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Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:55:46 AM »
Yeah it looked pretty bad. However all that's needed for roosters is a beach, a fly rod and of course fish.

Accomodation will be back up and running by May.  Besides this is east cape so hopefully it was spared the full force of it.

Matt

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Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:32:47 PM »
I would go for the following:

1) anywhere there is tailing redfish
2) Baja - east cape - roosters off the beach. Flights are cheap in the spring and direct from Houston to Cabo. Might even have a lead on a house to rent right on the beach

Tarpon trip to the panhandle sounds good to!


M

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:27:11 PM »
This weekend is actually right in the middle of a month that I am not traveling! As my long suffering wife is now used to me being gone half the time anyway count me in for this one!!

Skip - can I preorder a 40in red?

M

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Outing Chat / Mongolia Trip Report
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:28:40 PM »
As several of you know, I just got back from a trip to Mongolia chasing Taimen. Here is my trip report - lots of pictures so give it some time to load up.

I flew to Mongolia through Seoul and spent a few days in South Korea with my brother (who lives there) and his family. From there I took a Mongolian Airlines flight to Ulaanbataar (UB) - the capital of Mongolia. Mongolia has a population of almost 3m and about half of them live in the capital. Of those living in UB about half again still live in the traditional round ger's. its a crazy, mismatched city of new construction, crumbling soviet era concrete buildings and bad traffic. This was the view from my hotel room.



Interestingly this was the balcony of my hotel room - needless to say I didnt use it.



After a day in UB we took an internal flight about 300miles northwest to a town called Muron within 70 miles of the border with Russian siberia. As you exit the airport this is view. Thats right - the dirt tracks run right up to the airport entrance. Outside of that there is absolutely nothing!



Our rides were waiting at the airport (thankfully not horses)



And so began a 7hr journey on dirt tracks over mountains and valleys to get to the first camp on the river. Here are the views on the way





We made a beer stop in a small village where we also needed to pick up our permits for the river. We also had to pass through a military checkpoint but I wasnt allowed to snap pictures there. Some of you may recognize the dude in the shades.



After a long journey we pulled into camp 1 in the dark. Food, beer and a warm ger were waiting. In this morning we were up early to hit the river. This was my surprisingly luxurious accomodation.



The river we were fishing is called the Delger-Muron. it is part of a large drainage system that eventually flows north into Lake Baikal in Siberia, the largest body of freshwater in the world. The company we went with is called Fish Mongolia and this year they had entered into a partnership with another operator (Mongolia River Outfitters) and so we had guides and camp crew that had been with both companies. We were 8 anglers and 4 guides. 3 of the guides were chilean (they spent the mongolian winter fishing the chilean summer and vice versa) and the 4th was a local mongolian. We fished for 6 days - starting at 8am and finishing between 7 and 9:30pm depending upon the length of the float for the day. It was almost entirely a drift boat fishing trip as we covered 100miles of river in the 6 days. The guides were all excellent.

Here are the boats - really stable and loads of room



The scenery was spectacular - the river was clear and low and every bend on the river presented views like these













So the fishing! There are three target species in this river. The first is the lenok trout. This is a genuine trout but it has an odd low-slung mouth more likea grayling. They can grow well over 20in and they rise to hoppers like they havent fed in weeks. I had several fish leap clear out of the water and then dive down on the hopper. They fight like demons too. The other is grayling. It appeared there were two species in the river - the mongolian and the arctic. The mongolian grayling has a smaller dorsal than the beautiful arctic. We caught many of both, however this is the only place I have been where you put a 20plus inch trout back as soon as you can as its not what you were after! If you dedicated time to the trout and grayling completely you could easily reach a triple digit day if you wanted to.

(Photo Kelvin Ng)



(Photo Kelvin Ng)

Obviously what everyone comes for is the Taimen. You see pictures in all the magazines of monster fish and tales of great fishing. What they dont tell you is the taimen fishing is hard!! Really hard! Firstly the flies are huge - the streamers are 6-8in long and very heavy, tied on copper tubes and many of them with lead eyes to boot. Secondly its a lot of blind casting - i mean A LOT. We probably made many hundred casts a day, all day every day. All of us had hand cramps, blisters and sore joints by the end of it :) Casting the giant poppers was a relative relief. While were were there the river was considerably lower than normal and much clearer due to little rain. The taimen were spooky and reluctant to eat. The group the week before us only managed 12 taimen all week - we managed 27 with everyone catching at least one taimen. The majority were small though - between 20 and 30". We did have two big fish caught. Here is a picture of Mike Seigman tied up to a 40in fish



He was quite happy when it got in the net!



With very good reason!





My first taimen seemed positively small in comparison!!! However as all the mongolians say "Taimen is Taimen"



Unfortunately I did not manage a big one - my fish were all about the size of the first one. The big ones are there though - I saw them. On the last day we were rowing through a shallow, slow flat when we drifted right on top of a monster. He took off from the side of the boat and pushed a big bow wave right across the river. it was hard to say how big he was but I would not be surprised if it was pushing 60in.





Kelvin took top honors with most fish and the biggest - this stunning 44in beauty.

(Photo Kelvin Ng).

Even if the Taimen fishing was not as easy as we hoped it was still a fantastic trip. We fished hard all day and then laughed hard all evening - it was a great group of anglers and we had a blast. The food was good, with hot meals cooked on the river bank each day by the guides and drinks and dinner waiting for us when we reached the next camp. As this was a float trip everything except the yurts came with us each day. The camp staff would wait for us to leave, then pack down the entire camp from the dinner tent to the latrines, load it all in rafts and then paddle down river to have everything set up at the next camp by the time we got there. It was much more comfortable and well run than I was expecting for sure. We even had vodka tonics waiting for us as we got out of the boats!





















Here is a group shot - anglers, guides and camp staff


So all in all an amazing trip - great company, great fishing and a totally beautiful river in wild and still unspoilt countryside. I need to go back to find that big fish. Anyone want to go?
Cheers
Matt

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:39:04 AM »
Getting excited Mike? :)

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I am in too. Will need a boat ride and place to stay on Friday and Saturday nights
Matt

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Bayou - Ready
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:05:56 AM »
I am going to try and make it - are you kayaking the retention pond or just walking the banks of the bayou?

Golden - are they hitting poppers at the moment?

Matt

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General Discussion / Re: Fishing in Abu Dhabi
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:49:56 PM »
George

No fishing done while there I am afraid. However I do have a lead on saltwater fly fishing in Dubai. There are a few blogs online about fishing the beaches around Abu Dhabi by expats but they havent been updated in a few years.

Instead of fishing I did blast around the Yas Marina F1 track , driving solo in a F3000 open wheel car. Hit 150mph on the straight. 0-60 in 3seconds. Was an absolute blast.

One day I might actually find the time to go fishing again!
Cheers
M

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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.

Cheers
Matt

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Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:16:17 PM »
Mike

Despite your extensive and persuading email advertising campaign for this trip I am afraid I cant go...although I did attempt to obtain a kitchen pass. I will be away on a work trip to the middle east the week before and the response from the Minister for War & Finance when I submitted my application was less than positive.

On a good note the hospital bills were cheaper this time round....

I will be on the Fence lake trip though

Cheers
Matt

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Mike - sounds lik a good deal to me!

I just need to find the time to get out and fish now though!

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Outing Chat / Re: Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:49:48 AM »
Brett Walker and I  caught a few nice jacks on the fly in the POC jetties last year - on a 10wt. The fight was tough but wasnt 30mins. Luckily when hooked they headed out from the rocks into deeper water and then it was basically a straight up and down pulling match with a taco'd fly rod! Great fun - and I never felt out gunned with the 10wt but a heavier rod would probably have helped with pulling them up.








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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?

Cheers
Matt

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.

THREE IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:
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!

THE TWO MAIN GOALS OF THIS EVENT:
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 drakemag.com.


Thanks, and good luck!

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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
Matt








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Outing Chat / Re: Lake Amistad, Del Rio, TX
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:09:58 PM »
130lbs Mike?? I think you're underestimating the weight there.....


But on a more serious note - awesome fish!!

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