Somebody Tell the Weather Gods Enough Already

| May 22, 2013

common carp underwater

Is the weather freaked out or what? I’ve been focused on weather and patterns for years now, but this spring defies the logic I have distilled, and makes me wonder what season will replace summer and what phenomena will replace fall. If we are left scratching our heads, can you imagine what the fish are feeling?

Carp on the Fly

I am seeing spawning action of carp way offshore, and it looks downright pathetic – with carp looking for sprigs of vegetation to leave their progeny, instead of the insane shallow splashing in the splendor of grass that they usually do. Little male carp are hanging around together, suspended, like middle teenage boys on tailgates across from Sonic. They can’t figure out who, what, when, where, why or how.

I am going to wrap up a lot of photo production work today, and try to get out to see what the rains from yesterday have delivered to Ray Roberts today, all in preparation for a guided trip there tomorrow. In my dreams, the water has come up into the grass, and the carp are barrel rolling through it in mad ecstasy. That happened so many years ago, it seems dangerously close to becoming, “The Good Old Days.” Who knows though? These weather patterns could raise the lakes in the dead of summer, or we could see something else …


The first contestant in the Great 8 fly rod shootout – from Rise Fishing, is the LEVEL fly rod. It comes from the East Coast, and I just had to give these guys a shot as the unknown dark horse (much like the Ross Flystik). Be sure to visit Rise Fishing, and thank Steve for donating a rod to the Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament as well.

There’s no telling when the TFO Mangrove 8 will be in hand, as production is being ramped to meet demand. We’ve talked here in the past about sweet spots in rod lines, and apparently the TFO Mangrove 8 weight is one of those.

We will just have to see what the rest of the field looks like as we go along. Contenders are still: Scott S4s, Winston B3SX and the G.Loomis NRX Saltwater. (Donations Accepted Here)



I am hot on the trail of the new (to me) Lamson Waterworks Guru HD reel. I always wanted something a bit heavier for the torture that saltwater jetties delivers, and the Heavy Duty Guru may be the fly reel that can take the punishment.


I will be closing my FLY SHOP STORE for the summer starting Friday night. If you want to order anything, like the classic book Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country, or rod socks, or the Coyote Carp Fly, you need to get your orders in by Saturday morning at the latest. This summer is going to be way too wet and wild, and the instability of the store’s software, make this a no brainer decision. The FLY SHOP will return in the fall.

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  1. shannon says:

    You’ll still be able to order via contacting me via “Contact” page. We will still take same payments, same ways. THX

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