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Messages - MattBlyth

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Mike - sounds lik a good deal to me!

I just need to find the time to get out and fish now though!

Outing Chat / Re: Bull Reds, Jack Carvelle, on a Fly??
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:49:48 AM »
Brett Walker and I  caught a few nice jacks on the fly in the POC jetties last year - on a 10wt. The fight was tough but wasnt 30mins. Luckily when hooked they headed out from the rocks into deeper water and then it was basically a straight up and down pulling match with a taco'd fly rod! Great fun - and I never felt out gunned with the 10wt but a heavier rod would probably have helped with pulling them up.

General Discussion / The Drake magazines year long species contest
« on: April 25, 2014, 04:37:31 PM »
Does anyone else from the club want to join me in attempting this competition?


Starting Sat., April 26th (Opening day of trout season for several states), post a picture of you with your fish on The Drake’s Facebook page (there’ll be a special spot for entries). Whoever posts the most different species of fish, that they caught between April 26, 2014, and April 25th, 2015 (Mountain Standard Time), on a fly rod, will be the Grand Prize winner. There will also be monthly and quarterly winners, with some great prizes (rods, reels, line, coolers, sunglasses, gear) provided by the sponsors below.

1) You must use the hashtag #DrakemagBigYear when entering via Twitter or Instagram, for us to be able to track your entry. For Facebook entries, join the contest via The Big Year link provided on the The Drake Magazine Facebook page. (We’re using a third-party app called OfferPop).

2) While the fish can be from anywhere in the world, we are using the IGFA list of species. So, for example, a "cutthroat trout" is considered one species—even if you catch one Snake River Cutty and one Colorado Cutty, it’s still just one cutty.

3) This is a catch-and-release competition, so each fish must be alive and be properly handled in the photos. Also, like the birding version, we are using the honor system. If the fish you post was caught before April 26th, 2014, it is not eligible. No cheating!

1) To have fun while winning cool gear.

2) To showcase how many different types of fish can be caught on a fly rod.

This is not a "biggest fish" contest or a "most fish" contest, it’s a variety-of-species contest. For a more detailed explanation of the rules, and to see some of the prizes, and how to win them, visit

Thanks, and good luck!


Events and Information / More trout in the classroom pictures
« on: April 16, 2014, 03:14:30 PM »
Some more pictures of the TFF micro-steelhead

Outing Chat / Re: Lake Amistad, Del Rio, TX
« on: April 14, 2014, 04:09:58 PM »
130lbs Mike?? I think you're underestimating the weight there.....

But on a more serious note - awesome fish!!

Events and Information / Re: 2014 Trout in the Classroom Release Day
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:21:03 PM »
Ever seen "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"....? :)

Events and Information / 2014 Trout in the Classroom Release Day
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:49:34 AM »

The release day for our 2014 TITC fish has been set for May 10th in Sattler, TX. We will have students and teachers from the 3 high schools present, along with the local GRTU reps to help us release our approximately 250 trout. If any TFF'ers want to join us you would be more than welcome - and we could certainly use the help! Message me for more details.

Here are some updated pictures of the fish from Mayde Creek HS


Ifly / Re: iFly closed? Out of business?
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:22:39 AM »
No - the St Arnolds Brewery one is still happening. There was supposed to be another in Houston at iFly. It was listed on the film tour website but when you try to buy tickets there was a message saying it had been cancelled.


Outing Information Only / Re: Fence Lake - June 21st, 2014
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:49:31 AM »
First thing is getting the skimmer booked - has that been done?

Ifly / Re: iFly closed? Out of business?
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:43:12 AM »
Wow - i guess thats why they cancelled their showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour this year....and there goes my idea for a new place to hold the club meetings. The wildfish theatre would have been perfect.

I agree they should have had a blow out sale though.

Events and Information / Oil Spill in Galveston Bay
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:01:18 AM »

For those who may not have heard, there was a barge collision in Galveston Bay yesterday that has released an, as yet unknown, amount of marine fuel oil into the bay. The barge was carrying a million gallons but only one tank is believed to have spilled.

Details below

Outing Chat / Re: Pond Fishing for Bass& Perch
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:02:57 PM »

I whole heartedly agree with you. I never ceased to be amazed at those lifeless muddy holes in the ground that pass for a Houston developer's idea of "lakeside living". No reeds around the margins, no lillies or plants in the water. Even worse is the dreaded blue food coloring effect!

I guess for most people they dont see the difference - but anyone who is a fisherman does.


Outing Chat / Re: Fishing the legendary Mardi Gras Minnow, part 2
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:53:23 AM »
Sounds like we need to make a trip to fish Grand Lakes! She is a hog! Well done.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 25, 2014, 05:51:20 AM »
Sorry guys - I am going to have to drop out of this weekend's trip. Two of my boys have baseball games scheduled for Saturday morning.  :(

My casting arm is getting rusty


Some disturbing reading on Texas water rights with particular mention of the Devils River and threat to its supply.

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