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Tag: fly fishing lessons

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments


It is flash flooding around here this morning, and there is a certain level of danger involved if you are driving around, say from Denton to Lake Ray Roberts. I shot some video before the rains hit this morning – on Ray Roberts, but it ended up being about the rain. So I hope you arrived to wherever you are this morning before the rains washed our weekends away.

I will follow up with a detailed report – where I was today and where the carp are on Lake Ray Roberts — tomorrow at the latest. Time to burn that candle at both ends, until the rain snuffs it out …


Lake Ray Roberts was bad, real bad, this past Saturday – due to a bass tournament that was merciless, and uncivil to say the least. More on that later. If there’s a tournament on that lake, or qualifier, just write it off – because you’re not going to have any fun and the only fish you will catch will be in places where boats can’t go — and they are able to go a lot more places nowadays.


Thankfully Sunday, I had a casting lesson to give a seven-year-old, and a tune-up lesson on double-hauling with his Dad at the same time. It was a very productive lesson, one that actually produced the young man’s first fish on a fly rod. Some days are much better than others.

Fly Fishing Lessons for Youths

It would be a battle to prove who is more proud of this catch. He still has to get used to holding fish, a lot of them, though!



It looks like I am in the midst of the busiest week of the busiest month of the year at this point, and it actually is good timing! The rains look like they are coming through for the rest of the week, and I am constructing an escape plan – to get down to Houston and from there the Salt. Unfortunately, that journey’s catalyst is yet another funeral – family this time. Amazing. Simply amazing.


Introduction to Fly Fishing in Lewisville Texas – Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

| November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Learn the art of fly fishing—November 16, 2013, at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

Join the Dallas Fly Fishers from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 16 for an introduction to fly fishing. Learn to cast, tie basic fly fishing knots, tie flies and discuss the various types of flies, reviewequipment, learn about aquatic ecosystem health, and more. Participants will learn all the basics of fly fishing in preparation for a fishing day, which will be scheduled at a later date with those who are interested.

Participants will need: warm clothing, eye protection (glasses), a hat, sun protection, a lunch, and drinking water. All other equipment is provided. There is a $5 facility fee for use of the pavilion and a $5 per person admission fee to enter LLELA ($10/person total). The class is open to anyone age 12 yearsand up. Please contact Richard Johnson, Training Coordinator for the Dallas Fly Fishers, at 469-877-0695 to register. The class size is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

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Dallas Fly Fishers Put on Beginner Class at Denton Senior Center

| July 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

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I managed to get in on the Dallas Fly Fisher’s fly fishing lessons taught here in Denton, Texas, at the Senior Center on Saturday July 6th., and there were plenty of interested seniors as well as volunteers for the event.

The day’s lessons included, casting, fly tying, emtomology and a thorough basic orientation on fly fishing equipment and techniques.

I was certainly interested in taking photographs as well as leading a table in fly tying and helping out with the casting lesson. As I suspected, the technique espoused by the TWPD lesson plan would make Lefty cringe, and I found it pretty hard to go with the flow considering how much easier Lefty’s casting techniques are to learn.

The lesson I learned was from a man who had had a stroke, and his favored right hand was locked up in permanent disagreement with his greatest wishes. As he attempted to get his hand around the grip, time after time, and make a fair swing, I hesitated to even ask him consider changing hands. Taking his left hand and grabbing, and twisting each finger into formation on his right … as soon as he let go, they went right back to their original position – no matter what. Then, on his own, he suggested switching hands, and the world began to turn again and time sped back up. He was on form with what may not have been his favored hand, but it was his best hand.

Heading over to the next person, I had to silently thank God for my own good health fortunes, and know they can go away anytime – all at once, or a piece at a time. We all wish for all at once, and when it’s time, but I think it’s time hedge my bets and learn to cast left handed.

Reminder – Fly Fish Texas Happening March 13

| February 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

Just a final reminder that Fly Fish Texas will be March 13 at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. Everyone I talk to says this is a great event. Here is the information off the TPWD web site:

–Anglers from novice to expert will gather at TFFC to celebrate the sport of fly-fishing. Learn the basics of fly-tying and casting, then fish for rainbow trout in our on-site ponds and streams. Attend seminars and demonstrations led by fly-fishing professionals. Visit with vendors of fly-fishing services and equipment.

Fly-fishing clubs from across Texas will be on hand to help anyone who wants to learn or improve existing skills. Equipment will be provided for casting classes, but participants are welcome to bring their own gear.

SCHEDULE – All Day Activities
Fly-Tier’s Roundtable
Beginners Fly-Tying Instruction Anglers Pavilion
Casting Instruction Conservation Center Dock/Parking Area
Aquatic Entomology “Bug Picking” Stream feeding fishing pond
Speaker Presentations on the hour Visitor Center Dive Theater
Speaker Presentations on the hour Conservation Center, Room A
Vendor Booths & Demonstrations Conservation Center, Room B
Fly-Tying Classes on the hour Conservation Center, Fly Tying Classroom
Trout, Bream & Bass Fishing (Catch & Release) Lake Zebco & Fishing Stream along Wetlands Trail
Fish Action/Pursuit Visitor Center Aquaria Exhibits, West Side
Ferruled Leader Making – Robin Rhyne Conservation Center, Room B

Anheuser-Busch Dive Theater
10:00 Where Fish Are and How to Fish for Them Mark Marmon
11:00 Using Fish Senses to Catch More Fish Bill Heugel
12:00 Fly-Fishing Caddo Lake Charlie Ducote
1:00 Fly-Fishing the Pecos River in Northern New Mexico David Lemke
2:00 Return to the Redneck Riviera: Fly-Fishing the Bolivar Peninsula after Ike Bruce Sublett
3:00 The White Bass Run – An Easy Fly Fishing Opportunity Kevin Cunningham
Conservation Center, Room A
10:00 Beginning Fly-Fishing Bob Cappallo
11:00 Fly-Fishing the Hill Country Kevin Hutchison
12:00 Fly-Fishing the Mid-coast of Texas Capt. Eric Knipling
1:00 Fly-Fishing for Carp Dan Edwards
2:00 Trout Fishing in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas Dan Edwards
3:00 Reading Moving Water on Trout Streams Phil Rispin
Conservation Center, Classroom
10:00 Fast Foam Poppers for Saltwater Bill Hobson
11:00 Flies for Spring Bass Bruce Sublett
12:00 Tying Effective Flies for the Hill Country Harrison Nash
1:00 Casting Essentials for Both Spey and Single Hand Casting Gary Davison
2:00 General Discussion on Spey for Two and Single Handed Rods Gary Davison
3:00 Tying Seminar Using Unique Materials for Flies Kyle Hand & Fishy Fullum

Outdoor Seminars (weather permitting)

Time Topic Speaker
10:00 Spey Rod Casting at fishing pond Gary Davison
11:00 Kayak Rigging for Fly-Fishing – near classroom at Conservation Center Bill Hobson
12:00 Trick Casting – Northwest of Anglers Pavilion Ken Cole
1:00 Basic Fly-Fishing – Northwest of Anglers Pavilion Mark Marmon
2:00 Two-Handed Rod Clinic at fishing pond Bill Heugel
3:00 Intermediate Double Haul Clinic
(limit 6 participants, NW of Anglers Pavilion) David Lemke

Beginners Classes in Longview Texas

| January 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

This in from Katheryn Courville of East Texas Fly Fishers:

Phil Rispin, our president, will be teaching a 6-part “Fly Fishing for Beginners” course Thursdays beginning January 14 at First Presbyterian Church. Please see the attached brochure for details. The course also includes casting instruction by our Certified Casting Instructors – Jerald Lewis and Mike Hawkins – on February 20.

Attendees will have a chance to test new knowledge and skills on the Little Missouri River at our Club’s annual outing to Murfreesburo, Arkansas, February 26-28, 2010.

Please complete the form on the brochure, attach your $40 (members) or $65 (non-members) check and return to ETFF, PO Box 4545, Longview, 75606. Or, email Phil Rispin at [email protected]

Please contact us at Texas Fly Caster, and we will send you the pdf file of the brochure / form.