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Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« on: November 10, 2011, 10:42:43 PM »
Texas FlyFishers of Houston
Event: Sabine River generation canal fishing


When:     September 28nd, 2012   (The same day as the Shark-a-Thon at PINS)
Where:       Sabine River downstream of Toledo Bend, in the generation canal
Start Time:  0600
End Time:    Sundown
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone:       281-865-3216
e-mail:        Shoot Puck a pm on this board.

Trip Description:   
1)   If the Sabine River Authority is not generating the day of the trip we have about 4 miles of water to fish.  We will launch canoes, kayaks and kickboats at the generation canal, and fish the generation canal down to the rocks, and possibly up into the spill way side.  I’ll work on getting a map of the area posted.
2)   If the Sabine River Authority is generating the day of the trip we can use Tack-a-Paw as a livery service and make the 10 mile trek down the river to the bridge.

How to sign up: Sign Up On Line Here, on the sign up sheet distributed at the monthly meeting or e-mail the trip leader.
How to get waiver forms: Download here Required  Waiver of Liability, filled out and signed, along with emergency contact information.
Cost: No anticipated cost (Unless we use a livery service)

Directions:    Directions via Google

About the area:  Details to follow


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
• Drinking water!

Recommended Equipment:
Canoe, kayak, or kickboat
3-8wt fly rod with floating line,  a back-up with sinking line is not a bad idea
Life jacket

Recommended Flies:
PGPP 6-12
S1B 4-10
SBBF 2-8
Miss Prissy 6-10
Clouser 2-8
Bendbacks  2/0 – 8

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.
« Last Edit: June 14, 2012, 06:19:46 PM by Puck »

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Re: September Fresh Water Outing
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2011, 06:42:02 PM »
We are still working on this one. 

The date may change based on the PINS trip also in September.

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Sabine River lessong learned
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 07:08:02 AM »
Lessons learned.
1.   Travel with a buddy.  Don’t run this stretch alone.  There are too many variables. This stretch of water 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.   At least one member of the group should do a dry run for the return trip.  The road did not go as far down the river as I had though.  And I didn’t have my flippers so I wound up travelling, with the kick-boat on my back, along deer trails.  I do not recommend this at all!

4.   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.

5.   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.

6.   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.

7.   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.

8.   Launch on the east side of the generation canal.  The west side his extremely high banks and is difficult to climb up.  Make sure you can get back to about the midway point for take-out.  It is a lot easier to walk on the road than the deer trails.

9.   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.

10.   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.

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012, 08:54:33 AM »
Any stripers in this section or are they further down?
Matt

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 10:02:11 AM »
Any stripers in this section or are they further down?
Matt

The stripers come up into this area about an hour before sunrise, and disappear back downstream as it gets light out.  My largest was 15 pounds.  I hooked it on a simple shad, size 4, just at first light, 7 years ago.

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« Last Edit: May 09, 2012, 09:12:21 AM by Puck »
To fish, or not to fish?  What a stupid question!

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2012, 02:24:30 PM »
The area we will be fishing, from Google Maps

I'll work on getting GPS points.

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« Last Edit: May 09, 2012, 09:13:08 AM by Puck »
To fish, or not to fish?  What a stupid question!

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 12:21:59 PM »
I was in this area yesterday morning  2012-03-30-0500, and the white bass were there, but the stripers never showed up.  The SRA is generating 2 generator 24 hours a day until further notice.  THis means that the water is extremely high, and dangerous close to the dam area.

I have some pictures to show the comparison that I will post later.


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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2012, 05:19:10 PM »
The river has change a lot since last time I was there.

The first picture shows Greg casting from a rock.

In the second picture, that rock is under 20+ feet of water.

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2012, 09:11:42 AM »
This trip is coming together well.

The only piece missing is the exact date of "Shark-O-Thon" at PINS.

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 06:21:10 PM »
This trip is coming together well.

The only piece missing is the exact date of "Shark-O-Thon" at PINS.

Puck


Sharkathon is now 28-30 September, making the date of the 28th the set date for this trip.

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2012, 09:18:26 AM »
This trip is a go!

If you get a chance, talk to the folks that made the 10 mile downstream float last year.

It took me 4 hours to get those guys to leave that first mile!

http://www.texasflyfishers.org/images/saabine-river02011.html

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2012, 07:46:12 AM »
Man, I'm gonna have to get the rib to give me a hall pass for this one. I had no idea the Sabine was this pretty...


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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #12 on: September 15, 2012, 09:59:57 AM »
Ok, I'm officially in. Got a hall pass from the rib.

If anybody is interested in selling me some recommended flies for this trip I'd sure appreciate it.

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2012, 11:34:35 AM »
Ok, I'm officially in. Got a hall pass from the rib.

If anybody is interested in selling me some recommended flies for this trip I'd sure appreciate it.

I think I have some spares.   ;D

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Re: Sabine River generation canal fishing - Sept.
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2012, 08:33:19 AM »
Sweet. I'll trade beer for flies too. ;)