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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!


The Cup Runneth Over – Lake Ray Roberts Texas

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, and many other North Central Texas lakes are dealing with huge water surpluses right now, and there looks to be more on the way as of today.

Of course we can’t help but marvel at the fact we had predicted this predicament weeks ago, when there was no water coming out of the dam – early in this spring rain event. I think we called it a “perfect storm of events” that just happened to prove out. And while the media stands around with the rubberneckers at the most obvious locations, staring at their phones instead of talking to people, and digging up the real story …

Let us ask WHY WASN’T THE DAM OPEN SOONER? I don’t expect any answers, because I really don’t have the time to find and ask the right people the right questions that no other paid media staff is asking right now. Amazing, isn’t it? Yup, I think we’re just going to let this story go, flow downriver at almost 2-thousand CFS, and on to the next disaster zone. I learned my lesson years ago: News is for the paid newsrooms with their millennials sitting around said newsrooms, staring at their phones. Fly fishing is for us. (I’ve never felt so professionally secure!)


So it was a complete unadulterated ZOO at the Lake Ray Roberts Dam yesterday. Media, helicopters, families and fishers – in all modes of excited, manic panic. I saw one man proudly taking a 15-pound buffalo up to the sidewalk in a metal live bait holder, as proud as punch. He didn’t speak much english (I am guessing Vietnamese would have helped my communication), “Do you know what that is?” I said. “No.” “That’s a buffalo. Are you going to eat it?” He started to look a little MORE manic. “Do you know how to cook it?” I continued. Still no response. I walked away. It’s not like there aren’t millions of buffalo, but that’s one dead buff.

I went back to the car to give LK a chance to see history, and she went to look at humanity on parade (and the water). She came back mumbling something about ions, ionization … I don’t know what. “Did you see that fish?” she said. I assumed she meant the buffalo. “No, it had stripes on it,” she corrected. My ears started to burn a little, as I listened a lot harder. “A guy and his kid had it. It was as tall as the kid,” she placed her hand out parallel to the ground about 30-inches high. I felt a bit manic myself … shhhh, don’t tell anybody … hybrids here already?

All you dedicated readers have to do is look back at the YouTube Channel for Texas Fly Caster to see just what this means for our fly fishing opportunities. Here is a link to that video from … holy moly … 2010 – https://youtu.be/vJmNTtjQfLg

I’ll see you  out there this afternoon – rain or shine!!!