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Outing Chat / DRAFT: Devils River Adventure 2015 with ReelFly
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:08:15 AM »
Devil’s River 2015

Met up and left Katy at 1300, after transloading all of our gear.  We had a new guy join the group this year, our VP, John Purcell.

We arrived at the new camp in the dark following country style directions “Go across the third cattle grate.”  This year we didn’t stay at the “Who Cares, B&B” but instead stayed at a site much closer to the launch location.

As we unloaded our night gear and started telling. “remember when….”, and “what if…” stories”, We drank some wine and a little whisky around the campfire as we unwound from the long road trip.

The stars were bright as we set up sleeping bags on the cots that were already set up in a tent with a heater.  We turned the heater off to sleep, figuring that we would be warm enough in the sleeping bags to not need it any more.  It turns out that was an error.  Puck was up at 0430 and saw that frost had covered everything and turned the heater back on.

The hearty hunter’s breakfast didn’t happen. Eggs, hashbrowns, etc, didn’t survive the unseasoned pan, or the new camp cook. Yoghurt, fruit, and granola filled the bill, and away we went.

I hope one of us took a picture of the rugged road to the launch.  This is rough terrain, and sometimes an extremely rough road.  Actually giving it the name “road” is being generous.

As the guide crew loaded gear into rafts, George was in the water, slinging line, before the rafts were even off the shore.

Gear was checked off as it was placed into the rafts. One oversized bag had to be trimmed.  25L was supposed to be the largest size we take with us.  I expect the packing list to be revisited again before next year.

Finally on the water, slinging line, as we made our way to the first obstacle, Dolan’s Falls.  As the guide crew started unloading the gear for the portage, 6 kayaks showed up at Dolan’s Falls at the same time we did. 

To give us more fishing time, less time at the falls, the anglers pitched in to get the gear moved around and place back into the rafts. By working carefully, everybody, all 13 of both parties, made it down with no incidents.

Fishing the first day was slow, but the scenery more than made up for it.

Travis landed a gar. The fight can be described…   I probably should let Travis tell this story.  Gar over paddle, not trying to lip it, etc….

A smallmouth bass attacked the raft, like jaws from the deep.  Again Travis is the guy for this one..

John had a really nice smallmouth on for almost 8 seconds. He spent another 30+ minutes casting to it.  The guides kept pointing her out, but she developed a bad case of lockjaw.

We could see the fish, but very few would open their mouths to eat.  Even the longear sunfish that were so voracious last year were slow to bite.

Camp the first night was set up by the time we got there, and the gear was unloaded. Bratwurst was served for dinner, with wine and whisky.  We woke a little later than expected and had chrizo for breakfast.

The fly of choice for the second morning was poppers.  We had a few takes, but again the bites were slow.

This is the day that the wind decided to change direction, and speed.  The guides worked all day against the headwind.  If they stopped for a moment, the rafts were blown back up river.   I can only imagine how the kayakers ahead of us were fairing.

Camp the second night was a little later getting set up. The wind had slowed us all down, to include the cargo raft.  We had steak, corn, and potatoes, for dinner. Almost nothing is more entertaining that watching Ryan try to get the potatoes out of the coals with his bare hands.  Coffee was served with pancakes, bacon, eggs, for breakfast.

Did you know that if you use dry ice, and leave your vegetables unwrapped, that they will absorb the flavor of the CO2?  Carbonated avocadoes and tomatoes make for an interesting side dish.

The wind died down on the last day, but the fish still were not biting. 

We were off the water at 1400.  The raft were loaded onto the van, and the trailer, only to listen to one of the trailer tires hiss at us as it went flat.

Back to Katy at 2330, to transload, and send folks home.

Already we are talking about next year.

I need to put some pictures into this write-up, and get some other viewpoints.

Puck

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LOL / Why I fish.....
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:04:57 AM »
Puck

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Outing Chat / Walk around the neighborhood ponds...
« on: April 12, 2015, 07:51:32 AM »
Lilly and I took a walk around the neighborhood ponds when we had a break in the weather. 

I was using an old pattern called a Ligon  (a link to Breambugs), that was once sold by Accardo & Pecks, size 6 and black.

The rod was a 7/8 Ugly Stick fly rod, by Shakespeare, that I bought back in 1992, and for years it was the only rod I owned.  Before the rain came pouring back down, it proved that even at it's advanced age, it can still catch fish. 

8 LMB 1/4-2 pounds
2 Redear, 1/4 and 1 pound.

Puck

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The Alamo Fly Fishers will once again host the Annual Bud Priddy "Any Fly" Contest on the Nueces River on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
 
The big change is that any fly or flies can now be used. No restrictions.
Registration will be 7:00am to 8:00am at Lindbergh Park in downtown Camp Wood, TX. The registration fee is $20.00 and a donated fly. Fishing is allowed from 7:00am until 5:00pm. Results are due before 5:30pm at the Casa Sifuentes Restaurant which is located on the main street in Camp Wood. Dinner is included in the entry fee.
 
Lefty Ray Chapa
210-26zero-615four

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Damon's Seven Lakes / 2015-03-22 trip with grandson.
« on: March 22, 2015, 06:47:28 PM »
Mike fed us, and we caught fish....


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Outing Information Only / Harmon Creek trip report, 2015-03-07
« on: March 08, 2015, 03:48:37 PM »
Harmon Creek trip, 2015-03-07

The cabins that “sleep 6” only have 1 bed, 1 loft, and one futon.  Don’t ask me how we managed to get 2 more cots spread out in the tiny cabin. Mike and J. set up a tent, with heater, close by the launch point.  Dinner the first night was bratwurst, cooked on charcoal, with sides.

17 club members made it for Saturday’s fishing

50+ white bass were caught.  I actually lost count after people started telling me where, and how many were caught. 

One Kentucky bass and one turtle were also landed.  The turtle, and the black bass, were returned unharmed to the creek.

The 0700 launch turned out to be an overly optimistic guess.  With frost on the boats and kayaks, the launch was delayed, and then delayed again.  The last boat actually launched at noon.  The white bass were all in staging pool, stacked up in deep cold, 51°F, water, and not biting very well.   A lot of the ones that came to hand came to small flies drug deep.  I didn’t get a picture of Phil’s fly, but I watched him pull in a few fish without ever changing it out.

The kayaks travelled 3.08 miles upstream of the launch point exploring, and casting to likely holes, and pockets. 6.16 miles total travel, according to the GPS.  Kayaks catching rates were just as good as the boaters.

With the clarity of the water in the creek, the hard sandy bottom, and the fishy-looking structure on the shoreline, we may have to make this trip again in the summer.  Pictures to follow….

Puck




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17th of April, Lake Somerville - Nails Creek Unit State Park - Park Headquarters
20-30 kids
Rods provided by TPWD
Volunteers needed.

Details to follow.

Puck

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Tying Chat / Leg tying tool
« on: March 04, 2015, 10:06:56 AM »
While working with the Sam's One Bug (S1B) during the Katy Navy Fly Tying Group (KNFTG) meeting, I brought out one of my favorite tools.  This little gadget allows you to pull the silicone legs through the closed-cell foam easily, saving a ton of effort, and time.

Leg tying tool 1

 Leg tying tool 2

Or just go to Joan's Fabrics and buy at "knit picker."

Puck

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Tying Chat / Mesh tubing for Cypert's Minnow
« on: February 28, 2015, 07:08:04 PM »
My version of the Cypert's minnow:
https://vimeo.com/119914973

And how well they worked:
http://texasflyfishers.org/reports/index.php?topic=723.msg3852#msg3852

Puck

Darice Mesh Tubing

The material that I used for the overbody.

Puck


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General Discussion / MOVED: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:47:54 AM »
This topic has been moved to [SW Outing Chat].

http://texasflyfishers.org/reports/index.php?topic=735.0

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Fly Fishing Gear / WTS "Cliff's Bugger Beast ::: Fly Box" $30 (SOLD)
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:21:30 AM »
Cliff's Bugger Beast ::: Fly Box

Purchased for $50 but willing to sell for $30.

Those lines you see in the photo are my only modification.  They make it easier to find the slot.

Puck

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Outing Chat / Quick trip to Sabine River....
« on: February 21, 2015, 06:19:32 PM »
The fishing was great.  The catching could have been better.

3 of us were on the river, in the rain, at sunrise, flinging flies from kayaks.

Some pictures....

Puck

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Sell Anything / WF-5-F line free to good home....home found
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:45:47 AM »
I've replaced one of my 5wt lines, and this is the old one.  It has a few nicks, but still casts, and floats.  It would be perfect for a beginner or a training rod.

I'll bring it with me to the next TFF meeting 2015-02-24.

Puck

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The secret river...

Dean reminded me about how effective this simple fly truly is.  I have always tied them, and recommended them to others, but have never personally fished them.  That changed yesterday. 

I'm sure you can supply the name once you see them>

Here are a few that Nilo and I tied today.

Puck

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Tying Chat / We've got...
« on: February 15, 2015, 06:07:39 PM »
Crabs...

Nilo and I were experimenting with what we have on hand.

Here are the results:


Puck

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