Our speaker for the Tuesday, September 26, 2017 monthly meeting will be Joe Deforke. The title of Joe’s presentation will be: “Fly Fishing 101 for West Galveston Bay”.
Joe is a long time club member who lives on West Galveston bay and has been fishing those bay waters for decades. Joe will be discussing the habitat of the bay, locations which hold various species of game fish, flies to use, gear to use and other topics related to fishing West Galveston bay by boat, kayak or by just wading.
So, if you are interested in learning about fly fishing the convenient waters of West Galveston Bay, watching some fly tying before the meeting or just socializing with a friendly group of fly fishing men and women come to the September 26, monthly meeting. We would be glad to have you and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Due to the weather, the Mini-Expo scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017 has been cancelled. Also, the Tuesday, August 29, 2017 monthly meeting has been cancelled.
The next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Details regarding the September monthly meeting will be posted before the meeting.
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting, at Bayland Community Center for Tuesday, August 29, 2017, has been cancelled. In its place, the Mini-Expo scheduled for Saturday August 26, 2017 will serve as the club’s monthly meeting for August 2017. Details regarding the Mini-Expo can be found on the club’s web site. Come to the Mini-Expo you will have a fun filled day!
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.
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!
Our speaker for the May 30, 2017 meeting will be Shannon Branham. Shannon guides on numerous Colorado waters including the Crystal River, Elk Trout and 3 Rivers Ranch in addition to guiding float trips on the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers. Shannon also ties flies and is credited with designing the fly named the “Trash Can” which is an articulated streamer pattern available from Orvis. So, if you are interested in fly fishing for brown, cutthroat and/or rainbow trout or are just interested in watching some fly tying before the meeting and socializing with some friendly fly fishermen and women come to the May 30, 2017 meeting, we would be glad to have you.
The Texas Fly Fishers recently awarded scholarships to several club youth members to attend the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited Youth Camp. After the camp, the youth members reported to the club membership, at a monthly meeting, on the camp and explained the various activities and classes in which they participated. The club youth members who received the scholarships were Martin Dietz, Kai Weaver, Spence McNamara and Ainsley McNamara and are pictured left to right: (Martin Dietz was unable to attend and was represented by his mother, Elaine), Spence McNamara, (TFF President, Marcos Enriquez), Kai Weaver and Ainsley McNamara.
Our speaker for the March 28, 2017 monthly meeting will be Van Beacham. Van is a fly fisher, guide, instructor, outfitter, fisheries manager and author who has been guiding anglers in NM, CO and WY since 1982. In 1984, Van started leasing private fisheries and in 1986 he founded the Solitary Angling Club, a private fly fishing club whose members have access to all the private waters he leases and owns in NM, CO and WY. The Solitary Angler and Van’s mission is to provide “Superior Fly Fishing Without the Crowds” for anglers of all skill levels. Van also co-authored Fly Fishing in Northern New Mexico and wrote the Fly Fisher’s Guide to New Mexico considered by many to be the “go-to” book for all information regarding fly fishing in New Mexico. So, if you are interested in learning more about fly fishing in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming or if you just want to watch some fly tying before the meeting and listen to an interesting speaker or if you just want to socialize with some friendly fly fishermen and women, come on out to the March 28, 2017 monthly meeting; we would be glad to have you attend.
Our speaker for the February 28, 2017 monthly meeting will be Mike Lembke from Wollaston Lake Lodge located in Canada approximately 100 miles from the Northwest Territories http://www.wollastonlakelodge.com/ . Mike will be telling us about the trophy Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Grayling and Walleye to be found at Wollaston Lake along with the spectacular scenery and relaxed atmosphere found in the Canadian wilderness. So, if you are interested in hearing about the fine fishing opportunities to be found in northern Canada, watching some fly tying before the meeting or just socializing with some friendly fly anglers, come to the February 2017 monthly meeting, we would be glad to have you.