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General Discussion / fish pics
« on: May 29, 2015, 08:58:31 AM »
I have a Fujifilm XP70 waterproof point-and-shoot. Nice little inexpensive waterproof camera.  After the meeting, I looked at it and discovered it has a setting that automatically takes two pictures, one with and one without flash.  I'm going to try this for a while.  I suspect a lot of cameras have this feature.


Tying Chat / Mcfly Crab
« on: March 08, 2015, 10:58:42 AM »
I just made my first attempt at tying Drew Chicone's Mcfly Crab.  Things were going swimmingly until I slightly stretched the foam and made a clean cut, at which point a perfectly domed crab shell did NOT magically appear.

Does anyone know the trick to make this technique work?


Special Events - Local, National, whatever / otter dubbing
« on: December 29, 2014, 03:51:26 PM »
J Stockard sent me some dark brown otter dubbing by mistake and said to just keep it.  So, any suggestions as to patterns or uses for this stuff?


Outing Chat / new fishing guide
« on: August 28, 2014, 10:15:33 AM »
Baron Boyette has started guiding in Galveston and LA.  I haven't fished with him yet, but I've known him for years (he's currently at FTU on I45) and he is very knowledgeable and a great guy.

His website is:


Outing Chat / Bahamas fishing guide
« on: July 25, 2014, 04:45:13 PM »
While we were at Evas Bonefish Lodge, Jason introduced me to an impressive guide.  His name is Solomon Murphy.  His email address is  His phone ## are 242 636-2374 and 242 368-6006.  I learned  a lot about fly fishing Andros waters from him and I will definitely consider hiring him the next time I go.

Tying Chat / substitute for snipe feathers?
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:17:58 PM »
I have several fly patterns calling for snipe feathers but no snipe.  Can anyone recommend a good substitute?  Grouse maybe?


Outing Chat / Devils River
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:34:26 AM »
devils river  fans may be interested in this article:


Outing Chat / Fishing lodge in Punta Gorda, Belize
« on: June 09, 2013, 08:39:54 AM »
Anyone interested in fishing in Punta Gorda may want to check out Garbutt's Marina. Here is the Yellow dog Fly fishing description of it:

 I met three of the brothers on my trip there, and they are solid individuals. Three of the brothers are very knowledgeable fishing guides. The oldest, Dennis, is a dive master and scuba diving instructor. The Lodge's location can't be beat.

Tying Chat / fly tyers dungeon
« on: May 01, 2013, 06:36:22 AM »
Check out for excellent-quality materials at great prices.

Ifly / trade up progarm
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:28:43 PM »
Ifly has a trade up program where they give a store credit for your old equipment.  I've used it and think its pretty nice.

Tying Chat / weighting EP flies
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:13:09 PM »
I'm tying some EP fiber bait fish patterns.  Even when sparsely tied on 2/0 hooks, they barely sink.  I fished one on a sink tip line in Belize easily enough, but on a floating line?

Any suggestions on the best way to weight these flies?  Lead wire, bead or cone heads? Mid-shank or behind the eye?  I'd like a fairly slow but dependable sink rate.



General Discussion / Would be fly Fisher
« on: February 05, 2013, 06:56:46 AM »
I met a chap from Wales on Sunday, who comes to the United States every quarter for two weeks. He very much wants to get into fly fishing, and asked me to recommend a good introductory book to fly fishing generally. I know Dave Hughes has written a book on basic fly fishing (which I have not read), but I am looking for additional recommendations from members that I can pass on to him.

Over in the UK, he will probably be fishing for trout on rivers, using a one-handed rod (not a spey rod). But he is looking for a general introductory book, not one limited just to trout fishing.

Any suggestions would be welcome.


Outing Chat / fishing at D7L on Nov. 3
« on: November 04, 2012, 02:59:55 PM »
Yesterday, I went down to Damon Seven Lakes to fish with the estimable Michael J Arnold as my guide. At his insistence, I tied on an orange crazy critter that I had tied the day before. Fishing was slow, but I finally got a hook up right before encroaching lightning shut us down. All in all, not a bad day.


Outing Chat / costa rica tarpon fishing
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:22:52 AM »
see link, especially the pictures at the end.


Outing Chat / Costa Rica tarpon fishing
« on: June 10, 2012, 03:44:07 PM »
I spent May 21 thru 25 at the Silver King Lodge at Barra del Rio Colorado, Costa Rica fishing for tarpon and (as it happened) Jacks.  The accommodations were comfortable and the meals first rate.  More to the point, the fishing was excellent.

  In four and one half days of fishing, I jumped approximately 20 fish and boated seven--five tarpon and two Jacks.  The tarpon ranged from 50 to 175 lbs. and the Jacks were each about 30 lbs.  Clifford Ramos Loria, (506) 8841-02-30, was my guide, and he's the one you want for fly fishing.

I used a TFO Bluewater MD 14wht. rod with a Tibor Pacific reel loaded with an Orvis 600 grain Depth Charge line.  I tied the flies on Gamakatsu 2H 5/0 hooks.  All the tackle performed flawlessly.

The best months to fish are May and esp. September and October.  The big tarpon stack up at the mouth of the river in the fall.

RoseAnne Cody manages the lodge. You can reach her at (978) 335-0755 and

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