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General Discussion / TFF 2014 Auction Announcement
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:23:23 AM »
Bethany Christian Church
3223 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas
May 03, 2014  -  9:00 am till 5:00 pm

You are invited to attend our annual Texas Fly Fishers Auction where we offer hundreds of quality items for donation and purchase. There will be a silent auction for you to shop over everything from fly rods, reels, lines, leaders, tying equipment, flies, fly boxes, river pouches, back packs, fishing vests, just about anything you can think of having to do with our chosen sport of Fly Fishing.  We will also have a live auction where our long time member and auctioneer, Mr. Corey Rich will offer for your bid guided trips up and down the Texas Coast, beautiful artwork, fantastic new fly rod/reel combos, and numerous other unbelievable items including a three day and four night fully-guided fishing adventure at the Belize River Lodge including their awesome meal package. If that doesn’t get your blood boiling how about three days and four nights at Eva’s Bonefish Lodge on Andros Islands over in the Bahamas.  Yes my fishing brothers we are talking Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Barracuda, and all of the exciting adventure that goes with fishing these two pristine crystal clear water locations. If you enjoy underwater photography just tell your hosts and they will arrange for you to have a photo opportunity of your lifetime.  Sounds fantastic You bet! It’s Grand Slam-ilicious.

If that is not enough, this year we are having a very special addition to our Auction, due to the unfortunate passing of one of our original founding members, Dr. Ed Rizzolo, through the benevolence of his wonderful wife Ms. Ruth Rizzolo and their family, left to our club a tremendous legacy of his fly tying collection including flies, books, travel tying cases and tying equipment. Those of you that had the pleasure of meeting, fishing, tying or just knowing Dr. Ed knew that Ed’s long time passion for fly fishing had a huge effect on the establishing the true Spirit of fly fishing here in Texas.  In that same spirit we are presenting this wonderful collection to his fly fishing brothers as only Dr. Ed would have it.

While you are at the auction you will have available for purchase a wonderful spaghetti lunch dish including beverages presented by the church’s staff. Please go to our website for further information regarding this annual event. On the front page you will find links to a listing of Ed’s collection as well as further information regarding other outstanding items up for auction.  If you have any questions regarding this event, or wish to donate or work the event please contact our Auction Event Leaders Mr. Skip or Ms. Mary Kaye Donovan at 713-822-0069.

Mike “Golden” Graham
Texas Fly Fishers Promotion Director 
Please look these photos over and you will see just a part of the collection.


Outing Chat / Bayou Bass Bananza
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:04:24 AM »
So OK I didn't have a Show to do this weekend which allows me the time to go hit the WOB.  All the same as last time but this time I was beaten by several BIG fish. I saw this one big fish drop into a deep pool hole so I casted in...let the fly drop...several short strips revealed the line was moving a different direction than the current.  I trout set the rod high but didn't get all of the slack line on the rod.  I tried again and thought I had the big girl set well but she jumped one time and spit the hook! NOT GOOD! The male bass protecting her nest is easily three pounds.  I'd say she is six! I through at him for a while just letting the fly sit on the nest but he wouldn't pick it up.  Oh he'd go right up to it and look at the fly from every angle but would not pick it up.  Smart dude!

The other one that got away was not as big...maybe three pounds but again I thought I had the hook set.  I'm guessing the hook needs to be re-sharpened due to over-use lately.  If you recognize the fly and you tied it for me please tie up a few more ...and of course one or two for yourself and I will take you to their home. That's a fair trade huh?

Here is what I was looking for in the bayou that produces the best fishing.

Never pass one of these up either.

This gal was sitting under the biggest rock below the drain above. She was a "One shot wonder".

Here is the hook up.

This little bug is a great producer.

Even caught a little buck or two but I was looking for the bigger fish.

Had a great time today tried calling several of the Bayou bass'n boys but didn't get any takers. Pre-frontal conditions with a little mist in the air spells good fishing on the WOB.  Until next front see ya later.

Outing Chat / Bayou Bassin - They're Back!
« on: February 15, 2014, 05:42:19 PM »
So I got a call from Mike Q. last night...Hey Dude you want to meet on the Bayou?  Told him work was probably going to interfere but what the hey let's try it.  So we meet up around 8:30 AM Saturday morning to check out the Bayou.  Calm winds, it's over 55 degrees sun is shining, it is nice day!  Mike tells me Pete A. is going to join us soon.  So we decide you go this way I'll go that way let's find the fish. Wasn't long till I notice that I can't turn my fly over worth a poop.  Got to go back to the truck and tie up a new 8 lb leader.  Before I left the house this morning I kind of felt I would have to, so I had my spools with me and it only took five to ten minutes and I was back on the water.  Pete was there by now and we said our pleasantries and off I went east and they went west.  I soon found a deep hole I hadn't fished for at least fifteen years.  This is a spot I used to wait for my youngest kid to get out of elementary school which was about three hundred feet from the schools front door.  NICE! Anyways I started dredging the bottom and I felt the distinct thud we all have grown to love. I said hello Buster with a quick strip set and the bass was airborne in seconds.

Here is my first bass of the day

Nice little buck who was sitting right on the edge of a deep pool just inside the shade line.  So as I kept walking east I concentrated on fishing the shady spots close to deep water.  Boom a second fish came to hand.

You can see he sucked down the fly pretty deep but no worries it came right out as I had the barb compressed.  Anyways I kept on going another forty feet or so and now this THUD was solid.  The fish went airborne and tail walked too.  This was a four pounder with an attitude but after a short fight I got her to the bank and started to pull her up the incline when my tippet broke and the fish and fly slide back into the water. NOT GOOD!  I broke out my box to get another fly when the phone rang...darn it I had to go back to work...

A couple of hours later work done, I returned to the scene of the crime and looked for Mike or Pete but they had left.  I parked in a different location to fish another portion of the bayou. The weather was even better than in the morning and the air temp was around 65 or so.  I change to a different fly and started to look for my quarry in a small section that had a couple of rock formations that looked inviting. First cast and I see this pig come out and whack my fly but I was way to slow and she spit the fly in a nano-second. I cast a few more times at different targets but only caught one of these.

Moving down the bank I found this real sweet spot that looked perfect.

I just stood and watched for a few minutes. But it wasn't long before I noticed this long dark girl swimming along the bank and I put a tight loop right in her face. While she followed the fly I noticed a bigger fish swim up beside her. The first one ate. She looked like this. I'd say bigger than four pounds but you figure that out.

While fighting her I saw at least four more big fish trying to get what ever she was eating away from her.  Also saw a bright pink and red coi(?) rise to the top of the water.  Fish were everywhere After I took that picture I grabbed my rod only to hook up with this.  Another biggie girl who sucked in the fly deep.

So now I am freaking out. Big fish are happening right now.  Keep moving down the bank and look for the rocks.  There some over there.

This is some kind of fun.  As the sun started to go behind the tree line behind me I thought I would return to the truck but not before trying a shot or two at the first fish I missed earlier. Two casts next to the same rock netted this babe and I was able to coax another goodie to hand. But that is enough fun for one day.  Wish you were here.

THEY'RE BACK...I wonder how Mike and Pete did?

General Discussion / TEXAS COUNCIL NEWS
« on: August 21, 2013, 02:00:25 PM »


Outing Chat / Supreme Sabine
« on: July 06, 2013, 07:03:47 AM »
George and I went over to Sabine lake to fish on Friday.  We found the weather was perfect with good sun and light winds for the better part of the day.  The water was stained and sight casting was difficult. Quite different from our last trip back in early December when the water was absolutely crystal clear.  From 7:00 am till around 11:00 Am we used conventional tackle like mirror lures and plastic rat tails.  George had a huge trout slap at his top water... how that fish missed the thing who knows.  I stuck to the plastic pattern and was rewarded with a large flounder. You really have to concentrate when fishing for flounder. They tend to pick up your bait so you feel a light "peck" then they'll come back to it and hit it so you have to wait to strike. On this fish I felt the pick up and just pointed the rod down at the water after about two seconds I felt the line tighten so I set the hook hard.  At first i thought I was hung on the bottom or I had hung up on some grass. It just didn't feel like a fish until as I powered down on the line I felt the tail beat.  What a good fight this flounder gave. Once we saw how big this fish was the excitment level went way up.  George grabbed the boga to make the landing.  He grabbed the line and the founder went ape.  But after a few seconds the fish was ours.  23" flounder NICE!

Well here she is...

We set up for another drift in a similar area and I caught another fatty using the same technique.  You have to be patient after feeling the first "peck".  This one got away and looked to be close to the size of the first one we landed. About an hour later I caught another that was close to 17".  Sabine is full of flounder.  We then grabbed our fly rods and searched out some clean water.  As the breeze was freshening a bit we found an open shoreline.  I poled George along while trying to find some fish but the water color was difficult to see in.  We did come across two reds right up against the shoreline that George got off a shot or two but was unable to turn their interest.  Later George was up on the platform and I saw a small shrimp jump from the water real close to the shoreline so I tossed directly to it and was rewarded with a redfish instant strike.  The fish taped 19" and was healthy and strong.  I caught two more but neither were sight casted to...more like there should be a fish right there and there was!

So I had a small slam working but I needed a trout.  George and I were pondering if we were done or just done fishing where we were. I told George I had a special spot where i know i can catch a good trout was he interested in a short drive in the boat.  Heck yeah he said so off we went.  As i directed George up this small canal I could see the apprehension growing on his face. As we drove by several small marsh drains we spoke of how cool this spot is for a kayaker. Once we arrived at the spot George was thoroughly confused. There was a group of crab fishers working their chicken necks less than twenty feet from our boat.  There was a small bridge just in front of us that is way to low to the water for us to get what are we doing here this doesn't look like a trout spot. I threw flys for a short time but no strikes.  So I picked up the rat tail plastic and maybe my third cast BOOM a heavy strike and the rod tip started that wonderful dance that says TROUT.  Soon we could see the spots of the fish and I was stoked. SABINE SLAM was done.  The trout measured 17" and was thick. George got the pictures and hopefully will post them up here. 

We had a good time just getting out on the water for the first time in awhile.  Both of us talking about how we plan to fish the POC ONE FLY at the end of this month.  I was supposed to be fishing several new flies given to me by one of my favorite flytyers testing them for the One Fly.  Oops I forgot them back in town! DOUGH!!!!!!!!! But we'll be ready.

Outing Information Only / July Outing - Port O'Connor "One Fly"
« on: May 15, 2013, 06:53:51 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston

When:                    July 27, 2013       
Where:                   Port O'Connor Tx.        
Start Time:             4:00 AM 
End Time:               4:00 PM   
Trip Leader:            Mike Graham
Phone:                    832-298-3855       

Trip Description:      Carefully choose your favorite fly and catch as many fish with it as you can.  No fair changing fly, adding sweetner, once it breaks off or falls apart your done!  You can re-glue if necessary.  Winner is contestant who amasses the most total inches of GAMEFISH using his ONE FLY.

How to sign up:Sign Up Here , on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
Cost: No anticipated cost (You may want to help your boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions: Google Port O'Connor Tx. Take 59 south to Ganado turn left to Hwy 35, take right to Port Lavaca and follow signs to Port O'Connor.   
About the area:Grass and sand  flats everywhere.  Not easily fished from Kayak unless you are strong paddler or have a big boat to fairy you out. Front beach is hot right now too.

Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Wading Shoes and Sting Ray Guards
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment:6 to 8 wt. for inshore action, 10 - 12 wt. for Jacks, tarpon or kings if you want to venture out off shore.

Recommended Flies: Clousers, sea-ducers, crabs, and mullet imitations

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.

Events and Information / Historical Archive?
« on: April 15, 2013, 06:54:00 AM »
Who is keeping the history of our club.  Is there some kind of depository for some of our collectables? This might be something our club may want to address.  Everything from books, magazines, antique rods, reels, flies, etc.  Has anybody thought about retaining our history somewhere so that others in the future might be able to learn what we are all about?.

Orvis / Orvis
« on: March 24, 2013, 06:50:29 PM »
I was astounded when I found out that Orvis spelled backwards is Sivro!  Who da thought?

Outing Chat / Pre-Party Fishing Dec - 08
« on: December 05, 2012, 07:00:20 AM »
Hey some of the guys are talking about wetting a line over at the Retention Ponds off Hollister and West Little York this coming Saturday.  OK by me.  I can't think of a better way to prepare for our Christmas Party later that night.  So far I thinking it will be Mike Quigley, Alex Blaque, Jim Anderson, myself and maybe a few others.  Cant hurt to get some stories from a days fishing before meeting up with the TFF Membership!  Most of you have my me.

Outing Chat / Supperb Sabine
« on: December 03, 2012, 02:48:48 PM »
Well this past weekend several TFF'ers and I got together after our discussion at the TFF meeting last week and decided to make a short trip back to the Bridge City area and give the waters there a thorough try.  Mike Stegman, his brother, and a couple of friends along with Scott Breedlove, George Sutherland and I met up a the launch and put in all the guys with the exception of George and I used their Kayaks.  George and I in his Beavertail skiff.  George and I used some conventional tackle for the early hours trying to find a good trout bite but until we found some birds working, (thanks for the call guys) over by the ICW.  George and I quickly got a double and then they were GONE!  We tried a bit longer but we could not find a trout. So we went over to a couple of nearby island where we spotted some fish tearing up the water so a closer investigation revealed large fish swimming in the shallows against the bank which apeared to be jacks but we later discovered these were all oversized reds.  I told George he was up and I jumppedup on the poling platform and we set off for these pigs.  They disappeared real quick but we found singles and doubles crusing around but George didn't have his mojo quite yet. He had lots of shots but no takers... We made two passes looking for the big fish but all we could muster up were the same single here and double there and they were not playing with George. 

I told George lets go across the ICW to the north  shoreline there and look for similar fish.  we did and it was my turn to take the bow. George called out a fish at 10:00 o'clock moving left at thirty feet, one cast to its left right off his nose and nothing happened George said recast I did this time on his rightside and boom fish on. after a brief but exciting fight the fish came to hand. A healthy "ONE-EYED" 23" redfish. No joke here is the proof. 

Eye on this side

No eye on this one

HAHA told you. Well we fished on where I caught one more 21"er but there just wasn't real clear water here and the fish must have moved elsewhere.  George and found the guys out in the bay's open water.  They had caught several nice flounder and trout but were not finding the redfish.

George and I went to look for Scott B. who we knew was searching for fish back in the marsh.  We found him coming out the channel from the marsh  but he told us he didn't find even one fish???? Not Scott.

After a short discussion I jumped behind the wheel of the Beavertail  and we were off to check out some other nearby shorelines.  Once we arrived we both went into SHOCK!  This shore had crystal clear water and was full of fish.  And I am not lying. We saw ove six reds, twenty sheepshead, and a few sundry trout, flounder and drum!  NO KIDDING. George will post up some pictures but we each caught fish.  George caught a beauty from the bow of his boat busting his cherry GOOD!  WAY TO GO GEORGIE BOY! The only thing George did WRONG was he lost my automatic fly, my never get a refusal fly, the fly that a big redfish George casted to busted his bite tippet like right NOW fly. 

We got so covered up in fish that we completely forgot to call any of the other guys and tell them about our find...didn't we George ...hehehe

When we got back to the ramp - Scott Breedlove was still there waiting for us to return holding a couple of ice cold brews...I felt so bad about not telling him about our fishing discovery I almost could not choke down the brew...hehehe but I did treat him to the best Sunday meal in Bridge City Texas.  Yep you gessed it WHATABURGER! 

For you guys who fish the Salt we found a great spot relatively close by and full of fish. For you guys who don't fish  oh well !

GEORG please post up your pictures!

Outing Chat / Happy Thanksgiving to your Family
« on: November 22, 2012, 08:20:51 AM »

I want to wish all of my Salties and their FAMILIES Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you to all your moms, wives and special girlfriends that make this day so wonderful for all of us!  Thank you for being great friends on and off the water.  I wish every one of you a great day and holiday season.  Oh and by the way GO TEXANS, COWBOYS AND HORNS! TEXAS RULES...ON THE SALT AND ON THE FIELD

Outing Chat / Another New Location to Fish in Houston
« on: November 11, 2012, 12:38:51 PM »
Well I have found another new location to fish here in town.  I am so amazed that few if anybody fishes these areas that I find, but it is so.  I called up Mike Quigley as I knew I could get him fired up to fish this past Saturday. We met up and as he was driving up in his truck I already had a bass in hand.  My daughter's boy friend Dale had told me about the location last week as it was directly across the street from their new Apartment.  He said I should come over and check it out. I did! her are some photos from yesterday.

My first...Harry you recognize that fly?

Mikey's first.

His next.

Did I say the water was in good shape!

Here was an interesting location.

Mike's olive wooley bugger kick my butt.

Hmmm some shade there ought to be some bass back there.

There was.

This is Dale and his first ever bass caught on a fly rod. Oh yeah he got hooked bad! HAHAHA

Another interesting spot.

Here is what Mike caught there. It is a talapia.  This bayou system has yielded more variety than any place I know.

Mike was throwing some awesome loops and caught a ton of fish. He slammed out easily.

It is always nice to know that within ten to fifteen minutes in any direction from my house there is excellent fishing.  I wonder how many of you have been interested enough in your sport to do what I have done. Google earth is a great spot to get started. Call up one of your buddies and go have some fun.  Soon Dale will be another new Texas Flyfisher as he had a blast.  He did OK but the more he goes the better he'll get. I guess that applies to all of us. Chow brothers.

« on: November 04, 2012, 09:37:28 AM »
I have put up a new outing under the November Outing thread above.  Check it out we'll be fishing the marshes around the big bridge in bridge city Texas. The fishing should be excellent especially for big flounder. Forget the Catch and Release catch some you better keep'em. This is a kayak outing for the members who love this form of fishing and it's only an hour and half from Houston. NO EXCUSES! Sign up Now.  Dave will fix the thread so it will have the correct Date on the sign up page.  The outing is scheduled for Saturday November 17 2012.

I have caught some big oversized redfish here as well as healthy sized trout.  Last year I caught a big striper here too (12 lbs.) big. Come join us for the day.  No excuses PUCK you are going!

« on: November 04, 2012, 09:29:08 AM »
iI am working over in the Port of New Orleans.  The other day this ship from Nassau Bay pulled in and began to unload.  One of the shipmen to this opportunity to go fishing off the back of the ship and this is what I saw him catch!
this was his fishing hole

Being slightly happy

This is what he caught.

Use your closeup mode to see the size of this drum I guesstimated 30 lbs.  I was talking to the guy the whole time thinking he was understanding me...nope didn't speak much English at all. I had him give me his phone number so I could send him his photos which I did. We met at the boat's side.  They cleaned the fish even after I told them (the one guy who spoke English) that it would be full of worms and stuff.  Didn't make any difference they'd been on board for three months and it was fresh food!


Outing Chat / California Fly Fishers
« on: October 15, 2012, 10:51:51 AM »
I heard from Jerry Phan today who is going to put together a trip or two this next year for his Fly Fishing Club members to come fish with us here in Texas.  He's first interested in the Sunfish Spectacular and also the POC One Fly. WOW I CAN'T WAIT these are the guys who fish from the back seat of their convertible Beemer's HAHAHA!  We need to get these guys set up with accommodations and partners. I am already thinking about a reciprocal agreement!  Small mouths to Makos yeah baby!

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