Incredible hunt, 62 geese with 2 bands.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Unfortunately the fishing has been slow and not much to report. Its mid November and was 80 degrees today, Crazy. The fishing has been slow the past few outings, but was able to get this decent striper today. I have been hoping for better fishing but I think the unusually warm weather so far this fall has been slowing the fall bite. It should be picking up once we receive a couple hard cold fronts.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
I've always liked throwing a crawdad pattern in the fall for bass. The fish really seem to key in on them. I was throwing a pattern I picked up at Orvis the other day. I really like it, I would probably trade out the silver/nickel dumbbell eyes for gold or copper colored ones. The fish didn't seem to mind.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
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
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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
First fish of the morning.
Last fish of the morning.
And lots of fish in between.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Frankenstein foreheads on these guys.
Monday, May 15, 2017
The fishing was pretty good today. First cast with a game changer chatterbait yielded a nice bass. Caught several other fish on it as well but with the over cast skies I knew the bass would be looking up. Switched over to a Cohens frog leg diver and caught several more fish on it as well. Finished the day off with my Senko fly and caught several fish on that as well.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
The morning started off a little slow as we had a cold front blow in the day before. Once the sun got up a little bit the action picked up. This particular pond is loaded with big blue gill and they are a blast on the 3wt. The action and fishing will only get better as we move closer to summer.
Average fish for this pond.
Fish of the day
Monday, March 27, 2017
Not a whole lot to report from today. The fishing was a little tough do to a 20-25 mph north wind. The water was muddy and the bass had a little bit of lock jaw going on. But it was a good Easter with the family and enough fish cooperated to make my efforts worthwhile. This little Senko fly I've been fishing continues to be a hot pattern for the LMB.
Monday, March 13, 2017
"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
We'll today was pretty slow, pretty much expected that with the water still being pretty cold and the lack of generation. Caught some small channel cats, a small striper and sandbass. Some how managed to catch a large gizard shad in the mouth with a micro clouser. And caught a handful of small drum, which are normally pretty hard fighters but with the cold water they were fairly lethargic. I've really been slacking off with pictures, of course it helps to catch some fish worth taking a picture of. This Drum was the best fish of he day. Good news is in 3-4 weeks it should be game on.
Monday, February 13, 2017
2-13-16The Senko fly is still catching a lot of fish. Its always fun catching fish in clear water as not only do you feel them fighting but also able to see them as well. Generally speaking in clear water you will want to get your flies deeper. For two reasons; 1. Especially on bright days the bass stay a little deeper to be out of the direct sun light. 2. Bass know they are vulnerable to predators in clear water and are more at ease when they are deeper in the water column. As you look into the water, fish areas that have darker bottoms. The darker bottom typically means grass/hydrilla or other forms of vegetation and will hold fish.
Monday, January 30, 2017
The needle knot is my go to knot for attaching my leader to fly line on my trout setups. This is a very strong connection and most importantly a very smooth connection that slides through your fly rod guides without catching. I like this knot over a loop to loop or the nail knot because I have never had this knot hang up on a guide. I fish a lot of long leaders(11-13') on my trout rods, when landing fish I normally have to reel the flyline/leader connection several feet into the rod guides. When using light tippet(5x/6x) if the fish makes a last minute run and the flyline/leader connect hangs on a guide the fish will likely break you off. May not be a big deal if it wasn't a big fish, but if it was... This video does a really good job describing this knot.
Monday, January 23, 2017
The non slip loop knot is my go to knot for when I want a loop knot. On my warm water leaders this is how I attach two different tippet strengths. By creating a loop to loop connection I can easily change out tippets for varies applications. This knot does use a lot of tippet/material to tie but I like it more than the perfection loop, especially on lighter tippets under 12lbs. I have had no problems with this knot breaking prematurely or failing me. It is a good knot for mono, flouro and wire and I like that the tag end points towards the loop. This prevents the knot from catching on grass and moss and other debris fouling up the presentation/fly.
Monday, January 16, 2017
I like the perfection loop with heavy tippet of 20 lb or more. I have found, especially with fluorocarbon, that this knot will break relatively easily with lighter tippet. I think it has something to do with the way the knot tightens down causing a pinch in the line that creates a weak point. One thing that is very important is the tag end needs to be at 90 degrees when the knot is completed, if not it did not set properly and will fail. It's not the easiest knot to control the loop size, especially when used with a fly. A little adjusting as you tighten the knot will be needed to make sure the loop is not to large. However it is a popular knot for your leader butt while creating a loop to loop connection to your fly line. I also like using this knot on wire bite tippet, since wire is fairly expensive and this knot doesn't have a lot of waste.
Monday, January 9, 2017
Likely the first knot you learned as a fisherman, This is a great knot and still one I use often; likely because I have tied it so many times I could do it with my eyes closed. Generally use this knot with lighter tippet, trout stuff in the 4x, 5x, and 6x and smaller flies. Be careful as I have had this knot slip on me if I use it with light tippet and larger size flies, for example 6x and a size 8 wooly bugger. This is a very fast, effective knot that uses minimal tippet to tie. Since this is a friction knot make sure you lubricate the knot with spit or dunking in the water before tightening it down. While clinching this knot down do so in a slow steady fashion or you risk heating the line up and causing a weaker knot that might cost you a good fish.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Going to go over a few knots that I use frequently. First is the San Diego Jam. I started using this knot when I switched over to fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon weakens significantly when it heats up from friction knots like the clinch knot. I have also noticed it seems to weaken with knots that pinch down on the line like the perfection loop. I primarily use the San Diego Jam on 8lb-20lb leaders. I have had nearly zero failure with this knot. It also is a great knot for the attaching a trailer fly to the bend of the hook of your lead fly. With a little bit of wiggling you can loosen this knot up and slid it off bend of the hook if you want to remove the trailer fly. Only complaint is it does use up more leader than some of your other knots. Give it a try I think it will quickly become one of your favorite knots.