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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!

Outing Chat / Fishing the "Land of the Giants"
« on: November 19, 2012, 02:30:15 PM »

Spent a few days earlier this month fishing in Venice, Louisiana, and it is truly the “Land of the Giants!”

Fished for three days out of Buras (near Venice), and caught piles of chunky trout and big numbers of oversized reds. While this was primarily a trip for conventional anglers (I was the only flyrodder in the group) I thought I’d post this on the forum – planting a seed to say we really need to line up a flyfishing trip to Louisiana along the Mississippi delta. Truly an amazing fishery!

Since we were fishing conventional tackle, I had only one shot at a redfish with a fly. There were cruising reds between 20 and 30 pounds in some very shallow water, and one came into range at about 40 feet. Perfect!  Somehow all the variables came together, and I was able to place a fly (a black and purple popper, purchased at Uptown Angler in New Orleans the day before) about two feet in front of the fish. He turned, and surged towards the fly with gill plates flared and pectoral fins outstretched. Pushing a bow wake with his eyes out of the water he was about to hit like an angry Mack truck. I stripped to keep him chasing for about eight feet, teasing him to strike. Then… he turned away and didn’t take. He swam away, and there I was I was, feeling like I had just missed the winning field goal, dejected, and still shaking with buck fever.  But – I am ready to return, and this time with only the long rods and the fly bag – I’ll leave the conventional stuff in the garage.

We stayed at a lodge called Outcast Fishing Charters, operated by Capt Lloyd Landry. Nice comfy lodge and the food was superb. Capt Lloyd is the head chef as well as chief guide, and his local seafood recipes will keep you stuffed and happy. Jim Richards has fished with Lloyd as well, and I’m thinking will back me up on this – the food , lodging, and company are great… and the fishing is really hard to beat. Can't say enough good things about those guys!

A couple of photos (not great, taken with a cellphone) to pique your interest and whet your appetite:

My personal best redfish – 42” caught on one of my home built medium light casting rods. Estimated at about 35 to 40 bs.

My son and brother, with another nice red

Picked up this guy in the Mississippi river itself – amazing

A great time fishing, and what a thrill to catch so many big reds and watch them swim away. A few filets for the table, but many more released. So what do you think Salties… Anybody up for a trip to the land of the giants? I’m thinking fall of 2013!

Outing Information Only / Re: January 2013 Outing - Guadalupe One Fly
« on: November 19, 2012, 12:02:54 PM »
I'm in; last year's trip was a lot of fun. Interested in both the cabin and in fishing with Brent.

« on: November 06, 2012, 11:17:24 PM »
Sorry, but business travel has me away  :(

However, if it will help someone I have a kayak that could be available as a loaner if that would help someone. I figure if I can't make it at least maybe my kayak can.

Have fun guys... really hate to miss this one!


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