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Messages - GDSutherland

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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!

GDS

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Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 26, 2014, 06:58:19 AM »
Would love to fish Friday, but I'm afraid I'll be trying to scratch out a living. Will leave H-town 4-ish and be there in time for cocktails and dinner.

Matt - don't listen to Scott. You should quickly convert your sons to fly fishermen and get them out of baseball. That way you could indulge your your own preferences while spending quality time with the family. I once rationalized the purchase of a large boat by claiming it's purpose was family time, and keeping my kids drug-free and off the streets. And how can you put a pricetag on that?

Anyway... just trying to be helpful.

See you all there, hoping this front passes and conditions improve!
GDs

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Outing Chat / Re: Fishing the legendary Mardi Gras Minnow, part 2
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:42:24 PM »
Show off!!!

Nice fish Puck...  :)

GDS

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Outing Chat / Re: Fishing the legendary Mardi Gras Minnow
« on: February 17, 2014, 03:06:30 PM »
Two very small changes - you're right, using a different set of eyes. These are a plastic dumbell eye, already painted very realistically. A bit pricey, but who cares they look cool. Made me buy them anyway. Also added a little red floss at the throat, just trying to imitate something wounded. Does it help? Who knows...

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General Discussion / Re: Grand Ise Report
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:44:53 AM »
Looks great Joe - well done! I'm thinking we need to organize a TFF trip to the Lousiana coast! After a trip like that you're probably spoiled and Green's Lake just won't seem the same to you...

Great post!

GDS

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Outing Chat / Re: Bayou Bassin - They're Back!
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:37:26 PM »
Hoo Whee Mike, looks like you had a great day! If only you didn't have to work for a couple of hours!

Looking forward to Mike Q's post, where he shows photos of his results... C'mon MFQ...lets hear the story!

GDS

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Outing Chat / Fishing the legendary Mardi Gras Minnow
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:33:52 PM »
By now many TFF'ers have heard about Puck's Mardi Gras Minnow; I talked him into showing me the recipe in prearation for an upcoming trip to the Devils River, an adventure in search of large bass in crystal clear waters. After some practice they started looking pretty good...



So here's the rest of the story... it seems they work, too! Been speaking with new member Jason Pool about getting together for some casting practice and a shot at some bass in the neighborhood landscape lake. He and his friend Thomas arrive Saturday afternoon, well ahead of me. Stiff wind from the South made casting kind of a challenge, but we were at it anyway. Gotta get warmed up for the Prison Permit Invitational, after all. We're casting in a lake when a fellow angler stops by and says "never seen anyone catch a fish in this lake. They're all in the lake across the street." Really, I'm thinking, that makes no sense. The two lakes are connected by culverts under the street, fish should swim freely between the two. Not to refuse any free advice from the locals, we walked across the street and started casting into the solid breeze. I'm casting the Mardi Gras minnow above, which looks just like a wounded perch or even a shad when stripped. The craft fur and fox head on this thing, along with the eyes and flash, really make this fly come alive. We hadn't been at it long, when I'm stripping the MGM and it suddenly comes to an abrupt halt. Then it starts to shake. A quick strip set and ...fish on! A nice fight with a couple of runs and this chunky girl is on the bank. About 15" in length, nice and healthy, and full of eggs. They will be spawning soon! Another hookup a few minutes later ...



Turns out that Puck's Mardi Gras Minnow, so named because he uses mardi gras beads for the eyes, are a great baitfish imitation, and a fly that bass seem to love. You gotta getcha some...tie up a bunch of them and head to the bass pond soon!

Thanks Puck for a sharing a great pattern, and looking forward to trying them on the Devils River!

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Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 11, 2014, 06:00:26 AM »
Me too!

GDS

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Outing Chat / Re: A Mayfly hatch
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:11:16 AM »
I think I need a cigarette!

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Spoke at length with Steve about his spoonfly yesterday at the 2014 Fly Tying Festival. Ron Mayfiled and I decided it needed a proper name. Give Steve's Irish heritage we dubbed the fly the "Flanagan's Pot O' Gold Spoonfly." And thus it shall always be known....

Pretty cool gold spoonfly!

GDS

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Outing Information Only / Re: Prison Permit Invitational - March 1
« on: February 01, 2014, 06:25:16 AM »
Okay... I've been able to shift some calandar and am signing up for the event. I'll be there with a skiff. Sign me up with someone who knows East Matty!

Sign me up for Friday night lodging if there's an open bunk.

George

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Regreattably I cannot make the reshedule date. Too many irons in too many fires...

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General Discussion / Re: Straightening 80 lb test mono?
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:07:12 PM »
Do you really think Puck owns a hair dryer?  ;D

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Tying Chat / Re: MGM made with EP Foxy brush
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:36:34 AM »
Looks good Puck! Glad to see that the EP brush is promising. Ready to give them a try...

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Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine Lake - January 25th, 2014
« on: January 24, 2014, 09:46:36 AM »
A quick reconnoiter of the Seabrook shoreline and back lagoons says that this norther has blown the water out of the bay to about redfish island. I'm guessing the same at Bridge City. I think our probability of having fishable conditions in 18 hours is pretty low.

I'm thinking we push to next week in hope of better conditions, or call the day. Winter fishing can be great, but timing between fronts is the key. It will probably be great fishing next Tuesday!

Just my $.02.

Any other thougths?

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