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Old 01-23-2015, 12:54 PM   #151
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This thread made me dig my tying gear back out.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:52 PM   #152
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To date, I've caught Blackdrum, Skipjacks, Jackfish, Mangrove snapper, Specks and dink Redfish with my relatively new 8wt stick. Added a bunch of Texas made flies and spoons to my tackle, as well as flies I purchased from regions around the world that mimic shellfish and shrimp.

My challenge has been, every time I haul someone fishing with me, they don't fly fish and I've been reluctant to bore them with my effort to fish my fly gear. This year, my youngest son and I will put some serious effort into chasing the inshore and surf scene with my fly gear.

I've had some fun times wading the 2nd sandbar on PINS, nailing everything chasing the menhaden run in the surf. A floating fly line will ride the waves in, pulling my menhaden fly in on the strip, making it easier to control my take-up as I strip. I keep my eye on end of my fly line and tippet and hits are spotted when the bait is picked up. I wore myself out on skipjacks one morning, landing dozens of big skippies that jumped like mad = poor man tarpon LOL! They can't toss the hook very easily on a whippy fly rod tip.

On the top - ready to go!


Skiff will see some serious flats action this year with the fly gear. I use a Linekurv stripping basket on windier days and or toss a towel over my trolling motor to eliminate snags on the strip. I typically setup from the starboard bow standing well over to the right to strip down on the deck....If I don't have the time to wear my Linekurv basket.

The Linekurv basket works perfectly on jetty fly fishing trips. I typically setup just about halfway from the water with the wind at my back and roll cast spoon, clousers, shrimp flies and menhaden silicon fly baits tight against the rocks with a floating fly line on a 9 - 11ft tippet. The floating fly line lets me lay the fly in close with the line riding over and or between the rocks above the snags. Working a roll cast down below the apex of the rocks above, I partially block the wind making casting with distance easier on the back haul.



I have 5 boxes full of flies now. 3 spools rigged for different styles of fishing - one spool is packed with literally 300 yards of braid backing, and a 9wt Scientific Anglers Redfish taper for inlets and deeper water action. TFO 8wt with an 8wt Galvan Rush lite reel. The other two spools are 8wt Redfish taper and an 8wt Bonefish taper. All are sky blue in color.

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Old 01-23-2015, 02:56 PM   #153
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Rod building? You should do a photog of a rod build and post it in the DIY section. I bet some of us would love to see it.
That would give away the secrets of the trade lol. It's honestly more than I would prefer to write when there's others that have done it so much better than I have
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:47 PM   #154
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Braid is good. Use some 50lb or 60lb power pro and you'll never have to worry about it breaking or deteriorating. The color will bleed into your fly line some but its not a big deal.
Thanx. Who started this thread? he done a good thing.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:50 PM   #155
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so where is everyone located?
Im in Mauriceville Tx.
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Rod building? You should do a photog of a rod build and post it in the DIY section. I bet some of us would love to see it.
I'll put a DIY thread up on a fly rod build, once I get the time to do it.

The basics for thread wrapping can be found with a few DIY videos over at Mudhole Tackle and or on YouTube via Mudhole Tackle

www.mudhole.com

The build will have Fuji Titanium fly guides - SIC strippers (a pair) - (weight and corrosion reduction), a custom Klondike fly reel seat (bling) and a shot of custom wraps above the fore grip for a bit more individuality.

I tossed a thread up covering an offshore build I did last summer. It's not a fly rod build but the build is very similar - reel seat setup, guide wraps and such, as used in a fly rod.

Finding the spine in each blank section, on a modular fly rod build, is critical in the overall performance of the blank. I'll cover that and the methods I use to measure and build a rod, typically around a reel, that will be the primary reel for that blank.

A lot of the high end rod blank manufacturers, provide guide spacing measurements to be used on a specific blank's flex and bend. Toward the butt of the rod, the power zone, you can beef up a bit more there if the rod will be used for heavy action gamefish.

I'll build an 8 wt stick to cover the coast. Blank to be determined.....part of the fun in building a custom rod!
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:57 PM   #158
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To date, I've caught Blackdrum, Skipjacks, Jackfish, Mangrove snapper, Specks and dink Redfish with my relatively new 8wt stick. Added a bunch of Texas made flies and spoons to my tackle, as well as flies I purchased from regions around the world that mimic shellfish and shrimp.

My challenge has been, every time I haul someone fishing with me, they don't fly fish and I've been reluctant to bore them with my effort to fish my fly gear. This year, my youngest son and I will put some serious effort into chasing the inshore and surf scene with my fly gear.

I've had some fun times wading the 2nd sandbar on PINS, nailing everything chasing the menhaden run in the surf. A floating fly line will ride the waves in, pulling my menhaden fly in on the strip, making it easier to control my take-up as I strip. I keep my eye on end of my fly line and tippet and hits are spotted when the bait is picked up. I wore myself out on skipjacks one morning, landing dozens of big skippies that jumped like mad = poor man tarpon LOL! They can't toss the hook very easily on a whippy fly rod tip.

On the top - ready to go!


Skiff will see some serious flats action this year with the fly gear. I use a Linekurv stripping basket on windier days and or toss a towel over my trolling motor to eliminate snags on the strip. I typically setup from the starboard bow standing well over to the right to strip down on the deck....If I don't have the time to wear my Linekurv basket.

The Linekurv basket works perfectly on jetty fly fishing trips. I typically setup just about halfway from the water with the wind at my back and roll cast spoon, clousers, shrimp flies and menhaden silicon fly baits tight against the rocks with a floating fly line on a 9 - 11ft tippet. The floating fly line lets me lay the fly in close with the line riding over and or between the rocks above the snags. Working a roll cast down below the apex of the rocks above, I partially block the wind making casting with distance easier on the back haul.



I have 5 boxes full of flies now. 3 spools rigged for different styles of fishing - one spool is packed with literally 300 yards of braid backing, and a 9wt Scientific Anglers Redfish taper for inlets and deeper water action. TFO 8wt with an 8wt Galvan Rush lite reel. The other two spools are 8wt Redfish taper and an 8wt Bonefish taper. All are sky blue in color.

If you ever need any company let me know I'll head down from fort worth
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:35 PM   #159
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I'll put a DIY thread up on a fly rod build, once I get the time to do it.

The basics for thread wrapping can be found with a few DIY videos over at Mudhole Tackle and or on YouTube via Mudhole Tackle

www.mudhole.com

The build will have Fuji Titanium fly guides - SIC strippers (a pair) - (weight and corrosion reduction), a custom Klondike fly reel seat (bling) and a shot of custom wraps above the fore grip for a bit more individuality.

I tossed a thread up covering an offshore build I did last summer. It's not a fly rod build but the build is very similar - reel seat setup, guide wraps and such, as used in a fly rod.

Finding the spine in each blank section, on a modular fly rod build, is critical in the overall performance of the blank. I'll cover that and the methods I use to measure and build a rod, typically around a reel, that will be the primary reel for that blank.

A lot of the high end rod blank manufacturers, provide guide spacing measurements to be used on a specific blank's flex and bend. Toward the butt of the rod, the power zone, you can beef up a bit more there if the rod will be used for heavy action gamefish.

I'll build an 8 wt stick to cover the coast. Blank to be determined.....part of the fun in building a custom rod!
See if you can get a Redington Predator blank.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:36 AM   #160
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Yep. Was a bit slow.
shhhh... repeat after me "There aint no fish in Brushy Creek".


I got bit by the fly fishing bug 2 years ago, had a fly rod for 7 years, just rarely fished at first. Now? I prefer it to all other things
In the colder months - I fish trout on the Guadalupe River (I'm also a Trout Unlimited member).
Once it warms up I'll start hitting the local creeks that aint got no fish - mostly Guadalupe Bass, more perch than you can shake a stick at, Rio Grande Ciclids, and this years nemesis - Carp. BIG Carp.
I hooked a 12-15# carp this year (I was targeting Carp, wasnt no accident) and he ran me ragged before snapping me off. I was using my 4wt Trout rod. The next week I bought an 8wt rod that I plan to use for Carp and my next adventure - Salt Water.

IF anybody has a good websites about fly fishing the texas coast, I'd love to see it. I have done alot of google searches but alot of data I find seems to be old.

I also started tying my own flies, its not cheaper than buying flies, but it sure is fun. I just started tying hair bugs and poppers this week, hoping to do some fishing on the Colorado River downriver from Austin and try my luck for some bigger bass.
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Old 01-24-2015, 01:41 AM   #161
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RE: AtTheWall

I will gladly go with you, my poling skills are not top notch. I'd like to get a look at your fly box to see what I can tie up for myself.
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:45 AM   #162
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That is one of my main goals this year. Get in the salt more with my fly rod.
I'm learning a new area in Trinity bay, and I think I've found a flat I can fly fish to tailing reds. Just need the weather and my schedule to cooperate.
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Old 01-24-2015, 03:10 PM   #163
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:58 PM   #164
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Texas has about a dozen lakes used to supply cooling water for electric generating plants that in turn heat up the water and make for some great winter fishing. Cool water is pumped from the lake and as it runs through the coal plant it is heated then returned to the lake. Lake Welsh is one of these lakes that was built for the sole purpose of supplying cooling water to the coal plant. Welsh is a medium sized lake of roughly 1300 acres located in East Texas. During the spring, summer and fall this is not one of Texas' more popular lakes. But come winter time bass clubs, guides and fisherman flock to the warm waters of Lake Welsh. When the water temperature in most lakes are in the 40s and 50s. Being a power plant lake, Welsh will have water temps upwards of 80 degrees during the winter months. This equates to largemouth bass being up to 2 months ahead of non power plant lakes. You can find bass on beds in December, January and February for you bed fishing fanatics. The warm waters have bass active and crushing topwater poppers in the middle of winter.

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Old 01-27-2015, 05:58 PM   #165
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:26 AM   #166
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Tour of Texas; Guadalupe River Trout

As the southern most trout fishery in the United States the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam gives Texas anglers an opportunity to catch rainbow trout year round in the Lone Star State. In 1964 the Army Corps of Engineers impounded Canyon Lake. The cold water being released from the bottom of the dam would displace the native warm water species that occupied the Guadalupe. With optimal flows the water is cold enough to support trout for the first 10 miles below Canyon Dam. Lone Star Brewery started stocking the river with rainbow trout first. TPWD followed and began experimenting with different species of trout to determine which would be the most suitable trout for the Guadalupe; in the end it was the rainbow trout that did best in the Guadalupe. About the same time, a small group of Texans, who enjoyed trout fishing, came together; Bill Parvin, **** Finta, James Keeton, Bob Newman, Chad Oliver, Bill Pabst, Glenn Richardson, Lt. Col Paul and Hazel Schubauer, Jim Vynalek, and Bill West, who later founded the Guadalupe Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Currently GRTU is the largest local Trout Unlimited Chapter.

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Old 02-01-2015, 12:46 AM   #167
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I'll put a DIY thread up on a fly rod build, once I get the time to do it.

The basics for thread wrapping can be found with a few DIY videos over at Mudhole Tackle and or on YouTube via Mudhole Tackle

www.mudhole.com

The build will have Fuji Titanium fly guides - SIC strippers (a pair) - (weight and corrosion reduction), a custom Klondike fly reel seat (bling) and a shot of custom wraps above the fore grip for a bit more individuality.

I tossed a thread up covering an offshore build I did last summer. It's not a fly rod build but the build is very similar - reel seat setup, guide wraps and such, as used in a fly rod.

Finding the spine in each blank section, on a modular fly rod build, is critical in the overall performance of the blank. I'll cover that and the methods I use to measure and build a rod, typically around a reel, that will be the primary reel for that blank.

A lot of the high end rod blank manufacturers, provide guide spacing measurements to be used on a specific blank's flex and bend. Toward the butt of the rod, the power zone, you can beef up a bit more there if the rod will be used for heavy action gamefish.

I'll build an 8 wt stick to cover the coast. Blank to be determined.....part of the fun in building a custom rod!
You probably do something similar, Rob.....

I always cut little 1/2" pieces of surgical tubing of various sizes to fit snugly on the blank from tip to butt. I use those to temporarily hold the guides on the blank. I put all the guides and tiptop on the blank with those, and then I string it up. Let out a few feet of line and anchor it to something or have someone stand on the end of the line for you while you pretend you're fighting a fish. Flex the rod a bit, and then look at the line going through the guides. Start with the gap between the tiptop and the first guide. Does the line follow the curve of the rod between the two guides? If so, then they're in the right place. But if the line looks like it takes a "shortcut" from one guide to the next while the rod is curved up above the line (leaving a big gap), then those two guides are too far apart. Once the 1st guide is set, then go to the next gap and adjust the 2nd guide as needed. Work your way all the way to the last one - the biggest stripper guide. Make sure you don't get that one too close to the grip.

Sometimes I'll use 1/4" wide masking tape to hold the guides on the blank during the fitting process, but I like the little pieces of surgical tubing better.

Some blanks need 1 or even 2 more guides than recommended in order to get the line to track all the way up and down the rod. By keeping the line more parallel (on the curve) to the rod during casting/flexing, it will feed better through the guides and shoot smoother.

Of course, like you said, make sure you find the effective spine of each section of the rod and line those up. Either put the guides on the spine or directly opposite the spine, depending on what you want (stiffer forward cast or stiffer pull). I set my flyrods for a more powerful forward cast. I like line speed and tight loops.

Man, I would love to take turns poling your boat around the flats with you sometime. That would be a blast.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:37 AM   #168
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:37 PM   #170
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how many of yall would be interested in a TBH group flyfishing outing? if so throw some ideas out.

kayak/canoe, camp and fish on the llano river would be my suggestion
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Old 02-01-2015, 01:38 PM   #171
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I'm game
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Have canoe, fly rod and would definitely be interested.
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I've fished the south llano before, beautiful water and a lot of targets.
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Would be fun
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:06 PM   #176
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Sounds fun to me.
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If be interested for sure. Would bring my kayak.
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Old 02-03-2015, 07:23 PM   #178
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Took up fly fishing a few years ago. I initially tried to chase redfish on the coast, but after little luck I quickly switched to freshwater. I spend most of my time in this sport just tying flies. I fish for bass and perch, so I'm constantly trying different fish, frog, and insect patterns. It's a lot of fun to be able to make your own flies and catch beautiful fish with them.
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #180
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I don't know why but I love to fly fish but have no interest in tying my own flys. I have several friends that do so I just go hang out at their house
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Awesome pics. I got "hooked" on flys on the middle fork of the salmon river. Love it!
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I don't know why but I love to fly fish but have no interest in tying my own flys. I have several friends that do so I just go hang out at their house
I have you a fresh batch of wooley buggars Joe.
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That is one of my main goals this year. Get in the salt more with my fly rod.
I'm learning a new area in Trinity bay, and I think I've found a flat I can fly fish to tailing reds. Just need the weather and my schedule to cooperate.
Lets go!!
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My buddy Steve Soule is giving lessons and a seminar this weekend.
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Old 02-08-2015, 09:01 PM   #185
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My favorite thing to do besides bowhunting. Just got back from the White River in Arkansas. Here are a few pics.

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Old 02-08-2015, 10:35 PM   #189
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And passing on the tradidition
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Fished the blue river yesterday with my dad. Not crowded at all but the fishing was slow. Still a great day with a mixed bag of fish
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Still catching some stocked rainbow in Belton creek. About ten a trip and some sunfish and bass as well. About to go chase some white bass.
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Old 02-14-2015, 01:14 AM   #194
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I only FF but not very actively in the last few years. I go to Broken Bow because it's close. But I prefer heading out to the Rockies. I just retired two weeks ago so I am looking forward to having the time to pick up the sport more seriously now.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:31 PM   #195
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Most Recent Blog posting , Sabine River Sandbass

The only body of water in Texas that was known to hold white bass prior to 1932 was Caddo Lake. Texas Parks and Wildlife teamed up with the Oyster Commission and transplanted 13 brood fish from Caddo Lake into old Lake Dallas which is now Lake Lewisville. By 1938 the following lakes were stocked with white bass: Kemp, Buchanan, Medina, Eagle Mountain, Waco and Wichita. Today there hardly isn't a body of water across Texas that doesn't have white bass found in it.

The Sabine River has a reputation for producing one of the best runs of white bass the state can offer. You see beginning in late winter and early spring white bass leave Toledo Bend and run up the Sabine to spawn. Toledo Bend Reservoir is 185,000 acre and is the fifth largest man made reservoir in the United States. Toledo Bend is pretty much an inland sea and has an incredible amount of biomass that helps these fish grow to Texas size proportions. White bass also known as sandbass or sandies can grow to 10 inches or better in one growing season within Toledo Bend. The current state record white bass on a fly rod is 3.36lbs and I can guarantee there are plenty of white bass that will break this record in the Sabine River.

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2lb 12 oz White Bass
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:36 PM   #196
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That's a dandy white. Were you using a sink tip or sinking line? What fly were you using?
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:07 AM   #197
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I picked up the habit a few years ago. Still learning!
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:38 AM   #198
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That's a dandy white. Were you using a sink tip or sinking line? What fly were you using?
yes teeny 200 sink tip with a chartreuse clouser
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Old 02-22-2015, 01:59 PM   #199
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A few from Henry's Lake, Idaho a few years ago. They allow you to keep 4, and, yes, I wanted to eat some!

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Old 02-22-2015, 02:02 PM   #200
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Brown from New Zealand last year.

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