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Outing Information Only / Re: Village Creek Big Thicket - May
« on: December 05, 2013, 10:40:34 AM »
Do we have a leader for this one yet?


Unlocked and ready for sign-up.


TFF has been invited back to participate in the expanding of young minds at one of our local high schools.

We will be speaking to 3 different classes, starting with the first period.

Day 1 (2014-01-31) - Introduction to fly-fishing
          Most of this is "Show and tell"
Day 2 (2014-03-14) - Fly casting
          In the hallway is what we did last year.
Day 3 (2014-04-11) - Fly Tying
          This is the most challenging due to the time limits.  A wooly bugger may be too complicated for the limited amount of time.  Ideas anyone?

We will need some more volunteers.

Updates are in the works.


Outing Information Only / Re: REDFISH RODEO!!!! November 9th
« on: November 05, 2013, 05:19:14 AM »
I'll take ownership of organizing anybody who fills out their information on this sheet.

This is a great idea.  Thanks for the help.


About You / Re: New to the group
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:36:23 AM »
And please  - don't inflate Puck's ego any further... we'll never hear the end of it!



I resemble that remark.



Orvis / Re: Orvis 2013-11-06
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:40:19 AM »
I have the material in the go box to tie Clousers.


Orvis / Orvis 2013-11-06
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:42:03 AM »

Tying Chat / Gudebrod is out of business.....
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »
Does anybody know a reliable replacement for thier size "A" rod wrapping thread?




Outing Information Only / Re: REDFISH RODEO!!!! Entry fee...
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:33:56 AM »
I'll pay at the meeting tonight.

Is cash OK?


Outing Information Only / Re: REDFISH RODEO? No recomended flies?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:33:20 AM »

Tying Chat / Re: Redfish Crack on a Diet
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:32:39 AM »
Tested this exact fly, and it did catch a fish.



The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.  That's an exceedingly odd number. 

Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US railroads. 

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used. 

Why did "they" use that gauge then?   Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing. 

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?   Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts. 

So who built those old rutted roads?   Imperial Rome built the first Long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions.   The roads have been used ever since. 

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.  Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.  Bureaucracies live forever. 

So the next time you are handed a Specification/ Procedure/ Process and wonder "What horse's behind came up with it?" you may be exactly right.   Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses' behinds.) Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.   These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory at Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains.   And the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's behind. And you thought being a horse's behind wasn't important?   

Add or subtract 12
So 5:30 + 12=1730. or 1730-12=5:30. 

Does anyone know were I can find KeeHee flies locally?   I have ordered some from Fishers Direct but it takes a while.

I'd suggest calling the local Vendors.  You can find a list of a few of them here

Damon's Seven Lakes / TFO Mangrove 10wt
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:32:51 AM »
I just ordered a 10wt Mangrove from our favorite TFO dealer.


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