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Special Events - Local, National, whatever / Rendezvous 2015
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:10:37 AM »
Fly Tying
Fishing
Stories told
Friends made

Held at North Toledo Bend State Park, Walter McLendon leads the event.

Directions from Houston

2907 North Toledo Park Road
Zwolle, Louisiana 71486


Rendezvous is the result of several fly fishermen gathering to fish and tie flies at the state park many years ago. After a couple of years of growing pains they found the park's group facility. And what a facility indeed! A capacity of 150 people in 5 heated log bunkhouses (30 beds each), a heated central shower and restroom building with nice night lighting on all the sidewalks and a large main log building with A/C, a commercial kitchen, dining hall, fireplace, a long front porch, picnic table and a large barbeque trailer out front.

We begin gathering before 3 PM on Friday when the park staff unlocks the facility. Families and individuals check in at the main office and ask for their FREE Parking pass for the "Fly Fishing Group".

More details as the event gets closer

Puck

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Texas FlyFishers of Houston

Event: Trinity River, upstream of Lake Livingston, Sand bass,March 7th, 2015

When:         March 7th, 2015
Where:        Staying at private property.  The GPS coordinates will be sent via e-mail to those that are signed up.
Start           Dawn
End Time:     Dusk
Trip Leader: Joe C.
Phone:        Check the sign-up sheet when you sign up.
e-mail:       Check the sign-up sheet  when you sign up.

Trip Description: Fishing for white bass as they run up the Trinity River out of Lake Livingston on their spring spawn.

How to sign up:
1.  Puck to update
2. On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
3. 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:   Bring some groceries to share.  Details later.

Directions:  Staying at private property.  The GPS coordinates will be sent via e-mail to those that are signed up.
 
About the area: Chasing white bass as they run up the Trinity River out of Lake Livingston on their spring spawn.  A boat is needed, or chip in and ride with one of the captians.


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: 
5-8wt with sinking lines

Recommended Flies:
Cyperts minnow
Bendbacks, size 4-8
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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Outing Information Only / Guadalupe One Fly, Saturday, January 17th, 2015
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:39:38 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Guadalupe One Fly


When:      Saturday, January 17th, 2015
Where:     Guadalupe River, Rio Raft in Sattler. We will meet here and then spread out to fish   
Start   08:00 in the Reel Fly parking lot
End Time:     When ever everyone is done – probably around 4pm
Trip Leader: MFQ
Phone:    713-213-eight one five zero   
e-mail:     MFQuigley at yahoo dot com

Trip Description: Catch as many inches of fish on the same fly. Measure and photograph for proof.  We will meet up afterwards to eat, drink and announce the winner. Hopefully we will meet at the fly shop in Sattler as Brent & Ashley have a keg in the shop!

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:  Rio Raft access fee, plus personal expenses and transportation

Directions:  Rio Raft is located at the 4th crossing bridge on River Road. The easiest way to reach it is from exit 191 on I-35. Go North on FM 306 for 13 miles then turn left on 2673.  Go 1 ½ miles and turn left on River Road. Rio Raft is one mile down on the left. If you cross the river you went too far.
 
Important items:
•    Member dues are current!
•   Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information
•   Current Texas Fishing License
•   Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited Lease Access Pass (not essential but it will help you reach areas the others can’t)
•   Waders with safety belt
•   Wading staff
•   Extra change of dry clothes
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wide brimmed hat AND polarized glasses

Recommended Equipment:  Standard trout fishing gear will work fine here.  Rods should be in the 4-5wt range and whatever length you feel comfortable with, although as the predominant method is nymphing longer rods are better.  Tippets in the 5x range should be fine; I don’t think you need to go any lower unless you find the fish are really spooky.  Fluorocarbon is not essential, but I am sure it can’t hurt if you want to use it.  Standard 9ft leaders, split shot, indicators (if you want to use them), forceps, landing net, tape measure and camera.

Waders are essential to fish this river as most of the banks are private. A kayak can really expand the area you can fish.


Recommended Flies: Nymphing/streamers are the best bet as dry fly hatches on this river tend to be sporadic and this is a competition after all.  These are mainly hatchery raised fish that have been in the river only a couple of months so flies do not need to be complicated.  Last year egg patterns, san juan worms and basic nymphs such as hare’s ears, copper johns and pheasant tails all worked.  Sizes from 18-14 should be about right.  If you want to use streamers then woolly buggers (white or black) seem to work well.  Choose one fly, tie it on well and go for it!  If you get up to the river the day before you could stop at The Fly Shop and ask what is working on the river at the moment.

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.
•   Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.
•   Be careful wading! There are some nasty slots in the river bed that can catch you unawares if you do not pay attention

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Tying Chat / chernobyl ant question?
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:08:11 AM »
I like the idea of sandwiching 2 colors of foam to make one fly.

How would you recomend bonding the 2 layers together?

Puck

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Texas FlyFishers of Houston and The Contraband Fly Casters Club

Event: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal


When:        September 26th, 2015  (Hopefully the same weekend as Sharkathon)
(Date subject to change)

Where:    Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal   

Start Time:  0700

End Time:    Too dark to fish

Trip Leader: Puck

Phone:       2 ate won minus 8 six five dash 32 sixteen

e-mail:        doncpuckett at geemale

Trip Description: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal.  We plan to fish the generation canal, but if the generators start up we will quickly shift our efforts to the east branch, locally known as "coldwater."  Launch and take-out will be the either the new boat launch on the generation canal, or the boat launch at pool 2 at coldwater. 

Species targeted are , LMG, KLMB, yellow sunfish, white bass, gar (3 species), catfish (2 species) and if extremely lucky striped bass.

  How to sign up: 
1.  Sign Up Here,
2.  On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
3.  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 driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions:  Driving from Houston

About the area:
This is the link to the most up to date generating schedule on SRA-LA’s home

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. If you plan to use a kickboat, or have a wet riding kayak..
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:
•   Fish with a buddy.  Don’t fish this stretch alone.  There are too many variables. This stretch of water is part of a power generation waterway.  The water conditions can change quickly.
•   Double, and triple, check your gear.  Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water. 
•   As much fun as fish are to catch on a 3wt, I’d recommend at least a 5wt.  This will allow you to cast a little further with a larger fly.
•   If you have a favorite fly, bring at least 6 each.  I fished with 3 flies for 6 hours. This was an exception, not the rule.  Frayed tippets after repeatedly catching fish can abrade the mono.  I made a conscientious effort to keep my tippet fresh.
•   Most of the fish in this area are spotted bass (Kentucky) and aren’t as large as LMBs.  I started out with a size 8 PGPP, and had to go up to a size 6 to keep number of the sunfish hook-ups down.  The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.
•   If you fish on the weekends here, be prepared to share the river with swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and other anglers.  Rarely will you see anyone on the river in the morning.  By late afternoon the casual sportsmen will start showing up.  The summertime is much busier than any other season.
•   Bring twice as much water as you think you will need.  Just because you feel comfortable and cool does not mean you don’t need to take in water.
•   A lightweight watercraft is perfect to fish this water.  A canoe would work well with 2 people, and a kayak would also work.  The downfall of them is that you can’t lug them up the hill like a backpack, as I did with my kick-boat.  With the new boat launch in place this is no longer an issue.
•   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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Damon's Seven Lakes / Quick trip to D7Ls, 2014-11-07
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:03:04 PM »
We caught fish!

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Events and Information / Business Class Support, Fly Tying
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:50:34 AM »
Feb 13 - Fly Tying (Friday)

We have the opportunity of showing the next generation how to tie a simple fly.

The plan is to meet up in the parking lot, drink coffee, gather our gear, and finish making assignments.

Once they let us sign in, we'll move to the classroom for introduction, and get our morning started.

I expect we will have 3 classes to show how to tie a fly.

For this we set up the vices and tools before the first student gets in the room.  Materials will need to be pre-bagged, and sorted.

Contact me if you want me to add you to the list.

Puck

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Events and Information / Business Class Support, Casting
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:45:19 AM »
Jan. 30 - Casting (Friday)

We have the opportunity of showing the next generation how to cast a fly line.

The plan is to meet up in the parking lot, drink coffee, gather our gear, and finish making assignments.

Once they let us sign in, we'll move to the classroom for introduction, and get our morning started.

I expect we will have 3 classes to show how to cast. 

For this we move into the hall-way, and begin instruction.

Contact me if you want me to add you to the list.

Puck

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Work in progress.  Date is the only thing confirmed.

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:  South Llano River float trip


When:     12-14th of June, 2015   
Where:       Junction, Tx
Start Time:  Friday afternoon at Morgan Shady Park.  Directions below.
End Time:    Sunday at noon, or as close to it as we can get.
Trip Leader:  Puck
Phone:       281-865-32 one 6
e-mail:     doncpuckett at geemale   

Trip Description: See below...


Day 1: The first meeting of the trip will be at Morgan Shady Park   Directions
We’ll wadefish this area getting our casting skill honed, and practicing with various flies.  Hot dogs and hambergers on the grill for dinner at Morgan Shady Park.

Day 2:  Launch from just downstream of the State park with our livery service, and float down to Morgan Shady Park.  Bob from Fun In The Sun (325) 446-7265 will provide our livery service.  Currently (2014-05-12) he also has some kayaks for rent.  Pizza from the new local pizza place at teh picnic tables at Morgan Shady Park.

Day 3:  First crossing bridge where the river crosses US 377.  We will fish downstream to the second crossing.  This time I will bring a GPS.

How to sign up:
1. Sign Up Here,
2. On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
3. 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.
About $35 for both nights for A/C (more details to follow)[and you need to bring your own bedding and towels]  The first 12 people that sign up will have the first shot at sleeping in A/C.  We have all three rooms reserved, and they sleep 4 each.
About $15 for both nights tent camping.  This depends on how many we get camping in tents. 

Directions:   

Directions to Morgan Shady Park
 
About the area:

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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Work in progress.  The date is set, but other details are being worked out.

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular


When:      2015-04-11 (11th of April, 2015)   
Where:       Damon 7 Lakes
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Dark
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       
e-mail:        doncpuckett at geemale

Trip Description: Join us for the annual chance to capture the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular Trophy and a decent feed on Saturday the 11th 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:
1.  Sign Up Here
2.  On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
3.  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.

Download Special Damon Seven Lakes PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
Cost: $45 per TFF member, special price for kids.
 
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 a package of special flies.  These will be given out at sign-in to those who have signed up by the cutoff date 10 days before the event (Midnight of the 1st 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, 2015-04-11-1200.  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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LOL / Frank
« on: October 29, 2014, 06:14:56 AM »
A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just going by.


He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect timing. You're just like Frank."

Passenger: "Who?"

Cabbie: "Frank Feldman . . . he's a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time."

Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over everybody."

Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone, and danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard him play the piano! He was an amazing guy."

Passenger: "Sounds like Frank was somebody really special."

Cabbie: "Oh, hell, there's more! He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to eat it with. And he could fix anything. He could do everything right."

Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."

Cabbie: "Frank always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. He never made mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never argue back, even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the perfect man! I never knew him to make a mistake! No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."

Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet Frank?"

Cabbie: "Well . . . I never actually met Frank. He died, and I married his wife."

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LOL / Would you tell him or just watch?
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:36:45 AM »
Would you tell him or just watch?

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Padre Island National Seashore – September 11-13, 2015

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS trip


When:    Not locked yet   September 11-13, 2015

We need to avoid "Shark-o-Thon."  Our back-up plan will be the following weekend (2015-10-24) if there is a conflict, or rain-out.

Date is dependent of avoiding "Shark-o-Thon." ...

Where:       Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time:  1100
End Time:    2 days later
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:      to ate 1 dash 865 minus 32 sixteen 
e-mail:        doncpuckett at gee male

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 start around noon on Friday at Malaquite and run down to about MM 40+ fishing, and camp in that area.    Low tides are at 0932 and 2115.  We may be able to get by Big Shell by taking the high road.
VHF radio channel 11 for now.
Then run to the jetties Saturday morning, move back to a camp spot between the 40 and 30 mile marker and then the next day, Sunday, fish on the way back.  Shower at Malaquite, load for the return about 1400 and drive home.  More to follow.


How to sign up: Webmaster to supply the sign-up link, or 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).

PINS Webcam  

Wind and wave predictor 

Tides


•  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, 2014, there were 7 anglers.  Ladyfish and jacks were the most caught species.  Whiting also brought to hand.   We saw redfish, but didn’t hook up.

The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out of the vehicles 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
•   Change of dry clothes for 2 days, and the ride home
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Food for 2-1/2 days, 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, or full sinking, 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
•   Bite tippets of 20-40 lb braided wire if we get into the Spanish mackerel (Smacks)
•   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.
• Travel with at least 2 vehicles
• VFH radio channel 11
• 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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Tying Chat / Fly tying tonight (2014-10-28) at the TFF meeting
« on: October 28, 2014, 08:39:47 AM »
I've brought this material with me to use tonight at the meeting.

http://texasflyfishers.org/reports/index.php?topic=657.0

Nilo ironed a couple of pieces and I have the rest of one color in hand.

Stop by and talk for a while.  You know how bashful we are.

Puck

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Outing Chat / Impromtu trip to Bolivar
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:43:44 PM »
Guru and I made a quick trip to the flats just north of Yates Bayou.

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