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General Discussion / TFF at the Houston Fishing Show 2014-03-05
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:08:51 AM »
Houston Fishing Show

There were people waiting for the doors to open 15 minutes before the start time.

I didn't take any pictures yesterday, but we had a steady stream of people stop to talk with us.

From the time I sat down, I must have tied 4+ dozen flies, and given away 1/3 of them.  I only tied 3 patterns, Hare-E, Bendback, and yellow spider.

Casting the practice rod in the aisle got Jason a lot of strange looks.  And casting to redfish on the PC display does not count as "sight casting"

When Adam showed off his rodless casting technique, we got even more people dodging the fly lines.

John’s SoloSkiff was a great draw.  I have no idea how many people stopped by just to see that watercraft.

I’ll be back there tying on Saturday.


Tying Chat / Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:12:51 AM »
Bread, beer, and fly tying:

4 of us were on hand for the Katy Navy Fly Tying (KNFT) last night, John P. Michael M, George S. and Puck.  Nilo had made some goodies to go with the sourdough bread.  “Arrogant Bastard” beer from Stone brewing company, and jalapeno beer from a Katy brewery, topped of the libations.  That’s when we started tying flies.

The fly of the day was the Bendback.  Our group was exposed to:
1.   The uses of the new Mustad replacement for the 34011, and why choose that hook
2.   Materials for the body. 
a.   Craft fur
b.   Fish hair
c.   Bucktail
d.   Peacock hearl
e.   Flash
3.   Choosing eyes, style and color
4.   Finishing the head with sealant
a.   Aleenes fabric fusion
b.   CCG
c.   Booger glue (not used)
d.   Epoxy (not used)

John P. and Puck took a finished fly to the pool and watched it in the water while it was still light enough to see.  Craft fur dances in the water once wet.  John P. and Puck had already finished one fly, all but the eyes, by time the others arrived.

Mike M. picked up all kinds of tips and trick for these larger flies.  Contrasting colors seemed to be the biggest challenge for him.  And yes, there is a story here.

George took what I consider a 5-minute fly, added some artistry to it, and made it into a 10-15 minute fly.  His tweaks on the pattern gave the results a sleek, polished look.  I should have take photos of those.


Tying Chat / Tying bendbacks 2014-03-03
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:05:42 AM »
Nilo picked the colors:

Outing Chat / Fishing the legendary Mardi Gras Minnow, part 2
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:27:24 PM »
Just took one of the latest batch and was fishing the local ponds.  6 LMB and one catfish.  The largest LMB went 8 lbs on the Boga grip.  I had an elderly oriental neighbor trail me, and took the occasional photo for me.  Total of the day was 7 LMB, 1 catfish.  Just a few pictures here:


Our second day is coming up!  2014-03-14 (next Friday, the 14th of March, 2014)

Day 2 (2014-03-14) - Fly casting
          In the hallway is what we did last year.

I will pick up 5 rods from George on Monday.  We have about 30 kids in each of these 3 classes.  A couple of inexpensive fly rods added to the bunch will help us split the group up better.  I have an Ugly Stick, and an Echo we can use. 

Let me know if you are still in the group.

Details, via e-mail, on when, and where will go out next Monday to our illustrious volunteers.


General Discussion / Straightening 80 lb test mono?
« on: January 30, 2014, 10:41:34 AM »
I have a rool of 80 lb test mono that I use for the brails when I make, or repair, my cast nets.

We now have another use for it, but this requires me to straighten 2 feet, or more, at a time.

Last night I tried boiling it, only to find out that this wasn't quite hot enough.  The coil returned immediately.

Is there another trick out there that would work?


Tying Chat / MGM made with EP Foxy brush
« on: January 29, 2014, 05:37:22 PM »
George S. picked the brushes up at FTU, and asked me try them for tying the MGM.  They come 4 per package, so cost-wise they are about $2 each.

I was able to tie 2 flies with one brush.  The fibers were much bushier than the brushes I've been making with craft fur.  They hold the shape much better.  I don't yet know how that will translate to action in the water.  They only new modification I made with these was to put red in the general gill area, per George's request.

I was able to shave almost a minute off of my tying time, bringing the time to only a little more than 5 minutes.  The issue was picking the fibers out at every second wrap.  If you don't they trap underneath.  This is still not a show-stopper.


A guide I plan to be fishing with shortly recomended this pattern.  And I plan to tie up a dozen or so, as soon as the hooks I've ordered come in.

Does anybody know what the advantage of this style of hook is for a Clouser Minnow?



Steve Flanagan tying a spoon fly using Tuffleye(R) at the 2013 Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival
The sound quality is terrible, but it is good enough to follow along.

Tying Chat / Woven stone fly body
« on: January 26, 2014, 02:46:57 PM »

Woven body, the video

This method of weaving the bodies on large stone flies was taught to me by Tony Marasco, of Fly Tyers "Vice" way back when. Embroidery thread is the key ingredient.

I've tied this fly at the Texas FlyFishers' monthly meetings, and at some of the local retailers.
Here is the recipe:
Mustad 75980, size 6-10
6/0 Uni, Black, or color to match.
Pheasant tail fibers, for tail, and wig case
Ice Jig blade,
Embroidery thread, 2 contrasting colors
Hare dubbing, with guard hairs
Head cement


General Discussion / Video format question, fly tying....
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:52:26 AM »
I found that I have multiple videos of fly tying, and fishing, that I've taken over the years with my waterproof camera. 

My problem is that the Quicktime(R) format, .mov, makes the files so large that it takes forever to share them.

None of the programs I have on hand will reduce the size, and I am not an Apple fan, so Quicktime(R) is not on my PC, nor will it be.

Does anybody have any suggestions?


Tying Chat / Katy Navy fly tying, subject "The Clouser Minnow"
« on: January 22, 2014, 10:48:21 AM »
6 of us sat around the table after work tying this fly, using an original from Bob Clouser as our guide.

Mike Q.
Scott B.
George S.
Joe C.
Puck (me)
John P. brought pizza and wine, and was the last to arrive.

Hair selection, hook styles and selection, base thread, base yarn, glues, cutting and binding techniques, along with the old favorite "color selection"  were part of the round the table talks.  All of that combined with fresh pizza, rosemary bread, olive oil/pepper dip, and wine, made for an entertaining tying session.

I didn't take any pictures, but the guys plan to do this again.

Can anybody say "redfish crack?" 

I wonder if we could get Andy P. to talk to the club about that one?


Tying Chat / MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:39:06 AM »
I have been asked to tie the Mardi Gras Minnow, so at the next meeting I plan to tie this fly.

Here is the recipe:
Gama stinger hook, size 2 (or Mustad 34007, size 2)
Size "A" rod wrapping thread, color to match craft fur
Round Mardi Gras beads, red, green, blue, or black
Clear finger nail polish (CA glue will work in a snap, but not prefered)
White, or other light color craft fur
Krystal flash or equiv
Metalic sharpie(R), gold or silver

I'm going to ask for somebody to video the tying.  Any volunteers?


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