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24 05, 2021

Tying the Shminnow for Jack Crevalle in Texas

Tying The Shminnow Fly in White For Jack Crevalle and Tarpon Spring is here on the Gulf Coast of Texas. That means our migratory fish are here as well. Jacks, tarpon, kingfish and cobia are all common targets for the fly fishing guides at Fly Fish Rockport this time of year. The Shminnow is one of our favorite flies for Jack Crevalle here in Texas. Although it can work well for tarpon as well. The pattern is a bit more sleek than other topwater flies, making it much easier to cast. Yet it still floats well and dives when stripped. Tying this fly is Fly Fish Rockport Captain,

14 05, 2021

Rockport Fishing Report – May 13th

The end of the week is almost here. So we figured a Rockport fishing report would be a good idea. Hopefully we can fill you in with what to expect leading into this coming weekend, and the days beyond. So for those looking to head towards the Texas Coast to do a little fly fishing, read on as we've got you covered. First and foremost, you must know what weekend it is in Rockport. It's pretty much the worst weekend of the entire year around here. And by that we mean, crowded. It is Babes on the Bay weekend coming up. That means the largest fishing tournament of the

14 05, 2021

Tying G’s Texas Toad Fly in Olive

Tying G's Texas Toad Fly in Olive Toad style flies are always an excellent option while fly fishing for redfish and black drum on the Texas flats. Our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides use these flies often, in a variety of colors, weights and sizes. Darker colors, like this olive version, are usually our favorites. But lighter shrimp type colors work as well. Or perhaps try tying this same pattern on a 2/0 hook for tarpon? The Toad is also a proven tarpon pattern, particularly in the Florida Keys. Here, Fly Fish Rockport guide Captain Gibson ties his Texas Toad in a dark olive color. You can

14 05, 2021

Tying G’s Marsh Minnow Fly

G's Marsh Minnow is a great, and versatile, fly pattern for fishing the Texas flats. It can represent a shrimp, finger mullet or mud minnows which Texas redfish love. We tie this fly in a variety of sizes, weights and colors to suit the conditions at the time. Fly Fish Rockport guide, Captain Gibson, shows you how he ties this fly here. Tying ingredients for this pattern are included in the comments on the video page as well. Join the Fly Fish Rockport newsletter to get future posts right in your inbox.

13 05, 2021

Tying G’s Kingfish Ballyhoo Fly

It's that time of year where our Fly Fish Rockport fly fishing guides are taking advantage of any opportunity to sneak away from the flats, and out into the blue water in search of our favorite migratory pursuits. Every Spring we await the arrival of our Kingfish (King Mackerel). These toothy predators lurk just off the beaches of our coastline and are a great target with a fly rod. But you've got to have the right flies in your box! Here, Fly Fish Rockport guide Captain Gibson teaches you how to tie one of his favorite patterns for Kingfish. This is a must have when fly fishing nearshore or

30 05, 2020

Rockport Fishing Report – May 29th

It's Friday, and darn near June, and time for another Rockport fishing report. This will be the last report for the month of May. Also, just in time for the weekend. Although it pretty much seems that you can't really tell the difference between the weekdays and weekends around here lately. Regardless, here is your Rockport fishing report. As mentioned already, it has been hectic down on the Texas Coast lately. We managed to survive Memorial Day Weekend, somehow. Ask any local, and they will tell you they've never seen it that busy around the area... EVER. It was completely nuts. Luckily, we were able to get out on

18 05, 2020

Rockport Fishing Report – May 17th

It's the end of another week, and time for an update to the Rockport Fishing Report. We got behind a bit on our reports. Mainly due to a complete computer meltdown here at the mothership. But after a lot of cursing, and pounding on things, a shiny new computer or two are the newest additions to the family over here. So, we are back in action and will be keeping our Rockport Fishing Reports up to date once again. Things on the Coastal Bend of Texas are pretty good right now. All of the marinas and boat ramps are open again. Although you may notice that most have kept

21 04, 2020

Rockport Fishing Report – April 20th

A little later than planned, but time for another Rockport Fishing Report for mid to late April. We are a bit behind schedule from our last report. Sorry about that. Maybe us non-essential people are just taking that to heart a bit too much? Either way, we will fill you in with what we are seeing out on the water while fly fishing the Texas flats in and around Rockport, Texas. Since our last report, a few things have changed around here, but not too many. One of the more popular marinas in Aransas Pass, Conn Brown Harbor Park, is now closed. Apparently the city was tired of the

8 04, 2020

Texas Coast Coronavirus Update April 7th

Well... as predicted, things changed pretty much right after our last update. So I figured I would do my best to bring everyone up to speed again, as to where we are at with all things Covid-19, as it pertains to fly fishing the Texas Coast. So let's see how I do this time. From my last report on these issues, we were starting to see some closures on the Texas Coast, but we were still allowed to operate as guides. That hammer finally fell no more than 48 hours after I posted that. The Governor declared a Shelter-in-Place order for the entire state of Texas. In this declaration,

2 04, 2020

Rockport Fishing Report – April 1st

This is your first Rockport fishing report for the month of April. Spring fishing is in full swing around here. So in this fishing report for the Texas Coast, we will fill you in on what's going on out on the flats each and every day. And of course we will help fill you in on how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting fishing in Rockport and the rest of the Coastal Bend. First and foremost, let's address the Coronavirus thing. We are trying to help keep people informed as best we can. These times are pretty crazy everywhere, and the Texas Coast is no different. Rules and closures are