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You are right Puck there were a lot of smiling faces here today we don't get to see that often round these parts.  The overwhelmiing theme I got from this years festival was the number of youngsters in house and tying flys.  A new generation of tyers and fishers is developing in this sport and it shows from the rods and gear the equipment manufacturers are promoting to the number of new youthfull fly fishing sites you find on the internet.  The equipment is now becoming more affordable for the younger generation and allows them to experment without going broke!  You could see the excitment in their eyes that others really were interested in seeing what they (the kids) were doing and how they went about tying their favorite flys.  I was really impressed with Joel's kids.  I wish I wrote down all of their names but just sitting there and watching each of them told me they have received some first class instruction and motivation from Joel. Their level of concentration while at task was incredible and will only help them in their endeavors later in life.  Congratulations Joel you are the MAN! Seeing how Shelby Carpenter has grown and the respect she commands while at the vice is joy to watch. Her ability to communicate what she is doing to others shows her maturity well beyond her years.  John...You did good BROTHER! Casey Smarts son looked like a chip off the 'ole shoulder.  Casey showed how proud he was of Rhodes all day long.  Rhodes showed leadership qualities and personality traits that should make his parents extremely proud.  Then there was little Brandon he was like "STOKED" all day going from one tying station to the next introducing himself, shaking hands and striking up a conversation like he's been your friend for years.  What a Kid. I expect his dad has his hand full with him from time to time but I think we have found a winner here.  I'll be watching for him to do big things in this sport!

Then of course there were the Master Tyers.  WOW, some of these people can really tie. The lady (missing name) who was tying up the butterflys and jewelry accents, man she was impressive. Diane Blair had a group in front of her all day long.  She is highly accomplished for sure. Then it became apparent to me that many women are now slowly sneeking in the back door of the fly shops and becoming leaders in our chosen sport. Having Tim Borski as our "Guest Tyer" was truley a wind fall for our festival. When he was tying one of his famous patterns not a move was missed by the onlookers.  It was intense! See spome of Ron Mayfield's work was cool.  This guy has the goods and a real gift for teaching his patterns.

I got a huge kick out of watching George Sutherland tie up his first clouser fly.  Hands shaking, wetting his lips, concentrating not to make a mistake, learning his wrapping skills, and finnaly coming up with a very good looking and hopefully productive fly.  George bring that one with you to the Brownline next time we get a chance to go and I'll make sure you get a big girl on it and then you can retire your first to a picture shadowbox for your livingroom's mantle.  Success will be your's brother.  Anyways to much talk and not enough photos huh! Enjoy.

Good croud and folks moving around everywhere.

Dinner was delicious too.

Here is Rhodes Smartt tying a salty pattern.

Shelby Carpenter and her Deerhair flys.

I didn't get this young mans name but he was steady tying all day long.

One of Joel's students intensley tying to perfection.

Can't leave 'lil Brandon out. He's all about big bold colors.

Here Mike Drone is exposing lil Conner to his sport. Marcos was there too.
Diane Blair had everybody's attention when she tied. Thanks for coming Diane.

These are some of Ron Mayfield's Saltwater collection.

We can always count on Bob Logan to do a great job. He has a real ability to communicate his patterns.

Bill Sargent's flys were incredible.

Here is a close look at some of his Deerhair patterns.

Side angle.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is George's first ever tied fly.  What a grin... bet he can't wait to get that baby in the water! Wait where's the hook?

These guys  (Scott, Jim, Joe and Harry) are full of food and conversation and are just taking in the festival. Thanks for your help too guys!

That's John Carpenter hiding behind his magnifier tying up one of his shrimp patterns...don't forget to bring them to our Sheepshead Outing John!

Now this guy traveled a long way to be here and said he was impressed with our festival.  Thanks for being our Key Tyer Tim and you are welcomed back anytime.  Just leave your snakes at home... Tim Borski!

Jerry Loring tied up these Salty Beauties.

Folks, I cant lie... this little shrimp Jerry tied up is deadly on the flats!

The olive shrimp pattern is going on my rod very soon.  Look out Sheepshead your mine.....

So here is a group of our guys all lined up outdoors for a chance to cast the big two handed rod that the fine folks from TFO brought out.  Thanks to TFO for being so supportive of all of our events. They seem not to be thirsty as well.

Big Jim trying his two hands with Banning. SWOOOSSSSSSHHHH....!

I want to say thankyou to all the tyers who offered me a chance to use one or more of their flys. I will report back to you of my successes and ...well there won't be any failures! Like I said before...what a great time was had by all. Special big thanks goes to Chris Sumers organizing what has to be one of the top fly tying festivals in the country today. We are all very proud of what was accomplished here today and plans are already being formulated for next years PARTY! If you came, thanks for your attendance, if you didn't I hope to see you here next year. ...and as always thanks to Mr. Ed Rizzolo for providing the inspiration for this festival.

« on: February 04, 2012, 09:02:27 AM »
Let Me know. So far Steve Vigil wants to fish.  Jack Klinger and John Purcell say they want to come and they'll bring their boats but need verify soon.  Remember the Date is February 25, 2012

Mike Graham Scooter - (Non poling type)
Steve Vigil - rider
Jack Klinger - Poling skiff - Pending
Mike Quigley - rider - Pending
John Purcell - Skiff - Pending
Ray Russ - Bayboat - Pending

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:34:38 PM »
What a great time.  There I said it again. Had a good group of guys...Matt lead the group of Mike Q., George S., Scott B., Mike H., Denis A., and myself.  We arrived to this cabin...

A closer look at the back of cabin and the rear deck.

Bear is starting to stock the fridge.

A look out in the back yard!

Nother look the other way.

This is where my brother Scott G. was married!  Go figure right!

Mike Q. needs a low overhead sign. He clears the light fixtures by only 1/2" or so.

This guy couldn't wait nor could George, Scott, or I for that matter.

Around 6:00PM Friday we met our newest club outing member, Mike Hart.  It didn't take long for us to see that he fits right in with the group so it was time to go and find some grub and that we did.  Chicken Fried everything was on the menu tonight at Lucky's Cafe.  Hot wings, pints of shiners, cold fresh salads dripping with Ranch so thick you could spread it with a rake and mash potatoes and gravy!  Did I miss sumpthin'?  After dinner at Lucky's there in Sattler we returned to the cabin to rig equipment and tell stories. Quigley my friends, is full of them. So much so in fact there is a new I Phone App out called I-QUIG it has all of Mike's one-liners... hold on it takes a while to download!  Meeting time for the group was 8:00 am Saturday AM and so we turned in for some shut eye.  The snoring was minimized by the fresh hillcountry air I guess 'cause it was pretty quite.

We woke up to this.

Pretty rough conditions wouldn't you say?

TEXAS Hill country Post Cards!

The water had a slight stain to it from the recent rain earlier this week.

Denis worked this hole all day long and was rewarded with several landed and several escapes too.

Scott B. working his "bobber" and dropper rig.

Quigley was a hoss and worked his steelhead drifting techniques at this beautiful location.

My only strike of the trip came right where I am pointing. Three head shakes and a "see ya" was I all could muster.

I drifted this spot in front of these two bIg cypress trees for an hour, there had to be some fish here.

Well anyways as you could see Texas is still one beautiful place and we are graced by the good Lord above to be here sharing time with others in his presence. I am hoping others will send me or Dave kelly more photos AND THEIR STORIES.

As Bear said in his thread Brent and Amy were very hospitable at their new shop REELFLY. The folks down at Action Angler were eager to share their knowledge and very friendly too.  Breakfast at "Sweeties" Sunday consisted of Texas sized Biscuits smothered with Sausage and cream gravy. Whew wee brother! YOU MISSED IT! 


2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 29, 2012, 07:23:12 PM »
What a great time! Good Food, friends, and hillcountry hospitaillty. I'll get the pictures posted soon. Congradulations.... ;D

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:55:42 PM »
Great Mikey, I will have my cataraft too.  Should make for neat fun in the evenings with some drys!

Mike H. as I said earlier on this thread Denis Auger was originally on the "Injured Unable to Perform" list but has up graded to "Ready Willing and Able".  He will be staying in the cabin with us and if you don't mind will accompany you and I on the river. I hope this is OK by you.  We are still the soon to be winning team, Denis will team with another if someone shows up!

Scott. I am going to call your wife and tell her all about the new shoes ...and oh yeah the purse that you are going to buy her just for letting you go two weeks in a row! It will still be worth it!

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 24, 2012, 12:51:53 PM »
I also spoke with Denis Auger he is still on the reserve list but will let me know real soon.  Mike Hart... does he realize what he is in for!!!! ;D

PM me his info I will war I mean call him tonight.  Thanks Matt
Cheers (I guess) or is it Cheers Matt. What are cheers anyway? I don't hear anybody screeming!  ....yet

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 24, 2012, 11:19:45 AM »
Well I just found out that Jared won't be able to make I need a partner! Also Jared was going to ride down with me and share expenses, anybody else need a ride???  Especially one that has knowledge of the river.  I have none.  ScottB You got another hall pass ...way to go brother.  8)

Outing Chat / Re: Latest Bayou Trip Report 1-22-12
« on: January 23, 2012, 04:37:06 PM »
George is sceered of water moccasins hahahahaha....uggh ME TOO! :-X :-X
Oleyakker...welcome to join anytime.  Both of my shoulders have been blownout for years. Knees, back and feet too!

Hey somebody I need a pair of river boots size 11-12 for over my waders for this coming weekend's trip to the guad. HELP!

2012 and Previous / Re: Guadalupe One Fly
« on: January 22, 2012, 08:58:28 AM »
So I get this call Friday night from Scott B.  Goes something like this..."hey where are you guys?" "I'm here at Rio are you close by?" Scott ...ah aren't you a little early? I mean by a week or so!
SCOTT B... What? Aren't we fishing this week?
ME..."No" Next week!
SCOTT B...?????
ME... "At least you can pre-fish and let us know what is the hot fly! Meet us at the monthly meeting this coming Tuesday.
SCOTT B. er I thought the meeting is held the last Tuesday of the month!
ME... Maybe I don't have a calander with me but you maybe right. In that case we won't see you until after the outing.  You can call me and give me the info. I promise I'll let everybody know what the hot fly is.  George already has the Cornfly in pocket! 8)

Outing Chat / Latest Bayou Trip Report 1-22-12
« on: January 22, 2012, 08:36:13 AM »
George Sutherland calls me and says he has a little time Saturday to fish and would I like to hit a Brownline! Heck yeah...
Satiurday started off with some drizzle and fog early.  I hit a local haunt before meeting up with George and found the fish very active.  Five fish in less than forty-five minutes.  That's very good in my opinion so they are on the feed!  George is right on time (pay attention all you slackers) at the meeting spot.  He has all of the essentials...five wt., purdy flys, cold Shiner Bachs, and some new electrician's tape for my reel seat!  Now that's being prepared!

We chose a spot on the bayou that has been left alone for a couple of weeks.  Water clarity is good, flow is low, and fishing pressure non-existant! However there was a large flock of Comarants (sp?) watching us! I walked along side of George telling him how the fish relate to the deep rock piles and holes.  The object is to present your fly let it drop into the strike zone and with a "jigging" motion get the bass too strike. So I set him loose along this good stretch and he starts fishing.  I go the opposite direction and do the same. 

My first bass of the day...that's George over there.

Here my next one.

After catching a few I go over to George and say a few encouraging words like come on George all you have to do is fish the rocks jig the fly like this and whaala I pull out this nice bass right where George was standing and fishiing....George Just Got SCHOOLED!!!

Second jump.

Here is what she looked like coming out of the water.

We decided to move downstream to a new location.

This fish was the first to jump on my line.

George has gone his way and me mine this is what I ran into...

What ...sweet a catfish struck that fly! I did say the fish were on the feed!

...and so the day went big fish....

...and little ones...

The last two pictures show a good example of the fly I was using today.  But the operative word here is WAS!  I lost it later on to the rocks and could not retrieve.  If anyone could tie me up a few I sure would appreciate it.  Beadhead with Yellow, chartruse, fire orange would be good colors too. About three inches long. Mike if you read this post... I would like you to tie me up some of those chartruse and blue clousers you did for me last...I'l be at the meeting this week.

Thanks George for coming all this way to share your Saturday with me on the WOB I had a great time. It is like we (TFF'ers) have this place all to our selves anytime we want! SWEEEEET! Good COLD beer between each fishing hole was a big plus too! ;D

2012 and Previous / Re: January Fresh Water Outing
« on: January 14, 2012, 02:59:38 PM »
Scott are you bringing your kayak or drifting down from Rio Raft or wading lease to lease?  Also if anybody has an extra pair of river boots size 11 (fit over my waders) I would appreaciate their use.  Coastal boots don't fair well on slippery angular rock. BumBusters.

I do plan drifting some of the deeper holes from the cataraft. 

Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: SSG JL Puckett, 2011-12-29
« on: January 14, 2012, 07:13:40 AM »
Tad Poles... jeeze Puck.  TURN IN your honorary Friend of the Flyfishers lapel pin and rip off your Live Bait - Who Me? bumper stickers this needs to go to the Committee! 

Damon's Seven Lakes / Re: SSG JL Puckett, 2011-12-29
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:28:56 PM »
100amp Generator?


Shrimp on a popping cork?

Trolling behind a 50' Bertram?

Ergh...scroundging...harsh word my friend. Evidently you are the only man in our club who doesn't know that I am a 7th Degree (for those who don't know...especially our squating friends from the UK the 7th degree is one step past PHD) BASS, FFF, LSAA, CCC, NASCAR, NASA, and La Raza Certified Fly and Lure Tester! It takes years of hard work and untold hours toiling in search of the correct protocol to obtain this level of in a word (or two) absolutely not!  Besides I do this for your safety and welfare. Just ask any of our more proficient tiers. None of them have sustained harm while in my company! >:( :o :P 8)

2012 and Previous / Re: January Fresh Water Outing
« on: January 13, 2012, 04:20:21 PM »
YEAH... WHAT HE SAID!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome George, good job!  8)

Wake up FRESHIES The SALT has risen to the top!  Can't wait for one of us to win the Award HAHAHAHAHA!

You have been duely Challenged.

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