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Outing Chat / Re: Grand Isle trips 1 & 2 (pic heavy)
« on: February 24, 2015, 07:57:11 AM »
Great pics! That water looks amazing. I hope you took that puppy drum home and ate him, just to teach the sneaky bugger a lesson?!

General Discussion / Fly Fishing Film Tour
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:42:35 PM »
Looks like the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be back at the Saint Arnold brewery on April 30th.

Tickets available here

We should get a group together to go!

Puck - i will take the Rider 2 spot in your truck. Hopefully this year I can make it!

Events and Information / Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:09:17 AM »
Update for 1/26/15

The eggs have hatched and the alevin are still feeding off their yolk sacks as their fins grow. We should have free swimming fry soon!


Outing Chat / Re: NOLA Redfish Madness!
« on: January 21, 2015, 01:17:52 PM »

I used a 9wt redington RS4, Rio Coldwater Outbound Floating Line, tapered 20lb leader and the fly was one of the guide's creations - all black with a rabbit strip tail and lead eyes. Was tied very well as the same single fly landed all the fish.

Brent used a 8wt Sage Salt, Rio Bonefish line, same 20lb tapered leader and another guide fly - lead eyes, chartreuse rabbit strip tail and puglisi fiber brush body (with rubber legs) in root beer. Same fly used on all fish too.

Guide recommends using 30lb straight mono as a leader.

I should add that all but one of the fish came from 20-30ft chip shots from the boat. Almost no long casting was needed. Some ate within a rod length of the boat.

Contact details are on the website - I just called them


Outing Chat / NOLA Redfish Madness!
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:29:47 AM »
This past weekend I spent two days fishing the marsh south of NOLA with Flywater Expeditions ( My boat partner was Brent Hodges, who actually got to do some fishing this time round and our guide was Captain Nick Sassic. We launched in Hopedale and fished the surrounding marsh. We lucked out on the weather compared with last week's rain but on Saturday morning it was a bloody cold ride out from the dock! The fish had been hunkered down for the last week apparently and were slow to move out of deeper water into the shallows. The mornings were slow and things really started to heat up just before lunch and then into the afternoon. This was my first time fishing in this area and so here are a few major differences I noted compared to the texas coast:
1) Featureless bottom - the endless expense of dark mud on the flats made it really difficult to tell what depth of water you were in. After a while of staring at the water it became very hard to tell what you were looking at, as there is no clear difference between the water surface and the mud.
2) No boats - we met people at the dock and saw a lot of skiffs launching, but where we fished we did not see or hear another boat all day for both days...that part was awesome
3) No mullet - didnt see a single one all weekend. If something was moving it was a red, a drum or a sheepie. This was also awesome.
4) No small reds - apparently they are clustered around the oyster bars and not on the flats.
5) Enormous reds! (see point 4 above). So the fish were very widely scattered. A lot of flats only had one or two fish on them. But they were huge and hungry. In two days fishing we boated 11 reds but the smallest was 32in and the largest was..well my tape only went to can judge from the pics below but I think it was pushing 40in. We were able to sight cast to all the fish and watch them chase down and inhale the fly. We only saw one tailer, the rest were all cruising slowly as the water warmed. As is typical, during the last hour on Sunday the wind disappeared, the sun shone and in one back lake we found the mother load of big reds. The light was the wrong angle so it was really hard to see and we poled over most of them but it was still amazing to see.

Great trip...anyone want to go back?

Events and Information / Re: Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« on: January 09, 2015, 05:13:55 PM »
Same as previous years - Silver Steelhead Trout (Rainbows basically).

Here is the fish hatchery they came from -

Interestingly Brent Hodges told me that a 6in trout was caught on the Guad before the first stocking this year. This is smaller than the TPWD stockies and way smaller than what TU stocks  - so it can only have come from either one of the trout in the classroom project tanks or the hatchery boxes that TU puts in the river using any of the extra eggs from the classroom tanks. So at least one of them has survived!


Events and Information / Trout in the Classroom 2015 kicks off!
« on: January 09, 2015, 11:20:58 AM »

Yesterday we received the shipment of around 400 rainbow trout eggs from TU and got the 2015 trout in the classroom project kicked off. This year are up to 4 tanks in Katy ISD schools. We have Kathleen Brown running a tank in her aquatic sciences class at Katy HS again. She is our original teacher that started the program off with us 4 years ago and that many of you have met at the mini-expo events. Sharon Carswell is running a tank for the second year at Mayde Creek HS also in an aquatic sciences class. Over at Seven Meadows HS, Carlton Colmenares is running a tank for the first time in his AP Science class. We had intended the fourth tank to go in Cinco HS, also in an AP Science class, however due to last minute hiccups this tank is now running in a second aquatic sciences classroom, also at Katy HS. Thanks to Coach Williams for stepping in at the last minute to help out.

Here are some picture from each of the classrooms. I will be keeping everyone updated on the trout progress and the planned release in the Guad in April/May.


Katy HS - Ms Brown

Ms Brown is also running a blog on the tanks progress with her class that can be found here -

Katy HS - Coach Williams

Mayde Creek HS - Ms Carswell

Seven Meadows HS - Mr Colmenares

Outing Chat / Re: Saltwater bass fishing in two places
« on: October 15, 2014, 03:06:41 PM »
Dave - yes they have a lot of small stream native trout and char fishing. I would definitely like to check it out sometime

George - I like the way you think. May I propose that said business meeting be held in the French Quarter of NOLA with regular daily team building events in the Venice marsh area?

Man I wish I could go - however i would need to find a new Minister for War & Finance if I did

Plus I dont have a 4WD drive  :(

Outing Chat / Saltwater bass fishing in two places
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:36:10 PM »
Unfortunately I have been doing yet more traveling for work but it has given me the chance to do some more fishing in different places. At the end of September I was in Boston for a few days and took an evening charter to fish for stripers in boston harbor. We left the dock at about 5pm and fished into dark in the harbor, under the flight path into Logan airport. It was a beautiful, clear evening and we spent some time trying to locate the fish. I found one striper under a small pod of birds that hit a streamer and we marked some very big fish in a central channel that wouldnt eat. However as the sun set we found a huge flock of birds working over fish and I managed 7 stripers on a popper (white gurgler). Nothing huge but great fun. I also found out that Logan airport has a boat dock. The guides can pick up you early in the morning and drop you at the airport boat dock where a shuttle bus can take you straight to the terminal!! I fished with Boston Fishstix ( The captains name is Richard Armstrong and I would recommend him if anyone is in that area. As you can see from the website they have tuna fishing options if you are there at the right time of year.

From Boston I had to go to Tokyo. Apart from the sushi (which is great!) I had been told about the japanese sea bass fishing in Tokyo harbor by two of the guys on the Mongolia trip. They fish for them at night with top waters under the harbor lights. I contacted I guide I was recommended and he picked me up from my hotel after work, we fished until about 11pm and then he dropped me back at the hotel! To say this was industrial fishing was an understatement - we were fishing right in the middle of refineries, processing plants and god knows what else. The smell was interesting at times. However whenever a warm water overflow entered the bay the bat fish were stacked up and there if there was a light on the water you could see the explosions as the bass hammered into them. We cast topwaters and small streamers and picked up several fish. They acted just like the stripers but were a solid bronze/gold color. They can apparently grow up to 3ft long but the big ones are hard to find. A new species on the fly and fun fishing! There are more options in Japan I would like to check out at some point - including sea run taimen in the far north.  Check out Trout and King Japan (

Outing Information Only / Re: Guadalupe River - December 6th
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:21:11 AM »
Rumor I have heard is that the stocking will be the weekend of the 22nd. Should be good to go on the 6th then.

Outing Chat / Re: Mongolia Trip Report
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:01:58 PM »
What happens in Mongolia stays in Mongolia Mike :)

Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:55:46 AM »
Yeah it looked pretty bad. However all that's needed for roosters is a beach, a fly rod and of course fish.

Accomodation will be back up and running by May.  Besides this is east cape so hopefully it was spared the full force of it.


Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:32:47 PM »
I would go for the following:

1) anywhere there is tailing redfish
2) Baja - east cape - roosters off the beach. Flights are cheap in the spring and direct from Houston to Cabo. Might even have a lead on a house to rent right on the beach

Tarpon trip to the panhandle sounds good to!


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