deeper than you want, but dialing down to a six or seven weight can give your arm a break while you watch for the next blitz on the horizon. MAKE THE MOST USE OF YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS ON Lake Texoma, Texas! It takes so very much time and effort to do this lake properly and safely.

FLIES

I knew you’d ask about flies eventually. Meat, bring the meat. These fish are used to big gorging meals of bait. So much so, in fact, I wonder why more people don’t saltwater chum for striper on Texoma. Imagine a frozen chum-ball putting out the dinner bell? If you can call them up by slapping a paddle on the water? Chumming could fill a boat, couldn’t it? Bring the meat, BIG meat.

TIE YOUR OWN flies! My thinking on deep striper fly fishing has evolved when it comes to my hook selection. My first years were marked by expensive saltwater hooks that had devastating penetration – Tiemco 600SP’s. Nowadays, I like the circle hook option. Why? They are still sharp, although they do not penetrate skull bone – THEY DO hang the lip and THEY DON’T let go. It allows for the delayed recognition of a take that we often experience with deep flies and heavy sinking lines. They hit to stun (we miss that feeling), then they bite and are on – and we feel that!

RETRIEVE

Another complication of the sinking line stalk of striper on Texoma is that these fish are rapacious. If they see a fly lallygagging by them? Nope. They want the chase and a head-on stun kill and then eat. Fast retrieve – as in two-handed-rod butt-tucked-under-your-arm retrieve. This is a “complication” because it quickly takes a fly out of the striking depth (check your electronics often).


Thanks for reading today. The rain kicked on during this writing this morning – pretty sorry weather-heads we have on TV in North Texas! So my morning photo shoot is cancelled, and I guess I have to actually extinguish one end of my candle for the day. Have a fantastic week!

texoma striper

Conventional caught striper – Lake Texoma Texas – thanks to CS Keating! Who’s that fat boy in the picture?

A special thanks to Mr. Keating for being the boots-on-the-ground for that Texoma inspiration. I am going to have to get me some of that this week (if nothing else gets in my way!).


DESTINATION SOUTH PADRE ISLAND TEXAS OCTOBER 2018

I am zeroing in on dates for a South Padre Island, Texas, week(s) in the fall, and there are spaces for other fly fishers who want to hit the best saltwater habitat and action in Texas – on a budget! I am not guiding on this trip, but simply hosting a home base for DIY’ers to come-and-go fish as they please and pay for lodging by the day. Yes, I will gladly show-and-tell you what the action is and where it is – a boat is not absolutely necessary!!!

Look for this to develop on a new page of this site called, “DESTINATIONS” – coming this week.

DESTINATION PILOT POINT TEXAS

Pilot Point, Texas, is another Texas destination that is going to be featured on this new page as well. Here’s a link to the Western Son Distillery story that ran recently in the Denton Record Chronicle – Western Son courtesy DRC. Unfortunately, for my tastebuds, Whistle Post Brewery has brewed it’s last beer.

Texas Fly Fishing Report 060118

| June 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

Where to Fly Fish in Texas Axiom 2 Fly Rod Tease

Hello to those of you who still read! I am glad you read, and hope you also watch this new Texas Fly Fishing Report that covers Texas – once over lightly. That is really all we need isn’t it?

Anyway, have a watch, and if you have anything to add for next week you can text or e mail that information to me. My deadline for including your fish photos and / or words is 1-pm Fridays.

At ten years and counting, I also count the blessings brought by the Texas Fly Caster Website effort. I have met a lot of people and done a lot of things that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. We still tell stories, even fly fishing stories, just like they happened. It must be the journalist in me that has finally emerged after hundreds of thousands of words … looking back that’s true.

There’s never a shortage of fly fishing stories, true stories, stories that are as good as any fiction … for the most part. I have plenty of stories in the can, and no way to do so many more in this life of need. But if you have a manageable story that doesn’t require plane tickets, guide bills, housing and all the trappings – I am here to listen, and RESPOND.

Thanks for watching and reading. I hope this weekend is better than the last.

Monday Memorial Day Sidewalking

| May 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Thanks again for checking in at Texas Fly Caster. After ten years, I have to remember that many most of you are here for the very first time … sidewalk virgins so to speak. Forget the Monday Sidewalk, and remember you are Texas Fly Casters. I just bring the message to the masses, and try to get you to do the same – bringing your knowledge and MESSAGE to me to share.

Today we remember with respect and reverence those who have died in active military service. That is so heavy to even consider – our debt to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

As I have aged, my perspective on time has changed greatly. Do I remember what I was up to fifteen years ago? Yes I do. When I was born, my grandparents, and the vast majority of the adult population was only fifteen years removed from World War II. Even twenty or twenty-five years later, were they still feeling the pains of loss, elation of surviving, scars and emotional turmoil? I bet they were. But, from my experiences, it wasn’t exactly “discussed.” That’s just another ingredient that made them, I believe, the “Greatest Generation” wasn’t it.

Of course we’ve had too man wars sense WWII, and the sacrifices were equally sad and heroic, unequally recognized and vilified, but time is the greatest variable that balances historical perspectives, gives nuance to our American condition in wartime. Some will not live long enough to rest in the peace and public knowledge of a truly just campaign, and some will. Many of those who served know, whether we know or not, that what they did was for the greater good of the world. I trust that to be an absolute truth.

If I never meet you in this life

let me feel the lack.

A glance from your eyes

and my life will be yours.

– James Jones “The Thin Red Line”

 

Friday Fly Fishing Report Holy Carp! Results Bass World Results

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Where to Fly Fish This Weekend in Texas

If you have to fish amigo, make it fly fishing. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to stay away from Texas lakes and other water bodies. I guess if you went deep sea fishing it would be the safest bet! That’s just how we roll here in Texas.

This video contains the tournament results for Holy Carp!, tournament results for the Bass World Championships in Lake Fork, a report from Danny Scarborough, my local report, and the scroll of fresh and saltwater fishing throughout Texas. I have a tip or two on what flies would most likely take big bass right now and what kind of ingredients go into tying flies for Texas jetty fly fishing.

I am running through this because I have to get to TFO in Dallas, and back before the traffic window slams shut on my scrawny little neck!

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.