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The Grass Carp Journey

Posted Today at 02:38 AM by karstopo

It's hard to ignore a 10 pound fish that almost literally is on your back door. That's how it's been since I moved to this house on the lake in July. After fits and starts of fishing on the lake and getting fully moved in and comfortable in the house, I've settled into a routine of casting off one or both of the docks pretty much everyday at some point in the day. It could be at dawn when I let the dog out or I might spend part of my lunch putting on attempting to put a weighted streamer a foot...
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Recent Trend Continues

Posted 10-21-2017 at 05:19 PM by karstopo

This has been a weak October for finding fish in the salt water and then getting them to take a fly. A week ago I searched in vain for redfish and settled for some mostly small speckled trout, a couple of croaker, and a small flounder. One better speck thrashed some bait near a shoreline and I was able to put a shrimp pattern on target and get the fish. Sort of a consolation prize.

But in years past, October has meant schools of redfish raiding bait up shallow. It's meant fantastic,...
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Living on A Lake

Posted 10-20-2017 at 04:49 AM by karstopo

Living on a lake is not a bad thing. I've got to say I've really enjoyed fishing at the drop of a hat, whenever there's free time and the mood strikes me. Like yesterday afternoon. The lake looked fishy. An Anhinga was out there fishing begging me to join him. So was the Osprey overhead. Why should they have all the fun? All it takes is a charged car battery, flat bottom, a troll motor, a couple of fly rods and a few flies and I'm fishing in a matter of seconds.

The particular lake...
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Fish Charges Downriver, Should I Break It Off?

Posted 10-16-2017 at 10:43 PM by Ard

Another thread reply that got pretty in depth and I thought worth saving here

My streamer rigs are stepped down in tolerance from a 50 pound double loop at the tip of the fly line to the 12 pound tippet. Various connections are 25 or 35 pound so if a fish breaks off it is the tippet that goes. That heavy braided loop at the tip of my lines is more about protecting my welded loop line than the break strength. All of my backings are 30 pound strength and I make sure I have good knots...
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Blind Casting

Posted 10-16-2017 at 06:18 AM by karstopo

I hear and read about this term a lot, at least on many of my home waters of Texas interest group's sites. Blind Casting, "were you sight fishing or blind casting?" is usually how the question goes after an outing when people discuss the details of the trip. Here in coastal Texas, many will only fly fish the inshore and nearshore salt and brackish waters if the conditions merit casting to sighted fish, period, end of story. Anything that deviates from that is labeled "blind casting"...
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