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Outing Chat / I need to hit the salt one last time.....
« on: December 14, 2015, 01:39:47 PM »

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About Us. / Texas FlyFishers annual auction.
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:55:17 AM »
Our Texas FlyFishers annual auction.  2016-05-07

Details to follow.

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Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Guadalupe River


When:  November 21st
Where: Guadalupe River around Sattler - New Braunfels       
Start 8:00 AM 
End Time: 3:00 PM     
Trip Leader: Michael Quigley 
Phone:713-213-eight-one-five-zero       
e-mail: MFQuigley at yahoo dot com       

Trip Description: The first trip of the new season to chase rainbows in the Hill Country.

How to sign up:
1. Sign Up Here
2. On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or
3. 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: None but your food & lodging 

Directions:   
 
About the area: You know it, you love it! If you don't, ask someone!


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: 4-7 wt 

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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Fly Fishing Gear / 2009 Hobie Revolution 13 for sale...$1,400
« on: October 04, 2015, 04:08:12 PM »
It has come time for me to part ways with a reliable old friend.

My 2009 yellow Hobie Revolution Mirage Drive kayak needs to find a new home.

Here is what she comes with:
Mirage drive with Turbo ST Fins
Oversized rudder (old one goes with it)
Retrofitted to V0 drive, stainless steel parts, not composite or aluminum
Hobie paddle
Hobie seat with back pouch
Sea Tug cart with original straps
Scotty mounts, 2 on front, one in center rear
Scotty baitcaster rod holder
Scotty fly rod holder

$2,300 base price for kayak
$100 for Sea Tug cart
$150 for Turbo fins and sailing rudder upgrade
$50 for Scotty mounts, etc  (forgot this one on the WordPress)
---------------------------
$2,600 original investment


She had a patch a few years ago, but does not leak, no matter how scarred her bottom looks.

I'll leave this up for a week, and then try to sell it elsewhere.

Here are some photos...

Puck




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Outing Chat / 2015-10-03, Fishing Christmas Bay
« on: October 01, 2015, 07:50:17 AM »
I want to go fishing. Anybody else want to drag the kayak down to Christmas Bay?

Ernie's II, 515 Amigo Ln, Freeport, TX 77541

Met-up about 0630 and launch, going east.  Sunrise is 0716, so this will put us in front of fish at sunrise.

GPS coordinates 29.048913, -95.165117

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Houston,+TX/29.0488437,-95.165139/@29.3566802,-95.9926943,186864m/am=t/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m8!4m7!1m5!1m1!1s0x8640b8b4488d8501:0xca0d02def365053b!2m2!1d-95.3698028!2d29.7604267!1m0?hl=en

Invite others.  The weather is looking good!

Wind out of the NW at about 3mph.

VHF Radio channel 69.

Puck

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Outing Information Only / 2015 PINS trip report
« on: September 19, 2015, 08:52:14 AM »
The Windknots will have the pictures, as will WordPress......

Here is the summary, so there is no need to read further:
1.   12 of us made the trip
2.   We caught some fish
3.   It rained
4.   Travel was relatively easy
5.   A good time was had by most

But if you must know the details:

John met at my house and we just chunked our gear into the back of the truck.  All the dry goods went into the “kitchen box” and what few cold things we had between us went into the drink cooler.

By the time we got on the road we found Scott was already at PINS, and that Eduardo was already rolling. 

On the road we were in touch with everybody but Mary-Kay and Skip, who got a late start.

By the time that we got to Malachite, about 1130, everybody showed up quickly. 

A quick rigging of rods and back-up gear, along with moving a cooler to the front of the truck, and the Tundra was ready. 

Time to roll out, finally, around 1300.  Our game plan was to look for fish and find a place to camp around mile 30.  The weather was a bit breezy for fly fishing all afternoon, but finding feeding fish turned out to be more of a challenge.

After miles of cruising the beach, we stopped and wet a line when we saw birds feeding way out in the horizon.  Only smallish ladyfish were brought to hand.

The travelling on Friday was extremely easy.  The sand was packed in most places and there was very little debris.  We were able to watch the water, with no real activity in it, without having to be too concerned about loose sand. 

We made it down to the 40 mile marker when we saw the clouds start to form.  In that area there is very little beach, so we backtracked to the 35 mile marker, where we had seen birds working offshore, to set up camp.  Camp was an interesting collection of shelters.  Tents, tent-cots, Jumping Jack trailer, and I have no idea what to call Tim’s hotel on wheels.  Tim supplied the name of “Outfitter Popup Truck Camper”

The clouds got darker, and flashes of lightning were off in the distance as we talked about making dinner. 
 
The campfire that John had worked so hard on was drowned as the rain came down and the wind shifted 180°.  Every tent and tent-cot that was up was turned over, or flattened.  I re-anchored mine by tying it to the truck.  John weighed his down by getting in it.  Eduardo joined Ron and Garland in the Jumping Jack.  3 of us decided that a room in town would be a better option.  Since we hadn’t heard from Skip and Mary-Kay, we didn’t know that they had also chosen that option.

Morning came, but the rain never let up until well after sunrise.  Coffee was late as our smaller group recounted the night, and had breakfast.  Since we had a lot of wet gear, we decided to stay in place and let the sun dry what it could.  This is where 4 of our group, which had stayed in town, found us, standing in the water, fishing.
                               
All morning we had occasional showers, and just enough fish, mostly whiting, to keep us interested in fishing.  All afternoon Saturday the weather was perfect, just with a stronger wind than we liked for fly fishing.

Our camp finally broke apart after lunch as most of the gear was dry.  Moving north, away from the jetties turned out to be a good idea.  An angler coming from the jetties area told us that fishing was slow, travel was tough, and the water was off-color. 
His group had gotten into some big sharks, but not at the pace he was hoping for.

We kept moving and watching the water.  Around mile 25 or so, the water started clearing nicely, so we decided to pitch camp at another wide spot in the beach.  The wind was up, but no rain, as we sat around the campfire.  Tim volunteered to cook the HB hotdogs on his grill beside his palace, so we abandoned the campfire to sit under his canopy, and smell the dinner cooking.  He was able to cook an entire pack at once on his grill, much more efficient than the long forks held over the campfire, and a lot less sand in our teeth.
 
Tents up, dinner stuff packed away, the entire group scattered for their shelters.  For some reason we were tired.

Sunday morning, at 0430, I put kettle on for hot water and prepared the coffee pot.  Garland joined me soon and we brought our chairs over to watch the stars and chat.  Soon there was a line of chairs at the coffee pot and most of the group were admiring the stars and enjoying the morning.  The only time we used our headlamps or flashlights was when we absolutely had to.

But as pleasant as the morning was, and as comfortable as our chairs were, we came to fish.  As the sky lightened some of us started grabbing rods and making our way to the water.  Others sat, enjoying their coffee, and watching our friends fish. 
                           
John landed a nice red just at sunrise Sunday morning.
                         
What we didn’t know is that Jerry was flinging a spoon into the third gut, hooking up with Spanish mackerels, and releasing them.

About 0930 or so, we packed up camp and started making our way north towards the Malachite parking lot.  Movement in the water caught our attention.  It was only a flash, or a splash, but we had to throw something in the water.    Ladyfish and baby jacks were there and were willing to bite.

This is the location that Jerry hooked into a 22 pound jack.
 
At the malachite parking lot we reloaded most of our gear and disassembled the rods before the trip home.  A quick shower and we were on the road.

A small group stopped for food one the way home. 

The rest of us just drove to Houston, stopping only for jerky.

1630, home, transload, shake hands, and promise “next time” we part ways. 

Now the only task was to get all the sand and salt out of all of our gear.

Puck


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Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Louisiana Marshes

When: Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31, 2015
 
Where: The marshes of Lake Calcasieu about 17 mikes south of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
 
Start Time: Fish Fry hosted by Contraband Fly Casters on Friday night (time to be determined) - Captains meeting and boat assignments - Fishing at sunrise on Saturday morning.  Got question?? Call

End Time:    Sunday: Fishing at your discretion.  Check out 11:00 am.
Trip Leader:  Skip Donovan
Phone:  c: 713-822(dash)(zero)(zero)69
e-mail:    skipdonovan(won)(at)sbcglobal(dot).net

Trip Description: Friday evening (time to be determined):  Fish fry and power-point presentation on fishing Lake Calcasieu, courtesy of our hosts the Contraband Fly Casters. Captains meeting and boat assignments.  Saturday: Exploring the marshes of Lake Calcasieu with members of the Contraband Fly Casters, in search of big Reds.

How to sign up:
1.  Don't sign Up Here (see #3)
2. Or on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting. 
3. Due to problems signing up on the web lately it would be advisable to e-mail the trip leader. Boat assignments for non-boat owners and camp house reservations are on a first come basis. Space is limited.
 
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here.  Required Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  (need the link here to be updated "Puck")

Cost: Gas for your boat Captain. Shared cost of camp house for two nights (will be determined by number of those sharing same). Space is limited.

Directions: Will be provided prior to departure.
 
About the area:  Lake Calcasieu is a brackish lake in southwestern Louisiana.  The lake is also known as Big Lake by the locals.  Big Lake is well known among anglers of the Gulf Coast as a destination for large Reds in both size and numbers.  Specs (spotted sea trout) are another favorite target of anglers visiting the Big Lake and Specs of seven pounds and larger are not uncommon.

Important items:
• Member dues are current!  Non-members can join the Texas FlyFishers at the event (make check payable to the Texas FlyFishers)
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit
• VHF radio, channel 69

Recommended Equipment:
7-9 wt rods.  Conventional equipment dependent on wind conditions.

Recommended Flies:
Clousers
Redfish crack
Crab patters

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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Events and Information / Business Class Support, 2016
« on: September 16, 2015, 09:55:30 AM »
1/22 - Introduction, Equipment
One more volunteer needed

2/5 - Casting
8-15 volunteers needed

2/19 - Fly Tying
8-12 volunteers needed

3/4 - If needed as an alternative date or 4/1 (3/18 is Spring Break)

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Tying Chat / The Bendback
« on: August 23, 2015, 03:52:26 PM »

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Outing Information Only / Back to Damon 7 Lakes, 2015-10-24
« on: August 03, 2015, 05:08:20 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Back to Damon 7 Lakes
When: October 24th, 2015 (2015-10-24-0700)       
Where:     Damon 7 Lakes, Damon, Tx   
Start   0700
End Time:     TDTF (Too Dark to Fish)
Trip Leader:   Russell C
Phone:      (71 three) 2 zero 8 (dash) 33 too 0
e-mail:      russell.cowart (at) genlp (dot) com

Trip Description:

How to sign up:
1. Sign Up Here
2. On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or
3. 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 = Negotiated lower price for Texas FlyFishers members with paid up dues for this event.
$150= Normal day rate

Directions:  http://www.mjacompany.com/directions.html
 
About the area: http://www.mjacompany.com/7lakes.html  "Damon's Seven Lakes is a beautiful one-of-a-kind private fishing club located in Damon, Texas just west of Highway 36 between Rosenburg and West Columbia. Contrary to the name there are now nine different, unique lakes of good size that hold largemouth bass, tiger bass, catfish, black crappie, and bluegill. Catching bass in the three to five pound range is a normal occurrence. Twelve pound bass and channel cats and twelve inch bream have been caught in the last two years."


Important items:
• Member dues are current!  Or you can pay your dues at this time.
• 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: 
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 picnic area.

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I've always been told to have the fly match what the fish are eating, so I tied up a few of these.......


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Tying Chat / Chartreuse eyes
« on: July 31, 2015, 04:37:27 AM »
From Russell C.

I saw your video on swamp monster.  Chartreuse eyes are hard to find.  I make mine by spraying bead chain in the back yard.  I hang the beads from a coat hanger that is hanging on a tree limb.  I spray them with this Krylon (R) spray paint.  I get the Krylon (R) from Hobby Lobby (R) or Walmart (R).  The color for chartreuse is "Ivy Leaf Gloss".  I hang the beads from a coat hanger at one end with a twisty tie.  Then what I do is spray them.  It takes only 10 minutes to dry.  Once dried I go back and look to see if it needs respraying.  Again I wait 10 minutes, and if all looks good then I put the clear acrylic on it.  The clear acrylic coats the paint and the paint won't come off.  I will send you a picture of this.  After 10 minutes it will be dry as well.  The beads in the picture were originally black and I painted them a couple of times and they came out good.



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Outing Information Only / San Marcos River, 8th of August
« on: July 23, 2015, 12:50:26 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: San Marcos River


When:   2015-08-08
Where:        see below
Start   see below
End Time:     see below
Trip Leader: Skip
Phone: see below
e-mail:         see below


Trip Description:   Kevin has agreed to guide us!

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:
$20/person for the fishing trip, (check or cash to Texas FlyFishers) 
$5 parking/car, to Spencer's
$10camping/person/night, to Spencer's

Directions:  See Below
 
About the area: See below


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 / TFF Outing: RedFish Rodeo Rockport
« on: July 23, 2015, 07:46:54 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event:    RedFish Rodeo


When:  October 09, 2015  and October 10, 2015 
Where:  Rockport   
Start: from Friday night October 10, 2015   
End Time:     To Saturday, October 11, 2015   
Trip Leader:  MFQ
Phone:  Seven one three-213-ocho uno cinco cero
e-mail:  MFQuigley at yahoo dot com

Trip Description: Come join us for our 29th Annual Red Fish Rodeo.  We are inviting members from all of the Texas fly fishing clubs as well as fishers from the Texas Council of the IFFF and other guests.  Friday night we will hold the Captain’s meeting at Paradise Key Dockside Grill at 7:30 PM to discuss the rules and conduct for our event (optional dinner at 6:00 pm).  Saturday night, the Texas FlyFishers will serve up barbecue for supper for all to enjoy 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 – Most Spots - Redfish) and wonderful door and raffle prizes for all of the lucky attendees to partake.

How to sign up:
1.  Don't sign up here.....Old Sign Up Sheet
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:   Cost: $45 (to be donated to Texas Chapter IFFF.)  Price rises to $55 at the door.

Directions: http://www.driftersresort.com/    http://www.swanpointlandingflyshop.net/ 
 
About the area: You know it, you love it!


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:  7-9 wt. 

Recommended Flies:  Clousers, seaducers, bendback, redfish cracks

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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