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Outing Chat / Camp Honey Creek
« on: October 13, 2012, 09:44:01 AM »
Does anyone know anything about Camp Honey Creek in Hunt, TX  where the Texaswomen Flyfishers's will be next weekend?

Outing Chat / Forwarded to me by Montgomery County Fly Rodders
« on: August 08, 2012, 05:52:22 PM »

    Captain Steve Hollensed

    Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide

    FFF Master Certified Casting Instructor



    Current water temperature is about 86 degrees; lake level is 616 ASL; visibility is good to excellent.


    Striper fishing is very good to excellent now. Topwater action has been strong for almost two months now and should continue into early fall. Striper concentrations are now found on mid to main lake areas. Blitzes are occurring almost daily with the exceptions of a few Saturdays where weekend traffic has been a negative factor. (for whatever reason, Saturdays did not fly fish well in July) Best times are early morning to mid morning, however on some days we have found some excellent fishing in mid afternoon also. Poppers fished on the surface and streamers fished at or near the surface will catch lots of fish. The blitzing stripers are chasing shad that vary in size, so it pays to watch & observe the size of shad the fish are chasing. Another technique that has worked well this summer is casting integrated shooting heads like the Orvis Depth Charge line under the blitzing stripers or on deeper structure. When the blitzing stops, the schools often relate to deeper, topographic structure like humps, points, and ledges. Currently, we are fishing topwater patterns at first light around points and ledges for the bigger fish, then moving out to more open water to fish the blitzes as the light gets stronger.


    The Texoma striper population is in great shape. ODWC & TPWD reported that, based on the February 2012 biological surveys, a significant part of the population was between 16 inches & 24 inches, with 27% of the population over 20 inches long. This is very consistent with what we have observed on the water this year. Our state agencies are doing a great job of managing Lake Texoma.


    Smallmouth fishing is generally slow right now. However we had one of our best springs ever for smallmouth this year. April & May produced lots of smallmouth, with a good number of them over the 20 inch mark. Based on this, I am looking forward to a great fall smallmouth last fall.


    This is a great time to fly fish Lake Texoma and get into the topwater action. I still have a few weekdays in August & the first part of September available. Half days work well during the summer. We are off the water before it gets very hot. Also, this is also a great time to book your preferred dates for this fall. October and November are filling up. Fall is a great time to fish the blitzes under the birds all day long.


    I have two weeks reserved at the Orvis Endorsed Blue Damsel Lodge near Missoula, MT to fish the spring Skwala hatch April 1-5 and April 8-12. Both weeks are already sold out with a standby list in the event of cancellations. If you would like to be on the standby list just let me know. I will be announcing the 2014 dates upon our return next April. This has proven to be a unique trip with great dry fly fishing.


    Also be watching for new hosted trips. Something different.


    If you are an FFF Certified Casting Instructor mark your calendar for June 7 & June 8, 2013. Chuck Easterling and I are conducting a Continuing Education event in Mountain Home Arkansas with Joe Libeu as guest instructor. Joe is from the West Coast and brings a rich background of competitive casting and has vast amounts of successful teaching to his credit. You will not want to miss this one.


        Well, this past week it came time to repower my Falcon Boat. (that is a nice way of saying that my old outboard was worn-out) This week I repowered with a new 200hp. SHO Yamaha four-stroke from Blackbeard Marine. The recent advancements that Yamaha has made in outboard technology is just unbelievable. The folks at Blackbeard Marine (580.564.9567) were great to work with and provided great service. I highly recommend them for both service and sales.

        Most of you know that I am a big fan of Orvis AR (Abrasion Resistant) leaders. After being discontinued for a short time I am so glad they are back. And this is the time of the year that I appreciate them the can tie on a fly in the morning with a good knot and catch schooling stripers all morning or all day and not have to retie at all. And you will not lose a fish or fly. (although stripers do not have teeth, they do have a very abrasive, sandpaper-like, mouth) The AR leaders are even more important now for largemouth fishing and smallmouth fishing on Texoma too because of the zebra mussels on the rocks. If you are a warmwater fly fisher, you might want to try these leaders.

        Very often this year I have provided clients with Orvis Access rods. (both 7 & 8 weights) This was the first year that I have really put them to the test. They performed at the highest level. They were powerful for distance with big bugs and yet lightweight and enjoyable for lots of casting. Truly, these are great rods at a great price.

Outing Chat / The other side of San Antonio
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:07:57 PM »

Lost Maple State Park. The club use to have fresh water outing to this place.
Theres a river and creek and some ponds.

General Discussion / TGIF
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:10:04 PM »
Thank God I Fish

Fly Fishing Gear / Prism Kayak For Sale
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:04:31 PM »
soldIncludes fold up set of wheels, paddle and back support.


Hey everyone,

I just wanted to put out a "FISH FLASH" to give you the heads-up on a fly you might try wherever you are in Texas.

We had a mild winter and you may have noticed grasshoppers never really died off over the cold months. That has resulted in biblical numbers of grasshoppers around Lake Ray Roberts, and now IN Lake Ray Roberts. Generally, whatever water you are fishing - ponds, Central Texas rivers or other lakes - should produce if you tie on a grasshopper (fly).

Conditions on Ray Roberts over the past few days lead to the most interesting phenomenon I have ever seen on that lake.

Last Friday I went out with Joel Hays to fish for sand bass, and we noticed nervous water in the main body of the lake when we were about to head in. So we motor on out to take a look, and find a flotilla of grasshoppers floating along with the tiny wind - in a narrow band way offshore. And they are being gorged on by catfish, up to 20 pounds, and large carp. Seeing as we were out to catch volumes of sand bass, we didn't have any grasshopper flies on hand.

After looking at the weather forecast over the weekend, Monday (yesterday) looked like the best day for a repeat. I loaded up the kayak and paddled out at about the time the wind was supposed to die back. This time I had a couple of store bought grasshopper flies and a couple of hastily tied grasshoppers. The wind died, and the fish came up for the grasshoppers that were there once again!

It's pretty much impossible to fish and take photographs from a kayak at the same time, but the water cleared for about four feet of visibility down, and it was almost like the catfish had taken trout vitamins. The would come up look at the fly, and bolt for the deep - unless I twitched the fly just enough for them to have instincts take over. In the end I caught all the catfish I would ever want to, four huge carp and one gar that was over 30 inches. All on topwater grasshopper flies. I had plenty of outright rejections from carp as well, as they would nudge and slup at the fly before taking or not. One of the flies I tied at the last minute was rejected - 100%, so that one goes back into the heap.

This setup is mostly about conditions, and I still haven't figured out where the grasshoppers are coming from - simply out of shoreline trees, or swarms that hit the water during migration, but not only do the grasshoppers have to be present, the water has to be calm enough for the fish to locate them. The calmness, of course, makes for good casting and absolutely beautiful water colors. Once the wind kicked back in, it was instantly over.

Posts on Texas Fly Caster may be spotty over the next week as we are working out in Cottondale, Texas, on our Airstream Safari restoration. We had to wait until it got hot enough to start on that project - However, I am keeping a kayak loaded just in case these conditions repeat at any given moment. Feel free to give me a text at 940-380-0408 if you want to know more about conditions.

Talk to you soon amigos!


Texas Fly Caster
Fly Fishing Culture on the Skids

Outing Chat / West Coast Sharks
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:06:23 AM »

Tales For 2012 / Attacked by an Allagater Gar
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:20:23 PM »
From Bev Edwards........

The Ouachita River runs cold and clear down through Ouachita National Forest in the mountains of  western Arkansas. It runs for 2/3 of a mile through the heart of long time TFF member Bev Edwards's Ouachita River Ranch. There is a huge gravel bar that follows the river course for maybe half of that distance. We walk along the gravel bar and fly cast popping bugs or wet crawfish flies for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Early in May the river has been very clear and we can sight cast to the bass. During a two hour morning wade fishing session I caught and released so many bass that I lost count. I was fishing in shorts and wading shoes, bare legged.  I hooked a nice smallmouth on a crawfish fly and had a long jumping fight with it. The water was so clear that I could see its every move. The fish was within twenty feet of me and suddenly a huge alligator gar went after the  smallmouth. I hauled in my fly line as fast as I possibly could until the fish was between my bare legs. The gar came after the smallmouth and grabbed it in its huge jaw teeth- right between my bare legs. I instinctively kicked the gar hard so it took off with the smallmouth in the gar's mouth. Now I was fighting the smallmouth in the mouth of the gar. We both fought hard until the gar finally turned loose of the smallmouth. I landed the bass and it was amazingly not injured, so I released it and it swam away.
Bev Edwards

Tying Chat / MCFF Fly of the Month
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:51:38 AM »
Montgomery County Fly Rodders fly of the month, Connie Mack's pre-cut Spoon Fly Patterns. Thought you might enjoy looking.

General Discussion / Who Remembers
« on: June 08, 2012, 07:18:24 AM »
Gadabout Gaddis, the flying fisherman?

LOL / This sounds logical.
« on: April 26, 2012, 12:34:36 PM »

General Discussion / Lefty Ray Chappa's Blog
« on: April 13, 2012, 12:06:47 PM »

Outing Chat / Bass Spawn
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:55:42 AM »
In my bar ditch.

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