Tag: fly fishing for sand bass

Monday Afternoon – Did You Read Friday’s Killer Story on Carp?

| June 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Good afternoon and welcome to the sidewalk! I intentionally let the controversial story, my opinion piece on bow killing carp, to linger awhile this morning so that the bulge of readers that show up Monday would have a chance to read it before it slips from consciousness – and down the page. Monday is the most popular read day at Texas Fly Caster. Enough of the backcast … let her fly.


There’s a serious amount of change going on on the water around here. The drop on Lake Ray Roberts has put the carp into a tailspin, and conditions have brought out the huge schools of sand bass to play on the lake. Fish who don’t run as shallow, specifically buffalo, are all over the flats flaunting their ability to ignore flies of any flavor. How frustrating they are!

Largemouth bass are everywhere to be found, and schools of schoolies are becoming common place on points and roving around in coves. It doesn’t take long to distinguish sand bass breaking topwater from schools of bass doing the same thing – it just looks different. Maybe this has been commonplace in the past on Ray Roberts, and maybe being on a boat has allowed me to finally witness it, but this is the first time I’ve seen it on this lake, and it’s becoming commonplace.

This sand bass action is early and late, and the birds have not yet tuned into the surface action, so looking for birds is not the sign of fish – yet. The schools of small sand bass greatly outnumber the large sand bass — in school sizes and numbers in the schools. That said, I did find a school of “trophy” size sand bass Saturday evening, and we followed them for about a half-mile.

If you are a fishing dad /mom, and looking to get a son or daughter into fishing, or even better, fly fishing, I am going to do some sundowners that run from 5-pm to darkish for a very special rate – conventional or fly, starting this week. We will be specifically targeting these sand bass. Call me at 9four0-3eight0-0four0eight for details today!

If you were thinking about booking a carp trip, please take another look at the “GUIDE” page to check calendar dates. The available dates have changed considerably.

Thanks for reading! Have a great week, but remember to check back here during the week for new content, videos and information on fly fishing in Texas.


If you just want to go chase sand bass whack-a-mole style, your point of contact is


Rare February Fish Flash!

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

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fly fishing for Sand Bass on Fly February 2016

With these long running flows coming out of local lakes, I figured it was time to see if all that water combined with this yo-yo weather was producing any fish activity. Sure enough, my second cast with one of my Clousers on a circle jig hook set true in the lip of a large sand bass. There’s more …

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Plenty of Texas fly guides make plenty of money booking clients for this kind of action. Do you want me to get you to this spot and show you the techniques that will help you catch these fantastic, I mean LARGE, sand bass, and maybe some great hybrids? Well, I am available and you can contact me by e mail at [email protected]

If you want to DIY it, go ahead and spend that dime, and go catch some fish! —


Fly Fishing Lewisville Lake Part 1 — On the Taint

| April 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

fly fishing for sand bass in texasDenton is still a place where you don’t have to go real far to get far. Take the Clear Creek confluence with the Elm Fork Trinity “ditch” as I call it.

Of course you already know this branch of the Trinity, the Elm Fork, ties the chain links of Lake Ray Roberts and Lewisville Lake together, with the dam at Ray Roberts being the outflow, and a very convoluted, oft obstructed and these years very low Trinity running down through the Greenbelt Corridor and “flowing” into Lewisville Lake.

Since we’ve been all over the Greenbelt – in past posts here – and since we are concentrating on every single facet, every orifice of Lewisville Lake, we should start at one spot that has the potential every year, for good sand bass and good crappie action. That place is in the taint. It taint Ray Roberts, taint Lewisville either, but it is where you can get a sense that things are changing in the waterway.

On the calmest of times, with no drainage, the Clear Creek can be placid, without flow, and without fish; a backwash if you will, for Lewisville Lake. And if you know anything about that lake, you know it’s some foul backwashing that comes from there.

However, when Clear Creek does its duty, and drains like a North Texas creek drains – during rain “events” in the spring – it can entice fish to begin their migrational spawning move from Lewisville Lake, all the way up to the confluence, and into Clear Creek and further up the Trinity.

NOTE – I am a strong proponent of catch-and-release of ALL fish from Lewisville Lake. These are some of the most tasty species (sand bass and crappie), but it’s Lewisville Lake. I have taken a few fish once they have had time to be fighting creek currents for a few weeks though. I guess, in my mind, I believe they can be purified by constant fresh water circulation. Please consider, at least, moderating your intake of Lewisville fish.

When I said, you didn’t have to go far to get far, here’s what I mean –

If you drive out north of Denton on Loop 288, and take the familiar 428 toward the north, the first road you encounter is 


Sand Bass SNAFU – YouTube Are You Listening?

| April 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Uggggghhh! For whatever reason, the de-facto compressor of all things video – YouTube – has chosen to default all videos I upload to the Texas Fly Caster Channel as “Private,” so feel free to watch this video again for the first time, and the best way to get through this (if I’m not mistaken) is to go to YouTube and suscribe to the Texas Fly Caster Channel. If you do that, you will be notified of new videos without having to come to the site – although I would have no clue why you wouldn’t want to visit the site! I apologize for this inconvenience.

Later today I will be running a story on the iPhone 5. Is it the best fly fishing camera ever?


Sand Bass on Fly – It’s a Texas Thing

| April 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

In North Texas, spring has been an on-again-off-again thing. Today, ambient temps are in the upper 30’s and expected to be in the 60’s for highs. That’s just not right. If you couple these late April weather swings with the continuation of our spreading drought, all I can say is; when someone says they’re biting, you better have your rod loaded and ready to go. My FISH FLASHes that have been going out in April have a shelf life as short as a day, and finding patterns … it just isn’t lasting that long.

There’s plenty of down and dirty ditch creek fishing locally, and more power to those folks is all I can say. The experiences in the stretch I fish are a little less pounded and a lot less crowded. If I can just get work to get out of the way, there’s a lot of fishing to do all over Texas right now. As for the sand bass running here, it was over almost as soon as it started, and there are no crappie following as in years past (so far).