Tag: Texas Fly Fishing Report

Friday Fly Report New Story Drake Magazine on Newsstands Now

| December 22, 2017

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report Gift Giving Drake Magazine Goes Big

Well, I wish there were more time for a Christmas fly fishing present list, but not in the life I lead nowadays!

Word started trickling in that the story on Clyde going to Rockport – Port Aransas, Texas, had actually gone “big” in the winter Drake Magazine, and sure enough, the editors decided to go two pages, a tease on the cover and a few photographs inside. To my way of thinking, story ideas should come pouring in now! (Right)

I will grab a copy and make sure to brag (show-and-tell) a little more when that chance comes along. The insanity of going to a mall, and speculating the local bookstore (at the mall) has the magazine, is frightening. Why even bother?

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Saturday is the last day at the Pop Up Shop in Denton, Texas, so for those of you who are sitting there on the fence wondering what to get? Let me spend my last bit of effort on “Christmas Gift Giving” in pointing you to the shop located 301 S. Locust St., Denton, Texas. You will find something there that fills the bill. Unfortunately, none of my fly artist folks came through with anything (to sell) this year – which I honestly half-expected. Those who dabble in art soon realize what the game is all about – when deadline push comes to shove. I will be ready next year with an entirely new line of art in several different media, and almost all fish based – and no gimmicks.

THE REPORT You Decide

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I see plenty of reports of FAT redfish in the area where Hurricane Harvey made landfall, and I see a lot of speckled trout being caught as well. The specks do winter well (remember Leslie’s fish from January 2016?).

To read the saltwater report from TPWD, simply click here – TPWD Current Saltwater Report, un-pimped and from the source. What a gig, getting paid by the state to reproduce those weekly reports that barely ever change! 

With the current weather, your best bet (if you are in North Texas) is to head for Oklahoma. This is the weather we’ve needed, and once the water clears from the runoff, it should colder which helps even more. I had a local contributor give me some super inside info on fly selection for the Blue River this week

If you are an Instagram watcher, then (I assume) you see the cute way images are coming from BendBow lately? Blotting the background at what was once the Evening Hole, or other “magical, mystical” locations? Just a little too cute for my taste … just calling it as I see it.

It’s hard to believe how sketchy posts have become here, but I am looking for someone to notice that there’s slack in this line, and so far? If you read this low down in the post, I like you even more! I believe something has happened to people’s reading habits, and I feel I am behind on the uptake? It wouldn’t be the first time.

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Friday Fly Fishing Report – Oklahoma and Texas

| December 1, 2017

New to the Texas fly fishing scene?

You’ve come to the right place. Just about every week, I compile information sent to me by e mail subscription from taxpayer supported organizations, like the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and during winter coldwater season, from the Oklahoma Wildlife Department. The information comes in bulk form, and I whittle it down to what is the essence of what I would want to know if I were you. I am not a newbie, so take that last sentence with a grain of rock salt, and a heaping helping of optimism. Why? Because you have still landed on the most in depth and interactive fly fishing website based in Texas (and just about anywhere else for that matter). I’ve been called arrogant (by the guy who’s photo is in the dictionary under the word). There are so many synonyms for arrogant, feel free to fill in your blank with whatever works for you. And when you’re done, be sure to simply count up ten years of information, and count up the number of words in almost 2-thousand individual posts while you’re at it.

Sure, Google doesn’t rank this site where it should be. The only time they did was back in the days when their spiders were accurate. Nowadays? Search is covered up by Google ads, geek fly fishers who’ve stuffed the internet with worthless incoming links, and even dead sites that never move or change. Page rank has become a worthless measure. They (Google) are even doing their best to destroy YouTube these days – making imbedding more difficult (so you have to go to YouTube), and with declining ranking standards. Regardless, Youtube is still showing the greatest future potential of the internet, bar none.

Is it any wonder so many have retreated to the fake news of Facebook. We may as well call it “Fakebook.” Of course they can’t be held responsible …

Coming in for a Hard Landing – JUMPING OFF THAT SOAP BOX NOW!

FRIDAY DECEMBER 1

I just felt like writing that out long board style, so maybe the end of this year will come even sooner than I want. This was one of those years. It had good, it had bad, and it still has downright ugly going on.

The good was a carp season, a season to end all carp seasons, and just maybe it has? The only season that compares to 2017 was the 2016 season, and that’s in the last ten years. The trends are pretty well documented here – for the last ten years. I would be looking the fish gods in the eye if I said I think the 2018 season will compare to the last two.

We are dry as a bone after two good water years. I don’t hear anyone talking the dreaded “d” word yet, but if December is like November? that’s what we will have – another good old drought. File drought under ugly.

The bad was, and continues to be, the ongoing beat-down of my photography business. While there have been the best bright spots (articles in Lone Star Outdoor News and Drake Magazine), the dark days dominate the year (magazine closures). Most of my “old” friends still marvel that I have been a photographer for so long now (30 years). It certainly helped to create this site ten years ago, and hone my writing to create complete packages for publications. Still, if things were as in the past, I would be spending all my free time in Port Aransas and Rockport documenting that disaster … it seems like it’s already forgotten, and if money didn’t matter? It would be an epic photographic story. I am sure some trust-funder will get that done in my stead.

I’m no hipster-trust-funder-fly-fan in case you haven’t noticed, so the long exhausting manual labor weekends are filed under bad, but also under good. They’re good because I am much stronger than before the bout with HPV throat cancer two years ago, much much stronger. Of course with this particular manual labor comes the threat of serious injury, and I teeter on that edge every single weekend. The beat goes on.

DECEMBER 1 Report

OKLAHOMA

Blue River

November 28. Elevation normal, water 53 and clear. Trout good on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, midges, nymphs, PowerBait, gold spoons and San Juan worms around points, rocks, below rifles and obstructions in current in deeper water. Stocked approximately 4,800 rainbow trout on November 22. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Lower Mountain Fork

November 26. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on PowerBait along rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

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Texas Fly Fishing Report Going Around The Bend and Back Again

| October 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Waltz Across Texas

Twelve-hundred miles down this week, and I never left Texas. The drive started here in Denton, made the long run to the Rio Grande Valley, and hit the second stop two days ago in Houston before closing the triangle this morning upon return to Denton, Tejas. Heck of a deal … retirement homes, heart hospitals and the like. An old artist friend in the Valley asked where I wanted my angel wings painted. I suggested he paint them on the car.

As we are here to talk fly fishing, fly fishing reports and the like … I best not deviate from the menu you have come to have a taste for over these many years. The last I will say about that journey may sound hokey, and you young bucks I saw at 8th Wonder last night may think I am an old hoot, but I’ll tell you – life goes by in the blink of an eye – just like that birthday I passed on the road this week.

I am not doing a video this week, as the weather is a blustery, misty fifty-degrees out on the Fly Bar, and the morning’s commute from Houston has me bleary-eyed. But we certainly can reprint the parts of the Texas Fly Fishing Report that matter and YOU CERTAINLY can read! I must throw in some conversations from last night at 8th Wonder as well — as those conversations are what really makes this site and the reporting here – REAL and ACCURATE.

STARTING WITH THE SCUTTLEBUTT 

GALVESTON BAY

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the Galveston Bay System, and it is fishing just like it would without fifty-five inches of rain drained into it. That is good to hear, although we did hear, early-on, about lost grass carp being caught in the bay. With this cold snap, we are setting up nicely for the November flounder run (says I).

GUADALUPE RIVER STRIPER

The most amazing news I had was from the Guadalupe River actually. Huge, and I want to emphasize HUGE striper are being caught along the Guadalupe River. One striper, found dead, came in at 47-pounds. That is no typo – forty-seven Texas, USA, pounds. Teens and twenties are sighted regularly, and being caught on occasion (yes there is photographic evidence on one particular phone). Break out your ten weight, and contact me for the details on the guide doing this with some consistency. These striper have been witnessed eating a c-and-r 20-inch largemouth bass in two bites tail first, so take your woolly buggers with you – and go home.

Although the flows were curtailed over the summer, there are holdover trout in abundance – both brown and rainbow. I saw phone fish porn that would make YOUR heart skip a beat – healthy and colorful trout being caught on the Guadalupe, and some significant stocking of the waters coming VERY SOON this season. This promises to be an epic year on the Guadalupe, and with the continuing “situational” fly fishing in Oklahoma? This should be your year to cash in your boxtops for a Guadalupe River float trip. You’ll be able to go for quantity (if that’s your thing), and in this rare instance, you will have an opportunity for quality as well. I can hook you up with a few guides who are onto these holdovers as well – CONTACT ME.


Last night’s event was a fly tying event put on by Bayou City Angler, and hosted by the 8th Wonder. Thanks once again for the kind and warm reception I once again received from the Houston Bayou City Angler patrons and employees who took the time to talk to me, tell stories and listen to my stories about stories – which I seem to be doing a lot more than casting a fly lately! You guys make me feel welcome and an outing with the Houston crew, Stacy Lynn et. al., is as much of a family feel as I have ever gotten in the fly world. It always seems to lead to some fantastic fly fishing as well!

If you are lucky enough to live near Houston, be sure to visit the fantastic brewery 8th Wonder east of Downtown Houston, Texas. I was able to sample their compliment of beers last night, staying away from those IPA’s so popular with the hipsters, and really enjoyed their “regular” beer offerings. Of course, tonight is game three of the World Series, so I wouldn’t even go close to Minute Maid during the three game close-out of the Dodgers. So, do any of you know what the 8th. Wonder of the world actually is?

ON TO THE REGULAR REPORTING

TEXAS

North Sabine

Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad on soft plastics. Redfish and flounder are good in the marsh on shrimp. Flounder are good on shrimp, shad and Gulps at the mouths of bayous.

South Sabine

Trout are fair to good under birds and pods of shad. Redfish are good at the jetty on live bait and cracked crabs. Flounder are good on Gulps around marsh drains.

Bolivar

Trout, black drum, sand trout and redfish are good at Rollover Pass. Trout are fair to good while drifting shell on plastics. Bull redfish are good on the beachfront.

Trinity Bay

Trout are good for drifters working pods of shad and mullet on soft plastics and Gulps. Redfish are fair to good on the east and north shorelines on shrimp and Gulps.

East Galveston Bay

Trout and large Gulf trout are good for drifters working deep shell on plastics and fresh shrimp. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in the marsh around drains on shrimp. Trout are good on topwaters for waders working mud and shell.

West Galveston Bay

Bull redfish and flounder are good at San Luis Pass on shrimp and shad. Sheepshead, redfish and black drum are good at the jetty on shrimp and crabs. Trout are good on topwaters for waders working the shorelines.

Texas City

Gulf trout are good in the channel on fresh shrimp. Redfish are good in Moses Lake on shrimp.

Freeport

Trout and redfish are fair to good on the reefs in Christmas Bay and Bastrop Bay. Bull redfish are good around Surfside and at the Quintana jetty on crabs, shrimp and mullet.

East Matagorda Bay

Trout are good for drifters on live shrimp over humps and scattered shell. Trout and flounder are fair to good on muddy shorelines on soft plastics.

West Matagorda Bay

Trout are good on sand and grass humps on soft plastics and topwaters. Redfish are good on live shrimp at Shell Island, Oyster Lake, Crab Lake and Mad Island on the incoming tide.

Port O’connor

Bull redfish are good at the jetty on crabs, mullet and shad. Trout are good on the reefs in San Antonio Bay on live shrimp.

Rockport

Trout are fair in the channel on free–lined shrimp. Redfish are good in Redfish Bay on mullet and crabs. Bull redfish are good in the Lydia Ann Channel and around Mud Island on shrimp and crabs.

Port Aransas

Redfish are fair at Shamrock Cove and Pelican Island on topwaters and Gulps. Bull redfish are good at the jetty and on the beachfront on natural baits.

Corpus Christi

Bull redfish are good in the surf on mullet and shrimp. Trout are fair for waders working mud and grass on Super Spook Jrs and Gulps.

Baffin Bay

Trout are good on topwaters and plum plastics around rocks and grass. Trout are good while drifting deep rocks on plum plastics. Flounder are good in the Land Cut on Gulps and jigs tipped with shrimp.

Port Mansfield

Redfish are good while drifting pot holes on topwaters and soft plastics under a popping cork. Trout and redfish are fair to good on the spoils on small topwaters and gold spoons. Flounder are fair to good at East Cut on Gulps and shrimp.

South Padre

Redfish are good in Airport Cove and on the Gas Well Flats on DOA Shrimp and Gulps. Trout are good on the flats on topwaters with high tides.

Port Isabel

Trout and redfish are good over potholes and grass flats on scented baits and topwaters. Redfish and flounder are fair to good in Cullen Bay on Gulps.

OKLAHOMA

LOWER MOUNTAN FORK
Submitted by:

Mark Hannah

Date:

10/22/2017

Lake Elevation:

Normal

Water Temp and Clarity:

Clear
 
Action: Good
Baits:  Powerbait, Worms
Locations: Shallows
TEXOMA

Submitted by:

Cody Jones

Date:

10/24/2017

Lake Elevation:

Above Average

Water Temp and Clarity:

Murky
 
Action: Good
Baits:  Flukes, Hair Jigs, Shad, Top Water
Locations: Below the dam, Flats, Main lake, Points
 
Action: Good
Baits:  Cut Bait, Dough bait, Punch bait, Shad, Worms
Locations: Main lake, Points, Riprap, River Mouth
 
Action: Fair
Baits:  Jigs, Minnows
Locations: Brush structure, Docks, Main lake, Standing timber
LOWER ILLINOIS

Submitted by:

Warden Jeremy Bersche

Date:

10/22/2017

Lake Elevation:

Normal

Water Temp and Clarity:

65, clear to murky
 
Action: Slow
Baits:  Nymphs, Powerbait
Locations: Below the dam, Spillway, and Watts WMU
 
 

Lower Illinois Additional Information:

Water releases related to generation 1500 to 3000 cfs occur regularly. Since the water runs then is shut off on a regular basis, sometimes daily, this is considered normal elevation. When the main gates are open along with the generators the elevation is considered high. No releases for a long period of time and low water in the Arkansas River, means low water levels in the Lower Illinois. After a water release, the water becomes dingy then settles out and clears. Stocking is still suspended due to water quality conditions.
Be sure to purchase your OKLAHOMA NON-RESIDENT Fishing License before you go!

Friday Texas Fly Fishing Report

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing Report

Enjoy this report, it may be awhile. You will see that I have gutted it – to include only saltwater information until it makes sense (or you report) to do otherwise. So the end scroll is short. If you want something to look forward to in Texas freshwater fly fishing this winter, I suggest you backtrack to the article on Texas Power Plant Lakes, and pick a lake – AND GO AFTER IT. I suggest you hit those power plant lakes soon. At the rate wind power is growing in Texas, we may not need cooling lakes in five years (yes I said five).

I am headed 560 miles south on Monday for a couple days, and they routing back through Houston to North Texas. Basically, next week is a thousand mile week related to family needs. This pushes back the Oklahoma adventures into November in all likelihood, but I hear it is still warm there anyway. I think it’s safe to say it needs to cool considerably before we can get a clear line on the fly fishing at BendBow. I am certainly not seeing much in the way of information coming from that direction, although stocking by Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation continues to stock BendBow as usual, and we can anticipate stocking to start on the Blue River as usual. Read their southwest region report – Oklahoma Southwest, and let me know where you’re going in the week ahead!

Well, I will take my communication devices with me on this odyssey next week, an emotional odyssey at that. So close to water, but so much more important things needing attention on this roundabout.

Texas Fly Fishing Report and Clyde Meets Harvey Slideshow

| October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Texas Fly Fishing Report Hurricane Harvey Slideshow

We’re still having trouble with the gutting of the “embed” function of YouTube (proportions may be off), but you get the picture! Thanks for watching, and let me know if you have any questions please! At some point I will be producing another audio based story from the interview I did with Captain Chuck Naiser, but it may be awhile.

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