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General Discussion / Re: Video format question, fly tying....
« on: January 26, 2014, 12:08:09 PM »
Trying those sites, and reading about them now.



General Discussion / Video format question, fly tying....
« on: January 26, 2014, 09:52:26 AM »
I found that I have multiple videos of fly tying, and fishing, that I've taken over the years with my waterproof camera. 

My problem is that the Quicktime(R) format, .mov, makes the files so large that it takes forever to share them.

None of the programs I have on hand will reduce the size, and I am not an Apple fan, so Quicktime(R) is not on my PC, nor will it be.

Does anybody have any suggestions?


Tying Chat / Re: MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 25, 2014, 12:20:07 PM »
What's the name of this krew?

MGM = Mardi Gras Minnow, so named because of the material used for the eyes.


Safety first!

It as crazy today, and I can see tomorrow morning, wet and frozen.......


Tying Chat / Re: MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 24, 2014, 04:26:21 PM »
A dozen red-eyed MGMs:


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 02:51:27 PM »

I tentatively have you with Don H.

Don H. was able to put up with me last time!



If one of you have made this trip before, please contact me.

I plan to lead this trip, but if we went today, it would be a Stevie leading Ray adventure.

Any help will be appreciated.


Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: January 23, 2014, 12:45:29 PM »
Can take 4 on the SS Mike if we have too.


Can you put up with me as a rider?


Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine Lake - January 25th, 2014
« on: January 23, 2014, 09:58:55 AM »
I like fishing with smart people!

And no, I did not forget a word there...


Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine River - September 27th, 2014
« on: January 22, 2014, 01:33:34 PM »
Sabine River Lessons learned.
1.   Fish with a buddy.  Don’t fish this stretch alone.  There are too many variables. This stretch of water is part of a power generation waterway.  The water conditions can change quickly.

2.   Double, and triple, check your gear.  Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water.  I was missing my flippers.  Big mistake with a kick-boat.

3.   As much fun as fish are to catch on a 3wt, I’d recommend at least a 5wt.  This will allow you to cast a little further with a larger fly.

4.   If you have a favorite fly, bring at least 6 each.  I fished with 3 flies for 6 hours. This was an exception, not the rule.  Frayed tippets after repeatedly catching fish can abrade the mono.  I made a conscientious effort to keep my tippet fresh.

5.   Most of the fish in this area are spotted bass (Kentucky) and aren’t as large as LMBs.  I started out with a size 8 PGPP, and had to go up to a size 6 to keep the sunfish hook-ups down.  The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.

6.   If you fish on the weekends here, be prepared to share the river with swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and other anglers.  Rarely will you see anyone on the river in the morning.  By late afternoon the casual sportsmen will start showing up.  The summertime is much busier than any other season.

7.   Bring twice as much water as you think you will need.  Just because you feel comfortable and cool does not mean you don’t need to take in water.

8.   A lightweight watercraft is perfect to fish this water.  A canoe would work well with 2 people, and a kayak would also work.  The downfall of them is that you can’t lug them up the hill like a backpack, as I did with my kick-boat.  With the new boat launch in place this is no longer an issue.


Lessons learned:

1. Make a driving plan and stick to it:
     a.  "We’ll drive to MM 20 and start looking for a place to fish”
     b.  “We’ll fish at each stop for 15 minutes, and if the fishing is only so-so, we’ll move on”
     c.   One vehicle takes the lead, and he has the “scout.”  The rest follow his lead. 
           i.   Portable 2-way radios could come in useful here.
2.  Make sure that every vehicle knows who has what recovery equipment, and where it is. 
      a.  Who has the chains,
      b.  jacks,
      c.  buckets,
      d.  shovel,
      e.  etc?
3. Bring seat covers. 
     a.  Folks will be getting in and out with sand and saltwater on them.
4.  Be prepared for the wind:
     a.  Back-up spinning or casting rods with lures.
     b.  Sand anchors for the tents.
     c.  A way to block the wind for cooking
5.  Bring a back-up fly rod. 
     a.  The saltwater can play havoc on reels, and can do some damage to rods.
     b.  And if the waves require you to use a sinking line, it would be good to already have it strung up.
6.  Have a way to make the rods easily accessible. 
     a.  A roof rack or other style of rod quick release holder is extremely important.  You may have to jump out and start fishing within seconds of seeing the fish, or the bait.
7. Make sure you have footwear that is suitable to the surf. 
     a.  Raw feet at the end of the day can make you dread the next day.
8. Set up camp during the day. 
     a.  That way you can enjoy the sunset, and a cold beverage, in leisure instead of rushing around in the dark trying to avoid the vampires.
9.  Spray down your clothes with pyrethrum
     a.  At night the vampires will come to any spot that has no wind.
10.  Test your tent, hammock, sleeping bag, etc, before going down range. 
     a.  Junior sized tents with an almost 6 foot person,
     b.  and hammocks that dump you on the ground have been known to ruin a trip.

More to follow,


Tying Chat / Katy Navy fly tying, subject "The Clouser Minnow"
« on: January 22, 2014, 10:48:21 AM »
6 of us sat around the table after work tying this fly, using an original from Bob Clouser as our guide.

Mike Q.
Scott B.
George S.
Joe C.
Puck (me)
John P. brought pizza and wine, and was the last to arrive.

Hair selection, hook styles and selection, base thread, base yarn, glues, cutting and binding techniques, along with the old favorite "color selection"  were part of the round the table talks.  All of that combined with fresh pizza, rosemary bread, olive oil/pepper dip, and wine, made for an entertaining tying session.

I didn't take any pictures, but the guys plan to do this again.

Can anybody say "redfish crack?" 

I wonder if we could get Andy P. to talk to the club about that one?


Tying Chat / MGM at the next TFF meeting, 2014-01-28
« on: January 22, 2014, 06:39:06 AM »
I have been asked to tie the Mardi Gras Minnow, so at the next meeting I plan to tie this fly.

Here is the recipe:
Gama stinger hook, size 2 (or Mustad 34007, size 2)
Size "A" rod wrapping thread, color to match craft fur
Round Mardi Gras beads, red, green, blue, or black
Clear finger nail polish (CA glue will work in a snap, but not prefered)
White, or other light color craft fur
Krystal flash or equiv
Metalic sharpie(R), gold or silver

I'm going to ask for somebody to video the tying.  Any volunteers?


Padre Island National Seashore - September 2014

Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: PINS trip

When:    Locked make-up dates  October 17-19th, 2014

We have avoided "Shark-o-Thon"  completely.  It happened, and they had a good report.

Note the date change, again...

Where:       Padre Island National Seashore
Start Time:  1100
End Time:    2 days later
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:      to ate 1 dash 865 minus 32 sixteen 
e-mail:        doncpuckett at gee male

Trip Description: We will take four-wheel drive vehicles down Padre Island National Seashore during the anchovy migration, and target blitzing schools of ladyfish, jacks, redfish, and tarpon.
Based on last year's experience:  Let's change this up a little from last year.  Let's start early Saturday monring and run down to about MM 40+ and fish the next day, Sunday, on the way back.  More to follow.

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

Cost: National Seashore Entrance Fee $10 per vehicle

Directions:    About 250 miles (4-5 hours) from central Houston
Search Houston to Malaquite Beach (20420 Park Road 22, Corpus Christi, Texas (Padre Island National Seashore)) in an online mapping program
About the area:

At 60-70 miles long, Padre Island is the longest, undeveloped, barrier island in the world. Anglers with four-wheel drive vehicles can access almost all of it.

Fall brings bait migrations and large schools of predators. The water is typically clear (much more so than Galveston).

•  When the club did this trip in September, 2006, 14 anglers hooked 8 tarpon. Countless large ladyfish were brought to hand, as well as some big jack crevalle.   
• Last year, 2012, there were 10 anglers.  Ladyfish were the most caught species, with reds, spanish macks, bluefish, and trout also brought to hand. 

The typical fishing method involves cruising the beach while looking for signs of fish. When a school is sighted, anglers bail out and start casting. The Port Mansfield jetties (at the very end) offer deep water access.

Driving on the beach can be difficult. Four-wheel drive vehicles are required. Realize that a tow for a stuck vehicle here could cost you thousands (yes, thousands). Cell phones do not work on the island, except at the extreme ends.

The Malaquite Pavilion offers public showers to get off the sand and salt before the drive home.

Important items:
•    Member dues are current!
•   Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information
•   Current Texas Fishing License with Saltwater Stamp
•   Have proper safety equipment INCLUDING a proper fitting PFD
•   Extra change of dry clothes
•   Wind and/or water proof jacket
•   Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
•   Lunch, plenty of water, snacks and power bars
•   Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
•   Wide brimmed hat AND polarized glasses
•   First Aid Kit
•   Hand held VHF or FRS radio with extra batteries
•   Vehicle rod holders
•   Tow rope
•   Jack and base plate
•   Fix-a-flat
•   Shovel
•   Spare Tire
•   5 Gallon bucket

Recommended Equipment:
•   8 – 10 wt rods
•   Full intermediate lines with at least 200-yds of backing
•   Short 4-5 foot long, straight leaders of 30-lb monofilament or fluorocarbon
•   Bite tippets of 50-80 lbs if targeting tarpon
•   Back-up rods, spinning/casting in case it gets too rough in the surf, or the wind picks up to gale conditions

Recommended Flies:
Surf candy
Clouser minnows
Lefty’s Deceivers
Beck’s Bombers

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Travel with at least 2 vehicles
• VFH radio channel 14
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.  Shouldn’t apply on this trip, but still good advice.
• Sign in and sign out at the meet up point. Inform the trip leader if you will be fishing in a different place.

Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine River - September 27th, 2014
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:49:01 AM »
We may want swapped weekends with the PINS trip.

There may be a better chance of seeing the anchovies. 

We may have been too late for PINS in 2012 and 2013, leading to some disappointed anglers.


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