Flywater Angling Adventures (Steve Hollensed), TX

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Denison, Texas

Flywater Angling Adventures (Steve Hollensed), TX

Overview

Fly Fish the nation's premier freshwater striper fishery, Lake Texoma. Located on the border of Texas and Oklahoma, it is a beautiful lake of bluffs and blue water and is host to a healthy, self-sustaining population of wild striped bass. Cast to topwater feeding blitzes measured in acres that will excite any angler.

Date Range

Lake Texoma is a year-round fishery for stripers and smallmouth. Peak seasons for stripers are April through August, and then again in mid-October through November. Good periods for smallmouth include April through June, and then all of the fall months. Winter and spring is a great time for trophy smallmouth.

What is Provided to Customer

The following items will be onboard when you step into the boat:
• Appropriate Orvis tackle
• Flies
• Leaders
• Tippet
• Snacks (including something freshly baked)
• Bottled water and soft drinks
• Sunscreen
• Stripping fingers
• Stripping bucket and/or stripping basket
• Camera for photos (will email after trip)

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Lake Texoma is a large, deep lake and best fished by boat. Fishing is from a 21-foot Falcon equipped with a 200 hp. outboard, electronics, and remote-controlled trolling motor. Many access points exist on the lake, though most trips are based out of Eisenhower Yacht Club, which is located within the boundaries of Eisenhower State Park. This locates the fly angler close to the best striper and smallmouth fishing on the lake. The Falcon is an open, deep boat with plenty of room for two anglers and guide. I fish one or two anglers and two anglers can fish simultaneously. This is not a “roughing it” experience. Restrooms and on-the-water restaurants are available and used for lunch. Major motels and luxury resorts are only minutes away.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring: (March-May) Spring weather is extremely variable in Texas—it can range from warm and very pleasant in the 70s and 80s to cool and blustery in the 40s & 50s. Late spring (April-May) is almost always milder and more pleasant. Dress in layers and prepare for a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Bring an outer shell for wind and rain, regardless of forecast.

Summer: (June-August) Summer weather is usually cool in the mornings and warm to hot by afternoon. Again, dress in layers. Cool, synthetic, technical clothing is the route to go. June and September can both have cooler days, so light jackets and outerwear is advisable. Bring an outer shell for wind and rain, regardless of forecast.

Fall: (September-November) Beautiful autumn weather is the norm here in northern Texas, with cool mornings and warm, comfortable afternoons. It is just a delightful time to fish. However, dress in layers and be prepared for cooler weather, especially in November. Bring an outer shell for wind and rain, regardless of forecast.

Winter: winter mornings are always cold on the lake; however, in the warmer periods between fronts, we can have excellent fishing and the afternoons are often very comfortable. Dress in layers, including insulated tops and bottoms, plus warm headgear and gloves. (Winter trips often start at 10am, based upon the fishing.)

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

As stripers are early risers for the most part, your trip starts early. Usually 5:30am to 6am in the summer and later starts for the spring and fall. Winter trips often start around 10am or noon, based upon fishing conditions. For most trips, we meet and launch from Eisenhower Yacht Club located in beautiful Eisenhower State Park.

Half-day trips consist of 4 hours of fishing.This is an excellent choice in the summer during the striper blitz. We are on the water for the peak of the fishing and off before the temps start climbing.

Full-day trips involve a full morning of fishing and then docking at a lakeside restaurant for a hot lunch. You can order from a full menu with a wide selection of menu items. After lunch, we return to the fishing for the balance of the trip. Full-day trips consist of at least 8 hours of fishing. Although starting early in the morning is, in most cases, the most productive in terms of fishing, schedules are flexible. And for the vast majority of the trips, we are within a comfortable reach of a full-service marina with restrooms and stores.

Frequently booked options are:
• One full day and one half day.
• Two full days and one half day.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

Lake Texoma is a year-round fishery for both stripers and smallmouth.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

• License(s) (Both a Texas and Oklahoma license is needed for Lake Texoma. Or you can simply purchase a lake license for $12.)
• Sunglasses: two pair, one for backup. One pair should be suitable for low-light conditions, such as early morning or clouds.
• Appropriate clothing and headgear. (Buffs work well in a boat; hats do not for the most part)

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 59 reviews

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59 of 59 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    A bucket list trip, now a regular - 10/20/2014
    By: from El Reno, OK, USA

    I have wanted to go striper fishing with a flyrod for many years. Steve was recommended by a friend and I was thrilled with the trip. Steve is a fine person and great guide. I can only echo what other reviewers have posted about his skills and coaching, it was perfect. I just hope he'll have time to book me in again. Thanks for a fantastic time and great memories.

  • 5/5

    Welcome to Lake Texoma - 9/16/2014
    By: from Houston, TX, USA

    While we were in the middle of a stripper feeding frenzy, Steve says "welcome to lake Texoma!" Steve has been my guide once in the Blue Damsel in MT and twice now in TX. He is great, very skilled and a good instructor. Not only do you catch big fish, but my casting improves every time I am with him. I highly recommend Steve, he is one of the best fly fishing guides on the water!

  • 5/5

    Wow! What a morning. - 9/2/2014
    By: from Topeka, KS, USA

    Steve put me on stripers within 15 minutes. We also put a 17" small mouth, an 19" large mouth & a pair of spotted bass in the boat. I have no idea how many stripers because there were so many. Wow! What a morning!

  • 5/5

    Lake Texoma Stripers!!! - 6/12/2014
    By: from Little Rock, AR, USA

    If this trip is not on your bucket list it should be! Never knew such good fishing in both numbers and size was available this close to home. Steve is a terrific guide and host and I ditto all the other people testimonials of him, you can say enough good things..you just have to go experience it for yourself.

  • 5/5

    Awesome guide and incredible fly-casting instuctor - 6/11/2014
    By: from Lake Texoma, United States

    Steve runs a first class operation!! He is very punctual, organized, and detail oriented. He has a great boat and all of the fly-fishing equipment for all of the different fishing scenarios on Lake Texoma. He is a delight to be around and he is extremely dedicated to the sport of fly-fishing. I have NEVER fished with a guide that has his unique combination: incredible fishing guide AND incredible fly-casting instructor. Steve is 1 of only 2 Master fly-casting instructors in the state of Texas and 1 of approximately 200 in the world! My wife and I fished with Steve 2 1/2 days and the fishing was awesome - caught my first striped bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, black croppie and catfish on the fly!! In between catching fish the homemade brownies made by his wife Lisa each day were a special treat. I will be fishing with Steve again in August on Lake Texoma and in the future on trips he hosts to Montana, Belize and the Bahamas. Overall, I recommend Steve for the Orvis endorsed fly-fishing guide of the year!!

  • 5/5

    Great Day On The Water - 5/21/2014
    By: from New Braunfels, TX, USA

    I had a great day on the water. From start to finish, Steve never stopped working hard. We were on fish most of the day and when we weren't, he was just plain fun to be around. I would highly recommend this trip and guide to both beginners and experts. His instruction in casting and knowledge about stripers, Lake Texoma and fishing in general is very impressive. This was a great trip and experience.

  • 5/5

    Great Guide! - 5/10/2014
    By: from Oklahoma City

    The best guide I have had! Not only does he put you on the fish, you improve your casting 100%.

  • 5/5

    Stripping for Stripers!! - 11/13/2013
    By: from Abilene, TX

    Being a recent convert, I had fully anticipated that to access a quality flyfishing guide I'd have to spend more time travelling (from our home in West Texas) than actually fishing. To have found Steve Hollensed on the Orvis website was literally a dream come true! He is as passionate about teaching as he is about flyfishing, and a day on the water with him is an investment in the craft that you will never regret. And stripers on fly gear?!? Are you kidding me? An absolutely perfect day!

  • 5/5

    Striper - 11/8/2013
    By: from Lubbock, TX, USA

    Our Texoma trip was exactly what I hoped for plus! Steve put on us so many Striper that we lost count. He also treated us to lunch at a top notch restaurant on the lake. After all of that Steve treated us to much needed casting lessons as well as teaching us whole lot about different types of fly fishing techniques & knowledge! Cant wait to bring my wife out with Steve real soon!

  • 5/5

    A tired arm - 10/25/2013
    By: from Austin, TX, USA

    You should only go fishing with Steve if you're willing to have a sore arm and bruises on your stomach from fighting all the fish. Steve put just the right amount of coaching and joking into the trip. Appreciate his love of a special fishery. I have a seasonal place on the lake but it's worth hiring Steve just to learn more about the lake. You should book him but I'm hoping it doesn't interfere with my next trip. LDE

Flywater Angling Adventures
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
Steve Hollensed
Eisenhower Yacht Club, Boat House 30, Park Road 20, Eisenhower State Park
Denison, TX 75020
903-546-6237

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