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And Joe N. is still collecting flies for the auction.

I tied 2 dozen (12 FW, and 12 SW) and turned them over to Skip last night.

Sam's one bug (S1B) *2
Ligon *2
Hare-E char *2
Hare-E black *2
Squirrelly *2
Green spider (bonus)
Yellow spider *2

Cypert's minnow *2
Skinny FRC (Redfish crack) *2
Heavy bead Clouser *2
SW Bendback *2
Knock-off of Drew's crab *2
Popping shrimp *2

I will once again be at another sponsored event, Bridgland's Nature Fest, and will not be at the auction, on the 2nd of May, 2015.


Outing Chat / Re: DRAFT: Devils River Adventure 2015 with ReelFly
« on: April 15, 2015, 07:39:05 AM »
Sounds like a great trip! Did y'all put in at the state natural area?

See attached PDF from TPWD that I marked the start and end points on. 

No, I did not identify where we camped.


I'll be there, and so will the fish!


We are meeting at the "day use area."  as close to 0700 as possible.

I've looked at the map, Of Nails Creek Unit and see where I think it is.

I fully intend to ask directions anyway.

The bus with the students is planned to be there immediately after 0800.  And then the fun begins.


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.


Outing Chat / Re: Walk around the neighborhood ponds...
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:03:56 AM »
Between rains, I called Q and told him the fish were biting.  He and his bride met me at high noon ready to fish.  We caught a few, with pictures to prove it.

After walking around one of the lakes, I decided it was time to change out the Ligon for a popper, S1B, so I sat on the bench, tied on the new fly, which for some reason looked like a crippled grasshopper.

Since I wan't sure if this mangled fly would even float right, much less fish, I flipped it into the water, while sitting on the bench talking wit Q.  As the fly hit the water, a 2+ pounder LMB sucked it in. 

A short battle, a quick release, a a lot of laughter about "luck" and it was back to walking around the ponds.

The Qs had to go back home, but Rob K. was able to join me for a while.  His first nice LMB was on a skrat that I tied on his line when he wasn't looking.

If the fishing is warming up in my neighborhood, I can only imagine what it is going to be like at D7Ls this weekend......


This is turning out well.

Topics for the day:
Safety, fire ants, reptiles, sunburn, dehydration, etc.
Knot tying. 
Basic casting. 
Discussion of flies we want to use and the fish we are trying to catch this day
Differences between conventional and fly fishing.
Some fly tying.

Greg has whistles enough.

A sun shade, Chris, would be great.  I plan to bring a couple of my folding chairs.

Greg also plans to bring tent and tables.

A table to set up demos will also help.  Don . and Puck will bring one each.

The Park has grassy areas we can use.  Via Heather’s e-mail.

I have enough tippet to supply a small army, but do we have flies?  I plan to bring about 50 or so.  Other TFFers my want to do the same.

Charlotte took care of the bus fee waiver with Ron.

I’ll bring a container of fish food, to get the bluegill motivated.


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.


Events and Information / Re: High School Outing
« on: April 10, 2015, 06:43:29 AM »

Bus waiver in progress.

TPWD rep, Greg, saw the students on Wednesday.  The young folks are excited about the trip.

Nails Creek staff are assisting...  A LOT!

5 TFF volunteers.  List updated this morning.

Weather looks to be cooperating.

More details when I am able to sit down and go through all the supportive e-mails.


After all of the second guessing, and hoping for better weather, etc. 

It looks like we made the right call to postpone until the 18th.

Weather Underground for Damon, Tx


I am not a fan of holding a lightning rod during a thunderstorm.

Due to the rainy weather forecast, and increased possibility of lightning, we are going to postpone the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular until the 18th of April.  This is the exact same day as the SW trip to Port Mansfield, but it is still our best option for the make-up.

Please pass the word to any I may have missed.

We still need to post this up on Facebook

Don C. Puckett
Freshwater Chair
Texas FlyFishers

Weather is looking kinda nasty this weekend. Is there a backup plan?

Of course there is a back-up plan.  I am just waiting until the last possible moment to pull the trigger.  This afternoon will be Rubicon.


Outline drafted. 

Gathering pictures, and picking brains.


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