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Outing Chat / Re: 2015 Guadalupe One Fly?
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:30:05 PM »
Yeah I would want to be back in Houston Sunday by noon.  Don't want to miss the AFC and NFC Championship Games if possible.

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Wasn't there already a make up date? If it is rescheduled I probably can go. Just busy the previously scheduled weekend. Let us know ASAP Skip.  Hopefully you'll visit the forum site again soon.  :o

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Outing Chat / Re: 2015 Guadalupe One Fly?
« on: November 20, 2014, 07:26:48 AM »
Just checked the FW Outings page One Fly has not been posted as of yet.  I know I have had several inquiries regarding if it is going to be a one day (down and back) outing, will there be a outing Lodge/HQ for participants available, and what is the prize (if any).  You know I don't remember if there is a winner's trophy or not?? I know that I have heard at the Board Meetings that if the club members want to arrange their own group lodging and itinerary beyond the event that would be acceptable. 

Let's get some chat going here since I have my three weight now and float cat boat (lease buster) I will probably be going. I would rather fish Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Therefore I will be looking for several guys to share lodging with.  I will contact guys by PM as you list up once the Thread is posted. Maybe we can organize a wintertime fireside cookout up in the Park. WOOHOO A TFF WOODSIE! Questions call me.

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: November 12, 2014, 04:43:36 PM »
Sounds like everything is coming together Skip.  Unfortunately this weekend my eldest daughter is having an early family Thanksgiving dinner as her mom (my ex) will be in town for a convention so I must pass on this one. We are also scheduled for family photo shoot at her new home too. Sorry the redfish will have to wait until January/February for me. Here's to you guys having a "whale" of a time!

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Thanks Puck but where are the pictures to insert?

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:00:44 AM »
I just looked at the sign-in sheet and I have a feeling it is whoa-fully incorrect. It appears someone used a template that already had names on it. I maybe wrong...but when did that last happen???? 8)
Skip told me he will fill everybody in at the up and coming membership meeting.

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« on: October 18, 2014, 11:05:44 AM »
Thinking about going again Sunday morning about 800am.  Join me if you can I will have my Outcast and 3wt in hand. Somebody bring a waterproof camera so we can get some marvelous pictures of some of these perch.  Bring small poppers and make sure you bring some forceps for removing the popper from their mouths. They swallow these things whole. See you there. Park over in the cul de sac.  Dont take trucks onto pond grounds!

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Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Strikes Again!
« on: October 14, 2014, 03:08:29 PM »
Thanks guys.  Scott - I caught one blue gill that was so big he chewed the floro right off my carbon...no kidding. If was like a monsta-permit-gill. Had teeth like DK just was narley scarey.  Bring your YAKS and lets go.  So much closer than the pay ponds and a damn site clearer.

Start tying fresh but keep thinking salt!

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Where did all your 4 wheelers go?  >:(
Going to be unbelievably beautiful down there this weekend and all of the folks who didn't want to try the marginal weather last month will miss out this time. Wish I had the 4 wheeler truck. I'd catch the hell out of the those fish! :o

I'm guessing this outing is no longer the favorite it used to be. Tisk Tisk no more Billy Sandifer... No more Pins Trips.  We need to schedule another POC trip this time of year, quit messing with trying to get folks to commit to the Pins trip.  Must be that our folks who used to go down the Pins have sold their 4x4's and are getting a little older and need more comfort. HAHAHAHA me next! 8) 

I betting some of you have done a lot of prepping and gearing up for this trip.  Too bad.  I'll speak to this at tonight's Board Meeting.  ;D

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Outing Chat / White Oak Strikes Again!
« on: October 13, 2014, 05:17:14 PM »
Well I guess I had this coming to me after winning the big prize last Thursday at the Orvis Westheimer store. First of all I have not won a thing at our TFF meetings in over four months...nada! The Thursday nite Happy Hours at Orvis have proved to be even more difficult to get in on all the goodies they give away. So last Thursday came as quite a surprise.   To win the full flex 7'-6" Orvis "Touch" rod, MK II Battenkill Reel and Access #3 WF Fly line with 12lb backing was AWESOME! Thank You Orvis for supporting our wonderful club in the unselfish manner in which you do so year in and year out.

But you guys all know me...no moss grows on this "rolling stone" I had to hit the water as soon as I could Saturday afternoon after work. Conditions at the super secret White Oak ponds were pre-frontal, with a light wind from the southeast, afternoon temperatures approaching 90 degrees, and light overcast clouds. PERFECT I'd say.  The rod fully assembled with reel, line, and backing, can't weigh 7 ounces. Unbelievably light.  My first cast into the water using a bright yellow popper was met with a thrash of a mad "green trout" (for my LA fans).  So over the next two hours I walked the ponds edge catching fish after fish. My casting was atrocious.  I have never used a full flex rod in my life and I had to really learn how to pause long enough after my back cast before beginning my forecast. Yes, I tied some wind knots but found that I was using way too light of a leader for the size popper I was throwing.  After experimenting a little I found the right set-up (at least for my casting ability). I cut the leader down to about 4' and tied a 16" section of 2x tippet on and the popper would turn over admirably. I took a few pictures of the first couple of fish I caught with the rod with my phone.  See below

Nice evening and my first cast with the new outfit!


Here is what that cast found! SWEEETTT!!!!!!


After catching a few and working with my leader I changed flies and caught this guy!


...and knowing I was going to return Sunday with my float cat if the weather would let me. I was thinking of all you guys down at Damon Lakes having a blast catching fish too.

Sunday morning, after a great breakfast of two eggs served over-easy, each placed on a hot sourdough english muffin with a slice of smoked ham and cheese, then topped off with some of my favorite "Slap Yo Mama" seasoning and a hot cup of coffee, I was ready for the day.  I stopped by the shop and picked up the Outcast and I was off to the ponds.  When I arrived the wind was down and the water was crystal clear. Because I was going out on the water there was NO WAY I was taking my phone out there to take pictures.  Sorry about that but I am sure you understand. I will say the catching was off the wall. In three hours I caught over 60 fish. I even used Pucks method of dragging a fly 50' behind the boat while I was changing locations and each time I caught a good bream! I guess the bass need the popping motion.  Only one good sized fish to really brag about and it was the largest most beautiful blue gill bream I have caught since my last trip to the Blanco River up by Wimberley Texas. It was huge easily 12-13" and well over 1.0lb. its vertical stripes were approximately 3/4" wide and the colortaion was off the charts too.  WOW. Now I wished I had my camera.

So if any of you want to join me as I learn how to use this rod more effectively, give me a call.    Oh yeah as I was leaving the ponds I ran across three women using fly rods...yes I told them about our club. ..and yes Marcos hot spotted our "honey hole". Hopefully they will join us at our next meeting.  Till then ... tight lines!

        <*)))>{GOLDEN}<(((*>

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General Discussion / Re: Cache la Poudre River and North Platte in July 2014
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:50:00 PM »
We used to ride that route on our motorcycles during the summer and hit a little tavern up in Walden.
I had more fun with a local gal up there than fishing has ever given me aaah but that was then and this is now!

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General Discussion / Re: Crane Creek Missouri?
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:35:16 PM »
You'll never believe this but just east of Crane there is an area called Highland Village (just north of Galena Mo.) where this work buddy of mine back in the 70's had a weekend trailer home and when we were working a long project over in Springfield we would drive down and stay there on the weekends. His son who lived there loved to fish a creek over there called I think Finley Creek.  Anyways it joined up with Crane Creek, and at a bridge crossing there is where Carl and I put his 16' old town canoe in and we did an all day and I mean all day drift down to this old golf course out there in the sticks somewhere. I never saw so many 'bows and browns in my life.  Gravel bars with riffles everywhere. We were using spinning rods with meps spinners and 6 lb. test and we could literally catch a fish with every cast around those bars.  When you got into deeper slow water watch out for the small mouth bass the size of overgrown footballs. On one trip one so big hit Carl's spinner it yanked the mono off his filament.  No joke. Never seen anything like it.

Hey why the heck is Tracy's daughter getting married up there. This isn't one of those reality TV weddings shows where everybody is naked, starves, and starts looking for the next challenge card is it? ...Oh or wait is it one of those destination weddings like Brad and Angelina just had...which by the way I HATE FRANCE. Does she have the nerve to get a Game Show Host to do her wedding (I just love that ad...Angelina do you take Brad for your lawfully wedded husband or do you Want what's behind Door Number Three... "IT's A NEEEWWWW CAR!") and there goes Angelina... Love It! 

You know this area is great for hunting too.  Yeah it is... go to Crane and start to hunt for a Walmart. Nope not one there.  That ought to tell you something not even a Sonic Drive In jeese louisees. What's a girl going to do?
 
If you get the chance go over to Galena MO. there is a cafe in town that serves the BEST home grown mountain berry pie you'd ever taste (also available in a clear mason jar). The coffee was delicious too, and from there it is just a short drive over to Butler Hollow where you will find more gravel bars and big bows too. Another place to fish Noland Hollow that is closer to Cane but the river there was super wide and very slow. Big Carp country. I looked in my old address book to see if I still had a number for Carl or his son as Carl is probably long gone. He was thirty years my senior. But No luck there. But dude this area is banjo country if you know what I mean. Heck they don't allow cats to meow after 8:00 PM. Ooops, I just drooled on my keyboard thinking about that MB pie!

Heck the backroads there don't even have numbers like here in TEXAS (FM 1488) they have single letters like Q! Carl said it was a cost saving move...the first graders would hand paint a sign during art class and put it up. No really look it up. It was crazy!  You remember Junior Samples don't you? (HEE HAW Grammy Winner 1972 and renowned Wormdrowner impersonator) Well his brother Ample Samples (BR 548) was laid to rest somewhere around of McChord's Bend. (See US Government Hazardous Waste Site #13). Haven't been back since way back when but had a boatload of fun when I was there. Congrats to the young lady and get some of that pie to the wedding.

HAVE FUN I DID!

}<)))*> GOLDEN <*(((>{

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Outing Information Only / Re: 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:22:47 AM »
Notice To ALL:
BAJA CALIFORNIA JUST GOT WIPED OUT. CABO'S AIRPORT WAS ALMOST LEVELED. I SAW THE NEWS THIS MORNING AND IT WAS NOT GOOD. OLD RUSTY ROOFS, AND CHICKEN COOPS WERE EVERYWHERE. THE HOTELS WERE DEVASTATED! THAT HURRICANE TOOK DEAD AIM AND WON! I WOULDN'T EXPECT ANY OF THE LOCAL OUTFITTERS WERE ABLE TO PROTECT THEIR OPERATIONS. 125 MPH WINDS FOR SIX HOURS! LOOKED LIKE GALVESTON ONLY WORSE.

TRIPS COULD BE CHEAP NEXT YEAR IF ANY ONE OF THE OUTFITTERS IS ABLE TO OPERATE.

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About You / Re: Recently moved here
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:36:38 AM »
Darth may I suggest since you have some available time to fish you look back in our archives and check out White Oak Bayou. Typically you will find some really good fishing down there and it is not a far drive at all. There are a few lakes also near by the bayou if you have a kayak or float boat that can be real fun too.

As the others have said come look us up for one of our great meetings, bring the family and let us know you are there.

Hint to the wise...start shopping for your saltwater poling skiff...jus say'n! ;D ;D ;D

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Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:26:23 AM »
Yeah who wouldn't... I know the ball was started to roll sometime ago but other than some recent info from Skip I have seen nothing going on. I'll call Quigley and see if this is something he's handling.

You want to go???? From my last discussion with Skip regarding the Calcasieu Flyfishing Club was they could put together a joint trip. So I am hoping we hear more about it.

I know several of us have talked about going over later in the year (Jan-Feb) taking our own boats and doing a trip to the marsh south of NOLA for the big bulls.  But this trip could be fun too. 

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