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About You / Re: Hello to All
« on: Today at 04:32:31 AM »

Gald to see that you posted up. We have some great trips this month.  Join us. 

Most of the hard core fishaholics are pretty good guys.

July FW, White Oak Bayou

July SW, Port O'Connor One-Fly   


Outing Chat / PINS exporing, 2015-06-26 through 28
« on: June 30, 2015, 09:33:14 AM »
5 of us tried our luck at PINS for the weekend.  Tundra, Tacoma, Hummer 2.

Easy driving!

Fishing suct.

30+ mph wind killed at least one tent, and making cooking dinner impossible that Friday night. 

Water was dingy, and not the clear clean water we are used to seeing in the fall.

No bait in the first or second gut.

Shark anglers were also getting skunked.

I made 2 trips through Yarborough Pass.  My first, and my last.  I high-sided my blue truck and was throwing sand everywhere as it tried to get traction as I went into the pass.  Even the Hummer had a challange.  The guy over at Laguna Madre was catching specs on jigs, but with the rough travel, huge mosquitoes, and marsh gas, I think I'll stay on the beach from now on.

High tide seemed to bring the whiting into the first gut.  We harvested some whiting for meals later, but even ladyfish were slow to bite.

A few pictures later in the week.


Good turnout.

Take lots of pictures!


Outing Information Only / Re: Bolivar Marsh - tried it anyway.....
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:14:40 AM »
I played hooky on Friday and went over to Yates, launching from Stingaree.

The water was off-color, and high, but the bait, and th fish were still there.

We caught the first spec on a bright pink RFC.

Here is the video of Austin as we are on the way back.

Do I have any takers for an "unofficial" trip over there next month?


Outing Information Only / Re: Anahuac Flats - August 22
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:12:03 AM »
A lot of fresh water right now, according to Rene, but I think by August we'll be more than ready.

I'm signed up.


General Discussion / Re: Happy father's day everyone!
« on: June 22, 2015, 01:24:10 PM »
I spent a few hours with some fellow TFFers practicing deepwater kayak re-entry at D7Ls with my Georgia neighbor, Austin, as cameraman.

Video #1 

Good times, and then went fishing.


Pictures from Rene.

I'll add these and other to the group dropbox, and finish writing the report, hopefully before deepwater reentry training at D7Ls on Sunday.


Sounds like the Pointman didn't warn the others of the log. Hope nobody got hurt bad.  You really need to be in good physical shape on a trip down a limestone river. That rock will tear up your skin without much of a problem.  Puck, just add the photos to your report here. Many of us don't want to open a Dropbox account to be able to see the photos. That is what we are trying to encourage more folks to use the Forum for. Pizza, burgers and brats WOW now that's living! Who brought the "Cardboardeaux". I hear the trip out there was beautiful and the river was very generous.  Sounds like you had a great time.

I only set up dropbox for the participants of the trip, and will grab some of the best photos to add to the report.  The rest I plan to add captions, and send to Dave for uploading into a photos folder.  Hopefully I can get all of this done by the weekend.

The "Cardboardeaux"  [George's phrase]  was actually pretty good once you got past the packaging. The honey whisky was another pallet pleaser.  Steve's wine went well with the food.  No, this was not a "drinking trip with some fishing thrown in..."  This is a great group of anglers that I'd take on any fishing trip, or just hang out next to a campfire.

Morgan Shady Park may not be in operation next year, and we are already looking at other locations that can accommodate a group of 10-20 of us.


As we get closer to the planned day we will know more about the river.

Currently the SRA is generating 24/7 until further notice in an effort to bring the lake level down.


Outing Information Only / South Llano River float trip, DRAFT report
« on: June 15, 2015, 04:57:28 AM »
Texas FlyFishers South Llano River float trip 2015

The Texas FlyFishers started showing up at camp, Morgan Shady Park ( late Friday morning.  The routine of checking gear, talking about the fishing, setting up camp, and general chatter kept the group busy until René broke out the charcoal grill. Quickly the focus became food as he deftly grill bratwurst followed by hamburgers. 

A phone call to our livery, Fun in the Sun Canoe Rentals, just to make sure that they would be there at 0530, and the wake-up time noted, the dinner chatter wound down as folks drifted off to beds.

Fun in the Sun Canoe Rentals showed up at 0540 and immediately set to work loading watercraft.  The small crew made short work of getting all the kayaks on the trailer and us into the bus.  We made it to the water at a perfect time, just a few minutes after sunrise.

There were 12 anglers in 11 watercraft on Saturday.  The canoe was to be the “mother boat” and had a nice cooler of drinks in it.

The weather stayed overcast and comfortable the entire day.  The river was up from last year by 9-12”, making the paddling much easier.

We had 5 swimmers that day with one double dip.  There was this one log that got every one of us within the first mile of the trip….

One young man that we met on the river performed 2+ good deeds for us and others.  He saved a rod for us as our double dipper swam the second time, and was able to perform first aid (hook removal) with a tool that we had dropped at the launch, which he returned when he caught up with us.  I hope he gets in touch with us and joins some of our outings.

3 and 1/4 lost, and recovered rods.  One broke rod, on the “mother boat.”  It was a nice TFO so it will go back to the factory shortly.

Mary-Kay looked like a mayfly caught in a spider’s web as she tried to help Russell recover his reel by pulling on the fly line and backing until the reel and bottom part of the rod surfaced.  Skip had a handful of the stuff, and was just barely out of reach.  Russell was anchored, and had his hands full with fly line, rod parts, and fast water.  All of this happened at the bottom of a swift run.  30 minutes later we were all back on the water, with all gear salvaged.

Guadalupe bass, Largemouth bass, Bluegill, yellow sunfish, green sunfish, Rio Grande Perch, and gar were all caught.  I didn’t see any monsters pulled out, but there were some nice fish caught.  The numbers of fish caught is another story completely.  Most of us stopped counting at around 50.  After a few hours I switched from a size 12 spider to a larger, size 6 S1B, to entice larger fish.

The range of flies that worked was a varied as the anglers.
a.   Yellow spiders (see photo for another reason this fly may work)
b.   Hare-E
c.   Brown spiders
d.   Briminator
e.   S1B
f.   Gurgler
g.   And I could probably get a list from the participants as to what worked for them.

The first of our crew was off the water at about 1500, with the last showing up at camp at 1700.  7.21 water miles covered on this stretch.

Pizza was fetched for Saturday night’s supper and quickly consumed.  By about 2300 the camp was once again quiet.

Sunday morning was a leisurely affair.  Coffee, breakfast, tinkering, packing, good-byes, and a late start of 0900. 

5 people in kayaks on Sunday for the short run between crossings. Five of us decided to head back to Houston, and two of us were just too banged up to enjoy another day in the kayak. On the water before 1000, with 2 base camp crew waiting at the take-out point.

I'll actually work on this more as the week goes on, as well as setting up a "dropbox" for the photos.


About You / Re: Moving to Houston
« on: June 11, 2015, 09:06:04 AM »
We have some really good oportunities in the next few months to fish both fresh and salt.

Come wet a line with us and listen to the bu11s*&t   sage advice from our seasoned members.


Paul had to pull out due to events beyond his control.   :(

Bear now has a bed.


Puck's Packing list for South Llano River

GPS with extra batteries.   
Seat, seat cushion for canoe
Boga grip

Mirage Drive
Scotty * 2+
Life Jackets

Two 5wts Fly rods
3 wt fly rod
Reels with floating lines, 3wt and two 5 wts.
Extra Tippet 4/6/8/10 #
Chest pack
Extra leaders
     Yellow spiders

2 sets of fishing clothes
2 sets of camp cloths
1 set of travel clothes for Sunday's trip home
Wading boots
Wading socks
Camp shoes
Rain jacket
Sunglasses with cabelz, or croaky
Sun gloves

Toilet paper

Ice chests, with ice.  Big and kayak sized
Breakfast and Lunch for Saturday
Breakfast for Sunday
Snacks for on the river
Gatoraid for 2 days
Water for 2 days
Wine for 2 nights

Sleeping bag

Folding chairs

Charcoal lighter
Grill and utensils

South Llano is clearing up as I type this.  A few more days without rain and thh clarity will be back to normal.

I'll call the campgrounds this weekend as a follow-up.


« on: June 04, 2015, 04:10:03 PM »
I like the freedom of the forum, and would hate to see it go.


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