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Padre Island National Seashore - September 2014

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS trip


When:    Locked make-up dates  October 17-19th, 2014

We have avoided "Shark-o-Thon"  completely.  It happened, and they had a good report.

Note the date change, again...

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 change this up a little from last year.  Let's start early Saturday monring and run down to about MM 40+ and fish the next day, Sunday, on the way back.  More to follow.


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: 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).

•  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, 2012, there were 10 anglers.  Ladyfish were the most caught species, with reds, spanish macks, bluefish, and trout also brought to hand. 

The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out 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
•   Extra change of dry clothes
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Lunch, 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 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
•   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 14
• 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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Outing Information Only / Sabine River - September 27th, 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:47:15 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston and The Contraband Fly Casters Club

Event: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal


When:        September 27th, 2014  to avoid Sharkathon
The dates for Sharkathon 2014 have been set for September 26-28, 2014
The backup dates for Sharkathon, in the event the park is closed on primary dates, are October 17-19, 2014

(Note the date change)
Where:    Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal   
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Too dark to fish
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       281-865-32 one 6
e-mail:        PM here

Trip Description: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal (details to follow)

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: No anticipated cost (You may want to help your boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions:   
 
About the area:


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.  The water temperature has dropped since last month
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:
• 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 / 7th annual Nature Fest
« on: January 16, 2014, 12:11:50 PM »
Save the date for Bridgeland's 7th annual Nature Fest, being held on Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

16919 North Bridgeland Lake Parkway, Cypress, TX 77433

TFF will have a booth, and I will be asking for volunteers to help man it as the event gets closer.

Puck

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Outing Chat / Fishing the neighborhood ponds
« on: January 05, 2014, 10:33:43 AM »
Mike Q. landed a catfish on that fly, yesterday (2014-01-04).  Another member of the club was going to join us, but got caught up in volunteer work.

Puck

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LOL / Redneck Etiquette - DRIVING ETIQUETTE
« on: January 04, 2014, 11:58:17 AM »
 Redneck Etiquette - DRIVING ETIQUETTE
 
Dim your headlights for approaching vehicles, even if the gun is loaded
and the deer is in sight.
 
When approaching a four-way stop, the vehicle with the largest tires always has the right of way.
 
Never tow another car using pantyhose and duct tape.
 
When sending your wife down the road with a gas can, it is impolite to ask her to bring back beer.
 
Do not remove the seats from the car so that all your kids can fit in.
 
Do not lay rubber while traveling in a funeral procession.

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Tying Chat / MGM with oversized eyes.
« on: January 01, 2014, 04:22:13 PM »
Since I've been trapped at home today, here are the results of another modification of a simple fly.

This experiment didn't work out as well as I had hoped.

The video

Puck

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Fly Fishing Gear / SOLD - - - - -Hobie Outback 2006, $1,000
« on: December 30, 2013, 09:39:36 AM »
It is extremely fishable, but needs that "rubber band thing" for the rudder replaced, and has a belly rash.

Mirage drive, retrograded to stainless steel


Front area showing Scotty mount.




Bottom showing the rash



More pictures available

http://s247.photobucket.com/user/water_watcher/slideshow/2013-12?sort=2

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Damon's Seven Lakes / Fishing tomorrow 2013-12-30
« on: December 29, 2013, 05:08:10 PM »
Headed there tomorrow with Mike Q. to scare the LMB.

Puck

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LOL / Essential tools for fly fishing out of a kayak in salt water
« on: December 24, 2013, 05:44:25 AM »
Cheetos and a 2 ounce lead weight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
When you find yourself in a spot that holds absolutely no fish. (Follow me. I know where plenty of those are)
1.  Spread the cheeetos out in the water to attract seagulls.
2.  Once the gulls start diving, attach the 2 oz sinker onto your tippet, and lower into the water.
3.  Act like you are catching fish, even if you see nobody around.  Don't let your sinker leave the water. 
4.  Keep this up for 5-10 minutes, or until all the cheetos are gone.
5.  Paddle away and break out your binoculars, and watch boats show up out of nowhere.

Cheap, easy entertainment for those dog days of summer.

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Tying Chat / Small SS brushes
« on: December 22, 2013, 12:53:34 PM »
I got some in the mail.  I use them to pick out fibers when I'm almost finished with a fly.

Anybody else need one?  Barter system is in place...   ;)

Puck

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LOL / I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:10:23 AM »
I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit
Disorder.

This is how it manifests:
I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first..

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where and I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need
to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the coke a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a
container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it
spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

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George Phillips, an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"

He said "No," but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available"

George said, "Okay."

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now." and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

(True Story) I LOVE IT! Don't mess with old people.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. 

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LOL / Reporting an attempted murder....
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:04:12 AM »
 ;)

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General Discussion / Christmas Party !! was a rousing success.
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:33:27 AM »
49 people were there, with plenty of food, and fun.

Report later.

Those of use that brought cameras need to work with Dave to get the pictures, and videos, onto tthis site.

Puck

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TFF has been invited back to participate in the expanding of young minds at one of our local high schools.

We will be speaking to 3 different classes, starting with the first period.

Day 1 (2014-01-31) - Introduction to fly-fishing
          Most of this is "Show and tell"
Day 2 (2014-03-14) - Fly casting
          In the hallway is what we did last year.
Day 3 (2014-04-11) - Fly Tying
          This is the most challenging due to the time limits.  A wooly bugger may be too complicated for the limited amount of time.  Ideas anyone?

We will need some more volunteers.

Updates are in the works.

Puck


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