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Outing Chat / I need to hit the salt one last time.....
« on: December 14, 2015, 01:39:47 PM »

About Us. / Texas FlyFishers annual auction.
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:55:17 AM »
Our Texas FlyFishers annual auction.  2016-05-07

Details to follow.

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Guadalupe River

When:  November 21st
Where: Guadalupe River around Sattler - New Braunfels       
Start 8:00 AM 
End Time: 3:00 PM     
Trip Leader: Michael Quigley 
e-mail: MFQuigley at yahoo dot com       

Trip Description: The first trip of the new season to chase rainbows in the Hill Country.

How to sign up:
1. Sign Up Here
2. On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or
3. E-mail the trip leader.

How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: None but your food & lodging 

About the area: You know it, you love it! If you don't, ask someone!

Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment: 4-7 wt 

Recommended Flies: Itty bitty ones!

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Outing Information Only / Re: Back to Damon 7 Lakes, 2015-10-24
« on: October 19, 2015, 12:13:16 PM »
Mike has cooked a deer ham for tacos.

Bring the rest of the "fixings" with you and join us at the picnic tables.


Outing Information Only / Re: Back to Damon 7 Lakes, 2015-10-24
« on: October 19, 2015, 08:31:48 AM »
Bring your rain jacket!

We are expecting rain, again.

All we have to do to make sure that Damon 7 Lakes gets water is to schedule a fishing outing.


Outing Information Only / UPDATE: Louisiana Marshes
« on: October 11, 2015, 03:12:47 PM »
Get Signed Up for Louisiana Marshes Trip

Not much time left to sign up for the Louisiana Marshes Trip with our hosts the Contraband Fly Casters (CFC) out of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The trip is scheduled for October 30th and 31st, 2015. We will be in search of big Reds in the marshes off Lake Calcasieu. Jeff Ferguson, a member of the CFC who has a house on Lake Calcasieu, went out the other morning and whacked 'em again bringing home a cooler full of Reds for the fish fry Friday evening the 30th. Jeff continued to catch and release several more before calling it a day. He assured me the fish are still there although they have moved back deeper in the marshes. I hope they stick around for a couple more weeks.
There is an article outlining the trip in the WindKnots so I'm not going to rewind that here. There were a couple of questions at the last monthly meeting, of the Texas FlyFishers, that I'll address.
We have a guest house rented that is nearly full. Those fishermen who trailer boats for this trip will have first option on the guest house accommodations (sorry we need the boats). Others will be on a first come first serve basis and that holds true for boat space as well. If there is enough interest I will try to obtain another guest house but they go fast so get signed up ASAP. If that fails there are motels a few miles away but it'll be more expensive.
There will be the fish fry on Friday night, courtesy of our hosts the CFC, but all other meals, drinks, snacks, etc. are your responsibility. Probably, it would be a good idea to bring a six-pack or your favorite libation to share at the fish fry but that's entirely up to you.
There are plans in the works for a power point presentation on fishing the Big Lake as Lake Calcasieu is referred to by the locals. Hopefully, this will give you some alternatives if the Reds have left the marshes. A Captain's Meeting and boat assignments will follow the presentation.
Although this is a fly fishing trip nobody is going to be a damn purist out there. Bring some conventional tackle with you if you'd like. Believe me when I say, the Cajuns would rather Catch and Grill than Catch and Release.
Check online for length and creel limits – they're different than Texas. The same holds true for your fishing license. You can't just go to a local bait shop or Academy and buy your license. You need to look into it NOW not when you get to Louisiana. Don't quote me on it but I think a one-day Louisiana saltwater fishing license is $17.50. In addition to that you must also obtain a one-day basic fishing license which is $5.00. For Texas seniors, who are 65 years and older, there is a Reciprocal Agreement with the State of Louisiana. A Texas resident, 65 years and older, may fish throughout Louisiana's public waters - both freshwater and saltwater - if they possess any type valid Special Texas Resident Fishing License for Seniors issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Want to sign up? Got questions? Call or e-mail me~
Skip Donovan
c: 713-822-(zero)(zero)69

Fly Fishing Gear / Re: 2009 Hobie Revolution 13 for sale...$1,400
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:21:48 AM »
No serious offers after almost a week.

Guys have seen me fish out of this rig for years.


Fly Fishing Gear / 2009 Hobie Revolution 13 for sale...$1,400
« on: October 04, 2015, 04:08:12 PM »
It has come time for me to part ways with a reliable old friend.

My 2009 yellow Hobie Revolution Mirage Drive kayak needs to find a new home.

Here is what she comes with:
Mirage drive with Turbo ST Fins
Oversized rudder (old one goes with it)
Retrofitted to V0 drive, stainless steel parts, not composite or aluminum
Hobie paddle
Hobie seat with back pouch
Sea Tug cart with original straps
Scotty mounts, 2 on front, one in center rear
Scotty baitcaster rod holder
Scotty fly rod holder

$2,300 base price for kayak
$100 for Sea Tug cart
$150 for Turbo fins and sailing rudder upgrade
$50 for Scotty mounts, etc  (forgot this one on the WordPress)
$2,600 original investment

She had a patch a few years ago, but does not leak, no matter how scarred her bottom looks.

I'll leave this up for a week, and then try to sell it elsewhere.

Here are some photos...


Outing Information Only / Updated, 2015 TFF Sabine River Trip
« on: October 04, 2015, 06:55:21 AM »
See previous post.

Outing Chat / 2015-10-03, Fishing Christmas Bay
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:50:17 AM »
I want to go fishing. Anybody else want to drag the kayak down to Christmas Bay?

Ernie's II, 515 Amigo Ln, Freeport, TX 77541

Met-up about 0630 and launch, going east.  Sunrise is 0716, so this will put us in front of fish at sunrise.

GPS coordinates 29.048913, -95.165117,+TX/29.0488437,-95.165139/@29.3566802,-95.9926943,186864m/am=t/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x8640b8b4488d8501:0xca0d02def365053b!2m2!1d-95.3698028!2d29.7604267!1m0?hl=en

Invite others.  The weather is looking good!

Wind out of the NW at about 3mph.

VHF Radio channel 69.


There were 8 anglers in 7 Kayaks and 1 Canoe There were over 200 fish caught We had great company, Good food, Perfect weather But if you want the details…..

Details here


Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 PINS trip report, Red Tide
« on: September 24, 2015, 05:55:28 AM »
Red Tide: In depth report for September 23, 2015

Reported conditions for Red Tide (Karenia brevis), a known harmful algal bloom (HAB), for Texas through Thursday, September 24 confirms dead fish and respiratory irritation from the Port Aransas/Mustang Island to Padre Island National Seashore regions.

Water samples have confirmed background (less than 1 cell/ml) to high (> 1,000 cells/ml) concentrations of Red Tide along the coast of Texas from Galveston Bay to the Rio Grande... (TPWD; 9/17-9/23). Samples collected along Padre Island have documented an increase in cell concentrations ranging from moderate to high, with the greatest densities observed at the Padre Island National Seashore from Mile marker 0 to mile marker 19.

Winds forecasted today through Thursday have the potential to promote high levels of respiratory irritation in from Aransas Bay to the Rio Grande. Concentrations are patchy and discomfort to the eyes, nose, and throat will vary based upon local bloom concentrations, ocean currents, and wind speed and direction. Children, elderly, and individuals with asthma commonly experience elevated sensitivity and should avoid areas causing symptoms. Common symptoms include: coughing, sneezing, tearing, skin irritation, and difficulty breathing among others. Dogs are particularly sensitive to these conditions and may become sick or even require advance veterinary care if they ingest dead fish or lick any part of their body that comes into contact with beach sand or Gulf water.

If you plan on coming to the seashore please come prepared for the conditions. Bones and spines of dead fish can puncture feet and lead to serious infections. Driving conditions are also difficult; the number of fish on the beach makes this hazard hard to avoid and may leave you stranded with punctured vehicle tires.

Caution is advised for persons with respiratory problems, infants, and pets being on the beach at this time. If you start to cough, have a burning sensation in your throat or itchy eye it is recommended that you leave the beach area.

Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 PINS trip report
« on: September 23, 2015, 10:12:24 AM »

Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 PINS trip report
« on: September 23, 2015, 09:38:06 AM »
This pretty much says it all.  We were lucky to duck the bullet!

September 22, 2015, Red Tide Update

Padre Island National Seashore air quality varies depending on wind direction, but the aerosols in the air today are very strong. We still advise that pets, infants, and those with breathing issues do not walk on the beach at this time. We also do not advise that anyone walk on the beach at this time bare foot. Spines and bones from the decaying fish can pose serious health risks if stepped on by people or pets. The spines from catfish can also flatten vehicle tires if you attempt to drive down island. We will keep you updated as conditions change.

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