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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!


Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:27:11 PM »
This weekend is actually right in the middle of a month that I am not traveling! As my long suffering wife is now used to me being gone half the time anyway count me in for this one!!

Skip - can I preorder a 40in red?


Outing Chat / Mongolia Trip Report
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:28:40 PM »
As several of you know, I just got back from a trip to Mongolia chasing Taimen. Here is my trip report - lots of pictures so give it some time to load up.

I flew to Mongolia through Seoul and spent a few days in South Korea with my brother (who lives there) and his family. From there I took a Mongolian Airlines flight to Ulaanbataar (UB) - the capital of Mongolia. Mongolia has a population of almost 3m and about half of them live in the capital. Of those living in UB about half again still live in the traditional round ger's. its a crazy, mismatched city of new construction, crumbling soviet era concrete buildings and bad traffic. This was the view from my hotel room.

Interestingly this was the balcony of my hotel room - needless to say I didnt use it.

After a day in UB we took an internal flight about 300miles northwest to a town called Muron within 70 miles of the border with Russian siberia. As you exit the airport this is view. Thats right - the dirt tracks run right up to the airport entrance. Outside of that there is absolutely nothing!

Our rides were waiting at the airport (thankfully not horses)

And so began a 7hr journey on dirt tracks over mountains and valleys to get to the first camp on the river. Here are the views on the way

We made a beer stop in a small village where we also needed to pick up our permits for the river. We also had to pass through a military checkpoint but I wasnt allowed to snap pictures there. Some of you may recognize the dude in the shades.

After a long journey we pulled into camp 1 in the dark. Food, beer and a warm ger were waiting. In this morning we were up early to hit the river. This was my surprisingly luxurious accomodation.

The river we were fishing is called the Delger-Muron. it is part of a large drainage system that eventually flows north into Lake Baikal in Siberia, the largest body of freshwater in the world. The company we went with is called Fish Mongolia and this year they had entered into a partnership with another operator (Mongolia River Outfitters) and so we had guides and camp crew that had been with both companies. We were 8 anglers and 4 guides. 3 of the guides were chilean (they spent the mongolian winter fishing the chilean summer and vice versa) and the 4th was a local mongolian. We fished for 6 days - starting at 8am and finishing between 7 and 9:30pm depending upon the length of the float for the day. It was almost entirely a drift boat fishing trip as we covered 100miles of river in the 6 days. The guides were all excellent.

Here are the boats - really stable and loads of room

The scenery was spectacular - the river was clear and low and every bend on the river presented views like these

So the fishing! There are three target species in this river. The first is the lenok trout. This is a genuine trout but it has an odd low-slung mouth more likea grayling. They can grow well over 20in and they rise to hoppers like they havent fed in weeks. I had several fish leap clear out of the water and then dive down on the hopper. They fight like demons too. The other is grayling. It appeared there were two species in the river - the mongolian and the arctic. The mongolian grayling has a smaller dorsal than the beautiful arctic. We caught many of both, however this is the only place I have been where you put a 20plus inch trout back as soon as you can as its not what you were after! If you dedicated time to the trout and grayling completely you could easily reach a triple digit day if you wanted to.

(Photo Kelvin Ng)

(Photo Kelvin Ng)

Obviously what everyone comes for is the Taimen. You see pictures in all the magazines of monster fish and tales of great fishing. What they dont tell you is the taimen fishing is hard!! Really hard! Firstly the flies are huge - the streamers are 6-8in long and very heavy, tied on copper tubes and many of them with lead eyes to boot. Secondly its a lot of blind casting - i mean A LOT. We probably made many hundred casts a day, all day every day. All of us had hand cramps, blisters and sore joints by the end of it :) Casting the giant poppers was a relative relief. While were were there the river was considerably lower than normal and much clearer due to little rain. The taimen were spooky and reluctant to eat. The group the week before us only managed 12 taimen all week - we managed 27 with everyone catching at least one taimen. The majority were small though - between 20 and 30". We did have two big fish caught. Here is a picture of Mike Seigman tied up to a 40in fish

He was quite happy when it got in the net!

With very good reason!

My first taimen seemed positively small in comparison!!! However as all the mongolians say "Taimen is Taimen"

Unfortunately I did not manage a big one - my fish were all about the size of the first one. The big ones are there though - I saw them. On the last day we were rowing through a shallow, slow flat when we drifted right on top of a monster. He took off from the side of the boat and pushed a big bow wave right across the river. it was hard to say how big he was but I would not be surprised if it was pushing 60in.

Kelvin took top honors with most fish and the biggest - this stunning 44in beauty.

(Photo Kelvin Ng).

Even if the Taimen fishing was not as easy as we hoped it was still a fantastic trip. We fished hard all day and then laughed hard all evening - it was a great group of anglers and we had a blast. The food was good, with hot meals cooked on the river bank each day by the guides and drinks and dinner waiting for us when we reached the next camp. As this was a float trip everything except the yurts came with us each day. The camp staff would wait for us to leave, then pack down the entire camp from the dinner tent to the latrines, load it all in rafts and then paddle down river to have everything set up at the next camp by the time we got there. It was much more comfortable and well run than I was expecting for sure. We even had vodka tonics waiting for us as we got out of the boats!

Here is a group shot - anglers, guides and camp staff

So all in all an amazing trip - great company, great fishing and a totally beautiful river in wild and still unspoilt countryside. I need to go back to find that big fish. Anyone want to go?

Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: September 13, 2014, 07:39:04 AM »
Getting excited Mike? :)

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