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Texas Fly Fishing Report 070918

| July 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing Texas Report

This will be the last Texas Fly Fishing Report for a couple of weeks. This video contains good information on when to schedule your fly fishing trip to the coast, and observations on carp from three days on the water last week. The soonest you will see another report is July 30, and I am jiggering my publishing formula when it comes to what is published when. If you have any suggestions, FEEL FREE to chime in! Ideas include moving the regular report to Thursday or Monday – Monday would  get more detailed action from locals on the report.

I am going to take a break for a road trip with a friend – to the Northeastern USA. It’s one of those bucket list things I had to do (see more of the USA), when the bucket was handed to me, and now I am going to empty a little of that bucket into my starving soul.

Heck, how about just plain starving?

Anyway, I will get correspondence out to you as often as seems worthy while on this epic road trip. A friend and myself will be driving to New Hampshire, in a car … to New Hampshire. This should be interesting, shouldn’t it? Fly fishing New Hampshire? Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks as always for the loyal readers and YouTube Texasflycaster Channel watchers. Look for that carp tour story in the next Lone Star Outdoor News, and prayers sent my way will be caught and dropped into that bucket! Wait until you see the rest of the bucket list …

 

Heat Envelops Half USA Put a Frying Pan on the Sidewalk and Crack an Egg

| July 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Sidewalk

NOTE – Your assignment this week is: Tie your most patriotic fly and show it to us! Mine will be out on Instagram tomorrow.Wave that Red-White-and-Blue!

Best of Monday Mornings to you today. It’s the first Sidewalk of July 2018. We are smack dab in the middle of a true Texas heatwave, and it has spread throughout the USA toward the east-northeast … what’s that old saying? Come hell, or high water? We have the hell, I’d rather have the high water.

I believe change in most ways, is a good thing. And that’s what we’ll be doing if you choose to ride along for the next … however long … and in so many changing ways. Time values have suddenly changed, and excuses now evaporate like the sweat on our brow.

Up to now, the last year left little time for rhythm, grace or change. It was all grind and grit. What happens now, with determination, drive and a bit more time is:

  • more radical stories for the fly fishing readers
  • more stories for other topics — got one? I am interested in all “other” topics
  • book reviews (since they are stacked here to my eyeballs!)
  • continuing shameless promotion of fly fishing and other fly fishers and guides
  • tackling the PODCASTING format

That last one “tackling the PODCASTING format” is noteworthy. I started down that road before the popular YouTube broadcasting of videos completely blew away the podcasting idea for me – about eight years ago now. And now, the coming of the podcast as a viable and popular alternative for story telling has blossomed into a huge – H U G E – media phenomena that I find the most challenging of all. Telling a story with no visual aids and no written words for reading? It’s daunting to say the least, and that’s why I have two fantastic interviews from my time with Chuck Naiser sitting here gathering digital dust. So I’m going to learn how to do that – fried vocal cords be damned.

Next Monday will be the last from Texas for awhile. I am heading to New Hampshire on a soulful mission with a man I am lucky to have as a friend. Actually it is his mission that I am fortunate to be a part of, but it should go a long way toward my own new outlook and toward one of the “bucket list” laments I expressed when diagnosed on July 7, 2015. That lament? not seeing nearly enough of the United States. There still are other things on that list, so maybe it’s time to shrink it down a little? Time does tell …

Thanks for reading today! I am on the water now, working on a new story tentatively titled, “The Original Sinner.” No, that’s not autobiographical! Have a great week, and be sure to check your calendar for all those Texas Fly Fishing Club meetings coming up at their regular scheduled times.

Monday Morning Sidewalk Run

| June 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Bayou City

Greetings to all from hot, humid Houston, Texas! I thought I would take a minute and just let you know – it rained about six inches over four day last week. I wish we could get some of that for North CENTRAL Texas!

If you didn’t watch the last Texas Fly Fishing report, then you missed a story about chiggers. I thought everybody knew what chiggers were, but I had to roll my pant leg up and show a Floridian my ankle this past Saturday. Microscopic piranhas is what they are … and the moral of the story is – if YOU KNOW you are going bushwhacking – carry baby wipes and rub yourself down with those after rambling through the brambles.

You know (by watching the report) that I did not know, and now I am paying a price – from the neck down. I haven’t looked up the life cycle of a chigger, and to tell you the truth — I don’t really want to know. I did hear a story on NPR this morning – about a tick that causes an allergy to meat and dairy.All I can say is I hope the one tick that I found stuck to me wasn’t one of those.

I will be checking in at Bayou City Angler this afternoon, so check out the Instagram Feed for photos of anything interesting they have there. Who knows what else we will find on this brief trip to the Bayou City? Thanks for reading. Have a great week. Check back in at the end of the week for the report, and I am working to bring you a side-by-side comparison of three top TFO Fly Rods – the Axiom II vs. BVK vs. Mangrove. After finally sticking a fish with the AXII, I feel like I can give you an honest 2-cents-worth on that rod (don’t be asking for change!).

Monday Morning Sidewalk Shaping Hats Shaping Up July

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Monday Morning Sidewalk

As we stagger into another week, from wherever we are … to right here staring at your screens; I hope we are all taking the time this summer to fly fish somewhere that takes our minds off the trials and tribulations we may encounter in these days unlike any other.

It is worth reminding you that there is a ten year repository – a library if you will – of fly fishing information and wonderful getaways stored within this website. Amazing, ten full years the wheel has spun since the first words were written here.  Somehow, when I started this journey, I wanted to live it like there was no tomorrow – as if I knew I wasn’t going to make it to a natural end of the road.

Cancer could have fulfilled that prophecy, but I was evidently spared – unlike some friends that are now gone. It (cancer) turned out to be more of a pothole in the road, one that severely damaged my suspension, but a pothole instead of a dead end. I don’t know how many of my friends made from Reel Recovery bother to read the site – be they administrators, facilitators or the class I participated with, but one – ONE – of my class has kept in touch over the last 2-1/2 years.

When I met him he had no signs of sickness, but his was a ticking time bomb type of cancer. Next Monday I’ll be headed to Houston to visit him after a round of chemo at MD Anderson. So send your thoughts and prayers his way and keep them coming.

One of the things that has transpired over the last three years since being diagnosed (7/7/15) was taking on a manual labor job that ate my weekends whole for the last twelve months. The only real upside was boosting my endurance and conditioning to a level (better than years before cancer), that I assume, gets me ready for the next road that I take as I reach the intersection in July. You see, my conditioning peaked about two months ago, and the body says it’s time to do something different before real injury results. That little/long road is about over now, and I’ll need your feedback to figure out where the road goes … the physical clock is ticking, and I am turning off this one-year road at the last possible second, two wheels in the air  …

Speaking of July

July has always been my most sentimental month – bar none. And like it or not, I am a pretty darn sentimental sod of a person and fly fisher. July was the “Family Reunion” time of year, which meant South Padre Island (SPI), Texas, for at least a week that included the 4th., and sometimes another week just for good measure. If I had to identify geography for coming of age, South Padre Island would be one of the top two places. It is no different now. If there were a choice, I would find the full moon and put SPI on my calendar every single year.

But sometimes other more pressing needs take undeniable precedent. A huge part of the coming July will be an adventure along a road I have never traveled to a place I’ve never been. I’ll be riding and driving along with a friend of mine from here in North Texas – all the way to New England – to fulfill his late wife’s last wish.

FLY FISHING

We now have a week of cooler and unstable weather to look forward to! What a relief. As I said in last Friday’s report – the variables here in North Texas are many, and fish few. Maybe some rain and cooler temperatures are just what the fly doctor ordered? Something has to give …

So I soaked my next straw hat – from www.sunbodyhats.com in Houston – in the trough this morning, and am reshaping it to be “The Hat” for the rest of this year – if I can get it to fatten up around my fattening head! I guess you could call it shaping my anticipation for future roads?

NOTE: I did become aware of some glitches in videos deposited here (never on YouTube) last week, and will work to remedy those – and repost them, as new, very soon!

Texas Fly Fishing Report 061518

| June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here’s the Deal! Texas Fly Fishing Report

Hello, and thanks again for tuning in to the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel, and checking out this new video report on fly fishing opportunities in Texas. Make sure you contact me if you are in Houston the week of June 25! I’ll be there too, and spending time with a friend as he goes through a round of chemo at MD Anderson, but there’s always some time to sneak off and go to Bayou City Angler or maybe a long delayed trip to Fishing Tackle Unlimited.

All I know for sure is – the wind and heat are draining the lake pretty quickly now, and the fish are dazed and confused by the rapid decline. Saltwater fly fishing is also subject to heat now – your best shallow bet is early and late on moving tides (always on moving tides!).