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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

Bob has reserved a canoe for us.  Raymond and Austin have volunteered to man it at the beginning of the trip.  I'll switch out with wither of them as we go downstream.

From the sign-up sheet it looks like we are going to need 3+ watercraft from Bob.

Here is what I know about watercraft today....

Puck                has and will bring his kayak
Austin              will be in canoe #1 (reserved with Bob)
Raymond         will be in canoe #1 (reserved with Bob)
Rene D.           has and will bring his kayak
Skip                has and will bring his kayak
Mary Kay         has and will bring her kayak
Russel C.         has and will bring his kayak
Paul R.            ?
Dean K.           has a kayak.  Is he bringing it?
Steven M.        ?
John S.           has a kayak.  Is he bringing it?
John S. guest  ?

Only a few weeks away...


Garland S. with an 11" red ear.  See the photo.

Now..  where is that trophy currently?


Proud Papa.



General Discussion / Re: My favorite fish caught so far in 2015
« on: April 20, 2015, 01:50:33 PM »
That's great!



Everybody caught fish.   Gotta post the snoopy rod fish here...

Rain held off until about 1600, and left completely at 1930.

12 anglers braved the weatherman's prediction and fished with us.

One non-fishing spouse came outside and joined us for a day outside.

Too much food and drink left over.

It rained a lot the night before, so we parked the cars and walked everywhere.

Yellow spider and Ligon seemed to work well, from my collection.

More later.....


Trip map from Howell Canoe Livery:

Map of day trip - 6.1 miles


If you are staying in the cabins with us, you must bring your own linens, and towels.  These are not provided.


If we leave the parking lot at 1400 (high tide mark for the day) we should be able to travel quite a ways downrange before making camp.


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......


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