Andy Dear | Sunday, 1 September 2019

The heat in South Texas is always scorching through July and August, and this summer has been no different. Jack and I have laid off fishing the last few weeks, mainly because the bite has been turning off very early, and the remainder of the day is spent trying desperately to coax something into biting from the depths where the water is still cool.

 I've been using this off time to play catchup on some projects that I've been ignoring the last several months. A few of the rods in my arsenal need broken guides replaced, so I've been spending some time at the wrapping bench repairing those. I really enjoy wrapping rods, but I absolutely hate RE-WRAPPING rods. So these repairs, while necessary, have turned into a test of my patience.

  Jack always ties flies for a local kids handmade craft show in October, so he's going into full production mode tomorrow. This year he'll be featuring Clouser Minnows, Borski Bristle Worms, Bendbacks, as well as some Panfish Poppers. Watching him tie always gets me fired up about tying as well. I've been playing with some variants on old school Everglades Snook patterns, that I plan on hitting the Largemouth Bass with once the heat starts to become a little more gentile, hopefully around the middle of September.

  From the responses I received, many of you had a good laugh at my expense after reading the Front Page from a few weeks ago entitled "Lessons Learned". Well, next weekend we'll be back in Indianola chasing those GIANT Black Drum again. This time a little better prepared with a little more forethought and experience involved...and hopefully a lot less stink this go around. In preparation for that trip, I've also been building some heavy leaders, which turned into an excuse to learn some new fangled big game knots.

 Years ago, my good friend and Master Rod Builder Bill Falconer and I were discussing how and why we got into rod building and fly tying. Bill, I think summed it up well when he said: "when it's too cold and nasty outside to fish, it's a way for me to be doing it when I can't really do it". I agree with Bill, but since we don't have brutal winters here in South Texas, I have to engage in the art of tackle craft in the heat of the Texas summers. The upshot is that in January, I'll be fishing in short sleeves and shorts while the majority of the nation is under a polar blitz.

Hope you all have a great week