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Texas Fly Fishing Report – Thursday 2-26

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Fly Fishing in TexasSnow, ice and rain are just part of the recent past and near future – here in North Texas this week. In the last few years, it has become predictable that the ides of early spring are squashed by a late winter last gasp here in North Texas. It won’t matter nearly as much, to me personally, come next winter, but the sheer brutality of winter this year is …


fly fishing in texas eastEAST TEXAS SAND BASS FULL ON

It’s time to pull the trigger and hit the water if you fly fish for sand bass. Typical patterns separate the timing of the boys from the girls, and when it comes to sand bass spring spawn; you should see the big fat girl fish! This is not more evident than over in East Texas and the Houston, Texas, area right now. The cold that is hiting here today will reach all the way to Houston in the next 24-hours, but looking at the forecast shows it to still be about fifteen degrees warmer there than here on the grassy plains. Photographs from Houston Fly Fishing look a lot like the ditch fishing we do here in spring, but there’s one big difference – the creeks have water, and they’re catching fish! Follow Danny Scarborough on Instagram at HoustonFlyFishing. He’s tuned in to the creeks and lakes, and available for bookings.

fly fishing austin texas #flyfishingCENTRAL TEXAS SPRING LARGEMOUTH BASS WAKING UP

Move on down to Austin, Texas, and the fly fishers at Allwater Guides, and these guys are already on to spectacular Colorado River largemouth bass. This group of Orvis Endorsed Guides will put you on the fish, and if you are a regular reader here, you know I believe that Austin, Texas, and the surrounding area, is the epicenter of the Texas fly fishing scene.


If you look at the track of these storms that sweep across Texas and then to the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, you will see that there’s little impact to the south of a line that (liberally) runs from Austin to Houston. That means a huge majority of the Texas Gulf Coast has been spared the ice, snow and cold weather that blasts through here and on to the Deep South and then Eastern USA. Even though they are spared the blasts we are getting, you will find fish mostly on the transitions – where the Intracoastal rolls up shallower, or in the guts. Fish are also being found on the humps and edges of oysters, but for fly fishers these are arguably the the most difficult days of the year.

We’ve been blessed for the better part of three decades on the Texas Gulf Coast – for not having one of those historic coastal freezes that triggers a huge fish kill event. (I quietly wonder how many of us realize that TPWD stocks redfish on our Gulf Coast.) Economically, the blessings of no hurricanes continue on the Texas Coast as well. But to think that last blessing will go on forever is naive at best, foolhardy at worst. To me, it smells like we’re in for one (a hurricane) this year. Locally, I hear, “What we need is a hurricane,” when it comes to drought relief around these parts. No, WE really don’t. People die, and the destruction lasts a lot longer than the benefits to the watersheds does (see TFC articles on conservation please).

Be sure to check in with Scott Null, Scott Sommerlatte and Eric Glass if you are looking for top shelf Texas Gulf Coast guiding services. These guys have virtually abandoned updating their websites, but they can be found on Facebook (yeah, Facebook has been down behind the scenes lately) for better or worse – all the time.


I have been spending a little more time and effort on the kayak lately, and was surprised to see there’s actually a kayak bass tournament in Lubbock, Texas, of all places! IF YOU are in West Texas, you don’t have to be a fly fisher to compete in these kayak “fishing” tournaments (not a “fly” event), and it appears that with the economy picking up, so are the opportunities to pit yourself against other kayak fishers – all across Texas – in several tours and events.

While the general economy may be on the go, I am still working my way along to get past kayaks and into boats, and the gear I am coming up with for kayaks these days will be transferred over to a boat when that time does come. I’ll bring readers into the loop on the technology that is coming online this year, on kayak, and maybe it will help inform you on what to consider and what to avoid.


Things will get a little sketchy around the TFC site in the next few days, as we hit the road, and visit the Houston Fishing Show, dodge weather bullets, and maybe get free and clear to find some of that sand bass on fly action around Houston. If YOU want the most up-to-the-minute reporting, you’ll want to tune into Texas Fly Caster Instagram or TexasFlyCaster Twitter for that information.

I am looking for some “cultural enlightenment” while in the Houston area, so if you know of any locations or events (think art or brewery or feeding), please feel free to let me know via e mail or text me at the numberĀ 8040-083-049. Think backwards please.


This Year’s Final Walk on the Monday Morning Sidewalk

| December 30, 2013 | 1 Comment

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Whoa. Where did the time go? I am checking in and out of fly consciousness during the extended holiday break, and interesting contacts (Contact Me Page) have come across the transom during the holiday season.

Lately, I had to reschedule my Galveston Island fly fishing trip to take some personal scheduling into account. Honestly, Grandma is still in South Texas until next weekend when she blows into Houston – like a hurricane. I figure I better get back over to see her while she’s within range. It may mean missing out on a camping trip to Texoma islands, but more on that …


I am getting a few calls and text messages, from family mostly, about a lot of dead fish in the Houston area ponds right now. My first instinct was tilapia, and once I got a look at a pond last week, that’s what they’re seeing. I am amazed by the sheer number and sizes of the tilapia I am seeing in the Houston ponds. These are private development ponds, so I don’t really know a lot about the TPWD policy for putting tilapia in these ponds, and whether they are considered a catch-and-kill fish in private ponds – like they are in public waters. Since we are in Texas, I assume folks can do whatever they want in private ponds. Does anybody know how private owners get tilapia, and if they are subject to the same State regulations?

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Shadows Getting Short on The Monday Morning Sidewalk

| October 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

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We spent the weekend in San Angelo, Texas, and there was not enough time to fish between working hours for the Cimarrona show there. I met some fantastic people, saw how incredible an isolated West Texas town can be – vibrant, high respect for the arts, individualistic, progressive, community oriented, fantastic infrastructure, art patronage … I could go on and on about San Angelo, Texas. Now, the water is a different shade of a topic. You may think dry dusty streets with the newspaper blowing down main, but we had more than an inch of rain out there Saturday! I mostly just stared at it, wondering what it was. It looks like there was some rain here in North Texas as well? All I know is my 48 kale plants are doing nicely.


Obviously with temperatures dipping down into the upper 40’s and low 50’s, we find ourselves square in the fall doldrums. As much as I like to pout and examine my navel about it, that’s the signal for shifting gears. Strangely, the gears are a number one GRANNY GEAR and FIFTH WITH OVERDRIVE. On the one hand, it’s obviously time to pay due respect to Broken Bow, Beaver’s Bend, Oklahoma, and the trout living there. On the other hand, I find myself all over the salt at the end of October – from Galveston to who knows where? I am in Houston again next week for a photo shoot, then backtracking to Edom, Texas, for a Cimarrona show in that East Texas town (fly rod in hand). At the end of the month – again working for Cimarrona at the Houston International Quilt Show (on and off).


“Will you ever have enough fly rods,” she said. “Yes,” I said, if they ever stop making them I thought to myself. “How much was that one?” she said. “Cheap,” I said. “Oh. Like all your handguns are a hundred dollars?” she said incredulously. “Oh, no! Cheaper than that,” I said.

The fly rod in question is a TFO BVK short trout rod that I had been waiting to pull the trigger for, and with the weather change … well, I dropped the hammer on the 8′ three weight. How much better can an Oklahoma rod get?

This summer just passed saw us wage a “War of the 8’s,” where there is clearly a winner at one price-point and a lack of even competition at the higher price-point (due to lack of funds, we will whistle that an incomplete pass). We saw the crazy 8’s play out in true fishing conditions – on the saltwater flats, and the judgement is in on that.

Now, just in time for me to be headed into the fineries of small trout rods, Sage has a new saltwater offering sure to trigger a response from other top shelf manufacturers – the Sage Motive. It’s a little disturbing that I am not hearing more about a $425-dollar big stick by Sage. Maybe everyone else has shifted gear(s) as well? Timing is everything. I know I’ll have to give it a throw.

FOR SALE – I do have a couple of rods that I need to move out of the quiver, so feel free to contact me for that list.


You may have noticed in most recent posts that I am being forced to throw some random phrases at the top of posts now? Well, the idiot savants at Google don’t seem to know how to respond to the fact that their new emphasis on “content over links” continues to leave some stale, old websites entrenched at the top of searches that I assume would put Texas Fly Caster at the top (permanently) – if google ranking was working properly. They’re not, and there’s no way to move into this site’s rightful position, except with experimental search engine voodoo words. I have also been advised to do away with my famous links in the left column (which no vendor was compensating me for anyway!). I will put those back on somewhere if it proves not to have an effect on rankings.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week! I hope you arrive safely to and from wherever you go this week. Please check back in for some multi-media shows of San Angelo, Texas, and the Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo.

First Fall Monday Morning All Over the Map

| September 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s the first Monday morning of fall, in the Lord’s year 2013, and it actually feels like fall! Technically, “fall” is correct for the equator, but for our latitude fall arrives Thursday. Who’s counting though?

This weeks forecast: Perfect weather for fly fishing anywhere you want to go, but hugely fragmented for me by all kinds of things. A photo shoot in Houston Thursday morning may lead to finally fly fishing the “bayous” downtown in Houston, Texas. Continue Reading

Brazos Bend State Park – Relax Don’t Do it

| September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

It seems like a hundred years ago that I mentioned going to Brazos Bend State Park south of Houston, Texas, but I made that trip from Waco to BBSP last Sunday. About all I can say is do not bother. How I am going to recover my expenses for this wild goose chase has yet to be determined. Maybe I should start one of those kickstarter fund raising drives?

I am starting one kickstarter for a new boat for sure, and maybe a facelift, and a new fly rod, and a car to pull the Mako, and Airstream luxury add-ons, and gas, and …

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Unless you know something I don’t, this looks impossible to me.

All of the ponds inside Brazos Bend State Park look like this, and some look worse. If you are all about fishing, don’t bother. IF you like to watch incredible amounts of nature, this place is full of it.