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Special Events - Local, National, whatever / Rendezvous 2015
« on: June 01, 2015, 10:51:07 AM »
Oct 30 thru Nov 1.

North Toledo Bend State Park.

A 3 day event.

Walter McClendon is our point of Contact.

Details to follow.


12th Annual Oktoberfisch Fly Fishing Festival

October 16 - 18, 2015
(Rain or shine!)

S. Llano River, Junction, Texas

Some details here

Last years' pictures here and more


Tying Chat / An idea
« on: May 26, 2015, 01:05:55 PM »
Frank S. showed us this trick with the binder backs,  and our Nilo gave me the rack to store them on.


Outing Chat / Locall ponds with a 5wt
« on: May 23, 2015, 03:56:14 PM »
Fishing was poor with topwaters, so I switched to a "Ligon" size 6 and this is what happened.


Fly Fishing Gear / Bucks Bags Bronco inflatable pontoon boat
« on: May 22, 2015, 11:38:02 AM »

I can't justify buying it, but it is a great little watercraft.


Outing Information Only / White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 19, 2015, 07:58:19 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston

When:   2015-07-11 (July 11th, 2015) 
Where:       White Oak Bayou, Map
Start Time:  8 AM
End Time:    3 Pm
Trip Leader: Golden
Phone: TBD
e-mail:  TBD

Trip Description: Local fishing done in a laid back style...  More to follow

  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 bring cash for lunch)

Directions: Meet at the store at the corner of Hollister & W Little York
About the area:  Urban fishing along the banks of the bayou.

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: 3-5 wt

Recommended Flies: Woolly Buggers, Poppers, 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.

Tying Chat / Tying before the TFF meeting
« on: April 27, 2015, 06:20:02 AM »
I'l be tying the S1B (Sam's One Bug) in preparation for the Colorado River at Columbus, Texas, Saturday, May 16th   Details

And the yellow spider, in preparation for the South Llano trip,  Details


10 volunteers
b) TFF
c) Interns
d) School staff

21 students (my count could be off slightly)

As we waited for the bus to arrive we started the coffee pot, set up chairs, and made introductions as we drank our coffee.

The first 30 minutes or so after everybody moved into the pavilion, we talked about:
1. Safety
2. Why fly fish.....
3. Difference between fly casting and conventional tackle.. (Thanks Don H.)
4. Basic mechanics behind casting....
5. Rigging the fly rod, which turned out to a be a lot of hands on...
6. Knots, more hands on..

Then we moved out into the grassy areas, which this state park has plenty of, and began flinging lines.

Once we could get the lines out more than 3 rod lengths it was time to move to the water.

1.  We saw fish, gar, bass, carp, but no takers.
2.  Somebody saw a snake.  I didn't get to it in time to ID it.
3. The water was just starting to recede from the recent rains, and even the bluegill weren't interested.

Lunch whistle was blown at 1200 and it was back to the tables for lunch, and more chatting.  Students were interviewing the volunteers for their homework assignments as we sat.

As everybody started loading up for the trip home, a quick look around for any debris yielded nothing.

Now that we know this can be done, and how much fun it is, we need to look for opportunities to do it again.

I'll look at some pictures to see what I can post later this week.

Freshwater Chair
Texas FlyFishers

Outing Chat / DRAFT: Devils River Adventure 2015 with ReelFly
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:08:15 AM »
Devil’s River 2015

Met up and left Katy at 1300, after transloading all of our gear.  We had a new guy join the group this year, our VP, John Purcell.

We arrived at the new camp in the dark following country style directions “Go across the third cattle grate.”  This year we didn’t stay at the “Who Cares, B&B” but instead stayed at a site much closer to the launch location.

As we unloaded our night gear and started telling. “remember when….”, and “what if…” stories”, We drank some wine and a little whisky around the campfire as we unwound from the long road trip.

The stars were bright as we set up sleeping bags on the cots that were already set up in a tent with a heater.  We turned the heater off to sleep, figuring that we would be warm enough in the sleeping bags to not need it any more.  It turns out that was an error.  Puck was up at 0430 and saw that frost had covered everything and turned the heater back on.

The hearty hunter’s breakfast didn’t happen. Eggs, hashbrowns, etc, didn’t survive the unseasoned pan, or the new camp cook. Yoghurt, fruit, and granola filled the bill, and away we went.

I hope one of us took a picture of the rugged road to the launch.  This is rough terrain, and sometimes an extremely rough road.  Actually giving it the name “road” is being generous.

As the guide crew loaded gear into rafts, George was in the water, slinging line, before the rafts were even off the shore.

Gear was checked off as it was placed into the rafts. One oversized bag had to be trimmed.  25L was supposed to be the largest size we take with us.  I expect the packing list to be revisited again before next year.

Finally on the water, slinging line, as we made our way to the first obstacle, Dolan’s Falls.  As the guide crew started unloading the gear for the portage, 6 kayaks showed up at Dolan’s Falls at the same time we did. 

To give us more fishing time, less time at the falls, the anglers pitched in to get the gear moved around and place back into the rafts. By working carefully, everybody, all 13 of both parties, made it down with no incidents.

Fishing the first day was slow, but the scenery more than made up for it.

Travis landed a gar. The fight can be described…   I probably should let Travis tell this story.  Gar over paddle, not trying to lip it, etc….

A smallmouth bass attacked the raft, like jaws from the deep.  Again Travis is the guy for this one..

John had a really nice smallmouth on for almost 8 seconds. He spent another 30+ minutes casting to it.  The guides kept pointing her out, but she developed a bad case of lockjaw.

We could see the fish, but very few would open their mouths to eat.  Even the longear sunfish that were so voracious last year were slow to bite.

Camp the first night was set up by the time we got there, and the gear was unloaded. Bratwurst was served for dinner, with wine and whisky.  We woke a little later than expected and had chrizo for breakfast.

The fly of choice for the second morning was poppers.  We had a few takes, but again the bites were slow.

This is the day that the wind decided to change direction, and speed.  The guides worked all day against the headwind.  If they stopped for a moment, the rafts were blown back up river.   I can only imagine how the kayakers ahead of us were fairing.

Camp the second night was a little later getting set up. The wind had slowed us all down, to include the cargo raft.  We had steak, corn, and potatoes, for dinner. Almost nothing is more entertaining that watching Ryan try to get the potatoes out of the coals with his bare hands.  Coffee was served with pancakes, bacon, eggs, for breakfast.

Did you know that if you use dry ice, and leave your vegetables unwrapped, that they will absorb the flavor of the CO2?  Carbonated avocadoes and tomatoes make for an interesting side dish.

The wind died down on the last day, but the fish still were not biting. 

We were off the water at 1400.  The raft were loaded onto the van, and the trailer, only to listen to one of the trailer tires hiss at us as it went flat.

Back to Katy at 2330, to transload, and send folks home.

Already we are talking about next year.

I need to put some pictures into this write-up, and get some other viewpoints.


LOL / Why I fish.....
« on: April 13, 2015, 08:04:57 AM »

Outing Chat / Walk around the neighborhood ponds...
« on: April 12, 2015, 07:51:32 AM »
Lilly and I took a walk around the neighborhood ponds when we had a break in the weather. 

I was using an old pattern called a Ligon  (a link to Breambugs), that was once sold by Accardo & Pecks, size 6 and black.

The rod was a 7/8 Ugly Stick fly rod, by Shakespeare, that I bought back in 1992, and for years it was the only rod I owned.  Before the rain came pouring back down, it proved that even at it's advanced age, it can still catch fish. 

8 LMB 1/4-2 pounds
2 Redear, 1/4 and 1 pound.


The Alamo Fly Fishers will once again host the Annual Bud Priddy "Any Fly" Contest on the Nueces River on Saturday, May 2, 2015.
The big change is that any fly or flies can now be used. No restrictions.
Registration will be 7:00am to 8:00am at Lindbergh Park in downtown Camp Wood, TX. The registration fee is $20.00 and a donated fly. Fishing is allowed from 7:00am until 5:00pm. Results are due before 5:30pm at the Casa Sifuentes Restaurant which is located on the main street in Camp Wood. Dinner is included in the entry fee.
Lefty Ray Chapa

Damon's Seven Lakes / 2015-03-22 trip with grandson.
« on: March 22, 2015, 06:47:28 PM »
Mike fed us, and we caught fish....

Outing Information Only / Harmon Creek trip report, 2015-03-07
« on: March 08, 2015, 03:48:37 PM »
Harmon Creek trip, 2015-03-07

The cabins that “sleep 6” only have 1 bed, 1 loft, and one futon.  Don’t ask me how we managed to get 2 more cots spread out in the tiny cabin. Mike and J. set up a tent, with heater, close by the launch point.  Dinner the first night was bratwurst, cooked on charcoal, with sides.

17 club members made it for Saturday’s fishing

50+ white bass were caught.  I actually lost count after people started telling me where, and how many were caught. 

One Kentucky bass and one turtle were also landed.  The turtle, and the black bass, were returned unharmed to the creek.

The 0700 launch turned out to be an overly optimistic guess.  With frost on the boats and kayaks, the launch was delayed, and then delayed again.  The last boat actually launched at noon.  The white bass were all in staging pool, stacked up in deep cold, 51°F, water, and not biting very well.   A lot of the ones that came to hand came to small flies drug deep.  I didn’t get a picture of Phil’s fly, but I watched him pull in a few fish without ever changing it out.

The kayaks travelled 3.08 miles upstream of the launch point exploring, and casting to likely holes, and pockets. 6.16 miles total travel, according to the GPS.  Kayaks catching rates were just as good as the boaters.

With the clarity of the water in the creek, the hard sandy bottom, and the fishy-looking structure on the shoreline, we may have to make this trip again in the summer.  Pictures to follow….


17th of April, Lake Somerville - Nails Creek Unit State Park - Park Headquarters
20-30 kids
Rods provided by TPWD
Volunteers needed.

Details to follow.


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