Sunday, September 17, 2017

Harvest Moon Carp


The moon was big and bright this morning with a of blue wing teal flying around at first light. I started the morning off throwing a crease fly for bass along the edges of the flats. Caught a couple decent largemouths. Once the sun got up enough to spot some carp I switched out the crease fly for a carp pattern. It was an extremely still morning and there wasn't a ripple on the water. I saw plenty of fish today but they were extremely spooky. The wind never really picked up and the fish stayed cautious all morning. I was able to trick a few of them but not gunna lie would have liked to have had a few more eats.    

Monday, August 21, 2017



Yep that's what their called. They are an interesting looking fish. For several years I have seen them in this creek near the house, tossed a few flies at them but never spent much time messing with them as I was always chasing bass and the variety of sunfish found in the creek. Today started like most days I had bass and sunfish on the brain. After seeing numerous River Carpsuckers swimming around I decided it was time to finally catch one of these guys. Just like their name they are very similar in appearance to a carp but have a sucker like mouth and a sucker like lack of interest in chasing a fly.  Literally you better get the fly within a 3" circle of their mouth. After to many attempts to count I came tight with one. They don't fight like a carp or any of the redhorse suckers that I have caught. So I can say I caught one and added it to the list of species I've caught on a fly. Personally don't see to much of a reason to every specifically target them again as they just didn't do to much on the end of the line. But as always its great being on the water and getting a few fish to put a bend in your rod. I also caught a little bull head which is also a new species for me on the fly.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Had a great 2 day trip in Port O'Connor Texas. We fished offshore with Capt. Steve Barnes like we do every year. Had two great days of flat seas. Day one we caught kings, red snapper, amber jack, barracuda to 24lbs, and cobia to 44lbs. Day two we caught kings, red snapper, and sharks. Yes all fly fishing. And yes you can catch red snapper and amber jack on a fly road out of 100-150' of water. It takes specialized sink tip lines and heavily weighted flies but is very doable. We hooked into a number of big fish that we could not turn and ended up getting broken off in the wrecks. These were big fish that heavy rods like the TFO bluewater series got doubled over on. We had some great king action on day two were we had fish chummed up right behind the boat. must have caught a dozen good kings in the 15-20lb range in a short amount of time.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Good Day On The Flats


Its been to long since I've been able to chase come carp. The lake has finally dropped to a fish-able level. Hit the water with my buddy Justin. The day started off slow as we had some cloud cover that put to much glare on the water to really be able to see any fish. The sun burned the cloud cover off a little after 8am. Once the sun allowed us to see, the fish had no problem showing themselves. There were also of hex's in the trees along the waters edge. I was fish a hex nymph and Justin was fishing a bonefish bitter. I think we each landed around 6 fish before heading to the house by lunch time. I did get to test out the new rig I recently picked up; a TFO 7wt Axiom and put the new Orvis Hydros on it. Overall I was very happy with the the way the rod cast and the Hydros drag got to be tested out a little bit. Its a very light rig and will likely be one of my new favorites.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Beat The Heat


Its summer time and with that comes the Texas heat. The fish only seem to be active the first few hours of daylight and the last few hours of the day. If you can't make it out to your local haunts during those time windows it can be tough fishing. Some of the best mid day summer time fishing can be found in small creeks that have plenty of shade trees cutting out the intense heat and sun. Generally speaking the hotter it gets through out the day the better the fishing. Grasshoppers, beetles and ants become more active and find their cumbersome way into the water. The fish may not be huge but there should be a variety of sunfish and bass that will keep an ultra light fly rod bent with action. Short 1, 2, and 3 weight fly rods throwing a size 14 or 16 ant or beetle will have a gang of pesky sunfish on the attack.

The pics I took today was with the new phone, I cropped them up some but other than that no editing. Turned out pretty good. Caught a bunch of brightly colored longears, got one nice bull bluegill towards the end of the day.

Tip of the trip, always carry a pair of hemostats with you when chasing sunfish. Small mouths, small flies and fat fingers do not mesh.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bass Thumb


If the cows are laying down the fish aren't biting. If the wind is out of the east the fish bite the least. Wind out of the west fish bite the best. What about if the flies are biting the fish are biting. That was the correlation with today's fishing. Makes sense to me, flies have a tendency to bite as rain approaches and the barometric pressure was likely dropping with the approaching rain. The fishing was fantastic this morning. No huge fish but lots of solid 2-3 lb fish. The fish are fat and healthy and look as good as they have in several years. It seems that the past two years the pond has been on an upswing with the bluegill on the rebound the bass have been fattening up. It should continue to get better over the next few years.
First fish of the morning. 

Last fish of the morning. 

And lots of fish in between.
Bass Thumb

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thump In The Night


Big Bullgills go thump in the night. The best tips I can give will be to go scout the area out during the day so you have a general idea of how you need to fish it during the night. The best night spots are open and don't give you any back cast issues like snagging your fly on brush or trees. I like to use larger flies generally during the night then I do during the day. Like a size 8-12 fly, my favorite rig is a size 8-10 black bugger and then about 12-18" behind that I will trail a size 10-12 black bugger. I like to use webby hackle on these buggers so the flies  push more water which I believe to be critical to getting the attention of the fish. As far as the technique, one that I have found to be extremely effective is to cast your flies out, with your rod tip down near the water slowly raise you rod tip to the 12 o'clock position. When I say slow I am referring to this process from 8-12 o'clock should take 20 to 30 seconds. If you don't get a bite just roll cast your flies back out there and start the process over again. Tight lines

Frankenstein foreheads on these guys.