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TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« on: November 09, 2014, 11:29:42 AM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston and The Contraband Fly Casters Club

Event: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal


When:        September 26th, 2015  (Locked)

Where:    Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal   

Start Time:  0700

End Time:    Too dark to fish

Trip Leader: Puck

Phone:       2 ate won minus 8 six five dash 32 sixteen

e-mail:        doncpuckett at geemale

Trip Description: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal.  We plan to fish the generation canal, but if the generators start up we will quickly shift our efforts to the east branch, locally known as "coldwater."  Launch and take-out will be the either the new boat launch on the generation canal, or the boat launch at pool 2 at "coldwater." 

I plan to camp a few miles away from the launch site at TBARS.

Species targeted are , LMG, KLMB, yellow sunfish, white bass, gar (3 species), catfish (2 species) and if extremely lucky striped bass.

  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.

Cost: No anticipated cost (You may want to help your driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

Directions:  Driving from Houston

About the area:
This is the link to the most up to date generating schedule on SRA-LA’s home

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
• Waders and a change of clothes. If you plan to use a kickboat, or have a wet riding kayak..
Life jacket
Camera

Recommended Equipment:
5-8 wt rods
Kick boat, canoe, kayak, or other watercraft


Recommended Flies:
Your favorite LMB and 'gill flies.
And bring a couple of minnow imitators in size 2-10 just in case the white bass show up.

Recommended guidelines for participants:
•   Fish with a buddy.  Don’t fish this stretch alone.  There are too many variables. This stretch of water is part of a power generation waterway.  The water conditions can change quickly.
•   Double, and triple, check your gear.  Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water. 
•   As much fun as fish are to catch on a 3wt, I’d recommend at least a 5wt.  This will allow you to cast a little further with a larger fly.
•   If you have a favorite fly, bring at least 6 each.  I fished with 3 flies for 6 hours. This was an exception, not the rule.  Frayed tippets after repeatedly catching fish can abrade the mono.  I made a conscientious effort to keep my tippet fresh.
•   Most of the fish in this area are spotted bass (Kentucky) and aren’t as large as LMBs.  I started out with a size 8 PGPP, and had to go up to a size 6 to keep number of the sunfish hook-ups down.  The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.
•   If you fish on the weekends here, be prepared to share the river with swimmers, snorkelers, scuba divers, and other anglers.  Rarely will you see anyone on the river in the morning.  By late afternoon the casual sportsmen will start showing up.  The summertime is much busier than any other season.
•   Bring twice as much water as you think you will need.  Just because you feel comfortable and cool does not mean you don’t need to take in water.
•   A lightweight watercraft is perfect to fish this water.  A canoe would work well with 2 people, and a kayak would also work.  The downfall of them is that you can’t lug them up the hill like a backpack, as I did with my kick-boat.  With the new boat launch in place this is no longer an issue.
•   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.

« Last Edit: July 28, 2015, 05:41:51 AM by Puck »
To fish, or not to fish?  What a stupid question!

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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 10:50:07 AM »
Updated as of 2014-12-08-1200

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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 01:42:59 PM »
The SRA phone recording is not updated on the weekends, but the website (http://srala-toledo.com/) is.

Cell phone reception is spotty at the fishing location, and actually getting a web page to load on a smart phone is going to be a challenge.

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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2015, 08:42:26 AM »
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.

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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2015, 01:05:51 PM »
???? freshwater yawn... why not go to Sabine Lake...now that's fishing. Have fun hope they don't release from the spillway.  Oops you could end up in Orange real quick. HAHAHAHA
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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2015, 05:21:55 AM »
???? freshwater yawn... why not go to Sabine Lake...now that's fishing. Have fun hope they don't release from the spillway.  Oops you could end up in Orange real quick. HAHAHAHA

I keep checking, (Sabine River Authority, Louisiana)and today it looks great until about noon.  Let's hope that the day of the event they don't generate at all:

Generator 1: 7/12 Running 10 hrs. - 12pm to 10pm
Generator 2: 7/12 Running 10 hrs. - 12pm to 10pm
Spillway Gates: Closed
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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2015, 05:04:55 AM »
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 http://mapper.acme.com/
      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. http://srala-toledo.com/
       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.

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Re: TFF Outing, Fishing the Sabine River, September 26th, 2015
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2015, 10:10:16 AM »
This is what we are looking for!

"Generator 1: 8/17 No Scheduled Generation
Generator 2: 8/17 No Scheduled Generation
Spillway Gates: Closed "

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