Texas Fly Fishing: Essential Gear Needed

hi I'm Shawn poke with tell waters

fly-fishing in Dallas Texas I want to

take a moment talk to you about what's

the central gear that you need to start

fly-fishing in Texas a lot of times we

get a guys walk into the shop and

they're like alright I tried fly-fishing

once before on my vacation in Colorado

but now I want to try it back here at

home in Texas so let's talk about some

of the gear that we need first of all

we're going to need a rod reel and a fly

line rods and reels come in variety of

weights and sizes and here in Texas we

only need a couple of them to fish with

probably the most universal is what we

call the six-way this comes in a 9-foot

length and the six weight gives us a

good go-between as far as light duty and

heavy duty tackle nice thing about the

six weight is that I can go out and

chase crappie and brim and bluegill with

this but also the ability to throw some

little bit bigger flies for bass family

to stick trickly to rivers and stock

tanks this is going to be my go-to rod

also if I do an occasional trip for

trout fishing I can still go catch trout

with this rod without being too much of

an overkill situation now if I'm going

to be fishing primarily largemouth bass

say on Lake Fork Lake Texoma down to

almost out of Falcon then I want to take

it the minimum one in eight weight rod

this is what the eight weight rod is

it's much heavier rod has a lot more

backbone to it table throw a much bigger

fly than what my six weight will

therefore fit allows me to be able to

pull that fish out of heavy cover now if

I want to go out and fish the saltwater

flash down say Rockport Port O'Connor

eight-way it's going to be my go-to rock

from redfish with the eight weight I can

throw those flies for redfish it ought

to be able to deal with the ever-present

wind on the Texas coast now if I'm

looking for something a little bit more

fun little more challenging then I might

go with the four way now the four way it

is your standard trout rod in most the

United States but back home in Texas

this makes a fun little bluegill rod now

one of the disadvantages to the four

weight is that if the wind picks up or

if you're going fishing on those big

lakes for fast it's a little bit on the

under gun side it doesn't have the

ability to throw it big flies or do with

windy conditions as well as at 6 or even

8 weight

now on all these rods I want to make

sure I have a weight forward floating

fly line the flaw line is most essential

part of the outfit as far as ability to

cast good fly lines make it a lot easier

to cast and with the floating fly line

it's going to cover about 95% of what we

want to do there are times though you

might want to use a sink tip or a full

sink line it but it's pretty limited in

those applications now connect my flies

to my fly line I'm going to need a

leader a lot of times you walk into the

fly shop and it's pretty overwhelming

you see a whole wall full of leader

Tippett we see 0 X + 7 X + 3 X + 9 foot

12 foot everyone's like well which ones

do I need to fish around here well to

make it easy for you there's only two

sizes that you need one is the 8 weight

and this is wood 8 weight vast leader

looks like nice thing about the weight

weight fast leader is that it's designed

for throwing bass flies trout leaders

are real long and skinny and they're

made for turnover small trout flies vast

leaders on the other hand your design

for throwing big bass flies get into the

turnover especially in those windy days

now if I'm going to go fish someplace so

you like like forked Lake Texoma then I

want something a little bit heavier and

that's where I'm going to use the 16

pound the 16 pound allows me to throw

those really big flies for bass as well

have given me a fighting chance when

that bass turn into heavy cover now

along with the leaders I'm also gonna

need your perfect size Tippit's and

these are the appropriate tip is to go

with them so if I'm fishing eight pound

leader on one eight pound tippet 16

pound leader an 8 16 pound tippet now

along with my fly line and leaders I'm

also going to need a couple basic tools

one of the most basic tools is actually

a pair of snips and here we have two

styles of snips now the great thing

about these is that's easy to cut your

line and they also have an added feature

is that they have a small little needle

on the side which is actually a hook I

cleaner sometimes when we buy flies

they've got goo and glue and other

things stuck inside the hook guys so

with this cleaner I can actually clean

out that fly hook I allow my get my

Tippett went on there when I tie on the

other thing that we're in need is a pair

of forceps it forces through two things

for us one is they allow us to retrieve

the hook out of the fish's mouth without

having to damage the fish as well as

that allow us to crimp the barb on her

flies now I'm a pretty much a catch

release guy especially on these nice

trophy bass lakes we have in Texas

so I've matched it down the bard makes

it easier to take that hook out of the

fish's mouth as well as whenever I do

hook myself I can pull the fly out

without much damage to myself now other

thing that we like to have is a good

hook file nice thing about the hook file

is that whenever we use this it allows

us to resharpen our hooks sometimes when

we're fishing we get hung up on

structure down below the water surface

well a lot of times that will cause

damage to your hook point by taking my

hook file on my hook I can actually

resharpen that hook back to a nice sharp

point so I have a good chance of hooking

that fish on my next cast now whenever

you are using the hook file make sure

you use it in a sweeping motion going

backwards we don't want to apply

pressure forward on the hook point we

actually damage the hook point even more

always make sure we go backwards on the

hook point now along with my equipment

such as my forceps and snips and fly rod

I also need flies and fly boxes and

probably the most universal fly in Texas

for us is the what we call the Clouser

minnow the cloud rooms nice baitfish

invitation that was designed to actually

have a jigging action as it flies

through the water now it has these LED

eyes so it's always going to ride with

the hook point up on top so if I'm

fishing rocky bottoms where a lot of

structure it's I have a less likely

chance of getting hung up as well as the

hook eyes like I said before we'll give

it a nice jigging motion so as it flies

through the water it looks like a

wounded minnow the other good fly that

we use is what we call the wooly bugger

the wounded bugger you probably

recognize from your days at trout

fishing which makes it a great trout fly

but also a good fly for small basket pan


axis the colors I like to use here

Oliver rust but if I'm vision force and

bass pull out a nice white colored wooly


you'll catch those sand bats when they

run in the springtime other flies that

are candy flies that imitate crawfish

such as this as well as grasshoppers if

you want to go out and chase blue gills

in the summertime grasshopper make a

great pattern for chasing those big blue

gills some of the other central stuff

that I need is a waste pack down here in

Texas this is kind of our preferred

thing to use now one that advantages the

waste pack is that it only only allows

you to carry a little bit of gear which

kind of like the basic essentials so

you're not going to be overloaded with

too much excess stuff now one of the

advantages to this over the traditional

vest is that summertime in Texas it gets

pretty hot I can wear our waste pack and

stay nice and cool I'm out there chasing

those bats in the summertime so as you

can see it doesn't take a whole lot to

get fly fishing here in Texas you've got

your rod and reel you've got a good box

of flies

you've got your forceps and a pair of

snips you got chase those fish right

away once again I'm Shawn poke foretell

Waters fly-fishing in Dallas Texas