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Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Sabine Rivir....
« on: February 22, 2015, 01:35:31 PM »
Nice gou, Puck!

The 23rd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Featured Presenter Schedule

9:00 am
Joe DeForke
“Fly Fishing West Bay, My Way”

10:00 am
Drew Chicone
“Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Patterns”

11:00 am
Kevin Hutchison
“Tying Durable / Practical Hill County Flies”

12:00 pm
Capt. Steve Soule
Saltwater Casting
(Held Outside)

1:00 pm
Mike George
“Taking the Mystery out of Deer Hair”

2:00 pm
Drew Chicone
“Better Baitfish Construction”

Schedule subject to change without notice

23rd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival

Hosted By the Texas FlyFishers

Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 7th, 2015 and make plans to attend the Texas FlyFishers 23rd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival. Enjoy a unique opportunity to sit beside and learn from some of the most talented fly tyers in the country. Bring along your family and introduce them to the lifelong, fulfilling pastime of fly fishing and fly tying. Fly tying for everyone…expert, novice or the beginner.

This year’s special guest is Drew Chicone, author, fly designer, photographer, instructor, lecturer and materials expert, Drew’s passion for teaching the art of fly tying has inspired 5 books including “Feather Brain- Developing, Testing and Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns”.

Also featuring many of the finest fly tyers from Texas and surrounding states.

•   Simultaneous fly tying demonstrations throughout the day. Learn how to tie that special cold, warm or saltwater pattern from the expert tyers on hand
•   Six, 1 Hour Classroom Demonstrations with closed circuit video for viewing tying techniques up close
•   Beginners Fly Tying Table – If you haven’t tied a fly before, well, here is your chance!

When: Saturday, February 7th, 2015 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Where: Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby Drive.
Admission: Adults: $10.00 each; Family- $14.00, Seniors (62 & up): $8.00, Under 18: $5.00
Lunch will be served and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Directions: Traveling South on the Southwest Freeway / US 59: Exit Kirby Drive (right) and go North appx. 7/10th mile to Westheimer Road. Turn Left and go appx. 3/10th mile and the Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., will be on your left.
Directions: Traveling North on the Southwest Freeway / US 59: Exit Kirby Drive and go North (left), under the overpass, appx. 7/10th mile to Westheimer Road. Turn Left and go appx. 3/10th mile and the Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., will be on your left.
For additional information about the Fly Tying Festival or, the Texas FlyFishers, visit our website at

The Texas FlyFishers is a 501 (c)(3) Organization and a member of the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

Tying Chat / Re: chernobyl ant question?
« on: January 04, 2015, 08:02:23 PM »
I believe 3M makes a spray on foam adhesive that you can find at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels. One thing to keep in mind when putting two sheets together, be sure to put a weight or heavy book on top of the foam to ensure complete contact is made.

Tight lines, Chris

About Us. / 2014 Lydia Ann Fly Masters Tournament
« on: August 25, 2014, 07:41:49 AM »

Date: September 20th, 2014
Location: Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill at Redfish Bay Boat House,
Conn Brown Harbor, 322 Huff Street, Port Aransas, TX
Format: Fly Fishing, Catch and Release Only, Separate Divisions for Boats and Kayaks
Cost: Early Registration (Sept. 13th or before) - $65 / division
Late Registration (Sept. 14th-Sept. 19th) - $75 / division
We are so excited about this year's tournament and think you will enjoy all the new changes and features we have added!  We know you might have been wondering ... and waiting ... but we've been working hard to make this year's event bigger and better ... and now all we need is you! Please join us at this fun, fly fishing event and help us raise money for Casting for Recovery - Texas!!
Please follow the instructions below to help us make this year's tourney a HUGE SUCCESS - which can't happen without YOU!
1. Follow this link to the updated tourney website where you will find all the details, including the rules, waiver, divisions and classes, etc.

2. On the website homepage, click on the big, red letters to complete all your registration requirements and pay with a credit card online.  It's that simple!!  (For payment with a check, money order, or cash please click on the "Entry & Info" tab, download and print out a Registration Packet, fill it out and sign it, attach your payment, and mail to the address listed or bring it to Late Registration. 
3. And finally ... Click on the "Become a Sponsor" tab, download and print out multiple copies of the "Sponsor Packet", then visit and distribute to all your favorite fly shops, outdoor stores, businesses, friends and families and ask them to support the LAFM tourney and Casting for Recovery!!  No donation of goods, services or monies is too small ... or too large!!  If they cannot donate ask if they will support the tourney by helping us promote it - through their email lists and by distributing the flyers to their customers and friends.  Then give them a big THANK YOU!!
4. Oh!  One more thing ... forward this email to anyone you thing might be interested in participating or donating ... even if you think they might have gotten it already ... No, really ... they won't mind!
Have questions or need help?  Email us ...
2014 LAFM Tournament Organizers:

Stacy Lynn at

Rob Burlingame at

And a big THANK YOU to YOU!  See you there!!

Outing Chat / Re: Quick trip to Anuhuac, 2014-08-03
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:44:11 AM »
At least you got out on the water. That's more than I can say. When are you going to post a snap shot of Raymonds catch and, the pattern he caught it on?

Outing Chat / Re: Catching a catfish while Lilly looks on
« on: July 01, 2014, 11:43:37 AM »
That's a really nice shot of you demonstrating the "Orvis" position.

If you're going to fish Tiki at night, plan on fishing from about 2:00 am til 5:00 am. The residents down there get aggrivated when they see the kayakers come in and snipe the fish from their lights. But, most of them will have gone to bed if you wait until 2:00 am. then, around 5:00 am, start heading to the load out because the bay boats will be coming out in mass. Don't ask me how I know this.

Outing Information Only / Re: Fence Lake - June 21st, 2014
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:19:26 AM »
I just sent out an updated outings plan for the trip to all that signed up on the club list.

I will be unable to join you on the outing so, the outing leader will be Michael Quigley.

I hope you all have a great time and catch lot''s of fish.

Tight lines, Chris

Outing Information Only / Re: Fence Lake - June 21st, 2014
« on: April 22, 2014, 07:04:33 AM »
Yes Matt, the Skimmer has been booked.


Outing Chat / Re: Waiting for a ride......
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:33:08 AM »
Better break the thumb out, it looks like a job for "AT"! :(

General Discussion / Re: Straightening 80 lb test mono?
« on: January 31, 2014, 09:23:27 AM »
Puck, This is how I straighten my bite tippets for tarpon and offshore leaders....

I have a half inch diameter piece of PVC tubing with a end cap glued to 1 end, and another loose end com. I cut my leader material, usually 60 - 130 lb test in 2 foot lengths and insert them in the opem end of the PVC tubing. I heat the water just to the point of boiling and fill the tubing. NOTE: be sure and use salad or BBQ tongs to hold the tubing. Then, take loose end cap and put it on the open end and prop the tubing up in the sink. I usually wait for about 20 minutes then I'll remove the cap, pour out the warm water, remove the strands of leader matierial and wipe them dry and transfer them to another, similar tube for cooling and storage. This works well for mono but, I've found fluorocarbon might need to steep a little longsr.

I hope this helps, Chris

Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine Lake - January 25th, 2014
« on: January 22, 2014, 02:53:20 PM »
There are fourteen redfish in that picture...right. 

Mike, If you look a little closer, there appear to be 15 redfish. Good for LA, not so much for TX, if you are just 3 sports.

22nd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
Hosted by the Texas FlyFishers
Saturday February 1st, 2014
From 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Fly tying for everyone…Beginner, novice or expert!

Everyone mark your calendar for Saturday, February 1st, 2014 and make plans to attend the Texas FlyFishers 22nd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival. Enjoy this unique opportunity to sit beside and learn from some of the best tyers in the country. Bring along your family and introduce them to a lifelong, fulfilling pastime of fly tying and fly fishing.

This year’s featured guest is

Charlie Craven

Noted author, guide and innovative fly tyer, Charlie is the owner and President of Charlie’s Fly Box in Arvada, CO as well as a Signature Tyer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Charlie is the originator of such popular patterns as the Jujubaetis, the Ragin’ Craven, the Two Bit Hooker and the Double Gonga


Many of the area’s finest fly tyers

Six 1 Hour Programs with closed circuit video for viewing tying skills up close
Seven continuous hours of fly tying demonstrations of warm water, cold water and saltwater patterns
The Beginners Corner – Learn to tie one of the easiest and most productive flies ever - The Wooly Worm!
The Casting Pond – Now is the time to try your hand and fly casting (Weather Permitting)
Visit the Vendors Booths for the latest products and equipment

When: Saturday, February 1th, 2014 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. Drop in for a visit or stay the whole day.
Where:  Bethany Christian Church located at 3223 Westheimer (between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby), Houston, Texas 77098
Admission:  Adults: $10.00, Seniors (62+): $8.00, Teens: 12-18: $5.00 or the Entire Family: $14.00. Children under 12: Free with paid Adult or Senior.  Meal tickets will be also be available.

Here is list of the 1 hour Classroom sessions at the Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival

9:00 am - 10:00 am - Matt Bennett - "Building Better Dry Flies with the Petitjean Magic Tool"
10:00 am - 11:00 am - Charlie Craven - Charlie's Signature Trout Patterns
11:00 am - Noon - Capt. Billy Trimble - Tying the Blind Chicken
Noon - 12:30 pm - Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:30 pm - Fred Hannie – Tying with Monofilament
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Joe Nicklo - Hot Melt Glue as a Fly Tying Component or a Complete Fly
2:30 - 3:30 pm - Charlie Craven - Charlie's Favorite Saltwater patterns
Schedule and presenters subject to change.

About Us. / GRTU Troutfest
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:21:14 PM »
GRTU Troutfest
February 21st thru 23rd, 2014
At Rio Raft
14130 River Road
New Braunfels, TX

For more information -

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