Somewhat new member, Jeff Sasser, made his first trip with us out to the Chandeleurs last weekend. Here is a nice shot of a stringer of specks that he put together. Jeff reports, that it was “a fantastic time” and “an amazing experience.” Way to go Jeff and thanks for sending the photo!”
Don’t forget to send us a photo of recent fishing trips, nature shots, fly tying successes, recipe triumphs, etc. email@example.com and thanks!
Our next meeting is on Tuesday, September 5 at the OSYC at 6pm, (update) but Tom will come by around 5pm with lots of new and different rigs for you to try. Many of you know Tom Jindra. Tom represents TFO and other manufacturers. He is a Master Casting Instructor, emeritus member of the FFI-CBOG, and recipient of perhaps fly fishing’s highest honor, the Lapis Lazuli award. Tom also was instrumental in contributing the brand new “TFO rod of your choice” that we raffled off for a number of years. We are very fortunate to have him visit so don’t miss this one!
Our introductory classes and most of the seminars will be held on Saturday, but there will be casting workshops and testing, as well as the banquet and auction on Friday.
Remember that the Fair donates about half of its proceeds to our own Gulf Coast Research Lab. So please support this great event which brings many of the best in fly fishing right here to Ocean Springs every year. We need volunteers for registration and Friday set up as well as donations for our auctions and raffles.
Many thanks to several members who are doing a lot of work with PR and to promote the Fair locally, Syd who will active with casting workshops and testing, Tom Herrington who will be tying this year, and both Tom and Jeff who are donating loaded fly boxes. See our Gulf Coast Council website for schedules and more details at http://gulfcoastfff.org/.
Fish Fry Fun!!! – a couple photos of the “frying crew” at last Saturday’s annual event at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club – lots and lots of fryin’, food and fun – many thanks to everyone who helped out, contributed food or bought a ticket – without a doubt, the best fish fry on the Gulf Coast!
Our annual fish fry is coming up on the evening of Saturday, August 12 at the OSYC. This is the best old fashioned fish fry on the Gulf Coast. Real fresh, local, fish. Mostly speckled trout (none of that import stuff) with “fixin’s” and lots of home made desserts for only $10 a plate. Bring your friends and do not miss this one!
We will need lots of volunteers, fillet donations and desserts. Watch for more details to follow.
Here are some photos from Dauphin Island. We had a few folks who could not make the trip, but we still managed to catch some nice sized specks, reds, pompano and a few huge lady fish. A nice trip and many thanks to Mark for captaining in his panga, Todd, who also brought his boat, and everyone else who brought food and drink and lots of fun.
Our July meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 (one week later than usual due to the July 4th holiday) at the OSYC at 6pm. Fishing friend and ESFF founding member, Captain Tim Diehl will come by to talk with us about the outstanding fly fishing for Tarpon that he has had this Spring in the Florida Keys. We will also be discussing HOSSFLYs continued affiliation with the FFI and upcoming events including our August Fish Fry. See you there!
The weather has been so rough that we didn’t get around to our first “wet wade” of the year until May 9 – here are a nice sized pompano and speck caught on that “recon” trip for our upcoming beach outings – hopefully the first of many more to follow this Spring! – fishing was tough – the “meat rod” fishers were not catching many fish either but still a beautiful day on the water – both fish hit a Pompano Rocket. Don’t forget to send us some photos and thanks!
– Jeff Deuschle