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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.


This event is shaping up well:

If you have a kid that you want to get into fishing, not just fly fishing:
This is the event.

If you have a canoe, kayak, or kickboat to test:
This is the event.

If you want to meet a ton of people (men, women, and kids) that are crazy about the sport, and are willing to tell you all about it:
This is the event.

If you want to try out that new pattern for LMB or 'gills:
This is the event.

If you want to catch fish:
This is the event.

More details soon.


Tying Chat / Re: Seeking some crack
« on: March 12, 2014, 06:02:34 AM »
So I've yet to become addicted to tying flies and as such need a source for my crack.

Redfish crack that is. If somebody will tie me up a dozen or so, say half with lead eyes and half with bead-chain eyes I'd pay $5 apiece if I can get them before the Xmas Bay outing.


I don't sell my flies, but am willing to trade, this time.

Whatcha got?
- 22 LR ammo
- Fly tying materials
- Hooks
- Fly tying books
- Volunteer time
- Etc


Outing Information Only / Re: Christmas Bay - March
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:16:40 PM »
Topic Unlocked!


Events and Information / Re: 7th annual Nature Fest
« on: March 11, 2014, 04:59:57 AM »
We have the booth locked. 

Start 2014-05-26 1000 (April 26th, 2014 @ 10:00am)
End   2014-05-26 1700 (April 26th, 2014 @ 5:00pm)

TFF has been asked to give a casting demonstration again this year.

I sent a shotgun request for volunteers last month.  If you didn't get it, and want to join in on the fun, let me know.


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