Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Spot

Today started off really slow with hardly anything going on. At about 11am I stumbled across a hole that was holding several nice spotted bass. The first fish was a solid 4lb fish. Huge for Texas standards. The all time state record is about 5 and a half pounds out of Lake Alan Henry. At first I thought this fish was a nice largemouth but once I went to lip him I knew he was a spot. They can be kind of hard to tell the difference. A largemouth jaw will extend past his eye, and have a broken dorsal fin. A spotted bass dorsal fin will be connected, their jaw will not extend past their eye and they will have a rough patch on their tongue along with dots on their belly that will form lines. In a half dozen cast into this hole I was able to pull out 3 nice fish, all of which were some the largest spotted bass I have landed on the fly. They took a smaller game changer that I tie up, roughly a 3.5" fly that I have been having a lot of luck on this year. 

The Jump After The Release

Here s a little house sparrow that was tangled up in an old cast net. 
Got her untangled and released to see another day. 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday Movie; Tigers

Tiger Muskie in New Mexico. A great trip that has to be one of the best DIY muskie fishing options. Another short flight from Dallas to a great little fishery with opportunities for big toothy fish. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Bout Them Striper!


I've been fortunate enough to fish for a variety of great fish. Big bull reds, monster pike, tarpon, jack crevalle, amberjack, king mackeral and a lot of stuff in between. But nothing gets my blood pumping like striper. Not sure what it is about them, but the second I hook into a decent fish my heart starts racing and my knees get weak. I love flyfishing for a lot of different fish but when the striper bite is on there is nothing better in my book.     

We had our first decent front push down this weekend. Lots of migratory birds high with the north wind to their back. Approaching cold fronts in the fall seem to always get striper in a feeding frenzy. The fishing this morning started off a little slow but my mid morning I was able to find a pattern and get into a few decent fish. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fun Fall Morning

Mid October and not quite fall yet. Should be having some cold fronts start moving in any week now. Just a fun few hours at a local pond this morning with the 3wt. Nothing big but lots of small bass and some hand size gills. That yellow dink diver in picture 2 has been in my flybox for a long time and always tricks some fish. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday Movie; Carp

Fun day fishing for carp. Lots of fish up skinny that day. Really need to carry and do more videoing with the GoPro. But it pretty tough to fish and video at the same time, and all the cool stuff always seems to happen when the video is off. Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fall Carp'n

Today was the first day of fall. Its been a warm week and nothing fall like. Justin and I hit the lake this morning. The carp were little hard to find, but once we found them there were plenty of shots taken. Several flocks of teal spotted, some mallards, some hog wallows and over all a really good day on the water. Got to fish some new carp flies which the fish seemed to really like. Caught a nice bass and drum as well. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rainy Day Bronze Back


Wow has the river changed. The lake is back below pool and periods of low water are becoming more routine. Being the first trip I have made since the floods I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew it would be different but was hoping some of my holes would still be there. Unfortunately all have been filled in with rock and sand, some even high ground now. Spent most the morning trying to find new spots and fish. I was finding lots of little spotted bass, not sure if they came from the lake during the flood or just got dispersed from the high waters. 

 I liked how this pic came out, fish shook just at the right time. Lots of small 15" stripers in the river. Hook ups on every cast at times and a few fish in 20-24" range. Most the fish are on the skinny side which is common when an influx of stripers gets flushed into the river. These smaller fish will be the norm till it gets a little colder then they seem to shut off. Shouldn't be long till bigger fish start showing up.

Was fortunate to land this pig of a smallmouth. Defiantly the biggest smallie I have caught on a top water fly, but I also think its my biggest smallmouth to date. This was great fish and I guess I used up all my luck catching and landing the fish because as you can tell the pic didn't come out clear. Its always hard to get good pics when it is raining. There is always something, lens is foggy or has water spots on it. Oh well I couldn't be any happier with this fish. Seeing him clear the water 3 times during the fight will stick with for a while. Also landed a couple grunt size smallmouth. They are always a lot of fun. Wish Texas had more Smallmouth as I could never get tired of these fish.