Tag: Texas Weather

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.

 

East Texas Takes a Beating: Waking up to the Aftermath This Monday Morning

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s the weekly Monday Morning Sidewalk

Death and destruction visited one of the most beautiful parts of Texas, East Texas, Saturday night. So while we hunkered down under the awning at my SO’s big birthday shindig, tornadoes were trenching up lives and property near Canton, Texas, and for miles around.

That news weighs heavily on my mind this Monday Morning. I often remark, “It’s only a matter of time,” when we take a direct hit, and all this hard work is blown away. It’s North Texas, and where we live spring is a game of Russian Roulette. I can’t even keep count of the number of spins we’ve had, but it’s in the low double-digits.

CLEAN UP AND RECOVERY EFFORTS

Maybe that’s why I am interested in helping out in East Texas, get back a few spins of that revolver, get some good karma back on my side? If you are in East Texas, our thoughts are with you. If you want to go to East Texas and work, or know how to get plugged into East Texas recovery efforts – CONTACT ME as soon as you read this. When you have as much time as I do, it’s not necessarily a luxury. (Besides – I am a bit of a closet chainsaw lover, and mine needs a good workout.)

AND IF I can’t get drafted into service in East Texas, I’ll be working away here; spring has thrown down a few dominoes of opportunity and none are the double-blank. Ray Roberts Dam was raging last I saw, the second blackberry harvest is about to pop BIG, and there’s an “off-road” opportunity I am want to revisit as well.

STILL READ BOOKS?

I DON’T KNOW how many of you still read books, or for my growing younger crowd – want to read books on fly fishing, but I had a book review run recently in the Lone Star Outdoor News, which gives me the green light to run that review (in original form) here. I’ll fit that in here this week, or you can go read the latest Lone Star Outdoor News.

PUTTING THE HIT OUT ON FACEBOOK

I got a pretty big reaction to my first shots fired on the pages of Facebook, and for those of you who do not partake in Facebook (the smart folks), I am basically formulating my own revolt against the internet succubus that Facebook has become. Facebook is out of date, bad code, negative on society and for me only a necessary investment of time – feeding it only for business from here on (Yeah, it’s necessary, but has never generated any ROI in eleven years of being there!). If you are also a Facebooker – STEP 1: is to admit you are a “Facebook Lurker” if that’s what you are. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but I certainly have ID’d many family members who get all their personal information from reading Facebook – STEP 2: You will be labeled a #facebooklurker, and blocked – unless you begin to talk! Just say no to Facebook, and revive the adventure of the internet, and exploring the open internet system.

THE WEEK AHEAD

Go out and have a fantastic week whatever you do! I will interrupt to bring you pertinent updates to the East Texas situation. If I am not summoned, I will be here to bring information about fly fishing as I receive it. Be safe in your driving on the sacrificial roads of the Golden Triangle (of death), and check back here EVERY DAY THIS WEEK for fresh content!

 

Water and Weather Wednesday

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the Texas Fly Caster Water Wednesday!

There’s big and small topics related to the weather, from the pointless deregulation of coal to micro storm events passing through North Central Texas.

Around here, the spring storm cycle has started and sometimes residents can miss the insurance agent by a matter of blocks – that’s how concentrated these storms are as the broad sweep comes by from west to east. Last night, for example, we had 60-mile-per-hour winds but no apparent damage or hail.

Further east and south, Rockwall, Texas, got a dose of everything and they are digging out and there are about 200-thousand thousand homes without electricity this morning. Several schools are closed for the day.

I took a look at northern creeks yesterday, and they were Nestlee Quick color and up to the top. And that is one of the effects this weather has; sudden creek flooding that throws everything off for a few days.

Stability, right now that’s what we need stability. This is the time of year when the whippersnappers jump the gun, and it’s just not time yet, so keep your powder dry. And keep reading of course! This last rain event will most likely top off area lakes again, and that means releases in April. Those releases will generate some of that increasingly famous action below dams. North Texas water is in good supply, even though drought colors are seeping into the map. Below the current map, the map from one year ago.

 

Water Wednesday – Push Your Calendars Ahead!

| March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

We just finished the warmest winter on record. It’s warm this week. We already have a North Texas spring-like storm brewing for this Friday. It makes you wonder how anyone could be a “climate denier.” It may be time to adjust the modern calendar, not just the clock!

Water temperatures are still pretty cold, but there were a couple of carp spread over a very large area, nibbling on the edges of Lake Ray Roberts yesterday.

We didn’t get any rain since last Wednesday, and the map is starting to creep. It will be interesting to see next week’s map versus last weeks map.

 

We have had high winds and heat for several days now, and those two things do contribute to lake evaporation. Click here to check Texas Lake Levels. That is a very good website.

Water Wednesday Daylight Saving Soggy Bottom Boys

| March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Are you still adjusting to the time change?

There are actually several very interesting motivations behind DST. You can read more about how it came into existence here – Time and Date

Texas rainfall drought map

Click on map for more details!

As we look at the drought map, we can see “abnormally dry” conditions sneaking back into Texas this Spring Break week. I am hearing that although the water flows are cut from lake-to-lake, the flows earlier in the month have finally brought crappie and lingering hybrids up into the creeks.

My plan for a day of “Soggy Bottom Boys” fly fishing will wait until tomorrow, as I go far to hit creeks that feed Ray Roberts. It’s just too crowded (in the creeks) the closer we get to Denton-DFW, and “non-locals” have officially invaded the Ray Roberts watershed (and it is probably permanent – the new normal).

Fly Fishing Soggy Bottom Boys

SOGGY BOTTOM BOY – Courtesy Photo (3/14/17)

Notice, I just slid a new name for the creek fly fishers – “Soggy Bottom Boys” – into the mix? “Soggy Bottom Boys” are the vibrant segment of the fly fishing scene in Texas who I have wondered aloud about – earlier this year. In the movie business, they call it “foreshadowing,” and what we are foreshadowing here is a long look at the Texas Soggy Bottom Boys of fly fishing.

I’ve given my own Soggy Bottom experience a lot of thought recently, and I did come up with my original Soggy Bottom experience from fifth grade. Add a friend’s experience with his young son only yesterday, and you can see there is no chance of the Texas Soggy Bottom Boys ever facing extinction.

It’s off to work on the Airstream today, but the weather the rest of this week means one thing – chase fish! And you won’t see me, because I will most likely be going Soggy Bottom fly fishing in search of these mega crappie I have heard about recently. For annual subscribers, you will get a text from the Soggy any time I find something worth a bother, and there are two YouTube videos coming this week – one privately distributed to the subscribers, and one public report.