As we near the end of March, two successful fly fishing events are in the 2021 record book; Texas Fly Fishing & Brew Festival held in Mesquite and TRWD FLYFEST in Fort Worth. Both of these events were cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic. We also have Oktoberfisch 2021 to look forward to on October 15-17. This event is produced by the newly named Texas Hill Country Fly Fishers of Fredericksburg and Kerrville. Don’t miss the article in this newsletter about the transformation of two Texas FFI clubs.
Got to try my new 5 weight out on a squirrel today. Tie a peanut on the leader and have some fun. Only downside is they chew up the leader quickly. Eric
10 anglers sat around the campfire after fishing on Friday. A lot of fish were caught, mostly white bass. Yellow bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, gar, and buffalo also came to hand. On Saturday the rest of the crew arrived. The count I have is 22 TTF folks on the water on Saturday. The fly of the day seemed to be a version of the Cowen’s Coyote, in a size 8. There is probably a list of flies that worked that day. If it was small, and looked alive, it seemed to catch fish.
Those of us that used this fly on Harmon Creek know why I plan to make a video on it this week..
Over the years we have had quite a few books donated to the club. They have been sitting idle for years. So we have started putting them up on eBay to bring funds into Texas FlyFIshers' accounts. This is the group from a few days ago. More to come.
Some volunteer work, in preparation of the Family Friendly event coming up soon.... I know "work" doesn't seem like that ideal thing to mention in relation to fishing. Let me explain. We will need to set up picnic tables and do a bit of cleanup before the JSSFS For those that volunteer, we will have an opportunity to do a bit of fishing after we finish up. The date is now 2021-03-09-0830 as the weather is looking good..
TFF was supposed to go the the Nueces, but we had a crazy winter freeze. I need to get out on the water so next Wednesday, 2021-02-24-0800, I plan to fish Harmon Creek for white bass. This is not an official TFF trip, but there is safety in numbers.
This is THE family friendly event of the year! Join us for the annual chance to capture the John Scarborough Sunfish Spectacular Trophy and a decent feed on Saturday the 17th of April (date is confirmed) at Damon Seven Lakes. Fishing from the shore, but float tubes and kayaks are quite successful. Contrary to the name there are now nine different, unique lakes of good size that hold largemouth bass, tiger bass, catfish, black crappie, and bluegill. Catching bass in the three to five pound range is a normal occurrence. Twelve pound bass, decent channel cats, and twelve inch bream have been caught in the last three years.
New owners have been doing a great job of getting ready for the 2021 fishing season. The grass is cut, the parking areas are clear. It is looking good, and the work continues. I got a late start and was able to launch easily. The water was very low, but extremely clear. I made it up to "Brighty Blue" bay dragging across a few sandbars. All of the white bass that came to hand were undersized males. I did also land a few decent black bass. The fly that worked was an SF fiber Clouser, size 10, in rainbow. I did try the coyote clouser, but the water was so clear that it actually spooked the fish.
We are currently in the beginning phases of how camp will look like this year. All volunteer information will need to be given to Charriss York, Coastal Brigade President. All volunteers will need to possibly complete paperwork and take Youth Protection Training prior to camp. Here are some the details: LOCATION FOR THESE EVENTS: Sea Star Base Galveston 7509 Broadway St, Galveston, TX 77554