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September Fly Fishing in Texas – A Look Back

| September 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Seems a good enough time to take a look back into the archives and see what was going on in Texas the last few years, and maybe learn a little from where we’ve gone to get where we’re going in the future.

2014What Do You Get When You Cross Tom Joad & The Big Lebowski?

2013Monday Morning Labor Pains – Deaths on Lewisville Lake Alabama Moonshine Gerald Swindle and more …

2012Happy Labor Day to TFC Readers!

2011 – Howler Brothers Ones To Watch

2010Colorado Reservoir and to Gunnison Plus Taylor River INCLUDES GREAT VIDEO (if I do say so myself – N/A on YouTube)

2009Loy Lake Fly Fishing Outing Yields Warmouth and Bass!

2008Hurricane Ike Without Tina – Still a Bad A…

Monday Morning Sidewalk – See the Fish Be the Fish Catch the Fish

| July 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

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Good morning and welcome to wherever you are watching and reading from today! I am already on the road, fighting traffic this morning, as a weekend of work gives way to a week of work, which is an extraordinarily good thing. – The video is uploading to the TexasFlyCaster channel on YouTube right now, and will be dropped in here later.

Many of us are on our summer holiday now, and the evidence mounts that Colorado is still a fly fishing playground for Texas fly casters. I am not immune to the pull of Colorado’s beauty, climate and fantastic fly fishing. In fact there’s a trip coming in September to the Conejos River area, a fantastic Southern Colorado location that I absolutely love. Here are some old stories on fly fishing the CONEJOS RIVER area of Colorado.

Last week was pretty wild here in North Texas. We had twelve inches of water concentrated in and around Valley View, Texas. And that concentration apparently covered Lake Ray Roberts as well. Thursday, on Lake Ray Roberts, the level of the lake went up two (yes TWO) feet. Now, this amazing rain event had it’s own unique characteristics. If we watch the lake levels, it is apparent that the rain actually fell in close proximity to the lake. It went up all at once, and by the next day (two days after the rain), the lake was already falling again. So we subtract a positive 2 from a negative 9, and we get a negative 7. Regardless of all the negatives, the fly fishing last Friday was a clear POSITIVE! Check out the video – FISH FLASH July 19 if you want to see how last Friday came off. I probably don’t have to remind you of the excitement of stalking tailing carp in clear Ray Roberts waters, Friday’s video pretty much says it all.

I mentioned earlier that we will be fly fishing the Conejos again, after a few years absence, but there’s also a little salt in the recipe – for those of us who love salt on our fly fishing. I am headed for Houston this coming weekend, and hope to finish the Urban Fly story (with catching fish), and will make the hop-skip and jump to the coast for a day. It’s a limited window, so we’ll take our chances with tides and moon phases.

Texas Saltwater Fishing magazine has always had those great charts as part of their monthly publication, and I recently subscribed to their digital version which is a HUGE disappointment; it’s not a digital or “E” magazine in any sense of the magazines that you may be used to seeing and reading from “Apps” in iBooks or the “Newsstand.” Stick to the paper version of this magazine, and get it for one specific use – THE CHARTS.

Then, later in August, it’s a redeye trip to what I think is the premiere spot on the Texas Gulf Coast – Port O’Connor, Texas. I am going to try and plug myself into a couple days on the boat with CK and friends at that beautiful site, where there’s a renewed focus on hitting the jetties for jack crevalle … which is all fine and great, but if I see tarpon … I may just dive in and try to wrestle one to the boat. Texas tarpon, the words just roll off the tongue …


The Texas gulf coast has had consistent redfish seasonal action for years. The speckled trout season is a little more spotty, as specks are more sensitive to their conditions than the hearty reds. Reports from the coast are now showing good catches of speckled trout, and in shallow water. As fly fishers know, shallow water means we have a shot at these fine fish ourselves. Shallower water situations are more susceptible to “tide events” and there aren’t any showing on the TPWD site right now.

I suppose it’s safe to say there’s no huge secret about tarpon showing at many of the major passes in Texas. Catching tarpon from shore, off jetties, has always been what I consider a feat of great fly fishing ability. This doesn’t look anything like flats fishing in the Florida Keys. These are rolling tarpon in deep water, and if you actually hook one, they’re more likely to sound than jump. Let’s just say there aren’t a lot of tarpon caught in Texas on fly right now, because of the situations we find these fish in – deep water passes. If we find them in massive amounts in Texas passes, how long will it be before we find them in other parts of the Texas Gulf Coast saltwater ecosystem?


If you are a fly fishing guide working anywhere in Texas, we want to hear from you here at Texas Fly Caster. I am glad to present any weekly information you have for readers and watchers of Texas Fly Caster. The plan is to dedicate part of the Monday Morning Sidewalk to your reports from where you guide and fish in Texas. It doesn’t cost a thing, and your information will be included with any report used on the Texas Fly Report.

This kind of reporting is not about “where,” or “how to” catch fish in your area! It’s about your services, and why it’s time to book you, a professional guide, to catch the fish you love to see your clients catch. Be sure to contact me about how to submit these reports. You’ll be reaching at least 600 people a day, for the first day of your report, and these reports are accessible forever – just like all the information on Texas Fly Caster.

Start Your Fly Fishing Week Right Here as Usual

| August 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

I know it is “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” but I had to take a classic and bend your senses a but as you arrive online this fine Monday, wherever you are. You could be in a cubicle, in your home office, in your corner office, in Austin, in Dallas, in Houston, in Brownsville, on your boat or on your dock. Have another shot of coffee from the counter, the break-room or the barista, and loosen up.

The thing is, I am here this fine Monday, the beginning of a fantastic week in the life, to ask a couple of things of you:
1) I am asking you to take a moment and tell me if you fly fished anywhere in Texas this past week or weekend.
2) I also want to ask you what you want to hear about through Texas Fly Caster – you may, or may not know the topics, but they are a) Texas fly fishing, b) Culture on the Skids, c) music, d) beer and dining, and e) anything that you think would interest you and readers of Texas Fly Caster. YES, I KNOW this is a pandora’s box being opened, but it is Monday.

Now, I know you are lurking, waiting, and wanting to brag about your exploits. Here’s your chance. Consider this post a blank, a tabula rasa. It has no value, except to serve as a wakeup call on Monday morning, actually every Monday morning for the foreseeable future.

As far as world is concerned, if your tree (fly fishing excursion) falls in the forest, and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?

The range of Texas Fly Caster tends to expand and contract over a year’s time, and with the late summer doldrums upon us, it’s time to look a little further over the horizon. There will be a post on a place that offers fantastic fly fishing – Northern Arkansas – later today, and we will hear from local Joel Hays about his trip to Southwestern Colorado (dry and low) sometime soon.

I also finally got off the economic books, finishing “Confidence Men,” by Ron Suskind, and am now moving the bookmark in Jim Harrison’s “The English Major.” Perhaps there are books you’ve read lately that are more on topic? Harrison’s book is certainly an interesting read.

I don’t know about you, but these gas prices have me down, and that coincides with plenty of work going on around the homestead, namely relocating the fly tying area (and all fly related gear) to a new in-home location that I painted and mostly emptied into the new 1200 square foot location (metal and woodworking) in a heavy game of musical chairs. The game’s just about over, and the music is about to stop on that project.

Gathering Steam for Pagosa Springs

| October 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

In case you couldn’t tell, my photography work has picked up just about the time we see the light at the end of the doldrums.

It rained about twenty-four hours, off and on, here in North Texas – starting Saturday night and carrying through much of Sunday. Today, the clouds departed, and the sun came out once again. At least there wasn’t enough heat to make steam out of the wet earth.

I did a deal recently, to photograph a wedding in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. If you have read TFC for awhile, you know I am partial to that area of Colorado. Expenses paid, and a good rate for the wedding photography … priceless.

There is a lengthy post in the works, another DIY story starting from scratch.

If you are wondering what’s been written in the past, here is a list:
Wolf Creek Anglers Report
Day 2 In Town and Running
Day 1 The Piedra
Colorado Fly Fishing Update
Colorado Day .1

That is just the recent history of Pagosa Springs trips. My fascination with that area goes back about ten years now, and shows no signs of letting up.

Stay tuned.

Buena Vista Colorado Fly Fishing Information For The Arkansas River Area

| August 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

I had a call a few days ago from an acquaintance who is headed to Buena Vista, Colorado, ostensibly to fly fish. To an information geek, such as myself, that’s like waving a red flag in front of a bull. Personally, I know little about the Arkansas River and the Buena Vista area of Colorado, so as a courtesy I thought I would gather some research from the internet and compile it here.

Another Day in Fly Fishing Paradise
The Arkansas River in South Central Colorado gets a good write up in Mark Williams’ “So Many Fish, So Little Time.” On pages 238, 239 Williams gives a glowing review of the scenery and “riffle after riffle, pocket water galore under craggy mountains, chock-full of feisty brown trout. Say no more, South Central Colorado, a hotbed of conservative thinking, and feisty brown trout!

Williams does describe stretches other than the one from Buena Vista to Salida, a grand total of 100 miles. At that length, you would expect, and he verifies, that there are a lot of changes in altitude, incline and fourteeners as the background to this adventure.

The site that seems to have the most coherent gathering of information is Arkanglers.com, which includes a hatch chart for the Arkansas River.

As is common in Colorado, there are tributary rivers along the Arkansas and some reservoirs within range as well. My affinity for the high altitude lakes, where cutthroat will eat the shirt off your back, can be reserved for a day you rest from the weariness of big river fly fishing on the Arkansas.

We are fully into the monsoon season, which means, you can take the average day and cut it in half. Rains with wicked lightning are extremely likely to shorten your day to about three or four p.m. every day.

The dining choices seem to be even more abundant and diverse than the fish habitat. When I go to Buena Vista, you can be sure I am going to check out the Eddyline Pub with their own micro brewery and check here for a long list of Buena Vista, Colorado restaurants.

NOTE – If there’s a location that interests you, or if you have information about a location that hits the Texas Fly Caster radar, feel free to help your fellow fly fishers. You will be helping out more than 300 new visitors who find Texas Fly Caster every day. Even though a post like this amounts to novice internet surfing, I suppose it has the value of concentrating the information in a “filtered for relevance” fashion.