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esCARPment Carp Fly Fishing Results

| July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

esCARPment Central Texas Carp Tournament Phenomenal Success

Here are the results for the esCARPment tournament for 2018 (not 2017)!

FROM McLean Worsham:

“Hi Shannon, Glad to share with you. This year, drought conditions and high winds made for challenging conditions. Despite that multiple anglers had phenomenal days with 732.5 total inches of carp caught by 8 anglers. Robert Hensley and Sam Arguello both had world class days and set the bar extremely high for next year. Sam landed 11 carp for a total of 209.5 inches securing 2nd place, while Robbie landed 14 carp for a total 314.75 inches securing him 1st which is also the most productive day of fly carping in the Texas hill country just about any of us have ever heard of. The race for third was a close one between Eric Julius and Josh Smith coming down to just 1 inch with Eric taking 3rd after a 40 minute fight with his largest fish. Ryan Schaper had only one carp on the day that turned out to be 32.5 inches and 20 pounds securing him the single biggest fish of the tournament award. We will try to get a writeup on the website soon.”

I apologize to those who were good at getting these results out to me promptly! This came in with a bunch of other information, and I did not have enough hours in my weeks to get this done at that time. Now You Know!

Look for a lengthy story on Texas carp tournaments coming in Lone Star Outdoor News soon!

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.

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!).

Rain on the Sidewalk Plus Lake Texoma Striper Blitz

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments


Thunder rolls around North Texas this fine Monday Morning, giving me cover to put out a “Sidewalk Column” that has a little more meat on the bone …

I have multiple confirmations that it is once again one of “those times” on Lake Texoma, Texas. For those of you who fly fish: Just because Texoma has all the character of an ocean, it doesn’t mean you can’t drop a fly line and catch magnificent freshwater striper as long as your arm. And I’m talking about full-length arms when I say that! The word is they are running top-to-bottom, and even in close (see my archives for nearshore kayak spots).

There are tricks to the trade of a fly for the bite of a big striper on Lake Texoma. Sure, topwater is topwater, and if that is on? we have to whack-a-mole on that all day long. If not on top, we have to open the drawstring on the bag of voodoo that catches striper on fly – AT DEPTH.


Like it or not, Texoma is a place that calls for multiple fly rods – multiple heavy fly rods. If you want to bring a knife to a gun fight, I can’t help you. We’re talking about getting a full sink line out and away from the boat with a big bait pattern on it. AND we’re talking about having a rod (ready to go) that can launch a topwater fly into the middle of a blitz – WITHOUT blowing the school out. So dust off yer’ 8’s, 9’s and 10’s. This is why you have them, right?

So we have heavy rods for:

  • full sink line
  • topwater
  • pounding the rocks for smallmouth in between


The hardest part of using a sink line (for me) is learning to be patient with the sink. The water is deep, and the sink is slow, slower than you think. I want to feel my fly scratching the bottom before I even think about starting a retrieve. Snags? Oh, hell yes. That just tells me I am in the zone.

Remember YOUR LEADER needs to be solid fluorocarbon and at least a fifteen tip. That is part of the rub – bigger diameter leaders sink slower and ark sooner than small ones. That weight also allows you to pull hooks free from most rocks (check your points after a snag!).


Presentation? We don’t need no stinkin’ presentation during a striper blitz. We need some distance and very little accuracy. I mean … can you hit a fifty-yard square target at fifty feet? Still, you have to launch a lunch worthy of an eight-pound striper. Saltwater lines with a heavy tip and true float means switching to monofilament leaders. And you might have to dial down to an eight or ten pound tip to keep the floating character of the fly, although does it really matter that much during a blitz? Nope.


If you can’t get a grip on the striper action, or it takes a break? Chase those huge smallmouth bass along the rocks of Texoma. You’ll find them just about anywhere there are rocks, and rocky points jutting out (dam turnarounds). I still think you’ll need to be deeper than you want, but dialing down to a six or seven weight can give your arm a break while you watch for the next blitz on the horizon. MAKE THE MOST USE OF YOUR TIME AND EFFORTS ON Lake Texoma, Texas! It takes so very much time and effort to do this lake properly and safely.


I knew you’d ask about flies eventually. Meat, bring the meat. These fish are used to big gorging meals of bait. So much so, in fact, I wonder why more people don’t saltwater chum for striper on Texoma. Imagine a frozen chum-ball putting out the dinner bell? If you can call them up by slapping a paddle on the water? Chumming could fill a boat, couldn’t it? Bring the meat, BIG meat.

TIE YOUR OWN flies! My thinking on deep striper fly fishing has evolved when it comes to my hook selection. My first years were marked by expensive saltwater hooks that had devastating penetration – Tiemco 600SP’s. Nowadays, I like the circle hook option. Why? They are still sharp, although they do not penetrate skull bone – THEY DO hang the lip and THEY DON’T let go. It allows for the delayed recognition of a take that we often experience with deep flies and heavy sinking lines. They hit to stun (we miss that feeling), then they bite and are on – and we feel that!


Another complication of the sinking line stalk of striper on Texoma is that these fish are rapacious. If they see a fly lallygagging by them? Nope. They want the chase and a head-on stun kill and then eat. Fast retrieve – as in two-handed-rod butt-tucked-under-your-arm retrieve. This is a “complication” because it quickly takes a fly out of the striking depth (check your electronics often).

Thanks for reading today. The rain kicked on during this writing this morning – pretty sorry weather-heads we have on TV in North Texas! So my morning photo shoot is cancelled, and I guess I have to actually extinguish one end of my candle for the day. Have a fantastic week!

texoma striper

Conventional caught striper – Lake Texoma Texas – thanks to CS Keating! Who’s that fat boy in the picture?

A special thanks to Mr. Keating for being the boots-on-the-ground for that Texoma inspiration. I am going to have to get me some of that this week (if nothing else gets in my way!).


I am zeroing in on dates for a South Padre Island, Texas, week(s) in the fall, and there are spaces for other fly fishers who want to hit the best saltwater habitat and action in Texas – on a budget! I am not guiding on this trip, but simply hosting a home base for DIY’ers to come-and-go fish as they please and pay for lodging by the day. Yes, I will gladly show-and-tell you what the action is and where it is – a boat is not absolutely necessary!!!

Look for this to develop on a new page of this site called, “DESTINATIONS” – coming this week.


Pilot Point, Texas, is another Texas destination that is going to be featured on this new page as well. Here’s a link to the Western Son Distillery story that ran recently in the Denton Record Chronicle – Western Son courtesy DRC. Unfortunately, for my tastebuds, Whistle Post Brewery has brewed it’s last beer.

Texas Fly Fishing Report 060118

| June 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

Where to Fly Fish in Texas Axiom 2 Fly Rod Tease

Hello to those of you who still read! I am glad you read, and hope you also watch this new Texas Fly Fishing Report that covers Texas – once over lightly. That is really all we need isn’t it?

Anyway, have a watch, and if you have anything to add for next week you can text or e mail that information to me. My deadline for including your fish photos and / or words is 1-pm Fridays.

At ten years and counting, I also count the blessings brought by the Texas Fly Caster Website effort. I have met a lot of people and done a lot of things that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. We still tell stories, even fly fishing stories, just like they happened. It must be the journalist in me that has finally emerged after hundreds of thousands of words … looking back that’s true.

There’s never a shortage of fly fishing stories, true stories, stories that are as good as any fiction … for the most part. I have plenty of stories in the can, and no way to do so many more in this life of need. But if you have a manageable story that doesn’t require plane tickets, guide bills, housing and all the trappings – I am here to listen, and RESPOND.

Thanks for watching and reading. I hope this weekend is better than the last.