July 2017 Monthly Speaker and Guest Tyer-Jim Gray

This months speaker is Jim Gray, past president of the Austin Fly Fishers and current president of the International Fly Fishers Texas Council. Jim has been fly fishing, rod building and fly tying for 35 years. This will be the 1st presentation that Jim has given to the Texas Fly Fishers, but he regularly gives presentations to fly fishing clubs in Texas, Louisiana and Florida. His job has given him the opportunity to fly fish all over the world, but his favorite places to fish are the Texas Hill Country and his native South Florida.

It’s this South Florida connection that Jim will talk about at this month’s meeting. For the past 20 years, Jim has been hunting for exotics in the canals that crisscross Florida. Everyone knows about peacock bass, but there are over 40 species of exotic fish that have a breeding population, and many of these are viable fly fishing targets. Jim’s presentation will cover the tactics, flies and techniques for 10 exotic species. He will even give you directions to local hot spots. According to Jim, “there aren’t many places where you can hit a local canal and catch fish from North America, South America, Asia and Africa, and the list is constantly growing. Just this month, three new species were caught on fly – arowana, red-tailed catfish and flower-head cichlid. South Florida really does offer something special for anglers looking for a new challenge.”

Before the meeting, Jim will be tying his favorite fly for exotics, a reverse craft fur bait fish in peacock colors.

So, come to the July 2017 we would be glad to see you there.

Coastal Brigade 2nd battalion

Coastal Brigade is having it’s 2nd battalion this summer in Galveston at Sea Star Base July 25-29.  This is a 5 day program for youth ages 13-17 who have a passion for the outdoors.  There is a highly competitive application process for the 30 cadet spots each year for this intensive, leadership development program unlike any other in the country. 

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South Llano River float trip report


19 people made the trip.  Only one person didn’t feel up to making the float, and we hope she feels better soon.  This left 18 members on kayaks floating, and fishing the chosen stretch of river.

Everybody on the water by 0800
3 broken rods
2 first aid
2 slip and trips
4 swimmers
One lost, and then recovered spinning rod
One broken paddle
One accidentally inflated life jacket
Hundreds of fish caught.  Largemouth Bass, Guadalupe Bass, bluegill, Rio Grande Perch, and catfish were all brought to hand.  Ken hooked a carp, and one person lined, and somebody almost hooked, a gar.

Off the water by 2015, but if you want to know more….

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June 27, 2017 Monthly Speaker-Phil Shook

Our speaker for the June 27, 2017 monthly meeting will be Phil Shook who will be making a presentation titled: “Tarpon and Bonefish and Permit! Oh Maya! – Flyfishing the Yucatan from a Lodge or On Your Own”.

Phil is a nationally known flyfishing writer and instructor whose stories have appeared in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Flyfishing in Saltwaters, Saltwater Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Sporting Journal and other magazines.  His outdoor writing, angling and travel assignments have taken him from Cape Cod, MA to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and from Hudson Bay Manitoba to Caracas, Venezuela.  He is the author of Flyfisher’s Guide to Mexico, Flyfisher’s Guide to Texas, Flyfisher’s Guide to the Northeast Coast and co-author, with Chuck Scates and David Sams, of Flyfishing the Texas Coast: Backcountry Flats to Blue Water.  He has received the Arnold Gingrich Memorial Award and the Silver King Award from the International Federation of Flyfishers for contributions to the literature of fly fishing.  He and his wife, Kit, live in Houston.

So, if you are interested in fly fishing opportunities in the Yucatan, want to watch some fly tying before the meeting or just want to hang out with some friendly fly fisherman and women come on out to the June 27, 2017 meeting- we would be glad to have you.  As an additional incentive to making this monthly meeting, you will want to note that Phil will be donating a copy of the Mexico guidebook and a boxed selection of his favorite Yucatan fly patterns to the club. See you at the meeting!

Hooks for sale, contact Annette

I only fish for trout these days and no longer use any of these hooks.

All prices are considerably discounted when compared to web sites selling  these sized hooks.

50 size 1/0 $10
50 size 2/0 $8
52 size 3/0 $10
5 size 1 $3
10 O’Shaughnessy Offset Shank Worm Hooks 10 size 1/0 $5
8 Mustad Worm Hooks size 2/0 $2
6 Eagle Claw Offset Shank Worm Hooks $3
9 Mustard size 4 Hooks $1



Windknots May 2017

may featured speaker Shannon Branham

In the May issue:

  •  Monthly Meetings – May – Shannon Branham – Trout fishing in Colorado
  •  Education – Rod Building Class
  •  Outings – South Fork of the Llano River (FW), Fence Lake (SW)
  •  Outing Reports – Clarke Thornton Memorial, Joe Nicklo and Nicolas Lestrer in Colorado
  • Mark Your Calendars – June Monthly Meeting: Phil Shook – Yucatan; The Mini Expo
  • Eva’s Lodge Bonefish Invitational
  • Fly of the Month – Foam Popper Bug

Get Windknots May 2017 here