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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 -

About Us. / Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
« on: November 20, 2013, 02:15:15 PM »
What: The Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
When: Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Where: Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Road in Houston, Texas, 

For this year’s event we have enlisted Charlie Craven, owner and president of Charlie’s Fly Box Fly Shop in Arvada, Colorado as our featured presenter. A longtime South Platte River guide, Charlie has been a commercial fly tyer for over thirty years, an excellent photographer and the author of two books, Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying and Charlie’s Fly Box.  Charlie is also the “Fly Tyer’s Bench” contributor to Flyfisherman Magazine. I hope to see you there, Chris

Outing Chat / Re: Port O'Connor Jack Crevalle
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:24:19 PM »

And some seem to get to all a little quicker than others!

General Discussion / Releasing fish in hot water
« on: June 19, 2013, 10:42:03 AM »
As we all know, this time of year the water gets plenty warm and in the shallow end, in lakes and on the coast, the oxygen levels tend to drop. And being the good conservationists that I know we all are, we release most of what we catch but, I'm sure you wonder how quickly and how well the fish recover once they are let free. Here is a little trick I like to use and I think it works pretty well.

I had the priviledge of spending my 50th birthday fishing with Capt. Chris Phillips. My birthday is in early June and usually, the water hasn't really heated up too much by then. But, this day was different, no wind, no clouds, lots of sunshine and the water was like being in a bath. Chris and I were wading in about ankle deep water along one of his favorite shorelines when we spotted a big red coming our direction. Chris laid a spoonfly in front of the red, the red ate it and the rest is history. This red was pushing 30 inches and Chris wanted a photo of it so, we slowly waded back to the boat, fish in tow, still on the end of his leader. Chris carefully lifted the fish from the water, I snapped a couple of quick shots for his collection and we immediately placed thefish back in the water on the end of my boga grip to revive. A few minutes passed and the red didn't seem to be coming around too well. Chris and I discussed what we could do and I remembered that I had one of those bait aerators that run on a couple of D cell batteries. I had read an article that mentioned using one of these to add oxygen to the water to help revive stressed fish. I grabbed the bubble maker and, much to our good fortune (and amazement), the batteries still had enough juice to run the pump. We put the stone in the water next to the fish's head and in about 10 minutes the fish had started to show good signs of recovery. We removed the boga from its lower lips and after about 30 seconds, the red slowly swam off into West Bay. A perfect way to celebrate to the perfect birthday. (Actually, the real celebration was the following evening when we filled ourselves with boiled crawfish and Key Lime Pie but, that story is for another time).

In the years since, I have always tried to keep have my bait bubbler in my bag for just such instances and so far, the results have all been positive. While I have used this successfully in the salt, I have no douht that it will work just as well in fresh water, as well. And, with a little care and maintenance, this little wonder will last a while. So, with that, I hope you all have plenty of chances to try this tip out.

Tight lines, Chris

Outing Chat / Isla Holbox tarpon - July 18-26, 2012 report
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:13:11 PM »
Well, this time last week, I was sitting in Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (Cancun) enjoying an $18 cheeseburger, throwing back a cold one or two and waiting on my flight back to reality. The previous week was spend chasing tarpon on Isla Holbox, off peaceful little island about an hour west and an hour north of Cancun. We saw lots of rolling tarpon every day but the last one when we saw damned few. I went two for two on tarpon, both in the 60 lb. range, on the fly. The large fish for the week was caught by my fishing partner, Jim Farley on a coon pop. This was a solid fish in the 110 lb. range. These fish are in 25 ft. of water so we got a little work out. On the last day, we spent too much time off the beach looking for the large tarpon so, we didn't get to go chase the smaller poons in the lagoon. But, we slipped up a creek just down from the hotel and nailed a nice snook, the perfect capper to a great trip.

To say that we had a great time is a major understatement and I'm here to tell you, I'll be going back. There are small tarpon around there year round. In February and again in July through September, is when the large tarpon show up. November through February is traditionally when the snook migration happens. Since the primary quarry was the larger tarpon, I took two heavy weight outfits (TFO Bluewater rods), rigged with a full sinking line and weighted flies on large, heavy duty hooks, one 8 wt. (TFO BVK) rigged with floating line for baby tarpon and my stump puller (TFO MiniMag) with an 8 wt line to pull snook out of the mangroves. If you pack wisely, you can pack in one bag that will fit in the overhead along with your rods but, I ended up checking a bag anyway.

The accomodations are adequate, clean sheets, hot and cold running water, cold A/C and maid service. We didn't have a bad meal. Lobster season had just opened the weeke before so we had that a time or two, had some good grilled meat as well as fresh pasta with what ever topping you'd like and all within walking distance of the hotel. It's also a great place to people watch while waiting for the sun to set...while sipping on a made from scratch 'rita.

I've got lots of pics and a few movies that I'll try to get posted as soon as they are downloaded and edited. This was my second fish, caught on a Holbox Purple Death.

Tight lines, Chris

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