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General Discussion / Re: Anyone wetting a line this Saturday?
« on: May 18, 2012, 06:11:33 AM »
I will contact you today later in PM to give you the scoop on when I will be able to wet the line. I am not going to coast this week.

General Discussion / Re: Anyone wetting a line this Saturday?
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:46:26 PM »
Hey Sasquash I'd be up for some Bayou angling if the snakes don't mind!  Bring your wading boots I have a new venue for your three wt.!

2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 17, 2012, 01:42:35 PM »
Fence Lake has not been scheduled.  I was under the impression that Chris had arranged the date last year after we had completed the 2011 outing as he had usually done after the the previous outings.  He told me at the last meeting that he did not make any arrangements for this year.  If you guys want to go I need someone to head up that outing and arrange with the Skimmer people.  We c an usually round up around ten to fifteen people for the outing.

Outing Chat / Casting for Recovery!!!!!!
« on: May 11, 2012, 05:58:21 AM »
Hey TFF'ers, here is a worth while event I picked up on over on the Fly Honkey forum...I know, I know!  Anyways I will be fishing and hopefully so will you.  Check this out.


After missing last year, we're starting back up with our annual Casting for Recovery benefit fly fishing tournament. I think you guys have a good understanding of who/what CFR is. For those who don't, CFR offers fly fishing retreats and outings for women that are the survivors of breast cancer and those still fighing breast cancer. The Texas chapter puts on 2 events a year. They estimate that it costs $1,500-$2,000 for each to attend, and all costs are covered for the attendees.

Our 2010 event boasted close to 70 anglers. We're hoping to get back close to that number this year. Our fund raising goal is $10,000. Since this is in Texas, all of the money we raise stays here for the CFR-Texas chapter.

The tournament is July 14, 2012. It is based at the new Tarpon Shores Marina (the old Crab Man Marina) at Aransas Pass. Fly fishing only, catch-photo-release. There are no cash prizes. There are no crappy attitudes allowed - anyone with one will be asked by me to leave and never return.

There are 2 separate divisions competing independently from eachother: Boat and Kayak. A $50 entry fee gets you into one of the divisions for Redfish. You're also eligible for an "open species" division for no extra $$. Open species is considered any fish that swims in saltwater. The fee also includes a kick ass shirt, and sticker. The first 75 entrants get a cool fly box with tournament logo and CFR logo.

You can fish anywhere in Texas waters. Guides are allowed whether hired or fishing alone for prizes. Weigh(photo)-in is from 2-4:30.

There will be a huge assortment of raffle items, some silent auction items, and great prizes. Here is what we have so far for prizes:

BOAT (redfish): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-Yeti Cooler; 3rd-TFO Fly Reel
BOAT (open species): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-hand made redfish platter; (no 3rd place as of now)

KAYAK (redfish): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-Yeti Cooler; 3rd-TFO Fly Reel
KAYAK (open species): 1st-TFO Fly Rod; 2nd-hand made redfish platter; (no 3rd place as of now)

There is also a separate set of prizes for the top 2 Women Anglers:
1st-Fly Rod (type TBD); 2nd-Pink Fly reel to go with the rod

Sponsors: TFO has always been a huge supporter and continue to offer their full support. Hell's Bay Boatworks has stepped up this year and made a very large cash contribution. J. Stockard; Sportsman's Finest in Austin is loading us up; Swan Point Orvis; likely Greune Outfitters, Stiffy and many others. We're always looking for more support - whether product donations for raffle; guided trips for silent auction; or cash.

I know I've talked with a few of you Honkeys that said you'd come down for it. Hope you can still make it.

General info on the tournament, application, rules, sponsors, etc. can be found on website

And, here's a little info on CFR's Texas retreats

I'll also throw up a few pics of a retreat our money helped to support

General Discussion / Re: Port Mansfield 5-4 & 5-6, 2012
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:43:01 AM »
So you didn't even have a fly rod with you? WOW I will start to arrange our summer outing down to the Arroyo Colorado.  I bet you wanna go!
So  far I have heard from George S, Mike Q., myself, Scott B., and a few others who want to go.  I am thinking Thursday thru Sunday.

2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:37:21 AM »
Maybe we can delay this a week or two to suit some of the others too.  We have only Me and Mike Q signed up to this point.

2012 and previous / Re: May Saltwater Outing
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:40:07 AM »
Let's get signed up people!   >:(

2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: May 06, 2012, 08:16:16 AM »
Nick S. and I took a trip down on Thursday bearing the brunt of the weather conditions.  If you guys know Nick you know that his new baby son Luca and his job have been taking a lot of his personal time and so getting a chance to fish with him was my pleasure.  We wanted to fish the same areas that the TFF Kayakers were going to this up and coming weekend.  So here is your Christmas Bay/San Luis Pass Trip report complete with pictures.  Aftewr dropping the boat a the ramp Nick and I proceeded to turn the boat around and take-off to our first flat.  Too bad it was approximately fifty feet from the ramp.  Stuck-ola (partial observance of "Cinco de Mayo) but soon underway again. 

Here is a view of the impending weather we were about to face.

Looking back at our first stop of the day.

Once underway we headed to Christmas Bay and as you can see the Bay was very calm. Great view of the Beaver Tail B2's bow.

after our first release, check out the water clarity seen over the Beaver Tail's well thought out side console.

As we watch another swim off, check out the rod storage and ample gunnel room of the 2006 Beaver Tail Skiff.

After seeing one of these on the shoreline (actually down in Pringle Lake) I'll never walk the shores again. (Liar Liar)

Here is Nick enjoying a barefooted day on the water.  Also note the Beaver Tail's use of Sea Deck foam flooring..ohh so good on bare feet!

As we were headed back home after a wonderful day on the bay and behind the Pass. The lil Evinrude 60 quietly did it's thing!

So all in all you guys should have one heck of a time frolicking around in your plastic p-rows (Texan Spelling) this weekend.  Also Thanks to Big Mike for helping out...this pre-fishing report is for you Mr. Wormdrowner.  I am sure you can appreciate all of our efforts.  Special big thanks to Nick.  Every day on the water with you my friend is a ................. well a day on the water! Now can we just go back to work.... :o the way the Photos are really for a guy interested in Buying a Beavertail who lurks here!  THAT IS ALL 8)


Fishing Tackle Unlimited / FTU I-10 Store Opening
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:29:51 AM »
Went by last week to get a early look at the new store and Wow is it going to blow you away.  The Store according to Mike Barby is Opened starting Tuesday and there will be drawings for some cool stuff.  Give them a call or go by.  Located between Voss and Campbell on the southside feeder in the old Academy store. 8)

Outing Chat / Re: White Oak Bayou - April 29, 2012
« on: May 02, 2012, 09:26:02 AM »
Geez Mike, how did you get all those nice pictures taken while catching fish when those guys who went to the Sunfish spectacular didn't take but a few telephone photos?
I am figuring that they were too busy pre-feeding the fish "gulp" laced scaries and drinking beer!  Huh?

Outing Chat / White Oak Bayou - April 29, 2012
« on: April 30, 2012, 07:23:23 AM »
Since I had to work most of the day Saturday and missed the "Spectacular" ...I thought i would take my frustration out on the local waters.  First off the grass has not been cut.  I saw No Snakes.  Now I don't know if that was a good thing or not. Maybe I just couldn't see them because of the over growth...who knows.  Fishing was good.  The bass havae settled into a post spawn mode.  Not real aggressive but when they are feeding they ate.  I tried using a fly tied by Hunter Swope that had some good flash and chartreuse but no luck  So I just happen to try a large popper to see if I could get the fish to get aggressive.  Well that worked and I caught some good'ns.

Here is the first on a popper.

Close view of same fish.

This one is doing the Speckled trout head shake and use your close up viewer here.

Pretty nice fish!

Here's another from the exact same spot as the last.

Here is what they were eating.

This one almost looks like a Kentucky with the marking around his head.


Your getting the picture pictures here aren't you?

Just letting you guys see the WOB is still cooking and just be aware the weeds were really a huge hassle.  There is now some ground thistle that is really causing some line trouble.  Once your in it ...well you are in it good!

One photo above is giving me some trouble loading...don't know why but it was a good pic when viewed closeup!  Oh well.


2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: April 27, 2012, 08:11:47 AM »
I wanna Go! Can Sandy Cook?

2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:33:44 AM »
Just spoke with Quigs. He is correct the smoke will be present this weekend.  The thought here is maybe you guys know of a different more protected area to fish in the Galveston area.  I suggested Armond Bayou and he came up with Bolivar cut behind the peninsula.   Armond might get blown out and be dry after the smoke starts it thing.  What do you any ideas. Front comes in on Friday night and doesn't clear until sunday evening.  Monday will be fantastic!

2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: April 19, 2012, 06:54:15 AM »
The good thing about Christmas Bay is that it affords a protected shoreline all the way down the bay on the eastside.  The marsh area to the north is ok in the wind too. But when it goes over 25mph there is nothing like a good book and a cold beer in the easy chair back home! 8)

2012 and previous / Re: April Saltwater Outing --- Christmas Bay
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:06:56 PM »
Have a great time Alan, come back in one piece. HAHA

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