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Sporting Clay Benefit for Texas Reel Recovery August 26 Elm Fork

| August 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Reel Recovery Benefit – August 26, 2017 at Elm Fork

Sporting Clay Shooters Needed!

 The Reel Recovery Classic Shoot is one of our two Benefits for Texas Reel Recovery.

With this event less than 1 month away we are still in need of Sporting Clay Shooters. This is a fun event and you do not need to be an expert  to have fun!

It will be held on Saturday, August 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location is the Elm Fork Shooting Club located at 10751 Luna Rd. in Dallas.

If you or someone you know can join us either as an individual shooter or an organizer of a team of four, please visit the below site where you can register and for your convenience payment is available on line or there are instructions to pay by check.

The $500 team of 4 entry fee includes a cart. Individual fee is $125. We will place individuals on teams. Entry fee includes 100 clays, coffee, juice & donuts & lunch by Chimy’s Cerveceria.


We will board raffle a Henry H001T lever action octagon .22mag Rifle & Taurus .410/.45 pistol and raffle other items during the event. Call Less to buy squares.

For more information please contact Les Jackson, our Reel Recovery Classic Shoot Coordinator at the number or email below.


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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!


Monday Morning and the Sun Does Rise Again

| November 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Monday Morning Sidewalk from wherever you are this Monday November 14! What can we say about the last week that hasn’t been said? Nothing, and that’s exactly what’s being said around here – nothing. Now when it comes to fly fishing in Texas? There’s still a lot to say as the winter fly fishing gets wound up and ready to spin in earnest.

Speaking of “winding up,” I hope you had the time to look at the YouTube video on tying the “Redfish Meth Fly” that broadcast last week – here and on the ever-growing Texas Fly Caster YouTube channel. I went ahead and put that video at the bottom of today’s news post just in case you missed it. You sure can tell when a fly tier is out of practice!

Fly Fishing Blue River Oklahoma

Speaking of “winding up,” I took a day last week and headed up to the Blue River (in Oklahoma) and, armed with the “Mop Fly” proceeded to clean up on stocker trout in the Blue River’s (what I call) catch-and-kill area. I had a guest with me, and his luck was just as good using the tried and true black woolly bugger fly. We did have to move around a lot, as the 80-20 rule* was in effect even though it was only Thursday. By the way – I never heard anything back from contacting my sources who do the Blue River Trout Derby. So I guess it happened Saturday, and I guess it went just fine.

Speaking of “winding up,” I spent the day on Possum Kingdom Lake Saturday, and it was my first day on that lake. Here’s the deal – 1) that lake is incredibly clear in places, 2) it looks like a fine place to chase carp from skiff, 3) schooling LMBs are findable, and, 4) I get the feeling this lake still feels the effects of golden algae with lower populations overall, and virtual disappearance of smallmouth bass.

Possum Kingdom has actually been transformed into a little kingdom for a lot of individuals and corporations whose mansions rest on the cliffs of that lake. Many of these lake houses really are mansions. It is one of the most surreal lakes I have been on, so far, in Texas. It’s a lake in eastern West Texas, plopped down in the middle of nowhere, surrounded on its cliffs by a crown of, not McMansions, but real mansions. Leave the canyon lake rim of cliffs, and you’re more likely to see mobile homes, deer, hawks, snakes, cactus, and since the fires, thriving mesquites. The unique visuals of this lake make me want to get back out there very soon. If you look at that lake on the map, I call it a “dragon” with its long narrower winding layout. I just have to get some more of it, and seeing buff and carp (while looking for bass) in November is the spark for doing some exploring there next carp season.


I stopped in to see if I could find some new Ram Mount accessories at Mariner Sails in Dallas, Texas, and happened to meet a guy headed for the Texas Gulf Coast to fish the fall flounder run in Galveston – an event he’s been doing for several years. We got into a conversation, and he said he would love to fly fish the run for the first time, has some experience with a fly rod, and thought that would be fun … one thing lead to another, and after a long day on Possum Kingdom, I drove his way to meet him (before he left for Galveston Sunday) to sell him some of my flounder Clousers. I may never know if he put all his fly fishing ingredients together to have a shot at flounder on fly, but at least he has the flies, and a brief roadside fly rod demo on how to work a fly for flounder – beside the howling Saturday night traffic and sirens of HWY 380 between Denton and McKinney, Texas. We actually lingered in conversation awhile after that demo, as he told me he had just finished radiation for a tumor in his calf … which of course lead to cancer war stories (and a Reel Recovery recommendation).

It’s hard not to believe there’s a reason for that encounter, especially on the heels of the news last week, that one of my class of Reel Recovery attendees lost his brief battle with cancer that overwhelmed him in his early life. Old guys like me taking a cancer beating is one thing. A guy in his early 20’s, getting the ultimate beat down? That’s a whole other thing; I just think of the unfairness of it all. We send out our heartfelt condolences. Wouldn’t it be great if Trump kept Biden on to run the “War on Cancer.”


This week, I’ll have a short new story on the Blue River, and what I saw there that got me thinking about the changes there. I figure I may as well run the book review I wrote for the Lone Star Outdoor News in preparation for the upcoming season of giving – do people still give books as Christmas presents? And we will round out the week with (you won’t believe this!) another fly tying video! WHY? you may say! Well, I was shooting the Redfish Meth Fly video last week, and it only seemed logical to go ahead and knock another one out while the fly shop was set up for video. There is more content on the drawing board, but unfortunately I have to keep it under wraps for now (good story ideas are scarce, and the gleaners still harvest here regularly).

Before we know it, it will be time to start sharpening the choices for the Top 10 Fly Fishing releases – music releases that is – of 2016. It has been a good, not great, year for our fly fishing ears … I am always looking for your opinions on that topic as well. (Please don’t, as in years past, wait until after the list starts coming out to have an opinion on what I should’ve included!)

Go out and have a fantastic week! It looks like this winter is perhaps a repeat of (what I can remember from) last year’s winter weather — so far. And that spells another fantastic Texas fly fishing season this winter – as well as next spring and summer. Let me know what you are doing and where you are doing it – fly fishing, beer tasting, eating, music and adventures! It’s hard to hide the fact that we Texas Fly Casters, were and will always will be a bit of a “FLY FISHING CULTURE ON THE SKIDS” – sometimes a little more, and sometimes a little less. The one, the only, the original place for the Texas Fly Fishing Report and maybe a little bit more …

Tried crack – the redfish crack fly? How about a little redfish meth fly then?

Monday Morning Sidewalk

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Good morning, and welcome to wherever you arrived this fine Monday morning! I call it fine because it’s just fine if it rains a bit around these parts of North Texas today. Perhaps this spring’s rains will help curb the USACE’s appetite for dry, dusty ground over great habitat on my local lake Ray Roberts. One would think a more cautious approach (slower releases) would be taken until the Core knew that we were going to have normal rainfall into the Ray Roberts’ drainages – for CERTAIN. I guess they know more than the taking weather-heads though.

So this week will be splotched with rain, and that rain is concentrated up and down the core of Texas – down Austin way, and training all the way up into the midwest USA. If you are a little east, or a little west of the train, then you could miss out on the rain completely. So that obviously tints the perspective on fly fishing across the State this week. But when the train moves east, like it did overnight? Houston gets shut down, and we have sun peaking out as I write.

There’ll be plenty of fresh water heading for the coast, and arriving later this week. The Texas Hill Country could be inundated, and I saw the Paluxy River in Glen Rose up close and personal on Sunday – a raging torrent of rising water. Check out the video on  the Texas Fly Caster Instagram page.

I just received a text that they have opened up the Possum Kingdom Lake Dam even more, and it is currently showing a 20-thousand CFS flow. That IS biblical. We’ll be going there as soon as they close it back down, and sampling the striper menu with you.

I was actually in the beautiful surroundings of Glen Rose and the Paluxy all weekend, as a participant in the Reel Recovery event there. And what an event it was, and what an organization it is. If you are unfamiliar with Reel Recovery, it’s fly fishing retreat for male cancer survivors, cancer beaters and men living with cancer. It’s for all ages (unfortunately – the young get cancer too), and had a wonderful mix of fly fishing and (I guess you’d call it) group counseling and discussions. In reality, the event is loosely about fly fishing, and more about dealing with healing. For me, it was an interesting discovery when  I figured out talking (out loud / vocalizing) is a lot different from writing about cancer, or thinking about it and never talking about those thoughts. There’ll be more on Reel Recovery later this week, or when time allows.

Toward the end of this week, it’s off again to Seguin, Texas, and a good family visit. After that, weather willing, the season kicks in in earnest. Yes, the Guadalupe runs through the back 40, but it’ll probably be running over by the time I get there! 

If you find yourself in a flooding situation, turn around and don’t drown. And please don’t take any chances with a 9-foot lightning rod in your hand either! Watch the weather radars if you do go out because these clearing hours may only last a few hours before more storms, fueled by warmer afternoon temperatures, can turn violent quickly. I like the Hi-Def Radar app, and they go out of their way to tell users they DO NOT do predictive imaging, which I think is very good policy.


Texas Fly Fishing Report – Walk Quickly Between the Raindrops!

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

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It’s Friday, and we’re battening down for a rainy weekend around [ppw id=”133619549″ description=”Fly Fishing Report” price=”.10″]

North Texas. As it just so happens, I am headed out the door to a Reel Recovery event down near Glen Rose, Texas. This time I’ll be a participant, and get a feel for what the organization is all about, and maybe see if I fit into their future. It’s funny, I had a burst of feeling great, virtually restored, yesterday (still feeling that way today actually). It came after a hard day’s  work in the yard … maybe that’s my next profession? Anyway, as good as I have been feeling, it’s hard to imagine being looked after at an event like Reel Recovery.

As for the normal Texas Fly Fishing Report, we’ve been off for a couple of weeks because the instability in the weather patterns just don’t leave any room for a predictable window of fly fishing opportunity yet. It is as likely we will be holed up, out of the rain, down at this weekend’s event, as it is likely the sun will break out and the fly fishing will be ON. Video reports on YouTube right now – TexasFlyCaster YouTube Channel – are, likewise, seemingly pointless.

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