Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Greetings from Kingfisher Flyfishing! 

This first photo is evidence that there is good flyfishing to be had down here in February. Now, I am not saying February is my favorite month on the Lower Laguna Madre. But there are plenty of good days to be fished.  This photo, taken two days ago, was the first catch (30+”) of a very good day on the water with a good friend and regular client of mine. Congrats Bryan!

As most of you know, Truett and I own two skiffs, both www.newwaterboatworks.com; our trusty Stilt and our brand new Willet
Give us a call. Now is the time to book for the spring and early summer.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Spring is Coming...

It's almost that happy time of year! We will soon be chasing red's on the flats. Temps will soon be warm again. We get the warm weather first so call me and we will get you on our calendar...

Friday, November 16, 2018

Another 1st red on the fly!

Last week I had the pleasure of having Scott and his son Samuel on my skiff for one day. It was a tough day as we struggled with clouds and wind all day. We saw quite a few redfish. But, the fish were mostly hidden by the lack of light (and blinding glare) until they were 20 feet from the boat, leaving us little or no time to present a fly before the fish fled. I want to commend Scott and Samuel. This was their first time chasing reds with a fly rod. I see many first time saltwater fly fishermen wilt under the pressure. This father and son team showed courage and dedication all day as they continued to concentrate amid difficult conditions and very finicky fish. I always enjoy getting out on the water but, because I am human, I enjoy some clients more than others. I really enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing Samuel catch his first red on a fly rod in the near future!

Way to go Scott! Perfect cast! Perfect hook set! Another first redfish on the fly!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

JULY 2018

July has been a good month on the water. I have seen some old friends return to the Laguna Madre after a difficult year of health. Way to go John! Double digit fish landed the last day was a real treat for me too! I have seen several men catch their first redfish on a fly rod. I take more pride in guiding first time angers than just about anything else I do on the water. I have seen my 8 year old come of age as a fly fisherman. And, now that Truett and I both own skiffs, I have had some sweet days on the water with Lydia and the kids. It was a good July. Now, on to fall fishing!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tailing Carp and Giant Redfish

You may have heard that south Texas was inundated with a foot of rain last week. You may also realize that a large portion of that water dumps right into the Lower Laguna Madre. Some have asked me how the introduction of that much fresh water affects fly fishing on the bay. My answer is-it has a different effect each time it happens! I am always amazed at the complexities of the ever changing fishing patterns and how fresh water impacts "catching" in different ways each time.

Capt. Truett Cawlfield and I launched our new Willet on Friday, less than 24 hours after the rain stopped. Our dock was under water, we could barely get the trailer to the ramp, and Truett had to wade through a foot of water to get into the skiff after he parked the truck. 

The current in the Arroyo was fierce. I was a bit intimidated at first as we motored down this swift current so early in the morning with barely enough light to make out the floating trees and other large debris floating down the river into the bay.

We headed straight to a westside venue with many "drains" or "creeks" where all the fresh water was dumping into the backwater bay. The entire lagoon was too deep for sight fishing except on the extreme edges-so that is where we pointed the skiff. It was a wild and wooly morning in which we saw some sights that are unusual and unfamiliar. We saw tailing carp and we saw 40 inch gar chasing finger mullet; all signs of the extreme low salinity at that location at that moment in time. And the good news, there were also some very large redfish vying for a piece of the action. The included photos are proof. 

Capt. Truett Cawlfield was back out on the water the next two days, guiding on Saturday and Sunday. You will be interested to know that the water is dropping back down to normal levels. The salinity is climbing. And the normal summertime fishing patterns are returning.

Give us a call and let's go fishing. The next 8 weeks are the most favorable time of the year for sight fishing down here!