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Outing Chat / Re: Belize Anyone
« on: July 31, 2012, 06:47:31 AM »

You should have a good time. El Pescador is a nice lodge with friendly staff. The only thing that might "dampen" things a bit is the weather. October can bring a larger than normal frequency of thundershowers and quite possibly, tropical weather. A couple of recommendations I have are 1) purchase trip insurance and 2) be sure to pack a good lightweight rain suit.

Our last trip was in October and we had a disturbance that floated over us, off and on for 5 days. The good thing was that we were never rained out but, when we got rained on, it was in buckets. The good thing was that it didn't effect the fishing. We caught a lot of bonefish, 2-5 lbs., and some small tarpon. For the bonefish, it was #4 and #6 Pearl Gotcha's and for the tarpon, we had our best luck on some #4 #2 glass minnows (blue back, white belly with a thin yellow strip (lateral line) with a painted yellow and black eye on a black head. I'll try to get a photo of the glass minnow posted. Also, be sure to pack some barracuda flies.

Tight lines, Chris

Outing Chat / Re: No fly, no pictures, just a report - Picture Added
« on: July 10, 2012, 08:31:31 AM »
How did Jim whip a sizable tarpon in fifteen minutes? Man that's quick.

Thanks Mike.

From the time Jim hooked up, he put the heat to the fish and when the fish made his first pass by the boat, the mate grabbed the leader (don't ask me why).

I'm sure the angler and the fish both appreciated the brevity of the contest, not too sure about the mate, though.

The picutre of the red was taken on Jim's cell phone and it came out a bit dark. I had to adjust the brightness a bit so it bleached out the colors of the red's back. It had some beautiful colors when it came out of the water.

Outing Chat / No fly, no pictures, just a report - Picture Added
« on: July 09, 2012, 08:29:16 AM »
Acting on a tip, my friend Jim Farley and I headed out of San Luis Pass bright and early Saturday morning to go search for the might "silver king". Surface conditions were excellent but the water was a bit off color, but still plenty fishable, with a good amount of weed scattered all across the horizon. We hit the spots we were told the fish had been earlier sighted and though we found lots of bait (being fed upon by mackerel and some man sized sharks), there were no tarpon anywhere in the area to be seen.

Later in the morning, we heard a little radio traffic so, we moved closer to shore where we saw several boats stacked in an area about a half mile in diameter. It wasn't long before we was several slow "rollers" and had one in the air, that managed to shuck the circle hook on the second jump. It didn't take long for the next strike and this fish managed to stay hooked. After an acrobatic battle of about 15 minutes, I released Jim's fish, a nice specimen we estimated to be about 110 lbs.

While we continued to see good numbers of fish for the next hour or so, we only had one more strike. After three jumps, he spit the hook back at me and, aside from seeing a few more rollers, that was our tarpon activity for rest of the day. We did manage to snag and release a nice sized jack, a large gafftop and a 42 inch redfish before we put the boat on the trailer.  I'm sure out of that mix, we cold brag that we might have had some form of a "slam".

An enjoyable day of fishing, for sure. Sorry about not getting any pictures but next time, I'll do my best to get some photos to post.

Tight lines and following seas, Chris

Events and Information / Re: Mini Expo/Knot tying table
« on: June 27, 2012, 01:57:51 PM »

I should be at the Expo and will throw in if you need some help. A good source of knots is Lefty Kreh's book on knots Plus, it comes with a CD in the back. Another good source is Mark Sosin's CD on knot tying. I've got a copy if you'd like to check it out.


2012 and Previous / Re: South Llano FLoat Trip - June
« on: June 05, 2012, 10:49:56 AM »
Puck, We had a guy camped next to us last weekend at Galveston Island State Park who had a small window unit plumbed into his tent. He said it made a world of difference sleeping at night. Might be worth a try.

Outing Chat / Re: sunfish result
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:24:15 PM »

I'll try to get mine downloaded and shipped off to you this evening.


2012 and Previous / Re: John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular - April
« on: April 25, 2012, 01:49:27 PM »
There you go, Puck, putting a jinx on the weather.

Ifly / Re: 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour
« on: April 17, 2012, 05:55:16 AM »
I saw this at Troutfest and it's a top notch production. If you can, I recommend you try to see it.

Tight lines, Chris

2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing
« on: April 02, 2012, 10:29:37 AM »
wont be able to make this one guys as ill be having my bachelor party !!



That must be a popular weekend. Since Donna called dibs first, I've had to turn down 3 other trips (including this one) that weekend. The good news is that I'll be in Matty Gorder, the bad news is that I won't be fihsing. I hope you have a good trip and or bachelor party.

Tight lines, Chris

« on: January 13, 2012, 01:07:11 PM »
Sounds great - but unfortunately I am already commited to the GRTU Troutfest which is that same weekend! Otherwise I would be in for sure.


C'mon Mike. I'm sure we'll be able to clear a spot.

The Club has been offered space to tie at this event. The hours of the event are 9 am - 6 pm. I'm planning on being there most of the day but would certainly enjoy some company.

If you are interested in tying for a while or for all day, please contact me at

Tight lines, Chris

Fishing Tackle Unlimited / 2011 Inshore Fishing Expo
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:26:37 AM »
From the delicate cast of a stream fly fisherman to the accurate of a noisy top water, this event covers it all.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2011
9 am - 6 pm

Where: Fishing Tackle Unlimited
12800 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77034

Tying Chat / Re: Fly Tying
« on: November 15, 2011, 08:23:44 AM »
I don't know what you have in mind or what night you are planning but, let me know. I'm in Nassau Bay.


20th Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
Hosted by the Texas FlyFishers

Saturday February 4th, 2012
At the Bethany Christian Church
3223 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77098

Fly tying for everyone…Beginner, novice or expert!

Everyone mark your calendar for February 4th, 2012 and plan to attend the Texas FlyFishers 20th 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

Tim Borski

Noted artist, outdoorsman and innovative fly tyer.
Tim is the creator of the Chernobyl Crab, the Craft Fur Shrimp and many other productive patterns

Many of the Area’s Finest Fly Tyers

Six 1 Hour Programs with closed circuit video for viewing tying skills up close
Six 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)
And, visit the Vendors Booths for the latest products and equipment

When:   Saturday, February 4th, 2012 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.

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