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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???

Tying Chat / Re: Bounty - on gray Redfish Crack flies!
« on: December 05, 2012, 11:57:35 AM »
Puck - it's a little difficult to take a photograph of an object that has been lost. You're right, I should have taken a photo just before I lost it. Duh.

Tying Chat / Re: Bounty - on gray Redfish Crack flies!
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:08:17 AM »
Those are pretty, Joe, you'll have to teach me to tie them.

BUT... they are just like the flies that were repeatedly refused by the Sabine redfish. The magic was in the gray craft fur that was used. The good news is that Golden has apparently located the mysterious tyer who created the holy grail of redfish crack, and has the flies we need on the way. So I guess the bounty has already been claimed!

Thanks though - you were first on the list!


Tying Chat / Bounty - on gray Redfish Crack flies!
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:22:44 PM »
Okay fly tyers... need some creative genius to put together a very specific redfish crack fly. Seems I lost Mike Graham's last remaining "magic" redfish crack fly, and boy is he vocal about it. Check the Saltwater Outing Chat for the more complete story.

So here's the deal... I am putting a bounty on the redfish crack fly that is just like the one that was lost. I'm putting up $100 for twelve perfect flies (six for Mike, six for me), and the recipe, but they have to match Mike Graham's spec. It was made with some type of gray craft fur that turned into a kind of purple luminescence in the water, with a little silver flash. Pulsated nicely, and redfish jumped on that thing when they refused any other offering. Mike had it tied specially, but can't recall who tied it for him.

I know, that sounds like a lot of cash for a dozen flies, but it is worth it to me for the peace and quiet!

Any fly tying bounty hunters out there!?  ???  Drop me a line and let's get started!

Outing Chat / Re: Supperb Sabine
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:10:01 PM »
Yeah, Mike is right…  Sabine was superb!  Was a great day on Sunday; great waters and pretty close to home. Very kayak friendly, with some really nice shorelines and shallow water very close to the launch point.  Wading can be difficult in the areas; there is some pretty soft mud in the areas, but for the most part okay.

True story about that one-eyed redfish. That was something to see. That was why the fish didn't take the first cast - Mike cast to it's bind side. After the recast to his right side he jumped right on the fly.

Oh... and this is important. Here’s an offer to all you fly tyers…  Mike is wound pretty tight after I lost his last remaining perfect redfish fly. You’d think he just lost his best dog or something he’s so upset.  It was a redfish crack fly, but what was interesting was the craft fur that was used. Gray in color, but in the water it almost had a luminescent quality that looked a little purple and silver. I don’t know who tied it, but it was a killer. Redfish were refusing other colors of redfish crack (pink head/ tan tail), but this one was deadly. So… here’s the offer. I’ll put up $100 to whoever can come up with the best fly per Mike’s spec, and put together twelve flies based on that recipe.  Six for Mike, six for me. I know that is a lot of money for a dozen flies, but it is worth it to me to stop the whining.  If you have a recipe that will make that work let me know and we’ll get started.  I’ll also post the offer under “tying chat” and see who can come up with the best looking fly.

A couple of photos to add to the post:

Here’s Mike on the bow, fighting a redfish…

Redfish coming to hand…

And here’s a little something to ease the aching shoulders after a long day of poling in soft mud. Salties will recognize this as the Port O’Connor cocktail – ibuprofen and a glass of rum.

Ready to return to the Sabine marsh – a great location and makes a great day trip!

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 27, 2012, 12:53:56 PM »
Separated shoulder?   :(  Sorry to hear it, but from one of your previous posts I don't think it should really be a problem for you. Remember, we'll be bobber fishing after stockies...! So as long as you can flick your wrist and lay out 15' of line you should be okay.

And remember, it's not a bobber. It's a strike indicator.

The Guadalupe trip will be a blast - still fun to catch a nice rainbow no matter it's ancestry. Oh, yeah, and dinner at the Grist Mill, a few cocktails on the deck, etc. Maybe Matt will invite us up to visit his father-in-law's wine collection?

Hope your shoulder improves!

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