Tag: Texas Weather

Monday Morning Sidewalk – Beyond The Weekend To Forget

| April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Putting Out The Fire With Gasoline

What a weekend to forget, wasn’t it? My sympathy goes out for those who got themselves ramped up and ready for the Lake Athens Fly Fishing Festivus, only to have the day blasted by cold weather and high winds. I haven’t heard anything from Johnny on the Lake, but I was out in it (not fishing) and the strength and intensity of this cool front qualifies as “freakish” to my way of thinking about early April. And thanks to environmental regulatory rollbacks, we are headed toward worse extremes, more unpredictable seasons and, really, who knows what else?

Good Monday Morning! I appreciate your staying off the weed(s), off the grass and on the weekly Monday Morning Sidewalk column. It is still the most popular day for fly fishers to land here, and so it’s the one column I make sure to try and get DONE and IN on time.

I was wide awake Saturday night (as opposed to being half conscious at the recording time) when I cued up the first episode of the new season of “Texas Insider Fishing Report” to see Brie’s baby bump and a few other subtle changes to that show. They ARE making improvements, and if you are an offshore person – you should NEVER miss this show. I did have a hard time telling whether their reporting has taken a turn toward over hype, or if the coast is really as HOT as they say it is. The reports divide the state in wide horizontal swaths for the most part, and that’s no favor to the fishermen doing the reporting; Texas is a wide state! There’s a balance of freshwater fishing reported as well, and things are apparently just as HOT inland as they are on the Texas Gulf Coast. Regardless of whether the reports are true or hyped, the show did nothing but pour gasoline on the fire around here. Once we get warmer mornings, and the wind stays down? NOTE – There’s a delay before these episodes show up on YouTube, but subscribe and get notified when they are posted.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Wanna go round in circles? The weather isn’t done with us just yet, but if you are a paid YouTube Subscriber – you got access to two detailed fly fishing hotspots that are a short drive from Dallas or Fort Worth, Texas.

If you were looking for a Texas Fly Fishing Report on the YouTube Channel, I have decided not to do those unless there are changes in the reporting. There was very little measurable difference between the last week of March 2018 and the first week of April … and so it goes.

The SPRING WINDOW is getting smaller with every passing day of bad conditions, so that means a few things; FIRST – Our mascot Mr. Finn – has yet to step aboard the boat. SECOND – We are going to have to blow right past fly fishing what we know (Lake Ray Roberts), and GO to that list of other nearby lakes RIGHT AWAY. And the timing for rising gas prices? Could it be more perfect?

Monday Morning Sidewalk – April’s Fool

| April 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Yes, I am an April fool when it comes to expecting different weather from the same month of April in North Texas.

GONE FISHING

Good Monday Morning along the Sidewalk. I hope your Sunday Morning Sidewalk took you through a field of easter eggs yesterday morning … and maybe some of those eggs were filled with your favorite fishing fly! If not, I hope none of you were made April Fools by this freaky weather we are having.

It’s a gloomy morning here in North Texas, and everyone I talk to says they’ve had just about enough of this taint weather for this, our winter-spring taint. We tilted to winter yesterday afternoon as the winds did a 180 turn and came barreling out of the north with a blast of cool air.

We’re left with seriously gloomy skies and a nip in the air – as I rush through this to get out and GO SEE what’s happening on the fringes of a local lake and maybe even tackle a pond in town on the return leg of today’s outing.

Of course, there’s photography clients to satisfy first, a fritzing internet connection and a plethora of other problems that wait impatiently for resolution – just the everyday run of the mill Monday. You know what I’m talking about.

Days and days are passing away without a wetted line – just because of this weather, and it’s to the point where we just have to buck-up against the elements and give it our best shot. Today is one of those days.

CCA Fort Worth Chapter Crawfish 2018

Last week wasn’t a total washout though. The CCA Fort Worth Chapter hosted a crawfish boil that was something to behold. We all know Fort Worth has a strict male dress code of high waisted nut-busting Wrangler jeans and huge earth-shadowing 100-X brimmed felts, but the combination of that and a fishing shirt? It was something to behold, but unfortunately is hard to clear from my mind.

PoPs Fly Shop Fly Success

It wasn’t a total washout in the fly selling business either. PoP sold a dozen of the Clousers he’s so popular for – jig-hooked in colors that excite – to a couple of guys headed to the 16 Bridge below Possum Kingdom Lake, and the brothers were apparently happy with their results, as another order for flies will probably be taken this week. We’re getting short on all supplies now, and for you who tie flies: Remember to shop Barlow’s Tackle on I75 in Dallas, and buy local with eyes from Allen Fly Fishing at their warehouse in Southlake, TX.

For subscribers to the YouTube Channel’s Private Video Network – I am going to break down two local spots with GPS numbers and I will also take a Google Earth satellite image of a local public pond and break it down with an overlay that shows where the fish are on that pond, and how to get to them. This is the good stuff backed by years of research, and presented in a short personal video to you who subscribe ONLY. You won’t be elbow-to-elbow with anyone because of these private subscriber videos, and nobody’s spots will be overrun.

IF YOU ARE NEW

If you are new to the fly fishing scene in Texas, you’re hardly alone! The beginning of every month, all across Texas, there’s a flurry of fly fishing club meetings. And they actually start tonight in Dallas with the Dallas Fly Fishers, and there are tons more – something within your range no matter (well almost no matter) where you are in this huge State. I will be tweeting out those meetings (as I can and remember to do so).

If you’re strictly a watcher? There is always the Texas Fly Caster YouTube Channel which is still the most consistent and longest running Channel about fly fishing in Texas.

Thanks for tuning in this dreary morning! This week holds little hope of good weather, so it’ll just have to be good enough, and that’s it.

Fly Tie Tuesday – PoPs Fly Shop Reminder

| February 20, 2018 | 0 Comments
Clouser minnow for Texas Saltwater fly fishing

Clouser tied with coyote on top, and pink on bottom to emulate small shrimp. Sold HERE! Pops Fly Shop

Being sick just ain’t what it used to be! It’s lasting me longer than I want, and I gots things to do, and flies to tie!

I certainly enjoyed plenty of activity at my old site www.popsflyshop.com, but the world’s hackers just wouldn’t leave it alone, so I shut it down awhile back. Remember when the internet used to be fun? It’s a fading memory now …

POPS FLY SHOP IS HERE

So we have a new menu item at the top of the page, and it leads to PoPs Fly Shop and some images of what I sell under the increasingly prescient monicker of “PoPs.” I don’t mind it because I can take it with me wherever I go, when I go – to some other latitude that understands the need for a good supply of killer flies and items they can’t find anywhere else. Heck, the vast majority of my sales went to Houston and further south.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The fly scene in Houston is so much more open, friendly, huge and down to earth than the scene I find myself in here.

So keep an eye on that page, and I will see if I can salvage the images from the old files of the website hackers burned to the ground.

WEATHER

Thankfully, being sick coincides nicely with the weather we are in today. I’d say it’s rained an inch already this morning, and it’s still coming down pretty heavy. A few more days of this and off goes the burn ban, and away goes the drought here in North Texas. Will we be so fortunate? All these other lakes in my sites are probably benefitting more than those north of the Messtroplex, and that DOES bode well for our spring searches of those named lakes.

Finn had his time out in the rain this morning, and unlike our other companion, he has absolutely no aversion to rain – he seems to like it. Breaking him in on the skiff next month, now there’s a trick to witness. His birthdate just didn’t jibe with the seasons that would have him on the water at a younger age. Forecast: A slow motion train wreck.

Thanks for tuning back in, and if you read, you can raise your expectations here!

Happy Monday Birthday Thomas McGuane

| December 11, 2017

Good Monday Morning to you all! To say the world is frazzled just doesn’t do the frenetic pace justice these days … but today is Thomas McGuane’s birthday, and at the ripe young age of 78-years, I do hold out hope that I will find myself alive and well at his age.

For those unacquainted with McGuane, he is very nearly the antithesis of diarist John Gierach in his writing style. [ppw id=”183910827″ description=”Reading and Writing” price=”.25″]

Yeah, I read both, but I guess I am old enough to have my preferences — and crazy enough to express them in a public forum. Heck, PC’s done nothing for me, that much is certain.

If you are seeing holes in the timeframe of posts, fly outings and such; that is because we just finished our largest and most successful ever “Leslie’s Backyard Holiday Art Show” last Saturday (no fly guys showed up with the secret password by the way), and today begins a short run “Pop-Up Shop” in Downtown Denton, Texas. Throw that together with a 32-hour-three-day work weekend for yours truly, and now you’re getting it? … the big picture.

Texas turned downright cold last week and the folks along the coast were freaked by the snow show from Corpus Christi, all the way up to Houston, Texas. I am still shaking my head because we had no snow here in North Texas – simply amazing. AND we are in a full-on burn ban here in Denton County, and yes, a full on drought once again. I, for one, am very happy for the salt to have a winter cold snap. THAT IS normal, and I believe the fish need NORMAL.

I’ll say it once again: The only place that does not get drought? Saltwater. They can suffer in other ways from the lack of freshwater intake, but there’s always water on the salt. Are you getting the picture of the future yet?

I had enough time to talk with people I trust about the state of the Art State over the weekend, and specifically how the internet has changed flavors so clearly this year. Folks have gone from the ease (sickness) of Facebook (and its fake news), to even shorter formats – Instagram. Now, you know I never miss the opportunity to drop my year of membership to social media, but I am pretty much moved on past Instagram as a venue – especially since it has been corrupted this year by the “likers” who don’t look at actual images, but try and entice a “like-for-like” response from other “Instagrammers.” Instagram is corrupted, and therefore pretty much an illegitimate format. I only “like” things I look at, and that hurts my standings of course.

No, we’re headed into long form in 2018 – the Loooooong Form. From the continuing challenges of YouTube, and over to a new-again interest in Podcasting that I am taking on as the ultimate challenge: painting a story in the mind’s eye, but keeping it technically easy and easy access and easy listening. Those are huge challenges, by the way. AND we will move into live broadcasting in 2018, simulcasting actually, any fixed reporting from the Fly Bar as well as any other opportunity that lends itself to the Periscope or Snapchat world (once again out in front of the fly fishing powers that be).

Have a great week, and feel free to call me if you are interested in truly unique gift shopping here in Denton, Texas! I will be working at the Pop-Up Shop several hours on weekdays, so come on by. Our hours are such that you can get off work in DFW, and come up here for shopping and a meal out in Downtown Denton, Texas. This shop will close just after Christmas, and the hours will get shorter right at Christmas, so make your plans and call me if you need more information!

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Watcher Wednesday It’s Floodin’ Down in Texas

| August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

When we say it’s “Floodin’ Down in Texas,” you know what we mean now don’t you? Texas proved it in the last seven days; we just do it bigger and better than anyone in these States. Bigger floods, bigger help and bigger hearts than anybody else. And I’ll stand on that statement.

There’s nothing to enjoy or celebrate today, and I hesitated to even post anything, but sometimes music says it all for us.

I was on the road yesterday, for a photo shoot down in Round Rock, Texas, and they were drying out from a weekend of rain. Last week, before all this, I had planned to roll a story on the new digs for Living Waters Fly Shop into this trip, but all plans got pushed; I talked to owner Chris Johnson, and he said they are in the midst of the moving frenzy and under pressure to get it done. So you can look forward to an interview of Chris whenever he is ready to allow cameras in to his new location.

What I saw on the road yesterday was subtle, but obvious if you are the observant type. Eighteen-wheelers are stacked up, parked all along I-35E’s rest stops and truck stops – stacked up solid. They’re basically circling the airport, waiting for it to reopen – hundreds of them.

Then there’s the strange behaviors; I saw a little old Subaru Forrester with fifteen five gallon gas cans strapped to the top of it. The math on that is mind boggling – seventy-five gallons of gas on top.

There were mini convoys of cars, stopped randomly on the roadside, dazed and somewhat confused. It seems that unprecedented weather brings unprecedented behavior. Plenty of us just don’t know what to do, or what we can do.

Around here, we are focusing on animals – pets rescued and displaced by Hurricane Harvey. We will be dropping new supplies off for the Denton Animal Support Foundation this morning at New York Sub Hub at 305 W. University Dr. (US 380). We are not able to take in any animals, but can certainly send some supplies in the right direction.