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Tying Chat / Black plastic bead chain?
« on: December 29, 2012, 02:25:48 PM »
I saw Casey Smartt tie the fly using these eyes and craft fur.

Now that I've watched how easy he made it look, I'm ready to try it, but am having a difficult time finding the plastic bead chain.

I found some, but they have a minumum order of 100 at 3ft each.  That is way too much for my simple uses.  I only need a few feet to start with.

Does anybody have a clue where to find it?


Outing Chat / New Year's Eve Fishing
« on: December 28, 2012, 05:18:45 PM »
I was just invited by a friend to hit the saltwater on Monday. 

And this is the week I have family in town and just can't...   "Next time?........."



Outing Chat / Kitchen Pass...
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:51:37 AM »
I have a kitchen pass for this Saturday, 2012-12-15.

Now the tough part......  Fresh or Salt?


Outing Chat / Grass flat west of Karankawa cut 2012-11-10
« on: November 11, 2012, 01:36:43 PM »
Put in before 0800 at the bait camp.  Paddled 4.1 miles total.  We saw some fish, and even spooked some flounder, but the only thing that bit a fly was a suicidal baby speck that attacked a bendback.

Nic was game for almost anything.  We fought 15-20 mph winds, got stuck in the mud, broke a rudder on a kayak, hit ourselves in the back of the head with weighted flies. It had the true making of a memorable trip, with one glaring omission.....  NO FISH.

One of you diehard salties need to take this promising young fly angler out and show him how to catch fish.  The last 6 times I've hit the salt, that skunk has hovered over me like a cloud. :(


Outing Chat / Green's Lake area, 2012-11-02 with Joe
« on: November 04, 2012, 10:21:38 AM »
Fishing was great.

Not much "catching" but there were enough fish to keep us going.

More pictures later.

North Toledo Bend Rendezvous - Nov 4-6th

I may have to make a trip up there for this one.


Special Events - Local, National, whatever / Oktoberfisch
« on: September 30, 2012, 08:22:02 AM »


 "The Fredericksburg Fly Fishers host Oktoberfisch, a fly fishing festival for those who delight in Texas fly fishing while leisurely enjoying one of the crowning jewels of Texas rivers. We invite you to join us along the South Llano River in Junction, Texas this fall."

LOL / He saw an add on TV
« on: September 02, 2012, 06:05:36 PM »
Last night on a plane back home from Dallas to Tyler, I was sitting with a friend I've known for many years, talking about church and a whole lot of political things. Being a US Congressman, Louie visits a lot of different churches in the area throughout the year, and he told me of what happened in a local church on this past Easter, that made me roll with laughter, to the point of tears.

The pastor of this Baptist church had called all of the little children to the front of the church, dressed in their cute Easter outfits and had them sit around him.

He said "Today is Easter and you all look so handsome and beautiful. Today we're going to talk about the resurrection. Does anyone know what the resurrection is?" One little boy raised his hand, and the pastor said "Please tell us what the resurrection is". The boy, proud that he knew the answer and in a clear loud, voice said.... "When you get one lasting more than four hours, you gotta call a doctor!"

It took a solid 10 minutes before the pastor could speak and there was so much laughter going on, that his sermon was probably forgotten --
but that boy's voice won't be.

Damon's Seven Lakes / 2012-09-01,fishing with Mike
« on: September 01, 2012, 03:57:35 PM »
Mike and I made it to D7Ls by 0900, and started exploring an area that held large bass that were biting on topwaters yesterday.  We had a couple of good hits, but no hook-ups.

We were run off the water, for a while, by some lightling in the distance.  Aftter our break, we were back on the water trying for anything that would bite.  Mike showed me how to hook bluegill using a 1wt fly rod.

When we were waiting out the next rainfall, a guest and his family showed up.  Mike, be the couteous host, offered to take him around on his golf cart, because the rain had made the roads slick.  I followed on the other cart.  As we got to the bend of Duck Lake Mike's cart ran out of power.

A quick tow back to the shop, and Mike had another guest waiting.

The fish were not biting as well as we could have hoped, but the getting outside and visiting with friends made this a memorable trip.


Tying Chat / "Alcohol burner?" I was asked.....
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:56:07 AM »
Why have one on your fly tying table?
1.   You don’t have to hold it lit like you do a lighter, so you won’t burn your fingers keeping a flame.
2.   It is pretty stable.
3.   There is absolutly no smell as it burns.
4.   For making bent legs and burnt mayfly wings it can be invaluble
5.   Also can be used in the production of shrimp eyes.

Some tips on how to use it:
1.   By denatured alcohol from a hardware store.  The flame will be cleaner without all the water that is in rubbing alcohol
2.   Don’t light it until you have multiple pieces of work to do.  No need to put all that heat out until you are ready
3.   Only keep it about half full.  Even with the lid on, the alcohol will evaporate out.

I keep one on my desk, and if I think of more I’ll post up.


Damon's Seven Lakes / 2012-08-11 report
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:23:36 AM »
Took Lilly fishing with me on saturday.  The only lake that I could get a topwater bite, on a yellow spider, on was Martin.

We fished for about 3 hours, and caught 4 mid-sized bass, and a dozen bluegill that went over 1/2 a pound each.

Russel was having the same kind of luck, but was using a PGPP.

No pictures, this time.


Damon's Seven Lakes / 2012-06-23 at Duck Lake
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:31:19 AM »
I fished the deeper water on Duck Lake from the canoe and wound up catching 14 decent panfish, with a bunch of "dinks" thrown in for sport.  The bluegill and redear want a squirrely slow and deep. 


Tying Chat / Squirrelly
« on: March 21, 2012, 12:17:41 PM »
Mustad 94833 size 12
Brown 6/0 tying thread
Bead chain eyessmall
Squirrel tail
CA Glue

Discussion: This is my winter “go-to” fly.  If you’ve ever used squirrel hair for a fly you know how slippery this material is. It has great action in the water on small flies but keeping it on the hook can prove to be a challenge that most prefer not to tackle. This small fly has worked well for me in the early part of the year, January through March, when the fish don’t like to move much, but a small minnow imitator is just irresistible. Through this out on a 3-5 wt rod and work it slowly. I’ve been known to use it from my “belly-boat” for that “next to no movement” retrieves.
Later in the year, fish it as you would any minnow patter, retrieving it through all the weeds and slop in those little holes in the weeds. It sinks well, and has a great action. In Toledo Bend, I’ve limited out on crappie doing a slow troll behind a belly boat. Flip it out, retrieve slowly for 10 feet, move 5 feet down the shoreline and repeat until fish are found.

The hook in the vice with eyes.  Place the eyes and use CA glue to lock in place

Turn the hook point side up. Cut a lock of squirrel tail hairs that extend 3 times the hook shaft length and lock then down at the rear of the hook behind the eyes, as shown.

Go ahead and clip the trimmed ends and clean up the area with thread wraps.

Bend the hair back and tie into place. Place a drop of CA glue on the threads, making sure not to cover the eyes of the hook.
Go ahead and clip the stragglers and let dry.

Damon's Seven Lakes / Lilly is well dressed, and having a good time
« on: February 04, 2012, 04:59:18 PM »
I made her wear her life jacket.

Damon's Seven Lakes / Fishing with Cris
« on: February 04, 2012, 04:57:14 PM »
He caught something!

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