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Messages - GDSutherland

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Yeah, thanks Puck for helping relive the very special moment of hooking a personal best smallmout, then having it spit the hook. Ah, well... I guess that is what keeps us coming back. I know he's swimming out there somehwere, just taunting me.  I'll go back and find him!

Argh... >:(


Outing Chat / Re: John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular
« on: April 06, 2014, 03:24:12 PM »
Wow Don... looks like you really got into the bass at D7L yesterday - Nicely done!

Thanks Mike Arnold for growing some great fish!


I'm signed up! Put me down for dinner and a bunk somewhere...

Outing Chat / Re: FLOUNDER ON MAY FLY!!
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:36:27 AM »
Congrats Don - nice fish and a nice fly. Looks like the kind of thing that just about anything would eat, redfish, trout, or flounder.



Events and Information / Re: Oil Spill in Galveston Bay
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:04:06 PM »
Yep - just read a report which stated the damaged compartment has a capacity of 4k barrels, or 168,000 gallons. Also metioned two people treated for hydogen sulfide inhalation. The report said the barge is partially sunken and is carrying bunker fuel, which is typically used as a fuel for marine engines.

Hoping for a very quick recovery, cleanup, and no environmental damage.

Okay - I'll go! Anyone?


Outing Chat / Re: Pond Fishing for Bass& Perch
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:30:48 AM »
Well, looks like the crappie are spawning in the landscape lake in our neighborhood. I must have caught a dozen of these last night between 7:00 and 8:00, all on black wooly buggers. This is one of those mud basin retention ponds with no grass, structure, etc. This pond is pretty good fishing, really. I've seen my son pull 5# bass out of it, and I've caught hundreds of bass, perch, and catfish on the fly. It is stocked, but clearly we are growing fish in this lake. I can only imagine how productive it might be with some planned structure in the design.

Interesting thing is these crappie appear only for a short time in the spring, when they are spawning in the shallows. Then they apparently go deep, and are rarely seen for the remainder of the year. Might catch one occasionally, but pretty rare. This lake slopes to a depth of 20' to 25' I'm told, would be good to take a depthfinder in a kayak and see what the bottom looks like and where these fish might go.

But a decent place to fish all the way around... as you can see.

Tying Chat / Re: Pizza and Fly tying
« on: March 19, 2014, 06:55:17 AM »
Good stuff guys - learned a lot last night. While the Seaducer is a pretty simple fly to ie, the lesson is all about feathers. Capes vs saddles vs strung hackle, etc. Selecting feathers of size, comparing to hook gap, etc. feather "structure," i.e. webbed or not, and where and why either makes sense. Weed guards, and how to tie them (remember - not too tight to the hook).

A lot more than meets the eye in tying the simple seaducer...

Thanks for the lesson and the hospitality!


Tying Chat / Re: Still organizing flies....
« on: March 16, 2014, 08:29:13 AM »
You're going to need a bigger fly box...

Outing Chat / Re: Targetting stripers on the upper Guad
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:29:22 AM »
Nice striper! Sounds like you had better success than most, fishing on a touch day.

Tying Chat / Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 15, 2014, 09:26:47 AM »
Scored on hackle capes! Black and white inda house... chartreuse and chartreuse grizzly on back order. Hackles are still hard to find. Spoke to Feather-Craft; they report serious shortages ongoing.

So... if you see some buy some!


Outing Information Only / Re: Christmas Bay - March
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:56:50 AM »
Would love to be there, but I have a conflict... will not be in town. BUT... I agree - there are lots of grass shoreline on the south side of the bay which should be reasonably protected, and paddle-able (is that a word?). If you wait for prime conditions you'll never go fishing!

Justin - congrats on your new vessel! I know you've been looking for a while. Cool!


Tying Chat / Re: Bread, beer, and fly tying:
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:39:42 AM »
Great time, Puck - thanks for putting that together and for your hospitality. Learned a few good tricks and techniques that can be applied to other flies, and some ideas already hatching for the next series of bendbacks.

Trying to be ready for East Matty trip in April, and be ready with the ultimate fly to fool those big sow trout laying up over scattered shell and mud flats. Those bendbacks may be just the trick!


Outing Chat / Re: Pond Fishing for Bass& Perch
« on: March 05, 2014, 09:29:44 AM »
There's a subdivision lake in our neighborhod that is so blue we call it "Lake Tidy-Bowl."

BUT... we have a structureless mud-basin of a retention pond (er, lake) with no grass or lilly pads, and a concrete lip around the entire lake. A few fountains in the middle, it looks pretty nice as you take your evening stroll. Only structure is the slope of the lake, and fish seem to congreate in curves. Even so, it is stocked and is a decent, not great, fishery. There are fish being grown in there; bass caught in all sizes from fingerlings up to 8 pounds. last June I watched as my son pulled out three bass in a row that pulled the boga to five pounds. Lots of smaller bass, tons of perch, and many catfish. A nice way to spend a Saturday morning - a cup of coffee, a five wt fly rod, a few wooly buggers, and a handful of perch and bass.

Would love to see these eveloped into real habitat, but good luck getting a management group to make that much ofr an investment.

Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:27:39 AM »
Great trip guys! Piles of fun and some good stories to add to the growing volume of TFF folklore! Doing a little impromptus mudding, late night at Jay's Chili Shack, emptying a couple of bourbon bottles, watching Alan's "cane pole" technique while catching eleven sheephead, learning more about sail line fishing from an Uncle Si look alike than I ever wanted to know. That was quite a TFF flotilla running down the intracoastal - I think it was eight boats!

Welcome to Justin and Colton! Hope you guys had a great time, we sure enjoyed fishing with you and watching you pull a truck from the mud.

Tim and karen - was great to meet you too... looking forward to more trips.

Alan - Thanks as always for your hospitality and on-the-water advice and coaching!

Can't wait for the next trips... Christmas Bay, and then returning to East Matty for big spring trout! Bring your deceivers, clousers, and I'm going slightly retro with bendbacks that Puck is going to teach me to tie...

See you at the Houston Fishing Show!


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