Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - March 2014

Tales of fishing, nature in spring, and the Battleship Texas at 100 and more
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March 2014 − Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine 

One fly-fish angler recalls the finesse and joys that accompany “Shaking Hands with a Fish.” The monarch migration has taken an ominous nose dive; what does the research tell us? The hybrid striped bass, one of the hardest-fighting, best-tasting game fish in the state, is no accident. Carter Smith celebrates the 100th birthday of the Battleship Texas. Whitney, Meridian, and Clifton provide a three-day cornucopia of central Texas natural and historical entertainment. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic returns to its Lake Fork roots. Watch now for elbow-bush and swamp privet, which usually win the race for Texas’ earliest bloomers. Learn how to photograph rainbows and fish from a kayak, but don't try them together. The Texas Reader returns with Hillingdon Ranch: Four Seasons, Six Generations.” 


Feature Articles

Shaking Hands With a Fish

The unexpected wonders of fly-fishing.

redfish closeup, angler in background

By Reid Wittliff

When I’m about to go fly-fishing, I become anxious and clumsy. I’m keyed up not only because of the prospect of catching fish, but also because, if experience holds true, I stand a good chance of seeing or experiencing something completely unexpected. Read more.


Butterfly on the Brink?

Monarch monitoring show their migration's in trouble.

monarch butterfly on yellow flower

By Rob McCorkle

Craig Hensley’s lifelong love affair with monarch butterflies began decades ago. He fondly recalls childhood days in Iowa lying on his back in a field and watching swarm after swarm of the delicate-looking insects fluttering overhead, some “cascading” down around him to fuel up on plant nectar for their long southward migration.

Today, Hensley, a Guadalupe River State Park interpretive ranger, has joined a growing chorus of experts warning about the fragile state of the autumn migration of millions of monarchs to their ancestral winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. Read more.


High on Hybrids

Biologists battle golden alga and drought to produce hybrid striped bass.

fingerlings pouring from net into lake

By Larry D. Hodge

If ever there was a fish that demonstrates the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s commitment to making fishing better in Texas, it’s the hybrid striped bass.

Without the work of TPWD’s Inland Fisheries biologists and hatcheries, there would be no hybrid striped bass, usually referred to simply as hybrids, in Texas. Read more.


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