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General Discussion / Fishing in Abu Dhabi
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:33:21 PM »
As we have a lot of other oilfield folks in the club - has anyone done any saltwater fishing around Abu Dhabi on their travels? The beaches around there look great and I would have thought there was something to catch in the surf but the info on google is very limited.


General Discussion / The Drake magazines year long species contest
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:37:31 PM »
Does anyone else from the club want to join me in attempting this competition?


Starting Sat., April 26th (Opening day of trout season for several states), post a picture of you with your fish on The Drake’s Facebook page (there’ll be a special spot for entries). Whoever posts the most different species of fish, that they caught between April 26, 2014, and April 25th, 2015 (Mountain Standard Time), on a fly rod, will be the Grand Prize winner. There will also be monthly and quarterly winners, with some great prizes (rods, reels, line, coolers, sunglasses, gear) provided by the sponsors below.

1) You must use the hashtag #DrakemagBigYear when entering via Twitter or Instagram, for us to be able to track your entry. For Facebook entries, join the contest via The Big Year link provided on the The Drake Magazine Facebook page. (We’re using a third-party app called OfferPop).

2) While the fish can be from anywhere in the world, we are using the IGFA list of species. So, for example, a "cutthroat trout" is considered one species—even if you catch one Snake River Cutty and one Colorado Cutty, it’s still just one cutty.

3) This is a catch-and-release competition, so each fish must be alive and be properly handled in the photos. Also, like the birding version, we are using the honor system. If the fish you post was caught before April 26th, 2014, it is not eligible. No cheating!

1) To have fun while winning cool gear.

2) To showcase how many different types of fish can be caught on a fly rod.

This is not a "biggest fish" contest or a "most fish" contest, it’s a variety-of-species contest. For a more detailed explanation of the rules, and to see some of the prizes, and how to win them, visit

Thanks, and good luck!


Events and Information / More trout in the classroom pictures
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:14:30 PM »
Some more pictures of the TFF micro-steelhead

Events and Information / 2014 Trout in the Classroom Release Day
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:49:34 AM »

The release day for our 2014 TITC fish has been set for May 10th in Sattler, TX. We will have students and teachers from the 3 high schools present, along with the local GRTU reps to help us release our approximately 250 trout. If any TFF'ers want to join us you would be more than welcome - and we could certainly use the help! Message me for more details.

Here are some updated pictures of the fish from Mayde Creek HS


Events and Information / Oil Spill in Galveston Bay
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:01:18 AM »

For those who may not have heard, there was a barge collision in Galveston Bay yesterday that has released an, as yet unknown, amount of marine fuel oil into the bay. The barge was carrying a million gallons but only one tank is believed to have spilled.

Details below

Some disturbing reading on Texas water rights with particular mention of the Devils River and threat to its supply.

Events and Information / 2014 Trout in the Classroom Project
« on: January 15, 2014, 10:43:17 PM »

The 2014 TFF sponsored trout in the classroom project is underway with 3 tanks this year - katy HS, Mayde Creek HS and Cinco Ranch HS. Eggs were delivered to the schools on Friday and the first fish started hatching today. I will update the conservation page with pictures shortly.

And yes they are steelhead strain trout again this year!


General Discussion / 8lbs 6oz Catch of the Weekend
« on: September 22, 2013, 01:23:34 PM »
Managed to land this 8lbs 6oz, 20 1/2 incher on Saturday morning. Mother and baby doing well!

Oh and his name is Jack!

Outing Chat / Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: July 21, 2013, 08:29:14 PM »
Brett Walker and I went out with Brent Hodges in Port O'Connor this past Saturday to do a little pre-fishing for the One Fly :) The reds were fairly uncooperative due to a combination of dirty water, clouds and the biggest fishing/party tournament I have ever seen with Poco Bueno in full swing.
However the jetties were fairly empty and the seas were calm enough that we made it out there in the beavertail with no issues. We saw one big school of tarpon busting on the top but they disappeared before we could get to them. However blind casting giant mullet patterns at the jetties produced several nice jacks and on two separate occasions something that pulled an entire fly line and a serious chunk of backing through the rocks before busting through 40lb fluoro and leaving deep score marks in my fly line. Wish I had seen what it was. Jack pictures below:


If anyone wants to do a little guided prefishing for the Saltwater One Fly then Brent Hodges (Reelfly Adventures) has openings in Port O'Connor for guided days the week of July 22-25th. As anyone who has fished with Brent on the Guad knows he works his ass off all day to get his clients on fish. I can personally vouch that the same applies when he is on a poling platform too...and in true club fashion he has a Beavertail. If you talk nicely to Ashley then I believe there maybe a TFF discount on the cost.

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All - from the GBF


Seafood Consumption Advisory on Spotted Seatrout Removed for Most of Galveston Bay

Webster, TX – July 1, 2013 – The Galveston Bay Foundation (“GBF”) celebrates the removal of the seafood consumption advisory on spotted seatrout (speckled trout) for most of the Galveston Bay system, including a portion of Upper Galveston Bay and all of Trinity, Lower Galveston, East, West, Chocolate, Drum, Bastrop, and Christmas bays. This large area is south of a line from Red Bluff Point to Five Mile Cut Marker to Houston Point in Upper Galveston Bay. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, testing of the speckled trout samples indicated that concentrations of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), both of which are groups of toxic compounds, had decreased to acceptable levels and no longer pose a significant health risk.

This latest testing is a snapshot in time and there is still much work to be done to further reduce risks from the consumption of seafood in areas of the bay system, most notably the upper portion of Upper Galveston Bay, the Houston Ship Channel, and the San Jacinto River. We hope to see a long-term decrease in the concentrations of toxins in seafood as sources of these “legacy pollutants” are identified and eliminated. For almost three years, GBF has worked to ensure that a major dioxin hotspot, the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site (SJRWP) on the San Jacinto River at Interstate 10, is cleaned up as fast as possible. GBF has worked with local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and other non-profit organizations to ensure this site has been capped and eliminated as a source of dioxin to the bay and its seafood. We continue to work to ensure appropriate long-term clean-up of the site occurs and will work to uncover and clean up other abandoned waste pits or areas, such as Patrick Bayou on the Houston Ship Channel.

About Galveston Bay Foundation
The mission of the Galveston Bay Foundation is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of the Galveston Bay estuarine system and its tributaries for present users and for posterity. The Foundation was incorporated in 1987, and is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. GBF is located at 17330 Highway 3 in Webster, Texas. For further information, contact GBF at 281-332-3381 or visit the website at

Outing Chat / Guide needed for New Orleans
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:47:32 PM »
Does anyone know a good conventional fishing guide in the New Orleans area? I have clients wanting to fish in late June during a conference in NOLA. No fly fishing needed  - but I good guide is a must.


Events and Information / Trout in the Classroom Release Day
« on: May 09, 2013, 12:57:43 PM »

We will be releasing the trout from the trout in the classroom project tanks into the Guadalupe on Saturday May 18th. If anyone from the club is interested in driving down with us saturday morning and helping with the release please let me know.


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