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White Bass report

March 12, 2015 General News 1 Comment

Springbreak usually means white bass time for me. During typical conditions, this time of year can be awesome for white bass fishing. So with some time off, and the recent deluge of rain and snow we have had, I was curious to see if any white bass have made their way into my favorite fishing holes. So off to destination X I go. Many of you who know me, it’s not just about the fishing, it’s about the adventure. Today would be no different.

Today would be a day of a few first’s for me. Like going to a donut store and NOT getting a donut, and NOT having a COKE when eating lunch at my favorite stopping grounds.

Well, here is a recap of the day:
Arriving at the river, was VERY pleased to see a very good flow of water coming downstream. Destination X has been very low for quite some time, and to see these kind of flows was very encouraging!!! Flows like this bring warmer water and sediment, which alert white bass that it is time to head into the rivers and creeks for the annual spawn.

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Here are the conditions and recap of the day:

# of fish caught = Zero
Water temperature = Cold
Walking conditions = Like ice skating. Although I never fell, believe it or not
Water clarity = Chocolate milk
Spring flowers?? = None
Crowded?? = Only saw a few
Cows?? = Were laying down
Donut store?? = Did not get thrown out this year for eating off of the trays!!!
New truck = Awesome and did get it dirty, so officially broke in
Hamburger stop?? = Could not drive by without stopping. Best Burger in Texas
Recap of day?? = Priceless

My favorite stop this time of year. Burger Bar in Cleburne Texas!!

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Stay tuned for more spring time adventures. Hopefully many, many more to come.

Casting LineUp for Texas Council Expo

March 10, 2015 General News No Comments

Calling all fly fishing casters!!! Here is the official lineup for this years casting sessions at Texas Council Expo. Registration will be opening soon for these special fly casting sessions. With Certified Instructors for two hours!!! Want to take your casting to another level, then these are the classes that will help you achieve your goals. Reserve your session here, and get a FREE gift bag. http://txflyfishexpo.com/casting/

IFFF CERTIFIED CASTING INSTRUCTOR PREP COURSE

Thursday, May 28, 2015; 8:00AM – 4:00PM
Cost: $120 for the day-long session with lunch included.
Limited enrollment. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Beginning Fly Casting: The First Step

Description: This class is for those who have never cast a fly. We will cover the equipment, the different parts of the Rod, Reel and line. We will also teach the basic cast. The students will master the pick-up lay-down cast and the roll cast. They will be given instruction on slipping line, retrieving line, hook set and landing fish.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Beginner
Equipment: Rod, reel, line/leader, yarn fly, hat and eye protection.

Class Times:

Friday – May 29 – 1:00 – 3:00pm Instructors: Jim Bass, Ted Warren, Rey Ramirez, Bill Hoot

Friday – May 29 – 3:00 – 5:00pm Instructors: Rex Walker, Ted Warren, Jim Bass, Taylor Walker

Saturday – May 30 – 8:00 – 10:00am Instructors: Jim Bass, Andy Payne, Bill Hoot, Rex Walker

Saturday – May 30 – 10:00am – Noon Instructors: Rex Walker, Ray Johnson, Travis Moore, Taylor Walker

Saturday – May 30 – 1:00 – 3:00pm Instructors: Jim Bass, Rey Ramirez, Andy Payne, Bill Hoot

Sunday – May 31 – 8:00 – 10:00am Instructors: Jim Bass, Ted Warren, Ray Johnson, Bill Hoot

Intermediate Level Casting: The Next Step

Description: Understanding line control and the importance of mastering the basics of the cast and applying it to advanced casting techniques. Topics covered, but not limited to: Loop control, shooting line, directional changes and gaining distance. Roll cast, pick-up and lay-down cast, improving accuracy and wind cast’s. Activities will be described, demonstrated and practiced with opportunities for questions and discussion. Workshop content will be flexible and adjusted to suit the requirements and abilities of the participants.
Maximum Class Size: 15
Skill Set: Mastered basic pick up and lay down cast with good loop control and straight line layout with 30 feet of fly line.
Equipment: Rod, reel, line/leader, yarn fly, hat and eye protection.

Class Times:

Saturday – May 30 – 8:00 – 10:00am Instructors: Bryan Nims, Ray Johnson, Rey Ramirez

Saturday – May 30 – 3:00 – 5:00pm Instructors: Bryan Nims, Jerald Lewis, Stacy Lynn, Ray Johnson

Sunday – May 31 – 10:00am – Noon Instructors: Bryan Nims, Gary Davison, Andy Payne, Ted Warren

Practicing With A Purpose

Description: This workshop gives the participants an in depth look at how to practice effectively. This workshop is designed to help the participants identify their points of failure and then develop casting routines and drills to address those weaknesses or points of failure. Specific drills will be presented to help improve distance, accuracy and presentation casting.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: All levels
Equipment: Rod, reel, line, leader and yarn fly of your choice. Also hat, eye protection (required), sunscreen.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 10:00am – Noon Instructors: Chuck Easterling, Steve Hollensed

Developing A Better Backcast

Description: This Class will focus on the development of a better back cast through exploring your casting style, casting fundamentals, casting drills and focused practice.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: All levels
Equipment: Rod, reel, line/leader, yarn fly, hat and eye protection.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 10:00am – Noon Instructor: Joe Libeu

Women’s Casting Cultivation

Description: For the female fly fisher wishing to grow her casting and fishing skills. This class will help you make the casts that catch more and better fish! Exercises for improving accuracy, distance, loop control, line management and wind casting will be utilized. Your success on the water will blossom once you Cultivate your Cast!
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Beyond beginner: angler can cast a quality loop to 30 ft, and has some fishing experience.
Equipment: Any mid-weight outfit (4-8 wt) rigged with a leader and practice fly; 6 weight outfits will be available for use.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 1:00 – 3:00pm Instructors: Stacy Lynn, Travis Moore, Taylor Walker

Go Deep – Casting & Fishing Sinking Lines Successfully

Description: Fish feed the majority of the time below the surface. Sinking lines are the most effective tools that a fly fisher can use for fishing within the water column. This class will cover the different styles of sinking lines and how to rig them properly, and how to cast and fish these lines successfully. Anglers will learn the simple techniques for utilizing these lines for increased catch rates at depths of 1 foot to 20 feet … and beyond!
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Beyond beginner: angler can cast a quality loop to 40 ft; and has fishing experience.
Equipment: None … a variety of rods with assorted sinking lines will be available for use by participants.

Class Time:

Friday – May 29 – 3:00 – 5:00pm Instructors: Stacy Lynn, Rey Ramirez, Travis Moore

Seeking Salt – Casting Strategies For Saltwater

Description: For the fly fisher preparing to fish or be guided on the saltwater flats. Saltwater angling usually requires making quick decisions and being efficient in presenting the fly accurately. This class helps prepare the Fly Fisher to wade fish, kayak fish, or fish from a poled skiff in this demanding environment. Creative exercises are utilized to simulate the on-the-water experience. Skills development will include: The “Ready-Set-Go” position; casting and presenting to tailing and cruising fish, and to fish within a 20 ft. target range; proper line management; wind casting; plus a few trick casts … and more!
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Beyond beginner: angler can cast a quality loop to 40 ft, and has some fishing experience.
Equipment: 8 weight outfits rigged with a leader and practice fly recommended; 6 weight outfits will be available for use.

Class Times:

Saturday – May 30 – 8:00 – 10:00am Instructors: Stacy Lynn, Jerald Lewis, Mike Hawkins

Sunday – May 31 – 8:00 – 10:00am Instructors: Stacy Lynn, Jerald Lewis, Mike Hawkins

Distance Casting – Strategies For Improving Your Distance

Description: Increase your confidence in reaching those distant targets by learning the fundamentals that will help you make your longest cast even longer.
Maximum Class Size: 5
Skill Set: Intermediate to Advanced
Equipment: Rod, reel, line, leader and yarn fly of your choice. Also hat, eye protection (required), sunscreen.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 8:00 – 10:00am Instructors: Bob Garber, Steve Hollensed

Accuracy Casting-Strategies For Improving Your Accuracy

Description: Increase your fishing success by improving your ability to accurately cast your fly to the fish. This class will cover the skills and techniques to accurately cast a fly at short, medium, and long distances.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Intermediate
Equipment: A middle range, 5, 6, or 7 wt., rod with leader and yarn fly are recommended for this class.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 3:00 – 5:00pm Instructors: Rex Walker, Gary Davison, Andy Payne, Taylor Walker

The Double Haul

Description: Strategies For Learning and Improving Your Double Haul
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Intermediate – Advanced (maintain tight loops in front and back cast at a distance of 45 ft.)
Equipment: Equipment will be provided. 6-8 weight rods are recommended for those students who bring their own gear.

Class Times:

Friday – May 29 – 1:00 – 3:00pm Instructors: Travis Moore, Jerald Lewis, Mike Hawkins, Jim Hund

Saturday – May 30 – 3:00 – 5:00pm Instructors: Travis Moore, Mike Hawkins, Jim Hund

More than just a Roll Cast!

Description: Class will begin with basic core technique and a static line. As we progress, distance will increase, as will the changes in the “D” loop including size and moving from static to dynamic. Class will conclude with the addition of a haul on the forward cast. Not only will this class improve your roll cast, but your improved technique will cross over into your basic over-head cast as well. Be ready to have fun with a cast that should be part of every fly fishers skill set.
Maximum Class Size: 8
Skill Set: Intermediate
Equipment: Please bring: 4-8 wt. rod with DT or WF line. Leader 7-9 feet 0X – 2X . Sun and eye protection, water and any other personal items you may wish to have on hand.

Class Time:

Friday – May 29 – 3:00 – 5:00pm Instructor: Molly Semenik

Two Handed Spey Casting Texas Style

Description: This workshop will help those casters who are just getting started with Spey Casting or those that want to improve their current skill’s that they have already learned. This class will take you through basic differences between a Static Roll Cast and a Dynamic Roll Cast. The Basic Spey Cast will be covered in this workshop, Switch Cast (Forward Spey), Single Spey & Double Spey casts.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Intermediate to Advanced skill levels.
Equipment: Rod of choice with Weight Forward Floating Spey Line, or Shooting Head Floating Spey Line. If you have no rod some additional rods should be available for use at the workshop. Yarn Fly or No Fly on the leader when casting in this workshop. We ask all participants to provide their own, Hat, Safety Glasses, Sunscreen, Insect Spray, an Extra Leader for your set up.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 10:00am – Noon Instructors: Gary Davison, Jim Hund, Lee Davison, Bryan Nims

Single Hand Spey Casting: Texas Style

Description: This workshop will help those casters who are just getting started with Spey Casting or those that want to improve their current skill’s that they have already learned. This class will take you through basic differences between a Static Roll Cast and a Dynamic Roll Cast. The Basic Spey Cast will be covered in this workshop, Switch Cast (Forward Spey), Single Spey & Double Spey casts.
Maximum Class Size: 10
Skill Set: Intermediate to Advanced skill levels.
Equipment: Rod of choice with Weight Forward Floating Fly line with suitable head length for making roll casts. Generally lines with the longer head lengths are more suitable for Roll Casting and Spey Casting. Yarn Fly or No Fly on the leader when casting in this workshop. We ask all participants to provide their own, Hat, Safety Glasses, Sunscreen, Insect Spray, an Extra Leader for your set up.

Class Time:

Saturday – May 30 – 1:00 – 3:00pm Instructors: Gary Davison, Jim Hund, Lee Davison, Bryan Nims

Realistic Fly Tier Fred Hannie

March 9, 2015 General News No Comments

The “Destination Texas” Fly Fishing Expo will be hosting some, if not the best tiers in the country. Fred Hannie is one of the best in tying realistic flies, and creatures that fish prey on. It is his goal to tie the most realistic flies, and does so. Recognized nationally, and most recently in Fly Tyer Magazine, Fred will showcase his talents for all to see.
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Fred travels across the country to various fly tying shows and events. It is at these events, that Fred enjoys the most. The interaction with friends and tiers is special to him.
Come see Fred in a special tying session, or more casual at the fly tying expo area.
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Follow the expo here and times for tying exhibitions: http://txflyfishexpo.com/

Destination Texas Expo Youth Activities

March 8, 2015 General News No Comments

The Texas Council is asking all fly fishing youth to put May the 30th on your calendar. The “Destination Texas” Expo team has scheduled a full day’s worth of activity for all youth to enjoy. Activities begin the 30th with a breakfast for all to attend. Chris Johnson from Living Waters Fly Fishing will host and start the day off. The youth will hear from him how to get started and how to pursue a sport that can change your life. The day continues with a two hour fly tying session provided by the Red River Fly Fishers. After lunch, there will be casting games hosted by Don Alcala, and the day ends with an entomology lesson from Keira Quam to bring it all together. Nothing better than looking at bugs that live in a river, eaten by the fish we all want to catch!!!
The only cost for any of these events is a $5 fee for the breakfast that will be provided. All other activities are FREE. This gives plenty of time for Mom and Dad to enjoy the countless activities that the Expo has to offer.

Schedule:
8 am Breakfast with Chris Johnson
10am Fly Tying with the Red River Fly Fishers
12pm Casting games with Don Alacala
2pm Entomology with Keira Quam

Make your plans now to attend. These events will remembered for a long time!!!

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