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Outing Chat / WHITE OAK BAYOU REVISITED
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:20:04 PM »
After the great time I had down in the Arroyo I have had the fishing bug BAD!  Got a message yesterday from Travis saying he was up for fishing the Bayou if I was.  That's all I needed - HECK YEAH BROTHER LET'S GO FISHING! Travis is a friend of our club and has joined us for an outing (PINS) teaming up with PUCK!

We got together at the ponds at nine am.  Wind was a little brisk but not too bad.  I brought my float boat and Travis waded (yes I told him about the scourge of the pond so he wore waders). The first spot I went to I caught a fish on my first four casts! I'd say today was a decent day for fishing as the forecast called for rain later in the day...falling barometer...GOOD Stuff!
New TFF'er (we hope)

This was my drop point a small protected cove full of fish I hope.

First of many to come...Yes the fish are hungry and ready to play.

Here is what I'm looking for. These guys are real fighters for their size and beautiful to boot!

Then I noticed the dragon flys were now active so a change to a popper was the order of the day.

Nice one taken from under the trees seen in the background.

But as the forecast stated rain was coming in on us fast so we met up on the shoreline and headed back to the vehicles.  Travis said he caught quite a few bass but no brim. While waiting out the rain shower this little guy came up and was as friendly as could be.  Hope he develops some instincts to be weary of humans and other animals else-wise he's food! Looks like there is some tying material on the hoof!


By the way, the bayou was cut this last week and is in good shape with the exception of the water flow is a little high right now...Duh! Hope to see everyone on the water soon.

GOLDEN  <')))><

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General Discussion / PooP Happens!
« on: May 20, 2015, 09:54:52 AM »
So I have a new "I'll never do that again!"  The other day at my office warehouse where I keep a good portion of my fishing gear, I decided to box up my two damaged Sage fly rods to send off for repair.  One an awesome XP - 8 wt and the other a RPLXi 8 wt. that I use for dredging work. I love both of these rods as I guess we all do in one way or another.  They were carefully placed in a plain triangular shipping box stuffed with bubble-wrap and sealed up.  I did this about three weeks ago while gathering up my equipment for the Laguna Trip. So I left them out in the shop in an area where I had my other fishing equipment.

Last week I called FedEx and ordered a pick up for the rods to be sent to Sage. I then went out into the shop and could not find the shipping box anywhere! Here is where the PooP begins to fly!  I noticed how the shop appeared much better organized and cleaner than before my trip. So I asked my son-in-law if he had put the box somewhere.  He said No not really.  So I then did a closer inspection of the warehouse to see where it could be.  Well you've already guessed what happened by now. BOOM two $ 700.00+ investment rods GONE TO THE DUMP-DUMP-DUMP! He had decided to clean up the mess of leftover materials and job junk that was brought back to our warehouse recently from one of our projects.  He said he probably picked up the box shook it and thought it was empty and so he threw it away.

I'll never do that again!  So yesterday I picked up one of the few SAGE XP 8 wts for public consumption off of EBAY.  It had been custom built by a well known rod builder in Wisconsin who put some cool feathers just above the handle too. Yes I know I can only hope he did a great job building the rod!  It looked awesome and had only seen fresh water on a pike trip once. Handle looks brand new.  I can guarantee you'll see me using it soon. 

Also an update...the Muy Guapo is at the boat doctors getting refurbished to be ready for the season.  Once I have both the boat and the rod in hand you will know where to find me!





Tight Lines to All!

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General Discussion / Merry Christmas To All
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:54:29 AM »
My family and I want to wish each and every one of our wonderful members and their families a joyous Christmas and the happiest New Year. Thank you for all the great times we have shared in the past and those still to come. Please remember George's daughter Clare and his family in you prayers especially during this holiday season.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mike Graham 

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Outing Chat / Merry Christmas To All
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:53:59 AM »
My family and I want to wish each and every one of our wonderful members and their families a joyous Christmas and the happiest New Year. Thank you for all the great times we have shared in the past and those still to come. Please remember George's daughter Clare and his family in you prayers especially during this holiday season.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mike Graham 

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Outing Chat / Merry Christmas To ALL
« on: December 23, 2014, 08:52:47 AM »
My family and I want to wish each and every one of our wonderful members and their families a joyous Christmas and the happiest New Year. Thank you for all the great times we have shared in the past and those still to come. Please remember George's daughter Clare and his family in you prayers especially during this holiday season.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mike Graham 

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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 / TFF SUMMER EXPO
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:53:39 PM »
HAD A GOOD TIME SATURDAY AT THE CHURCH. SAW SOME VERY INTERESTING STUFF TOO. I WAS GLAD TO SEE ALL OF THE FOLKS TRYING THEIR HAND AT FLY CASTING.  THANKS TO TFO FOR HELPING OUT SHOWING THEIR NEW LINE FOR 2015. THE BEGINNERS' FLY TYING TABLE WAS BUSY THERE FOR AWHILE. THANKS TO PUCK AND THE GUYS WHO HELPED THEM OUT.

THREE LITTLE ANGLES UNDER THE EYE OF THE DE...OH WAIT THAT'S FRANK. :0)

PUCK'S GRIN SAYS IT ALL.

DAD AT THE END OF THE TABLE CHECKING HIS WALLET

YOU THINK THEY ENJOYED THEMSELVES? I DO ...AWESOME!

EARLY IN THE MORNING THE EXHIBIT HALL ACTIVITY STARTED OUT WITH MIKE, JIM, GETTING BUSY DISCUSSING UPCOMING OUTINGS. GREG, JOHN AND SHELBY WERE BUSY TYING AWAY AS ALWAYS! ROB WAS OVER IN THE CORNER SHOWING HIS TENKARA STYLE OF FLY FISHING.

MUST BE SOMETHING VERY INTERESTING GOING ON SKIPS EYES ARE OPEN AND HIS MOUTH IS SHUT...(barely)

OH ITS KEVIN HUTCHINSON GETTING EVERYBODY EXCITED OVER A DAY IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY!

LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER FULL HOUSE IN THE SEMINAR ROOM WHAT A CROWD!

LETS SEE WHATS GOING ON OUTSIDE...MARK MARMON AND JIM ANDERSON HELPING SOME NEWBYS WITH THEIR FLY CASTING.

JIM'S GOT THIS YOUNG MAN GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION LOOK AT THAT LINE...WOW

NOW THIS GENTLEMAN NEEDED A LITTLE HELP!

SOMEONE GO GET MARCOS QUICK...CAN YOU HEAR THAT LINE...POP...POP...POP!

I HOPE YOU ALL CHECKED OUT ALL OF TFO'S NEW GOODIES...WOW IS ALL I CAN SAY...WOW! THEY CLEARLY HAVE THE TEXAS FLY FISHERMAN IN MIND!

LOOK AT THIS ASSORTMENT...EVERYTHING FROM 5' LONG 4 PC. 1/2 WT'S TO A AWESOME 12 WT BLUEWATER TWO HANDED ROD THAT WILL WACK THE JAW OF A 150 LB TARPON WITH EASE.  AS ALWAYS THANKS GUYS. YOU PUT TOGETHER A GREAT LINE OF RODS AND EQUIPMENT

THE ONLY THING LEFT TO DO!


HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT TIME. I DID
THANKS TO CLARKE THORNTON AND HIS GANG OF VOLUNTEERS FOR PUTTING ON SUCH A GREAT SHOW. IT WOULDN'T BE A SHOW IF SUPER DAVE KELLY WASN'T THERE TO MEET AND GREET AT THE FRONT DOOR. THANKS DAVE. CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR AND SEE WHAT'S NEW AND ON THE HORIZON AND HOW THE CLUB HAS MOVED FORWARD!
<*(((>{ GOLDEN }<)))*>


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About Us. / General Membership Meeting
« on: July 16, 2014, 03:16:59 PM »
General Membership Meeting

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Outing Information Only / POC ONE FLY OUTING
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:31:34 AM »
GREAT SALTWATER OUTING IN PORT O'CONNOR, TEXAS.
PRE-FISHING - CAPTAINS MEETING - STEAK DINNER FRIDAY.
ONE FLY TOURNAMENT - AWARDS DINNER BY THE PALLEA POSSE SATURDAY. 
FISHING - SHORELINE CLEANUP SUNDAY.

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Outing Chat / White Oak Bayou - Ready
« on: June 07, 2014, 05:05:59 AM »
Hey this is what we have been waiting for! The Bayou has been cut.  You can have easy access right now.  Fishing is off the wall. Make sure you let others know. That is all  :o

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General Discussion / TFF 2014 Auction Huge Success
« on: May 04, 2014, 05:15:23 PM »
Huge success...thanks to all that came. The trips to Andros and Belize went to some extremely happy folks. We raised what appears to be an all time high net for our club thanks to the many of you who attended. Brand new fly rods with reels and lines went to some mighty happy folks for huge savings. Thanks to Cary Marcos, the Sage 4 pc. 3 and 4 wts in socks and tubes went for over $250.00 each to some very lucky fly fishers. Guided trips all over the state of Texas and the gulf coast were gathered up quickly for some huge savings...big thanks to all of the guides and outfitters who supported the Texas Fly Fishers. Also to the vendors like Fishing Tackle Unlimited, Orvis, and Bass Pro Shops these people really care about the fly fisher and the promotion of our sport. Please folks in return we shall support them too. As always if I have left your name off please someone followup this thread and help me and get credit to these wonderful people who help us so greatly.

BIG Thanks to all of the TFF workers who helped put this event together. It took a lot of work by caring people all in the great spirit of bringing affordable fly fishing to more and more people. Most of all a huge special thanks to the event coordinators. Mr. and Ms. Skip and Mary Kaye Donavon, who without their diligence during the past year this event would not have happened. These two wonderful people have the energy and work ethic that many folks fifty years their junior have no idea even exists. Thank you Skip and Mary Kaye you guys did it again! Thank you for Corey Rich and his 25th year of calling our auction.  Are you kidding ME! I love this man! what a wonderful job he does for this club.  A special shout out to Sandy Lemke, John Scarcelli, and Dave Steffek your work with Dr. Ed's stuff was nothing short of phenomenal! Thank you soooo much. Thank you to Ms. Quigley (...now that's just fun to say right there) Traci now that you got your feet wet I figure we'll be seeing you a lot in the future. ...and as always there is Dave Kelly who has probably been to every one of these events and is the most unselfish giver of his time...thanks Dave. ...and of course I must say thanks to our Maker who has given us everything that is good in this world and we are so blessed that FLY FISHING is right up there with that of being Americans too. May God continue to bless America, Fly Fishers all over the world and especially our TEXAS FLY FISHERS with his grace.

GOLDEN

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General Discussion / Fly Fishing Film Tour - Tonight
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:45:46 AM »
Well I hope you guys can make it.  The photography is usually the best. Dream trips on film. $25.00 gets you a wonderful evening of beer and fishing.  WOW! I'll get there around 5:30.

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General Discussion / TFF 2014 Auction Announcement
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:23:23 AM »
TEXAS FLY FISHERS AUCTION 2014
Bethany Christian Church
3223 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas
May 03, 2014  -  9:00 am till 5:00 pm



You are invited to attend our annual Texas Fly Fishers Auction where we offer hundreds of quality items for donation and purchase. There will be a silent auction for you to shop over everything from fly rods, reels, lines, leaders, tying equipment, flies, fly boxes, river pouches, back packs, fishing vests, just about anything you can think of having to do with our chosen sport of Fly Fishing.  We will also have a live auction where our long time member and auctioneer, Mr. Corey Rich will offer for your bid guided trips up and down the Texas Coast, beautiful artwork, fantastic new fly rod/reel combos, and numerous other unbelievable items including a three day and four night fully-guided fishing adventure at the Belize River Lodge including their awesome meal package. If that doesn’t get your blood boiling how about three days and four nights at Eva’s Bonefish Lodge on Andros Islands over in the Bahamas.  Yes my fishing brothers we are talking Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Barracuda, and all of the exciting adventure that goes with fishing these two pristine crystal clear water locations. If you enjoy underwater photography just tell your hosts and they will arrange for you to have a photo opportunity of your lifetime.  Sounds fantastic You bet! It’s Grand Slam-ilicious.

If that is not enough, this year we are having a very special addition to our Auction, due to the unfortunate passing of one of our original founding members, Dr. Ed Rizzolo, through the benevolence of his wonderful wife Ms. Ruth Rizzolo and their family, left to our club a tremendous legacy of his fly tying collection including flies, books, travel tying cases and tying equipment. Those of you that had the pleasure of meeting, fishing, tying or just knowing Dr. Ed knew that Ed’s long time passion for fly fishing had a huge effect on the establishing the true Spirit of fly fishing here in Texas.  In that same spirit we are presenting this wonderful collection to his fly fishing brothers as only Dr. Ed would have it.

While you are at the auction you will have available for purchase a wonderful spaghetti lunch dish including beverages presented by the church’s staff. Please go to our website texasflyfishers.org for further information regarding this annual event. On the front page you will find links to a listing of Ed’s collection as well as further information regarding other outstanding items up for auction.  If you have any questions regarding this event, or wish to donate or work the event please contact our Auction Event Leaders Mr. Skip or Ms. Mary Kaye Donovan at 713-822-0069.

Mike “Golden” Graham
Texas Fly Fishers Promotion Director 
 
Please look these photos over and you will see just a part of the collection.
 

















   



































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Outing Chat / Bayou Bass Bananza
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:04:24 AM »
So OK I didn't have a Show to do this weekend which allows me the time to go hit the WOB.  All the same as last time but this time I was beaten by several BIG fish. I saw this one big fish drop into a deep pool hole so I casted in...let the fly drop...several short strips revealed the line was moving a different direction than the current.  I trout set the rod high but didn't get all of the slack line on the rod.  I tried again and thought I had the big girl set well but she jumped one time and spit the hook! NOT GOOD! The male bass protecting her nest is easily three pounds.  I'd say she is six! I through at him for a while just letting the fly sit on the nest but he wouldn't pick it up.  Oh he'd go right up to it and look at the fly from every angle but would not pick it up.  Smart dude!

The other one that got away was not as big...maybe three pounds but again I thought I had the hook set.  I'm guessing the hook needs to be re-sharpened due to over-use lately.  If you recognize the fly and you tied it for me please tie up a few more ...and of course one or two for yourself and I will take you to their home. That's a fair trade huh?

Here is what I was looking for in the bayou that produces the best fishing.

Never pass one of these up either.

This gal was sitting under the biggest rock below the drain above. She was a "One shot wonder".

Here is the hook up.

This little bug is a great producer.

Even caught a little buck or two but I was looking for the bigger fish.


Had a great time today tried calling several of the Bayou bass'n boys but didn't get any takers. Pre-frontal conditions with a little mist in the air spells good fishing on the WOB.  Until next front see ya later.


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Outing Chat / Bayou Bassin - They're Back!
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:42:19 PM »
So I got a call from Mike Q. last night...Hey Dude you want to meet on the Bayou?  Told him work was probably going to interfere but what the hey let's try it.  So we meet up around 8:30 AM Saturday morning to check out the Bayou.  Calm winds, it's over 55 degrees sun is shining, it is nice day!  Mike tells me Pete A. is going to join us soon.  So we decide you go this way I'll go that way let's find the fish. Wasn't long till I notice that I can't turn my fly over worth a poop.  Got to go back to the truck and tie up a new 8 lb leader.  Before I left the house this morning I kind of felt I would have to, so I had my spools with me and it only took five to ten minutes and I was back on the water.  Pete was there by now and we said our pleasantries and off I went east and they went west.  I soon found a deep hole I hadn't fished for at least fifteen years.  This is a spot I used to wait for my youngest kid to get out of elementary school which was about three hundred feet from the schools front door.  NICE! Anyways I started dredging the bottom and I felt the distinct thud we all have grown to love. I said hello Buster with a quick strip set and the bass was airborne in seconds.

Here is my first bass of the day


Nice little buck who was sitting right on the edge of a deep pool just inside the shade line.  So as I kept walking east I concentrated on fishing the shady spots close to deep water.  Boom a second fish came to hand.


You can see he sucked down the fly pretty deep but no worries it came right out as I had the barb compressed.  Anyways I kept on going another forty feet or so and now this THUD was solid.  The fish went airborne and tail walked too.  This was a four pounder with an attitude but after a short fight I got her to the bank and started to pull her up the incline when my tippet broke and the fish and fly slide back into the water. NOT GOOD!  I broke out my box to get another fly when the phone rang...darn it I had to go back to work...

A couple of hours later work done, I returned to the scene of the crime and looked for Mike or Pete but they had left.  I parked in a different location to fish another portion of the bayou. The weather was even better than in the morning and the air temp was around 65 or so.  I change to a different fly and started to look for my quarry in a small section that had a couple of rock formations that looked inviting. First cast and I see this pig come out and whack my fly but I was way to slow and she spit the fly in a nano-second. I cast a few more times at different targets but only caught one of these.


Moving down the bank I found this real sweet spot that looked perfect.

I just stood and watched for a few minutes. But it wasn't long before I noticed this long dark girl swimming along the bank and I put a tight loop right in her face. While she followed the fly I noticed a bigger fish swim up beside her. The first one ate. She looked like this. I'd say bigger than four pounds but you figure that out.

While fighting her I saw at least four more big fish trying to get what ever she was eating away from her.  Also saw a bright pink and red coi(?) rise to the top of the water.  Fish were everywhere After I took that picture I grabbed my rod only to hook up with this.  Another biggie girl who sucked in the fly deep.

So now I am freaking out. Big fish are happening right now.  Keep moving down the bank and look for the rocks.  There some over there.

This is some kind of fun.  As the sun started to go behind the tree line behind me I thought I would return to the truck but not before trying a shot or two at the first fish I missed earlier. Two casts next to the same rock netted this babe and I was able to coax another goodie to hand. But that is enough fun for one day.  Wish you were here.

THEY'RE BACK...I wonder how Mike and Pete did?







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