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General Discussion / Re: Crane Creek Missouri?
« Last post by Golden on September 23, 2014, 05:35:16 PM »
You'll never believe this but just east of Crane there is an area called Highland Village (just north of Galena Mo.) where this work buddy of mine back in the 70's had a weekend trailer home and when we were working a long project over in Springfield we would drive down and stay there on the weekends. His son who lived there loved to fish a creek over there called I think Finley Creek.  Anyways it joined up with Crane Creek, and at a bridge crossing there is where Carl and I put his 16' old town canoe in and we did an all day and I mean all day drift down to this old golf course out there in the sticks somewhere. I never saw so many 'bows and browns in my life.  Gravel bars with riffles everywhere. We were using spinning rods with meps spinners and 6 lb. test and we could literally catch a fish with every cast around those bars.  When you got into deeper slow water watch out for the small mouth bass the size of overgrown footballs. On one trip one so big hit Carl's spinner it yanked the mono off his filament.  No joke. Never seen anything like it.

Hey why the heck is Tracy's daughter getting married up there. This isn't one of those reality TV weddings shows where everybody is naked, starves, and starts looking for the next challenge card is it? ...Oh or wait is it one of those destination weddings like Brad and Angelina just had...which by the way I HATE FRANCE. Does she have the nerve to get a Game Show Host to do her wedding (I just love that ad...Angelina do you take Brad for your lawfully wedded husband or do you Want what's behind Door Number Three... "IT's A NEEEWWWW CAR!") and there goes Angelina... Love It! 

You know this area is great for hunting too.  Yeah it is... go to Crane and start to hunt for a Walmart. Nope not one there.  That ought to tell you something not even a Sonic Drive In jeese louisees. What's a girl going to do?
If you get the chance go over to Galena MO. there is a cafe in town that serves the BEST home grown mountain berry pie you'd ever taste (also available in a clear mason jar). The coffee was delicious too, and from there it is just a short drive over to Butler Hollow where you will find more gravel bars and big bows too. Another place to fish Noland Hollow that is closer to Cane but the river there was super wide and very slow. Big Carp country. I looked in my old address book to see if I still had a number for Carl or his son as Carl is probably long gone. He was thirty years my senior. But No luck there. But dude this area is banjo country if you know what I mean. Heck they don't allow cats to meow after 8:00 PM. Ooops, I just drooled on my keyboard thinking about that MB pie!

Heck the backroads there don't even have numbers like here in TEXAS (FM 1488) they have single letters like Q! Carl said it was a cost saving move...the first graders would hand paint a sign during art class and put it up. No really look it up. It was crazy!  You remember Junior Samples don't you? (HEE HAW Grammy Winner 1972 and renowned Wormdrowner impersonator) Well his brother Ample Samples (BR 548) was laid to rest somewhere around of McChord's Bend. (See US Government Hazardous Waste Site #13). Haven't been back since way back when but had a boatload of fun when I was there. Congrats to the young lady and get some of that pie to the wedding.


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Outing Information Only / Re: Sabine River - September 27th, 2014
« Last post by Puck on September 22, 2014, 08:48:54 AM »

If you plan on going on this trip, sign up.

For those that sign up:  I will send the directions to the campsite via e-mail when I get home from work Wednesday night. 

We will be camping on private property so we really need to have a good headcount.

If you just want to fish Saturday, and not camp with the group, we will see you on the river.

Launch point = 31.165961,-93.557227

Driving directions to launch point

General Discussion / Crane Creek Missouri?
« Last post by Wormdrowner 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 / Re: Cache la Poudre River and North Platte in July 2014
« Last post by sprtmedguy on September 22, 2014, 07:40:08 AM »
Joe, I am so jealous!! The drive and scenery on Hwy 14 from Walden to Ft. Collins is one of the most beautiful parts of the country I have ever seen. Be sure to share it with Aaron Hammer. I understand he lived in that area for a while.
Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« Last post by Wormdrowner on September 22, 2014, 03:26:25 AM »
From Skip:

The Louisiana Marsh Trip will be on Lake Calcasieu.  The selection of this lake was made by the Contraband Fly Casters (CFC) out of Lake Charles, Louisiana.  The CFC will be our hosts on this outing, the first of what I hope will be many more with our fellow flyfishers from Texas and other neighboring states.  Establishing a connection with other fly clubs could open up many new and exciting fly fishing opportunities for us that we can build upon.  Group exchange can't help but mean better things for flyfishers.

Details are being worked on but the event will be kicked off on Friday evening.  We have been invited to listen to Bill Heugel do his presentation on fish senses, Friday November 21st.  They are planning on having food and it will be at the same venue they hold their Expos at.  (Exact location will be forth coming)  This will give us an ideal opportunity to meet our hosts from the CFC and discuss the following days fishing..

From what I've been able to gather from Fred Hannie, a member of the CFC and friend of the Texas FlyFishers (TFF), they are excited about this opportunity and looking forward to it.  Naturally the BIG question is numbers.  Being a small club their ability to take us out upon Lake Calcasieu will depend a lot on us providing the majority of the water-crafts.  That shouldn't present much of a problem as Lake Charles is about as far as Port O'Connor and TFF trailers there routinely.  The CFC said, we will probably split up into two groups with the power boaters going to one put in and the kayakers putting in elsewhere.  Obviously, all of this will be based on water conditions the day of the outing.

Lodging opportunities for Friday and/or Saturday nights as well as license requirements, costs, etc. are being looked into at this time.  Hopefully I'll have more answers to your questions by the September meeting.  Likewise, perhaps you can give me an idea as to how many of you are interested in going.  Much of the planning will be based on how big of a group joins Mary Kay and I.
Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« Last post by ScottB on September 21, 2014, 08:40:26 PM »
I am Pro Bobbly in on this one.  Will take my kayak as a precaution. Prefer a boat, piroque or other dry vessel.

Outing Information Only / Re: Redfish Rodeo - October 4th Rockport, TX
« Last post by Wormdrowner on September 21, 2014, 01:36:07 PM »
We have had a couple of drops. Please note the updates to the spreadsheet regarding rooms & boats. If you can't open the sheet, let me know and I'll get your info to you.  No word from any of the other clubs. I sent about 8-9 other Texas clubs the information as well as Lake Charles, LA.  I did send some flyers to Dave H. and he will let the guys with Rockport know about the event. 
Outing Information Only / Re: Louisiana Marshes - November
« Last post by Wormdrowner on September 21, 2014, 09:16:35 AM »
I spoke with Skip the morning. He has been inundated with trying to get his condo fixed up. He will try and have more details posted shortly, but what we have so far:

The Contraband Fly Fishers of Lake Charles will be having a meeting & dinner that Friday night with a speaker. They have invited us to join them.  Saturday, we will be fishing Lake Calcasieu. Given the fact that we are still a ways out from the date, they have not determined where on the lake yet. It will depend on conditions. They can provide some spaces on boats, but given they are a small club, that space is limited. If we can have a few guys trailer boats over, that would be helpful. For those who wish to/end up in a kayak, one of the host club's guy will lead a group of yakkers if so desired.

As I said, this is a brief synopsis of where things are. Skip will try and get access to a computer this week and will post more details.


Outing Information Only / Re: Redfish Rodeo - October 4th Rockport, TX
« Last post by Wormdrowner on September 21, 2014, 08:49:49 AM »

I have to order the Saturday BBQ a week out which means next Saturday. If you have not paid your entry fee, I'm afraid you'll be left off the list for dinner and also won't receive a ticket for the door prizes. Please pay or at the very least, contact me before Saturday September 27 so I can call this in.


Outing Information Only / Re: Guadalupe River - December 6th
« Last post by MattBlyth on September 18, 2014, 11:21:11 AM »
Rumor I have heard is that the stocking will be the weekend of the 22nd. Should be good to go on the 6th then.
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