Guided fly fishing trips on Texas hill country rivers and coastal flats, bonefishing in the Bahamas, world class tarpon fishing in Costa Rica and Belize await the successful bidder this year at the Texas Flyfishers Annual Auction in Houston.
Add dry fly fishing trips to blue ribbon trout streams in Montana and Colorado and there’s a new adventure waiting for even the most well-traveled angler this year. The Cinco de Bayou edition of the annual event will be held May 5, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bayou Sports Bar and Grill, 6011 Addicks Satsuma Road.
Newcomers to fly fishing as well as fishing enthusiasts of all persuasions – fly, spin and plug – are welcome to join this celebration of Houston’s fly fishing fraternity. It is an opportunity to pick up some tackle and tips to use this season and, in the process, perhaps line up a fishing trip of a lifetime.
In addition to the live auction’s offerings of guided trips, original angling art and top of the line fly rods and reels, a host of other equipment and accessories appropriate for beginner to expert will be available – often at bargain prices – through a silent auction and raffle. Long rows of tables will display dozens of items with clipboards showing the latest high bids and bidder number.
The Silent Auction items will be on display and open for bids at 11 a.m. The Live Auction will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. A handout listing all auction items will be made available to all attendees at the registration desk. Following the Live Auction, a Last Call notice for written bids on items in the Silent Auction and it will be closed at approximately 2 p.m.
The restaurant’s spacious deck overlooks Langham Creek Bayou, offering visitors the opportunity to make a few casts for the carp, bass, catfish, sunfish and other species found in Houston’s urban waterways. Certified fly casting instructors will be on hand to provide instruction for beginners or tune up casting skills for this season’s action.
The club’s field trip leaders also will offer information on the wide variety of coastal, river and lake fly fishing outings available to members throughout the year. Annual outings include fly fishing adventures on the Guadalupe and South Llano Rivers, Christmas Bay near Galveston, the Port O’Connor redfish flats and surf fishing on the Padre Island National Seashore.
In addition to a crawfish bowl prepared specially for the event that includes potatoes, sausage and corn, lunch items offered by the restaurant include burgers and Philly cheese steak sandwiches as well as a variety of appetizers including hot wings and jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks and onion rings.
Local beers, soft drinks, and BYOB setups also are available.
Bayou Sports Bar and Grill is in the Savannah Estates neighborhood of northwest Houston at 6011 Addicks Satsuma Road. From I-10/Katy Freeway, turn north on Hwy. 6 and then turn east on Addicks Satsuma Road. From US 290, take Hwy. 6 southwest and then turn east on Addicks Satsuma Road.
Proceeds from the auction are used to support fly fishing education and outdoor conservation and scholarship programs.
The Texas Flyfishers of Houston is dedicated to the promotion of fly fishing education, conservation and outdoors ethics. The club, which has more than 500 members, meets the last Tuesday of every month at the Bayland Community Center near the intersection of Bissonnet and Hilcroft.