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Texas Fly Fishing Report – Thursday 2-26

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Fly Fishing in TexasSnow, ice and rain are just part of the recent past and near future – here in North Texas this week. In the last few years, it has become predictable that the ides of early spring are squashed by a late winter last gasp here in North Texas. It won’t matter nearly as much, to me personally, come next winter, but the sheer brutality of winter this year is …

 

fly fishing in texas eastEAST TEXAS SAND BASS FULL ON

It’s time to pull the trigger and hit the water if you fly fish for sand bass. Typical patterns separate the timing of the boys from the girls, and when it comes to sand bass spring spawn; you should see the big fat girl fish! This is not more evident than over in East Texas and the Houston, Texas, area right now. The cold that is hiting here today will reach all the way to Houston in the next 24-hours, but looking at the forecast shows it to still be about fifteen degrees warmer there than here on the grassy plains. Photographs from Houston Fly Fishing look a lot like the ditch fishing we do here in spring, but there’s one big difference – the creeks have water, and they’re catching fish! Follow Danny Scarborough on Instagram at HoustonFlyFishing. He’s tuned in to the creeks and lakes, and available for bookings.

fly fishing austin texas #flyfishingCENTRAL TEXAS SPRING LARGEMOUTH BASS WAKING UP

Move on down to Austin, Texas, and the fly fishers at Allwater Guides, and these guys are already on to spectacular Colorado River largemouth bass. This group of Orvis Endorsed Guides will put you on the fish, and if you are a regular reader here, you know I believe that Austin, Texas, and the surrounding area, is the epicenter of the Texas fly fishing scene.

Fly Fishing on the Texas Gulf CoastTEXAS GULF COAST COUNTING BLESSINGS

If you look at the track of these storms that sweep across Texas and then to the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, you will see that there’s little impact to the south of a line that (liberally) runs from Austin to Houston. That means a huge majority of the Texas Gulf Coast has been spared the ice, snow and cold weather that blasts through here and on to the Deep South and then Eastern USA. Even though they are spared the blasts we are getting, you will find fish mostly on the transitions – where the Intracoastal rolls up shallower, or in the guts. Fish are also being found on the humps and edges of oysters, but for fly fishers these are arguably the the most difficult days of the year.

We’ve been blessed for the better part of three decades on the Texas Gulf Coast – for not having one of those historic coastal freezes that triggers a huge fish kill event. (I quietly wonder how many of us realize that TPWD stocks redfish on our Gulf Coast.) Economically, the blessings of no hurricanes continue on the Texas Coast as well. But to think that last blessing will go on forever is naive at best, foolhardy at worst. To me, it smells like we’re in for one (a hurricane) this year. Locally, I hear, “What we need is a hurricane,” when it comes to drought relief around these parts. No, WE really don’t. People die, and the destruction lasts a lot longer than the benefits to the watersheds does (see TFC articles on conservation please).

Be sure to check in with Scott Null, Scott Sommerlatte and Eric Glass if you are looking for top shelf Texas Gulf Coast guiding services. These guys have virtually abandoned updating their websites, but they can be found on Facebook (yeah, Facebook has been down behind the scenes lately) for better or worse – all the time.

THE KAYAK SCENE

I have been spending a little more time and effort on the kayak lately, and was surprised to see there’s actually a kayak bass tournament in Lubbock, Texas, of all places! IF YOU are in West Texas, you don’t have to be a fly fisher to compete in these kayak “fishing” tournaments (not a “fly” event), and it appears that with the economy picking up, so are the opportunities to pit yourself against other kayak fishers – all across Texas – in several tours and events.

While the general economy may be on the go, I am still working my way along to get past kayaks and into boats, and the gear I am coming up with for kayaks these days will be transferred over to a boat when that time does come. I’ll bring readers into the loop on the technology that is coming online this year, on kayak, and maybe it will help inform you on what to consider and what to avoid.

HOUSTON BOUND

Things will get a little sketchy around the TFC site in the next few days, as we hit the road, and visit the Houston Fishing Show, dodge weather bullets, and maybe get free and clear to find some of that sand bass on fly action around Houston. If YOU want the most up-to-the-minute reporting, you’ll want to tune into Texas Fly Caster Instagram or TexasFlyCaster Twitter for that information.

I am looking for some “cultural enlightenment” while in the Houston area, so if you know of any locations or events (think art or brewery or feeding), please feel free to let me know via e mail or text me at the number 8040-083-049. Think backwards please.

 

Don’t Miss it! The Inshore Expo – Fishing Tackle Unlimited

| November 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Tips, tricks and techniques for Fly and Conventional Anglers who like to keep it shallow.

FISHING TACKLE UNLIMITED

Saturday, December 13, 2014
8723 Katy Freeway
10 am – 5 pm

Featuring:
Captain Rob Fordyce
Rob is a professional saltwater guide with over 30 years of experience guiding anglers for big tarpon as well as permit, bonefish, snook and many other saltwater gamefish. ONLY guide to have won all four major Fly Tarpon Tournaments in the 50 year history. Co- authored Tarpon on Fly in collaboration with Donald Larmouth. Rob also is one of the fly-fishing Captains on Destination America’s TV show called Silver Kings.

With Special Guests:
Captain Scott Null – guide, writer and outdoor photographer
Captain Scott Sommerlatte – renowned guide and outdoor writer. Scott is best known to most of Texas as a premier Fly Fishing Guide, but is known to the rest of the country as a spectacular outdoor photographer and writer as well.
Michael Harris – Member of Texas Fly Fishers & Pro Staffer or Jackson Kayaks

 

SEMINARS

  • 11:00am: “Fly Fishing from a Kayak” with Michael Harris – Jackson Kayak Pro Staff and accomplished fly fisherman. He will also talk about tactics for shallow water fishing and showing off some of the NEW Jackson boats in the fall line-up.
  • 12:30pm: Fly Fishing Baja with Frank Smethurst. Frank has a ton of experience in the Baja region and is famously known for his video “Running Down the Man” about surf fishing for roosterfish. One of the best fly fishing videos you’ll ever see.
  • 2:00pm: Tarpon Fishing and Tactics with one of the world’s best, Captain Rob Fordyce. Rob is the only captain to have won all four major Fly Fishing Tarpon Tournaments in the 50 year history. He’s also the Co-author of Tarpon on the Fly and is one of the hosts for Discovery’s Destination America NEW TV show called Silver Kings.
  • 3:30pm: Freshwater Trout Tactics from Texas to the Rockies with Jake McKittrick. Jake is a long time guide and respected angler based out of Colorado who’s fished for trout the world over. He will discuss tactics to apply from the Guadalupe to the Rockies.
    Casting and Tying Demonstrations all day long!!
  • Whether you’re new to fly tying or an accomplished tier, you’ll be able to pick up some new tricks. We’ll also be displaying some of the New Enrico Puglisi material for the show.
  • Renowned rod builder Kenny Murph will be on hand all day to answer all your rod building questions. Great opportunity to learn from one of the finest robs builders around!

FACTORY REPS TOO!

Eric Kraimer (Simms, Scientific Angler, Buff, Abel, Ross)

-Darin Jacober (Sage, Rio and Redington)  Darin will have all his companies set up in a trailer outside the store near our casting area for customer to look over and try.

-Hughes Andry (Loomis, Shimano)

Frank Smethurst and Jake McKittrick (Scott Fly Rods (New addition at FTU), Airflo Fly Lines (New Addition at FTU), Montana Fly)

-Banning Collins (TFO, Hatch, Waterworks, Winston and Umpqua)

-Mark Shelton (Tibor, Fishpond, Dr. Slick)

NOTE – If you fly fish and you are within range of the dominant, and only Houston fly shop, Fishing Tackle Unlimited, this is a great chance to hear from some guys I follow religiously – Scott Sommerlatte and Scott Null. Captain Null operates in the northern regions of the Galvston system, while you can find Captain Sommerlatte further south in Port O’Connor, Texas. Both are known for their fly fishing expertise, and you can certainly find their names here by digging through the archives (search box on right). And it’s a chance to visit with some of the factory reps I know, like the ever helpful Banning Collins and Eric Kraimer.

Fly Fishing Port O’Connor Texas – One Year Later

| July 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

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I apologize to the YouTubers out there for this video not getting into the lineup last year, but the reality is I laid in a soundtrack that made it violate the terms of uploading – because of that music. So, I went out and paid a local musician, a maestro, to produce something original for this video. Now, I have a lot to learn about looping loops, not fly loops thank God, and this is a short piece that gets spliced together to run long enough. I don’t think I can afford a huge piece of music composed straight up for a particular video. Don’t be surprised if you hear this one again! That’s what happens when coin changes hands in the Chicken Fried Nation – leftovers for everyone!

This video came out last year,and sounded and looked different. I hope Scott Sommerlatte approves of the cut, and his photos! He’s certainly one of the prominent guides on the Texas Gulf Coast, and it doesn’t hurt that his beat is Port O’Connor, Texas, either! You may remember the story that goes with the original video, but if you missed it, be sure and ask – and ye shall receive a link back, way back, to about this time in 2013.

If you are in need of original soundtracks, royalty free, for your videos or other purposes, here the guy you want – Rick at www.genevapostaudio.com, and you can e mail him at [email protected] Rick is extremely responsive, and quick to get your sounds done.