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General Discussion / East Matagorda 5-23-14
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:55:44 PM »
Fished East Matty with Mike Frankoff and his son Jared. Had great time fishing them in their Hellsbay Waterman. We did not hook up. Saw very few reds with no legitimate shots.  Had a nice at least 15mph in your face, cast killing wind all day. The bay looked like chocolate milk but some clear areas on south shoreline.


Orvis / Orvis 3.13.14
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:23:21 PM »
Hey, I got a $25 gift certificate. Had a good time there. Nice to meet some new people. One of our members not to be mentioned put a nice backcast on the hightline wire.


General Discussion / Grand Isle Report
« on: February 16, 2014, 03:49:54 PM »
We fished Friday and Saturday with Scott Null out of Grand Isle, La. Valentines Day. I have a lovely wife!!

I got two 16 lb reds and a 22 lb on fly rod Friday. Using Redfish Crack flies with lead dumbbell eyes in about 2 to 3 feet of water. I used my 8 wt and it did fine. Also used Gamakatsu Stinger hooks and held up well on big fish.

Saturday I got only one red on fly that was 25 lbs. Kelly Hazen's Tibor Everglades got to sing that Tibor drag music.

We had numerous chances to sight cast. Your cast had to very accurate which I did not have an accurate cast thus some very fishable opportunities were lost. Very different fishing open water in 2 and 3 feet and sight casting.

Dan Starr was fishing after us so hope it makes a report.


General Discussion / Flyline for cold temps
« on: December 07, 2013, 02:42:57 PM »
Went to FTU on I-10 looking for flyline for cold weather. Low and behold Scientic Angler has a SA Mastery Redfish line for cold weather. It also looked like a TFF mini meeting with George, Quigley and another fellow unkown to me.

I got a 16 lb tapered leader and Andy Packmore recommended  a Yozuri 25 lb tippet that is pink and fluorocarbon for the bull reds hope to find in February with Scott Null in Grand Isle.


Mark Morgan is unknown member of TFF.

General Discussion / Winter rainbow trout stockings/Take a kid fishing
« on: December 06, 2013, 07:08:28 AM »

Saw this in Thursday's Chronicle. List dates for stocking trout in urban lakes. Take a kid fishing.

Joe French

General Discussion / Venice 11-8 & 9, 2013
« on: November 10, 2013, 06:20:19 PM »
Bear and I had good trip to Venice, La. We caught reds on fly and baitcasters. Will post more later. Here are a few pics.  The drain was like fishing in a bucket. The reds just kept milling around in front of the drain.


General Discussion / Scratched out one
« on: November 03, 2013, 04:31:53 PM »
Purcell made a quick cast on a laid up redfish that made a turn around to take the fly. Only one we put in the boat fishing Greens Lake marsh.


General Discussion / Backup for Venice trip on Nov 7th thru 10th
« on: September 18, 2013, 09:31:10 AM »
my fishing partner is having back surgery on Oct 7th. He is not sure he will be ready to fish. I have two days booked with guides on poling skiffs in Venice, La. I plan to leave for Venice on thursday 7th and return on Sunday 10th. I am guessing 9 hour drive.

So if someone is willing to go and be on standby. Let me know

Joe French

281-731-seven eight six one

General Discussion / Potential new members
« on: September 07, 2013, 04:16:02 PM »
Bob and Thomas Newhouse are interested in fly fishing. Both played with 6 wt sage today. May see them at the September meeting.


General Discussion / Getting ready for Tarpon on fly
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:53:59 PM »
I went to POC thinking I would try for a jack or bull red on fly. Didn't happen.. but did get this tarpon on live croaker in 40 feet at POC jetty with Curtiss Cash aka Lowtide Guide Service. I did get a feel for what fighting a tarpon is like.
Estimated 90 lbs.


I booked Scott Null for Friday. Looking for another fly fisherman to share. He has East Cape Fury poling skiff/ 18 ft. Mostly likely be fishing the Greens Lake Marsh.

cell 281-731-seven eight six one.

General Discussion / Stripers from Lake Ouachita, Arkansas
« on: July 09, 2013, 05:31:01 AM »
Caught these using conventional tackle but want to go back and do it on fly rod.


General Discussion / Just read "Passion for Tarpon" by Andy Mill
« on: June 07, 2013, 03:28:49 PM »
I just finished reading the book generously lent to me by one of our members. It is a $100 book. I could not put it down. Highly recommend it. All 475 pages.

I ordered the DVD  "Chasing Silver" which there is a "teaser" DVD with the book. I think would make a great meeting presentation.

Joe French

Outing Chat / dang, I got all excited
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:07:58 PM »
About the Chandeleur Island trip in Salt water outings until I noticed the trip was 2011.


Outing Chat / Guide for Venice flyfishing?
« on: March 18, 2013, 07:25:28 PM »
Has anyone used a guide and had good sucess in fall (Oct or Nov) in Venice, La.  Need recommendation. Guide we used in march is booked up for the dates we want.


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