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Outing Information Only / Outing schedule for 2014
« on: November 01, 2013, 02:40:19 PM »

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Events and Information / MOVED: POC BIG REDS
« on: October 19, 2013, 02:16:07 PM »

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General Discussion / Boy Scouts do what Boy Scouts do
« on: August 29, 2013, 09:53:56 AM »
From Texas FlyFishers member Greg Corbett


I got a voicemail from someone at REI asking if had lost some fishing gear. Yes, I had; I lost my fly rod and reel on the Llano which is a 5-hour drive from Houston. No chance that this was my missing rod. I went to the store anyway because it's near my office, knowing it was probably somebody's reel or some lures. Sure enough there was no lost  fl y rod and reel in Lost and Found and nobody had any idea about the phone message I had left.)

I was almost to my car when I thought maybe someone in the rental department might know something about the phone message. The first 2 people had no clue but the third one just asked me "What color was the kayak you rented?" I said "Red". She then peeled a note from the cash register and handed it to me.)

Here's the note   :)

Did you flip a red rental tarpon and lose some fishing gear? Jeff found it and doesn't know  who you are! (432) 528-5972)

Now everything was changing fast! I called Jeff and described my rod and reel and he said "That's it!" Then he said he'd mail it to me!  He absolutely refused to discuss any reward!)

At the swimming hole at the take-out he had helped me put the kayak on the roof because I couldn't do it myself.  He asked if I had rented the kayak at the REI in San Antonio or Austin- I said neither, it was from Houston.  That's how he thought to contact me.   Actually, this was a Boy Scout Troop on their annual outing on the Llano and one of the boys found the rod,  brought it back up to camp, said "Look what I found!   Can I keep it?"  Jeff told the kid he thought he might be able to contact the owner.  That's how everything fell into place.)

About a week later I got the long box with my rod and reel in it! Amazing! He and the troop are from Midland.)

I had written a thank you note with a $30.00 check to reimburse him for the postage so I called him to tell him the package had arrived and thanked him again.  I asked him for his last name and address so I could send him my thank you letter; he said he intentionally omitted his last name and address because he didn't want me sending him anything.   I finally got the information out of him when I told him that my letter was  written to share with the boys how there were at least  4 separate Good Deeds that took place to get my rod back to me.  He promised to share my message with the boys. (I expect he'll give me some grief about the $30 check.)

A letter was written.

Jeff Blaylock
c/o Dawson Geophysical Company
508 West Wall, Suite 800
Midland, TX 79701-5010

Jeff:
I just received your package with my fly rod in it! When I review the series of coincidences and amazing follow-up by you and then by REI – seeing my fly rod again is miraculous. I count at least 4 Good Deeds that made this happen:
1. Starting with your help putting that kayak on my roof (and the brief conversation that I rented it at REI in Houston and that I had just given up searching for my fly rod).
2. The scout who found the rod and brought to you.
3. Your call to REI, Houston.
4. The REI guy who put 2 & 2 together and left me a voice mail message and also typed out a message to call you that he had taped to the cash register.

One of the men in my fly tying class that I hold each month is active in scouting and he has the Fly Fishing Merit Badge book. I will study up on it and am looking forward to meeting with the scouts next year on the Llano to help them earn this badge.

Also, I belong to a Houston group of kayak fishermen (www.PACK.org) and I’m sure some of the guys would be glad to help the scouts earn a kayaking merit badge next year on the Llano. They all know the full story of how the rod was lost, found and then returned by you – it’s a fisherman’s dream come true when a rod gets found and returned.

I am enclosing a check in the amount of $30 to reimburse you for the cost of sending the package to me (I researched the cost at a UPS store). Obviously, I owe you a great deal more that just this postage, but what I feel I owe you can’t be measured in dollars and cents.

Please tell this tale of “4 Good Deeds” to the boys of Troop 232 and how it was a happy ending for this man who earned his Eagle Scout Badge in 1953. There’s something of a “full circle” somewhere in this story.
   
Sincerely,
   


Greg Corbett

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August 27th meeting will be the fifth annual Mini –Expo meeting. It is back by popular demand! As in the past, the spirit of this Expo is members sharing what members are doing with other members of the club. There will be fly tiers, various tables showing what club members are doing (some familiar, some new), casting outside, some awesome raffles, presentations from members and more. There will be sandwiches, cookies, chips and drinks served in the kitchen.

No vendors will have tables. Bring whatever you want to show other members, but don’t bring things to sell – inside or outside.

If you have an idea for a new table, a presentation or a demonstration, please contact this year’s coordinator, Dave Steffek at 832-288-4774 or dst8ff8k@comcast.net by August 9th.

More details to come in the August meeting announcement

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Outing Chat / Dick Pipkin scores at Damon 7 Lakes
« on: June 02, 2013, 06:51:05 PM »
22" Bass caught by Dick Pipkin at Damon 7 Lakes on May 15, 2013
This bass was caught on a 4 wt Winston Fly Rod with a 5X tippet.  Martin Weir measured it at 22" lg. and with a girth of 14 inches.  This is the largest bass I have ever caught. 
Dick PIpkin

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General Discussion / TFF Auction UPDATE - donation drop off locations
« on: March 11, 2013, 06:03:53 PM »
Donations can be dropped off at the following fly
shops:

Fishing Tackle Unlimited - 8933 Katy Fwy, Houston
- (713) 827-7762

IFly, The Angler's Edge - 1703 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 993-9981

Orvis - 5727 Westheimer Rd  Houston, TX 77057 -
(713) 783-2111

If you'd like to make other arrangements for
donation drop off, you can contact David Lemke at
dlemke@sbgclobal.net or Skip Donovan 713-937-1184

Thanks,
David Lemke

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General Discussion / Life of the Blue Gill
« on: December 30, 2012, 06:16:00 PM »



Bluegill sunfish have pretty bizarre life histories. Males exhibit three completely different types, with different behaviors and appearances. These types seem to be differentiated on environment, rather than genetics.

Some male bluegills grow to be large, and start building nests. They defend territories and the females will visit the nests of various males, and decide whether or not to deposit eggs there. If they do, the males will fertilize them and then proceed to care for the infants. These males are light in body color with dark yellow-orange breasts.

Other males do not find a territory and build a nest - instead they use a 'sneaking' tactic. They try to hide from the highly territorial nesters and dash in to fertilize eggs laid in another males nest. If successful, they manage to completely bypass all of the energy required to build and defend a nest, and then care for the young. These males are much smaller and are light in body color.

The final type of males actually mimic females. Some data suggests that sneakers become mimics as they age and grow larger. These types pretend to be females, and use this tactic to approach nests without being attacked by the nesters. As males often accept eggs from more than one female, they then quickly fertilize as many eggs as they can and leave.

Believe it or not, tactics like these are not unique in the animal kingdom. Many animals mimic another sex in order to gain a reproductive advantage - some actually physically change their sex. To learn more about this, see here: http://bit.ly/VnFcfL

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LOL / Alas.......
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:31:36 PM »
When the men are still up and all others asleep
When the drink is strong and the tales are deep
Stories are told
About the bold
The fishing widows lay in their beds and weep.

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Outing Information Only / February 2013, Prison Permit
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:31:57 PM »
THEY'VE ESCAPED - ALL YOU WARDENS GET READY
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: TEXAS PRISON PERMIT INVITATIONAL


When:    February 23rd 2013 
Where:    Sargent Texas at the park ramp. Meet-up point is here 28.763314, -95.631888  Boat launch
Start Time:  0630-7:00 am
End Time:    Dark or bad weather
Trip Leader: Mike Graham - Alan Kulkak
Phone:      832-298-3855
e-mail:       mgraham-rrsm@comcast.net

Trip Description: Meet at boat ramp and drive south to east matty flats at south end of bay. Catch as many sheepshead as you can and compair your day against the other "Wardens".  Winner is the Warden who catches the most Prison Permit! Take home a beautiful Trophy for the next year!

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: No anticipated cost (You may want to help your boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions: Google up Sargent Texas or ask your buddy   
 
About the area:[ Yoy will be fishing large sand flats either from boat or wading. /b]


Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  (Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:6-8 wt

Recommended Flies:Crab, shrim patters work best fly needs to get to the bottom quickly.  Use of floro leaders helps

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.


UPDATE INFO WILL BE POSTED BELOWLAST UP-DATED 2-14-13

Here is a list of boats usually at our outings.

John P.      Skiff               1-2 fishers             CONFIRMED BUT NOT BRINGING BOAT                 

Jack K.       Skiff              FULL                      CONFIRMED             STAYING AT ALAN'S

Alan K.       Skiff              FULL                     CONFIRMED              STAYING AT ALAN'S

Wendell B.  Skiff              FULL                     CONFIRMED              STAYING AT WENDELL'S

Jim C.        Bay Boat        1-2 fishers             NO RESPONSE

Sam L.       Bay Boat        FULL                      CONFIRMED            COMING DOWN SATURDAY AM

George S.  Skiff               FULL                      CONFIRMED               STAYING AT ALAN'S

Ray R.     Bay Boat          2-3 fishers             NO CONFORMATION AS OF YET

John C.    skiff                  1-2 fishers            NO RESPONSE

Bill W.      SKIFF                FULL                    CONFIRMED                  STAYING AT BILL'S

FISHERS - THOSE WITHOUT BOATS

MIKE G.              STAYING AT WENDELL'S      FISHING W/ WENDEL B.

MIKE Q.              STAYING AT ALAN'S            FISHING W/ SAM L.   

SCOTT B.           STAYING AT ALAN'S             FISHING WITH GEORGE S. 
                 
DON P.              STAYING AT ALAN'S              FISHING W/ JACK K.

DAN S.              STAYING AT ALAN'S              FISHING W/ SAM L.

ALAN'S B-I-L     STAYING AT ALAN'S              FISHING W/ ALAN K.

DENIS A.           STAYING AT ALAN'S              FISHING W/ GEORGE S.

ARRON H.          STAYING AT BILL'S               FISHING W/ BILL W.

JOHN P.             STAYING AT BILL'S               FISHING W/ BILL W.

MIKE F.             STAYING AT BILL'S                NEEDS BOAT


I ALSO CALLED RAY R. SEVERAL TIMES AND STILL HE EXPRESSES HIS INTEREST. BUT WILL NOT CONFIRM YET.
I NEED ROOM FOR 1 OR 2 RIDERS AT THIS POINT. 

HERE IS OLD NEWS AS OF FEB. 18, 2013

THE BBQ PLACE IS NOW A CHILLI JOINT..NO PROB THERE. THE STATE BOAT RAMP IS CLOSED (MAYBE) BUT THE CANEY CREEK ONE IS STILL OPEN. THE MEET UP PLACE FRIDAY NIGHT IS DAN'S CHILLI JOINT WHICH IS LOCATED JUST EAST OF THE INTERSECTION OF FM 2611 AND FM 457 FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET TO ALLAN'S

WE NEED A LARGE BOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....AND THE GOOD NEWS IS WE JUST GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THIS OUTING HAS NOT BEEN CANCELLED...NEW UP DATE FEBRUARY 21, 2013

I WAS ONLY CHECKING OUT THE POSSIBILITY TO SEE IF NEXT WEEKEND WAS GOOD FOR US. I CAN'T AFFORD TO RE-ARRANGE ALL OF THE BOATS AND FISHERS AT THIS LATE DATE!  FROM THE FEEDBACK I HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED I WOULD LOSE GEORGE'S BOAT AND PUCK COULD NOT GO NEXT WEEK.  THE CONDITIONS MAY NOT BE GREAT BUT WE NEED TO MAKE THE BEST OF THEM.  ALSO JERRY LORING CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. IF YOU WERE SCHEDULED FOR HIS BOAT I'LL SEE WHAT I CAN DO. THE WEATHER SHOULD BE OK IT'S THE CONDITION OF THE WATER ALAN IS IFFY ON! 

SAM LEE IS COMING SATURDAY MORNING. MIKE Q. AND DAN S. ARE FISHING WITH SAM. HE'LL MEET YOU AT THE RAMP IN THE AM SATURDAY.
SCOTT B. IS NOW FISHING WITH GEORGE S. WE NEED SOMEONE TO PUT MIKE F. ON THEIR BOAT. NOW WHO WILL THAT BE?

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Outing Information Only / March 2013
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:26:09 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: West Bay Kayak Trip


When: March 23, 2013       
Where: Waterman's at Pirates Cove       
Start Time: 8:30 AM 
End Time: ??   
Trip Leader: Michael Quigley
Phone: 713-213-eight zero three seven       
e-mail:mfquigley at yahoo dot com       

Trip Description:Time to break out the kayak and go check out the marshes around GISP and West Bay! There is some good looking water around that area as well as some relatively sheltered coves if the wind isn't co-operating.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: There may be a nominal fee to launch a kayak from the ramp.

Directions:  https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&q=watermans+galveston&fb=1&gl=us&hq=watermans&hnear=0x863f59c8c4059259:0xe58b03c9b9eaecc1,Galveston,+TX&cid=0,0,12434244721660615112&ei=WrUuUcDMKYmArAHkk4HABw&ved=0CKoBEPwSMAM 
 
About the area:


Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment: 8 wt

Recommended Flies: Clousers, Redfish Crack, spoon flies.

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

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Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:  John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular

When:        April 20th, 2013
Where:       Damon 7 Lakes
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Dark
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:        PM here if you don't have Puck's e-mail

Trip Description: Join us for the annual chance to capture the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular Trophy and a decent feed on Saturday the 20th of April (date is confirmed) at Damon Seven Lakes. Fishing from the shore, but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: $40 per TFF member, special price for kids.
 
20th of April at Damon Seven Lakes.

A catch log will be given to all at sign-in, and a drawing from those will take place for all of them turned in by 1830 hrs, for a special set of flies and case.

Fishing from the shore but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful.

Participants will also receive Mike’s package of special flies.  He will give these out at sign-in to those signed up by the cutoff date 5 days before the event (Midnight of the 15th of April).

The longest sunfish (micropterus salmoides do not count) will be the winner of the trophy.
Largest bass, most bream caught, and most flies lost to trees will all be noted.

Lunchtime is at noon, 2013-04-20-1200.  Be late = be hungry

Directions: http://www.mjacompany.com/map-big.html

About the area:  http://www.mjacompany.com/7lakes.html

Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:
Canoe, kayak, or kickboat, (These are not needed, but it is a good time to try stuff out)
3-7 wt fly rod with floating line
Extra rod

Recommended Flies:
Yellow spider, size 6-12
Miss Prissy or similar small popper
BBB
PGPP, size 8-12
SOB, size 6-10
Hare-E, size 10
Squirrelly, size 12
Dark Wooly bugger size 6-12
And I’m sure the list will grow when a few folks read this and make their own recommendations.

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Outing Information Only / May 2013 POC JETTY OUTING
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:16:05 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Port O'Connor Jetty Excursion


When: Saturday May 18th, 2013       
Where: Port O'Connor       
Start Time:4:30 PM FRIDAY 
End Time:4:30 PM SUNDAY    
Trip Leader:MIKE GRAHAM
Phone:SEE SIGN IN SHEET        
e-mail:SEE SIGN IN SHEET       

Trip Description: Camping overnight out on the barrier island behind the POC jetties.  This is a tough-it-out full bore outdoor experience where you might just catch anything.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: No required cost, but you are strongly encouraged to help defray fuel costs to those ferrying us out to the jetties
Directions:    Drive to Port O'Connor, Texas we'll be ferrying from Clark's Marina
 
About the area: Sand covered island surrounds just inside the POC jetty.  Great place to raise tents right next to the shoreline.  Chance to catch everything from Snook to tarpon.  Bring your heavier equipment.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  DO NOT COUNT ON CONTINUOUS BOAT SERVICE TO/FROM THE ISLAND OR FOR FISHING, UNLESS YOU BRING OR ARRANGE YOUR OWN!


Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment: 8 wt minimum - 10 wts. most of the time. 12 wt. could be of use

Recommended Flies: Large clousers, seaducers, spoonflys, streamers with lots of flash, finger mullet imitations

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

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Outing Information Only / June 2013, Lighthouse Lakes
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:09:47 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:  Lighthouse Lakes


When:        22nd of June, 2013
Where:       Lighthouse Lakes.  Meet point TBD
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Dark
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:        send PM here

Trip Description: Paddling kayaks into Lighthouse Lakes.  more coming.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: No anticipated cost (You may want to help your boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions:   
 
About the area:


Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:
8wt or above....

Recommended Flies:
salty stuff....

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

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Outing Information Only / August 2013, Bolivar Marsh
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:03:13 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Bolivar Marsh


When: August 17th, 2013       
Where: Meet at Stingaree Marina http://stingareerestaurant.com/       
Start Time: 7:00 AM 
End Time: When we get tired   
Trip Leader: Michael Quigley
Phone:713-213-8150 or 713-213-8037       
e-mail:mfquigley at yahoo.com       

Trip Description: August is usually a bit quiet, but for those of us that will be itching to go fish, let's bring the kayaks out and hit the marshes on Bolivar.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: Stingaree charges a $2 launch fee. You might bring some lunch money too. Their oyster po-boys and onion rings are REALLY good!

Directions: 1295 N. Stingaree Rd Crystal Beach, Texas 77650       https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&q=1295+N.+Stingaree+Rd+Crystal+Beach,+Texas+77650&fb=1&gl=us&hq=1295+N.+Stingaree+Rd+Crystal+Beach,+Texas+77650&cid=0,0,2277959912174459414&ei=mNXdUaGZHMPsyQHU54GIBQ&ved=0CJ0BEPwSMAM    
 
About the area: Mostly shallow water, but you will cross the ICW, so be cognizant of boat traffic!


Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment: Kayak, safety equipment, sunscreen, plenty of water/fluids, snacks, 6-9 wt rod

Recommended Flies:Clousers, Seaducers, Spoonflies, Redfish Crack, Crab & Shrimp patterns.

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

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