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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

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

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