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Texas' Fly Shop To The World

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    New Tailwaters Travel Ambassadors Paula Shearer and Patrick Duke Join Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company as Travel Ambassadors DALLAS (Jan. 30, 2017) — Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company is happy to announce the additions of Paula Shearer and Patrick Duke to its Ambassador Program. Shearer and Duke, accomplished anglers and guides who are widely respected in the fly fishing community, join Meredith McCord as ambassadors for Tailwaters. “We could not be more excited with the addition of Patrick and Paula to our team at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company,” says Tailwaters owner, David Leake. “Personally, I could not be more flattered to have these two well-respected professionals join Meredith to complete our brand ambassador family. Many good times on the water are ahead of us!”    Paula Shearer guides on the Bow River and throughout Southern Alberta — a natural occupation after taking up fly fishing at a young age and becoming devoted to the Bow River in her teen years. Beyond floating the Bow, Shearer enjoys exploring the backcountry waters of Alberta and has traveled to numerous destinations, including British Columbia, Florida, Bahamas, and Scotland. Shearer has been a part of several TV shows and films as a host and co-host on Fly Nation, Fly Fusion TV, and In the Loop. She was a cast member in the Scotland fly fishing film, “Once in Your Lifetime,” as well as several other fly fishing videos and film shorts. She also is a proud ambassador of G.Loomis, Simms, RIO Products, Hatch Outdoors, ClackaCraft Drift Boats, Tacky Fly Fishing, and Water Master. Shearer is a dedicated angler who always seems to be on the water. And when she isn’t fishing, she’s likely behind the vice. As […]

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        Fly fishing for permit is a tough game, and having just returned from a trip to the Palometa Club in Ascension Bay, Mexico, I’ve spent some time reflecting on what I’ve learned from pursuing permit on the fly. With that, I have five tips that stand out for future ventures. 1. Join the search The best permit anglers rely on the best guides to see the fish. And seeing a permit is more than just sighting it. In fact, the likelihood of success largely depends on knowing how and where the fish is moving. Is it happily feeding? Which direction is it moving and how fast? Of course your guide might be able to tell you these things, but in the heat of the moment, seeing the fish and recognizing what it’s doing will allow you to make critical decisions that might otherwise be impaired by having a guide explain what’s happening in real time. A guide’s eyes are developed. By developing your own sight on the water, you will grow. 2. Practice the stuff you’re not good at It’s great that you can cast 90 feet. But what about the wind? What about with a long leader and a fly? How is your over the shoulder cast? When on the water, shots at fish are often made in circumstances more difficult than what you might find in the grass or the casting pool. Practice the hard stuff. 3. Get into a communication rhythm Fly fishing for permit is a team effort, and any team relies on good communication. When the guide says, “Permit. 60 feet. 10 o’clock,” point your rod where you think that is […]

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    Tailwaters is pleased to welcome Schuyler Marshall to our Travel Department!   Schuyler joined the Tailwaters Travel department in 2017, working remotely from Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife Julie and daughter McKenzie. He brings a lifetime of fly fishing experience and a love of the outdoors — especially in remote places. He grew up trout fishing in Colorado and throughout the Western U.S., as well as in Patagonia and New Zealand. After moving to Austin, Schuyler caught the saltwater bug while fishing the Texas Coast and throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and Bahamas. His latest obsession is fly fishing the jungles of Amazonia. Schuyler is also a dedicated bowhunter and has lived in Zimbabwe, Telluride, and Alaska. He has guided mule deer and elk hunts in Colorado and Sonora, Mexico, and was a fly fishing guide with Telluride Outside. Schuyler is an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor. For Schuyler, fly fishing travel provides deep and authentic immersion into regions and cultures that general tourism rarely achieves. And with fishing, Schuyler finds a deep connection to the natural world. As he puts it, “No other outdoor activity brings you as close to nature, whether it be rafting, biking, hiking, boating, et cetera. This is because with fishing, you are trying to literally connect with a wild creature, and that means immersion in its world. Even nature tours or eco tours do not come anywhere close to the intimacy with nature that fishing requires.”

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      We’re proud to announce that we’re a GOLD sponsor and the official “fly fishing education” sponsor of the 1st Annual Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival at the Plano Centre, March 11-12. Our entire staff will rotate through our booth over the weekend, so plan to stop by to see us and check out the festivities, including classes with some of the fly fishing world’s greatest personalities, such as Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Wanda Taylor, and Bob Clouser. The Tailwaters lineup features: // Jonathan Rodgers and Lara Ducker will host complimentary classes Saturday and Sunday, including a family-friendly class and a women’s only class. // We’re also offering a complimentary beginner Spey casting class hosted by Frank Smethurst. // David Leake is presenting three discussion sessions: fly fishing for Louisiana redfish, fly fishing the Yucatan Peninsula, and fly fishing Seychelles. Visit Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival for more information, and see the full schedule including Tailwaters’ casting demos and travel seminars. For a map to the Plano Centre click here. See you next weekend.

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    Abel Reels just released their latest and greatest when it comes to high performance saltwater reels. The Abel Sealed Drag Salt reel, better known as Abel SDS, combines Abel’s impressive machining with a high tech, fully-sealed drag system to create a saltwater worthy reel capable of withstanding the harsh conditions and rigorous beatings that come from fishing the salt. The instant you pick it up, you can see the attention to detail Abel put into the highly anticipated reel. It’s an attractive-looking reel, and with the oversized drag knob, it has a unique look that sets it apart from others. But it’s the details that make a tremendous difference for on-the-water performance. Simply put, the reel is sharp, and that might be the best way to describe the looks of the new SDS. The Abel Sealed Drag Salt reel is available in three sizes and has a powerful drag system packed into all of them. This truly sealed system provides protection from the elements and will stand the test of time. That means when you drop your rod for that grin and grip, you won’t worry about your valuable gear getting wet in a salty environment. Or if you’re like me and have a bad habit of putting away your gear wet and taking it out a few weeks later, you won’t be running to the fly shop about to buy another reel. Abel definitely hit the ball out of the park with this one, and with 20+ pounds of drag at the spin of a finger, the new SDS reel is capable of stopping big tarpon in their tracks, but it’s also ideal for keeping picky bonefish […]

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    Go-To Flies for Ascension Bay I don’t care where you fish or how many flies you have in your box, chances are your guide will take one look at your fly selection and ask if you brought more. So here’s a list of five must-have flies for your next visit to the Yucatan flats. Rag Head Crab – Umpqua and Casa Blanca Rag Head Crab – Rainy’s The Rag Head is hands down the most go-to crab fly for guides and avid anglers in Ascension Bay for chasing permit in all ranges of water depth. Tan and white are must haves in sizes 2, 4, and 6. More permit have been taking on the Rag Head in Ascension Bay than on any other fly in the world. You better have a few! View Fly Pattern Here Squimp – Umpqua This is always a guide favorite when schools of small to medium permit are in the area. Fished in primarily a size 6 with quick strips both in the bay and oceanside. View Fly Pattern Here EP Micro Crab (Sand) The majority of anglers chasing bonefish in Ascension Bay are advised to fish some sort of a Crazy Charlie or any smaller shrimp pattern. Although extremely effective in most scenarios, I’ve found fishing this micro crab beneficial for several reasons. First, the fly lands extremely soft and quiet in shallow water. Second, the profile is large enough to grab the fish’s attention from a distance so you don’t have to be spot on with presentation. Next, the larger bonefish seem to prefer the crab. Finally, fishing a crab to a bonefish the same way you would to a permit […]

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    3rd Annual Dallas Fly Fishing Film Tour Tailwaters is proud to again sponsor the Fly Fishing Film Tour coming to town April 6! Enjoy cold beer, live music with Ole G, food from Easy Sliders Food truck, great raffle prizes, and outstanding films. Proceeds benefit Casting for Recovery. The 3rd Annual Dallas Fly Fishing Film Tour Thursday, April 6, 2017 — doors open at 5pm, films start at 7pm Community Beer Company — 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, TX 75207 And after catching the film tour, swing by the after party at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, down the street from Community Beer Company, from 9pm – 11pm. BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW

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    5 Go-To Flies for Ascension Bay//Tips Go-To Flies [...]

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    3rd Annual Fly Fishing Film Tour - Dallas//Events 3r [...]

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    Uncharted Waters on the Rio Marie//Travel Virgin w [...]

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    Jungle Hosted Hosted Trips This Fall//Travel [...]

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    Essential Gear for Peacock Bass on the Fly in the Amaz [...]

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    Rio Marie with Schuyler Marshall//Travel Having he [...]

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    Blue Horizon Trip Report with Schuyler Marshall//Travel [...]

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    New Permit Destinations at Tailwaters - Honduras//Trav [...]

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    New Permit Destinations at Tailwaters - Belize//Travel [...]

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  • 04/09/18--07:14: FARAWAY CAYES TRIP REPORT
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