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After the supreme disappoinment of no Broken Bow fishing until December, we were elated to receive word from Rob Woodruff that the Lower Mountain Fork in Oklahoma is back in business! The Army Corps of Engineers has decided to only work on a single turbine at a time, which will allow Spillway Creek and the Zone 1 to be fishable during the repairs. In addition, the stocking schedule for the river is back on track.

Zones 2 and 3 will still be ‘sketchy’ as far as the fishing is concerned, with the water being much higher than usual for the time of year, but there is still plenty of fishable water to be had! When the lake drops below 599 ft, generation will go back to a more usable schedule, allowing better access to the water on Zones 2 and 3.

Come see us at the shop for the most recent report and to grab your flies before you head up!

 

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Last weekend, my wife and I made it out to Supreme Bass Fishing in Aledo, TX. It was a little windy, but we had a blast catching monster blue gill and hefty bass by the docks. Big hybrid-stripers were chasing bait fish all around the upper lake and making the water boil every 10 or 15 minutes. Next time out, I am going bring a pocket full of gummy minnows and try to hook up with a hybrid.

Caught on a  Hairy Fodder - Sz 2 - Fire Tiger

Amy caught this on a Hairy Fodder - Sz 2 - Fire Tiger

Another bass for Amy. I admit it - she outfished me.

Another bass for Amy. I admit it - she outfished me.

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Brent, Matt and I went out to the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Dam on the 11th, and while we didn’t whack a ton of stripers as we had intended, we certainly had a good time walking through eye-high brush and watching carp fly by us in the shallower parts of the river. We couldn’t get shots off at them fast enough, unfortunately. Matt did bring both SLRs with him – one in an underwater housing, the other on the tripod. While we didn’t get to shoot any fish porn, we still had the opportunity to play a bit – see below for a few shots from the trip (ok, more than a few).

It was the first time there for any of us, and we definitely liked what we saw. Initially, my inner bug-geek went bonkers. We stepped down into a side channel, and within seconds a Baetis dun came floating by me. Not only that, but TONS of tiny Trico spinners were bouncing around above the surface, just like you’d see on the Missouri. Crazy for this time of year, but absolutely AWESOME for me to see. I’ll stop now before I get more carried away…..

The cooler weather that had rolled in over the last few days had likely knocked the fish down a bit, but Matt caught what initially looked like a Smallmouth, but was more likely a Spotted Bass, and I caught another guy not too dissimilar down stream. Definitely a new species for me, and that is always cool!

We moved downstream to where Rt. 16 crosses the Brazos as a wonderful stone arch bridge – georgeous architecture. We were able to peer down into the water below, and saw a 30+ pound carp swimming around, with 3 bass pushing 2-lb each in tow. Matt scooted down to the bank to take a shot, but he got a bit deep, and we lost our opportunity. Still, the spotting and watching was a blast….if Matt could only get his act together….. j/k

The highlight of the trip, without a doubt was our ‘streamside’ brunch while we listened to the Cowboys game on the old AM radio. A mantra I lived and died by while guiding was this, “You can’t control the fishing, but you sure can control what you’re eating!” It definitely paid off in spades as Matt (fresh off his cooking/guiding exploits in AK) and Brent put together a little burrito feast of scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage and brats. Solid win for the team, and I trip I will definitely repeat in the near future!

This was just one of the boxes we brought. We like flies. Photo by: Matt Jones

This was just one of the boxes we brought. We like flies. Photo by: Matt Jones

Brent and I walking in. No backpack, so the Fishpond Dakota had to suffice. Loaded for bear. Photo by: Matt Jones

Brent and I walking in. No backpack, so the Fishpond Dakota had to suffice. Loaded for bear. You can never have too many rods with you. Photo by: Matt Jones

Eye-high. Brent and I aren't kneeling. And we aren't that short. Photo by: Matt Jones

Eye-high. Brent and I aren't kneeling, and we aren't that short. We saw a slew of carp cruising by and one BIG bass that ignored us and Matt. Photo by: Matt Jones

Can you say "tip flex?" Photo by: Matt Jones

Can you say "tip flex?" Photo by: Matt Jones

Matt Jones fishing with Tricos threatening to carry him off. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Matt Jones fishing with Tricos threatening to carry him off. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Looking in the water. Also - I'm not THAT fat - I have 4 fly boxes stuffed in the pockets of my Cloudveil. I think Matt planned this angle. Skinny bas%&$d. Photo by: Matt Jones

Looking in the water. Also - I'm not THAT fat - I have 4 fly boxes stuffed in the pockets of my Cloudveil. I think Matt planned this angle. Skinny bas%&$d. Photo by: Matt Jones

Signs of life on the Brazos. Photo by: Matt Jones

Signs of life on the Brazos. Photo by: Matt Jones

Matt putting his experience to good use. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Matt putting his experience to good use. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

The amazing creation sprung from Brent's imagination. Photo by: Matt Jones

The amazing creation sprung from Brent's imagination. Photo by: Matt Jones

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One of my recent and long term projects for Tailwaters is to capture an image of every single fly that we have in stock.  We will be using these images for various use, the internet and destination outfitting guides are among many.  Yesterday, it came to my attention that my images may be of use to some of you that tie a lot.  Looking back, I remember always trying to find good, quality images to use as a guide for tying various patterns.  Whether it was a step by step photo collage, or just a single image, I could never find anything.  This may not be the case anymore as I really haven’t tied for a few years now.  To the point…

I have an online photo gallery of hi-res images of many fly patterns we carry here at Tailwaters.  I will continue to add images as the project progresses.  Feel free to browse them for your use.  Also, our part time employee, Ron Foster, heads fly tying lessons each Saturday morning at the shop.  I have scheduled to photograph tying sessions for step by step instructional use.  If there are any patterns that you would like to see tied, please email us or leave a comment!

Mini Carona Toad.  Photo by: Matt Jones

Mini Corona Toad. Photo by: Matt Jones

My online photo gallery is HERE at Matt Jones Stock Photography.

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Friend of the shop and carp-guru Joel Hays had a nice review of the new TFO Clouser rod series on his blog this week – click HERE to check it out!

The New TFO Clouser Series on Display at Tailwaters. Photo by: Shannon Drawe

The New TFO Clouser Series on Display at Tailwaters. Photo by: Shannon Drawe

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