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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Spillway tailrace fly fishing... Lake Whitney

 

Here is a report on Lake Whitney that maybe of interest…

hook-line&sinker: Re: Spillway tailrace fly fishing

Lake Whitney is coming down a foot per day and at that rate the Brazos river below the dam will be fishable by mid July if not sooner. The massive amount of water released undoubtedly has carried with it lots of fish namely stripers and whites. Assuming this situation is similar as last year the river will be fishing well with the power generation cycle. Stripers and whites come up to feed when they generate power and the river rises.

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Lake Somerville Updates!

 

Liking this update on Somerville!

Originally Posted By: J-Moe

Originally Posted By: TXfisherman12

Fished the spillway early this morning and caught 1 hybrid (keeper that I gave to a guy who came running over to my side when he saw me reel in the fish), and also caught 1 white bass (also keeper but released), and missed something big. All bites occurred using artificials with no luck on fly rod. The bite for me shut down once the sun was getting higher on the horizon. I fished the spillway for about 1hr 45min and did not see any other fishermen catch any fish. Tried lakeside and using a ton of different panfish flies and bass lures I managed only 1 sunfish on a fly, even though they were very active tearing up some bugs on the surface. Overall, it was a bit frustrating for me but happy I at least caught something.

On another note, I noticed that the Corps increased the outage around noon today by ~ 100 units (2157 to 2265). Not sure if this will improve what appears to be a slow bite the past few days?



Sounds like our day. Ben caught 3 fish using a 1/4 ounce jig on conventional gear in the spillway. I caught only one using the fly rod and a 1/16 ounce jig (which was too much for the fly rod but I had to try something to get it deep)

As far as the sunfish, they are bluegill. The mouth on a bluegill is very small so you have to size down. Ben and I have tied some cricket patterns on size 10. It's still difficult to get a hookset. I was missing lots of hooksets yesterday. I'm out of practice. You have to strip set and raise the rod as soon as you see a ripple. They will come out of the water and get on top of the fly so I'm actually trying to set the hook before they strike the lure. Keeping that rod tip on the water and the slack out of the line is another key technique I often get sloppy about. Ben reminds me quite often though
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Thanks J-Moe for the valuable insight. I didn't have a cricket pattern in my vest, so that put me at a disadvantage. The one bluegill I caught was on a black widow type spider wet fly, that was black but had a red belly. It was size 6 (I think). I did notice that there appeared to be a hatch of white/cream-colored insects and black-n-white insects. It appeared that the bluegill were also feeding off of them, but mainly the crickets.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

FW: Nice One... First Double Digit Bass! Joe Pool Lake

Liking this report!

YakAnglerTTU: First Double Digit Bass! Joe Pool Lake

Hey guys! I had one heck of a day on the water today. I went out to Joe Pool and was fishing a secondary point...I was deep cranking in about 15ft or so, catching some nice 17" bass. And then....BOOM. My drag started screaming, and honestly, i thought i hooked a huge catfish. At first, I couldn't budge the fish at all...but once i worked her to the top, and saw what i had i couldn't believe it. I don't consider myself a great bass fisherman, heck I'm average at best. But i watch a ton of kayaking videos like Chad Hoover, Robert Field, and others, and have learned a lot just listening to their tips. This is one of those times that practice pays off and I'm so excited to part of the DD club bannana2

On a side note, i turtled my kayak for the first time today, lost some gear but i was prepared. I think thats huge when you do what we do. I made a noob mistake trying to free one of my crankbaits from a submerged log. But...ill take the good with the bad! Lol.

She weight 10.6 lbs, and was 25" in length! There was a bass boat that was kind enough to weigh my fish, and take some pictures. And another kind bass boat to help grab some gear when i turtled, big thanks to those guys!!

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Question on Fly Line and Use

Question that originated the fly fishing line discussion…

MUHerd: Question on Fly Line and Use

Hey all,

I've never used a fly rod before but am looking to start. I am not 100% clear on what all goes on your reel.

OK, first goes the BACKING. Then comes the actual highly visible FLY LINE. Is the next thing that comes the LEADER and then a TIPPET? Do you tie your fly to the TIPPET?

Please put those components in the right order for me.


OK...can you just tie a perfection loop in some mono and attach it to the fly line and tie the fly to it? Do you have to have a tippet? As I have learned pretty rapidly, everything to do with FLY FISHING is expensive. If you have to buy a leader and then buy a tippet and when you break off a fly you have to use a new tippet. Or, if you want to change flies, you have to cut and re-tie which means a few of those and you have to use a new tippet.

Are there ways to make your own leaders?
Do you have to use a tippet and if so, can you make those as well?


Please set me straight on this stuff as I need to learn it now before it's too late.

Thanks

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Question on Fly Line and Use

Discussion on fly fishing lines…

karstopo: Re: Question on Fly Line and Use

Backing first, perfection loop to perfection loop or welded loop (depending on fly line). Make sure you put the fly line on right with the running line side attached to the backing.

I never buy leaders. I don't know what and where you are fishing for and with but there are likely Internet searchable formulas for constructing your own leaders from mono or fluorocarbon. A 6/2/2 formula is very common. 6feet of Butt section attached to fly line by perfection loop to welded loop (that's what I use) this might be 40# fluorocarbon like Seaguar that is just ordinary off the Academy shelf stuff. I usually omit the mid section and put on about 4 feet of tippet. If i put in a mid section, it's something like 30# or 25#. Tippet is off the shelf seaguar blue label 15 or 20#. Sometimes I find a deal on seaguar grand max tippet and will use it. It's a little finer than the blue label leader.

I attach the tippet, mid sections, and butt sections together with blood knots. They line up better than the surgeon knot in my experience.

There isn't anything magical about leaders and tippet. There are lots a ways to get them done. If you are dry fly fishing on some mountain stream, you will have a 6 or 7x tippet because it fits through the tiny hook eye and because it won't drag down the fly. You can slather on some floatant to keep it all from sinking.

My leaders I make are for inshore salt water fishing like reds, trout and flounder. I might go a little heavier if I'm on shell and lighter in clear open water. I usually make my butt section a little long so when I eventually eat up my tippet by fly changes, I can put on another tippet to the same butt a few times before the butt gets used up. Old butt section make good weed guards for flies.

A good spool of power pro or Sufix is about 20 dollars. Fly line backing isn't a big deal unless you are using very light rods on heavy fish or fishing for really fast and strong running fish. I get just whatever is on sale or cheap. The fly line is the main thing to try and not get too cheap about. You don't have to spend 80 or 90 on quality line, but it sure is nice when you have good line matched well to your rod. Bad line or mismatched line can hold back your cast and just make things less fun.

So the math works out like backing $5-10, line $65 (on sale) make your on leader, $3-4. I'm not sure this is dead on, but it seems pretty close. The 20 you spent on a good spool of braid for your baitcaster looks pretty good compared to fly tackle.

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Denison Dam

Update from the tail race l!

Update from the tail race!




 
Coffeebreak: Re: Denison Dam
It was very slow this morning, more than 20 people were fishing on Texas side only saw two or three fish landed. My buddy landed a huge paddle fish and took photos and released
 

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06/17/16 | 09:54 PM McKinneyLonghorn: Re: Community Lakes
Seems like this post was popular the last two years, so here is my third annual Collin County pond fishing report. As I have said before, I am a pretty big geek who loves spreadsheets and keeping records of things. I keep track of all the fish I catch, so as I did the last two years, I thought I would share my year in bass fishing, covering June 15, 2015 to June 14, 2016. For reference, here are the two previous reports. 2014 2015

This year was once again heavy on the wakebaits. It is not like I don't throw anything else, it is just with the heavy vegetation at many ponds, wakebaits are seemingly the perfect lure. I throw plenty of soft plastics, they just often don't get hit as often as the surface lures.

Bass caught: 138
Top lure styles: Wakebait – 69 bass; Soft Plastics – 31 bass; Jitterbugs – 18 bass
Top lures: H2O XPRESS Chartreuse Shad Wakebait – 27 bass; Arbogast Black Jointed Jitterbug – 18 bass; H2O XPRESS Blue/Chartreuse Wakebait – 18 bass;
Top Soft Plastics: 7-inch Blue Fleck Berkley Power Worm – 6 bass; 7-inch Tequila Sunrise Berkley Power Worm – 6 bass; 4-inch Watermelon Red Yamamoto Senko – 4 bass
Top colors: Chartreuse/Firetiger - 54 bass; Black, Black/Blue, Black/Orange - 24 bass; Watermelon/Green Pumpkin - 15 bass
Top Ponds: Bethany Lakes Main Pond – 46 bass; Bethany Ridge – 45 bass
Different ponds bass were caught in: 13 (plus one bass caught in the marsh at Delacroix, Louisiana)
Time of day: Morning - 17%; Afternoon – 7%; Evening/Night - 76%
Top days: June 15 - 12 bass at the Bethany Lakes Upper Pond and Main Pond; May 12 – 10 bass at Bethany Ridge; March 17– 8 fish at Bethany Lakes (all four ponds)
Top months: March – 28 bass; May - 27 bass; October – 20 bass; June 15-30, 2015 – 20 bass
First bass: June 15, 2015 on a H2O XPRESS Chartreuse Shad Wakebait
Last bass: June 14, 2016 on a Humdinger Chartreuse/White/Blue spinnerbait
Biggest bass: 3-5, McKinney Towne Lake on a Black Cavitron Buzzbait; 2-8, Bethany Ridge on a 7-inch Red Shad Berkley Power Worm
 
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Denison Dam

NOTE: Report submitted below may not be accurate as others have indicated water continues ot be discharged at 40k cfs still...

Good news at the Tailrace!
CTRboy: Re: Denison Dam
lots of striper being pulled up from the texas wall. its like 2007 all over again lol. flukes and jigs are the ticket. i did see some people with top water catching their limits. big crowds again. looks like this summer will be hot and elbow to elbow.

the water is now shut off on both oklahoma side and texas side. a buddy of mine was catching a bunch of striper on oklahoma side using deep bomber divers bait. throwing into the current and working it back.

i managed my limit this morning. note to all that are fishing the dam this summer. please keep your children away from guys with cork and jig and pencil poppers. you have been warned. i swear someone is going to get their kids eyes hooked.

this morning was pretty much elbow to elbow with baits flying from every direction on texas side. lines tangled with people screaming *FEET ON or IT ON. sometimes i don't agree with how people can tangle to begin with. seems like everyone limited out on all different sizes. the fish will be here all summer. lets just hope they don't turn on the gates again for awhile.

lots of bait in the water. looks like this might be all fatties this summer. anyways. HAPPY FEEESHING

Friday, June 3, 2016

General Observations for Locating Fish in a River

Great info from one fisherman…

Lloyd5: General Observations for Locating Fish in a River

I've been fishing the same stretch of the Brazos for many years. Here are some observations on where to find different species in the river. These are not hard and fast rules, but fairly general in nature, yet they hold true an awful lot of the time.

Bluegills are typically close to the bank, within about 6' of the edge. Bluegills love cover, so a good place to hunt for them is where there are tree branches in the water, or tree roots. I've seen a lot of bass tearing up the water right at the edge, going for the Bluegills, they are under constant attack, probably why they like cover so much. The further you get away from the bank the larger the Bluegill is likely to be. I've caught them in the middle of the deep zones, but not all that often unless the deep zone doesn't extend to the bank. Typically the further from the bank the larger the Bluegill will be.

Bass generally stay in a zone near the bank, starting at about six feet away from the edge. But not often in open water, they too love cover. My most productive bass spot is a submerged log that is at an angle to the bank, closest point is about 6' and furthest point is about 18'. The water depth there is about chest deep. I cast over the log and let the fly or bait settle a bit then strip it back. I've caught Bluegills close to the bank there and had Bass attack the BG as I brought it in over that Bass zone. It's rare for me to catch a LM bass in open deep water, although I pick up a few hybrids out there. Hybrids are relatively few where I fish and I haven't figured a pattern for them, they just seem to pop up in random places.

Carp and Buffalo tend to be out in the middle of the channel where the water has depth. They aren't interested in structure/cover. They roam around quite a bit and if you can't see them, as I generally can not, then it's a matter of the presentation intersecting with one of them moving around, a game of numbers and chance primarily. It can be a long time between bites, especially with carp, but it's always worth it when you get one of those big guys on a hook.

Catfish are also open water roamers. They'll often be in schools that circle around and around the deep area. They seem to be able to see further as I'll get more hook ups with them than I do with the Carp or Buffalo. A good bet for the Catfish, Carp and Buffalo is to dead drift your presentation from as far up stream to as far down stream as you can, using a strike indicator. Sometimes catfish will bite with aggression but mostly they bite softly. Even with an indicator you have to pay very close attention to detect a bite. Same with Carp and Buffalo, usually soft biters. Without the indicator it can be much more difficult. Mostly cats will pick up off the bottom so have the leader at a length that lets the presentation bounce along the bottom and let it bounce at the same speed as the current. Windy days where the water is rippling heavily are better for cats. The "wave action" imparts more up and down bounce via the indicator and floating line, I always get more bites on days like that.

Drum also tend to be in deeper water and not so interested in structure. The technique for drum is identical to that for cats. I catch more cats than drum so either they are more short sighted or just more finicky, but they put up great battles. Drum mostly hit aggressively, but not always.

Gar go everywhere but they mostly feed in the top three feet of the water. They also appear to be mostly sight feeders. One myth that I have discovered is not true is that you need a heavy or metal leader because of their teeth. I've caught a lot of gar on 8 lb monofilament leader without the leader being cut. If you look closely at a gar's teeth they are conical coming down to a needle point, and they overlap, they do not come together. So a leader "slides" between their teeth. You can get some fraying damage now and then, but it's surprisingly uncommon to get the line "cut". Gar are a bugger to get a hook into though because they have a tendency to pick up the presentation in the very tip point of their mouth, swim around with it for a while tasting it, before stopping to swallow it. Bony mouths will deflect even the sharpest hook, but sometimes you can get a hook in.

Fish usually don't like shallow water, they will make the occasional foray into it, typically when chasing another fish as it tries to escape that way. There are so many birds that eat fish that the fish are averse to being in shallow water. Calm water makes them go deeper, if the water is rippled sufficiently that birds can't see the fish, the fish will move up more and go into shallower areas, but still not "shallow" water.

The best "holes" in my experience are the ones that have long sections of shallow water up and down stream. The best part of the hole depends on the species, as described above. Each hole can be separated into species zones. So, when you get a good hole you can fish it several different ways and get several different species. If you find a hole surrounded by shallow water that has some structure near the bank in still fairly deep water and an open bottom in the middle, you've got yourself a gold mine.

Work it all over with different presentations and get ready to get your rod bent.

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