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About You / Re: New Member "Ripit"
« on: Today at 08:22:07 AM »
Word to the wise, if Joe takes you to Greens Lake out of the marina in Hitchcock (Charlie's) be careful and take down your "sissy" bar.  There is a railroad trestle ahead that will be very unkind to your aluminum.

"BEEN THERE DONE THAT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU'VE BEEN WARNED

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Outing Information Only / Re: Chocolate Bayou - Jan 31
« on: December 08, 2014, 04:30:40 PM »
Thanks Don, for getting things started. I would like to be the first on your boat. Is a kayak required or will you be fishing from your boat. If so I can manage to get a yak no problem. Knowing you, I’d better bring some conventional tackle to keep up with the H-man.  Hahahaha

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Just spoke with Skip...NO MAKE UP DATE! Next year we'll move to earlier in the year and plan a make up date..

Thanks to you guys who wanted to go, keep your hats on we're going next year. Planning we"ll include lodging, travel arrangements, Boat schedules, and group arrangements. This trip needs to be more spontaneous as you never know what the weather is going to do. You guys who are retired or are the "masters of your universe" get ready we're going.

For the others, I'll let you know how we do this next January or February. Cause we TFF'ers are going when the going gets good!  I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT ONE OF OUR ILLUSTRIOUS TFF'ERS CATCHING A BIG RED FISH 40"+ ON HIS BEAUTIFUL HAND MADE 10 WT. ROD ON A BEAUTIFUL 55 DEG. SUN-SHINING MORNING AND THEN GOING UP TO NOLA TO FINISH THE DAY IN THE QUARTER WITH A GOOD CIGAR AND SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS EATING LIKE A KING WISHING YOU WERE HERE THE WHOLE TIME!  BROTHERS OF THE SALT - DON'T BE LEFT BEHIND. BUDGET $1,000.00 OUGHT TO DO IT IN GRAND STYLE.
Join us if you can, we love to have you. This will be a trip of a lifetime.

CONTACT GOLDEN

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Please wake up Skip! We need to know the make up date? Have you talked with the CFF? Let us know quickly so we can adjust our calendars. Just because it rain this week doesn't usually call off the event. SKIP CAN YOU HEAR ME! Turn on your earpiece or at least your computer.  What do the guys is LA want to do?

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Outing Chat / Re: 2015 Guadalupe One Fly?
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:30:05 PM »
Yeah I would want to be back in Houston Sunday by noon.  Don't want to miss the AFC and NFC Championship Games if possible.

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Wasn't there already a make up date? If it is rescheduled I probably can go. Just busy the previously scheduled weekend. Let us know ASAP Skip.  Hopefully you'll visit the forum site again soon.  :o

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Outing Chat / Re: 2015 Guadalupe One Fly?
« on: November 20, 2014, 07:26:48 AM »
Just checked the FW Outings page One Fly has not been posted as of yet.  I know I have had several inquiries regarding if it is going to be a one day (down and back) outing, will there be a outing Lodge/HQ for participants available, and what is the prize (if any).  You know I don't remember if there is a winner's trophy or not?? I know that I have heard at the Board Meetings that if the club members want to arrange their own group lodging and itinerary beyond the event that would be acceptable. 

Let's get some chat going here since I have my three weight now and float cat boat (lease buster) I will probably be going. I would rather fish Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Therefore I will be looking for several guys to share lodging with.  I will contact guys by PM as you list up once the Thread is posted. Maybe we can organize a wintertime fireside cookout up in the Park. WOOHOO A TFF WOODSIE! Questions call me.

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:43:36 PM »
Sounds like everything is coming together Skip.  Unfortunately this weekend my eldest daughter is having an early family Thanksgiving dinner as her mom (my ex) will be in town for a convention so I must pass on this one. We are also scheduled for family photo shoot at her new home too. Sorry the redfish will have to wait until January/February for me. Here's to you guys having a "whale" of a time!

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Thanks Puck but where are the pictures to insert?

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:00:44 AM »
I just looked at the sign-in sheet and I have a feeling it is whoa-fully incorrect. It appears someone used a template that already had names on it. I maybe wrong...but when did that last happen???? 8)
Skip told me he will fill everybody in at the up and coming membership meeting.

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:05:44 AM »
Thinking about going again Sunday morning about 800am.  Join me if you can I will have my Outcast and 3wt in hand. Somebody bring a waterproof camera so we can get some marvelous pictures of some of these perch.  Bring small poppers and make sure you bring some forceps for removing the popper from their mouths. They swallow these things whole. See you there. Park over in the cul de sac.  Dont take trucks onto pond grounds!

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:08:29 PM »
Thanks guys.  Scott - I caught one blue gill that was so big he chewed the floro right off my carbon...no kidding. If was like a monsta-permit-gill. Had teeth like DK just was narley scarey.  Bring your YAKS and lets go.  So much closer than the pay ponds and a damn site clearer.

Start tying fresh but keep thinking salt!

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Where did all your 4 wheelers go?  >:(
Going to be unbelievably beautiful down there this weekend and all of the folks who didn't want to try the marginal weather last month will miss out this time. Wish I had the 4 wheeler truck. I'd catch the hell out of the those fish! :o

I'm guessing this outing is no longer the favorite it used to be. Tisk Tisk no more Billy Sandifer... No more Pins Trips.  We need to schedule another POC trip this time of year, quit messing with trying to get folks to commit to the Pins trip.  Must be that our folks who used to go down the Pins have sold their 4x4's and are getting a little older and need more comfort. HAHAHAHA me next! 8) 

I betting some of you have done a lot of prepping and gearing up for this trip.  Too bad.  I'll speak to this at tonight's Board Meeting.  ;D

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Outing Chat / White Oak Strikes Again!
« on: October 13, 2014, 05:17:14 PM »
Well I guess I had this coming to me after winning the big prize last Thursday at the Orvis Westheimer store. First of all I have not won a thing at our TFF meetings in over four months...nada! The Thursday nite Happy Hours at Orvis have proved to be even more difficult to get in on all the goodies they give away. So last Thursday came as quite a surprise.   To win the full flex 7'-6" Orvis "Touch" rod, MK II Battenkill Reel and Access #3 WF Fly line with 12lb backing was AWESOME! Thank You Orvis for supporting our wonderful club in the unselfish manner in which you do so year in and year out.

But you guys all know me...no moss grows on this "rolling stone" I had to hit the water as soon as I could Saturday afternoon after work. Conditions at the super secret White Oak ponds were pre-frontal, with a light wind from the southeast, afternoon temperatures approaching 90 degrees, and light overcast clouds. PERFECT I'd say.  The rod fully assembled with reel, line, and backing, can't weigh 7 ounces. Unbelievably light.  My first cast into the water using a bright yellow popper was met with a thrash of a mad "green trout" (for my LA fans).  So over the next two hours I walked the ponds edge catching fish after fish. My casting was atrocious.  I have never used a full flex rod in my life and I had to really learn how to pause long enough after my back cast before beginning my forecast. Yes, I tied some wind knots but found that I was using way too light of a leader for the size popper I was throwing.  After experimenting a little I found the right set-up (at least for my casting ability). I cut the leader down to about 4' and tied a 16" section of 2x tippet on and the popper would turn over admirably. I took a few pictures of the first couple of fish I caught with the rod with my phone.  See below

Nice evening and my first cast with the new outfit!


Here is what that cast found! SWEEETTT!!!!!!


After catching a few and working with my leader I changed flies and caught this guy!


...and knowing I was going to return Sunday with my float cat if the weather would let me. I was thinking of all you guys down at Damon Lakes having a blast catching fish too.

Sunday morning, after a great breakfast of two eggs served over-easy, each placed on a hot sourdough english muffin with a slice of smoked ham and cheese, then topped off with some of my favorite "Slap Yo Mama" seasoning and a hot cup of coffee, I was ready for the day.  I stopped by the shop and picked up the Outcast and I was off to the ponds.  When I arrived the wind was down and the water was crystal clear. Because I was going out on the water there was NO WAY I was taking my phone out there to take pictures.  Sorry about that but I am sure you understand. I will say the catching was off the wall. In three hours I caught over 60 fish. I even used Pucks method of dragging a fly 50' behind the boat while I was changing locations and each time I caught a good bream! I guess the bass need the popping motion.  Only one good sized fish to really brag about and it was the largest most beautiful blue gill bream I have caught since my last trip to the Blanco River up by Wimberley Texas. It was huge easily 12-13" and well over 1.0lb. its vertical stripes were approximately 3/4" wide and the colortaion was off the charts too.  WOW. Now I wished I had my camera.

So if any of you want to join me as I learn how to use this rod more effectively, give me a call.    Oh yeah as I was leaving the ponds I ran across three women using fly rods...yes I told them about our club. ..and yes Marcos hot spotted our "honey hole". Hopefully they will join us at our next meeting.  Till then ... tight lines!

        <*)))>{GOLDEN}<(((*>

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General Discussion / Re: Cache la Poudre River and North Platte in July 2014
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:50:00 PM »
We used to ride that route on our motorcycles during the summer and hit a little tavern up in Walden.
I had more fun with a local gal up there than fishing has ever given me aaah but that was then and this is now!

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