Our Speaker for the November 28, 2017 monthly meeting will be Dayle Mazzarella. Dayle is certified by the Federation of Fly Fishers International as a Master Certified Casting Instructor and for the past 25 years has been guiding fly fishing trips in Wyoming. He has also fished Alaska, South America, Spain, New Zeland and the Bahamas. In the winter and spring he fishes the Tampa Bay area.
The title of Dayle’s presentation will be: “Fly Fishing Myths”. In making the presentation, he will be using an interactive format to allow us to explore some common, but at best only marginally valid, “truths” in the fly fishing world. Since many myths are partially true, we’ll be discussing which parts are true and in what circumstances they are true. This should be both a fun and educational presentation.
So, if you are interested in learning more about the fly fishing world, if you are interested in watching some fly tying before the meeting or are just interested in socializing with a friendly group of fly fishing men and women come to the November 28, 2017 monthly meeting. We would be glad to have you and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
Our speakers for the Tuesday, October 31, 2017 monthly meeting will be club youth members Martin Dietz, Orion Drymond and Spence McNamara who will be telling the club about fly fishing “Youth Education Programs” in which they participate and which are available to youngsters interested in fly fishing. Their presentation will cover the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team, an Overview of the Texas Brigade Program and a summary of the 2017 Coastal Brigade Camp.
So, if you know of any youngsters interested in participating in fly fishing activities for young anglers or who are already involved in fly fishing and just want to hear of additional opportunities available to them bring them along – they will enjoy the presentation as will all of the club members who come out to show their support for the youngsters who will be making the presentation. Additionally if you are interested in watching some fly tying before the meeting or just socializing with a friendly group of fly fishing men and women come to the October 31, 2017 monthly meeting. We would be glad to have you and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
The presentation made by Joe Deforke at the September 2017 monthly meeting about Fly Fishing West Galveston Bay was recorded with a digital audio recorder. The audio recording may be accessed by clicking the link below.
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.
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.
Our Speaker for April 25, 2017 will be Jason Edgecombe owner of Eva’s Bonefish lodge located on Andros Island in the Bahamas. Jason will be telling us about the Bahamas and about the fine fly fishing to be found in that area. So, if you are interested in learning more about fly fishing for bonefish, hearing about the Bahamas in general, 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 April 25, 2017 monthly meeting; we would be glad to have you attend