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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.

General Discussion / Sisters on the Fly
« on: March 10, 2012, 05:44:50 PM »

General Discussion / Things that may or maynot be of interest
« on: March 05, 2012, 05:17:37 PM »
From reading the WindKnots Jerry gave me, things that may or maynot be of interest. No response on your part is necessary or expected. But will not be rejected. Please share it with all.

1987  Auction was June 6, 11 am at Valley Lodge
1987 May 29, a Friday, meeting was at Sonny Look's - Cash bar @ 6,  Dinner and main meeting at 7:30, Doug Swisher speaker.
1987 June meeting Viscount Hotel
1986 Auction at Pappa Blakely's
1986  January meeting -- St Johns Episcopal Church
1986  Feb meeting Sonny Look's 95 in attendance
1986   Jan or Feb -- Johnny Ghrist caught 60 nice whit bass o n the Trinity River near Centerville. -- Alamo Flyfishers club formed and had 1st meeting.
1986 Second Sunfish Spectacular - April 27 with Lefty Kreh.  Columbia Lakes
1989 June outing Lake Sam Rayburn
1989 January meeting had 108 attending
1989 Club auction March 4 - Bavarian Gardens
1984 November meeting - Heberts Restaurant, a Wheatley was the door prize and a $150 Fenwick reel was raffled.
1983 Annual dues are $20.
1983 August fresh water outing, Lake Conroe
1983 Sept meeting - The Lake on Post Oak. casting instructions and practice. 7 pm
1990 Sunfish Spectacular on May 6 @ Landrum Creek

More later maybe.

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