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General Discussion / Re: LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:39:28 PM »
The board is doing preliminary research right now and your info and insight is greatly appreciated Matt!

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Outing Chat / Colorado River Report
« on: June 08, 2015, 12:52:17 PM »
Last month TFF had to cancel a float trip scheduled for the Colorado River due to unmanageable flood waters resulting from all the recent rain.  In an effort to observe more recent conditions and have a great time bass fishing too, I joined a group six like-minded fly fishers gathered by the Orvis Westheimer store and headed west to Webberville, Texas.  Our group was guided by Alvin Dedeaux and his able bodied crew of Winston and JT.  With all of us in jet drive aluminum boats we set out from Little Webberville Park in the morning and headed upstream towards Austin.  Now of course we didn’t have gin clear water to sight fish but the water was reasonably clear enough to fish.   The release rate upstream was a little faster than you would like as you only really got a chance or two to make a cast before the current had you past your target in quick order. 
Ben (Orvis Fishing store Manager) and I were guided by Winston who during his days when not on the water guiding/fishing is an EMS/Firefighter in the Austin area.  He was extremely helpful during our trip.  Besides fighting the current rowing a heavily laden 16’flat bottom aluminum boat, he was actively giving advice on casting techniques, fly selection, and re-rigging our equipment.  Since the water was higher than usual and many of the shoreline trees had been laid over by the recent floods casting, casting accuracy was a premium as was boat handling.  We primarily used large poppers and big jigs (similar to what conventional guys use for bass fishing) and of course we put our share flies up into the trees but only two were lost and not recovered.  Winston would paddle his butt off getting us into position to make the recovery each time without even a growl.  That was hard work too! 
The fish were where they were supposed to be but still were a little “gun shy” due to the river’s condition.  We all caught fish throughout the day but the catching really slowed down after 11 am.  Around noon we all gathered at a lazy bend in the river under some trees for our lunch of fresh sandwiches, chips and cookies.  After lunch we motored downstream to where a confluence forms between a wastewater plant discharge and the Colorado River.  OK, Ok, I know what in the heck are we doing here?  The discharge as it flowed out of three 24 inch diameter pipes caused the water surface to froth into white bubbles and under those bubbles we found some active white bass.  We all stopped there for several minutes taking two or three each before moving on.  That was fun but a little weird!  The day in general was lots of fun and full of talk about returning when conditions get much better. 
On the return trip to the boat launch Winston showed Ben and I what the jet boat was all about.  We jumped gravel bars and trees stumps without even a slight feeling of hitting something.  The ride was smooth as glass. Thank God for the breeze too. Winston forgot to wear long pants and his legs got pretty burned up. Unfortunately, Ben and I both left out sunscreen back in our trucks after we applied before we left the ramp.  He told us that it has been more than a month since he had been on the water and forgetting the sunscreen was a mistake he won’t make again this year! As a medical technician I’m sure he still has a few things up his sleeve to remedy the burns though! 
So all in all I had a great time sharing the water and outing with some fun people.  Thanks Alvin, Winston, and JT for making our day wonderful.  The trip back to Houston went by fast as I was lost in thought of fishing the beautiful Colorado River again with these guys. I will get some photos to post here in a few days that will better tell the story. Tight Lines.
GOLDEN      <*)))><

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General Discussion / Re: LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:23:00 AM »
Thanks Mike

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 08, 2015, 10:21:27 AM »
Well said Mike!

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 06, 2015, 12:01:32 PM »
So Very nice Dan! I'm hoping you get to use her plenty. KT has one being rigged out now.  Look at dates for the POC "One Fly" and the Redfish Rodeo.  LOVE TO HAVE YOUR BOAT JOIN OUR FLEET. RECOMMEND YOU GET A ONE PIECE PUSH POLE BECAUSE THE ONE IN THE PHOTO IS STORED ON BOARD IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT MIGHT END UP WITH A PERMANENT BEND IF IT IS SECTIONED!  ASK JOHN PURCELL.  SHOULD BE A GREAT BOAT TO CRUISE THE FRONT BEACH ...WHICH BY THE WAY IS ON FIRE! My ten weight is in rutt right now and needs to get BENT! RIGS ARE ON FIRE TOO.

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General Discussion / LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:36:12 AM »
Let's call this a test. During the next month I would like to see just how many individual hits this thread gets. The Board has been discussing the re-vamping of our Website.   

I just want to see how many folks go to our Forum and use it for what ever reason.  There are those in this club that see no reason for the membership to be able to openly speak here in an open forum about our sport of fly fishing and club doings! Again, I am hearing that phrase,"IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE!"  ...you remember what happened the last time we heard that statement.

Meaning it is quite possible the new and improved website may contain only a Front Page, a Calendar of Events, the Windknots, and possibly not a whole lot more. Members who want to post up something will be required to submit photos/stories to our Web Administrator by private email in a proper format (what ever that will be) and request they get their info printed and used.  You know that all might work well too. But there are no promises.

Things like classifieds, open general discussions, could be eliminated and trip/event updates might be slightly dated by the time the Administrator has his personal time to input the information. Surely the use of In-Club private messaging (PM) will be eliminated too. Meaning if you don't have access to the current membership contact page you might have a hard time finding a partner for that next fly fishing outing. So anyway if you feel one way or the other your input on this topic would be well appreciated. Lets have an open discussion on the merits or lack thereof of the use of this forum. What would you like to see in our new Website!

My feelings are simple.  What ever you give up today will be gone tomorrow and forever is a long time.

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General Discussion / Re: I have cabin fever bad!!!
« on: June 04, 2015, 10:24:37 AM »
Ive been using a Scott STS 8wt for the past two years. No problems.  Dan you need to be able to throw more than 60' with a 10wt. that third gut is a little farther from the Whataburger than 60 feet.

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: June 01, 2015, 02:09:02 PM »
I was there yesterday and saw plenty of BS to piss you off.  None by fishers, but kids driving 4 whl drive trucks and atv's. Noisy, destructive little bastards! Cant believe they would mess it up for every one if given the chance. Fishing was great and I also took out a bag of trash with me just to help.  Check out latest freshwater chat thread.

John send me a PM with your phone number I'll give you and others heads up next time I go. bring kayak!   

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Outing Chat / Re: WHITE OAK BAYOU REVISITED
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:55:23 PM »
I went there Sunday morning and it was off the wall. 63 degrees, cloudy overcast bass catch'n skies, light breeze from NW are you kidding me. ...and I'm the only fisherman there all day? WTF where are all of you fly fishers...must be still in the closet! You could not find a better day to be out on the water considering the all of the bad weather we have had lately.  Then the skies cleared off and the bass were jumping three feet out of the water to catch dinner.  I caught two in mid-air!  The bream are getting ridiculously huge too and they will outfight the LMB! Caught one bass that had a dragonfly half down it's throat see the picture below. Caught half a dozen golden-throat bream and probably 30 to 35 bass of all sizes to 2.5 lbs.

My drop in point. You can tell water is up about 18 inches.

Flooded shorelines looked inviting don't they?

Very Calm conditions huh!


I got on the water around 8:00 am first fish again on first cast.  Seems to be a resounding theme on this body of water.  I started out with a small #8 firetiger popper boom fish on!

Then another!

This one flew out of the water two feet to hit my popper.

Plenty of salad around too.

Here is what they are eating.

How beautiful is this little guy! Man they fight so hard on this little three wt.

Believe it or not this one is not the same as first picture. Nice huh?


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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: May 26, 2015, 11:56:32 AM »
Bayou has been cut down but presently 11' over flood stage! I was there yesterday morning but check this out it was over 4000 cubic feet per second last night! Normal flow 40 cubic foot! 


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Fly Fishing Gear / Re: Bucks Bags Bronco inflatable pontoon boat
« on: May 26, 2015, 06:56:45 AM »
This is real similar to what I have.  I'll tell you one thing the price is RIGHT! Mine was approx. $ 800.00 when it was new. Way more comfortable than a kayak especially for lake or river fishing.

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Outing Chat / Re: WHITE OAK BAYOU REVISITED
« on: May 26, 2015, 06:50:49 AM »
OK the Water level is ridiculous right now. WOB is total flood stage NOW. Wont be fishable for several weeks at minimum. Cant believe I fished the ponds yesterday with no problem. Hope everybody is OK from last nights downpour. 

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General Discussion / Re: PooP Happens!
« on: May 23, 2015, 01:03:41 PM »
SURE GEORGE JUST BRING THEM BY AND STORE THEM HERE! WHOOSH THERE GONE!

IT'S FUNNY EVER SINCE GEORGE BOUGHT HIS B-TAIL HE HAS BEEN SO VERY GRACIOUS AND OFFERED TO TAKE ME (and others) OUT WHEN ON OUR OUTINGS. IF NOT FOR HIM, JOHN P., AND MARCOS I'D PROBABLY BE BOWLING AGAIN! THAT IS WHAT THIS CLUB IS ALL ABOUT. ALL OF US WANT TO FISH AND THERE ARE GUYS WHO STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND HELP OUT WHEN OTHERS MIGHT BE LESS FORTUNATE. I AM VERY GRATEFUL OF THE FRIENDSHIPS MADE SINCE JOINING TFF! ONCE MY BOAT IS BACK IN COMMISSION I TOO WILL STEP UP TO THE PLATE.  THAT MEANS YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO HIDDEN WATERS SELDOM SEEN BY MOST FISHERS CAUSE THAT'S HOW THE MUY GUAPO ROLLS!
OUT AT THE JETTIES!

THRU THE FOG!

WHAT CRUNCHIES???

CHASING TARPON OUT IN THE GULF!

...AND YOU MIGHT JUST END UP HERE HOLDING THE REWARDS OF A SINGLE WADE WHERE FEW GO.


 

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Outing Chat / WHITE OAK BAYOU REVISITED
« on: May 23, 2015, 12:20:04 PM »
After the great time I had down in the Arroyo I have had the fishing bug BAD!  Got a message yesterday from Travis saying he was up for fishing the Bayou if I was.  That's all I needed - HECK YEAH BROTHER LET'S GO FISHING! Travis is a friend of our club and has joined us for an outing (PINS) teaming up with PUCK!

We got together at the ponds at nine am.  Wind was a little brisk but not too bad.  I brought my float boat and Travis waded (yes I told him about the scourge of the pond so he wore waders). The first spot I went to I caught a fish on my first four casts! I'd say today was a decent day for fishing as the forecast called for rain later in the day...falling barometer...GOOD Stuff!
New TFF'er (we hope)

This was my drop point a small protected cove full of fish I hope.

First of many to come...Yes the fish are hungry and ready to play.

Here is what I'm looking for. These guys are real fighters for their size and beautiful to boot!

Then I noticed the dragon flys were now active so a change to a popper was the order of the day.

Nice one taken from under the trees seen in the background.

But as the forecast stated rain was coming in on us fast so we met up on the shoreline and headed back to the vehicles.  Travis said he caught quite a few bass but no brim. While waiting out the rain shower this little guy came up and was as friendly as could be.  Hope he develops some instincts to be weary of humans and other animals else-wise he's food! Looks like there is some tying material on the hoof!


By the way, the bayou was cut this last week and is in good shape with the exception of the water flow is a little high right now...Duh! Hope to see everyone on the water soon.

GOLDEN  <')))><

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I hope your pooch is doing better day by day Bob.
Regarding the water, I have a job going on in Alvin and I can tell you that area has received a "ship" load of rain in the past month!  The run-off might be a little much for kayaking.

check this out: go to bottom of page
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/uv/?site_no=08078000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060

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