Monthly Meeting Speaker-March 28, 2017; Van Beacham

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.

Clear Lake this Saturday?

I haven’t wet a line in Clear Lake since I was a kid in Webster back in the early 1970s. I’m thinking about taking the kayak there Saturday, if the weather is conducive. Anyone interested in going? Also, does anyone have any tips on the area? Back in my youth, I fished off the point where the Nassau Bay Hilton is now, but that is completely changed.

Louisiana Marsh trip on Lake Calcasieu-October 14-16-CANCELED


Louisiana Marsh Trip on Lake Calcasieu for big fall reds.

Co-hosted by the Texas FlyFishers and the Contraband Fly Casters of Lake Charles, Louisiana
When: October 14-16, 2016
Trip Leader: Skip Donovan
Space is limited and on a first call, first come basis.
For details and registration contact Skip by email at
Skip will update this outing notice as he gets more details.  Stay tuned and be sure to express your interest in the comments and follow updates on this posting.
Trip canceled due to lack of participation.  Maybe next time….

Notice: If you plan on coming to the July Monthly Meeting…

I received this message from Meredith McCord about her presentation at the Texas FlyFishers July Monthly Meeting Tuesday evening, July 26, 2016. Please note the message highlighted at the bottom:

I will be talking about the following:

Brief bio

Why IGFA records

How to know if your catch is a record

How to submit an application

How to tie top notch reliable IGFA leaders.  Group project. Please encourage everyone to bring their nippers.

Thanks, Meredith

TFF member Keith Gustartis obituary

Texas FlyFishers member and supporter Paul Akscyn shared the following with us:

“Keith  has been a member of Texas FlyFishers since 2014 and regularly attended meetings. He was generous and outgoing, as many of you may have heard some his comments/questions at past meetings.  Keith was also active in Reel Recovery program. However, due his declining health situation he has been in the Hospital and Rehab since last October.  Needless to say he was a great fishing buddy and lover of the outdoors and we will all miss him.”

~Paul Akscyn

For details about services, please use this link to his obituary.