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Sabine River - September 27th, 2014

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Texas FlyFishers of Houston and The Contraband Fly Casters Club

Event: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal

When:        September 27th, 2014  to avoid Sharkathon
The dates for Sharkathon 2014 have been set for September 26-28, 2014
The backup dates for Sharkathon, in the event the park is closed on primary dates, are October 17-19, 2014
(Note the date change)
Where:    Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal   
Start Time:  0700
End Time:    Too dark to fish
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       281-865-32 one 6
e-mail:        PM here

Trip Description: Fishing the Sabine River below the generation canal (details to follow)

How to sign up: Sign Up Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting 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 boat driver with a few dollars for his expenses, though.)

About the area:

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.  The water temperature has dropped since last month
Life jacket

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:
• 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.

Unlocked and ready for sign-up.


We may want swapped weekends with the PINS trip.

There may be a better chance of seeing the anchovies. 

We may have been too late for PINS in 2012 and 2013, leading to some disappointed anglers.


Sabine River Lessons learned.
1.   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.

2.   Double, and triple, check your gear.  Make sure you have what you need before getting on the water.  I was missing my flippers.  Big mistake with a kick-boat.

3.   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.

4.   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.

5.   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 the sunfish hook-ups down.  The KLMB make up for size with their willingness to bite and the way they fight.

6.   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.

7.   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.

8.   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.



We are ready to lock this one in!



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