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Outing Chat / Re: Fine Saltwater Boat
« on: July 15, 2012, 09:55:04 AM »
Retention Lakes on White Oak Bayou at the corner of Hollister and West Little York across from the Citco station.

Outing Chat / Re: New to SW/Texas fly fishing
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:21:28 PM »
Fishing Fixes.
I don't  know what part of Houston is yours. Check out the Fresh Water Chat about the guys that are killing them in White Oak Bayou. (north part of town)  You may have a after dinner stress releaving place close by. Braes Bayou (Meyerland area) is full of carp.  What the hey!  Catching the fish is the goal, go to the market if you want something to eat.

Outing Chat / Re: New to SW/Texas fly fishing
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:14:34 PM »
Welcome to Texas. And welcome to our website. Christmas Bay is a good close by place to SW fish. If you read the latest posts, one of our members jump several Tarpon in San Louis Pass which is the entrance to Christmas Bay. Over the last 50 years of fishing CB, I've caught lots and lots of Redfish and trout in CB and Drum Bay.

A boat is not always neccessary, surf fishing can be productive. The club has a trip planed later in the year to the surf in Padra Island National Seashore.  There is even a kayak for sale in our 'for sale section'.

If you can schedule it, I would suggest you attend one of our   monthly meetings.  With a membership of over 200 and meeting attendance between 40 to 70,  there is a wealth of experience to draw upon.

Guests are alway welcome. And again, welcome to Houston.

Outing Chat / Re: No fly, no pictures just a report.
« on: July 09, 2012, 09:20:39 AM »
Thanks for the report.

General Discussion / TGIF
« on: July 06, 2012, 04:10:04 PM »
Thank God I Fish

Outing Chat / Re: White Oak...the sequel
« on: July 05, 2012, 09:18:30 AM »
Does Costa del Mar provide a soft cloth to keep these  babies bright and clean?

Good report thanks.

Outing Chat / Re: Saltwater Bacteria Risk
« on: June 28, 2012, 09:11:04 AM »
Thanks for bringing that subject up. Its that time of the year.  Could you dig out a link to the online article and post it?

In the education section of this website is a page on 'Salt Water Safety' that mentioned this bug (Vibrio vulnificus).

Several years ago, one of our members had a friend die of this.

Fly Fishing Gear / Prism Kayak For Sale
« on: June 26, 2012, 07:04:31 PM »
soldIncludes fold up set of wheels, paddle and back support.


Hey everyone,

I just wanted to put out a "FISH FLASH" to give you the heads-up on a fly you might try wherever you are in Texas.

We had a mild winter and you may have noticed grasshoppers never really died off over the cold months. That has resulted in biblical numbers of grasshoppers around Lake Ray Roberts, and now IN Lake Ray Roberts. Generally, whatever water you are fishing - ponds, Central Texas rivers or other lakes - should produce if you tie on a grasshopper (fly).

Conditions on Ray Roberts over the past few days lead to the most interesting phenomenon I have ever seen on that lake.

Last Friday I went out with Joel Hays to fish for sand bass, and we noticed nervous water in the main body of the lake when we were about to head in. So we motor on out to take a look, and find a flotilla of grasshoppers floating along with the tiny wind - in a narrow band way offshore. And they are being gorged on by catfish, up to 20 pounds, and large carp. Seeing as we were out to catch volumes of sand bass, we didn't have any grasshopper flies on hand.

After looking at the weather forecast over the weekend, Monday (yesterday) looked like the best day for a repeat. I loaded up the kayak and paddled out at about the time the wind was supposed to die back. This time I had a couple of store bought grasshopper flies and a couple of hastily tied grasshoppers. The wind died, and the fish came up for the grasshoppers that were there once again!

It's pretty much impossible to fish and take photographs from a kayak at the same time, but the water cleared for about four feet of visibility down, and it was almost like the catfish had taken trout vitamins. The would come up look at the fly, and bolt for the deep - unless I twitched the fly just enough for them to have instincts take over. In the end I caught all the catfish I would ever want to, four huge carp and one gar that was over 30 inches. All on topwater grasshopper flies. I had plenty of outright rejections from carp as well, as they would nudge and slup at the fly before taking or not. One of the flies I tied at the last minute was rejected - 100%, so that one goes back into the heap.

This setup is mostly about conditions, and I still haven't figured out where the grasshoppers are coming from - simply out of shoreline trees, or swarms that hit the water during migration, but not only do the grasshoppers have to be present, the water has to be calm enough for the fish to locate them. The calmness, of course, makes for good casting and absolutely beautiful water colors. Once the wind kicked back in, it was instantly over.

Posts on Texas Fly Caster may be spotty over the next week as we are working out in Cottondale, Texas, on our Airstream Safari restoration. We had to wait until it got hot enough to start on that project - However, I am keeping a kayak loaded just in case these conditions repeat at any given moment. Feel free to give me a text at 940-380-0408 if you want to know more about conditions.

Talk to you soon amigos!


Texas Fly Caster
Fly Fishing Culture on the Skids

Outing Chat / West Coast Sharks
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:06:23 AM »

Tales For 2012 / Attacked by an Allagater Gar
« on: June 25, 2012, 05:20:23 PM »
From Bev Edwards........

The Ouachita River runs cold and clear down through Ouachita National Forest in the mountains of  western Arkansas. It runs for 2/3 of a mile through the heart of long time TFF member Bev Edwards's Ouachita River Ranch. There is a huge gravel bar that follows the river course for maybe half of that distance. We walk along the gravel bar and fly cast popping bugs or wet crawfish flies for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Early in May the river has been very clear and we can sight cast to the bass. During a two hour morning wade fishing session I caught and released so many bass that I lost count. I was fishing in shorts and wading shoes, bare legged.  I hooked a nice smallmouth on a crawfish fly and had a long jumping fight with it. The water was so clear that I could see its every move. The fish was within twenty feet of me and suddenly a huge alligator gar went after the  smallmouth. I hauled in my fly line as fast as I possibly could until the fish was between my bare legs. The gar came after the smallmouth and grabbed it in its huge jaw teeth- right between my bare legs. I instinctively kicked the gar hard so it took off with the smallmouth in the gar's mouth. Now I was fighting the smallmouth in the mouth of the gar. We both fought hard until the gar finally turned loose of the smallmouth. I landed the bass and it was amazingly not injured, so I released it and it swam away.
Bev Edwards

Tying Chat / MCFF Fly of the Month
« on: June 20, 2012, 11:51:38 AM »
Montgomery County Fly Rodders fly of the month, Connie Mack's pre-cut Spoon Fly Patterns. Thought you might enjoy looking.

Outing Chat / Re: Father's Day on the Bayou
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:15:06 AM »
  The second strike was different as the catfish slashed at it first, then followed the fly until I stopped it and jigged it in front of his face.  BOOM!

Reminds me of a trip my father and I made one Sat afternoon to the River ( funny what triggers 65 year old memories ). We had waded across the Colorado about a mile below Smithville.  As usual he and I took different directions once we were across  and on shore, casting Rex Spoons.

A couple hours later at meet up time/place, he has this 6 # or so small mouth on his stringer. Thus goes this tale. 

"He was standing at the base of a high sand bank in the bend of the river.  About a dozen feet out was a large log  buried in the sand about a foot under water. He had cast down current and just as he brought the spoon up over the log, this bass came with it. My dad stopped reeling. The bass stopped and seriously eyed the spoon laying there on bottom.

This is late summer, the rice flooding down stream in finished, the water level is low, and the water is gin clear.  The sun was at my dads back and he was casting a serious shadow across the fish. Any movement by the rod to jig/twitch the spoon would have scared it off. My father said he was afraid the movement of reeling in the slack of the line would be too much movement.

Using  his thumb he slowly turn the reel spool to take up the slack. The spoon moved barely a quarter inch - WHAM!"

Outing Chat / Re: Father's Day on the Bayou
« on: June 17, 2012, 02:56:39 PM »
Are you just cast the food chain or are you using a special pattern to catch the channel cats?

Outing Chat / Re: Fence Lake this year
« on: June 12, 2012, 05:09:22 PM »
 Matt, the RR was originally conceived and created by the GCCA as a fund raiser. Their activities expanded to the point that they ask the TFF to take over its operation with the above goal. Which we did.

TFF has used the RR, as did GCCA, to raise funds and the club then makes a donation to a local conservation project. 

The Redfish Rodeo should alway be looked upon and promoted as a profit producing outing for the above reason.

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