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What's new as of January 19, 2015 - issue #395

Up Coming Events.

    2015 outings:
  • Jan saltwater - Chocolate Bayou
  • Feb freshwater - Broken Bow
  • Feb Saltwater - Prison Permit
  • Mar Freshwater - Livingston Dam
  • Mar Saltwater - Bolivar Marsh
  • Current Speakers line up:
  • Jan. - Steve Holensend - Casting/Bass
  • Feb. - Jim Pepper - Author/ Story Teller
  • March - Steve Soule - Shallow water
  • April - Cameron Cipponeri

The Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival

Many of you will notice a change in the name of Texas FlyFishers Annual Fly Tying Festival. In 2009, the club’s Board of Directors proclaimed that “henceforth the festival would be known as the Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival” as a tribute to Ed for being the driving force behind the Festival’s inception and his dedication to spreading his knowledge of the art of fly tying and the sport of fly fishing.

Now that the "formalities" are out of the way...

The Festival Details

Ladies and gentlemen, the Texas FlyFishers would like to invite you to attend our 23nd Annual Dr. Ed Rizzolo Fly Tying Festival on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at Bethany Christian Church, located at 3223 Westheimer, Houston, Texas. The hours will be from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm.

This year's featured guest will Drew Chicone is an Author, Fly Designer, Photographer, Instructor, Lecturer, and Materials Expert whose passion for teaching the art of fly tying has inspired numerous how to articles and detailed instructional guides. His innovative patterns are sold in fly shops all over the world and his articles and photographs appear frequently in magazines and online publications such as Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, This is Fly Magazine, Hatches Magazine, The Fiberglass Manifesto, Fly & Light Tackle Angler Magazine, Front Range Angler Magazine, Florida Sportsman Magazine and Saltwater Flies of the Southeast & Gulf Coast by Angelo Peluso. In 2013, Drew partnered with Stackpole Books to publish his forth book; Feather Brain - Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns. His other titles include, Snook Flies, Essential Bonefish Flies • Andros & Essential Permit Patterns. He has recently released his latest book, Redfish Flies, available in soft cover and e-book.

Recently Drew was accepted into the Outdoor Writers Association of America, he also is a member of the Dyna-King Pro Tyer Team, Clear Cure Goo Pro Tyer Team, an Ambassador for Nucanoe, as well as a Royalty Tyer for the Orvis Company. One of Drew’s latest tying accomplishments was winning the “Iron Fly Tyer” Competition held at the 2014 ICast/IFTD Convention in Orlando, FL.

Drew is a member of the Tarpon and Bonefish Trust, and plays an active role in the preservation of local fisheries by donating his time to Mote Marine’s Snook and Tarpon research programs. He enjoys instructing in person and on camera and has made several instructional videos. He is known for his willingness to help fly tiers young and old improve their skills at the vise. Drew is an entertaining and knowledgeable presenter, with an animated sense of humor and a high-energy personality that draws in the audience.

 For more info on Drew or his latest works, please visit his website and blog. For product reviews, tip, tricks and more, feel free to subscribe to the Monthly Newsletter the Salty Fly Tying Chronicle or join Salty Fly Tying on Facebook.

Scribbled, January 8, 2015

Trout in the Classroom

For the forth year, Texas FlyFishers of Houston is proud to announce our support and association with the Katy Independent School District for their involvement in the "Trout in the Classroom Project". 'Trout in the Classroom' is a world wide project, with participation by:

Scribbled, January 11, 2015

Texas FlyFishers of Houston Annual Auction

Save the date, May 2, 2015, for the Texas FlyFishers Annual Auction. The public is invited to come by and scoop up the deal of a lifetime on fly-fishing gear, fishing art, outdoor gear or some great guided trips.

Not sure if this sport is for you? Come out and visit with some of the areas most avid fly fishermen and find out.

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Where: Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby Drive.
Addmission is free.
Lunch will be served at noon. Tickets for lunch and raffle will be available at the door.

Silent Auction from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Live Auction from noon to 1:30 pm.

Directions: Traveling South on the Southwest Freeway / US 59: Exit Kirby Drive ( right ) and go North apps. 7/10th mile to Westheimer Rd. Turn Left and go apps. 3/10th mile and Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., will be on your left.

Directions: Traveling North on the Southwest Freeway / US 59: Exit Kirby Drive and go North ( left ), under the overpass, apps. 7/10th mile to Westheimer Rd. Turn Left and go apps. 3/10th mile and the Bethany Christian Church, 3223 Westheimer Rd., will be on your left.

For additional information on this Auction or, the Texas FlyFishers, visit our website

The Texas FlyFishers is a 501 (c)(3) Organization and a member of the Texas Council of the International Federation of Fly Fishers

Posted January 19, 2015

Padre Island National Seashore Trip

Here is the summary, so there is no need to read further:
  • 1. 7 of us made the trip
  • 2. We caught some fish
  • 3. It rained
  • 4. Travel was relatively easy
  • 5. A good time was had by all

Updated, October 21, 2014

Conservation Committee

This is a copy of the presentation made to the Texas FlyFishers by Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr., CCI at the club’s September General Meeting, September 30, 2014.

Fly Fishig in South Texas

Dr Rameris website.

Copyright 2014 Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr. All Rights Reserved

posted, October 02, 2014

Dates and details for the Texas FlyFishers Education Programs and Courses scheduled for the coming 2015 year have been posted.

Posted, August 24, 2014

George Sutherlands cut throat

Club Stuff

Pay your dues with PayPal

Membership dues for Texas FlyFishers cover the Club fiscal year - from 01 July through 30 June - so if you haven't already done so it is time to renew. Our dues have been unchanged for the last fifteen years and this year we have added a PayPal membership dues payment option for those of you that prefer the convenience of electronic payment. You do not need a PayPal account to use this feature and can pay with your credit card. Using PayPal means that the club website does not have access to any of your billing information. If you are not comfortable with electronic payment systems please use the conventional SnailMail option. See the Membership page for more details.

Club Meetings

Club Meetings are held at the Bayland Community Center in Bayland Park on the last Tuesday of the month starting around 6:30 and over by 9. The Harris County District 3 Bayland Park Community Center is located at 6400 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77074. The phone number at the center is (713) 2081-9951. To find the community center within the park download and print this Bayland Park map. For directions, go to this Interactive Map and Directions site.

posted 17 July 2008

Executive Committee Meeting is at The Goode company (Up stairs)- The second Tuesday after the monthly meeting, starting at 6:30. The Goode Company, 10211 Katy Fwy Houston, TX 77024. On the south side of I-10 between Voss and Campbell.

The membership is encouraged to attend.

This meeting sometimes floats to accommodate work schedules. Check with a committee member before attending.

updated 03 August 2014

You can buy Official Texas FlyFisher shirts at The Store

posted 20 August 2011Responsible Fishing Bone Fish

Other Stuff

An interactive map of places members of the Texas FlyFishers have fished.

Link to TFF Fishing Map

If you have a place you have fished and would like to share it with the membership, please feel free to do so. Please note: This is a location and accessability map, not fishing reports. Reports go elsewhere in the forums.

If a location already exist, do not add another. ie Back to reports in the forum.

Instructions on how to enter your new locatin should be on the left hand column. If you have problems please contact Me the administrator and I will try to find out what is wrong. Please be as detailed as possible, I'm not a mind reader.

Texas River Guide from TPandWDTexas River Access

"There are 3,700 named streams and 15 major rivers that meander through 191,000 miles of Texas landscape. These vastly important aquatic ecosystems play a major role in protecting water quality, preventing erosion, and providing nutrients and habitat for fish and wildlife. Along the way, water that eventually flows into seven major estuaries, supports over 212 reservoirs, countless riparian habitats, wetlands, and terrestrial areas. Each year Texas rivers and streams provide recreational opportunities to millions of Texans and visitors from all over the world.
The Texas River Guide provides river enthusiasts with an ever growing source for internet based information related to Texas Rivers. However, rivers are a natural resource that can be dangerous. When planning to recreate on rivers your individual skill level or the skill level of the least experienced person in your river party should dictate the level of river activities you should participate in."
The guide provides information on access to the rivers in Texas but it is not yet complete. Check it out at Texas River Guide .

Attendance: Christmas Party 97.

Tues Tie Flyers

Tues Nite Tie Flyers

January 2015 Meeting

Our speaker for January 2015 will be Steve Hollensed . Steve began fishing Lake Texoma in the 1960's and Lake Ray Roberts immediately after its completion in 1987. He now guides fly anglers on those productive waters in search of inland stripers, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass.

Steve is also an IFF Master Certified Casting Instructor and is a member of the IFF Casting Board of Governors. He will be speaking to the club about fly fishing for bass.


So, if you are interested in learning about fly fishing for bass and in picking up some casting tips, if you are interested in watching some fine fly tyers before the meeting; or, if you just want to visit and mingle with others interested in the sport of fly fishing, come on by, you are welcome and we would be glad to have you.

About the Club

The socail scene before the meeting begins.

The social scene before the meeting begins.

A Houston based non-profit organization associated with the Federation of Fly Fishers and dedicated to the promotion of fly fishing education, conservation, and outdoors ethics.

The Texas FlyFishers of Houston was founded in 1976 by a group of avid fly fishermen. Their objectives then, as ours are now, were to share their knowledge of fly fishing with one another and others who wanted to learn, to help in conserving our natural resources, to enjoy the camaraderie of fly fishing, and to have a good time doing it.

We have an active club with a full range of activities. There is something for everyone, from beginner to expert, from the very young to those who remember when all fly rods were made of cane, and for all skill levels, from those who haven't yet held a fly rod to those who can cast more fly line than you can buy.

Texas FlyFishers

Attendance varies between 50 and 70 each month.

Conservation Column

Responsible Fishing

posted, November 26, 2014

Catch and Release Flyer

posted, November 26, 2014

Recent Legislative Accomplishments in the area of Conservation.

posted, JANUARY 21, 2015