March 4-6th, 2016, Texas FlyFishers Event: Trinity River, Sand bass


Russell C. lands a white

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Event: Trinity River, upstream of Lake Livingston, Sand bass, March 4-6th, 2016

When: March 4-6th, 2016
Where: See above
Start See above
End Time: See above
Trip Leader: Puck
Phone: too ate won dash 865 minus thirty-2 sixteen
e-mail: doncpuckett (at) geemale dot com
Trip Description: Fishing for white bass as they run up the Trinity River out of Lake Livingston on their spring spawn.

How to sign up:
1. Sign-in sheet
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: Lodging costs split by number of people in the cabins. Or you can rent a campsite for a tent. Bring some groceries to share. More details later.

Directions:. From HOUSTON – Take I-45 North from Houston, to EXIT 113, toward Riverside. Take Hwy. 19, 10.7 Miles, until you come upon Chevron gas Station on right side Then you will TURN LEFT at next crossover onto Wood Farm Road, and FOLLOW THE YELLOW MARINA SIGNS straight to our gates.

About the area: Chasing white bass as they run up the Trinity River out of Lake Livingston on their spring spawn. A boat, or kayak, is needed, or chip in and ride with one of the captains.

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
• Dinner for Friday night should be a group thing, but is still in the works.
• All other meals and snacks
• Wind and/or water proof jacket
• Lunch, Water, snacks
• Sunscreen
• Hat, Polarized Glasses
• First Aid Kit

Recommended Equipment: 5-8wt with sinking lines

Recommended Flies: Cyperts minnow Bendbacks, size 4-8 Clousers

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.

The 3 cabins are now reserved.  Each has one double bed, a futon, and a loft.  The first ones to sign-up get the first choice of beds.  The beds are for Friday and Saturday night. $100 per night splint 3-4 ways makes this a very affordable trip.

Cabin 1:
Double bed – Puck
Futon – Rene D.
Loft – Charley D.

Cabin 2:
Double bed – Skip and Mary-Kay
Futon – Russell C.
Loft – OPEN

Cabin 3:
Double bed – John P.
Futon – Mike Q.
Loft – Dean K.

10 thoughts on “March 4-6th, 2016, Texas FlyFishers Event: Trinity River, Sand bass

  1. As of 2015-11-12-0600, all beds that I’ve reserved are spoken for. But there are a couple of other smaller cabins, and plenty of places to camp yet available.


  2. Harmon Creek trip, 2015-03-07 trip report from the 2015 trip.

    The cabins that “sleep 6” only have 1 bed, 1 loft, and one futon. Don’t ask me how we managed to get 2 more cots spread out in the tiny cabin. Mike and J. set up a tent, with heater, close by the launch point. Dinner the first night was bratwurst, cooked on charcoal, with sides.

    17 club members made it for Saturday’s fishing

    50+ white bass were caught. I actually lost count after people started telling me where, and how many were caught.

    One Kentucky bass and one turtle were also landed. The turtle, and the black bass, were returned unharmed to the creek.

    The 0700 launch turned out to be an overly optimistic guess. With frost on the boats and kayaks, the launch was delayed, and then delayed again. The last boat actually launched at noon. The white bass were all in staging pool, stacked up in deep cold, 51°F, water, and not biting very well. A lot of the ones that came to hand came to small flies drug deep. I didn’t get a picture of Phil’s fly, but I watched him pull in a few fish without ever changing it out. Mary-Kay’s sparse clouser pulled in most of the fish.

    That “Sparse” clouser – Mary-Kay has about 10 bucktail fibers and a couple of stands of flash:

    The kayaks travelled 3.08 miles upstream of the launch point exploring, and casting to likely holes, and pockets. 6.16 miles total travel, according to the GPS. Kayaks catching rates were just as good as the boaters.

    With the clarity of the water in the creek, the hard sandy bottom, and the fishy-looking structure on the shoreline, we may have to make this trip again in the summer.

    Another note:

    There were no eating or cooking utensils in the cabin when we got there, so we wound up flipping the bratwurst with fingers and a fork, on Friday night. 24 bratwurst gone in very short time.

    That method doesn’t work for hamburgers, so we had to improvise again, this time using a machete as an oversized spatula. 6+ pounds of hamburger devoured

    The only 2 fishermen anywhere Sunday in the pouring rain were Tim’s 2 boys. They were agitating to go out in the kayaks. These boys wanted to fish! What rain? What cold?


  3. Puck- I’m going to do my best to make it and bring my boat. I can probably fish 2 people at a time so it would be myself and 2 others and we can rotate.

    But I only live about an hour from Harmon Creek so I’ll just be coming up Saturday morning. I’ll work on getting a kitchen pass because I’m gonna be in Louisiana the weekend of 2/20-21.


  4. From Greg C:

    You might want to let the folks know that there are lots of tent sites at Harmon Creek – and I believe that many of them have power at each site – for heaters, etc. Brave souls might be interested.

    Also, renting a pop-up trailer is another option – but I think RV spaces are all booked. He might let a pop-up park in the tent area if the ground isn’t too soft.

    I just talked to Pop and he said right now they’re “flooded out” but should be no problem by 3/4.

    I’ll be in my RV.


  5. These guys have reserved a sleeping space in the cabins but have not signed up for the trip.

    Cabin 2:
    Futon – Russell C.

    Cabin 3:
    Double bed – John P.
    Futon – Dave S.

    Sorry guys, still no forum.



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