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Messages - MattBlyth

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I am in too. Will need a boat ride and place to stay on Friday and Saturday nights

Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Bayou - Ready
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:05:56 AM »
I am going to try and make it - are you kayaking the retention pond or just walking the banks of the bayou?

Golden - are they hitting poppers at the moment?


General Discussion / Re: Fishing in Abu Dhabi
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:49:56 PM »

No fishing done while there I am afraid. However I do have a lead on saltwater fly fishing in Dubai. There are a few blogs online about fishing the beaches around Abu Dhabi by expats but they havent been updated in a few years.

Instead of fishing I did blast around the Yas Marina F1 track , driving solo in a F3000 open wheel car. Hit 150mph on the straight. 0-60 in 3seconds. Was an absolute blast.

One day I might actually find the time to go fishing again!

General Discussion / Fishing in Abu Dhabi
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:33:21 PM »
As we have a lot of other oilfield folks in the club - has anyone done any saltwater fishing around Abu Dhabi on their travels? The beaches around there look great and I would have thought there was something to catch in the surf but the info on google is very limited.


Outing Information Only / Re: Port O'Connor Jetties - May 31st
« on: May 13, 2014, 04:16:17 PM »

Despite your extensive and persuading email advertising campaign for this trip I am afraid I cant go...although I did attempt to obtain a kitchen pass. I will be away on a work trip to the middle east the week before and the response from the Minister for War & Finance when I submitted my application was less than positive.

On a good note the hospital bills were cheaper this time round....

I will be on the Fence lake trip though


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.

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