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Monday Morning Sidewalk Starts With Jury Duty

| September 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have You Done Your Jury Duty?

If you think you’re busy, well this comes to you from just before jury duty in Denton, Texas. I first thought about the possibility of sabotage – maybe put “Make America Great Again” at the top of some questionnaire, but I hear they don’t ask questions anymore. They just give you a number and wait for the bad guys to cop a plea when they are faced with a jury of their “peers.” Really, a peer to these Denton rejects? 

Last week was interesting, or at least it ended interesting. Imagine being on the water showing Conway Bowman and friends where the carp are on Lake Ray Roberts. It’s no man crush, but Conway rides a wave from his DVD, “Speed. Muscle. Teeth,” and the now defunct “Fifty Places to Fly Fish” series we caught on the World Fishing Network while it lasted. Hanging loose with Conway and friends at the Lone Star Lodge (formerly the Lantana Lodge) on Thursday evening I heard fly fishing stories, the likes of which I have never heard before. Thousand pound sharks, peacocks in South America sails off Guatemala … I get the feeling the stories only end when there was no one to listen, not in a bragging way, but lives well lived.

Imagine the reward? When I can show guys, with stories like that, through the fishery I call home, to the carp I am so passionate about. It was less about pressure and more about simple reward – The Seek and the Find.

This time of year the cards are stacked against us. As I sat and talked to the group of world travelers, it got quiet when questions about NOW floated out to me. “They’re there, but it’s so hot, you may be back in by noon.” We are well past primetime in late September, but there are still fish that have not retreated.

There are still variables. One is the clouds that come without warning (as they did last Friday), and the other is a bit more planetary – the angle of the sun goes lower in the sky. Overall, ladies and gentlemen – our window is closing now. It is so bittersweet this time of year, every year. We have a lot of other places to look, and go, but the going and the getting there is tougher than ever.


Of course, we have punted the CLYDE story until next week. There’s no predicting Denton County jury duty, but I assume that in a week I will be headed for GROUND ZERO of Hurricane Harvey. I will be either accompanying Danny Scarborough, or meeting him somewhere along the way to take a visual on Rockport, TX, and report from the Texas Gulf Coast on what the situation is at the epicenter of landfall of Hurricane Harvey. We will see how that goes, but with the fly fishing god’s blessings? I’m about due for a stroke of good luck …


BE SURE to contact me about fly fishing Beaver’s Bend, OK, as soon as you can! I am in a learning mode for a little while, and that’s the time to come up and explore the new Beaver’s Bend with me – strictly for fun. Honestly, I can’t wait for the cold, ice and rain to try all my abilities and entice those rainbows into biting! This hasn’t been such a hot summer in North Texas, but I am still craving the cold. Something must be wrong with me. Give me a call or text.

Beaver’s Bend Fly Fishing Sounds for your Water Wednesday

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Big Audio Fly Fishing PodcastIt’s easy to forget some of the early things that made Texas Fly Caster a unique “voice” in a fly fishing world prone to extreme hyperbole, and dripping romance writing, induced by the sport of fly fishing.

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Trout Unlimited Mid-South Regional Meeting at Beaver’s Bend

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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From GRTU’s Mark Dillow:

2014 TU Mid-South Regional Meeting
March 1
Beavers Bend State Park, Okla.

Join fellow anglers and TU volunteer leaders from across the Mid-South for the 2014 regional meeting at Beavers Bend State Park near Broken Bow, Oklahoma on March 1.

Who should attend? Anyone committed to building effective TU chapters and councils.

What will you learn? Opportunities abound to develop your governance skills and practices, discover solutions to your leadership challenges, and increase your understanding of the key trends and coldwater conservation issues impacting the Mid-South region. TU regional meetings are occasions to be inspired — by the work of TU staff, lessons from leaders and conversations with newfound friends.

Register now:


Thursday, February 27
-Travel to Beavers Bend State Park
-Evening, optional fishing

Friday, February 28
-Hosted Fishing, 7am (Hosted by 89ers Chapter)
-Dinner at 6pm – Pizza and Beverages around the campfire

Saturday, March 1
-8am–4pm TU Mid-South Regional Meeting at Beavers Bend Cabin Office Forest Heritage Center and Museum
-Breakfast–Sponsored by Oklahoma Chapter TU
-Lunch–Sponsored by the 89er Chapter TU
-Dinner at 6pm – Abendingo’s Grill & Patio, 259 N Stephens Gap Rd., Broken Bow, OK

Sunday, March 2
-Check out, travel home

Lodging/Travel Details:

The Mid-South Meeting will be held at the Beavers Bend Cabin Office Forest Heritage Center and Museum.

Beaver’s Bend State Park is located off of highway 259, eight miles North of Broken Bow Oklahoma. From highway 259, turn east on highway 259 A, follow road for 3 (very twisty) miles to Beavers Bend cabin office located within the Forest Heritage Center and Museum.

Reservations: Cabin Reservations & Park information: (580) 494-6300

There are 14 Rooms (in multiple cabin configurations) for Thursday 27 Feb thru Sat 1 Mar (3 nights) – Tell them you’re with the 89er Chapter of Trout Unlimited to get the group rate. For other available hotels and cabins in the area, please visit the Mid-South Regional Meeting event page.

Registration and Cost:

The meeting is $15 and open to all TU members.

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Time to start wrapping things up. There’s nothing quite like having to take the festive spirit on the road is there? The premium is on arriving safely wherever you are today, as drivers are most distracted, inebriated and blatantly at their worst. So, I hope you made it.

Here at Texas Fly Caster, it really is time to take a few days off from the keyboard, and being closer to the coast means some “speculative fishing” – the kind of fly fishing you do because you’re in the neighborhood, not necessarily because it will be any good.

Along with the winter solstice comes winter, the real thing this year here in North Texas. The slow melt two weeks ago did wonders for soaking in and creating great runoff from last week’s rains. If it rained like that for about a month (about 30-inches) we would approach normal around here. As it appears today, Lewisville Lake is up about .6 (six-tenths) of a foot, and Ray Roberts is about the same. If you look across the areas that got rain, and their lake levels, the graph looks like a dead cat bounce.

I stopped in at the new Orvis in Plano, Texas, a couple of days ago, and they have some good information on their conditions chalk board in back, including a report that fishing is good around Lake Texoma islands. That’s one big cold place to be this time of year, but it’s on the “TO DO” list for early January. The information on that board is worth the price of admission.

The Blue River and Beaver’s Bend are also on the “TO DO” list for the beginning of 2014. No rest for the wicked weary as the saying goes!

Have a Merry Christmas, and if you get bored be sure to check back here because you never know what you’ll find when I have too much time on my hands.

Broken Bow Stocking Program Clarified by Rob Woodruff – Pat Waters

| October 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Oklahoma fly fishing the Lower Mountain Fork

Oklahoma fly fishingThere is currently a lot of misinformation circulating about the Trout stocking program on the Lower Mountain Fork River. A year ago the hatchery supplying Rainbow Trout changed from a privately owned hatchery in Missouri (the same one that supplies the Trout to the Guadalupe River) to one in Nebraska. This summer the stocking frequency changed from every other week to once every three weeks. For the details on the changes, and why; I asked Lower Mountain Fork River Foundation President Pat Waters to outline the facts. His reply is below.
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