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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!

Outing Chat / 'Nother HTown Bayou Trip
« on: December 03, 2011, 07:09:08 AM »
Well at least somebody was listening the other night at our meeting.  As I was driving down the street in the neighborhood I noticed a suburu wagon pulled into one of the access points for the bayou.  Seeing some FFF stickers I was interested to see who this was.  I pulled in and looked down the bayou and saw a bass swimming right below where this guy parked??? Did he not see this easy prey?  So I walked back to my truck and assembled my rod, tied on a tested and true fly and went back down to the bayou's edge one cast and I thought I would take a picture of the fish in front of the guys car to show him what he had overlooked.

Well I spotted the fisher down the ways so being the friendly type I walked on over and introduced myself.  Why it was Dave Keene who recently joinded TFF and he took me up on my invite for the members to take advantage of this local fishery.  We spoke for awhile and fished for quite some time.  He had already caught a couple of good fish and was trying to perswade one of the bayou carp to take his fly.  As we walked the bayou we both began to score some solid fish. 

Here's Dave

Here's Me

Little fish with LARGEMOUTH

Another Beauty

So this goes on for awhile and I get a call from Marcos E. who wants to join us.  'Bout twenty minutes he does and he too is into some solid fish.  But I had to go back to work (that's right this spot is so convienent that you can catch a few while on break) so I left the guys as they walked off to search for a way to catch some carp.  Marcos brought some coffee bean flys and was going to try them.  I wonder if they did any good??? Bye Now.

Outing Chat / Re: Green Trout on the Bayou!
« on: November 26, 2011, 08:28:55 AM »
I'll do you one better than's available in the saltwater fly section at Orvis!!
I don't tie? I FISH!!!!!!! I'll post up a close view later but as I have said many times before a bass will eat anything.  No Big Secrets here.

Bead chain eyes.
Chartruse or Root Beer crystal flash
white bunny
red line wrap
#2-4 size hook

..and of course a good pair of Costas. 8)






HAVE FUN!!!!!!!


Outing Chat / Re: Guadalupe Trout
« on: November 23, 2011, 07:53:17 AM »

Outing Chat / Re: Green Trout on the Bayou!
« on: November 23, 2011, 07:21:11 AM »
You know I do!!!   ;D
I have several honey holes just full of the bass terds! >:(
I am try to think of a foam fly we can sweeten to their taste.  ::)
Literally swiming in pods of five to ten and very easy to find.  Call me and we'll set something up!  Maybe this coming weekend?  8)
Anyone else??? Cost of guided trip...Big Honk'n Turkey SANDWICH and some SWEET POTATOE PIE!!!

Outing Chat / Re: Green Trout on the Bayou!
« on: November 21, 2011, 07:38:36 AM »
So I know I'm going out of town for awhile and thought I'd get another short trip in before I go.  So I drive to my nearest honey hole seen in above photos and I find this!

Looking close at all the fishy stickers I'm guessing some HOTSPOTTER has "jumped my claim"! Upon further investigation I find this.

HMMM I know that guy.  Hey YOU!  The "WHO ME" look.

Well anyways he harmless, and I go about fishing. BOOM fish bud musta miss this one!

Closer look at the 'lil fatty....not my fishing hotspoter!

HAHAHA I caught 'em and you didn't...look how fat must be eating crawfish or sump'n?

Hey BUD He's look'n at you!

So I go up behind this small riffle up stream and find this nice calm water covered with Riprap.

Three casts later.  SUPRISE!

After taking the salad off!

Here's his little brother out of the same hole.

Turned around the other direction and found this beautiful 'gill.

How you can go fishing without taking a camera is beyond me.  Had another hook up or three before leaving.  The wind was howling down in the "gorge" and casting was a little difficult but proved to be excellant practice though.  Still need to figure the carp formula.  I'll be working on that while I'm out of town. Thinking about using sponge rubber and weighted hook setup laced with some stink! Should return for the holidays.  Give me a call and lets go fish'n.

Seeing that I do not tie maybe I can help in some other way, I have the TFF banners I could bring if FTU doesn't mind, I can set up a computer with some slide shows of photos of us during outings, and can help defer some of the questions about our club if that would help.  I will be working up in the Metroplex around then but should be home for the weekend possibly. Hope to see you there.

Outing Chat / Re: Green Trout on the Bayou!
« on: November 17, 2011, 04:51:34 PM »
To tell you the truth Dave, there were other things that were more a whole lot more important back then!

I used to fish these W O Bayou areas before the county came in and put in the rentention ponds and regraded the banks.  It was nothing to find four to five pound bass everywhere.  Couple more years and they will be more promanent.  Still have a lot to investigate. I'm hoping some of the members want to tag along for the fun but you know how that goes.  Wish I could get you out here Dave.  To me this is pretty sweet.  Near everyones home in Houston (the different Bayous are that is), costs nothing, doesn't require a boat, and darn near a beer stop at every corner and a great place to use a small flyrod! Love it.

Outing Chat / Green Trout on the Bayou!
« on: November 17, 2011, 01:13:54 PM »
Well as you guys probably know by now I have hit the Mother Load on the White Oak.  Did some explor'n last Sunday before the game and found some new deep BROWNholes full of critters.  So looky here and ENJOY!

This is what I found early morning, nice little crossover bridge and deep hole below!

Here is my first of the day...a little chunk on a a little "green cookie".

I found this nice little riffle and there was a nice deep hole below it.

Ah...a shopping cart reef we all know what that means.

I picked this little guy off just behind the reef as you can see in the backround...bout a 40' cast too.

This one was just below where I took the previous picture! The fly I was using was dynamite on these bass.

So continuing up stream I see this corrugated pipe and just know that there is a large one under there.

...and there was but he got off before I could capture and photo.  DARN!! but lookie here just over that sand dune another honey hole.

The riffle and eddy.

Fall colors were showing down on the Bayou.  Real quiet and beautiful in a "toxic" way.

View of the brownline from up on the "bluff".

Well that's all for now.  Look me up if you're rates are very affordable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Red Soda, Fried Chicken, Biscuits and Gravy will get you a long way!

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