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If you plan on walk'n the rocks I'd plan on a rattlesnake bite kit an orthopedic surgeon and plenty of single malt to ease the pain of the ten thousand mosquito bites. :o

Why don't one of you contact Ray Russ! He fishes this stretch weekly.  He just doesn't talk about it too much 'cause he doesn't "want a bunch of hot spotters catchin his fish!" But if you approach him in just the right manner say'n "you're the man Ray"  "Nobody knows it like you Ray." "We need you Ray!" You can take one of your guns and kill something while your there Ray." "We'll all go blind folded Ray." "We just want to see you catch big fish Ray!" He just might go for it and from what I have heard...well I'm not supposed to talk!

...or you can just sit at home wish'n you were RAY!

That is RIGHT we're fishing this weekend...well now that is a wonderful thought. I'm betting I'd better wake up the troops since they've have had plenty of time to fall asleep.  ;D

Not at the moment.  I am trying to get another boat to join us but I can't get a conformation yet.  Also lodging is full and the hotel down the street is full too. Bring a tent and camp with the critters!

General Discussion / Re: TFF 2014 Auction Announcement
« on: April 18, 2014, 09:52:05 PM »
If I thought my whole back wouldn't come apart there are days when I'd like to try that contraption. I hung from a teeter once and it took me about three weeks to recover. :P

X2 for MIDGETS :o

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.

General Discussion / Re: When to use a full sinking fly line?
« on: April 17, 2014, 05:43:27 AM »
I can get a 22' Wahoo with 200 hp Merc. Will get to the short rigs without a problem.
Look for that boat at the POC jetty trip in May. 

Full Sink lines are for dredging up deep fish so they are most likely used with heavier rods and flys.  I can only think of salt applications around here in Texas.  Tuna, shark, groupers, Amberjack, ...sightcasting to your graph/depth finder!

Outing Chat / Re: Lake Amistad, Del Rio, TX
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:33:31 PM »

Outing Chat / Re: Picture of Mason's Stripper
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:30:18 PM »

Outing Chat / Re: Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« on: April 12, 2014, 05:00:08 PM »
I just answered your thread on the chat forum but I will tell you catching a big jack while wading in 16" of water is a hoot.  John Purcell was with me two years ago when I spotted a big jack cruising back in Mule Slough in less than 16" of water. I was eating a sandwich while sitting on the bow of my scooter so I just reach back and grabbed my rod stripped off 30 feet of line... one handed cast (wasn't going to drop my sandwich) and boom a huge jack pounced on the fly.  Ok now I dropped the sandwich. I fought the fish while wading away from the boat. I got John positioned to take underwater pictures while I was fighting the fish but John got inside the fishes line arch and the Jack turned back into John wrapping the line around his leg and BBBBUUUURRRRRNNNNN Snap! But he did get some good pictures.

But here is a few from last year. OOopps notice the two piece Xi3 10 weight.  Belonged to Dr. Mike Eberhardt! Well he told me to use it.  I thought he said to abuse it...I did!

Here is Dave Lord you want to know what to throw...look closely at the small mop hanging out of the fishes mouth.  Better practice your casting this fly will ware you (and me) out.

Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: April 12, 2014, 04:37:07 PM »
Don if you find a 40 lb Jack anywhere in POC Leave it alone! Besides breaking your rod it would probably sink your boat too. They are bad mamajama's. I have only caught one over twenty-five pounds that didn't break the rod I was using no matter what weight it was! Just ask John Purcell. Big reds are easy compared to a jack ...and I ain't lying.  There is something about that last run at the boat!  You better loosen your drag the closer you get the fish to the boat.  ;D

General Discussion / TFF 2014 Auction Announcement
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:23:23 AM »
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 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.


Not recommended...lots of water less than 2' deep, the kayakers are going to cover miles per day not likely to do that in a "belly tube". Limestone river bottom not good for tubes, derneer fabric or not. If water levels are down you may end up walking or "portaging" alot.

Outing Chat / Re: Guide for Venice flyfishing?
« on: April 03, 2014, 12:40:11 PM »
Joe, George and I as well as some of the other TFF'ers are talking about taking our boats over and spending the better part of a week over there fishing. I spoke with Scott N. and said we would hire him for a couple of days to show us the area and then we would dyi after that. We found some on the water cabins that sleep 4 for around 175.00 per night.  Boat slip right under the cabin.  Empire area. You in! We have not set a date yet but we're thinking closer to early December. Anyways just a thought.

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