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Fly Rod Choice For North Texas Carp and Largemouth Bass

| June 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

My Choices for boat rods fly fishing for carp and bass North Texas

Opinions on fly rods are, like opinions in general; you know … everybody has one. The reality is the best rod for you is the one that best matches your cast. If you cast enough, I mean a WHOLE LOT, the rod matters a lot less than the ability to change rods – from a mountain 2 weight to a saltwater 12 weight. If your cast is locked and loaded, you could do both rods (and anything in between) in the same day – and the action of the rod is inconsequential.

I am on the water Tuesday morning, so enjoy this and I will get the continuation of this video out (the 360 Nikon maybe) later this week. I apparently had two cameras going (double live GONZO!), and may just run both for your comparisons sake. This Nikon 360 software is nothing short of a nightmare!

Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rod Review

| August 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rod

When you think of the Orvis fly rod line, what do you think of? Those who have been around long enough in fly fishing may think of a company steeped in history that had a significant role in fly fishing, and fly rod innovation. They may also think of the overall image of the company nowadays as … perhaps a bit conservative, or dated, you know, like your “grandpa had one.”

Well, when it comes down to it, the image of a company is a lot less important than the product they produce – as far as I am concerned. And in this case we’re talking about fly rods, and if you’re thinking about a high end fly rod, you will want to add the Helios 2 to your list of rods to get your hands on.

Orvis may not have the hard, edgy appeal of a Sage marketing campaign, but they still have one heck of an accurate rod with the Helios 2. It doesn’t even phase anyone I know that the Orvis company has been trying to “sexy-up” their image with edgy ad campaigns and a bottom-up (pardon the pun) carp campaign. “Repositioning,” I think they call it now.
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Dallas Orvis Seminars

| December 3, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dallas Orvis Seminars by Steve Hollensed and Rob Woodruff

FROM ROB WOODRUFF at www.flyfishingfork.com

December 7, 2014 Fly Fishing Seminars

Orvis Dallas, 8300 Preston Road (Preston & NW Highway)
11:00 AM Capt. Steve Hollensed- “Texoma on the Fly”
12:30 PM Doc Thompson- “Fly Fishing Northern New Mexico”
2:00 PM Rob Woodruff- “4 Seasons on the Lower Mountain Fork”

A perfect opportunity to learn more about some great fisheries.
Doc, Steve and I will be happy to suggest Christmas gift ideas for yourself or any fly fishers on your list.
+PLUS+- Free Beer and BBQ!

Entomology for Fly Fishers
Guadalupe River, TX w/ GRTU
January 25 & 26, 2014

Classroom- January 25;
1:00 to 6:00pm,
Rio Guadalupe Resort
(Rio Raft) Meeting Hall

Field Trip- January 26;
8am-11:00am or 1:00-4:00pm
Guadalupe River

Tuition- $75.00, Registration Deadline- Monday, January 20.
Contact me to register

All prior classes at this location have sold out, so don’t wait too long to register!

EL PESCADOR Ambergris Caye, Belize

On October 14, 2013 Jenny and I were married on the fly casting dock at Orvis Endorsed El Pescador Fly Fishing Lodge, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The fishing and hospitality at the lodge was top notch. On our trip we landed Tarpon, Bonefish and Jack Crevalle and had shots at or hooked up on Permit, Barracuda, Snook and Cubera Snapper. All in crystal clear water and beautiful tropical scenery. The food was excellent, fresh and locally produced. Grilled lobster, Stone Crab, Curried Chicken, Sopa de Lima and Banana Bread Pudding were some of the highlights among many memorable meals. The Rum Punch and Conch Ceviche at the bar was a welcome afternoon snack on the walk back to the villa after a day of casting a 10 weight fly rod at Tarpon. The owners and staff at the lodge truly treated us like family or guest and not just customers.

You can view some of our photos at:
We spent most of the flight home talking about when we could go back. We decided to make an annual visit on our anniversary and this time invite some friends. You are invited to celebrate our first wedding anniversary with us October 9-14, 2014 at El Pescador Lodge and Villas in Belize.

This trip is a 2 for 1 special! Pay for a one person fishing trip and a guest can share your room and boat for free. Cost for the trip is US$3620 staying in the beachfront Main Lodge or US$4120 for a private villa.

Price covers lodging, round trip air, land and sea transfers between Belize City and El Pescador, 3 meals per day, hors d’oeuvres, local Belizean beverages consumed at the bar (including soda, beer and rum drinks), complimentary use of all amenities (pools, internet, gym, kayaks, bikes, etc.), hotel tax, GST tax and 3 full days guided fly fishing. This package incorporates a “flex” day for you to kayak and fish the Mangrove lagoons or the Coral reef near the lodge on your own, explore and shop in San Pedro Town or just relax on the beach or by the pool. Or, you can book another day of guided fishing ($480/day for two anglers), snorkel or SCUBA trip, Golf at Chapel Caye, Mayan ruin tour, Eco-tour, visit the Belize Zoo, massage and spa services, go cave tubing, zip lining, etc.. A full list and pricing is available at: http://www.elpescador.com/adventure. Guided fishing and SCUBA trips require advance booking; most other excursions can be booked upon arrival. Trip price does not include airfare between USA and Belize City, imported beverages and tips for guides and staff.

October in Belize is one of the best chances to accomplish the fabled “Grand Slam” of catching a Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon on a fly in one day. El Pescador is the 2013 Orvis Endorsed International Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year.

This trip has filled quickly and only two spaces remain!

Feel free to contact us with any questions, by Email or at (903) 967-2665.
Hope you can make the trip and celebrate our 1st anniversary with us while enjoying one of the world’s top saltwater fly fishing destinations,

Rob Woodruff and Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff

Monday Morning in the Land of Drought

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

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Just off the grill in the Fly Bar, and I must say, for the first time grilling fresh duck from the Sabine, pretty darn good! One of my amigos spent a couple of days hunting out of Port Arthur at the Sabine with an old friend of his on their home waters. On the way back he dropped off a few teal breasts for me to cook for my hard working wife. It’s her busy time of year, and I spend a little (more than zero) time keeping her fed for those long hours in her studio at the sewing machine.

grilled teal wrapped in bacon
Someday I will do a story on good food photography. This isn’t an example.

I wrapped the breasts in bacon (don’t hold that thought), and grilled them on high keeping a watchful eye. We’re talking bacon on a grill after all. Once the bacon is pretty much blackened on the outer wrap, it’s a matter of keeping an eye on it and rolling it around to blacken all sides. Take it off, let it cool – eat. For the first time out, it was quite satisfying. I decided to go with a white wine, and settled on a California – Estancia 2013 Chardonnay. Final verdict: You kill it, I’ll grill it.

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I finally made it over to the Orvis Plano grand opening Sunday afternoon, and I can definitely say that store obeys the first three rules of retail; location, location location. Inside is a fresh new design on the floor that makes it seem like there’s more space than there actually is. At the back of the store, the fly fishing department sits, loaded with hot rods like the Helios 2 and the more affordable Access. Richard was working and he is certainly tuned in to sharing knowledge with customers and gathering knowledge about fly fishing opportunities outside the 635 loop.

Visiting this Orvis is a no lose deal. REI sits next door, and a few doors the other way – Trader Joes! Feel free to think about bringing your significant other because if, God forbid, they aren’t into fly fishing – there are a lot of other businesses around to take your US Dollars.

I did run into a friend at the store as well as a regular reader who I had not met before. That is always a treat, and I appreciate your kind words about the work I publish here. I’m basically talking pretty big about adding a boat to my guiding work here in North Texas, so all I have to do is figure out how to get the folks at Ankona Boats to sit up and take notice. My biggest fear is that the drought continues, and I have to seasonally relocate to the coast to continue guiding. Certainly, there is as much pressure on the rebuild of the Airstream as there is on procuring a boat, if not more, in order to offer more dynamic fly fishing adventures.

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Orvis Plano Grand Opening

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Plano Orvis

Although the Plano Orvis has been open awhile, the grand opening is coming this November 15-17


Orvis Plano Grand Opening Celebration
November 15-17

Enter to win a $1,000 Gift Card
FREE giveaways to the first 100 customers each day!

Events on Saturday, November 16:
LIVE music 11:00 – 2:00
FREE food and refreshments

Representatives from Reel Recovery will be on hand to share information about their organization. Reel Recovery is a national non-profit organization that conducts fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from cancer.

The following guides will be present to
share information about their services on November 16:
Flywater Angling Adventures (Steve Hollensed), TX
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Denison, Texas
Rob Woodruff, TX / OK
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Quitman, Texas and Broken Bow, Oklahoma
Doc Thompson, NM
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Northern New Mexico

Call us at 972-596-7529 for information on other upcoming classes and seminars this season.

GET A COUPON FOR $25 off $50 or more purchase – http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=13090&newwindow=1