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Tying Chat / Re: Someone tie a bacon fly
« on: December 17, 2011, 05:27:46 PM »

Tying Chat / Re: Skrat
« on: December 17, 2011, 05:27:14 PM »
What is that used for catch'n cats in the alley? Scarey rat?  What does it look like after it hits the water? Oh I get it ...Catfish Fly!

Outing Chat / Re: River float speed
« on: December 15, 2011, 05:08:41 PM »
Yes but there would be paddling involved.

Outing Chat / Re: River float speed
« on: December 15, 2011, 07:24:45 AM »
Not fast at all.  You must paddle full time because the wind usually out of the southeast blows you back up stream.  If there has been some recent and substantial rainfall the current will take you downstream but fishing will be poor! Best craft would be a low profile kayak or a 17' old town canoe for two - one fishing and one paddling.

Outing Chat / Re: Newby Nigel hits the Bayou
« on: December 12, 2011, 09:31:21 PM »
Unfortunately you and I fished right after a brief but heavy rainfall and things had not settled out yet.  That first fish of Nigel's came from the hole where you and I ended up.  In looking ahead to this Friday I might be going up to Dallas Thursday and returning Friday.  But I'll know more Wednesday.  Also weather is going to turn for the worst on wed nite thru thursday...but we'll see.  Also...That's why their called the BROWNLINES!!!!!!!!!!!!  KEEP IN TOUCH.

Outing Chat / Re: Newby Nigel hits the Bayou
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:14:06 AM »
Actually Dave there are Sanitation Plants all up and down the Bayou.  This first spot had what appeared to be very clean water pumping into it through a 12" pipe and there was a confluence formed between the White Oak and creek coming off of another Sanitation plant.  Yes the fish were very healthy and were active in 55 degree clear blue sky weather.  The only problem is using light tipped leader and having all of the high grass behind you while casting.  I lost three real good flys from not keeping my back cast way up high! I am going to start using 16 lb.  The bass won't care.

Outing Chat / Newby Nigel hits the Bayou
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:41:10 PM »
What a gorgious day today was, cool morning and warm afternoon. geese in the air and fish wanting to cooperate that 'bout says it all.
Met up with Nigel from our board and we hit a stretch of the White Oak today.  When we arrived at our first destination we set up a plan how we would attack the fish.  Nigel broke out his fly box loaded with home spun flys that looked like he was an acomplished tier.  I said those will work pointing to several different flys but I said the chartruse and olive clousers with the red underside would be killer.  His eyes lit up "yeah I just tied those up after reading your posts. "Well there you go McCloud" somebody does listen.  As we walked down the embankment he remarked that he wasn't much of a bass fisher.  I told him i'll ask you that question in a couple of hours and see what you say! He also was amazed at how clear the water looked and that it did! The water was as clear as I have seen it lately. This was going to be good.  We set up and I pointed out several deep holes where I thought we should start. After his first cast I heard him say, "Darn I just missed one".  My first cast was met with the familar "thump" and I had my first fish on but while fighting the fish another larger bass came out and tried to steel the fly out of the mouth of my fish. While Nigel was still casting in his spot a large flight of canadians could be heard directly overhead and I told him to look up and see the geese and come and join me and lets see if I can get you on this larger fish.  After telling him where to cast he laid the fly in the spot perfectly and whamo the big girl slammed the fly and the fight was on.  I looked over and saw a grin ear to ear! Should I ask him now? We both stood over this hole and alternated casts.  We took at least ten bass out of this deep hole that was probably no more than 25 long x 15 wide x 3 foot deep.  Saying the fish were stacked up would be the obvious.

My first out of the "honey hole", look close you can see her trying to escape to no avail!

The geese overhead heading to Katy!

Here's Nigel landing his first White Oak Bass.

Can you see his grin?

One down and many more togo

Here is a poor picture of another out of the honey hole.

Our first double.

So after awhile we relocated to another deep hole.  Here's Nigel.

Ooops another getting the picture here!

Life is good!  Thankyou Jesus!

Say Aaahhhh! This little fly did the trick until I lost it.

I always like to show that we catch little one too.

Definately the most beautiful fish of the day!  Thanks to MIke I lost this one too in the weeds behind me.

Another look who would have thought Chichlids would be in this bayou?

By this time Nigel had to return to his studies but I have a feeling there will other trips to the bayou for him.
Hey Nigel what do you think of these little guys NOW!

Till next trip.  Hey Matt sit down and tie some of these lil bugers up. See you later in the week. Scott you missed a good day.
 8) 8) 8) 8)


Outing Chat / Re: Pre-fishing the Bayou for the Guys!
« on: December 11, 2011, 07:05:16 AM »
Dont think so I went to their Katy Freeway store last night and they didn't have anything near that.  I'm thinking one of our guys tied this puppy up.  Man was it effective. six casts and six fish.  Bet if i didin't try and lift that bigger fish I could have caught more with it.  Heck it would still be tied on the leader right now. I think the long body shape and the flash it produced helped.  Remember though I was a bass fisher for 20 years before turning salt.  I know where they live and how to entice them into striking in just about any conditions. Not just a strip strip strip is going to catch them.

Yesterday I saw some big 30"+ carp...I want them badly!

Outing Chat / Pre-fishing the Bayou for the Guys!
« on: December 10, 2011, 04:00:54 PM »
Had a chance to get out this evening to pre-fish several areas as tomorrow Scott B and Jared F are coming out to take part in some Bayou antics.  Although the temp was 55 degrees the bass were readily on the feed. So much so I broke off on two larger fish.  Guys don't bring any wimpy 10lb. leaders 12 -16 much better.  Especially when lifting your fish up the imbankment. Lost two fish and two good flys.  Mike Arnold's green cookie and one from I don't know where. That fly I caught six fish in six casts! the last was just too big to lift up the bank... I have some pictures of the fly.  It was a clouser type with brass barbell w/ painted eyes, dark orange head wrap, yellow white olive and burnt orange body with a couple of copper flash fibers that really flashed in the water.  Look at the fly in each of the pictures below.  If you can tie some I want some ...easy as that!

First fish out of this hole. Note fly

Next fish Note same fly.

Believe it or not another fish on same fly note where fly is position in fishes mouth.

Here's the next fish from the same hole.  This place was loaded.

Here is a (too) closeup of the fly.  not a good picture but you can see it good in other picts.

Last fish before I lost it. Good look at head note fishes gill has fibers sticking out to show length.

The fish that I broke off on was around 2.5 lbs. and out of the same hole.  I tried to lift onto bank and the leader broke abobe the knot! Anyways whoever wants to join me tomorrow send email or call I will be hitting the bayou arond 10:30 am.  See ya.

Outing Chat / Re: Pre Front Bayou Bass'n
« on: December 08, 2011, 08:46:41 AM »
I will be fishing this weekend locally. You are welcome to join and any others are too. My hours maybe kind of crazy though. Whether I take you to my honey hole is yet to be determined.  I'll send you a PM with my phone.

2012 and Previous / Re: January Fresh Water Outing
« on: December 08, 2011, 08:43:28 AM »
I may have to do this thing!  I have very little experience on the Guad since my brother turned me onto the coast but it appears to be as good a time as any to start a new additction.  I'll need an experienced partner.  I have a Outcast Pontoon floatable (one man) but we'll need to arrange portage.  Is anybody staying overnight especially in view of the local bar scene!  Let me know.

Im calling my secret guadelupe guide/buddy.

Outing Chat / Pre Front Bayou Bass'n
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:56:00 PM »
I went outside this morning and the temperature was 68 degrees and balmy with little or no wind.  I know a front is coming in today so I check the radar and it looks like I have a couple of hours before the weather change.  I'm going fish'n!  I jump in the truck and hit one of my White Oak Bayou favs to see what is happing.  The flow is perfect, water is clear...well clear brown and I can see fish moving along the edges.  By the way all of the fish you'll see below were caught on flys tied by Mike Arnold.

This is the first place I looked.

Doesn't take me long and I found this little critter.

The first spot I choose was chalk full of bass. After catching a few small ones a big girl came out and I busted off my favorite fly of the ones Mike sent me on the strip set!  Anyways I continued on down stream after tying on a chartruse and grey clouser.  This is what it looked like once I stuck this fella!

Nice fish huh!

This guy followed the last fish and then cruised a few feet away and just sat there until I stuck him too.

If you don't think I'm having fun. At this point I have caught about fifteen bass in less than one hour. So I move down stream some more looking for some riprap edges and I see this swirl and flash right in front of me.  I cast in and WHAMO

I hope you can zoom in on these pictures cause this fish goes ballistic and I was able to snap a few shots during the fight.

After that tailwalk she speed over behind me trying to break me off on the rocks and then she jumped again.

SAAAWWWEEETTTT Right! So it was time to quit messing around with the camera and land her.  The Beauty Photo a solid 2.5lb. fish.

The weather had definately change by now though and the temperature was falling fast and the drizzle had started to fall.

So I am thinking there are still plenty of more rocks across the way could there be another promising fish there.  Boom of course there was.

Not all of my fish were big, however I took a picture of this little fella cause it was so fiesty and pretty.

By this point I had caught well more than I could count (anything over 20 requires higher math) So once the drizzle started to fall a little harder I figured it was time to go home and fix a pot of coffee and some a little football...drink a few brews...and give my thanks for this wonderful day!


Damon's Seven Lakes / Special Thanks to Mike Arnold
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:17:56 AM »
I want to say how much I appreciate the efforts that Mike Arnold puts forth all year long in helping the Texas Fly Fishers.  From tying flys at EVERY Meeting, especially taking the time to teach the youngsters as he does, to organizing and holding events out at his place in Damon Lakes...well for a man his age IS TOTALLY AWESOME. He is a huge asset to our club, he is a proud American and he is TEXAN in every way.  Thanks MIKE we all love you dearly!

Photo of what Mike does BEST!

Outing Chat / Re: 'Nother HTown Bayou Trip
« on: December 04, 2011, 08:00:45 AM »
Just Keep'n Sharp my friend...It's like going to the range and bust'n a few caps! When it comes time for combat - I'll have the edge.  OOOooRRAAAAaaa!

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