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Only 3 weeks away ! !


Yes, there is a raffle.

We have been able to convince Mr. Arnold  that a raffle of some good stuff may help participation.

Details to follow this weekend.


Here are the details:

I'll work with our Webmaster to get them into a better format. 


Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine River - September 27th, 2014
« on: March 17, 2014, 08:21:54 AM »

We are ready to lock this one in!


Tying Chat / Simple shad start
« on: March 16, 2014, 03:48:50 PM »
I'm working on these.

These are the skeletons.


Tying Chat / Still organizing flies....
« on: March 15, 2014, 03:25:30 PM »
I went through all the little nooks and crannies in the man-cave and retrieved every loose fly.  These I threw into placed a plastic dish pan.  When I was done scrounging, I had a pile of unsorted flies about 3" deep. 

Now the fun began.  I have been spending most of this rainy day getting the flies separated into storage boxes, neatly.  I am down to half a layer in that dishpan, and then I can actually sit down and do some more tying.

Here are the bendback, clousers, MGMs, and cracks look like when they aren't in one tangled mess.


John P. and Mike G. volunteered, and this went well.  The coffee and scones were Nilo's idea.

John P. brought the Redington training rods that Marcos E. was able to find for us, due to Mike G.'s prodding.  Considering that we were casting in a hallway, this worked better than expected.  OK, Mike was right..  again

Each class was split into 2 parts, giving us 20 minutes with each group of 3-6 students each. Some of the students were a natural, others will need more coaching, but all of them had fun.  There were quite a few students that were not in the class that tried to get in on the hallway casting.  The police officers, other teachers, trash cans, all were targets for delivering the "fly"

I'll ask for some of the pictures and get them up soon.

Our (TFF) next time in front of this same group is 2014-04-11 (April 11th, 2014), and the event will be fly tying.  We will have 40 minutes to tie a fly, with people that have never touched a vise, or bobbin. 

Any, and all, help will be appreciated.


Recap of how the first day went:

1.  Mike M. and I stood in front of 70+ teenagers, and talked about fly fishing.
2.  None of them went to sleep.
3.  We were invited back.

A couple of pictures from the back of the room..


Tying Chat / Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:38:27 AM »
I found a chartreuse Whiting neck, and now have it on hand.


Tying Chat / Re: Seeking some crack
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:27:51 AM »
PM sent for the bargaining to start.....



Tying Chat / Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:21:21 AM »
is it sharp out of the package?


Sharp enough, but could use a touch-up.


Outing Chat / Targetting stripers on the upper Guad
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:20:00 AM »
Matt B. and I left Katy about 0515, coffee in hand to get up to Satler to fish with Brent from ReelFly.  One stop at Buc-Ees for breakfast and more coffee, and we got there in record time.

Chilly morning dictated waders and wind jacket.  And as we flew across the water with a 42degree wind, it was still cold.  Blind casting, watching for birds, watchers the other anglers, drifting, trolling, nothing was working.

All morning without a solid connection.  As we moved into the river proper, this striper hit.  It was to be the only fish of the day.  Full sink line on a grey and silver Clouser.

Nobody was catching any fish this day, even the few that were using live bait.  High winds, clarity of the water, and who knows what other factors led to the slow fishing. 

Brent worked hard for us.  We didn't get off the water until 1900.

A quick visit to the shop, a Dr. Pepper to celebrate the fish, a cold beer, a lot of talk about the Devil's River trip coming up, and once again on the road.


Orvis / Re: Orvis 3.13.14
« on: March 15, 2014, 05:23:07 AM »
Looks like the gang is back!

I was out of town, or would have been there.


Yes, there is a raffle.

We have been able to convince Mr. Arnold  that a raffle of some good stuff may help participation.

Details to follow this weekend.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:00:10 PM »
Sorry about the late reply.

I got really busy here in CountryPlace and completely forgot about getting on the site. 

Yeah, I missed the dock while stepping off of John's boat.  I have no idea what happened, but I must say that in the 65 or so years that I have been stepping on and off of boats in and around the bays along Texas I have never missed the dock before!  Now, I will add that I have had at least one person fall into the water when I was behind the wheel - it was my wife and she has not let me live that down, let me tell you!  Oh, well, there is always a first time!

I was hobbled for a couple of days, but not too badly.  The bruise never really materialized, however, I have had some pain and swelling in my lower leg and foot.  I applied an ice pack for the last week and that is most likely why I have had very little bruising.

I had a great time - drank a bunch more beer than usual - ate a lot more jalapenos than I should have - ate too much chilli - slept on my air mattress on the floor (and slept good) - got up right after Puck - ate too many breakfast tacos!  That about sums up the time before fishing.

I did my usual - lots of fishing but no catching.  I road with John and we both fished hard to no avail.  I don't think either one of us even say a fish!  I did hook up once, but did not get more than two strips before it was off the hook.  Must not have set the hook well enough and it was most likely a Hardhead anyway.

You know what they say - a bad day on the water is better than the best day doing anything else!


That was great!


Tying Chat / Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:58:37 PM »
S74SZ is the replacement for the 34011. It's 2x strong and 4x long. It's also got that new fangled "z-steel" finish.  A little shinier that the 34011, but it works.


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