Steve Hollensed Fishing Report

| May 6, 2010

Texoma Report
Texoma is at normal level and very clear in main lake areas, slightly stained in mid lake areas. Water temperature is 66 degrees at the dam but a few degrees warmer in mid lake areas and coves.

Over the past few weeks fly fishing has been very good to excellent and the trend should continue. Fish are in excellent condition…the strikes and fights have been powerful to say the least.

Many ways to catch fish right now…including topwater early and under cloudy conditions. Fish fast sinking shooting heads on feeding flats (around the islands is one place) or fish the shallows. The shallow bite has produced bigger fish generally, while the deeper schools have produced more numbers.

The key now is to be flexible and versatile in your fly fishing methods…be able to fish both deep and shallow.

My calendar if filling fast for the summer striper run and select prime times in early summer. So, to get prime dates don’t wait to the last minute to book a fly fishing trip to Texoma.

Upcoming Programs
I will be presenting “Texoma on the Fly” in the East Texas and North Louisiana areas later in the month. Program will feature updated reports on Texoma and other area lakes. I will focus on fly fishing strategies and techniques I successfully employ on Texoma and will discuss opportunities for the traveling fly fisher on Lake Texoma. See details below.

East Texas Fly Fishers
May 17, 2010; 6:30 pm
Johnny Cace’s, Longview TX
1501 E. Marshall Avenue

North Louisiana Fly Fishers
May 18, 2010; 7:00 pm
Vince’s South Port, 1605 E. Bert Kouns, Industrial Loop
Shreveport, Louisiana 71105

Hydros Helios Rods by Orvis
By now everyone has heard of , cast, or bought an Orvis Helios rod. They are simply a quantum leap forward in fly rod design. However, as in all revolutionary technology, there was a steep price associated with its development.

Now enter the Hydros rod…a Helios blank with slightly different components and a very different price…about $300 less!
I had the opportunity to cast many Hydros models at the recent Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Casper and find them to be everything the Helios rods are…very light, very powerful, very precise, very versatile…all in one rod.

For me, I really cannot tell much difference in the rods in 6 weights and below. I still prefer the Helios though in weights 7 and above. Cast both and see for yourself.

I am using a 9 weight Helios to throw 350 to 400 grain shooting heads. This rod weighs only 3.25 oz…about what most 5 or 6 weights weigh. (So…no more whining about throwing heavy stuff while going deep for stripers)

I think everyone will love the new Hydros rods…a Helios in disguise!
Reel Deal
Go by and see Sean Polk or Jef Fair at Orvis Dallas for a great deal…buy any Helios, Hydros, Superfine, or TLS rod and get a Battenkill reel free. ANY BATTENKILL REEL. I would go for the Battenkill Large Arbor… a reel valued at up to $259!

I love the LA BK III combined with a Helios 8 wt. This, 8 weight outfit, has a total combined weight of just over 7 oz.! And when Sean or Jef rig it, you know it will be rigged right the first time. [Offer good until the end of May]

Captain Steve Hollensed
Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide
FFF Master Certified Casting Instructor

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Category: Equipment, Events, Fishing Reports, Fly Reel, Fly Rods, North Texas

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