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Outing Chat / Re: Pond Fishing for Bass& Perch
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:54:26 AM »
I must be one of the fortunate ones.

The lakes in our neighborhood have a 6-8 foot concrete lip, but there is also some underwater structure in place.  The pieces look like parts of lawn chairs, with weeds growing on them.

The aeration from the fountains is enough to keep the lakes from getting too hot. 

I've only seen one lake get a fish kill, and that was from a fire ant control gone badly. 

There are no fish feeders but there are enough people feeding the ducks that the fish get dog food and bread on a routine basis.  I'm pretty sure that the larger bass and catfish supplement their diet with ducklings. Once the water warms up a little we can catch LMB, catfish, bluegill, and the occasional crappie out of the ponds within walking distance. 

The major challenge is your back-cast.  Pedestrians take a dim view of you hooking their poodle, or kids. 

I generally take a 3-5 wt, or my spey rod, along with a selection of favorite flies, and spend a few hours walking and casting.


Volunteers, please step forward.

We had a great time last year, and expect to do so again.


General Discussion / TFF at the Houston Fishing Show 2014-03-05
« on: March 06, 2014, 08:08:51 AM »
Houston Fishing Show

There were people waiting for the doors to open 15 minutes before the start time.

I didn't take any pictures yesterday, but we had a steady stream of people stop to talk with us.

From the time I sat down, I must have tied 4+ dozen flies, and given away 1/3 of them.  I only tied 3 patterns, Hare-E, Bendback, and yellow spider.

Casting the practice rod in the aisle got Jason a lot of strange looks.  And casting to redfish on the PC display does not count as "sight casting"

When Adam showed off his rodless casting technique, we got even more people dodging the fly lines.

John’s SoloSkiff was a great draw.  I have no idea how many people stopped by just to see that watercraft.

I’ll be back there tying on Saturday.


Tying Chat / Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 05, 2014, 06:12:51 AM »
Bread, beer, and fly tying:

4 of us were on hand for the Katy Navy Fly Tying (KNFT) last night, John P. Michael M, George S. and Puck.  Nilo had made some goodies to go with the sourdough bread.  “Arrogant Bastard” beer from Stone brewing company, and jalapeno beer from a Katy brewery, topped of the libations.  That’s when we started tying flies.

The fly of the day was the Bendback.  Our group was exposed to:
1.   The uses of the new Mustad replacement for the 34011, and why choose that hook
2.   Materials for the body. 
a.   Craft fur
b.   Fish hair
c.   Bucktail
d.   Peacock hearl
e.   Flash
3.   Choosing eyes, style and color
4.   Finishing the head with sealant
a.   Aleenes fabric fusion
b.   CCG
c.   Booger glue (not used)
d.   Epoxy (not used)

John P. and Puck took a finished fly to the pool and watched it in the water while it was still light enough to see.  Craft fur dances in the water once wet.  John P. and Puck had already finished one fly, all but the eyes, by time the others arrived.

Mike M. picked up all kinds of tips and trick for these larger flies.  Contrasting colors seemed to be the biggest challenge for him.  And yes, there is a story here.

George took what I consider a 5-minute fly, added some artistry to it, and made it into a 10-15 minute fly.  His tweaks on the pattern gave the results a sleek, polished look.  I should have take photos of those.


Tying Chat / Tying bendbacks 2014-03-03
« on: March 04, 2014, 09:05:42 AM »
Nilo picked the colors:

Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: March 03, 2014, 12:49:12 PM »
This guy actually allowed me on his boat, even knowing that I normally have my skunk with me.  I watched him catch 8 out of the 11 he landed.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: March 02, 2014, 09:22:09 AM »
"Dropbox" is set up.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: March 02, 2014, 09:21:23 AM »
Here's proof.


Who is that guy that actually hooked something?  Isn't that the guys with the skunk skin?


Special Events - Local, National, whatever / Re: Fly Fish Texas
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:55:28 AM »
I can't be at 2 places at one time.

Fly Fish Texas, or Prison Permit Invitational?

Fishing or fly-tying?

I'll have to catch "Fishy" another time.

I'm going fishin'


Tying Chat / Re: MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-02-25
« on: February 24, 2014, 06:05:36 AM »
Since we had an "ice-out" at the last meeting, I will be tying the MGM at the February meeting.


Outing Chat / Re: Fishing the legendary Mardi Gras Minnow, part 2
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:48:22 PM »
5wt rod, 6lb tippet, size 2 MGM.


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:


A modern take on the water wars, thanks to the lack of foresight of our legislators.

The solution seems simple, but I wonder if the death of a river takes place before it is implemented?


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.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 10, 2014, 08:30:57 PM »
I will call Jay's Chili Joint this Friday to make reservations.  Please let me know if you are planning on eating dinner there on Friday the 28th.

Me!  Me!  Me! 


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