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Yep... that event was truly impressive. That was my first real exposure to fly tying, and so much talent packed into one spot was really something to see. Quite a lot of artistry in motion.

Thanks Puck for coaching me through a first attempt! May be the start of another new adiction.

Good stuff...

LOL / Re: What's the smallest caliber gun you trust?
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:44:15 PM »
I once found myself in a conversation with an Alaskan charter captain on this very subject. There had been incidents that week of salmon fishermen in back country rivers being chased. His recommendation was a heavy caliber - a .44 magnum at least.

But, he said, "most people file the front sight all the way flat, flush with the barrel."
Puzzled, I queried "why in the world would they do that?"
His answer - "that way it doesn't hurt as badly when that bear takes the gun away from you, turns you around, and shoves it up your (fill in blank)!"

Okay, okay. He got the tourist fisherman to bite. True story.  ;D

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:22:17 PM »
Denis it is yours! First come first serve for beds and sofa. I'll grab a bunk in the heavy snoring room and bring a pack of ear plugs.

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 26, 2012, 02:43:53 PM »
One-fly fishers:

I'll head out to the Gaudalupe tomorrow afternoon, and plan to check in at Rio Raft around 5:00. That's official check-in, but if you arrive earlier you may be able to enter the cottage if it is ready. Should be able to fish the area in front of the cabin tomorrow afternoon when you arrive. When you enter the resort the cottages will be on your right. The one we have reserved is a two story, with two bedrooms. We can declare one room a snoring room, the other a heavy snoring room. Look for a white F-250 crew cab out front. Come on in, grab a bunk, take a beer from the cooler, and hope you have the right place.

Right now we have four confirmed for the riverside cotage; room for one more on the sofa. Any takers?

See you out there...

General Discussion / Re: Sight Casting --- Natures Style
« on: January 24, 2012, 03:36:32 PM »
Wow that is quite a flounder gig!

Outing Chat / Re: Latest Bayou Trip Report 1-22-12
« on: January 24, 2012, 06:41:09 AM »
Yeah, I'm scared of water moccasins. Only a damned fool isn't. Oh, and zombies.  :o

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:53:29 AM »
Mike Q has confirmed the cabin at Rio Raft. So confirmed are: Mike Graham, Mike Quigley, George Sutherland. Scott was prevously confirmed, we'll see if he can make Round 2. Haven't heard from Jared.

We can accomodate four in beds, one on the sofa (don't think it folds out), and floorspace.


Outing Chat / Re: Latest Bayou Trip Report 1-22-12
« on: January 23, 2012, 07:22:33 AM »
Great afternoon, Mike... thanks for guiding. I'll start practicing my techniques for jigging with a fly rod. Seems that needs a little work. Yeah, there are big carp in those waters! Wouldn't take, even with as perfect a presentation as I could muster. Pretty picky eaters.

You did not mention the pair of water moccasins... yuk.  :P

Good time!

Outing Chat / Re: White Bass Run
« on: January 19, 2012, 04:04:15 PM »
Where would one go to fish white bass from a kayak? Rivers, lakes? Where to launch? How long do they typically run? I always thought this was a late Feb/ early March thing.


Next weekend is the Guadalupe trip, and the fly festival is the following weekend, but might be a good trip after that.

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 18, 2012, 06:44:11 AM »
I'll choose door number two, Monty!

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 16, 2012, 04:26:05 PM »
Matt... Yep the beer will be flowing. Also the possibility of some good scotch, bourbon, coca cola. Alka seltzer in the morning. Mike Q (aka "he who drowns the worms") has committed to the riverside cottage. Glad to see we're expanding the group... that's great. We'll see what floorspace we have, or if we continue to add someone could look into a second cottage. Always the I-35 hotels as well.

Is that an elk or a red stag? Either way he'd look really nice with a set of cross hairs.

Finally, the Reelfly flyshop in Sattler will be celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, and serving "Trout Slayer" beer. Gotta try that!

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 16, 2012, 10:36:33 AM »
Scott... glad you're in.

Jared, Mike Q - what are your thoughts? The two of you would make five and leave only accomodations on the floor.

By the way... I did some scouting this past weekend, and found a great chicken fried steak at a place called Lucky's on 306, checked out the new fly shop in Sattler, and took a drive through Rio Raft. Staying on the river will definitely be the way to go. Matt... I'm hoping you'll hang out with us!?  Have to say the plan is coming together nicely!

Did a little fishing, but only caught two. Fish just not feeding too aggressively; only explanation I can come up with was the full moon. Either that or I the fish didn't like my corn fly. May need to try something more conventional - like a live tadpole. :o


2012 and Previous / Re: January Fresh Water Outing
« on: January 13, 2012, 12:29:53 PM »
Good news for lodging during the Guadalupe One-Fly! I've been able to secure a cottage on the rinver, in the Rio Raft Resort. Not exactly the lap of luxury, but it is on the river, has a deck, coffee pot, and a few beds. Perfect!

The details are:
Location: Rio Raft Resort, 14130 River Road, New Braunfels, Tx. 78132. Same place where Matt has arranged for us to start the event. It is actually closer to Sattler. 4th Crossing Bridge on River Rd, about 1/2 mile South of the Light at FM-2673 and River Road. easy to find on google maps or Reserved for both Friday and Saturday nights.

Cottage has four beds, a sofa, and there should be room for an air mattress (or other inflatables) if someone wants to occupy floor space. Confirmed: Mike G and George S. Availiable to: Scott B, Jared F, and Mike Q. Matt B is staying elsewhere, he said something about a wine collection in a location he would not disclose. Hunh. If we have more people sign up we might be able to secure an additional cottage (numbers depending) or rely on an I-35 corridor La Quinta.

Location is right on the river, has a deck and ample space for unwinding outside with a beer and a cigar. Ahhhh...! Absolutely no smoking inside the cottage; if you do you will be subject to a $100 "cleaning fee" per the resort. Bed linens are provided, but not bath linens. Thus you'll need to bring your own towel (or forego bathing, your choice). There is a kitchenette which has no cookware, so if anyone would like to do any cooking you'll need to bring everything you'll need. There is a coffeemaker, so the very basics are covered.  Should be great for a bit of wading on Sunday morning before the return trip.

Cost will be $62.50/ head/night if we have four, or $50/head/night if we have five. Total cost (driveout) is $495 which I have already paid, so you can reimburse me when we're there. Cash wholeheartedly accepted. I'll check in on Friday afternoon, checkout on Sunday by 11:00 am.

Better sign up soon, fellows, only two beds, a sofa, and the floor remaining! Don't make Golden chase you down!!!

Please let me know at the soonest whether you'd like to stay.

This will be a blast! Sign up and join the fun.


Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: SSG JL Puckett, 2011-12-29
« on: January 11, 2012, 06:56:00 AM »

2012 and Previous / Re: January Fresh Water Outing
« on: January 10, 2012, 10:51:30 AM »
Sound like we'll need a plan for lodging... I'm thinking that riverside cabins sounds good - anybody have any ideas? Dinner at the Gristmill and a nice whisky and cigar overlooking the river. Not too bad... Or we can look for a I-35 hotel in San Marcos or new Braunfels. I like the idea of staying both Friday and Saturday, so we can enjoy a few beers and lies after the event, then fish a bit on Sunday morning before the return trip.

Any other thoughts, or anyone interested? Who's up?


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