Back in February I spent a week in New Zealand and split my time between both salt and freshwater. Whilst everyone is familiar with the trout in NZ, not many people know that there is also a fantastic shallow water flats fishery there. We were in a place called Golden Bay, which sits at the top end of the South Island. Each summer as the water warms, huge stingrays cruise the flats (think car hood sized, not the little texas ones). Following the sting rays come yellow tailed kingfish looking to eat what ever the rays stir up. Normally a deepwater species, kingfish are a member of the jack family and fight just like the rest of them. All fishing is on foot and in water from knee to chest deep. The sting rays can be seen from far away as they are jet black and then its just a question of running through the water to get close enough to cast at one to see if there are kings following. They will hit streamers and top water and fight like demons! The weather was a mixed bag and really affected the trout fishing – will post the trout pics when I get them. Enjoy! Fishing was organized through the excellent aussieflyfisher.com
As you can see our baby trout continue to do well and are now looking like miniature rainbows, complete with par marks and white tipped fins. We had a few loses over spring break but the majority came through without issue. Hard to believe we are already getting close to release time and are targeting the end of April or early May as potential dates. If any club members would like to attend the release (on the Guad) then please contact me directly and let me know!
If you missed this great fly tying session and presentation, I’ve attempted to capture some of it: Speakers, Monthly Meeting, March 27, 2018 Terry and Roxanne Wilson; Fly Fishing for Bass and Blue Gill
The theme for March 25th was “Topwaters.””
Please bring your auction donations to the Texas FlyFishers’ meeting tomorrow night. If this is not possible, call Skip at 713-822-OO69 and he will arrange for a pick-up.
Join the Texas Council and the Fort Worth Fly Fishers for a fun filled day on the Brazos River below Lake Whitney. The outing will take place at Spivey Crossing RV Park on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Many of us will be there on Friday and stay until Sunday. There are 14 RV sites there with water and electric hookups as well as an unlimited number of tent sites. The access to the river is very friendly and can be waded or you can fish from a kayak or canoe.
Bill Leary and Mike Green started from Stingaree Thursday morning at 10:00 AM.
As the house was Available to us early Thursday, the rest started showing up at Thursday afternoon at the Beach house “Playn Hooky” to set up sleeping arrangements and do some basic organizing. By Friday afternoon, all the beds were filled, as well as the couches and recliner.
Troy Miller “The original is on the web (google “Troy shaddie clouser” and you’ll find it). I have a newer recipe with a different tying method but gives about the same result. Quicker and more durable. The new recipe also has three or four variants that is use in different conditions/applications. I still love that fly, it was one of Clarke’s favorites. I tie them with plastic eyes to fish right under the surface (specks over the green lights) to double heavy lead eyes to fish stripers on a sinking line deep in Texoma. And any depth in between. Tied correctly, they never foul.”
Cabela’s is proud to host the League City Tying Team, made up of members from the Texas FlyFishers, Fly Fishers International, and other local anglers. Come join the group at the table and learn about methods, techniques, and tools, as it relates to tying flies to fish our local Texas waters. Talk around the table can get lively, and informative, so feel free to ask questions.
The theme for March 25th is “Topwaters.””
IMPORTANT NOTE: Terry and Roxanne Wilson plan to be at the meeting early, at approximately 5:30, to tie some of their original bluegill patterns. So, anyone who has the slightest interest in fly tying will not want to miss this opportunity to visit with, observe and/or participate with these gifted fly tyers.