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General Discussion / Sheepshead Fly Fishing Photo needed
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:58:22 AM »
Greg Berlocher asked me if I had any photos for an article he's writing on fly fishing for sheepshead. I don't have any but I said I'd ask if any of y'all have one he can use.  Please let me or Greg know if you do.  Thanks. 

General Discussion / Crane Creek Missouri?
« on: September 22, 2014, 07:57:22 AM »
Has anyone in the club fished this area? It's supposed to be a great trout stream. Tracy's daughter is getting married in Crane, MO next year and seeing as the creek runs through town, I think I'll bring my 3 & 5 wts.

General Discussion / Tailing Reds - Orvis Poscast
« on: September 17, 2014, 07:26:31 AM »
This week's Orvis podcast had an interesting discussion with Aaron Adams of the Bonefish Tarpon Trust. He and Tom Rosenbauer discuss fishing for tailing reds.  Good podcast!

Outing Chat / Quick trip.
« on: August 31, 2014, 06:49:59 PM »
Tracy & I went down to the ponds in Puck's subdivision this morning. The conditions weren't bad, but the fish were not real aggressive. In 2 1/2 hours, I caught a bream about the size of my hand and a 12" catfish, both on a #10 black woolly bugger.  Had one other follow. Tracy almost caught a small turtle but he got off.

We may go back tomorrow, depending on the weather.

Outing Information Only / 2015 Saltwater Outings
« on: August 26, 2014, 07:58:36 AM »
While we have a few traditional outings (POC one fly, Prison Permit, Redfish Rodeo), we also have room for other outings. I'd like to solicit from you some suggestions on places that you might like to fish. Please post your suggestions here and if feasible, I'll try to get them on the 2015 schedule. 

Thanks & tight lines!


General Discussion / New Outing Sign-up sheets
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:13:30 AM »
If you haven't noticed, we have updated the sign-up sheets to include boat information. When signing up for an outing, please indicate if you have a boat and how many people (including yourself) it can hold.  If one or more of the spots in your boat is already reserved, please note that on the outing thread and/or let the outing leader know.

If you signed up for a future outing previously, please verify that your name is on the new list as many names were erased during the update.



General Discussion / New fishing licenses
« on: August 15, 2014, 09:06:44 AM »
The new fishing licenses for the upcoming year went on sale today (8/15).

Outing Information Only / MOVED: Fishing Sargent Tomorrow
« on: March 02, 2014, 04:08:12 PM »
This topic has been moved to [Saltwater Outings Chat].

General Discussion / Interesting article on Rollover Pass
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:49:01 AM »

"GALVESTON - An omission in a computer model led to faulty conclusions about the need to close Rollover Pass, a trench dug to bisect the Bolivar Peninsula more than 50 years ago that has become a fishing mecca, according to an attorney fighting the closure.

"This isn't something that happens by accident," said Jim Blackburn, attorney for Bolivar Peninsula residents fighting state efforts to close the pass.

Blackburn said a consultant for the Texas General Land Office left out data about freshwater inflow into the East Bay from a computer program used in a study to justify closing the pass. When the information is included, Blackburn said, it shows that closing Rollover Pass will result in so much freshwater that it could harm oyster beds.

Blackburn's accusation, if verified, would discredit a claim by the Land Office that closing Rollover Pass would end the harm caused by too much salt water flowing into East Bay.

The Land Office also contends that closing the pass would slow erosion of the peninsula shore line and would end expensive dredging by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of sand washed through the pass into the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Land Office spokesman Jim Suydam said his agency hired Jacksonville, Fla.,-based Taylor Engineering Inc., but otherwise was not involved in the study criticized by Blackburn.

"I don't think they cheated," Suydam said. "The Land Office doesn't direct a contractor about how to do a study."

Taylor Engineering could not be reached for comment.

Suydam said that the closure of the pass has been studied for years and is supported by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The closing is opposed by many of the residents of the Gilchrist Community that straddles Rollover Pass.

The Gulf Coast Rod, Reel and Gun Club, which owns the property the pass cuts through, and the Gilchrist Community Association hired Blackburn, who in April filed a federal lawsuit on their behalf aimed at halting the closure.

The Land Office in the meantime entered into an agreement with Galveston County Commissioners Court to condemn Rollover Pass so closure operations could begin. The Land Office has offered to build a fishing pier to replace the pass.

Blackburn hired engineer Lawrence Dunbar to review the study by the Land Office consultant that was used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do an environmental assessment. Dunbar's report says that the computer model used by Taylor Engineering was flawed. "This model is totally invalid and unreliable," Dunbar wrote.

Dunbar's report says that the Taylor Engineering model failed to account for freshwater flows from Oyster Bayou, which he says is the primary source of fresh water to the East Bay. The report also said the Taylor model did not consider the Needmore Diversion project now under construction, which will put more freshwater into East Bay.

"It is my opinion that the closing of Rollover Pass would have adverse impacts to the water quality in East Bay, specifically to the dramatic lowering of salinity levels in the bay," Dunbar wrote. He said current salinity levels in East Bay are in the ideal range for oyster production.

Dunbar's report said that the reason for digging Rollover Pass was to increase the salinity of East Bay and make it hospitable to oysters and other marine life."

Outing Chat / White Oak Monday or Tuesday?
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:51:32 AM »
Thinking it might be fun to sneak out to the bayou for a few hours Monday or Tuesday. Anybody interested?

Bass Pro / TFO Professional on Sale
« on: November 30, 2013, 06:12:32 PM »
BPS Katy is putting their remaining TFO Professional rods in 5,6 & 8 weight on sale this Sunday for $49. Not a bad deal.

Outing Chat / Sunday Morning Surf
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:28:40 PM »
The weather looks a little iffy for Sunday (40% T-Storms), but if by tomorrow night, it hasn't changed, I think I'll head on down to Galveston and hit the surf Sunday morning around 7 (ish).  If anyone is interested in meeting up, give me a call at (713) 213-eight one five zero or shoot me an email at mfquigley at

I'll probably stay on the island as I don't know if I want to fool with the ferry.

As many of your know, on May 31st, four HFD firefighter died in a fire on the Southwest Freeway, not too far from where we have our meetings.  In addition, several firemen were injured and have incurred major medical bills, not to mention other family hardships. Prior to this,  the HFD Softball team had scheduled a fishing tournament to raise money for their team. After the tragedy, they decided that ALL funds raised would go towards helping these brave souls and their families.

Golden & I are trying to get at least a couple of teams, if not a whole division of fly fishers to participate in this event. The cost is $200/team of 4. We would also like to propose that the club consider helping to defray the costs of the teams.  I have attached the original flyer with the details (pre-May31). Remember, the money is going to help the firemen and their families, not the softball team.

Please post your thoughts/interest here. We will need to get the teams together rather quickly, so we need to get an idea of the interest ASAP!

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