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Fly Fishing in Texas

Often when I’m fishing at a nearby local park pond, or practicing my casting on the grass at the park, people will ask me what kind of fish can you catch on a fly rod in Texas.  Without a thought, I respond, “Any Texas fish you can catch on conventional tackle, you can catch on a fly rod!”  They’re usually surprised, because the conventional image of fly fishing and fly casting is trout fishing in the mountain streams, not of a fly fisherman floating down a Central Texas stream in a kayak, canoe or pontoon boat, casting to the shore and brush for our many varieties of bass and perch.  We even have a respectable trout fishery for a southern state – the Guadalupe River.  Texas fly fisherman share the coastal bays, shores and deep water with conventional fisherman stalking redfish, sea trout , flounder, tarpon and more.  We have an abundance of diversity available for fly fishing.

At the Texas Fly Fishing School, we provide fly fishing and casting education to match the diversity of the Texas fly fisher, from beginning casting workshops to specialized clinics to match the needs of a redfish, bass or trout fisherman.  We teach fundamentals that apply across the different fly fishing applications and offer instruction on the unique aspects of targeting individual fish species.  Instruction is available to individuals and groups.

Please review what we have to offer the fly fishers in Texas, come back often to see what’s new and feel free to send us your inquiries and comments.

Fish On! David Lemke


About David Lemke

David Lemke is the owner of the Texas Fly Fishing School in Houston.

David’s interest in fishing goes back to his youth, fishing at his grandparent’s lake house in NW Wisconsin. This interest in fishing stayed with him as he grew up in Central and South America, fishing when the opportunity presented itself, though at that point it was mostly casual. There were a couple deep sea trips in Costa Rica and some attempts at trout fishing in the mountains of Central Chile.

David did a tour of duty in the Navy in the 70’s, stationed in Jacksonville Florida. Sadly though, he didn’t fish there at all! He moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas, still unaware of the great fisheries that surrounded him. After graduating with a degree in Geological Sciences, David moved to Houston to work in the energy industry as a geophysicist. There, David crossed paths with another geoscientist, a transplant from Colorado, who introduced him to fishing for flounder, redfish and speckled trout in the Upper Texas Coastal bays using conventional tackle.

This convergence of two fishermen was David’s fishing awakening! David first picked up a fly rod in 1999 and after two years, put down his conventional rod and hasn’t looked back since. Since David became a fly fisherman, he has traveled extensively through out the US, fishing for steelhead in California to false albacore and stripers off Montauk, New York and lots of trout and bass in the fly-over country.

David is a FFF Certified Instructor and runs the Texas Fly Fishing School in Houston, where he teaches fly casting and fly fishing workshops and private lessons. David is an active member of the Federation of Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited and he’s the President and Casting Chairman for Houston’s local fly fishing club, the Texas FlyFishers. He is a Texas Parks & Wildlife Fly Fishing Angling Educator. David is also on pro-staff for Rajeff Sports, representing Echo rods and Airflo lines.

He loves fishing for bass in Texas ponds, lakes, streams and bayous. After many years of summer vacations in Northern New Mexico trout fishing, David and his wife Sandie, now own a beautiful property and operate the Santa Fe Fly Fishing School on the Pecos River in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where he offers fly fishing classes to private clients and small groups.