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Old 08-04-2014, 10:00 PM   #151
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Good fish, Mark!

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Old 08-04-2014, 10:06 PM   #152
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Sweet fish!
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:03 PM   #153
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Thanks, but it dumb luck. Scott is 10 times the fisherman I am. Still, it was a blast to catch it.
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:24 AM   #154
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I don't know about dumb luck. You adpated to the fishing conditions and hooked a big one.

BTW, I tried that spot and found the big log that big guy was lurking around. Fortunately I didn't have the bluegill spider that you gave me on the other end. I took it home and looked it up. Turns out I had seen a video on that fly a while back (was in my history.) That fly has weight wrapped into it, so it definately wouldn't have floated I'll need to tie a few of those to keep in the fly box.

But it was definately a lesson on what those bigger bass do in those smaller ponds. Because of the heat, they really do go deep; especially since there wasn't any shade in that spot. Those bream were probably all near the top because that big boy was staying low.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:07 PM   #155
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Whipped up a few flies tonight. Needed some more mini hoppers so I have some to give away.

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Old 08-05-2014, 11:00 PM   #156
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Nice catch Mark!
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:23 AM   #157
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If you guys are looking at rods I am a big fan of TFO. I have a 2,3 and 6 weight in their rods and they match up well against any sage or orvis. Bass Pro or cabelas offers several inexpensive reels. For most freshwater fishing the reel is there to hold the line. Get something with a drag and you can't go wrong. Saltwater or bigger rivers are we're you need a better reel when those fish make bigger runs. Fishing for pan fish with a 2 or 3 weight and small poppers is a blast.
I am a big fan of FTO. Their customer service is outstanding...Lifetime warranty, with only a $15 fee. In an out of their Dallas shop in less than 10 minutes, with a new blank and a free hat. Second time I go a new real and no charge. Both times were a result of my negligence. Great equipment and good service.
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Old 08-06-2014, 07:40 AM   #158
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My rod is a TFO, I don't know enough to be picky, but I like it. No issues for customer service yet
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:06 PM   #159
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20" Carp on a clouser I tied from materials I bought from Hobby Lobby.

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:11 PM   #160
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The clouser

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Old 08-07-2014, 09:57 PM   #161
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Nice catch!!!
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:18 PM   #162
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That does not look like a carp! The scales are not big enough for a carp. It looks like a gaspergou (fresh water drum) and they are good eating!

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Congrats! They keep getting bigger and bigger for you!

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Old 08-07-2014, 11:35 PM   #163
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Sweet fish!
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:38 AM   #164
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That does not look like a carp! The scales are not big enough for a carp. It looks like a gaspergou (fresh water drum) and they are good eating!

Here is a pic of a gaspergou off the internet:

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Congrats! They keep getting bigger and bigger for you!

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I agree, not carp, better than carp. Congrats
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:02 AM   #165
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Yep... my ignorance! Too bad I let him go. He put up a pretty good fight. I actually thought he was more like a salt water drum I had caught several years ago... just didn't know they existed in the lakes. Should have turned the page

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Old 08-08-2014, 10:01 AM   #166
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Eat the next one you catch, and there are some little disk like bones in the head...cut them out, they are a lucky charm.

Where were you fishing?
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:48 PM   #167
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Cooper Lake.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:26 PM   #168
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New species. Longear Sunfish I think
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:03 AM   #169
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Nice! Which fly is that?

Got shutout the rest of the weekend. Nobody caught anything.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:40 AM   #170
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It's your grasshopper. I caught about 40 sunfish and one little bass
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Old 08-10-2014, 12:56 PM   #171
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New species. Longear Sunfish I think
Cool catch!
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:22 PM   #172
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It's your grasshopper. I caught about 40 sunfish and one little bass
Where at?
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Old 08-10-2014, 01:37 PM   #173
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I was up at Big Oak, visiting Buff. He gave me a casting lesson, he is very experienced of fly fishing as well. He has caught tarpon on fly, just for example.

If you book a hunt up there, ask him if you can go fishing, he might take you.
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Old 08-10-2014, 02:54 PM   #174
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Yet anothet reason to visit Big Oak

Good job catching all those fish.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:48 AM   #175
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Caught him on a clouser minnow i tied with olive and brown bucktail and rainbow krystal flash.
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:38 AM   #176
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Another nice catch!!!
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Old 08-13-2014, 03:25 PM   #177
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Nice bass

Zach and I put the canoe in Lake Houston this morning. I frothed the water with 3 different flies for a couple of hours with out one hit. He was bottom fishing with worms and catching a few bluegills and channels. I finally put a little weight and small hook on with earthworm...let it sorta drift. I caught half dozen cats, one keeper, and a small drum. I did not take pictures as I wanted no evidence of my cheating.
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Old 08-13-2014, 07:27 PM   #178
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I have enjoyed reading this thread. I have gone through periods where I fly fished a lot. Some of the best fly fishing I have ever done was in several of the Hill Country rivers like the Llano. You really should go over and try it out. It is best to take a canoe and get away from the road access points. It is possible to catch 50-100 fish a day. Most of them are sunfish and small bass but a lot of fun. At one time, there was a book published called "Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country" or something like that and it was great because it gave all of the access points.

Another place to try is SE Oklahoma on some of the small rivers around Broken Bow lake. Broken Bow is very deep and stays cold even in the summer. The trout can get big and it is also possible to catch nice smallmouth and Kentucky bass. There are several guides in the area but it is also possible to do it yourself.
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Chunky, hey... I did that once when the fam was catching fish and i was getting nothing all weekend. I needed to see for myself.

Paul, I am glad you are enjoying the thread. I am bringing my rod on the next trip out to the lease soon and plan on hitting the Guad above canyon for some bass/sunfish.
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:36 AM   #180
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Great thread guys!
Love the flies that you've made SwampRabbit! You seem to have taken to fly tying like a natural. BTW...you couldn't pick a better partner to share the outdoors with than Mark IMO.
Congrats on all of the trophies...everyone of those fish are great to me
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:23 PM   #181
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I'm trying to drag my roommates out fishing this weekend. I would go by myself, but my roommate thinks he has access to his bosses private pond, hopefully I can contribute and quit being jealous
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:31 PM   #182
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Fish now before classes start. With scouts and the season approaching i need to get in as much as i can. Tonight was odd... did not catch a fish at the Y. Although i was trying different flies.
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Old 08-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #183
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Fish now before classes start. With scouts and the season approaching i need to get in as much as i can. Tonight was odd... did not catch a fish at the Y. Although i was trying different flies.
Buddy checked and we're good to fish his bosses pond. It's nice because his boss keeps the fish fed regularly and well stocked, so it should be a target rich environment.
The town is already starting to fill up though, I've never been here while school is in session. Way different place!
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Good luck
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:21 PM   #185
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Take some pics and post em up!
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:04 PM   #186
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Got on the board this evening. Caught this sunfish of some sort on one of the streamers I tied for rainbows way back. Just a good tuft of red and pink mirabou. I also managed to catch one more with the trad gear, but switched to other stuff as the pond with 3 people fishing wasnt extremely conducive to fly fishing. It was loaded with fish and one water snake. Missed a big bass on a top water bait. Had an awesome day fishing all around

And please ignore the fact I almost look like I'm flipping you off, it's not intentional
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:23 PM   #187
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Good job Seacoal,

I spent two hours dragging wollybugers and white streamers through the Trinty River tonight with out a hit. Sandy caught about 15 small catfish on nightcrawlers. I stuck with the flies, but no luck.
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Nice catch Seacoal!

For those catfish, I am thinking we need to try those sink tip lines. Just got to get down to them.

of course somebody mentioned a pole and line is more trad than fly gear....
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:25 PM   #189
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Probably the last time I will fish the pond at the Y for a while as the schedule changes in the fall and it is getting dark soon. That being said... I went out with a bang! I fished a new clouser I tied that had a traditional white belly and olive top. I used craft fur for the white and buck tail for the olive. Boy did the bass love it. I hooked up with 4 bass. 2 got hung up in the weeds. One jumped off, the other took my clouser as i tried to pull in the mess of weeds. Unfortunately that was my only one in that and they didn't seem to like the non white bellied one as much.
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One of these measured 15 inches. One of the biggest bass I landed this summer.

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Had to tie a few more. I thought i had tied 2 originally, but then remembered i had given one to a friend as part of a set of flies to get him started.

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Those flies look good.

I think you are right about the catfish, as soon as I can I am going to get another line so that I can fish a little deeper.
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Had to tie a few more. I thought i had tied 2 originally, but then remembered i had given one to a friend as part of a set of flies to get him started.

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These flies are what you need for.red fish and spec trout, anything in the bay. Tie.full red brown chartreuse, chartreuse and white.with different.sizes.
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These flies are what you need for.red fish and spec trout, anything in the bay. Tie.full red brown chartreuse, chartreuse and white.with different.sizes.
That's good to know. I've seen some mighty big clousers at the fly shops around here in the redfish/saltwater bins. If I ever go salt water fishing, I'll be sure to get some of the 0/ sized hooks and tie some.

These were tied on #10 round hooks since I am fishing with a 5wt setup. With the smaller hooks, they are actually not as easy to tie because there isn't alot of shank to work with. Less is more is the key on the amount of hair to use.
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Those flies look good.

I think you are right about the catfish, as soon as I can I am going to get another line so that I can fish a little deeper.
What's funny is those flies ride hookside up, so they are upside down in the picture... however, they look cooler that way.

I was using my Orvis coupon the other day to pickup some more fly boxes. I almost pulled the trigger on a sinking leader. The only problem is that I'd have to create loop-loop connections to do that (I currently just nail knot the leader directly to the line) and decided for now, just didn't want to mess with it. If you already have loop-loop connections for your line->leader, you should look at getting just a looped sinking leader. They are 10 ft long and you add tippet to the end of it. It apparently has the advantage of being able to recast quickly because you whole line doesn't sink down, just the end.

I'm thinking I am going to keep my 5wt the way it is, for river/streams and ponds and maybe picking up another inexpensive setup in the 7wt range for larger bodies of water and then playing with the sinking line/sinking tip, loop-loop on that one.
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Added smallmouth and spotted bass to my species list. Story and pics later.
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Old 08-22-2014, 05:26 AM   #197
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Add guadalupe bass and rio grande cichlid as well...
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Saw bits and peices of crayfish in one of those bass... need to tie some crayfish patterns for next time.
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