Tag: fly fishing for largemouth bass

Why Didn’t You Say So!

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

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NOTE – Among the plethora of doctors, nurses and dietician I saw yesterday (the long day), one of them said, “just go back to the routines you had before all this happened.” I almost slapped my head (like I could’ve had a V8), but thought better of it, and thought again … sounds good to me. My wife, who is my fantastic caregiver and second set of ears on the longer days said, ‘You gotta’ go fishing!” Of course, we are on the front end of the pain curve, so in another couple weeks I may crawl back under the bunker again, but for now I’m giving it a go.


And All  I can say is, IS IT RAINING where you are? It sure isn’t raining in North Texas, and the drought map tells the tale of history repeating itself. You will recall, I made this analogy to the great Texas drought of the 1950’s which was brought to my attention earlier this year because it is the drought that was “interrupted” twice by major rain/flooding events. Well, we may not have a twice yet, but we do have a once now. Regardless of our opinions on the topic, and regardless of Texas Climate History, regardless of El Nino´, the drought is on again here. What does that mean to fly fishing Texas lakes as some of us do, and especially those lakes hit hardest by the floods of 2015?


My experiences this summer on Lake Ray Roberts basically told me a tale of a lake bulging with fish that were … basically … confused. Finding hundreds of bass in the 1-to-2 year-old range was not a problem, and closed parks and ramps brought them out to play HARD. And there are millions of bass fry as well. Even the little six inch bass are taking swings at flies that are bigger than they are! However, we’re a bit more interested in gold than green, and carp are where the confusion starts. I believe these fish are and have been confused by the spring weather, and now they are equally confused as their habitat is so unstable due to the rapid draining of the lake sense the floods. Feel free to think.

Fly fishing is a game of inches in so many ways. And fly fishing for carp in shallow flats is one of those games of inches. Too high, and they may be there, but too deep to get the sink right (and seemingly more spooky). Too low, and they’re off the shallows. Well, what if the habitat is changing by inches over the course of a week? Carp may want to go somewhere, heck they may have been there, but now that flat is high and dry!

History tells me I have caught my last carp of the season, those last remaining individual sloven slackers who just want one more bite from my table, as late as the first week in November, and consistently into October – tailing off to November. The lake is stabilizing its level now, and others down the chain are opening up. Will we have a wet El Nino’, or will it be a dry one? We won’t know until all the shouting is done, but I am putting all my money on red, as in drought red, for this El Nino’ season and I so very much want to be wrong.

Thanks for reading! Thanks for all your personal messages of encouragement. I am sorry that I cannot keep with the YouTube Channel updates, but I may find some way to do YouTube content that really doesn’t include yours truly, therefore making it a bit more … pleasant.

Next time – rejuvenating my saltwater fly tying energy with new materials and a new (to me) book I am finally getting around to reading …

Sun Up? Sun Down? Take Your Pick BUT Take it Soon!

| June 18, 2014 | 7 Comments

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No idea how much this one weighed this morning, but who cares? It was a topwater smackdown!

Rob Woodruff had a great point the other day when I was talking to him at the Texas Fly Fishing EXPO. Basically, it’s all upside to doing his “Sunset Bass Trips” because if you / we think about it; a morning bite is one that starts hot and tails off pretty quickly, while an evening bite is a little more of a buildup (I decided to stay away from the sexual references to keep my PG rating).
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Happy Mother’s Day, Now GO FISH

| May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

largemouth bass caught by mm friday on Ray Roberts Lake
Three pound largemouth bass caught by MM at Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, Friday afternoon.

The last few days, the weather has seemed to be unsettled, but the talkingweatherheads say that’s all about to change in the next couple of days. So what else is new? Apparently it’s snowing in Denver. So what else is new?

I just thought I would drop a line to Mothers today, and a photograph from a short afternoon outing with one of the MMMs at Lake Ray Roberts Friday. My photo project has been a long time coming, and the internet can’t really do justice to the prints of the fish images I will be working on for the foreseeable future. Who knows? Maybe someday these images will push over the line from photography to art?

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How Many Monday’s Are There?

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Lake Ray Roberts fly fishing brings spring flings at substantial largemouth bass.

Welcome to wherever you are this morning! I trust you arrived safely, never on time, but safely.

If you are like me, then you are already long tired of the weather. Yes, it sucks, and yes, it’s still not over. We got hail. We got drought. We got rain, and we got lakes that didn’t budge an inch because of it. Enough said. Let’s move on.

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I stormed out to Ray Roberts late last week, to do a little recon for carp in the new habitat settings that are presenting now, and although I saw a grand total of two carp, I also saw, and caught, all the largemouth bass I wanted.

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Fly Fishing Fodder For Friday – Noodling for Bass

| July 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Here is a video made last Sunday on Lake Ray Roberts. My editor said the original cut of this made little sense (it was a music video with no narration), and I had to agree. Especially since the last segment, where I go noodling, made no sense – at the time, or even now. Let me explain …

We were fishing a submerged stock tank, and I KNEW there would be a bass or three, somewhere in there. The one I hooked was very green, and obviously big and fat on the jump. So when it manhandled my six weight and ran under an obstruction, I wasn’t about to give up. I could feel the fish playing tug-of-war and still had a direct feel hindered only by the friction of the structure it had found. I handed the rod to CK, and went in.

Once I got off in the water (camera wasn’t rolling for this part), I immediately got caught up in a big root system that locked one of my feet in it, lost my balance and was off floating while I could feel my bone bending above my foot still locked in the maze. I got free of that and began feeling around to find a line wrapped around the roots, not mine, and another, not mine, and yet another – still not mine. This fish had a clear MO (method of operation). Just when I reached my line, and a direct feel of the fish (when I went underwater), he decided that was enough and broke my eight pound fluorocarbon. I’ll be buying a pair of goggles to carry as standard fly fishing gear.

You’ll have to excuse the haphazard narration, but what could I say?

So we have the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat, the elegance of fly fishing for carp, and the seedy side of noodling for largemouth bass – all in one video. Thanks for watching.