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Outing Information Only / Re: May 2013 POC JETTY OUTING
« on: May 03, 2013, 01:14:40 PM »
I'm planning to make the trip, but commitments at home prevent me from arriving until saturday morning. Looks like I'll miss the Firday night mosquito fest, but I'll be there as early as I can on Saturday morning.

Planning for light winds and hungry redfish.

C'mon, ya'll... sign up and line up!


General Discussion / Re: Thanks guys!
« on: May 02, 2013, 09:57:07 AM »
You're right, you are lucky to have friends like us!   ;D

Outing Information Only / Re: February 2013, Prison Permit
« on: February 25, 2013, 04:25:07 PM »
Wow Dan... thanks for the invite, dude!

Great trip that was a whole lotta fun. Would have loved to have had improved weather and more cooperative fish, but a great time nonetheless. Weather will improve as spring arrives for sure... the next rrip will be even better. Great food and plenty of adult beverages enjoyed! And yeah, Alan - thanks for your hospitality! And thanks to Golden for managing a big group of people and lining up the details!

Well, as you know I'm typically not given to self promotion, but I thought I'd post the photo of my flounder... courtesy of Scott Breedlove. This was a very significant fish, because it was the first fish caught on my own hand-tied fly (in the beginners' class), with one of my hand-built rods. Joe Nicklo claims that is a spiritual experience. I think he's right!

Ready for the next one!


Outing Information Only / Re: February 2013, Prison Permit
« on: February 19, 2013, 11:59:27 AM »
Okay - I get the visual... Twelve guys in one house, chili, and beer. Is there a cot on the screen porch I can use?  :-\

Just checked the Chili Joint website, Mike, and they have a great big ol' ribeye. You'll be okay!

See you all at the Chili Joint...


Outing Information Only / Re: February 2013, Prison Permit
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:58:00 AM »
Getting closer!

I'm not too familiar with the Caney Creek/ Sargent area... is there a map or address that I can plug into gps? Also... I'm hearing that we'll be meeting at a BBQ joint for dinner and planning. Where, and is there a bar? Time?

Hoping for calm winds and clear skies...  ;)


Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: 2013-02-17, fishing with Nilo...
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:55:28 PM »
A few nymphs and hare-e's - $3

Half a tank of gas for the round trip - $40

A nice day with your wife, your favorite dog, blue skies, and a nice chunky bass... priceless.

Way to go Puck!

Outing Information Only / Re: February 2013, Prison Permit
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:52:23 PM »
Okay I'm in! Signed up and lined up...  Denis - you and me, brothuh! Bring along some of those fancy little flies you tie and your best El Pesacador casting form and we'll be on the leaderboard for sure! Looks like a great group coming together will be a blast... Too bad the all-the-prime-rib-you-can-pack-in-your-greedy-pie-hole restaurant is closed, but barbeque and a few cold shiners sounds pretty dang good.  8)

Thanks Mike for putting this together


Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 21, 2013, 04:33:26 PM »
    Excellent trip guys, had a blast as usual. Congratulations to Travis and Brett for hitting it big on Saturday and taking the honors. Wish the trout would have been slighly more cooperative, but hey, that's fishing. Weather couldn't have been better, it was great just to spend some time on the river.

    Great group of friends, and I learned a lot over the course of the weekend. Important life skills like:
    • I can still drink too much bourbon and fish the next day
    • Tying on a tiny scud fly takes a powerful set of reading glasses
    • It is always good to ask not just how many people a cabin can acommodate, but the number of beds and their configuration is equally important
    • If you leave a damp sweater over the railing on the deck to dry it just might be frozen stiff in the morning
    • And finally - fly fishing for finicky trout can be very frustrating - but a helluva lot of fun!

Sharing a few photos from the trip:

Matt's fish of the day, out of a hole slightly downstream from Rio... Nice!!!

Matt and Brent Hodges talking about... who knows?

Has to be one of the prettiest places in Texas!

Casting into a pool that just HAD to be holding trout - but... ah, not so much.

Here's Matt in a contemplative mood - not sure about what.

I just liked the weathered textures of these ancient cypress trunks!

My daughter Clare and I fished on Sunday; here she is on her first flyfishing adventure. She pulled her first trout out of this spot!

And yeah, I finally caught a nice bow! This one is my personal best to date...until next year!

Those are the shots I had... post up guys!

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:22:53 PM »
Not for young guys like you, Bear!

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:20:46 PM »
Travis - bring your buddy on out on Friday night, and you can both stay in the Rio cabin both nights. That way we'd have a full house and a great time. Your friend doesn't need to be an official TFF'er (although I can't think of a reason why he wouldn't want to be) to stay in the cabin with us.

Ya'll come!


Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:05:43 AM »
Yep - some nice restaurants in the area for dinner, and a really nice shop nearby (couple of blocks) for donuts and kolaches. last year we hit Lucky's on Canyon Lake on Friday, and the Grist Mill on Saturday. Maybe scoout for other options. Bring your own stuff for lunch on the water. I like Bear's idea - just bring along camp snacks and your favorite beverages. Oh, yeah, and some some coffee and ibuprofen on hand might be a good idea!

Weather forecasts, in which we always believe, looks like we'll have improving conditions through the week and a pretty nice weekend. Big unknown will be the water conditions with all this runoff. May need to tip those flys with a little velveeta...


Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 10, 2013, 07:58:09 AM »
No kayak for me, I'll be fishing with Matt "Carpman" Blyth and Brent Hodges. On Sunday I'm taking my daughter, who's in school in San Marcos, out for her first flyfishing adventure. Brent Hodges will be providing a few pointers and a roll cast, she's excited about it.

By the way, I've selected my "one fly" for the event. Since our primary quarry will be stocked trout, I'm focusing on a dropper rig that should appeal to their appetite for hatchery food.

My top fly, as an attractor, will be the legendary "Bread Crumb" fly. This fly floats high in the water, and has been known to be absolutely deadly on pond raised carp that inhabit waterside restaurants, boardwalks, and city parks.

The dropper fly will be the deadly "Corn Fly," which has been a proven go-to for farm raised catfish. If the bread crumb doesn't get 'em, I know they'll be unable to resist the green giant niblets.

You guys can mess with all those itty bitty nymphs, midges, and scuds, in sizes so tiny that I can't even see to tie them (remember Bear? Last year you were getting totally frustrated just watching me attempt to tie those knots on tiny tippet), while I focus on trophy Guadalupe carp, catfish, and maybe even a sucker. Like the guadalupe redfish Matt caught last year.

Getting closer! I'm planning to leave Friday afternoon, and be there in time for cocktails on the deck and a nice steak at the Grist Mill. Anybody up for that?

Ready to go... George

Rod Building / Re: New To Rod Building
« on: January 02, 2013, 07:15:14 AM »
Good way to get started is to pick up the Flex Coat rod building kit, which includes all you need to get started. Includes the wrapping stand, dryer, epoxy, hi-build finish,  brushes, etc. Also includes a video and a pretty decent booklet to get you started. I think the kit sells for about $180 at FTU. Lots of you-tubes out there, and 2cool has a forum of very active rod builders who are hugely helpful to the novice - they helped me a great deal.

And yeah, Joe is right. You migh see if you can get in on the club's rod building classes. Some pretty talented rod builders leading that event.

Welcome to another new addiction!

Good luck... George

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: December 30, 2012, 03:43:19 PM »

LOL / Re: Caption Competition
« on: December 05, 2012, 12:00:33 PM »
If I put a tax on fly rods could I pay for Obamacare???

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