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Outing Information Only / September 27-29th, 2013, PINS trip
« on: November 11, 2012, 09:00:41 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS trip


When:    Lock the date.... 27-29th of September.  We have avoided "Shark-o-Thon"
Where:       
Start Time: 
End Time:   
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:        PM here

Trip Description: We will take four-wheel drive vehicles down Padre Island National Seashore during the anchovy migration, and target blitzing schools of ladyfish, jacks, redfish, and tarpon.
Based on last year's experience:  Let's change this up a little from last year.  Let's start early Saturday monring and run down to about MM 40+ and fish the next day, Sunday, on the way back.  More to follow.

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: National Seashore Entrance Fee $10 per vehicle

Directions:    About 250 miles (4-5 hours) from central Houston
Search Houston to Malaquite Beach (20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, Texas (Padre Island National Seashore)) in an online mapping program
 
About the area:

At 60-70 miles long, Padre Island is the longest, undeveloped, barrier island in the world. Anglers with four-wheel drive vehicles can access almost all of it.

Fall brings bait migrations and large schools of predators. The water is typically clear (much more so than Galveston).

•  When the club did this trip in September, 2006, 14 anglers hooked 8 tarpon. Countless large ladyfish were brought to hand, as well as some big jack crevalle.   
• Last year, 2012, there were 10 anglers.  Ladyfish were the most caught species, with reds, spanish macks, bluefish, and trout also brought to hand. 

The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out and start casting. The Port Mansfield jetties (at the very end) offer deep water access.

Driving on the beach can be difficult. Four-wheel drive vehicles are required. Realize that a tow for a stuck vehicle here could cost you thousands (yes, thousands). Cell phones do not work on the island, except at the extreme ends.

The Malaquite Pavilion offers public showers to get off the sand and salt before the drive home.




Important items:
•    Member dues are current!
•   Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information
•   Current Texas Fishing License with Saltwater Stamp
•   Have proper safety equipment INCLUDING a proper fitting PFD
•   Extra change of dry clothes
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Lunch, plenty of water, snacks and power bars
•   Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
•   Wide brimmed hat AND polarized glasses
•   First Aid Kit
•   Hand held VHF or FRS radio with extra batteries
•   Vehicle rod holders
•   Tow rope
•   Jack and base plate
•   Fix-a-flat
•   Shovel
•   Spare Tire
•   5 Gallon bucket

Recommended Equipment:
•   8 – 10 wt rods
•   Full intermediate lines with at least 200-yds of backing
•   Short 4-5 foot long, straight leaders of 30-lb monofilament or fluorocarbon
•   Bite tippets of 50-80 lbs if targeting tarpon
•   Back-up rods, spinning/casting in case it gets too rough in the surf, or the wind picks up to gale conditions

Recommended Flies:
Surf candy
Clouser minnows
Lefty’s Deceivers
Beck’s Bombers

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• 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.  Shouldn’t apply on this trip, but still good advice.
• Sign in and sign out at the meet up point. Inform the trip leader if you will be fishing in a different place.

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Outing Information Only / REDFISH RODEO!!!! November 9th
« on: November 11, 2012, 08:58:07 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
RED FISH RODEO

When:                   November 8th Thru 10th, 2013       
Where:                  Rockport / Port Aransas, Texas       
Start/End Time:      Saturday 5:30 am - 4:30 PM 
Trip Leader:           Mike Graham & Mike Quigley
Phone:                  MG 832-298-3855 - MQ 713-213-8150       
e-mail:                 mgraham-rrsm@comcast.net - mfquigley@yahoo.com       

Throw you money in the Redfish Rodeo Collection Bucket here!

Trip Description:    27th Annual Red Fish Rodeo we have checked the tournament and event schedule for Rockport/Port Aransas area and is set for November 9th.  I am anticipating this years outing to be very well attended as we will be inviting members from the Alamo, Austin, Central Texas, Montgomery and Rockport Fly clubs as well as the salt fishers from the Texas Federation of Fly Fishers.  Friday night we will hold the Captain’s meeting at the Drifter's Resort to go over the rules and conduct for our event.  Saturday night The Texas Flyfishers will serve up some hot’-n-good mouth-watering Bar B Q for supper for all to enjoy.  We’ll also have some new-age acoustic Bluegrass Americana music scheduled for Saturday night while we get to know each other and share a few cold ones!  As always we will have some really cool Division Awards for the winners (Largest Redfish – Trout – Three Fish Slam) and wonderful door and raffle prizes for all of the lucky attendees to partake. 

This year we are also arranging Cabins and Bungalows for those of you who wish to stay for several days.  I will ask you to keep in touch with our website’s forum to keep knowledgeable on all of our plans. Keep checking right here for Outing updates.  The Drifters Resort for now is planned to be our tournament center.  We are asking that everybody RSVP so we’ll have an accurate count of those who wish to attend.  The Cost for all of this is only $45.00 pre-event (thru Pay Pal) or $55.00 at the door (Friday night). Separate lodging cost will be posted on the website as they become available. 
 


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: See above plus you may want to help your boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses.

Directions: The Drifters is located just south of Rockport on Hwy. 35 as you head for Aransas Pass.   
 
About the area:YOU KIDDING ME! Fish everywhere. World class redfish and trout over vast grass and sand flats.  The jetty action can be fast and furious.


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:

Recommended 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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Outing Information Only / October 2013 - Anahuac - Trinity Bay
« on: November 11, 2012, 08:55:37 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Anahuac - Trinity Bay outing


When:   October 19th     
Where:   Ft Anahuac Park   
Start Time:  6:30 am
End Time:    3:00 pm
Trip Leader: Michael Quigley
Phone:    713-213-81 five zero
e-mail:      mfquigley at yahoo dot com 

Trip Description:  Since we moved the Redfish Rodeo to November, let's have a nearby outing. Meet at Ft Anahuac Park and let's fish the flats. This trip is accessable for waders, kayakers or boaters.

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:    https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m4!1m3!1d13675!2d-94.684603!3d29.7548883!4m25!2m11!1m10!1s0x0%3A0x624b58aac31b3c30!3m8!1m3!1d443089!2d-95.4012915!3d29.817178!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!5m12!1m11!1sft+anahuac+park!4m8!1m3!1d443089!2d-95.4012915!3d29.817178!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!17b1
 
About the area:  Mostly flats, some deeper boat channels, so be careful when wading!


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 rod

Recommended Flies: Clousers, redfish crack, seaducers, deceivers

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 / November 2013, Guad trip...
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:23:23 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Chashing Trout on the Guadalupe


When:   November 23rd.
Where:       Meet at  Reel Fly and spread out from there
Start Time:  6:30 AM
End Time:    When the fish quit biting
Trip Leader: Michael Quigley
Phone:      713-213-eight-one-five-zero
e-mail:      mfquigley at yahoo.com 

Trip Description:  If I survive the redfish rodeo, I'm thinking about a run over to the Guad. Anyone who wants to tag along, come on out.  You're on your own for lodging. I rented an efficiency at Rio Guadalupe (nee Rio Raft) http://rioguadaluperesort.com/

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:    To Reel Fly http://www.reelfly.net/shop
 
About the area:  https://www.grtu.org/riverinfo_template.php


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: Waders, wading staff, 5 wt rod.

Recommended Flies: Itty-bitty ones!

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 / October 5th, 2013, back to "The Lakes"
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:18:24 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:  Back to Damon Seven Lakes


When:        2013-10-05 (confirmed)
Where:       Damon 7 Lakes, Damon, Tx
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Dark or  TDF (Too Dark to Fish)
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:        PM from this board

Trip Description: This is a "fishing only" trip.  No lunch is provided.  If you know what you want for lunch, bring it with you  :)
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: Day pass costs, $40 for TFF members in good standing

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.  Download 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:
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.

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 designated sign in point.

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Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal


When:        September 21st, 2013
Where:    Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal   
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Too dark to fish
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       281-865-3216
e-mail:        PM here

Trip Description: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal (details to follow)

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
• Waders and a change of clothes.  The water temperature has dropped since last month
Life jacket
Camera

Recommended Equipment:
5-8 wt rods
Kick boat, canoe, kayak, or other watercraft


Recommended Flies:
Your favorite LMB and 'gill flies.
And bring a couple of minnow imitators in size 2-10 just in case the white bass show up.

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:


When:       
Where:       
Start Time: 
End Time:   
Trip Leader:
Phone:       
e-mail:       

Trip Description:

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:

Recommended 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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Outing Information Only / July 2013
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:06:49 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:


When:       
Where:       
Start Time: 
End Time:   
Trip Leader:
Phone:       
e-mail:       

Trip Description:

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:

Recommended 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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Outing Information Only / June 7-9th, 2013, South Llano River float trip
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:03:32 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:  South Llano River float trip


When:     7-9th of June, 2013   
Where:       Junction, Tx
Start Time:  Friday afternoon at the state park.
End Time:    Sunday at noon, or as close to it as we can get.
Trip Leader:  Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:     Send PM here   

Trip Description: See below...


Day 1: The first meeting of the trip will be on the South Llano River just below the tubers area.  We’ll wadefish this area getting out casting skill honed, and practicing with various flies.  Meeting later at Isaak’s , time TDB.

Day 2:  Launch from KC-150, and float down to just above the state park.  We’ll use a livery service (SOUTH LLANO RIVER CANOES & KAYAKS: Curtis Thomas, Located 6 miles south of Junction off Highway 377 on the South Llano River) and meet up early.  More fishing time, less paddling.  Direction from Junction to meet-up point for Livery

Day 3:  Bridge to bridge where the river crosses US 377.  This time somebody bring a GPS.  We paddled through way to fast on this stretch last year and missed some prime fishing.


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: Your food, transportation, and lodging/camping fees.

Directions:   
Put this address into Google maps to get driving directions:

1927 Park Road 73, Junction TX 76849-9502 [/b]   

 
About the area:

Map of the State Park

About the State Park


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
• Drinking water!

Recommended Equipment:
Canoe or kayak
Anchor
Neoprene or canvas boots to prevent burned feet
3-7 wt fly rod with floating line
Extra rod
Spare GPS batteries

Recommended Flies:
Yellow spider, size 6-12
Miss Prissy or similar small popper
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.


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 / May 2013, White Oak Bayou
« on: November 11, 2012, 12:59:56 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:


When:   2013-06-01 (June 1st, 2013) 
Where:       White Oak Bayou, https://maps.google.com/maps?safe=off&client=firefox-a&q=w+little+york+at+hollister&ie=UTF-8&ei=GKqmUdzpFdHL0gHr1YCYBg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg
Start Time:  8 AM
End Time:    3 Pm
Trip Leader: Mike Quigley
Phone: 713-213-803 seven
e-mail:  mfquigley at Yahoo.com

Trip Description: Local fishing done in a laid back style...  More to follow

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 bring cash for lunch)

Directions: Meet at the store at the corner of Hollister & W Little York
 
About the area:  Urban fishing along the banks of the bayou.



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: 3-5 wt

Recommended Flies: Woolly Buggers, Poppers, clousers.

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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Nobody signed up.  Trip cancelled

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:


When:     2nd March, 2013
Where:   Upper Guad - above Canyon Lake   
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Just before dark
Trip Leader: Matt Blythe  "Puck"
Phone:       
e-mail:     PM here   

Trip Description:

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 Map directions from Houston
 
About the area:  See the scouting report.....


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:

Recommended 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.

57
Outing Chat / Camp Honey Creek
« on: October 13, 2012, 09:44:01 AM »
Does anyone know anything about Camp Honey Creek in Hunt, TX  where the Texaswomen Flyfishers's will be next weekend?

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Outing Chat / Forwarded to me by Montgomery County Fly Rodders
« on: August 08, 2012, 05:52:22 PM »
Quote
    FLYWATER ANGLING ADVENTURES

    Captain Steve Hollensed

    Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide

    FFF Master Certified Casting Instructor

    903.546.6237

    flywaterangling.com

    TEXOMA FISHING REPORT

    Current water temperature is about 86 degrees; lake level is 616 ASL; visibility is good to excellent.

     

    Striper fishing is very good to excellent now. Topwater action has been strong for almost two months now and should continue into early fall. Striper concentrations are now found on mid to main lake areas. Blitzes are occurring almost daily with the exceptions of a few Saturdays where weekend traffic has been a negative factor. (for whatever reason, Saturdays did not fly fish well in July) Best times are early morning to mid morning, however on some days we have found some excellent fishing in mid afternoon also. Poppers fished on the surface and streamers fished at or near the surface will catch lots of fish. The blitzing stripers are chasing shad that vary in size, so it pays to watch & observe the size of shad the fish are chasing. Another technique that has worked well this summer is casting integrated shooting heads like the Orvis Depth Charge line under the blitzing stripers or on deeper structure. When the blitzing stops, the schools often relate to deeper, topographic structure like humps, points, and ledges. Currently, we are fishing topwater patterns at first light around points and ledges for the bigger fish, then moving out to more open water to fish the blitzes as the light gets stronger.

     

    The Texoma striper population is in great shape. ODWC & TPWD reported that, based on the February 2012 biological surveys, a significant part of the population was between 16 inches & 24 inches, with 27% of the population over 20 inches long. This is very consistent with what we have observed on the water this year. Our state agencies are doing a great job of managing Lake Texoma.

     

    Smallmouth fishing is generally slow right now. However we had one of our best springs ever for smallmouth this year. April & May produced lots of smallmouth, with a good number of them over the 20 inch mark. Based on this, I am looking forward to a great fall smallmouth season...like last fall.

     

    This is a great time to fly fish Lake Texoma and get into the topwater action. I still have a few weekdays in August & the first part of September available. Half days work well during the summer. We are off the water before it gets very hot. Also, this is also a great time to book your preferred dates for this fall. October and November are filling up. Fall is a great time to fish the blitzes under the birds all day long.

    HOSTED TRIPS

    I have two weeks reserved at the Orvis Endorsed Blue Damsel Lodge near Missoula, MT to fish the spring Skwala hatch April 1-5 and April 8-12. Both weeks are already sold out with a standby list in the event of cancellations. If you would like to be on the standby list just let me know. I will be announcing the 2014 dates upon our return next April. This has proven to be a unique trip with great dry fly fishing.

     

    Also be watching for new hosted trips. Something different.

    FLY CASTING

    If you are an FFF Certified Casting Instructor mark your calendar for June 7 & June 8, 2013. Chuck Easterling and I are conducting a Continuing Education event in Mountain Home Arkansas with Joe Libeu as guest instructor. Joe is from the West Coast and brings a rich background of competitive casting and has vast amounts of successful teaching to his credit. You will not want to miss this one.

    GEAR TALK

        Well, this past week it came time to repower my Falcon Boat. (that is a nice way of saying that my old outboard was worn-out) This week I repowered with a new 200hp. SHO Yamaha four-stroke from Blackbeard Marine. The recent advancements that Yamaha has made in outboard technology is just unbelievable. The folks at Blackbeard Marine (580.564.9567) were great to work with and provided great service. I highly recommend them for both service and sales.

        Most of you know that I am a big fan of Orvis AR (Abrasion Resistant) leaders. After being discontinued for a short time I am so glad they are back. And this is the time of the year that I appreciate them the most...you can tie on a fly in the morning with a good knot and catch schooling stripers all morning or all day and not have to retie at all. And you will not lose a fish or fly. (although stripers do not have teeth, they do have a very abrasive, sandpaper-like, mouth) The AR leaders are even more important now for largemouth fishing and smallmouth fishing on Texoma too because of the zebra mussels on the rocks. If you are a warmwater fly fisher, you might want to try these leaders.

        Very often this year I have provided clients with Orvis Access rods. (both 7 & 8 weights) This was the first year that I have really put them to the test. They performed at the highest level. They were powerful for distance with big bugs and yet lightweight and enjoyable for lots of casting. Truly, these are great rods at a great price.



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Outing Chat / The other side of San Antonio
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:07:57 PM »


Lost Maple State Park. The club use to have fresh water outing to this place.
Theres a river and creek and some ponds.



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