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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Bass O Matic

| November 13, 2017

Bass on Fly Rod

Good Monday Morning, or what’s left of it! This could be a week for the memoir after another weekend to forget! A book review pressing down on me – guess I should be different and actually read the book. This one’s right up our alley, “The Best Bass Flies,” subtitled, “How to Tie and Fish Them.”

It’s funny, I threw my box at them last week on Lewisville Lake, and what worked in the end, and worked quite well? The last fly I tied on was a Black / Black Clouser on a circle jig hook. I found some very good structure around a high pressure cove, and picked off four there, before heading back over to the old dam riprap I had just covered with a different fly – and put the hit on fish there as well. IT WAS the fly. And, if YOU are fly fishing for bass right now, and everything’s right, but everything’s wrong; try a super-slow retrieve to go with an impressionistic fly.

One nice thing about Lewisville Lake is that you can find cover from our prevailing winds this time of year – those would be the NORTH or SOUTH winds. This lake may provide cover, but it feels  like the bigger bass have departed. I can’t wait to challenge them this spring.

I have some feelers out for new stories to work this off-season, but am not hearing back from my primary contacts at the moment. Seems like everyone is busy these days, these weekdays anyway. What’s up with that? I am looking for anyone who would be interested (not magazine story related) in a day trip to the Blue River this week, or maybe a meetup in BendBow. Just let me know.

Well, it’s on to a pending welding project, a pending website build and post production on images for a band and that website build. Throw in a new product I am creating for the skiff crowd – doing a “Go Fund Me” for that one – and this week was over when it began.

Enough said, let me know what YOU are doing and where you are catching these days. If you say, “PK below the dam,” I would say, “You must live closer than I do!” I may make it out that terribly long way once the TPWD starts feeding the striper some fresh trout, but until then … have at it.

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| September 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Ray Roberts Texas Fly Caster

High NORTH winds drove me around to the other side of Ray Roberts to find a launch spot out of the wind!

How about this early fall weather? Typically, we don’t cool off this soon here in North Texas, but here we are with these little cool fronts passing through every few days – just about in time for Texas’ famous Friday night lights every seven days. I do love football season. It takes so many people off the water!

Last weekend was marked by the Texas Fly Fishing EXPO here in North Texas, an event I missed, one day due to the weather, and the next because that same weather (overcast and rainy) offered a chance to go back and find the huge grass carp I came across a few weeks ago in the rain. Besides we all remember my old adage; it’s better to fly fish than to talk about fly fishing. Isn’t that still the truth after all these years?

Not to be critical, but for those of us who didn’t attend the Texas Fly Fishing EXPO, we’ll all have to guess about its success since the EXPO avoids the technology of the day. No updates on the website, no youtube videos, no snapchat, no twitter — not even smoke signals? Absolutely nothing from the scene. Not exactly a formula for the broadest sharing of (what I’m sure is great) information, and definitely shutting the door on those things that have a chance at bringing youth into the sport. Thank goodness you still have Texas Fly Caster, right? Slap myself on the bony back – SLAP SLAP!

I am just kidding about that last of course. What you have that’s better than anything here or anywhere is – YOUR OWN FLY ROD in your OWN hand, out there plying the waters you love, trying to figure out where the fish are, what they’re eating and when they eat. Feel free to share your experiences here if you dare.

Ray Roberts Spots

I wonder what else one can do to bring attention to the spot population, one that loves flies, on Ray Roberts? Maybe I should put one of the larger ones on the books.

With my fly rod in hand this past Saturday, I found that the water had been churned by high winds in broad areas, but that the same winds died down Saturday evening and made a wind current push of bait that stacked up bass on the lee side of lake points with vegetation. Bass were everywhere (on the lee) in two to five feet of water and biting topwater flies on down.

The bass were easy pickings and were gorged on small baitfish. There are thousands of yearlings, and many two-year-olds as well. I did put a hook in one of Ray Roberts’ five-pounders, but it was so close to the boat that he came up right away and shook before I could set. That was foot-stomping frustrating, but it was nice to be able to predict the pattern and then play it just like it was supposed to happen. If you get out, try a RATTLE EYE CLOUSER pattern in red/white.

THE WEEK AHEAD

There is so much information accumulating about coastal fly fishing conditions, I’ll just have to crank up the camera and do one of those infamous Texas Fly Fishing Reports sometime midweek, and post it later in the week.

The talking weather-heads are predicting this week to be another week almost exactly like the last, but with rain coming a bit sooner than last week. So the temps will begin their climb today, we’ll fish tomorrow, and I hope Thursday for grass carp in the rain. (Are you getting my subliminal message: Grass carp show up, feed and bite on overcast and rainy days?)

We will rerun the FWIW post, and give you another chance to drop a dime and pick up some serious dollars on a guided skiff trip. I’ll run that a couple more weeks, and maybe longer, if we get back into a North Texas heatwave.

Have a fantastic week, and be careful as you run the sacrificial highways of North Texas in the days ahead. Take the back ways if you have the chance, and hug your families when you get home – never take that safe arrival for granted.

Lake Ray Roberts Bass Future So Bright I’ll Just Say It Again

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

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So let me say this at least one more time; Lake Ray Roberts is going to make one heck of a bass lake in a couple of years! I keep hearing more reports of those small green trout being caught there by the 20’s and 30’s, and no thanks to anything TPWD did for the lake, boom-time is only a couple of growth spurts away. (Folks are catching so many they just quit fishing after 20 or 30!) I think it’s entirely possible to catch a hundred in the yearling range right now.

As much time as I spend on the lake, studying it’s (literal this year) ebb-and-flows, it was pretty easy to see the floods came at exactly the right time for the Lake Ray Roberts bass population. It sure didn’t work for much else in our sights, but when you compare an un-trampled lake like Ray Roberts to one like Fork (triple the stocking of Roberts and also boasting new TPWD fish attractors) … well, not yet, but let’s just say I am ready to book half-day sundowners for bass next spring – with supreme confidence.

Fly Fisher on ‘Roids!

I am sorry for not writing sooner, but as you may have read, I took the advice of a medical professional who said, “just go about you life as before,” and for two days after my last chemo treatment I was flying due to a little steroids added to the chemo (I later found out). That high was followed by an extreme low. You can read more about it here — Caring Bridge — if you like.

Needless to say, today was a chemo day, and my fingers are furious at the keyboard as you can probably tell. Unfortunately, these highs are not lasting nearly as long though. For those keeping score, and for the haters out there, I’m only halfway done with (treatments) eliminating this forever.

FLY FISHING CLUB MEETINGS

As I really have no idea how often I can write, I want to leave this list of Texas Fly Fishing Club Meetings that may be near you no matter where you are in Texas. Seeing as Texas Fly Caster information comes from yours truly, and virtually nowhere else – and this horse is lame – I figure you can certainly learn from the rank-and-file at these meetings in the interim. Here’s what I have:

  • 10/01 – Round Rock Fly Fishers Meeting
  • 10/05 – Dallas Fly Fishers Meeting
  • 10/06 – Red River Fly Fishers and Fort Worth Fly Fishers
  • 10/08 – Brazos Valley Fly Fisher and Laguna Madre CC Fly Fishers
  • 10/13 – Central Texas Fly Rodders (Waco) and Central Texas Fly Fishers (San Marcos)
  • 10/19 – East Texas Fly Fishers (Longview)
  • 10/20 – Alamo Fly Fishers (San Antonio)
  • 10/29 – Rockport Fly Fishers (Rockport)

FLY TYING

I am about to get my mind wrapped around tying the “Game Changer” fly, but as yet have not been able to make the new version of the Chocklett’s Body Wrap by Hareline Dubbin, Inc. YouTube was my friend – at first – but something’s not right with what I’m doing. I may just retreat to good old Enrico Puglisi and give that a go. If you know a good YouTube lesson, please feel free to let everyone know. I am gearing all my efforts toward South Texas deep winter salt, and I have particular designs in mind.

END NOTE – Thanks for reading and checking back (to find nothing new for extended periods). I liken this (ride I’m on) to riding a bucking bull; sometimes I am flying high, but I am getting a lot more time face-down in the dirt. It’s only temporary. What comes out on the other side will be different, changed, but also charged with a new more vigorous set of marching orders!

Fly Fishing Bass World Championship Lake Fork Results for 2015

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

THE RESULTS

2015 World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament

– by Ted Warren Lake Fork, Texas –

The weather was great but the fishing was really tough!  High muddy water, clear sunny skies  and a nearly full moon made for a lot of casting and not much catching at the 6th Annual World Championship Bass on The Fly Fishing Tournament held Saturday, May 2nd, at Lake Fork Marina.

A record 54 anglers from Texas, Louisiana, and Colorado registered for this exclusively fly fishing event. Thirty-four folks entered the boater division and there was a record 20 kayakers in the non-boater division.  The difficult conditions resulted in only 18 of the 41 teams having fish photos to submit at check in.  (This is a catch-photo-release tournament so even the “slot fish” can be utilized.)  The winning stringer consisted of 3 fish with a total length of 49” and the big bass was 21”.  By contrast, last year the winners had 5 fish with a total length of 90.5”.

The 2015 winners are:

Boater Division

1. Robert & Jason Gilbert, $510

2. Johnny Martinez & Jay Garrett, $340

3. B.C. & Benson Fowler, $170

4. Mark Ledyard &  Ben Reed, $100

5. Joe Heluvanic & Danny Sullivan $70

Big Bass – Jason Gilbert, $170

Big Bluegill – Mark Ledyard, $80

Non-Boater (Kayak) Division

1. Tray Collins, $330

2. Greg Stine, $200

3. Burton Fowler, $170

Big Bass – Greg Stine, $95

Big Bluegill – Burton Fowler, $60

(Cash payouts are determined by the number of entries in each division.)

The winners consistently reported they caught the few gullible fish they could find on poppers.  While most fish were caught by 8:00am, the Kayak winner caught his fish after Noon.

The accuracy casting contest was won by Mark Thomas and the distance contest was won by Russell Husted.  They each received the TFO NXT Combo  that was used for the respective contest.

Big Bass Bite Part 3 – Think Top Water Even When Nobody Else Does

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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INTRODUCTORY NOTEBig bass can bite on topwater flies whenever the heck they want to. Of course, they have to be shallower, and they have to be chock full of aggression, but if you’ve been waiting to read about topwater bass fly fishing action, you might consider doing it even when the tea leaves aren’t even reading that way. The last two posts related to this one, were about a surprisingly good topwater bite I was onto last week. Part one was pretty much the setup, and as you recall in Part 2 I was shot down, and left lying in the dusty street.

Continued from Big Bass Bite Part 2

Now, by the time I arrived at the same spot the next morning, you could say I was feeling a little … edgy? There was this feeling of a feud about to break out, kind of like defending my honor against a fish. Have you ever been there? It’s like going from a wide angle lens to a 400mm 2.8 – extremely narrow, extremely sharp and extremely shallow depth of field.

Straight out to the “spot” where it all went down the night before, I marched through the weeds, waded out to the edge going as fast as I dared. Perhaps ten hours had gone by, but for all I knew this fish (these fish) were sick of being hounded and pounded.

The smaller one to two-and-a-half pound bass were definitely on, and giving themselves away. Hit a pop or a swirl (with a froggy green home grown popper) and they would not refuse dessert. I even caught one really nice bass that probably went between 4.5 and 5 pounds, but for some reason this fish didn’t have the notches on it’s gun belt. It just wasn’t THE KILLER I thought had taught me a lesson the night before.

Based on my estimates, I would have to rank THE KILLER in the eight pound range, which would blow away the Ray Roberts Lake record for largemouth bass on fly.

The day was sunny, and just like Rob Woodruff said (in the article I ran last week), the bite is a trailing one instead of a building one. It was pretty obvious when they decided to turn off, so I called it quits, but kept the grudge. Although the bass I caught was a fly fishing trophy largemouth bass in my world, it just wasn’t THE KILLER.

FRIDAY was my day to regroup, actually do some work at the day job, and luckily find myself at Tailwaters Fly Shop in Dallas, Texas, where they have … the fly. I bought all they had left, and wasn’t surprised that totaled two of these kdkdkdkkdk flies, but I felt rearmed … with silver bullets. It was also a day to prepare for an epic trip Saturday, with my friend JH out to an island that was showing up on the new Google Earth satellite images (more on all that soon). We had an entire armada of kayaks going out on Saturday, and this place looked like it would be epic.

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