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1.   Time to arrive,
      a.   Before dark Friday night, to be able to set up camp
2.   Wading, bank, kayak, types and
      a.   I plan to take a kayak, but you need to be aware that the “boat launch” is pretty hairy. See the picture
      b.   You can wade in many spots, but expect to get wet. The rocks are slimy.
      c.   Kickboats work well, but they limit amount of water you can cover, and if they generators start, you’ll be in a panic for the shoreline.
      d.   Banks are high, and fly-fishing from shore is a real challenge
      e.   Bass hunters, etc. are seen on this river all the time.
3.   Sizes of flies,
      a.   Size 2-8 minnow patterns. I like bendbacks because of all the rocks that you can get caught up on
      b.   Colors:
               i.   Dark for low light conditions
              ii.   White and bright colors for daylight
4.   Anything else I should know?
      a.   Waders are a must during November through April, the water is extremely cold.
      b.   Studded wading boots are a bonus
      c.   Camping at the TBARS is primitive, for me, but there are showers available. I could possibly rent a yurt, but I normally don’t.
      d.   Best fishing for white bass and stripers is when there is no sun. Once it comes up, the game is over.
      e.   The water is extremely clear, and fish can be spooky
      f.   My largest fish from this area was a 15 pound striper in March
      g.   Launch in the dark and get positioned about ½ mile upstream from the launch.  N 31.16788 W 93.55895
      h.   5-8 wt rods, floating line, or sinking if they move out of the shallows
       i.   If SRA starts generating, there is no way we can stay in the generation canal.
       i.   We check the status of the generators the day before we travel.
       j.   This is my old stomping ground. I lived less than 6 miles from the dam while I was going to college.

Let's work on the drivers/riders list.

I've updated with what I have today, but I am sure there are people that still need a ride.  Or drivers that haven't signed up yet.

Outing Information Only / Re: Anahuac Flats - August 22
« Last post by Puck on July 27, 2015, 05:07:50 AM »
Direction updated, and the water seems to be in good shape.

Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« Last post by ripit on July 26, 2015, 06:30:50 PM »
Just note to say Thanks to all the Mike's, George,  John and the rest of the crew for a Great weekend and superb food. I had a great time fishing, drinking and eating with you all. I was nice  meeting everyone  as well. Hope see you soon.

Tim B

If you have donated at least the minimum of $10.00 to the fundraiser, I will give you one (1) additional raffle ticket at no charge for every $10.00 donation you get another person to make.

I am less than 300.00 off the lead (I have not posted all the donations yet) at this point and we are closing in on the end of the fundraiser.

****** 2015 Rocky Mountain Flyathlon ******

I am a new member of GRTU and looking forward to meeting many of you on the rivers. I am asking for a few minutes of your time to read about a fundraiser I am involved with supporting Colorado Trout Unlimited.

The 2015 Rocky Mountain Flyathlon will be held in Saguache, Colorado on August 15, 2015. It is a combination trail run and fly fishing event but at its core is preservation of streams and trout; a cause we can all get behind.

I am one of 60 "flyathletes" and the ONLY Texan participating. This is an important distinction because some folks are saying they are not going to let a Texas boy be the biggest fundraiser in a Colorado trout fishing fundraiser.

As part of this event, each “flyathlete” is asked to raise money for CO TU and while I have done well, it has certainly been a challenge convincing folks about why it is worth a $10.00 donation here when many do not go to Colorado or fish for trout.

In order to make the event more meaningful to potential donors, I put up a new YETI Tundra 35 Cooler (Retail: $299.99) as a raffle prize for donors who go through my fundraising page.

The fundraising ends on 8/13/15 and I would really like to prove that Texans care about trout habitat as much as anyone in Colorado and we will show that with donations.

Some FAQs:

1. General information about event and its value proposition:

2. Main fundraising page so you can track my competition in fundraising:
a. My team of one (me) is under " Trout Huntin' - Win A YETI "

3. Your donations are tax-deductible when done online via the Crowdrise website

4. The event was founded by a Colorado fisheries biologist who decided to put his three passions - craft beer, trail running, and trout fishing - together in an event like a triathlon but have a lot more fun doing it.

5. The raffle will be held on or about August 18th, 2015
a. *****I will ship the YETI anywhere in Texas at no charge **** for the winner
b. You can also be involved in a separate raffle for a 30oz YETI Rambler; details are on my fundraising page

6. If you do donate, and I hope you will consider it, please make sure you put the organization info in the comments field
a. We are working hard on bringing this event to Texas in 2016 and I want to impress upon these folks how many trout fishermen/women live here
b. I will send a picture of your raffle tickets to you via email or text so that you have some proof of your potential winner

NOTE: My fundraising efforts will be under (to be eligible for the YETI raffle)   

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Dan Gimenez
Twitter: @trouthuntin
facebook: Trout Huntin
Outing Information Only / Re: San Marcos River, 8th of August
« Last post by Puck on July 23, 2015, 01:45:55 PM »
From Skip:

"Just got off the phone with Pat at Spencer's and reserved a site (in her words) big enough for a troop of Boy Scouts. It is right next to the pavillon (which we have access to) There is also electicity at the pavillon if we have need for it."

Let's go fishing.......

Outing Information Only / Re: San Marcos River, 8th of August
« Last post by Puck on July 23, 2015, 12:54:25 PM »
The trip information was lost/deleted. 

The sign-up sheet survived, so we are OK there, but the basic trip information was completely deleted.

Reconstruction is still in progress.

Outing Information Only / Re: San Marcos River, 8th of August
« Last post by Puck on July 23, 2015, 12:52:40 PM »
San Marcos River Trip with- Kevin Hutchison

The San Marcos trip is on for August 8th and the river should be in great shape. The Memorial Day flood, as we all know, was epic and has changed the look of the river but Kevin has floated it a few times since then and all the major obstructions have been removed by either Mother Nature, the local paddling clubs or by Kevin himself and his trusty chain saw.

If you have ever thought about floating the San Marcos this is the trip you should sign up for. The flow is great and the level has never been better. Kevin is planning on floating the section between Spencer Canoe / Shady Grove Campground ((512) 357-6113 ) down to the town of Staples. This is a long run but with the flow being what it is he thinks it will be perfect. Plans are to meet at Spencer Canoe at 8:00 am and run our shuttle by 8:30. Kevin will arrange the shuttle. There will be a $5.00 per car parking fee for each vehicle. Based on getting started at 8:30-9:00 we should be off the water around 5:00 pm.

Each person that signs up for this trip will receive a brand spanking new leader, a dozen San Marcos flies (in a new fly box) and a special commemorative t-shirt, printed special for this event courtesy of Kevin. The fee for this unforgettable trip will be $20.00 per person. Kevin also has available three canoes and two, one man, sit on top, kayaks which he will generously rent at a deep discounted rate of $15.00 per boat. These boats will be available on a first come first serve basis but if they are all gone I have other sources.

So, all you need to do is sign up now on the Texas FlyFishers website, then e-mail me to let me know what size T-Shirt you wear and if you would like to rent one of Kevin’s boats, I'll take care of the rest.

Those signing up after July 31st will not be guaranteed flies nor a commemorative t-shirt.
Skip Donovan
c: 713-822dash zero zero 69

Outing Information Only / San Marcos River, 8th of August
« Last post by Puck on July 23, 2015, 12:50:26 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: San Marcos River

When:   2015-08-08
Where:        see below
Start   see below
End Time:     see below
Trip Leader: Skip
Phone: see below
e-mail:         see below

Trip Description:   Kevin has agreed to guide us!

How to sign up:
1. Sign Up Here,
2. On the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting
3.  Or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download PDF form here. Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.

$20/person for the fishing trip, (check or cash to Texas FlyFishers) 
$5 parking/car, to Spencer's
$10camping/person/night, to Spencer's

Directions:  See Below
About the area: See below

Important items:
• Member dues are current!
• Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.  ( Can be downloaded here )
• Extra change of dry clothes
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellant
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment: 

Recommended Flies:

Recommended guidelines for participants:
• Notify the trip leader if you have any potential concerns
• If inexperienced, then buddy up.
• Have proper safety equipment
• If you are boating or kayaking, inform the trip leader of your float plan if planning to fish alone or longer then the designated times.
• Sign in and sign out at the launch site. Inform the trip leader if you will be launching in a different place.
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