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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!

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

Nice fish Puck...  :)


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...

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!


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!


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 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!

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


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

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!


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.


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

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

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...

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?

Outing Information Only / Re: Guadalupe One Fly - January 18th, 2014
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:42:13 PM »
Well, it seems that on Saturday, January 18th, there were two kinds of fly anglers. Those who participated in the Guadalupe one-fly event, and then, well, the rest of you. The former group was the fortunate few who had a great day of fishing, great food, meeting new friends, and an outstanding time on the river. And what a great event it was. A combined event with the Texas FlyFishers and the Alamo Fly Fishers from San Antonio, with a total of about twenty anglers equally split between the two clubs. From the TFF'ers we had John P, Scott B, Mike Q, Denis A, Michael M, Barry S, Jim R, Travis R, and George S...did I miss anyone? From the Alamo Fly Fishers we hadWalter R, David G, Steve F, Paul C, David R, Santiago S, Kurt M, Bret R, and probably some others whose signatures on waiver forms I could not decipher. Big group, great participation!

Action started on Friday, where a couple of TFF anglers decided to “pre-fish” the river in hopes of gaining a competitive advantage. Scott B. and Denis A. hit the river early Friday morning, but reported no catch. Skunked. Yeah, right, that is what they “said.” But who knows, maybe it was true, and the only competitive advantage they gained was knowledge of what flies were not working, and where the trout were not. As people started arriving Friday afternoon the coolers opened and several TFF’ers made the traditional trip to Lucky’s Sports Bar on Canyon Lake, home of the chicken fried ribeye steak. That’s right, a ribeye. Wow. Then back to the cabin at Rio Raft for more laughs, stories, and elbow-deep plunges into the cooler and a pull from a brown bottle.

Saturday dawned clear, bright, and cold. Thermometer had plunged to 30 degrees – brrr.  Fleece under your waders and hot coffee being the order of the morning. The guys from the Alamo Fly Fishers, led by club president Walter R., began arriving about 7:30 as planned for the start. Really nice guys, and lots of introductions were made. There were several kayakers in that bunch.  A quick orientation on the official “rules,” er, guidelines (there seemed to be some disagreement regarding whether a sabiki rig could be considered a “one-fly”), and all were off in different directions. Many wading, several kayaking, and John P. and George S. declared a pro-am division and fished with guide and friend Capt. Brent Hodges.

Here’s the morning gathering; you can just feel the focused intensity in this group!

Then off to the fishing! The river was running rather low and slow, and not quite as clear as we’d seen it, but conditions were good for fishing and it was a gorgeous day. Many quality trout caught over the course of the day. Great thing was that they were big – 16” to 18” pretty common, with perhaps a few above that. Some as small as four inches (mine), and many in the 12” to 14” range.  All the trout were plump and healthy. Females were really thick, and despite all care taken at the release many were releasing eggs. This is consistent with the egg pattern being a very productive fly. The luck of individual anglers varied considerably. Some caught many, some just a few, and some… well, turned in a zero score. Fishing was best with a nymph rig, with eggs and midges receiving the most hits. Our most productive flies were a rainbow warrior or an orange egg.

Here's John with a nice bow!

Hey look! George caught one too!

So who won the event? Michael Midyett turned in the top score for the event, with five trout totaling 77 inches of fish. That’s pretty impressive – a 15.4” average, and a testament to the quality of the fish in the Guadalupe. Michael is quite a fisherman. A recent transplant to Houston from Colorado, it is pretty clear that he was born with a five weight in his hand. As anglers returned in the late afternoon, there was a fully stocked cooler handy, and lots of stories from the day’s adventures. Prizes awarded, and everybody present received a small token. I’m still envious of Mike Q., who walked away with a very nice hat courtesy of the Alamo Fly Fishers.  Then it was off to a great team dinner with both clubs at Gennaro’s Trattoria, in nearby Startzville. A really good Italian restaurant; they graciously reserved a table of fifteen on a very busy Saturday night. Complimentary champagne was served, toasting new friends, and more stories. High marks for Genarro’s; you must give them a try when you are in the area.

Big group and a big dinner:

Sunday morning dawned cool with a light fog rising from the river. Great thing about staying at Rio Raft is you walk down a gentle slope to excellent fishing right out your back door.

Here’s the mystery angler who caught the fish featured on the home page – John P. landed this beauty on Sunday morning right outside the back door of the cabin. Nice fish John!

And that fish made a bit of a splash before it came to hand...

Here’s Michael M. showing off his Nymphing form.  I’m waiting for him to teach a Nymphing class for the Texas FlyFishers! You can see his loop forming in the photo if you look closely...

We couldn’t have asked for better event. A great group of guys from the Texas FlyFishers and the Alamo Fly Fishers coming together for fishing, food, and fun. Thanks to Walter R., president of the Alamo Fly Fishers, for bringing a great group of anglers to join the event and make some new friends. We’ll need to collaborate on future events, and I think we’re all looking forward to next year’s one-fly event on the Guadalupe.
Thanks to all who made the trip such an outstanding success! And please – post up your stories and photos boys!

Looking forward to the next one!


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