Our meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month. The meetings are held at (map).The Boy Scout hut adjacent to the Georgetown Community Center in San Gabriel Park
441 East Morrow St
We begin gathering at 6:00 p.m.; the night's program starts at 7:00 p.m. and usually runs about one hour. During the hour before the program begins there are members talking and visiting who are more than willing to answer questions from beginners and to discuss fishing and tying techniques. Sometimes, depending on the weather, there is practice fly casting on the lawn beside the building. This is a good time for members to talk about the past month's fishing and for new and prospective members to learn about the club and its activities.
Programs scheduled for upcoming meetings
Our April program will be Traci Stengle from the City of Georgetown sharing information about Garey Park which is scheduled to open this Summer. This is a 525 acre park on Leander Road (RM2243) along the South San Gabriel River. It is approximately 1.5 times larger than Zilker Park in Austin. You can learn more about the amenities at www.gareypark.org Also bring your money for the fly raffles. We will raffle three boxes of 1 dozen flies each-$5/ticket or 3 for $10. This is one of our major avenues to raise the $ for our programs. With the time change we will have some daylight if you want to bring a rod and get in some casting practice before the meeting. Check our "Outings and Events" page for information on an upcoming trip on the Colorado River.
Our May program will be a presentation by Toby Nunn with VETERAN OUTDOORS, a non-profit organization that takes veterans on outdoor "adventures". Their Mission Statement is: "To honor our country's wounded veterans' patriotism and sacrifice by providing quality hunting fishing and outdoor activities". You can learn more about this organization from their Facebook page or their website www.veteran-outdoors.com
Notes from Previous meetings
For March Harris served up chili along with all the fix-in's and drinks. We had a great time of visiting and telling "fish" stories.
We moved our February meeting up to Tuesday February 6 to enable us to bring in Pat Dorsey, fishing guide and owner of Blue Quill Anglers in Evergreen, Colorado. Pat shared a program on fly fishing various rivers and seasons in Colorado. We had a great turnout and everyone really enjoyed Pat's presentation.
Our January speaker was Susan Blackeledge sharing about Berry Springs Park in Georgetown.
Our club has been helping with cleaning aquatic vegetation from the ponds as well as stocking the
ponds with bass and sunfish. This is a great park for families and there are some really big bass in the
ponds. The difficulty comes in navigating the aquatic vegetation to get to the fish.
Christmas party at Berry Creek Country Club. The party started at 6:30 pm with meet and greet, open bar
with individual purchases, and opening silent auction and raffles. Dinner was served at approximately 7:30
Raffle and auction proceeds totaled $900. We will be sending donations to Casting for Recovery and Reel Recovery
for $450 each. Johnathan Hayhurst won the raffle for casting lessons for 2 donated by Living Waters Fly Fishing.
Clint shared a program about his recent Alaska fishing trip to No See Um Lodge.
Presentation Title: Progress in Restoring and Preserving the State Fish of Texas: Reflecting on 25 Years of Guadalupe Bass Conservation
Speaker Bio and Abstract: Tim Birdsong is a fisheries biologist and Chief of Habitat Conservation for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries Division. Tim coordinates efforts statewide to conserve freshwater habitats and steward the diversity of Texas freshwater fishes, including the official state fish of Texas, Guadalupe Bass. In 2016, TPWD and partners reached a milestone of 25 years of concerted efforts to restore and preserve Guadalupe Bass populations throughout their native Hill Country streams. Noteworthy accomplishments over that timeframe included restoration of hybrid populations in portions of the Llano River and namesake Guadalupe River, reintroduction of Guadalupe Bass to portions of the Blanco and San Antonio rivers, preservation of refuge populations in the Pedernales and lower Colorado rivers, improved habitat management along hundreds of miles of stream corridor in the Hill Country, and improved access for Guadalupe Bass anglers along nearly 100 miles of Hill Country streams through establishment of paddling trails and angler access leases. Tim‘s presentation will provide an overview of TPWD‘s Guadalupe Bass Restoration Initiative and profile active projects underway throughout the Hill Country. Tim will also preview upcoming Guadalupe Bass conservation projects in the San Gabriel River and Brushy Creek, and invite active involvement by the San Gabriel Fly Fishers in the planning and delivery of these projects
Cody Jones discussed state and federal boating regulations.
Asst. Commander Game Warden Cody Jones currently serves as the boating law administrator for the state of Texas. AC Jones is tasked with the oversight and supervision of the state’s Recreational Boating Safety Grant Program, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer Credentialing Program, Party Boat Operations Program, Coastal Floating Cabins Permit Program and the states port security efforts as well as the oversight of state boating laws and administrative rules.
In 2013, Cody oversaw the agencies efforts to become the fourth state to be accredited under the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program. This program and accreditation is endorsed by the United States Coast Guard as the National Standard of Training for Maritime First Responders and is in the FEMA catalog.
In addition, AC Jones also serves on NASBLA Executive Board holding an officers position as the associations treasurer and has previously served as chairman of the NASBLA Preparedness & Response Committee and Engineering Reports and Analysis Committee.
AC Jones is a graduate of Sul Ross State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management and has attained many state and national leadership training accolades in his career. AC Jones resides with his wife, Honey, and three children, Kylie, Cage and Cullen, in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Matt Bennett made a presentation on matching the hatch in the Texas Hill Country.
Matt is the owner of Flygeek fly tying and has fished the hill country for several years. In the past Matt worked at Living Waters Fly Fishing and he is currently President of the Austin Fly Fishers and Vice President of the Texas Council. He is an accomplished fly tier (Bennett's Lunch Money and Brunch Money as well as several other local patterns).
Chris Johnson from Living Waters Fly Shop spoke on fishing in the southern part of the state of Colorado.
This meeting was our annual hamburger/hot dog cookout.
Tommy Griffis spoke about his recent trip to New Zealand
Kevin Hutchinson, of Hill Country Fly Fishers, spoke on fishing local waters and did a fly tying demo before the meeting.
Bradley W. Nichols talked about the different Disciplines of fishing (Fly, Spin, Casting, Tenkara)
Here is Mr. Nichols’ description of his fishing experience:
To give you a little background on myself, I have lived in central Texas all my life and have been fishing all over the state. I also spend several weeks throughout the year in the mountains of Colorado a nd New Mexico fly fishing for trout. I go wade fishing along the Texas coast about a dozen times a year and I fish about 250 days out of the year. I kayak fish on a regular basis and have work with several groups (Boy Scotts, Gullett Elementary Outdoor School) to teach the basics of fishing out of a kayak. Along with the time I spend on the water I also build custom fishing rods, tune and customize reels, and tie flies if time allows. Along with my duties as Receiving and Customer Relations Manager at Bass Pro Shops I also have served as Fishing team lead, and Fly casting instructor.
Craig Warner and Harris Young will once again provided their Deer/Elk chili get together.
Clint Barton gave a presentation on his recent trip to Belize for Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon.
This was our annual San Gabriel Flyfishers Christmas Dinner
GW Christy Vales presented a program on the TPWD K9 Unit. Her program includes demonstrations by her partner Ruger. They are an experienced team and have received several commendations for their work! They have been featured on Lone Star Law.
Dennis Pate talked about his float trip through the Frank Church wilderness on the middle fork of the Salmon River. Fishing for native cutthroat trout in Idaho.
The club joined forces with the Austin Fly Fishers to bring Steve Soule, a guide from Galveston, to speak to a joint meeting of the two clubs.
Our own Jim Kettleman talked about his recent fishing trip to Alaska.
We had a hamburger cook out and gabfest.
Our June presentation was Mike Howard presenting on how to prevent and treat typical injuries that might occur while fly fishing. Mike spent 43 years as an athletic trainer treating sports injuries from high school up through the professional ranks. His last position was with the Houston Ballet treating the ballet dancers. He will concentrate on how to avoid and treat the most common injuries to the body we fly fishers incur-ankles, knees, shoulders, elbows, and lower back. Do you ever wonder when to treat with heat or when to treat with ice? When to exercise and when to rest an injury? These are the types of questions Mike will be addressing. Come hear the insider information and the tricks of the trade.
Caleb Harris is the Angler education Coordinator for TPWD. He presented information on the Angler Ed Program and discuss fly fishing opportunities at local impoundments.
Steve Hall presented his extensive experiences fly fishing in Colorado. Steve is the Hunter Safety Coordinator for TPWD. He is a former employee of the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Craig Hunter presened a program on fishing the San Juan River below Navajo Dam. Craig’s programs are always informative and he keeps things lively with his dry sense of humor.
Our own Craig Hunter and Harris Young cooked chili and fixin’s for the group.
In January our club President Clint Barton shared a presentation covering his fly fishing trip to New Zealand in February of 2015.
December was our Christmas party at Berry Creek Country Club.
Our October speaker was Dr Rey Ramirez presenting “Fishing the Texas Coast”. Rey is a professor at UT Brownsville, the South Regional Director for the Texas Council of Fly Fishers, and an avid fly fisherman and fly tier.
Our November speaker was our own Bruce Moring. Bruce is a long time member of the San Gabriel Fly Fishers. He is currently a part time Assistant Professor at Southwestern University and a water resources consultant. Bruce has spent more than 25 years studying the rivers, lakes, and streams of Texas while working as a Senior Biologist for the US Geological Survey. Bruce will be presenting “River Flows and A Healthy Fish Community”.
Dakus Geeslin of TPWD was our September guest. Dakus' presentation was on our state fish, the Guadalupe Bass, touching on both angling and conservation of this unique species only found in and around the Texas Hill Country.
Lefty Ray Chapa wasour August speaker presenting on Redfish and photography on the Texas coast. Lefty Ray Chapa is an award winning, professional outdoor photographer specializing in music, fly fishing, kayak, saltwater and waterfowl hunting photography.
Our July speaker was Tim Cole from Austin Reptile Service. If you regularly fish Texas rivers, you see snakes BUT there are very few that are actually venomous. Tim Cole is an expert on snake ID. The last time he was our speaker he brought 20+ species of snakes to the club meeting for us to see side by side. These species included all the major water snakes, coral snake, cottonmouth, rattlesnake, copperhead, and more. He did a swimming demo of a water snake vs. cottonmouth so that you can compare the two in person.
For our June meeting we had a 10th anniversary celebration.
We cooked hamburgers and hot dogs, had casting demos and instructions, floatation static demos, fly tying, various types and brands of equipment to see, and a "garage sale" table to allow folks to bring equipment and gear they want to find a new home for.
Chris Johnson told us how to do a low cost do-it-yourself fishing trip to Alaska.
This month’s program was presented by another one of our own dash; Bill Adams. Bill lives in Hamilton and is the Area Coordinator with Project Healing Waters . Some of you may not know, but San Gabriel Fly Fishers is the sponsor club for PHW working with Bill to support the recovery of our wounded service men through fly fishing and tying activities. Bill has moved the activities from Ft Hood to the VA facilities in Waco, and we have folks going up to help tie flies and teach casting. Bill is on the Pro Staff of TFO rods and is an avid striper and hybrid fisherman. Bill updated us on the current status of the PHW program and let us know what we can do to support the program. He will also talked about fishing Lake Whitney and Lake Belton for hybrids and small mouth bass which he has been catching the past few weeks.
This month’s program was presented by another one of our club members. “Big Bass” Bob Poole shared his knowledge and experience on how to catch BIG bass.
Our presenter was Colonel Craig Hunter (bio), Director of Law Enforcement for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Craig‘s presentation focused on the resource protection and public safety duties of Texas Game Wardens today, which includes the enforcement of hunting, fishing, and water safety laws, general peace officer duties, emergency management, homeland security, and border operations.
Our speaker was Caleb Harris from Texas Parks and Wildlife:
I am an Aquatic Education Training Specialist for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Which means I help plan and train volunteers to put on education events for the public, and I work with the education community such as schools and informal educators such as zoos, museums and other agency outreach teams to assist with Aquatic based education programs. The goal of my position is to assist with the creation of as many fishing and aquatic stewardship programs as I can to help create conservation minded Texas that appreciate our aquatic resources. I came to TPWD nearly 3 years ago from the education field having taught high school science for many years.
I’d like to talk to the club about our TPWD fly fishing education program and how the club might use it to further their own outreach and education interest. Our education programs can assist the club with materials and resources to make instructional events and outreach programs for the public fun and successful events.
Clint Barton, SGFF President, presented TFO rod to Mike Ives, winner of the FFF TFO rod raffle. The FFF TFO rod raffle is conducted by the SGFF, from the July meeting to the December meeting, and the winning raffle ticket is drawn at the December meeting. The FFF TFO raffle is open to all SGFF paid members, and are eligible to put one ticket in the raffle container for each SGFF sanctioned event attended.
The December meeting was our annual Christmas Dinner.
Our speaker for November was Nils Pearson who gave a presentation on blue water and offshore fly fishing. He is passionate about fly fishing in general, and is an active member of the Austin Fly Fishers. Nils has been guided offshore and has done some blue water fly fishing from his kayak. He discussed rigging, flies, and equipment in addition to showing some pretty awesome fly rod catches in his presentation!
This month's speaker was Susan Gaetz with the "Casting For Recovery" program. Susan heads up the Texas program and has visited us in the past. "Casting For Recovery" is one of the two major programs we support with our club contributions, so we heard first hand about how your club money changes the lives of women with breast cancer.
This month’s program was Rob Gonzales presenting on Tenkara. He had rods available for practice before the meeting.
Our program this month was Jim Gray sharing his new presentation on the Colorado River. This is similar to the one he has on the Llano River and was very interesting and informative.
Here are the slides from Jim’s prsentation: Slides (PDF).
The Broken Bow outing was a great success and we had at least 14 in attendance. Chris Johnson did a great job of tutoring the group on the water and everyone had a super outing. Because of the obvious interest in this fishery, our program this month was on the Lower Mountain Fork River. Chris Johnson presented information on the fishery and outing, and some of those who went shared some of their experiences with the rest of the group.
Our speaker was Tim Cole of Austin Reptile Service.
If you regularly fish Texas rivers, you see snakes BUT there are very few that are actually venomous. Tim Cole of Austin Reptile Service, is an expert on snake ID and brought 20+ species of LIVE snakes to the club meeting for us to see side by side. These species included all the major water snakes, coral snake, cottonmouth, rattlesnake, copperhead, and more! He will also did a swimming demo of a water snake vs. cottonmouth so that you can compare the two in person! For more info about Tim and ARS visit www.austinreptileservice.net
Rus Schwausch (pronounced ”ss-wow-sh“) of EPIC Angling & Adventure told us about two fishing destinations-of-a-lifetime located on the Alaska Peninsula - Alaska Wilderness SAFARI and Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST.
Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, the more sophisticated operation, is written up in the book “Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die” as ”arguably the most isolated coastal fishing camp in Alaska and one of the best places in the world to pursue chrome-bright, ocean-fresh salmon.“ But if you want, there’s a lot more to do than just fish. This eco-diverse destination also offers daily wildlife viewing, waterfalls, tide pools and beach combing, plus helicopter fly-out fishing!
His second operation is Alaska Wilderness OUTPOST. It’s a rustic, early season camp offering excellent small stream fishing for rainbow trout, grayling, king salmon and more. Short on frills, this program is for the die-hard fisherman focused on quality fishing rather than extraneous amenities.
Beginning in 1995, Rus spent a few summers in Alaska exploring remote rivers on unguided float trips with his buddies. They would fly with all their equipment to the headwaters by bush plane, then float and fish over 100 mile stretches for two weeks at a time. These trips ”infected“ Rus with Alaska and steered his life in a completely new direction. Giving up his full time engineering job, he started guiding in Alaska during the summer of 2001 while continuing engineering consulting work the other 9 months. In 2004, Rus took over the operation where he first guided, Alaska Wilderness SAFARI, and is coming up on season number 14 there.
You can find out more about his operations at www.EPICaaa.com, or just come to the next meeting to see some Alaska-sized fish and incredible photography on the big screen!
This month’s meeting centered around some “different” ways to cast a fly. Chris Johnson demonstrated some single-handed Spey casts for those tight situations where a back cast is not possible. In addition, Brooks Bouldin had some bamboo rods lined up and helped members try out casting the split cane. Clint also brought a “Chinese” bamboo rod that cost less than $500 for members to try and compare to the hand crafted American bamboo rods. Clint also had a Tenkara rod available for members to cast.
Keith Barnes of Highland Lakes Fly Fishing gave a presentation on fly fishing for white bass around the Texas Hill Country. He highlighted the best areas and showed our club members how to deal with low water white bass fishing.
Here is Keith's bio:
I live on the Highland Lakes and have been fishing these lakes for over 20 years. Fishing has always been a big part of my life. As a child, I fished every chance that I could. The desire to feel a fish pulling on my line has never dimmed, in fact it grew stronger. While I truly enjoy fishing, I discovered that I also enjoyed taking others fishing. Putting someone on their first fish, teaching a client a new technique, or just showing a friend a new stretch of water are just a few of the reasons that I started guiding. While I have been fly fishing for most of my life, I didn't make the transition to dedicated fly fisherman until about 16 years ago. I put down my conventional tackle and really haven't picked it up again. I have concentrated on learning and developing techniques to target fish on the Upper Highland Lakes of Central Texas with a fly rod. Living on the western shore of Lake Buchanan, I have spent countless hours, on more days than I care to admit, pursuing every species of game fish found in Central Texas.
Our program this month was Pat Vanek from the Jack Sparks Central Texas Flyrodders club in Waco. Pat shared his tips and secrets about fly fishing for white bass. We are really hoping there will be enough water in our rivers this year to trigger the white bass run!
Our January 2 speaker was Pat Dorsey from Evergreen, Colorado. Pat is a co-owner of the Blue Quill Angler fly shop, author of several books on fly tying and fly fishing (in particular Tail water fishing for trout), fly fishing guide extraordinaire, and a general all around great person! Pat’s home waters are the South Platte river system and his specialty is nymphing. He was one of the featured speakers two years ago at Troutfest on the Guadalupe River.
Our annual Christmas Party was held in the upstairs ballroom at Berry Creek Country Club,
In the hour before the meeting, Jim Gray demonstrated how he ties the Glades Minnow, his go to fly for bass on the Colorado River and beyond.
Our November speaker was Mark Dillow, president of GRTU. He gave a presentation on the Guadalupe River trout fishery and some of the new conservation efforts that are taking place on the fishery!
Mark Dillow was introduced to fly fishing by his father as a young boy at his grandparent’s farm pond. He still has the fiberglass South Bend rod (which he refurbished) and automatic reel used in his first lesson. He took up fly fishing seriously fifteen years ago, and “discovered” Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited (GRTU) from an article in Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine soon thereafter. Mark serves as the chapter president of GRTU and as the Trout Unlimited Texas state council chairman. When not chasing trout on the Guad, he can be found throwing flies to warmwater species in the Hill Country or daydreaming about his next jaunt to Colorado in pursuit of cutthroats. Mark and wife Tammy share their love of fishing and the outdoors with their five children and a yellow Labrador Retriever.
Our October speaker was Chris Adams from Gruene Outfitters. Chris not only works at the fly shop in Gruene but also provides guided trips through the shop. He guides the Lower Guadalupe and San Marcos on a regular basis and will be sharing specifically about the Guadalupe River’s warmwater fishing opportunities! Not many anglers focus on the lower Guadalupe River floats near Gruene, TX. Chris Adams is going to show us what we are missing!
As always, whenever you are in the area, make sure that you stop by Gruene Outfitters for flies and expert advice on the surrounding area! If you would like to book a trip with Chris, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit the following website for more details: http://www.grueneoutfitters.com/fly-fishing
Our September speaker was Texas and Oklahoma fly fishing guide Rob Woodruff. He gave a presentation on Tenkara, the traditional Japanese form of fly fishing. Tenkara is gaining popularity throughout the nation and is a very useful tool on our local creeks and streams. Rob is a full-time fly fishing guide, fly designer and fly fishing instructor. He specializes in guiding anglers on some of the most famous and productive east Texas lakes, as well as Oklahoma’s Mountain Fork River, all located within 200 miles of Dallas. Woodruff has been fly fishing for over 30 years and guiding since 1992. He has a degree in Entomology and teaches seminars on entomology for fly fishers as well as a variety of other fly fishing and fly tying subjects.
Rob, his techniques, and flies have been featured in magazines such as Outdoor World, Bassmaster, Fly Rod and Reel, Southwest Fly Fishing, Texas Fish and Game, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Fly Fisher, and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal. He has twice co-hosted ESPN’s “Fly Fishing America.” To find out more info about Rob and his guide service, visit his website: http://www.flyfishingfork.com/
Our speaker for the August meeting was Jonathan Gray, from Texas Parks and Wildlife. He is passionate about the outdoors and is on the front lines when it comes to protecting our water and land resources. He is part of the environmental crimes unit and works closely with other Texas Game Wardens and TCEQ. He gave a presentation on environmental awareness. Here is a link to a short video about what Jonathan does, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwZXrgPkWwY. He said if our members see any environmental situations that should be investigated they can either contact the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department at 1-800-792-GAME, which is the number on your fishing license for reporting poaching.
After the presentation George Kimmel, on behalf of the current SGFF board, presented a list of nominations for the new board of directors. The club voted to accept this new board, whose members are: George Kimmel, Clint Barton, Tommy Griffis, Chris Johnson, Kent Conner, and Richard McIntyre. George then announced the new board's selections for club officers:
|Chris Johnson||Vice President|
George also announced the committee chairmen for the coming year:
|Outings Chairman||Don Carlson|
|Membership Chairman||Richard McIntyre|
|Website Chairmann||Don Johnson|
|Programs Chairman||Chris Johnson|
|Community Outreach Chairman||TBD|
Richard McIntyre’s complete minutes of the meeting can be found here.
Our speaker was Banning Collins. Banning is our local TFO, Umpqua, and Lamson factory rep and shared information on fly rod construction and fish fighting techniques. Banning is a great local resource on the sport and has guided the Texas hill country.
Russell Husted was our speaker. Russell is the current president of the Federation of Fly Fishers - Texas Counsel and made a presentation on how to fish southern Colorado on your own. He will covered fly selection, locations, rivers, lodging, and more!
We had a club casting workshop/tune-up for our April meeting. Multiple instructors were there (including Kevin Hutchison, Chris Johnson and Carol Hall) to help our members with their casting strokes.
Greg Welander gave a presentation on Saltwater destination in our neighboring state of Louisiana
Keith Barnes of Highland Lakes Fly Fishing will be giving his white bass presentation.
Our speaker this month was Sam Godfrey. Sam Godfrey has been an outdoorsman all his life. He quit hunting after a 20 year quest a few years ago and began fly fishing as his new passion. His free-diving and photography skills have enabled him to crossover to underwater photography. Sam shared both hands on camera settings and techniques and a power point presentation of quality underwater photographs.
Jim Gray gave a talk about fly fishing in the United Kingdom.
We had a fly tying demo with multiple tiers, lots of fishing tips, and tying instruction. Each tier tied some flys and also teld how, when, and where to fish it!
Keith Barnes of Highland Lakes Fly Fishing gave a presentation on carp and striper fishing in Lake Buchanan and Night Fishing on the Highland Lakes.
Here is Keith’s bio:
I live on the Highland Lakes and have been fishing these lakes for over 20 years. Fishing has always been a big part of my life. As a child, I fished every chance that I could. The desire to feel a fish pulling on my line has never dimmed, in fact it grew stronger. While I truly enjoy fishing, I discovered that I also enjoyed taking others fishing. Putting someone on their first fish, teaching a client a new technique, or just showing a friend a new stretch of water are just a few of the reasons that I started guiding. While I have been fly fishing for most of my life, I didn’t make the transition to dedicated fly fisherman until about 16 years ago. I put down my conventional tackle and really haven’t picked it up again. I have concentrated on learning and developing techniques to target fish on the Upper Highland Lakes of Central Texas with a fly rod. Living on the western shore of Lake Buchanan, I have spent countless hours, on more days than I care to admit, pursuing every species of game fish found in Central Texas.
Our planned speaker, Joel Campos, Game Warden for Texas Parks and Wildlife, had to cancel, so Chris Johnson filled in by giving a talk on summer low water fishing the local rivers.
Our speaker for July was Kevin Hutchinson of Hill Country Fly Fishers. He talked about local rivers that still offer good fishing despite the recent drought, particularily the San Marcos and Colorado rivers.
Thomas Flemons of Diablo Paddlesports was our June speaker. Diablo Paddlesports is located right here in Austin, TX and they specialize in making kayaks that are stable enough to stand up and fly fish out of.
May's speaker was Malcolm Duke of Lyons Rod Co.
Here is Malcom's bio:
I have been a Banker for almost all of my working career and have been building fly rods for over 20 years. I have been making Bamboo rods for almost 5 years now and have had the honor of being guided through the process by one of the great contemporary makers, John Bradford. I make rods with only the finest components and use traditional step-down ferrules. They are all pinned with silver wire and all of the rods are hand split and polished Tonkin bamboo. I use silk wraps, German silver fittings, agate stripping guides, select grade cork grips and hand turned finished Birdseye Maple reel seats. While I can duplicate any taper, I generally make 3, 4, 5, and 6 wt. rods from tapers from master craftsmen like John Bradford, Everitt Garrison and E. F. Payne. Rods come with 2 mirror matched tips, a poplin rod sack, ferrule plugs and either a case with brass fittings or one made from exotic woods. I generally make rods that are medium fast, and while they are cosmetically outstanding, I do build rods to fish with.
Our April speaker was local fly fisher and fly tier, Jim Gray. Jim gave his new presentation on the Llano River. Jim has fished the Llano extensively and showed club members where to go, what to use, and when to use it! Not many, if any, fly fishers in the area catch as many carp on fly as Jim Gray does and mentioned not only this challenging species in his presentation, but many others as well!
Here are the slides Jim used in his presentation, in PDF form.
Pat Vanek is the president of the Jack Sparks Central Texas Flyrodders Club in Waco, TX. Pat is a very experienced fly fisherman and he shared his expertise on white bass fishing the greater Waco area. Given the lack of rain throughout the hill country, Pat told us about some white bass fishing opportunities that are close to home that we may not be aware of!
Our speaker wwas Jud Cole of Hell N Back Outfitters . Juds presentation was about the Blanco River.
Our January speaker was Chris Johnson of Living Waters Fly Fishing. Chris's presentation was titled Dry Fly Fishing the Guadalupe. Not many people consider the Guadalupe River to be a dry fly trout fishery and as a result, many anglers do not even attempt to catch trout on dries. Chris showed us where, how, and when to fish dry flies effectively on the Guadalupe River this trout season!
As usual, the December meeting each year was also our annual Christmas Party.
Mark Dillow, President of Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, was our Nov speaker. He gave an update on the fishery as well as conservation developments and information on the upcoming trout season.
Mark is the president of the Guadalupe River chapter of Trout Unlimited, the largest chapter in the nation. He has been active in the chapter in other leadership positions for several years.
As the son of a hunting and fishing father, spending time with a rod or a gun in hand was a normal part of his upbringing. His first trout was taken from a pay to fish trout farm as a toddler. His fly fishing journey was birthed using his father's fiberglass rod to catch bluegill and bass from the pond on the family farm. An ad in a local paper for an intro to fly fishing class at the old Austin Angler led him to pick up a flyrod in earnest twelve years ago.
He still has his father's glass rod, but it is now kept company by a host of new flyrods in the corner of his office.
Our speaker for October was Marcus Rodriguez of The Guides of Texas. He made a presentation on the San Marcos River - one of the only rivers in the area that is still fishable. He will also mentioned other fishing opportunites as well. Marcus and his partner Johnny Quiroz make up The Guides of Texas and have extensive knowledge of Texas hill country fisheries. They specifically guide on the San Marcos, Llano, and the Devils River.
Dakus Geeslin was our speaker on aquatic entomology.
Dakus Geeslin is an Aquatic Scientist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). He received a Masters of Science Degree in Aquatic Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University where he conducted fisheries research on stream fishes in the Angelina National Forest. After graduate school, Dakus spent seven years as Fisheries Ecologist in Colorado conducting aquatic biological monitoring and instream flow studies throughout the Rocky Mountain States. He has worked on studies involving fish and aquatic insect ecology in over a dozen states.
Dakus is also an avid fly angler and fly tier. He seeks to describe the importance of Texas Hill County aquatic invertebrates to overall ecosystem health, their role as prey items, and how fly anglers can use their knowledge of aquatic insects to increase angling success.
Dakus is a member of the American Fisheries Society, the North American Benthological Society, Trout Unlimited, and serves as the TCEQ representative in the Texas Instream Flow Program. While not involved in fish related activities either through work or play, Dakus enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 yr old son and watching baseball.
Out speaker was Bill Adams who talked about fishing for striped bass. Here is some information from Bill.
“I target Striped Bass in several area Texas Lakes. In doing so, I find all the other species close by. As the “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing” coordinator at Fort Hood, I get to hit many Lakes while taking our “Heroes” fishing. The basis of my Striper information came from a very close friend “Charlie Cypert”. I credit Charlie to the success that I have had searching that “Double Digit" fish.”
Instead of a speaker, we had a casting play day. Some of our more experienced members helped the less experienced with their fly casting stroke.
Chris Johnson of Round Rock’s "Living Waters Fly Fishing" fly shop gave a talk on how to fish local streams when the weather is hot and the flows are low.
Christine Johnson was our speaker.
Christine Warren (aka Fly Fish Chick) is a writer and avid fly fisher. She chronicles her fishing stories as well as other antics on her blog, FlyFishChick.com. The blog has gained a loyal following over the past three years as readers tune in regularly to read about her adventures on the water. She spends her summers in Montana fishing for trout and views western rivers like the Missouri, The Big Hole, The Blackfoot and the Beaverhead as dear old friends.
While she knows Montana trout fishing best, she will chase anything given the opportunity. She loves fishing for redfish in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama. She treasures time spent bonefishing in Bahamas and Belize. She has chased after tarpon in the Keys but aside from jumping a few baby tarpon, she has a long way to go there.
Christine has appeared on two television episodes. In 2010 she was featured fishing for trout on the Missouri River for an episode of Adventure Guides which aired on The Outdoor Channel. Most recently she shot an episode of Bass 2 Billfish where she had the opportunity to fish for bass on Lake Toho in Florida. That episode airs six more times this spring on the VERSUS Network.
When she is not fishing, Christine is a 40-year old mom busy raising her 11-year old daughter, affectionately referred to on the website as Little Chick. Christine recently married and is busy setting up homes in Austin TX and Mobile AL. Yes, her new husband is an avid fisherman.
Through the success of her blog, she secured a publishing deal and is currently writing her first book which is expected for release in October 2011. The book is about The Texas Water Safari, a legendary canoe race that takes place every June. Racers paddle 260 miles from San Marcos to the Gulf Coast in less than 100 hours. Christine trained for a year and raced in the 2011 Texas Water Safari. Her book, titled PADDLEFISH, is about this adventure.
Whether fishing, paddling, writing or being a newlywed wife and mom, at the end of the day Christine says at her core she is simply a Storyteller. She will visit San Gabriel Fly Fishers to tell her stories and share a slideshow about a variety of her experiences out on water, including fresh water fishing, saltwater fishing and competitive paddle racing on Texas rivers.
Our speaker was Warren Wolf, state coordinator for TEXAS REEL RECOVERY
REEL RECOVERY is a national non-profit organization that conducts fly-fishing retreats for men recovering from cancer. Their purpose is to help men in the recovery process by sharing with them the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while providing a safe, supportive environment to explore personal experiences with cancer, with others who share their stories
Keith Barnes, of Highland Lakes Fly Fishing, presented a program on white bass fishing.
Captain John Spencer of Posada del Colorado, out of Arroyo City, TX was our speaker
John Spencer has worked as a full time professional guide and commercial fly tier for the last 10 years. After a successful career in Austin selling software, John and his family moved to Crested Butte, CO where John guided on the Gunnison, East, and Taylor Rivers, as well as numerous backcountry creeks. During their first winter in Colorado, John founded Brush Creek Flies, which eventually grew to 50 tiers in Chiang Mai, Thailand and supplied flies to shops throughout the western U.S. In 2007, John and his family sold Brush Creek Flies and relocated to Texas where he resumed his real passion, full-time guiding. John and his wife recently opened Posada del Colorado, a full-service lodge and guide service in Arroyo City, TX.
You can visit them on-line at www.fishposada.com.
The December Monthly Meeting was our annual Christmas Party, with a nice meal, many silent auction items, and two very nice main raffle items: a Sage rod/reel combo, and a Guadalupe trout float trip with Chris Johnson.
The speaker for the November meeting was hill country fly fishing guide Alvin Dedeaux. He gave a presentation on trout fishing in the Guadalupe River.
Alvin was manager of The Austin Angler for the last 12 years it was open and has been guiding in the hill country for over 12 years. Alvin now guides in the Vail area of Colorado during the summer. He has fished all over the Western U.S., in Chile, and a little bit in Honduras and Belize. He is also a graduate of the first ever Joan Wulff fly casting instructors school. He says that when he is not guiding he loves to just go fishing.
Alvin's web site is http://www.alvindedeaux.com. He can be reached via email at email@example.com
Clint Jackson as our October speaker and his presentation will include information on how to fish local rivers more effectively -- including one of Austin's very own rivers: The Colorado!
Clint Jackson is a very accomplished fly fishing guide in Central Texas. He is passionate about the sport and is a talented teacher in fly fishing and fly tying alike! The following is a brief description of Clint in his own words:
“I discovered my love for fishing at a early age. Growing up I spent every waking moment fishing, thinking about fishing or trying to find a way to sneak out to go fishing. When I was sleeping I was dreaming about fishing. Unfortunately, like all young ones, I had to grow up. That did not stop my love of fishing, but it did put a crimp in my fishing time when I had to get a real job! Of course I did my time in the "Real World" until I finally had all I could stand. The rest is history. I tie flies commercially and guide hunting and fishing. I enjoy teaching how to tie flies and how to fish the rivers of Central Texas.”
The presentation was on “Fishing & Photography”
Now that you caught that big one, how do you take a great photo of it? This covers the do’s and don’ts of taking those fish pics. This slideshow will help improve your outdoor photography skills. Ideas, tips, and techniques abound throughout. Better yet, invite your fishing buddies so that when you catch that big one, they know what to do.
Our speaker was Lefty Ray Chapa
Lefty Ray Chapa is a San Antonio based, award winning, professional photographer and writer specializing in music photography, sports and outdoor subjects like fly fishing and kayak fishing. He is also a lecturer on the Texas fly fishing opportunities and can be found giving slideshows and seminars around the country. When not photographing bands or fish, he is kayak fishing at the Texas coast or guiding fly fisherman on the Texas Hill Country streams.
Lefty Ray’s work has appeared in magazines like Newsweek, Texas Highways, Southwest Fly Fishing, Paddler, Shallow Water Angler, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters, Gulf Coast Fisherman, and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Just recently he has been added to the rotation on the Outdoor Page of the San Antonio. Look for his next major article in the Sept/Oct issue of Southwest Fly Fishing magazine on Baffin Bay.
Chris Johnson of LIving Waters Fly Fishing was our speaker. Chris spoke about summer fly fishing spots and various flies/techniques that have proved successful for him over the past few months -- including one multi-species fly that seems to catch everything that swims! Also, Chris talked about dry fly fishing for Texas rainbow trout in the summertime -- YES it does happen! Chris tied several of his favorite flies before the meeting starts and was available to answer any fly fishing related questions.
Our own Bob Pool gave an informative and entertaining presentation about how to fly fish for big bass. See this Statesman article about Bob Pool’s approach to catching big bass.
Jim Gray, who talked to us about carp fishing in 2008, gave a presentation titled “Fly Fishing Off the Beaten Path - How to find your own ”secret spot” in the Hill Country”. Jim described how to use internet resources, like Google maps, Google Earth, and MyFishMaps.com (pull down the “Topo Maps” tab, then select “U.S. Topo Fishing and Outdoor Maps & Locations Directory”), to find and evaluate possible local fishing spots.
Our speaker for May was Eric Kraimer the local rep for Simms, Scientific Angler, Ross, Abel, Buff, and Rainys flies.
Our scheduled speaker, Dennis Freeman, had a health problem and could not make it to the meeting. Kevin Hutchinson, owner of Hill Country Fly Fisher, graciously responded to a last minute call to fill in. Kevin demonstated some fly tying, talked a about his book, Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country , and gave a talk and slide presentation about fishing the Hill Country rivers.
Our April presentation was brought to us by Bill Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Hamilton, who has just helped start up a Project Healing Waters program at Ft Hood.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.
Susan Gaetz introduced the Casting For Recovery program, explained its history and purpose and also how it got started in Texas.
Our January presentation was a video titled "The Underwater World of Trout" vol 1 "Discovery". "Discovery takes the viewer underwater with the trout, as they interact with the living world of a fresh water stream. There are wild fish and stocked fish, fighting fish and spawning fish. Watch as trout feed on drifting invertebrates and surface flies. See how a trout views an angler in the stream or on the shore. There are no staged aquarium shots in this film. These trout are in their natural environment."
Our December General Meeting was our annual Christmas Party and Dinner.
The November speaker was Bill Higdon from the Texas Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Bill is the current President and also is in charge of the stocking program on the Guadalupe. He talked about trout fishing in the Guadalupe as well as the lease site program.
You can find out more about Bill at his web site, inthehillsfishing.com
Our speaker for the October meeting was our own Bruce Moring. Bruce’ talk was a fisheries conservation talk about instream flows in the North San Gabriel, and how we might work with the Army Corps of Engineers to manage releases from Lake Georgetown to return the river to a more natural flow regime.
Our speaker was Chris Johnson of the Living Water Fly Shop and Guide Service in Round Rock.
Here is Chris’s description of his talk:
“I am going to speak primarily about fly fishing low water conditions. Right now we are in a severe drought and most people (not all) have all but given up the idea of fly fishing. The people that have stopped fishing are missing out on what could potentially be some of the best fishing they have had all year! I am going to explain that a little bit and talk about how to effectively turn our poor little trickling streams in to literal fishing gold mines!”
A Regional Environmental Planner for the Brazos River Authority (BRA), spoke to us about salt cedar encroachment in the San Gabriel river basin. The following is a portion of an e-mail Mr. Bragg, of the Brazos River Authority, recently sent to the San Gabriel Fly Fishers.
“Two weeks the Corp of Engineers informed us that they had discovered salt cedar (Tamarix ramosissima) seedlings around the shores of Lake Georgetown. Salt cedar has long been known to exist in the upper Brazos Basin north of Lake Granbury; however, to my knowledge, this is the first reported occurrence of salt cedar in the San Gabriel River watershed. Salt cedar, of course, is an undesirable invasive species and has been linked to many water related issues in western states. As such, salt cedar is listed by the Texas Department of Agriculture as a Noxious Plant Species and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife lists it as a Prohibited Plant Species. See the following webpage for more information and photos. http://www.texasinvasives.org/invasives_database/detail.php?symbol=TARA
Due to the potential impacts to Lake Georgetown and areas downstream, the BRA intends to treat the identified areas around the lake; however, without treating the upstream seed sources we are probably fighting a losing battle. The BRA will be working to identify these seed sources; however, your fishermens collective knowledge of the watershed is probably much greater than ours. I was hoping to enlist their help in indentifying salt cedar in the San Gabriel River watershed and especially along the North San Gabriel River upstream of Lake Georgetown. It would be a great help if your fishermen could note (or take GPS Coordinates) of any salt cedar they find while they are out fishing.”
Our presenter was Joe Poole who is a member of the Wilderness Systems Pro Kayak Fishing staff. He talked about the advantages of fishing Texas bays from a kayak.
Here is Joe’ bio:
My name is Joe Poole and I am an avid saltwater angler. My Internet moniker is GoinCoastal and I frequent TexasKayakFisherman.com, Corpusfishing.com, and AustinKayakFishing.com. I live in Leander, Tx and I work full time as an investigator for the Texas Attorney General’s Office. But I grew up in Victoria on the middle Texas coast in the 60’s & 70’s where I learned to fish from my father and his friends. They were all pluggers and I learned with plugs too. At one time, as a young man, I owned a 17’ Boston Whaler Montauk that I fished from 2-3 days a week out of Port O’Connor and Rockport. After moving away from the coast in the late 80’s, I sold my boat and pretty much gave up saltwater fishing. Then in 2001, I discovered kayakfishing and I have been back at it strong ever since. I competed and placed in the first saltwater kayakfishing tournament series in 2004. In 2005, I competed as a member of the Wilderness Systems Competitive Kayak Fishing Team in Texas and Florida. I don’t compete much anymore but I fish often. I have fished most of the Texas coast. My passion is the pursuit of redfish in shallow water from a kayak. There is just something special about seeing redfish tails in the early morning light. And just recently, Wilderness Systems invited me to become a member of their pro staff. It was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. So now I get to spend some time talking and writing about my passion.
Our presenter was Stephan Magnelia of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Steve talked about his efforts to use implanted radio transmitters to study the summer behavior of trout stocked in the lower Guadalupe River. His goal is to learn how to improve the number of stocked trout that live through he summer and are available to fisherman the next year.
Our own Bob Pool, who is also know as Big Fly Bob, gave a very informative presentation on how to catch big bass on a fly rod.
Keith Barnes, of Highland Lakes Fly Fishing, was April presenter with a program on white bass fishing
Kevin Hutchison has completed a revised and updated version of Bud Priddy’s book “Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country”. At our March Meeting Kevin discussed the book: its contents, how it was made, its contributors, and future plans. You can find more information about the book at Kevin’s Fish Head Press web site. The book is $24.95 plus tax ($27.00).
For the February club meeting Bill Higdon talked about the Guadalupe river and the lease program. Bill’s web site is In The Hills Fishing Excursions & Fishing Lodge
Follow Bill’s presentation we had a knot tying session for those folks that might want some help with basic knots used in fly fishing. Randy and Brooks provided the knot tying instruction.
January’s program featired Chuck Naiser, the dean of fly fishing guides on the Texas Coast. Come learn how to make the most out of your next trip to the coast for redfish.
This meeting was our annual Christmas Party! As in prior years, the venue was the main Ballroom (upstairs) at Berry Creek Country Club. We raffled off a $710.00 MSRP Sage Bluegill Rod, Line and Matching Reel and several other items. We also had approximately 20 silent auction items, including plenty of non-fly fishing items, such as dinner certificates from local restaurants.
The food was great and a good time was had by all.
Jim Gray presented “Fly Fishing for Carp in the Texas Hill Country”. Until this year, Jim claims his success with carp in Texas has been hit or miss.....mostly miss. “I've had success with carp in the UK, India and Japan, but unlocking the secrets of our Hill Country carp has been difficult. For the past year, I've focused on developing techniques for consistently catching Texas carp on the fly. While I don't consider myself an expert, I have enjoyed some success and would like to share what I've learned with others interested in chasing the golden ghost”. Jim‘s presentation was a practical guide to fly fishing for carp on our Texas Hill Country rivers. The following is a brief summary of Jim’s presentation.
- Once carp sense your presence they will not bite. Even if they are not spooked enough to dart away, they will get lockjaw. So you must try to avoid being seen by wearing dull clothing and being stealthy. Jim says it is best to try to avoid getting into the water at all because it makes it easier for the carp to sense your presence. He tries to cast from the bank when at all possible.
There are four situations in which you might encounter carp, and each has its own fishing method.
- Carp feeding on the surface - Jim casts a size 10 elk hair caddis, with lots of floatant, ahead of and past the carp, then times the strip so that the fly is in front of the carp as it swims by. You can't tell by sight when the carp has taken the fly, so you have to keep the line tight so you can feel the take.
- Carp feeding on the bottom - In this situation the carp look similar to redfish - with their heads down
rooting in the mud and their tails up. Bottom feeding carp are focused on a very small area in front of them,
so you must get the fly into this area and attract the fish's attention. You can do this by casting slightly
ahead of the carp then very slowly twitching the fly when the carp comes near. Once again, you must keep the
line tight so you can feel the take.
Occasionally you will find carp feeding in weed beds near the edge of a stream. In this case they are harder to spook, and you can get close enough to just reach your rod tip out and dapple the fly in front of the fish.
Jims favorite fly for bottom feeding carp is size 8 to 12 olive damsel nymph. The ties the fly by: 1) tying on a gold bead chain eyes, 2) tying down the tip of a marabou feather as the tail, 3) twisting the marabou feather around itself, 4) wrapping the twisted feather around the hook shank to form the flys body.
- Cruising fish - You can stand on a bank, preferably behind some cover, and reach out and drop the fly into the path of the cruising fish. You can also use the carp fly as a dropper, with the dropper line set to the depth of the cruising fish.
- Suspended fish - Jim hasn't figured out a way to catch fish that are neither cruising nor bottom feeding
- Jim fishes with 8 to 10 pound test fluorocarbon leaders. He uses just a single piece of level fluorocarbon, not a tapered leader and tippet. He uses light weight long (7 to 9 feet) leaders for cruising fish and heaver short (3 to 4 feet) for mudding fish
- When a carp feels the hook it will usually immediately, and explosively, take off on a long run.
Jim originally had a lot of fish break off because of this strong sudden reaction. He learned two tricks:
- When you feel the take, just fairly gently lift the rod while slightly elevating the tip (don't strip strike, and don't violently raise the rod tip up over your head)
- Get the fish on the reel as quickly as you can so you can let the drag do the work. While Jim is fishing he tries to keep as little fly line as possible off the reel; when he feels the strike he wants to be able to just drop the line and raise the rod to set the hook and immediately get the fish on the reel. From then on he tries not to touch the line at all and just use the reel's drag to fight the fish.
- When a group of carp is feeding together their competitiveness makes them less wary and more aggressive, and thus easier to catch. Jim says that most of the carp he has caught came from water that is two and a half feet deep, or less.
- Carp are hard to catch. Jim considers it a good day if he catches one or two carp per outing. Now that he has put in the research time to figure out how to catch them, he almost never goes out specifically to fish for carp. Instead, he always carries his carp flies and leaders, and he fishes for them when he happens onto an obvious opportunity to catch feeding (mudding or cruising) fish.
- Jim sometimes chums carp with corn. He did this mostly when he was trying to hone his tactics, but does it sometimes still. Once the corn has drawn the carp in, Jim fishes for them as described above for mudding carp.
The presentation covered the lease access program that is managed by Guadalupe Trout Unlimited, the largest local Trout Unlimited chapter in the United Sates. This program allows participants access to the river through specific private properties throughout the trophy section of the Guadalupe River. As you are probably aware, the Guad has very few public access spots, so this is the most cost effective way to fish large sections of the Guadalupe.
Attendees had the opportunity to sign up for the lease access program, and join TU (membership in TU is a requisite for the access program).
Our program in September was presented by Craig Hunter. Craig is a Lt. Colonel and the Deputy Director of the game wardens of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Craig shared information on the responsibilities of the game wardens in Texas.
Chris Johnson was our speaker at the August meeting. Chris runs the Living Waters Fly Fishing guide service and is the owner of the newly opened Living Waters Fly Fishing fly shop located at 2111 Sam Bass Rd., Suite B-2000A in the Boardwalk shopping center in Round Rock
Kevin Hutchinson demonstrated fly tying before the meeting and then talked about fishing the Llano river. As an added bonus, to make up for the miscommunication last month, Kevin donated a free guided fishing trip on the Llano river which was raffled off at the end of the meeting.
Kevin guides on the hill country rivers. He can be reached through his web site www.hillcountryflyfishers.com
Marcus Rodriguez of The Guides of Texas was our speaker. Marcus and his guiding partner, Johnny Quiroz, have years of experience fishing and guiding on the hill country rivers.
The club elected two new board members: David Elkins and Pete Walker. They will replace outgoing members Bob Williams and Keith Lovin.
The presentation was a DVD titled “Why Fly Fishing”.
By exploring the many facets of the sportthe athletic, the intellectual, the scientific and the artisticthe film shows the deep satisfaction and fun anglers experience. All this is seen through the eyes of some of fly fishing’s foremost practionersJoan Wulff, Nick Lyons, James Prosek, Flip Pallot, John Gierach, the Revel brothers, Keith Fulsher and Diana Rudolph. This film is a great way to introduce the sport to others whom we would like to become interested, and it also helps us to truly understand why we love it so much.
The nominating committee for next year‘s board of directors was announced. The members of the nominating committee are Bob Brooks(Chairman), Tommy Griffis, and Doug Cornwell. Contact one of these committee members if you have anyone, yourself or someone else, you would like to see nominated.
Our March program was a presentation by Dr. Gary Garrett, Director of the TPWD Heart of the Hills Research Station in Ingram, outside Kerrville. He spoke on the current status of the Guadalupe Bass Initiative. This programs objective is to attempt to reverse the hybridization of Guadalupe bass with the introduced Smallmouth, and restore a pure strain of Guadalupe bass to many of the streams where it is native. The program stocks pure strain Guadalupes in large numbers, to effectively overwhelm the hybrid population in a particular watershed. To date, the program has been a success on Johnson Creek, a tributary of the upper Guadalupe, and is continuing in that watershed.
Alvin Dedeaux was our speaker. He gave a presentation on trout fishing in the Guadalupe River.
Alvin was manager of The Austin Angler for the last 12 years it was open and has been guiding in the hill country for over 12 years. Alvin now guides in the Vail area of Colorado during the summer. He has fished all over the Western U.S., in Chile, and a little bit in Honduras and Belize. He is also a graduate of the first ever Joan Wulff fly casting instructors school. He says that when he is not guiding he loves to just go fishing.
Alvin's web site is http://www.alvindedeaux.com. He can be reached via email at email@example.com
Our program was a DVD on stream insects and habitat, with underwater footage.
On Tuesday, December 4, 2007, the San Gabriel Flyfishers had our Third Annual Christmas Party, in conjunction with our regular monthly meeting. As we did last year, the party was be held in the Main Ballroom at Berry Creek Country Club. The program will included:
- Silent Auction with both fly fishing and other prizes (restaurant freebees, etc.)
- Music program
- Raffle for door prizes
Financially, the event was a great success, as the club netted over $900 from the event, after expenses. Kent Conner was the lucky winner of the Sage Fly Rod and Reel, an outfit worth $1000 retail, for one $20 raffle ticket! Way to go, Kent! For those of you not able to attend, you missed a great time, and we hope you have a chance to come next year
Our presenter was Rick Pope of Temple Fork Outfitters who talked about TFO fly rods and reels.
Our presenter was Keith Barnes of Highland Lakes Fly Fishing. Keith specializes in fly fishing trips on the lakes that form the Highland Lakes chain (including stripers on Lake Buchanan)
Keith's web site is www.highlandlakesflyfishing.com .
Our presenter was Jacob Granstaff, owner of Wet a Fly Technologies in San Antonio, Texas. Jacob created his company based around a new epoxy substitute for fly tying called Tuffleye. This new product has been endorsed by Bob Popovics and was presented in the July 2006 issue of Fly Fisherman magazine.
Our presenter was Floyd Burkett builder of bamboo fly rods.
Floyd has lived in Universal City, Texas for the past 20 years. Five years ago he began building bamboo fly rods and taught himself through some intense research and perseverance. After building his first 5 rods using purchased hardware, he purchased some metal working equipment and now makes all of the components for the rods-the guides, seat, and ferrules. Floyd has passion for bamboo!
Floyd can be reached at UCbamboorodmaker@sbcglobal.net or (210) 659-7243
Our speaker was the inimitable Kevin Hutchison.
Kevin give a program on the San Marcos River and also tied a red
squirrel nymph, one of his favorite flies on that river. Club officers for
the coming year were introduced at the meeting. The new officers are:
Randy Johnson - president, Clint Barton - vice president, Kent Conner - secretary,
and Mike Ives - Treasurer.
The six directors for the upcomming year were elected by the membership. The new directors are: Randy Johnson, Clint Barton, Bob Williams, Keith Lovin, George Kurhajec and Brooks Bouldin.
Dr. Guy Harrison, of the Hill Country Fly Fishers, spoke about the Guadalupe Bass restoration initiative and about his club's youth programs.
We saw two videos on smallmouth bass fishing from our president's extensive collection.
Our program was video that took you into the world of some of our top fly rod manufacturers.
Bruce Moring gave a program on entomology for the Hill Country flyfisher and discussed an opportunity for club members to make a trip to the Devil's River and stay at the Nature Conservancy Preserve at Dolan Falls.
Before the evening's presentation, Clint Barton demonstrated how to tie a Zebra Nymph, and Brooks demonstrated how to tie a woven fly body without letting go of the yarn.
Our speaker for the evening was fishing and hunting guide Kevin Stubbs who gave an excellent presentation on fishing the Devil's river, the upper and lower Guadalupe, and the Llano. Kevin can be reached at:
You can use these to contact Kevin about his guide services, and he also graciously offered to respond to any general questions about fishing the area rivers.
The Christmas party was a great success. We had some nice donations on the silent auction tables and they generated $844 and the Sage Rod and Reel raffle netted another $135. Cody Fisher, master magician, provided amazing slight of hand entertainment during the cocktail hour and Mr. Puppet, Bob Abdou, kept the crowd laughing after dinner. Randy and Linda Johnson helped Bob to get us in the Christmas spirit ( see photos with the December president's letter).
Our guest speaker was Johnny Cargill of the Guadalupe Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Six of our members have recently returned from Mountain Home Arkansas where we attended the conclave and/or fished the White River. All had a great time and expressed a desire to return. Ironically, we have an equally good trout fishery within an hour and a half of Georgetown on the Guadalupe (or "Guad" as it is affectionately called by regulars there). While the White is much larger and has larger numbers of fish, the areas on the Guad that are stocked by TU hold lots of fish and the average size is greater. Last year the Guadalupe was named one of the best 100 trout streams in the country. The GRTU chapter has done an outstanding job of stewardship on the river for many years. This year's stocking program is slated to begin around the end of November, if the weather permits. Johnny described Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited's activities and programs, including its stocking programs, its program for acquiring leased access to the river for its members, and its cooperation with other agencies like Texas Parks and WildLife and Texas State University to study and maintain the fishery.
The October 3rd meeting was a swap meet.
Our guest speaker for September was Jack Ellis of Woodville, in the heart of East Texas. Jack is author of "Bassin' With a Fly Rod" and "The Sunfishes" and has contributed numerous articles to magazines and newsletters. Jack's program had a special appeal for those fly fishers making a transition from cold water to warm water fishing. He shared tips and techniques for catching Texas Sunfish; his enthusiasm for these scrappy fighters was obvious.
Kudos to Kevin Hutchison for a spirited and entertaining program at the August meeting. He tied a couple of his favorite flies for Hill Country fishing and presented an interesting slide show. It is easy to see how much Kevin enjoys hill country fly fishing.