About David Leake

David Leake has nearly fifteen years of experience in the fly fishing travel and retail industry. In addition to being the owner of the company, David manages the travel department at Tailwaters. David has traveled throughout the world developing our travel offerings. These destinations include, but are not limited to, Alaska, Argentina, Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Seychelles, Venezuela, and of course all through the United States. David is the copywriter for all of Tailwaters brochures and pre-trip information and editorial content for the company. David is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has three children, Lynsie, Patrick, and Sam, with his wife, Melissa.

Schuyler Marshall joins Tailwaters Travel


Tailwaters is pleased to welcome Schuyler Marshall to our Travel Department!   Schuyler joined the Tailwaters Travel department in 2017, working remotely from Austin, Texas, where he lives with his wife Julie and daughter McKenzie. He brings a lifetime of fly fishing expe [...]

Schuyler Marshall joins Tailwaters Travel2018-02-20T16:05:15-06:00

New Tailwaters Travel Ambassadors


New Tailwaters Travel Ambassadors Paula Shearer and Patrick Duke Join Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company as Travel Ambassadors DALLAS (Jan. 30, 2017) — Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company is happy to announce the additions of Paula Shearer and Patrick Duke to its Ambassador Program. Sh [...]

New Tailwaters Travel Ambassadors2018-02-20T16:05:15-06:00

10 Reasons to Fly Fish the Seychelles


Seychelles are an extraordinary destination that provide anglers some of the most phenomenal fly fishing opportunities in the world. David Leake of Tailwaters Travel has had the pleasure of fly fishing Seychelles and frequently offers his expertise to traveling anglers. For Dav [...]

10 Reasons to Fly Fish the Seychelles2018-02-20T16:05:17-06:00

Bahamas Trip Report | Deep Water Cay


  Grand Bahama Island - Bahamas Located on the east end of Grand Bahamas, Deep Water Cay is our newest Bahamian destination in the travel catalog. This summer’s R&D trip to Deep Water Cay was a real eye-opener. With stunning accommodations, boats, food, equipment, and [...]

Bahamas Trip Report | Deep Water Cay2018-02-20T16:05:18-06:00

Angling Report Louisiana Redfish Fly Fishing Article Featuring Tailwaters Travel


Check out the recent cover story from the September 2013 issue of The Angling Report. Editor, Don Causey, writes an interesting and accurate update on the fishery and some of the redfish guide politics there. He also features our booking efforts there and highlights our fly fis [...]

Angling Report Louisiana Redfish Fly Fishing Article Featuring Tailwaters Travel2018-02-20T16:05:19-06:00

Palometa Club Permit Tourney Report


Check out this link to our report, video, and images from the first annual Permit Tourney and Howler Bros Pilgrimage at the Palometa Club last month.  Palometa Club is one of the premier permit fishing destinations in the Americas.  It was an awesome week with great friends, an [...]

Palometa Club Permit Tourney Report2018-02-20T16:05:19-06:00

Build your own Custom Abel Reel with Tailwaters


You can now order a custom Abel Reel on their website, in partnership with Tailwaters Fly Fishing, by using this link.  You can choose whether you want the reel shipped directly to your home (with any other products you might be looking for), or come pick it up at our store in [...]

Build your own Custom Abel Reel with Tailwaters2018-02-20T16:05:19-06:00

Monster Permit Landed at The Palometa Club


Last week the Palometa Club hosted it's first annual Permit Tournament, which turned out to be a huge success. A full fishing report will soon be release, but in the meantime, please head over to the Palometa Club blog and read about Ken Ferderer's 45+ pound permit caught on 12 [...]

Monster Permit Landed at The Palometa Club2018-02-20T16:05:19-06:00

1st Annual Palometa Club Permit Tournament


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE On behalf of our team at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company in Dallas, the owners, guides, and staff at the Palometa Club in Punta Allen, Mexico, we are happy to formally announce the 1st Annual Palometa Club Permit Tournament, May 17-24, 2013 presented by Ho [...]

1st Annual Palometa Club Permit Tournament2018-02-20T16:05:20-06:00

Oh Those Crazy Giant Trevally!


If you have ever wondered what it's like to fish for or catch a giant trevally, here is a great video that pretty much sums it all up. These fish are fast, aggressive, powerful, and always on the hunt. If you are lucky enough to have one charge your fly, it's likely just as exh [...]

Oh Those Crazy Giant Trevally!2018-02-20T16:05:20-06:00

Tsimane Trip Report – Golden Dorado in Bolivia


Twenty six hours after lift off from Miami, 5 anglers and I sat aboard two Cessna as we cruised over the jungle below, I couldn’t help but notice how similar the jungle canopy was to the vast wilderness of Alaska.  There were countless winding rivers that made their way through [...]

Tsimane Trip Report – Golden Dorado in Bolivia2019-11-15T09:55:16-06:00

Lefty Kreh’s Trip Report for Angling Report (Must Read)


One of the biggest highlights of the 2012 season at the Palometa Club was the honor of hosting Mr. Bernard Victor Kreh and a handful of his friends earlier this month.  You can see our other related trip reports from the "Lefty Week" in our blog archive.  Lefty took the time to [...]

Lefty Kreh’s Trip Report for Angling Report (Must Read)2018-02-20T16:05:20-06:00

“Lefty & Me”. Reflections on a Week Hosting Lefty Kreh


By: Dick Cameron (owner/operator) At 53 years of age I have now kicked around this industry, on and off, since the mid 90’s. My winding road has crossed paths with many of our sports notables over the years either on the water, at the shows or in and out of fly shops. Most of t [...]

“Lefty & Me”. Reflections on a Week Hosting Lefty Kreh2018-02-20T16:05:21-06:00

99th & 100th Permit for Season in the Bag


Jason Lindsey, fellow permit sick-o, and Utah resident landed our 99th and 100th permit of the 2012 campaign over the weekend.  Well done, Jason!  We are on track for 200. 99th Permit of 2012 with Mr. Jason Lindsey. 100th Permit of 2012 Season with Jason Lindsey. Jason's Autogr [...]

99th & 100th Permit for Season in the Bag2018-02-20T16:05:21-06:00

Tailwaters Travel awarded U.S. Booking Office for The Palometa Club


From:  David Leake – Tailwaters Travel Dear Fly Angler, I am proud to announce Tailwaters Travel has recently been named the Lead Sales and Marketing Office for The Palometa Club, located on the Yucatan Peninsula.  This is a tremendous honor for me personally and professionally [...]

Tailwaters Travel awarded U.S. Booking Office for The Palometa Club2018-02-20T16:05:24-06:00

Palometa Club Lands 500th Permit! (And Counting)


April 9, 2011:  Punta Allen, Mexico - Ascension Bay The Atlantic Permit is my personal favorite fish to target.  His beautiful shape, large eyes, rubbery lips, and black sickle tail are totally unique - but it is his excessive lack of cooperation that keeps me and so many other [...]

Palometa Club Lands 500th Permit! (And Counting)2018-02-20T16:05:25-06:00



“Ace” Leake – December 1, 1996 – November 28, 2010   Like many pet owners who have lost a great friend – I honestly think I had the best dog there ever was.  I suppose there is really no way to judge who has the “best” dog, but anyone who knew my relationship with my Choco [...]

GOODBYE SHOP DOG2016-06-28T13:14:00-05:00

A Fishery Reinvented – Ascension Bay & The Palometa Club


Despite having been in the fly fishing travel business for nearly eleven years, I am still a relative new comer when compared to the industry folks who enjoyed the fly fishing boom of the 1990s.  We are battling in a much more competitive marketplace today, but more noteworthy [...]

A Fishery Reinvented – Ascension Bay & The Palometa Club2018-02-20T16:05:25-06:00

Commentery on Safe Travel in Mexico


  Traveling anglers have a lot to consider these days when deciding where to book their next trip.  Unfortunately, more and more often, conversations about prospective destinations have nothing to do with the actual purpose of the desired holiday – the fishing.  Whether is [...]

Commentery on Safe Travel in Mexico2018-02-20T16:05:25-06:00

A Word About Saltwater Fishing in the Summertime & Isla Holbox Tarpon Fishing


Too many traveling anglers just blow off the saltwater during the summer.  Rightfully so, it is the time to head to the Rockies, Alaska, or Kamchatka.  However, some of the best saltwater action happens in the summertime.  Yes, there can be uncomfortably hot temperatures as wel [...]

A Word About Saltwater Fishing in the Summertime & Isla Holbox Tarpon Fishing2018-02-20T16:05:25-06:00

East Texas Bass’in


Super friend and loyal supporter, Ron Gard, invited me to his stellar property east of town for some serious bass fishing action on Friday.  It is gorgeous Spring mornings on the bass pond that help remind me why living in Texas is not all that bad.  Is there anything more plea [...]

East Texas Bass’in2018-02-20T16:05:25-06:00

Worried About Piracy in Seychelles? Don’t Be. Here is Why.


Worried About Piracy in Seychelles?  Don't Be... It is impossible to accurately describe a trip to Seychelles.  There is simply nothing that compares with the beauty, uniqueness, and sensational flats fishing.  We have collectively visited Alphonse Island five times, on both in [...]

Worried About Piracy in Seychelles? Don’t Be. Here is Why.2018-02-20T16:05:25-06:00

Rapids Camp Lodge – Alaska


For those of you that missed out on our Pebble Mine & Rapids Camp Lodge event a few weeks ago — here is the incredible video that we viewed at the shop. A very professionally produced video... Click below to view! Rapids Camp Lodge - Alaska [...]

Rapids Camp Lodge – Alaska2018-02-20T16:05:26-06:00

Spring Time Bassin


Spring is just around the corner for all of us here in the South and I can hardly wait. Just thinking about getting out to do some bass fishing gets me super pumped up. I was cruising through some photos today and ran across a trip that a buddy and I took last Spring. We had be [...]

Spring Time Bassin2011-01-10T17:29:07-06:00

YETI Coolers – So Hot, YET So Cool!


For those of you that haven't had the chance to check out a YETI, I'm sorry. For those of you that have swung by the shop lately to purchase a YETI, I'm sorry again! The truth is, these coolers were without a doubt the most popular gift item for Christmas gifts and we simply ha [...]

YETI Coolers – So Hot, YET So Cool!2018-02-20T16:05:26-06:00

“Top Ten Reasons” to chase Redfish in Louisiana


All-Star client and friend, Sam Gioldasis, came up with his "Top Ten Reasons" for returning to the marshes of Southern Louisiana to chase redfish.  Not a shabby testimonial.  Thanks Sam! From Sam Gioldasis – Dallas, TX David, I want to follow up on the trip you arranged to the [...]

“Top Ten Reasons” to chase Redfish in Louisiana2018-02-20T16:05:26-06:00

What our Clients Say About our Redfish Trips to Louisiana


By David Leake Below are some trip reports from some recent clients fishing the marsh this November.  Proof is in the pudding...  The marsh is in good shape and the reds are plentiful.  Call us now to book!     From Andy Stepanian –Houston, TX. It was one of the best [...]

What our Clients Say About our Redfish Trips to Louisiana2018-02-20T16:05:26-06:00

Louisiana Redfish Update – Post Deepwater Horizon


We are very proud of our redfish fishing program in southern Louisiana.  In the last eighteen months alone, we have sent over one hundred twenty of our clients to visit with Woodland Plantation and fish with our all-star cast of guides on the West Bank in Plaquemines Parish.  I [...]

Louisiana Redfish Update – Post Deepwater Horizon2018-02-20T16:05:26-06:00

Baja 2010


I just returned home from my third visit to southern Baja, particularly the La Ribera/Los Barriles area.  This year I joined Jeff de Brown of The Reel Baja and The Moldy Chum group (blog run by Eric Rathbun and Brian Bennett). The fishing was great and we all had shots at GRAND [...]

Baja 20102018-02-20T16:05:26-06:00

One More Reason to go Fishing and Not Play Golf…


A guy in South Carolina went to fetch his golf ball when he hit it into the drink...  Safe to say his golfing career is over.  One more reason to go fly fishing instead.  Check out the article: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2007/sep/17/mans_arm_salvaged_alligators_belly/ [...]

One More Reason to go Fishing and Not Play Golf…2016-06-28T12:47:54-05:00

Good ol’ Ace


The elderly chocolate lab here at the shop recently had his 13th birthday.  He spends everyday here at Tailwaters Flyfishing Co. and represents it well.  Ace is usually found sleeping due to his old age, but will randomly appear when you are eating lunch.  Shocker, huh?  Ace ha [...]

Good ol’ Ace2016-06-28T12:47:28-05:00

Seychelles… March 26 – April 5, 2009


One of my favorite benefits of being in the fly fishing industry is having the opportunity to revisit epic fishing spots. In this case, my visit to Alphonse Island and the St. Francois Lagoon in Seychelles was my fourth. Unlike first-timers, the feeling of fresh exotic newness [...]

Seychelles… March 26 – April 5, 20092018-02-20T16:05:28-06:00

Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. sponsors Fly Fishing Film Tour in Austin, Tx


Tosh Brown has teamed up with Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. along with some local Austinites and is bringing the Drake Magazine Fly Fishing Film Tour to Austin, Tx on April 22, 2009.  The show will begin at 5pm.  For more information visit Tailwaters News & Events or to purcha [...]

Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co. sponsors Fly Fishing Film Tour in Austin, Tx2018-02-20T16:05:29-06:00

Bass on top…


Co worker Corey and I visited a local pond earlier this week to check out some bass fishing.  This pond has a reputation for holding bass up to 8 lbs and the common catch is around 3lbs.  We strapped the trolling motor to the small boat, grabbed some cold beer, and started to c [...]

Bass on top…2016-06-28T12:28:11-05:00

Kamchatka Russia Event: March 11th 7pm


Ryan Peterson and David Leake will talk about upcoming trips to Kamchatka Peninsula in Eastern Russia.  There will be food, beer, and wine at the event.  We will be hosting this event at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company in Dallas.  Also part of the program is the viewing of the t [...]

Kamchatka Russia Event: March 11th 7pm2018-02-20T16:05:29-06:00

More Revelations on Rods…


From Science Teacher (and carp-guide extrordinaire) Joel Hays: hey Bart - cool stuff! Now, here’s some real chemical geekness . . . Boron has never “taken off” as a sole rod component because of its goofy metalloidal proprties. It’s in the same group as aluminum and shares simi [...]

More Revelations on Rods…2009-01-10T11:52:35-06:00

Sharky Waters


Back in late September, a buddy Jack Branston and I drove down to the Florida Keys in hopes to have a successful two weeks on the water.  For the most part, this was a "do it yourself" trip, which was successful in 2007.  Looking back at this trip I can say that we failed miser [...]

Sharky Waters2016-06-28T12:18:38-05:00