Fly-fishing Texas coastal shallows a real treat

Chuck Naiser killed the outboard motor propelling his poling skiff. The only sound now was a soft hiss that faded as friction of water against the hull slowed and then stopped the craft, leaving the three of us silenty floating in an almost seamless, seemingly bare and lifeless world.

But this place — a watery nook like scores of others amid the maze of bays, bights, reaches, flats, islands, reefs, back-bay lakes and sloughs of the estuarine matrix that is the Aransas Bay system of the middle Texas Coast — was so much the opposite. These shallows vibrate with life — extraordinary places offering anglers the opportunity to experience some of the finest, close-quarters fishing on the Texas coast while immersed in a natural world of stunning diversity, complexity and just plain wonder.

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