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Monday Morning – Window’s Half Open or is it Half Shut?

| June 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Crappie is one species that I didn’t expect to be catching with regularity on fly, but nothing is regular anymore, is it?

Good morning once again on this Monday Morning Sidewalk! I bet most of you finally hit the water last weekend, and from what I saw around the social networking world, locals were spread from here to the Texas gulf coast- catching speckled trout, reds, carp, crappie, bass and sand bass. If I left any fish out, I apologize.

longear sunfish on fly

Small fish like this longear, are big fighters ounce-per-ounce, and you would be amazed by the beautiful depth of color in person! This one came my way yesterday in Plano, Texas.

Apparently, what we had was just a little crack in the window, and the window’s about to close again, surprisingly because of the imminent weather changes headed this way from the Yucatan Peninsula. The name is Bill, and it hardly looks organized out in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet the talking weather-heads are getting pretty excited about the route this one’s taking – very little deviation from straight into Texas between Corpus and the Sabine. Significant rain is in the forecast. I am becoming increasingly amazed by how much time we’ve had to dedicate to weather this year.

While there are many irons in the fire around here, the weather also plays a leading role in many of those projects. We have a new patio 5×25 feet laid in for the Airstream’s return home, something like getting the baby’s room ready for the return from the hospital. And the hunt continues for the right motor for the skiff. I am amazed by the cost of a boat motor, versus, say a lawnmower. All kidding aside, I think the decision’s been made by the use of simple logic, but we’ll see …


If you have been watching the fairly regular Texas Fly Fishing Report (the YouTube channel has those reports), then you know I have been talking about the influx of freshwater into the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas Coast. Well, scientists are warning now of a potential “dead zone” appearing in the Gulf — much like it did the last time we had a rain event like we’ve had in Texas this year. This dead zone pretty much exists off the Louisiana coast all the time because of the Mississippi River drainage, but when Texas rivers combine to create outflow as great as the Mississippi, that dead zone starts to stretch from Louisiana westward and down the Texas Gulf coast. Dead zones are offshore biological events  Sometimes we just wonder aloud; what’s next?

So what is next? Well, the fly fishing opportunities are everywhere to be found – our rainy season presented opportunities on the way up, and the way down, and if we hit that cycle again with the weather being warmer? More opportunities may be found in more places, and we will get out there and find them!


On a more lyrical note, if you trust the judgement behind the keyboard – at least when it comes to music – be sure to reach out and procure a copy of the newest James McMurtry CD! It’s very good (a top ten pick this year), if you like fantastic songwriters, plus the allusions to fishing are all over the place. That certainly doesn’t necessarily make a great spin, but in this case it adds to the rewarding listening. James McMurtry, as you may recall, is the son of Larry, and can do in four minutes what it takes Larry 200 pages to do. This release is more acoustic than “recent” releases, and just adds focus to the lyrics over the guitar slinging. He can be seen playing the Continental Club in Austin quite frequently, and plays Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton, Texas, on occasion.

 plano largemouth bass

A great example of deep green largemouth bass caught on fly. This one acted like it had never been caught, and was swimming among koi and huge grass carp in Plano, TX.

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Sun Up? Sun Down? Take Your Pick BUT Take it Soon!

| June 18, 2014 | 7 Comments

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largemouth bass on fly
No idea how much this one weighed this morning, but who cares? It was a topwater smackdown!

Rob Woodruff had a great point the other day when I was talking to him at the Texas Fly Fishing EXPO. Basically, it’s all upside to doing his “Sunset Bass Trips” because if you / we think about it; a morning bite is one that starts hot and tails off pretty quickly, while an evening bite is a little more of a buildup (I decided to stay away from the sexual references to keep my PG rating).
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Happy Mother’s Day, Now GO FISH

| May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

largemouth bass caught by mm friday on Ray Roberts Lake
Three pound largemouth bass caught by MM at Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, Friday afternoon.

The last few days, the weather has seemed to be unsettled, but the talkingweatherheads say that’s all about to change in the next couple of days. So what else is new? Apparently it’s snowing in Denver. So what else is new?

I just thought I would drop a line to Mothers today, and a photograph from a short afternoon outing with one of the MMMs at Lake Ray Roberts Friday. My photo project has been a long time coming, and the internet can’t really do justice to the prints of the fish images I will be working on for the foreseeable future. Who knows? Maybe someday these images will push over the line from photography to art?

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FISH FLASH – The Waiting is Over – End of April Report

| April 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

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“The waiting is the hardest part,” – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Well, the wait for spring is over. Spring may soon be over as well, but for now the green trout are on the bite, and it’s one of the most spectacular bites I can remember. A disadvantage on fly for one species has turned huge advantage for the fly fisher on another – largemouth bass.

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How Many Monday’s Are There?

| April 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Lake Ray Roberts fly fishing brings spring flings at substantial largemouth bass.

Welcome to wherever you are this morning! I trust you arrived safely, never on time, but safely.

If you are like me, then you are already long tired of the weather. Yes, it sucks, and yes, it’s still not over. We got hail. We got drought. We got rain, and we got lakes that didn’t budge an inch because of it. Enough said. Let’s move on.

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I stormed out to Ray Roberts late last week, to do a little recon for carp in the new habitat settings that are presenting now, and although I saw a grand total of two carp, I also saw, and caught, all the largemouth bass I wanted.

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