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Backcasting 2016 – A Look Back at The Year of “Recovery”

| November 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

For those who are a captive audience wherever you are this Thanksgiving weekend, please enjoy a look back at what turned out to be an epic year of chasing carp on Lake Ray Roberts, Texas. A look back at a year of recovery for me. A look back at how rough things were, and appreciation of all things, a Thanksgiving for how good my health now is. To say I don’t recognize myself from this March to this November is a bit of an understatement. But then, I certainly don’t recognize myself from, say summer 2015 to now either!

Enough about “myself” though! This long video (which you can FF at any time) is a way for me to close it out, create a document, and keep on moving; new chapters are already in the works. You may experience problems with video length / quality / streaming speeds — and there will be a lot of bandwidth chewed along with that dressing over the holidays!

If you do watch – THANKS! And if you don’t? Thanks anyway! I would rather not see myself on screen anymore, so you can keep me off screen by sending me “newstips,” and story ideas, and inviting me along on your trips — to DOCUMENT YOUR FLY FISHING (and other) STORIES for consumption by hungry fly fishers here at Texas Fly Caster. Operators are standing by!

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving tomorrow, and we’ll see you out there somewhere on Black Friday!

 

On Pokemon GO and Specks on the Beach – Danny Scarborough in Galveston TX

| August 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

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DANNY AND EMILY HIT THE Pokémon Trout

So Emily and I were tired of the rain and wanted to get out and about. She wanted to play Pokémon Go I naturally wanted to fish. After checking the radar and forecast of areas I was willing to drive to and noticing it’s raining everywhere but the coast. With little debate we decided on Galveston being our best bet because as you Pokémon goer’s probably know it’s loaded with Pokémon and if you didn’t know now you do. So the plan was to walk the seawall let Emily hunt Pokémon until it was dark and then go paddle and fish the night lights.

 After probably an hour-and-a-half or so, I was getting bored and noticed how nice the surf was looking clarity-wise for Galveston. I decided to grab the fly rods and try my chances in the surf and let Emily continue her Pokémon Go game.

Houston Fly Fishing Courtesy Photo

I rigged up the 8wt with a float line and a chartreuse foam popper and a pink clouser dropper to imitate a popping cork, and rigged the other rod with an intermediate line and a big black and purple EP baitfish. As soon as I got to the jetty rocks, I noticed nervous bait in the first gut of the surf. I started working that area with the popper dropper. Probably about 5 minutes into that nervous bait started getting blown up and I don’t mean that normal trout sucking sound you hear — I mean 18 to 20 something inch trout getting airborne and bait flying in every direction! It was a sight to see!

Then boom my popper gets inhaled and it’s on! After a hell of a fight I pull up a 22” trout my personal best until the next cast. That very next cast two feet from the rock edge I watch as a beast of a trout murders my popper and I stick him good. He didn’t like it all and immediately earned the reel! The only trout to do so all day. After a decent game of tug-o-war and keeping him clear of the rocks I netted my new personal best  Speckled trout right at 25 inches just a beast of a trout on the fly rod or any rod.

This action continued for around 30 minutes and I even scored a double up two 18 inch trout at the same time! Then It seemed like the trout either left or were tired of that popper and things went kinda quiet. I switched over to the intermediate and started throwing that streamer. Maybe 10 minutes or so went by and the trout started exploding again, and again I started sticking 18 to 20 inch trout. I had a few break offs and cycled through a few flies mostly black, black/purple tarpon bunnies and pink clousers until I limited out.

Houston Fly Fishing Courtesy Photo

 Emily had joined me somewhere in the beginning and had watched all this go down. So when I limited out she was very willing to take the fly rod and keep it going. She made 2 or 3 cast’s and scored her first Speckled trout on the fly at around 17 inches. Then she upgraded to a 20-inch’er soon after and another 17 inch’er after that. By that time it was getting dark and we packed things up.

We were so successful we decided against night light fishing. Emily hit a few Pokémon Go stops and headed home to fillet some dinner. All-in-all an awesome spontaneous Pokémon Go/ Fly fishing beach trip. Emily caught her first Blastoise and speckled trout and I upgraded my personal best trout. It’s all about keeping both parties happy!

NOTE — THANKS TO DANNY AND EMILY for their story from Galveston, Texas. That weather looks familiar doesn’t it? All I can say is: Right Place. Right Time! and RIGHT ON! www.houstonflyfishing.com

As always – if you have a story you would like to submit to Texas Fly Caster, what are you waiting for?

Some Days You’re The Windshield and Some Days You’re The Bug!

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Finally! You’ll know by listening that I’ve been the “bug” since last Wednesday night when I was hit by a virus windshield dead on at ninety-miles-an-hour. Three days later, I finally found the energy to load up my stuff from Houston and limp back to North Texas (Sunday morning). It was a disaster I had gone years avoiding, but those little nephews and niece just rubbed their germs all over me, and they stuck like cold snot on a shirt sleeve.

Lost in the ether of the coma was Black Friday, whatever happens Saturday; all kinds of fly fishing and information about the saltwater scene around the Galveston system. It was bound to happen some year, but I certainly wasn’t prepared to be completely shut down … which we can’t really prepare for anyway can we?

Feel free to watch the video. You’ll know I’m limping along, and of course we had to relocate the video indoors as our next season (there was no fall as usual) swept in hard and cold last night with a thirty-plus degree drop in temperatures, and a cutting wind. We’ll keep moving the video location until we find a spot as friendly as the Fly Bar is in good weather. I may just have to get a heater for the bar!

For those of you who don’t watch videos, or the Texas Fly Caster video channel, you can (pay to) read the summary of how the fly fishing is shaping up – for flounder during this season in Galveston. If you look back to past (posts) Black Fridays fly fishing for flounder in Galveston, IT IS the same story as in years past.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO haven’t fly fished for flounder … read on …

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TIPS AND TECHNIQUES AND TIMING FOR CATCHING TEXAS FLOUNDER ON FLY

  • First, remember that TPWD has different regulations regarding flounder during this time of year. That is because they are so bountiful and easy to catch. These regulations are in place to protect the population, and increase the quantity and quality of flounder on the Texas Gulf Coast. These regulations work, and are statistically proven to be beneficial.
  • Next, even if it’s the right time of year, the weather still has to have triggered the flounder with an initial cold snap. It has this year. It did not last year.
  • Flounder are more active on moving tides.
  • Fish where fishermen are for a guaranteed result. Keep your eyes on them – the colors they use and rate of their conventional retrieve.
  • FLY SELECTION – Clouser in Pink/Pink  or Chartreuse/Pink size 2-6 Make sure the heads are coated with something like CCG to protect the threads over the barbells and the bucktail attached to hook. Otherwise you are looking at one fly per flounder as their teeth shatter the fly.
  • LEADER SELECTION – Two piece fluorocarbon – 20/10 or 20/8
  • HABITAT – I fly fish the places where conventional fishers are catching fish. If they are catching flounder, you will catch flounder.
  • RETRIEVE – Let the fly sink to the bottom. Depth won’t be more than five feet, but that nine foot leader becomes more critical to success.
  • SET – I have always had these fish set the hook themselves. That’s just how it turns out. If you like a long fight, hold your rod straight up. If you like an extremely short fight, put side pressure on them and reel in an extremely green and pissed flounder!
  • ROD / LINE – Saltwater rods and saltwater lines are in order. I tried sinking lines years ago, and this area has enough flotsam-jetsam to get you hung up plenty. Anywhere from six to eight weight.
  • LOOK – Flounder are probably the easiest “freaky fish” to catch on fly. Both eyes on one side, but look closely … which side did the eyes rotate to? There’s only one way up, so take a close look!

RIGHT NOW IN GALVESTON – By the time I left the Texas City Dike (an extremely interesting place), I was ready to just go check the old standby – Sea Wolf Park. Tides were slack, but I did stop and fish after I saw guys walking along the road with their two limits in net. They were coming out of the channel side, and that’s a place that is a little deeper and more exposed than I typically like to fish the run. So I walked in to the cove and fished there for maybe an hour, but also watched the other conventional anglers – nothing, not a single bent rod. I pulled out of the cove and walked across the street to watch the channel-side action, and … nothing. I would say that watching a good fifty conventional anglers work the water over a half-mile visibility can give you a good idea of what’s happening. And nothing was happening at all. The tide had calmed the feeding down, and the next tide move was many hours away. So even thought I didn’t catch any flounder last Wednesday, if you watch the tides and use this information – you can catch flounder during the fall flounder run in and around Galveston, Texas.

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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Inland Texas Cools Off Gulf Coast Heats Up

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Courtesy Houstonflyfishing.com

Look at that tail! Notice the conditions in this photograph. Overcast skies and obviously not HOT weather in the Galveston Bay System. It’s primetime!

NOTE – I encourage you regulars to continue visiting Texas Fly Caster on a daily basis, even if you find the .10-cent cost of a fly fishing article too expensive; because there are still plenty of news stories about fly fishing in Texas that are sent in, and published as “Complimentary” (Comp) reads here – at all hours of day, night and days of the week! The Saturday night story from Galveston is a perfect example of what you’d miss if you weren’t checking in regularly. As always; A BIG WELCOME to new visitors!

THE HEAT IS ON

I hope you took some time Sunday to look at the short fly fishing photo report from the Galveston Bay System by Danny Scarborough at www.houstonflyfishing.com. His images from Galveston posted here late Saturday night, and should generate excitement for those of you who fly fish the Texas Gulf Cast TO GET OUT AND GO. Danny utilizes his kayak and fly rods to catch fish in the Galveston system, and if he’s ever been skunked, it hasn’t been with me! Check in with Danny about guided trips on salt, and in the bayous of Downtown Houston, Texas. AND, if you have information about fish on the fly anywhere in Texas – feel free to send it in like Danny, and tell, don’t just show what you know about fly fishing in Texas! Don’t waste your good information on the limited system called Facebook – where only people you know can find it!

One of the many variables we have in saltwater fly fishing is temperature, and the temperatures have finally started to drop from west to east, and on the shallow estuaries of the Texas Gulf Coast. That spells good news for shallow fly fishers, as the shallower waters finally cool enough to make the fish population frisky and more mobile.

CHILL FOR REAL

We also have a “dead cat bounce” that occurs here in freshwater fly fishing once things cool off here as well. As bass start to prepare for the ides of winter, they will go through a heightened period of activity until the real cold comes (here to North Texas). I wouldn’t be surprised if the bass activity has already picked up on your local waters.

HOWEVER, we Texas fly fishers have had a season, a calendar year 2014 if you will, full of variables.

There is really no telling just how wet, how warm, how cold, how anything this final season of the year 2014 will be. The weather heads have changed their El Nino´ back and forth, drier, wetter than “normal” … who really knows what “normal” is anymore? Heck, by the time you read this on Monday morning, you will have had another line of storms pass by, possibly severe, and even cooler weather behind it. I believe we are in a weather era where the “new normal” means there is no “normal.” That sure seems to be the trend anyway. How long will it last? God only knows.

This “new normal” in weather means we fly fishers have to adapt and change. Throw in biological disasters, like the zebra mussel, and these adaptations (we make) are a topic for dozens of potential future stories here at TFC.

REMEMBER? Know Before You Go!

We all have fly fishing outings that are purely controlled by the time we have on our clocks – the time we have off from work, the time we have off from family chores, commitments and all else. THEN WE ALSO HAVE fly fishing outings where we have choices. When we have choices, we need to know before we go. We need to know the extended weather outlook, the wind, the tides, the water temperatures, the moon phase – rise and set as well as any other variables that go into your fly fisher’s stew for success. You will find plenty of articles here, in the archives, about these variables. Just use the search box to find out more about the fly fishing variables you can encounter in Texas.

TFC MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS REWARDS – I am running a giveaway here for people who purchase a year’s subscription to Pay-Per-View content at Texas Fly Caster. I’ll be giving away the first YETI 30-oz. Rambler in November (look at the left column please) – in a drawing from those who choose to do an annual subscription to TFC paid content! This is an ongoing contest! If you don’t win the November YETI  Rambler, your name rolls over into the December giveaway! Seems like one of those no-brainer buys to me!

TODAY’S COOKING TIP – You can watch the Monday Morning Sidewalk free YouTube video to learn about the fascinating hoja santa, a Mexican plant used in many dishes. It’s one of those flavors that makes the taster say, “hmmm, what is that?” With the new weather zone alignment we are experiencing in Texas, you can even grown this attractive plant in your North Texas yard. It’s scientific name is piper auritum, and ours has been quite an interesting addition to the landscape. It doesn’t need tons of water, but it tells you when it needs it! It is also known as yerba santa, hierba santa, Mexican pepperleaf, acuyo, tlanepa, anisillo, root beer plant  and sacred pepper. We have a few Central American friends, here in Denton, who come by and harvest a leaf every now-and-then.

Off the Sidewalk and Into the Marsh

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

July 27 redfish on fly near slp Galveston fly fishing
Nice redfish caught on fly by DS yesterday near the SLP, Galveston area, Texas.

Welcome to wherever you are this morning! I have made the rounds since last Wednesday, and find myself in The Woodlands for the Madre’s birthday.

How can I explain that being here is a lot like being at Disneyland for a fisherman, and not getting to ride the rides – if you’re on a schedule and wrapped up tight with family. We had a grand total of about 20 minutes to fish a closed golf course (closed on Mondays) … and it’s off to another event.

Yesterday, I guess, was my salt fix. We launched on the south side of the SLP, and moved out at daybreak on the falling tide. It was a sleigh ride of sorts, as the water rushed out of the marshes. We had some inaccurate tide info to rely on, so once that tide was done going out, the fish were also done eating.

I had zero shots at zero fish that I saw, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. DS, our leader for the day, managed two reds at 21 and 25 inches. He certainly saw them. He also informed me that some photographs I took of several people catching, last year and himself included, are in the latest issue of Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine. Little Did I know!

Anyway, folks are rushing around here, and it’s out the door again for another something-or-other. It is what it is.