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Monday Morning Sidewalk – Bass O Matic

| November 13, 2017

Bass on Fly Rod

Good Monday Morning, or what’s left of it! This could be a week for the memoir after another weekend to forget! A book review pressing down on me – guess I should be different and actually read the book. This one’s right up our alley, “The Best Bass Flies,” subtitled, “How to Tie and Fish Them.”

It’s funny, I threw my box at them last week on Lewisville Lake, and what worked in the end, and worked quite well? The last fly I tied on was a Black / Black Clouser on a circle jig hook. I found some very good structure around a high pressure cove, and picked off four there, before heading back over to the old dam riprap I had just covered with a different fly – and put the hit on fish there as well. IT WAS the fly. And, if YOU are fly fishing for bass right now, and everything’s right, but everything’s wrong; try a super-slow retrieve to go with an impressionistic fly.

One nice thing about Lewisville Lake is that you can find cover from our prevailing winds this time of year – those would be the NORTH or SOUTH winds. This lake may provide cover, but it feels  like the bigger bass have departed. I can’t wait to challenge them this spring.

I have some feelers out for new stories to work this off-season, but am not hearing back from my primary contacts at the moment. Seems like everyone is busy these days, these weekdays anyway. What’s up with that? I am looking for anyone who would be interested (not magazine story related) in a day trip to the Blue River this week, or maybe a meetup in BendBow. Just let me know.

Well, it’s on to a pending welding project, a pending website build and post production on images for a band and that website build. Throw in a new product I am creating for the skiff crowd – doing a “Go Fund Me” for that one – and this week was over when it began.

Enough said, let me know what YOU are doing and where you are catching these days. If you say, “PK below the dam,” I would say, “You must live closer than I do!” I may make it out that terribly long way once the TPWD starts feeding the striper some fresh trout, but until then … have at it.

 

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly Fishing Isn’t Depressing

Good morning wherever you happen to be this Monday morning! I actually wonder where each of you are this morning, and how you’re actually doing – believe it or not.

Last week was one to mark on the calendar. My wife and I, in that order, were stunned by the passing of a new friend who we’d come to know only a short time ago. My wife and her had become quick friends, and she was perfectly healthy going-and-doing. They made a trip together back in May, and she hadn’t been feeling good, so off to the doctor. Diagnosis; terminal pancreatic cancer (terminal is all I have ever heard of when it comes to pancreatic). Fifty-seven-years-old and so much more to do … it’s a time when we struggle to make sense out of the loss. I know you young whippersnappers probably think 57 is old, but let me tell you; you’ll be there in the blink of an eye, and it’s not old.

Now that I have cheered you up for the week! There is a small window to fish this week as the windows do get smaller. It actually looks like today is the best day to be on the water, and Wednesday could be a good day to be at the water somewhere river fishing (and testing your rain gear).

I am starting to see a lot more real fly fishing information being broadcast using Instagram feeds these days, and from folks who were dragged into the whole “social networking” thing against their will. You’d think they invented Instagram by their followings. And some of them have (smartly) taken those loyalists from their Texas Hill Country guiding adventures to … their new guiding adventures on the Texas Gulf Coast. Heck of a deal, if I do say so myself. I like to think I can see a lot of things coming, but I never saw this uprising of the Hipster Fly Movement, much less that I was an early part of it. Thankfully, this tide raises all boats – even if it is possibly just a new generation of “sports.” Time will tell … ADD tends to knock a bunch of these guys off the branches before they wear out their first fly line … and out goes the tide.

Finishing on the bright side: My Grandmother down in the Borderlands turns 98-years-old this week. Now that is a life of length and girth. She’s been a bit ornery lately, but the Greatest Generation has a right to be that way, don’t they?

That time change had me up early this morning, confused by it all, and taking advantage of the opportunity – to get this out, and to maybe hitch up the boat, waiting for a weather break, in the driveway since Thursday. I was determined to add some fly fishing records to the boat this year, but learned my lesson. I started too late in the year, and stayed way too close to home. The fall bite is a lot tougher, but lays the waypoints for next spring.

Black Hole Sun Shadows The Monday Morning Sidewalk

| August 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Insider Fishing Report Girl in Texas this week! Get out your long … lenses East Texas!

Texas Insider Girl Brie Gabrielle - photo courtesy pageant

Good morning! In 2024 we will be the focal point for a max coverage lunar eclipse! So at least we have that going for us – Fishpocalyplse 2024! (Should the world still be around, and should we all live that long!) Imagine that …

I will be on the water for our close brush with the eclipse TODAY. I figure the fish will just start coming up all around me, like I’m the Dr. Doolittle of the high lakes. Today is the first day of public school for hundreds of thousands of Texas kids. I know you are wondering just where “The Great State” of Texas ranks in public education this morning. It’s 43rd., so take heart, there are seven states worse than us. I guess that new $70-million dollar football stadium in Katy, Texas, didn’t bump up those rankings very much. What a waste of money.

If you watched the Texas Fly Fishing Report last week, then you know I actually took a piece of information from the “Texas Insider Fishing Report” and went out and executed the advice, translated into fly, and proceeded to get skunked at Grapevine Lake. Hmmmm …

Apparently the main star(let) power of “Texas Insider” is going to be in Texas this week, and fishing with a couple of the guides they have reporting on that show. Don’t be surprised to see a big hullabaloo on Lake Fork – camera boats chasing, cameramen on board, and Miss (soon to be Mrs. you horn dogs) Brie Gabrielle on Fork, or some other East Texas lake. The guide she’s out with has been pushing Lake Athens hard, so you may see them there. (Photo Is Above. Funny, Google automatically fills in the search for “Texas Insider” with “Girl” when you do the search) My guess: don’t blink, or you’ll miss her before she’s on to another bigger show of some kind.

This week looks a lot different from last week. We have a cool front predicted (climate change anybody? any deniers?) for midweek, and it’s supposed to drop highs into, get this, upper 80’s for ONE day this week – plus rain chances. Go ahead, tell me this happens all the time.

There’s already not enough time to make the long run this week, so I will try another lake, and see what happens. I am up to five different lakes in the last five weeks, and there’s a good reason you’re not reading about them. I got nothing to say. Ok, I do have something to say – here fishy fishy! That’s my secret fish call, but don’t go crazy using it everywhere you go! It could stir up the aquarium at your local  Long John Silver’s …

Thanks for reading today. You’ll be selling your addiction short if you aren’t showing up here other days of the week to check out the stories other than the Monday Morning Sidewalk. And the news just keeps on coming into the fall this year – guaranteed.

And if you see Miss Brie, tell her I said, YOU GO GIRL!

Got Gas? Come on and Take a Free Ride

| August 14, 2017 | 3 Comments

Monday Morning Fly Fishing Week Full of Hopes Dreams


“… high on Jesus and hooked on dope …” – James McMurtry lyrics

You know, Monday Morning Sidewalks are a double-edged sword, or AT LEAST they should be. As predictable as your Monday Morning is, as you sit there in your respective bathroom stall, I am so sorry that your reading here has been mostly … far less than unpredictable.

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Monday Morning Sidewalk Sing Along

| August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fly fishing music and more this Monday Morning

 

Good Monday morning to you! Weather plays a role in today’s outlook for sure. I find it incredible that here in Denton (located north of Dallas – Fort Worth) that we escaped last night with a couple of sprinkles while major wind and storms crossed by just a few miles south of here. Lightning strikes were documented with video on Lake Granbury, and I am sure there will be more weather video forthcoming.

If you watched last Friday’s Texas Fly Fishing Report, then you know what you need to know if you are fly fishing Texas lakes – it is a difficult proposition to begin with, and if you’re lucky, you have a predictable target audience of fish, and if you’re really lucky (as in my narrow focus on carp) then you get some time with great action every year. However, this year has been a little strange on the hyper-local level, and I go over what (I believe) is making it a strange year in that fly fishing video.

I have been stalled for a bit by the weather that boxes in my time to try and get to new lakes and report on their characteristics. That and a chink in the armor of my trolling motor have shifted this (supposed to be weekly) adventure into neutral for the time being.

SO WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN “N”

Being stuck in fly fishing neutral as many of us are now, what are we to do? Besides watching the brain-drain news droning on, there are YouTube videos of course, and music – tons of music. Here are a few, but if you click on the image YOU WILL be transported to Amazon to purchase – which benefits us both by the way!

Other than music, the search continues for a more sustainable existence as usual. I talked to Chano the other day, and he and a lot to say about his life and times … Such is the life …

Thanks for reading. Have a great week. Feel free to step up and participate in any way you see as convenient — we’ve all loved the images sent in for the InstaFishFoto on Instagram this summer, and keep sending those in throughout the year! Who knows? Maybe it’s time for a Fish Foto Contest!


Pay special heed to the first and last on this little list!