FWFF member Chris Patnode with a freshwater drum taken on the Nolan River in June.

With the arrival of triple-digit heat in Texas, our August outing will move from the gravel banks of Brazos Point on the Brazos River to the shadier Nolan River near Blum. Blum is located on FM 933 just outside Cleburne, about 45 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. The Nolan River, with its stretches of water, abundant species and tall shade trees, is perfect for a morning of tight lines, reconnecting with fellow fishermen and protection from the sun. Few anglers traverse the banks of the Nolan River outside of the spring White Bass run, allowing us free rein on several quality fishing holes and the ability to social distance from one another.

The Nolan River is home to largemouth bass, numerous panfish, shad, white bass, freshwater drum, catfish, buffalo carp, common carp and spotted gar, to name a few. A 6-weight to 8-weight fly rod with floating line should cover all the species listed above and suffice for nearly all stretches of the river. Flies recommended for the Nolan River are crawfish patterns such as the ball peen craw, freshwater Clousers and small nymphs for carp.

Plan to meet Saturday, Aug. 15 at 6:30 a.m. at the Blum Sports Complex in Blum, just off FM 933 after the first river bridge crossing.

Please bring your favorite fishing gear, a cold beverage for yourself to stay hydrated, a healthy snack for yourself, an assortment of lucky flies and a mask or buff for social distancing. At the meeting point we will briefly discuss different access points, member safety and have copies of our club pandemic disclaimer for all members to sign.

This outing is hosted by longtime member Les Jackson who can be contacted at (817)-253-0943 or via email at keebranch@sbcglobal.net. If you plan on attending, please contact Les or Outings Director Christopher Patnode at (817)-819-5519 or chrispatnode@benekeith.com so we can get an accurate head count. If you would like an emailed copy of the new club Covid waiver prior to the outing, please email Chris at chrispatnode@benekeith.com. This should be a great day in beautiful Blum, and we look forward to seeing many of you there.

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