Tag: carp on fly

Keeping it Coming – New Carp Prospecting Video Plus Texas Fly Report

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Carp guide prospecting and Texas Fly Fishing Report Update tropical storm Cindy


The plate was full this week, and with the call to repair a local fly fishing club’s website (down for several days now), my plot only thickens. AND, that’s the way I like it!

Father and Son take a skiff break

I am also getting a pretty good feed of your photographs for the Texas Fly Caster Instagram Feed – running behind, but thank you friends and readers for that! New news-tips are coming in as well, more like “you should check this out” tips really — requiring more legwork, more boat-work and more typing on these keys. Thank Goodness (that’s what I should call my wife, goodness), this half broke-in laptop is now paid off! And just in time to get a check from YouTube for all those ads you watch (so I guess you will now stop watching!).

We have passed the first peak of the carp season, and are moving steadily along to the next one which will be helped along by the rains coming over the next 24-hours.

So this video is a conglomeration of some footage from prospecting for carp in preparation for the two guide trips I did this past week, and at the end is the scroll with commentary, on the Texas Fishing Reports provided by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. I am beginning to wonder about their accuracy based on years of reading, and this week’s UNMENTIONED tropical storm.

Who can blame the folks who assemble those reports really? (It’s the same folks that power the once famous (now dying) www.texasfishingforum.com) The bid for that job, of providing the reports for Texas fishermen, goes to? THE LOWEST BIDDER. The State can make exceptions (Yes, I know that for those of you wonks reading this) to the “Lowest Bidder” for bids, but rarely does.

Whack a Mole Sand Bass Ray Roberts 2017

The thing about Whack-A-Mole sand bass is … at least you don’t get a soggy tush, and you get any kind of bite you want – deep, mid and topwater are all contenders in this game – a game a lot like horseshoes and hand grenades.

Not only did we get on some carp this week, the sand bass are appearing on the lake – on top, and that means a great game of WHACK-A-MOLE for anyone interested — yes I can take you out for that exercise, and you can keep all the legal fish you catch. (No, I don’t clean them.)The sheer numbers, many of you are into that, put other locations to SHAME again this year. I have deals starting the first day of summer, and they’re called SUNDOWNERS – for those fishing, or fly fishing to eat (as I do).

Thanks for reading. I am guessing there’s enough red meat here for those of you who read, and are not on your family “VACA” right now.

If you’re in town, and ready to take the carp ride of your life, you know where to find me, right?


Monday Morning Sidewalk Looking Back at Sunday and Beyond

| June 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

This YouTube fly fishing video reminded me of the second video I ever uploaded to YouTube way back in 2008.



Good morning! It’s another Monday morning sidewalk, and I am dragging! I forgot just what a workout it was to walk-and-wade the flats, but was reminded – by the windy walk we took yesterday on Lake Ray Roberts. The skiff would’ve been futile on a day with winds that strong, so the only way for my guru to get a much needed carp fix was to go for a fish walk.

It was windy, about 20-miles-per-hour sustained, and the south wind was pushing clouds overhead, which “turned the lights on-and-off” in a matter of seconds as we sight casted for carp.

There were carp aplenty, but they were well protected by the stirred waters, the intermittent clouds and heightened senses. We had plenty of opportunities, and finally (I think as the water hit the right temp) scored a few fish.


The big question of course; is this the weather we will have tomorrow, or Friday? The patterns seem to be less drastic, but it also seems like the talking weatherheads are still hedging their bets a bit. If this wind drops, conditions improve drastically. It may be time to seek a creek, or river!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you know, and what you want to know. No matter what, travel safely to-and-from wherever you go in the Messtroplex these days. It’s getting a lot better on the North Texas highways, but distracted drivers can still write your name in stone … you’ll never see it coming.

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report

| June 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s time for another fly fishing report from Texas, for and about Texas! PPV reading – skiff advantage and techniques.


Besides the original Texas Fly Fishing Report on YouTube (your first stop of course!), I also provide information targeted to what is happening with the fish I specialize in guiding for carp, here in North Texas. And my information is even more specific to Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, carp on fly, BUT you should interpret this information for your pursuits of fish on fly – wherever you are.

This information, as all information, has value. It is open reading for subscribers, and you too can read it by simply inserting a quarter in the slot, or better yet; subscribe to this website for access to all the Pay-Per-View stories found here! (And don’t tell anybody, but if you subscribe there’s a discount on guided trips!)

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I have been on the water twice this week, and the carp are a little finicky – eating so much vegetation right now that they seem full, and when caught they are sporting distended bellies. I was first clued in to what they were up to when I saw floating grass in the Buck Creek access area.

There are already vast areas where carp have stripped away that vegetation (I call it grass because I don’t know what it is called), and are rooting around underneath that grass – perhaps eating the base, or new sprouts, or bugs underneath. I can’t bring myself to dissect a carp and inspect their digestive track …

Things are just not that difficult overall, a soft presentation, and a “leave” not a stripping presentation are key. The “leave” means you leave the fly alone in front and close to the rooting carp. If you see mud clouds, first try to make tails and heads of the fish, and drop it on the boiling mud – let it settle down into the invisible.

I base my “lift-strip-set” mostly on time, although I have no real count, much more like an instinctive timing I guess I would call it. If there’s not resistance, let it drop right back down into that cloud (we are at point-blank range), and try again! If the cloud is still there, the fish is still eating, rooting and ready to take. A carp eating like this has some of its keen senses turned off, and is operating in what I call “Full On Eat Mode.” The odds, for once, are in your favor!


Our view from the deck of the skiff makes a huge difference these days! I am able to target shots at better distances than ever before – out of range of a typical common carp’s senses – and it is easy to setup successive shots. If one shot fails, I can call out the next one, and still not cause one of those carp stampedes that comes from running a distant fish through the herd of grazers nearer to my position. If you have ever fly fished for carp, you know how frustrating the stampedes can be. From the deck, we start with the fish on the outer edges, and there have been numerous times when we can pick one off and the herd has no clue what’s happening! Amazing.

As you saw from today’s YouTube video Texas Fly Fishing Report 060917, once there’s a take, things can and do go a little crazy with some fish! These weather shifts and temperature shifts make me believe each carp is behaving in its own unique way right now. If we lose a few degrees of water temperature today, with this rain, I think the carp will go even wilder than they have been earlier in this week. That’s a great problem to have!


Texas Fly Fishing Report for Memorial Day Weekend 2017

| May 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to YOUR fly fishing report for Texas saltwater and Texas freshwater.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me — which is a no-brainer. The wind is making things miserable here in North Texas, and days that would be perfect are being blown away right now. Combine that with an extreme temperature swing and holiday weekend? All I can say is, make a trip to the beer and meat stores, stock up and lay low, way way low.

Thanks for watching. Take care if you do get out there, and send me your fish photos if you are brave enough to hit it this weekend.

#flyfishing #texasflyfishing

Monday Morning Sidewalk – Home Grown Carp and Sweet Llano River Action

| May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Good Monday Morning to you on the historic day of VE, that’s Victory in Europe for those of you who may have forgotten your WW II history. What does the Greatest Generation think now, as they slowly fade away?

As somber a beginning as that piece of history evokes, the flip side is we are still free to be happy fly fishers, paranoid zombie-apocalypse guards and everything in between. I know you all. Personally, I like the former over the latter. And this weekend past was one to make any North Texas fly fisher happy to be in the cult of fly. There was fantastic fly fishing all over the place. There was a bass tournament in Lake Fork where people actually caught fish. There was the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Fort Worth. And last but not least …

carp on fly lake ray roberts texas skiff fly fishing


First and foremost, let me warm up my own horn and give it a loud TOOT! The carp were on both Saturday and Sunday doing what carp do for us here – providing a great escape from all the woes, and arrows, and imagined zombies at our gates. While not in a full-on eat mode, they are daisy chaining through (stealing a term, and mutilating it – “carpin chaining”) at the greatest rate, and highest volume that even well exceeds last year’s epic carp season. I’ll refrain from answering “how much” it exceeds last year, but …

While not in a real “eat” mode, the fish can be force-fed and you’ll have to search for the fly that works for you at any particular time of day. Contact me today – for a list of possible working flies!

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