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Meet Captain Steve Hollensed. Texas

Capt.Steve Hollensed, Texas
CAPT. Steve Hollensed,  MCCI
Tom Bean, Texas
Phone: 903.546.6237

A life long angler, and former high school chemistry and physics teacher, Steve has long enjoyed the pursuit of the angling experience and loves to share it with others. He began fishing Lake Texoma in the 1960's and Lake Ray Roberts immediately after its completion in 1987. He now guides fly anglers on these productive waters in search of inland stripers, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass.

As a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, Steve also assists clients in developing the fly casting skills and fly fishing knowledge needed to pursue all species of fish on the fly. He teaches at various clinics and schools across the state.

Steve has fly fished all over Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, many western states and British Columbia.

- Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide
- Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified Casting Instructor
- Past president of the Red River Fly Fishers
- United States Coast Guard Captains license
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fishing guide license
- Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation fishing guide license
- Fully insured
- First Aid & CPR, American Heart Association

Teaching Philosophy

Learning is one of life's great joys and learning to fly fish is indeed a treasure that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.

Fly fishing is a grand and alluring sport. It provides a real connection to the natural landscape in a world that is dominated by technology, stress, and hustle and bustle. It is fun, but not technical, difficult, nor expensive.

However, fly fishing is a skill based form of angling that requires getting past that little bit of discipline inherent to the sport. Once acquired, that little bit of discipline will open up an exciting, new world of angling opportunities to you.

My goal, as an instructor, is to help you acquire the skills and substance needed to fly fish in a style that suits you best. Whether you are making your first cast or learning an advanced technique, I will always teach in a positive, enthusiastic manner - never harsh, impatient, or unprofessional.


Locking In Dates for 2013

This time period is beginning to attract much more interest at the Blue Damsel. So I have asked for the opportunity to make early deposits for 2013 to lock in the prime dates. This will allow my group to have the best dates selected for the Skwala hatch. Next year it will be April 8-12. Four nights/three days of guided fishing. An early deposit of $150 will secure your slot on this trip and lock in 2012 rates. Early deposit is for a limited time only.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact myself or Keith Radabaugh at 281.413.7459.         


When: May 4, 2013

Where: Cedar Mills Marina, Lake Texoma, TX
Instructors: Orvis Endorsed Guides Rob Woodruff and Steve Hollensed
Tuition: $225
Lodging is available. Catered lunch provided.
Limited to 10 students with advance registration required. Course has always been sold out and is filling now.
Contact: Rob Woodruff, WGSFlyfish@aol.com , 903/967-2665
or Contact: Steve Hollensed, stevehollensed@verizon.net , 903/546.623

As we move into 2012, those who desire prime dates for Texoma should think about locking in their days. (spring and summer dates are already filling) April, May, & June are times when the stripers are returning from their spawning run and are active and hungry. July & August is top water "blitz time". Everyone should experience a "striper blitz"!

And for those wanting to get into some great smallmouth action in late February or March, think about locking in your days for that as well. Although the smallmouth fishing was "off the charts" this year at Texoma, I expect that Murray will start sooner and it usually has some great smallmouth action in March.  

Regardless of where you plan to fly fish, nothing helps increase the satisfaction, enjoyment, and your chances of catching fish as much as good casting does. And the best way to improve your casting is through private lessons. The time to think about improving your casting is well before the big trip.     

Website: http://www.flywaterangling.com/

Contact Captain Steve: steve@flywaterangling.com