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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!


Fly Fishing On The Monday Morning Sidewalk

| August 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

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We continued to define Fly Fishing Culture on the Skids yesterday morning on Ray Roberts.

Welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk. If you’ve never been here for this Monday morning ritual, it’s where we take a look back at the weekend that was, and look forward to the week ahead. For a lot of you, you’re back in school, either as a participant or a deliverer of participants to their respective educational facilities. The name “Monday Morning Sidewalk” comes as a paraphrase of a famous Kris Kristofferson song, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” written in about 1968, and sung best by the writer himself. If you imagine that song while reading this post, wherever you are this Monday morning, then you will be in the right frame of mind the rest of your week.


These days, I have to glean a lot of information from folks who are still posting away on Facebook, and sometimes as I sift through the chum, I actually find some good live bait. Over the weekend, I did see some bull reds being caught in that area, and jack crevalle as well. I believe the jacks were on bait, but the two bulls I saw sitting in Eric Kipling’s feed were definitely fly fed. As I was talking to JB yesterday, while standing on the casting platform of his East Cape Fury yesterday morning, he confirmed that “we’re starting to discover that bull reds are there all year long.”

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2016 Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament

| August 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Fellow Anglers,

It is time once again to start preparing for this year’s Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament.  We have the date set, venue secured and web site up to date and ready for registrations.

This year promises to be even better than the last six year’s events and should be an extra special tournament that you will definitely want to attend.  In addition to the new faces we expect, the regulars who have supported us from the beginning and a great excuse to get out fishing, you will certainly want to check out the improvements that Redfish Willie’s has made to their restaurant.  If you haven’t been by there lately, be sure to stop in and check out their new $70K pavilion they recently completed and have graciously allowed us to use for this year’s tournament!

Below are a few things I wanted to share on how each of you can help make this tournament the best ever:

–          Volunteer opportunities: This tournament belongs to each and every one of us that has participated over the past six years.  We want to get more people involved in the tournament to help spread the workload and to give everyone an opportunity to support CfR even further.  The biggest area of support we need is to help solicit donations from fly shops, venders and corporate sponsors.  We can also always use a hand on site for Late Check-In and on tournament day.  If you are interested in helping out, please send me an email  at [email protected] or call/text me at (210) 885-3730 and we can find the best spot for you to help.

–          Spread the Word: I know many of you are on different blogs, work for different companies, are members of different clubs, visit many local fly shops and run in circles of other fly fishing addicts.  Please help spread the word about the tournament to anyone you can think of that might be interested.

–          Save the Date: Of course, the tournament wouldn’t be what it is without all of your support over the past six years.  Be sure to put this year’s event on your calendar!  We look forward to seeing everyone again this year.

Details for this year’s tournament are below:


Date: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Location: Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill at Redfish Bay Boat House,

Conn Brown Harbor, 322 Huff Street, Aransas Pass, TX

Format: Fly Fishing, Catch & Release Only, Separate Divisions for Boats and Kayaks

Cost: Early Registration (September 23rd or before) – $65 per angler / division

Late Registration (Sept. 24th – Sept. 30th) – $75 per angler / division

The registration site is now live, so feel free to sign up online!  

This makes things much easier on the tournament staff!

More details will be distributed as we get closer to the tournament date and as always, we will keep the website and facebook page updated on a regular basis.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you have.

Tight Lines!

Rob Burlingame

(210) 885-3730 cell

[email protected]


PUBLISHER NOTE : I have more articles about Port Aransas, and things to do there that will help sway your thinking – thinking about doing this tournament this year! Let me know if you want to read those, and I will make sure you get them in your e-mail in-box. Don’t pass THIS ONE up.