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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:

Puck

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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.

Puck


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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?

Puck

65
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.

Puck

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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?

Thanks.

Puck

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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.
 
Puck

69
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

Puck

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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?

Puck

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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?

Puck


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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?

Puck

73
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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