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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: July 28, 2015, 08:54:38 AM »
Yep - a great time; truly an epic weekend. Was great to meet you Tim, and be sure and make all the events - and don't forget to bring that pretty little East Cape Lostman with you!

Hope to see you at PINS...

Cheers,
George

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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: July 19, 2015, 06:48:48 AM »
Okay everybody - It's getting closer! Can ya feel the vibe?? I can!

Get ready for the "Texas FlyFishers Shrimp, Shrimp, and Shrimp Extravaganza!" The Bayou Boilers cooking team led by master chefs Mike Frankoff and George Sutherland and others are already preparing for the Captain's Dinner Friday evening, so make sure you make it to Rabe House in time - we're boiling for 30 people. Club is not picking up the tab for this one, so we'll have a tip jar handy for contributions. Count on $15 a person; quite a deal.

Except for Bear, he may need a heavier contribution. He once said to me, while we were at Cathy's buffet, "Oh, I was full a long time ago. But I don't eat till I'm full, I eat till I fall asleep!" So you might want to get in line before Bear. Sheesh  :o !

And I'm really looking forward to Saturday's paella - watching John put that dish together is not ony delicious, but quite a spectator sport. Pull up a chair and a bottle of rum and watch the master work.

Can't wait!

See you there... George

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General Discussion / Re: Soon...
« on: July 15, 2015, 03:18:36 AM »
She's going to be pretty Dan! Love the in-progress shots.. Looking forward to seeing the final version

Congrats

GDS

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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: June 23, 2015, 09:01:27 AM »
And thus begins another addiction... and not a bad backcast! Better than some i've seen... even from me.

Way to go Dan!

GDS

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General Discussion / Happy father's day everyone!
« on: June 21, 2015, 06:23:49 AM »
Just celebrated mine with four warrior bluegill in the neighborhood lake on a #10 woolly bugger before my second cup of coffee. Hope you're enjoying your day as much!

If you're a dad or ever had a dad - Happy father's day!

Lets go fishing...
George

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Outing Chat / Fly fishing Destin in the fall...
« on: June 09, 2015, 01:12:13 PM »
Looking for some cheap (well, free) advice. Thinking about a family trip to Destin in October, and I simply cannot sit in the sand for several days without going fly fishing. Don't care how much rum I consume.

So here's the question... anyone fish the Florida panhandle in October? Guide recommendations? Redfish or other species? Finn - I think you've fished over there; I'd appreciate any advice.

Thanks guys...

George

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Puck you forgot to list your "cardbordeaux!" Wouldn't want to leave that behind! ;D

Have a great time, wish I was joining the fun...

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 09, 2015, 11:43:43 AM »
Hey Dan... if you're thinking about electronics, Mike Frankoff and I both outfitted our boats this year with new gear. We both chose the Lowrance HDS7 touch, with the Navionics Platinum Plus mapping chip. Outstanding detail, it is like having google earth on your dashboard. For what we do - navigating backwater marshes - that level of detail is a real plus. When we were down at the Arroyo a few weeks ago they were a huge help. Made my old unit look like an early version of "pong." In addition, the sonar features are pretty amazing, something you might need on the new panga far more than a flats skiff, since you may be doing more structure fishing at the jetties, etc.

Many different systems out there, all of them excellent - it really comes down to a chocolate/ vanilla decision.

Happy to talk more about it - PM me and we'll can discuss if you like.

Congrats again... GDS

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 06, 2015, 09:18:10 AM »
Love it Dan! That will be an awesome boat, great for many purposes. I will happily make myself available to accompany you to the POC jetties in search of rolling tarpon!

Congrats - let us know when it arrives so we can all jealously admire!

George

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General Discussion / Re: LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 06, 2015, 09:16:11 AM »
      There is a lot of really great free stuff here. Information on upcoming events, reports on recent events, updates on fishing trips, photos, introductions, and more. The perfect place for communication, collaboration, stories, general good natured teasing, and the best means to keep members informed of club doings. You’re right, and it is all free. To say this is not needed and should be abandoned is short sighted and a major step backwards.

      Why do I say this? Let me offer a few thoughts for consideration:

      • The form actually does get used. Take a look at any major event and you find multiple postings showing participation, logistics, boat pairing and equally important the general promotion of the event and general buzz. The forum is an integral means of club events, and where a lot of excitement is generated.  Look at a major event and you’ll find three pages of posts.
      • There is a strong correlation between participation on the forum and participation on club events. Yep – there is a core group of members who use the forum regularly. These are also some of the people who can be counted on to participate, lead, and be involved in events and trips. I also notice there is a strong correlation between people who do not use the forum and who do not participate, lead, and can be counted on.
      • Can a forum be effective? Easy answer – just take a look at 2cool. I’ve done a review of forums in other gulf coast states (Louisiana, Florida), and 2cool is by far the finest. Tons of content and tons of participation. Any Texas saltwater angler (well, if you have the ability to order a plane ticket or flowers on-line, and have heard of Facebook) is out there and using it. I see many of our members more active on 2cool than they are on our own forum. A good model – easy to use, post photos, search, and share information.  So yes, a forum is an extremely effective communications medium and the use of ours should be promoted and encouraged.
      • Our web presence is critical to the long term viability of our club. Why do I say this? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken to a fly fishing non-member, who has said “yeah, I’ve seen your club on-line.” Our website and forum is our primary means of connecting to the public, and for the public to find us. The past two years we have invested a great deal of members’ time, sweat equity, and a little of our club funds into promoting fly fishing and our club at the Houston Fishing Show. “Check us out on-line, here’s the address to our website” we say to literally hundreds if not thousands of people. Having a solid web presence is important as a means to promote our sport and promote our club. Anything that would reduce the impact of our website/ forum will be a dent in our ability to attract tech-savvy people. Without the forum our website will be little more than an electronic brochure.

      Yep – I agree wholeheartedly that our web presence can use a facelift. There is too much clutter and not enough interactive content. The forum needs a facelift too, there are threads which are not really relevant and thus not used (e.g. vendors – FTU, Bass Pro, and the now defunct Anglers Edge). But losing the forum, and abandoning the value that it brings to our club, would be an unnecessary and ridiculous mistake.

      But there’s more – lest you think that I am merely whining and casting aspersions, let me make an offer. I am very much in alignment with Dan (er, Finn, if you don’t know our members who use the forum), but unlike Dan I am an IT guy. While web development is not my primary expertise, I know many people who could offer a great deal of expertise. I would be more than willing to serve on a committee with a few similar minded TFF’ers and help to develop a strategy and plan to improve our website and presence. I have many times suggested that we look for a school (e.g. Lone Star College?)  who teaches classes in web development, and might be willing to take on our cause a class project. There may be means to get this moving with minimal investment. And even if it does require a little investment to set up and host a quality website I think the club’s financial position should be able to accommodate.  So – anyone who is interested let’s get together and discuss.

      So…wrapping up this rather lengthy post, I am strongly advocating improving our web presence and strengthening the use of our forum. Going the other direction, and abandoning an important aspect of our club, is short sighted.

      Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom… if you made it all the way please PM me and I’ll buy you a beer at the next outing!

      Oh, and lets go fishing!

      George

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General Discussion / Re: PooP Happens!
« on: May 21, 2015, 04:22:38 AM »
Yeah... but once the Muy Guapo is back on the water it is "look out redfish!"

Sorry to hear of your rods, Mike, but a good excuse to upgrade. I may ask you to throw out a couple of mine  :o

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General Discussion / Re: Navionics Plus chip
« on: May 19, 2015, 12:24:06 PM »
Installed new electronics this year, included the Navionics Platinum Plus chip. Still learning its use, but absolutely love it. Think of it as Google earth on your GPS. When fishing the LLM a few weeks back it was superb...

Stop thinking about it and go buy one!

GDS

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General Discussion / Re: Florida Keys Fishing
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:06:36 AM »
Flip Pallot? Rob Fordyce? Chico Fenandez? Stu Apte?

I think all these guys fish the keys. Just being helpful... you're welcome.

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General Discussion / Re: Fly Fishing Film Tour
« on: March 18, 2015, 06:13:11 AM »
I'm in... and Mike I'll help you man the booth.

Will be fun

GDS

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Special Events - Local, National, whatever / Re: otter dubbing
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:05:10 PM »
Not sure about otter dubbing, but any ideas out there about poodle dubbing? Because there's this really annoying, yappy little dog next door...

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