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Outing Information Only / Re: South Llano River float trip, DRAFT report
« Last post by Puck on June 17, 2015, 05:28:25 AM »
Sounds like the Pointman didn't warn the others of the log. Hope nobody got hurt bad.  You really need to be in good physical shape on a trip down a limestone river. That rock will tear up your skin without much of a problem.  Puck, just add the photos to your report here. Many of us don't want to open a Dropbox account to be able to see the photos. That is what we are trying to encourage more folks to use the Forum for. Pizza, burgers and brats WOW now that's living! Who brought the "Cardboardeaux". I hear the trip out there was beautiful and the river was very generous.  Sounds like you had a great time.

I only set up dropbox for the participants of the trip, and will grab some of the best photos to add to the report.  The rest I plan to add captions, and send to Dave for uploading into a photos folder.  Hopefully I can get all of this done by the weekend.

The "Cardboardeaux"  [George's phrase]  was actually pretty good once you got past the packaging. The honey whisky was another pallet pleaser.  Steve's wine went well with the food.  No, this was not a "drinking trip with some fishing thrown in..."  This is a great group of anglers that I'd take on any fishing trip, or just hang out next to a campfire.

Morgan Shady Park may not be in operation next year, and we are already looking at other locations that can accommodate a group of 10-20 of us.

Puck
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Outing Chat / Rockport report 6/14
« Last post by Scott F on June 16, 2015, 03:15:35 PM »
High water everywhere with tides about 2 ft or 1 above predicted.  This made my normal venues too deep to sight fish.  Water clarity was marginal (for Rockport in June), but definitely fishable.
Fished the Corner, Lidia Ann shore, the Pass, Estes Flats & Naked Man.
Was hungry for fish, so trout, red & flounder caught were all short of eating size.

Great day on the water and nothing broke.
Went out for 40 minutes on Sunday and got chased off by rain.

Scott
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Outing Information Only / Re: South Llano River float trip, DRAFT report
« Last post by Golden on June 16, 2015, 12:26:40 PM »
Sounds like the Pointman didn't warn the others of the log. Hope nobody got hurt bad.  You really need to be in good physical shape on a trip down a limestone river. That rock will tear up your skin without much of a problem.  Puck, just add the photos to your report here. Many of us don't want to open a Dropbox account to be able to see the photos. That is what we are trying to encourage more folks to use the Forum for. Pizza, burgers and brats WOW now that's living! Who brought the "Cardboardeaux". I hear the trip out there was beautiful and the river was very generous.  Sounds like you had a great time. 
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As we get closer to the planned day we will know more about the river.

Currently the SRA is generating 24/7 until further notice in an effort to bring the lake level down.

Puck
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Outing Chat / Re: Colorado River Report
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on June 15, 2015, 10:12:23 AM »
 ;)



That's a fun trip to take. Blyth and I fished with JT about 2 months ago and had a good time. Conditions were tough though and we didn't find the size or numbers y'all did.
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Outing Chat / Re: Fly fishing Destin in the fall...
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on June 15, 2015, 09:32:11 AM »
Shallow Water Expeditions is the best guide service in the area. http://www.shallowwaterexpeditions.com/

Preston Sutter is the guy I fish with. Younger than me (he's only 31) but he knows his stuff. He's been fishing the area since he was little and guiding for about 8 years now.

October on the flats there is every bit as awesome as the marsh is here. Gin clear water over hard sand/grass flats in the bay. They also get a lot of big reds, jacks, and bonita off the beach that time of year. And I think pompano are up on the beach then too.

This video is from West Bay in Panama City in October. Preston is the guy who bails out to wade with no shoes on. I asked him "what were you doing wading barefoot" and he said the bottom is clean, hard sand and grass, like wading on pavement.

https://vimeo.com/74947289
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Outing Chat / Tarpon report
« Last post by Finn Maccumhail on June 15, 2015, 08:21:10 AM »
So I know a bunch of y'all have jumped/caught a bunch of tarpon in your lives but this is new for me- before this trip I'd been on just 3 trips where my focus was tarpon and on all 3 came up empty.

This time I jumped 3- none landed but HOLY naughty wordING naughty word THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!

I get it now. I so totally get it and if you haven't had the opportunity to jump a tarpon yet the only way I can explain it is this:

It's like the first time you have sex. You know it's gonna be awesome but nothing can really prepare you for it. It's over way too quickly and when you're done you're jacked on adrenalin, breathing heavily, heart racing, weak in the knees, and overall a wee bit shakey. And at the same time you're completely elated and want to do it again, and again, and again.





I linked this from my FB so if they don't work let me know and I'll repost.
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Outing Information Only / South Llano River float trip, DRAFT report
« Last post by Puck on June 15, 2015, 04:57:28 AM »
Texas FlyFishers South Llano River float trip 2015

The Texas FlyFishers started showing up at camp, Morgan Shady Park (http://www.morganshadypark.com) late Friday morning.  The routine of checking gear, talking about the fishing, setting up camp, and general chatter kept the group busy until René broke out the charcoal grill. Quickly the focus became food as he deftly grill bratwurst followed by hamburgers. 

A phone call to our livery, Fun in the Sun Canoe Rentals, just to make sure that they would be there at 0530, and the wake-up time noted, the dinner chatter wound down as folks drifted off to beds.

Fun in the Sun Canoe Rentals showed up at 0540 and immediately set to work loading watercraft.  The small crew made short work of getting all the kayaks on the trailer and us into the bus.  We made it to the water at a perfect time, just a few minutes after sunrise.

There were 12 anglers in 11 watercraft on Saturday.  The canoe was to be the “mother boat” and had a nice cooler of drinks in it.

The weather stayed overcast and comfortable the entire day.  The river was up from last year by 9-12”, making the paddling much easier.

We had 5 swimmers that day with one double dip.  There was this one log that got every one of us within the first mile of the trip….

One young man that we met on the river performed 2+ good deeds for us and others.  He saved a rod for us as our double dipper swam the second time, and was able to perform first aid (hook removal) with a tool that we had dropped at the launch, which he returned when he caught up with us.  I hope he gets in touch with us and joins some of our outings.

3 and 1/4 lost, and recovered rods.  One broke rod, on the “mother boat.”  It was a nice TFO so it will go back to the factory shortly.

Mary-Kay looked like a mayfly caught in a spider’s web as she tried to help Russell recover his reel by pulling on the fly line and backing until the reel and bottom part of the rod surfaced.  Skip had a handful of the stuff, and was just barely out of reach.  Russell was anchored, and had his hands full with fly line, rod parts, and fast water.  All of this happened at the bottom of a swift run.  30 minutes later we were all back on the water, with all gear salvaged.

Guadalupe bass, Largemouth bass, Bluegill, yellow sunfish, green sunfish, Rio Grande Perch, and gar were all caught.  I didn’t see any monsters pulled out, but there were some nice fish caught.  The numbers of fish caught is another story completely.  Most of us stopped counting at around 50.  After a few hours I switched from a size 12 spider to a larger, size 6 S1B, to entice larger fish.

The range of flies that worked was a varied as the anglers.
a.   Yellow spiders (see photo for another reason this fly may work)
b.   Hare-E
c.   Brown spiders
d.   Briminator
e.   S1B
f.   Gurgler
g.   And I could probably get a list from the participants as to what worked for them.

The first of our crew was off the water at about 1500, with the last showing up at camp at 1700.  7.21 water miles covered on this stretch.

Pizza was fetched for Saturday night’s supper and quickly consumed.  By about 2300 the camp was once again quiet.

Sunday morning was a leisurely affair.  Coffee, breakfast, tinkering, packing, good-byes, and a late start of 0900. 

5 people in kayaks on Sunday for the short run between crossings. Five of us decided to head back to Houston, and two of us were just too banged up to enjoy another day in the kayak. On the water before 1000, with 2 base camp crew waiting at the take-out point.

I'll actually work on this more as the week goes on, as well as setting up a "dropbox" for the photos.

Puck
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About You / Re: Moving to Houston
« Last post by Golden on June 11, 2015, 04:46:09 PM »
Welcome aboard!
Houston has quite a few fun in-town locations to wet a line in. May I suggest as the others here have done for you to come to our next meeting on the 30th of June.  Introduce yourself around and the members will help you locate what ever you like in the world of flyfishing.

as far as rod building, we have some real experts in the club that will be willing to hep you further your skills. My only advice is to build yourself a good, fast, and light 8 wt. rod as soon as possible 'cause it's SALT TIME for the next six months.  Get yourself ready for some leader chomping, high flying, drag screaming big fish as we head towards the coast.  There you get the BOOM instead of sip! Catch my drift. No 4x in my boat!
WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and by the way you can go ahead and start looking for your boat now too.  JUS SAY'N

}<))))*> GOLDEN <*)))>{
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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« Last post by Wormdrowner on June 11, 2015, 01:52:06 PM »
Thanks Mike,

I'll have something together in the next couple of days and will send it out.
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