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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!


Texas Fly Fishing Report

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Thanks for watching! I hope this makes a difference in your summer search for fish. The last part of the video contains a shot of a sand bass frenzy at Lake Ray Roberts Monday evening. Cool stuff. Unfortunately though, the sand bass are all too small to keep.

I am also seeing schools of roaming largemouth bass these days. That is something I have not seen on Ray Roberts, but with the population of largemouth off the charts, there will be a lot of new observations of the bass population behavior in coming years.

Texas Fly Fishing Report 030516 – Sand Bass on Fly and More

| March 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Hey everyone! I thought I would rush this video out to try and get into the habit of weekly fly fishing reports again. It’s the weekend, so it’s easy to stay off the water, but it’s hard to stay inside.

This report contains some information on Lake Ray Roberts sand bass on fly – happening right now, and a general walk across much of Texas. I also show you my first gyotaku print of a beautiful sand bass I caught on February 29. I have a lot of learning to do about this new (to me) art form! It certainly is a fantastic way to collect “trophies” of your trophies though.

Thanks for watching and enjoy the video. Please feel free to provide us with information about your fly fishing wherever you are in Texas (or anywhere!).


Fly Fishing Tropical Depression Bill Today

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

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What can I say? I just had to sample the storm, so I bucked up, and sealed the storm hatches and went out to test the storm on the riprap of Lake Ray Roberts Dam this morning. Unfortunately, I was sheltered by the wind – to a fault – on one side (talk about humid), and the highly productive far side (west) would have blown rain hard enough in my face to knock my teeth out.

Nevertheless, the bite was as good as it was last week, and still working under the same pattern – tight schools that migrate in and out of range. I only wish the far side was open for a fair shot.

FISH FLASH – Trophy Crappie and Huge Sand Bass on Fly

| June 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

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This information, like so many FISH FLASH posts, is timely. That means what happened this evening will happen tomorrow, if conditions – that are controlled by the USACE – remain the same. However, no matter what, no FISH FLASH lasts forever!

How would huge crappie and sand bass on the fly sound right about now? Well this HOT SPOT is one of those that only comes around when conditions are just right.

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And conditions on the far side of the dam riprap at Lake Ray Roberts, Texas, are just about as good as it gets with current flow this evening, and if the flows continue at current levels, tomorrow should be more of the same great fly fishing.

Of course crappie and sand bass can bite in waves, and they can only bite at certain hours as well, but with the dam at the current flow there are quite a few more challenges than just catching in waves.

What you’ll want to do is to go ahead and walk over to the far side of the dam waterway, and work your way down the riprap where it meets raw river bank. Stay on the riprap.

Cast straight across with all you have, an eight weight is about right. White Clousers will do just fine — white/white and red over white as usual. Go for a middle weight if you have it, and if you have rattle-eyed Clousers, you will score even more fish. If you go in the evening, switch to black as the west side (you’re on) goes into shade.

Floating line and nine foot leaders are fine. I would go ahead and use a 10# tippet, and I still only using fluorocarbon as usual. The heavier the tippet, the easier it is to pull through the weeds and bushes you are bound to catch. Even the slightest distraction from your drift can land you with a snagged and irretrievable fly. I lost three flies and destroyed three leaders this evening.

So you’ve cast straight across, and thrown a large loop of line upstream to keep your fly from swinging in too soon, and to give you more water coverage. The current at what it is, will tug on your line as it catches current. Go ahead and feed the current some more fly line.

Once the fly finds the slower water column, start stripping in your fly being sure to keep yourself, and / or your rod pointed to where you want it – to miss the near shore slot. It needs to be about fifteen to ten feet offshore. If you’re standing too high on the rocks, you’ll get snagged and your column will be to close to shore. Too far out, and there’s no fish in that fast water. The target is small, but chock full of fish. Mind your fly line. Take a towel to throw on the rocks and cover the cracks the line would get caught in.

If you strip fast, you’re more likely to catch sand bass, while a long slow strip puts two-pound crappie in your grease.

Beware of the siren warning you that they’re about to open the gate, and if the gate is already open again (this is the unpredictable part), all bets are off.

The great thing is that you’ll be all alone on the far side, and you’ll be one of the only ones catching fish! There are a lot of people there trying to catch catfish, and a few are having success, but not like the fish you’ll score on the far side. See you there at sunup!