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Water Wednesday Records Were Set

| April 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rain finally fell in North Texas in the last week. So much rain that it actually set new daily (same day) records that had been standing for years.

For we fly fishers, the rain injects some unpredictability into our outings, whether it’s the Nolan River, or your local dam release. Lake Ray Roberts had the valve opened earlier this week, and the fishing was starting to pick up there again. Of course that little jewel – below Ray Roberts – has been discovered by the crews from Frisco and Plano. So to get your favorite spot? You better be the early bird.

I have been hearing a lot of good things about the water south of Fort Worth, but time is not free right now to go find those spots, and overnight last night, a cool front kicked in and the wind is roaring today – shutting things down locally.

Apparently the site that provides the drought monitor maps is down, so you will just have to imagine an improving map!

Thanks for reading as always, and if you have any flooding pictures, SEND THEM IN!


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. 

Water Wednesday – Texas Water Conservation

| February 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcome to Water Wednesday, a regular column that monitors the water situation here in Texas.

This column was forged by fire, not rain during the last major drought that cost us so dearly over four years, four seasons of lake fly fishing. Right now things look pretty darn good, and I’ll always be prone to understatement because I don’t want to push our luck going into the rainy season.

In fact they actually opened the Lake Ray Roberts Dam yesterday a smidgen – it should be enough to show some fish by Thursday or Friday, but there’s one big problem with that guess; there is a huge (last time I saw it) log jam along the east fork of the Trinity right at the park on HWY 380. That jam will let water through, but it could well block fish from following their instincts and going upstream against that fresh current.

Here is your map that was created 2/14/17 –

texas drought map


Texas Fly Fishing – Water Wednesday

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments


Texas finished 2016 with lower than average rainfall. What do we have going forward into 2017? I’m not going to predict the weather – YOU DO IT! We lived through epic drought in the last ten years of the Texas Fly Caster website life, and that was followed by epic floods that, in the long run, did a lot of good for Lake Ray Roberts.

The winter patterns we are looking at the last two years, I believe, fall into a new category – the “New Normal.” At some point, we won’t be surprised by what happens anymore, and will settle into new ways of dealing with winters (and all seasons for that matter) that:

  • brings greater numbers of bull reds to greater portions of the Texas Gulf Coast
  • reestablishes a role for Texas in the tarpon world
  • nurtures and discards Texas freshwater lakes
  • scrambles freshwater patterns in lakes and rivers

Texas Drought map January 2017


Let’s have a look at the current (as in today’s) drought map for the State of Texas. Visit the SITE for statistics.

As you can see from the map, drought is creeping back in this winter, which isn’t all that unusual. D1 and D2 are creeping in to North Texas (TFC Home Base) today, and there’s surprising data for East Texas – in my opinion – as they are showing signs of drying out as well. Those are the facts. You make the call.

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Water Wednesday With Ozone Icing on Top

| June 29, 2016 | 0 Comments


If you think back to the old days of reading “Water Wednesday” reports on water conservation here in North Texas, you’ll remember the old adage passed along to me, “It always rains.” For now, that seems to be true. Sooner, or later it finally, always, rains. Now, that we are in year two of torrential spring rains, I think I have something to add to that old saying: It always stops raining.

If you look at this two year potential pattern, essentially we get rained on in biblical proportions in typical months, and then it just stops. Drought maps began to change color late last year, bringing back the dread of drought, and then it rained again. Remember the drought maps do not measure lake or reservoir levels.


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