Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at the OSYC around 6pm depending on pre-meeting activities. We will have a presentation from Brian Little at Sabine Skiffs, who will be bringing a boat for us to look at. Other topics should include the pending Dauphin Island trip on 6/10, a “boom or bust” Tarpon trip report from one member’s late May trip, plus other pending Spring outings. As always, watch for more details in your club emails and we hope to see you there!
(Updated 4/28/17) – Here is a reprint of our current email concerning the meeting…
Please remember the upcoming meeting of Hossfly at OSYC on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6:00 PM.
1. Guest Presenter:
Caleb Turner of Turner Bamboo Fly Rods with outdoor demonstration.
******Come try a rod at 5:30 pm on the back lawn of the OSYC******
Caleb will have Tibor and Hardy reels (they are distributors for these reels also) on the rods but if you would like to try you favorite 8 or 9 wt reel bring it along.
Turner Rods will off a special 20 % discount to members purchasing a Tibor or Hardy reel as a result of the event.
He will demonstrating or discussing the techniques used in bamboo rod building during the presentation…
Also in addition to fishing reports, we should be discussing our upcoming fishing trips to the barrier islands and Dauphin Island. As always, watch our calendar page and club member emails for further details.
Our ~ monthly outing was a day trip down to some of the mid Chandeleur islands. We post a lot of great fishing trips, but this one was tough. Wind, waves and visibility were worse than expected and we waded all day for just a few fish. But… newer member Fred Pike did manage to land his first red fish on fly so we were all pretty happy about that!
After some island hopping we finally found some beautiful clear water and began to spot some reds. We got Fred positioned with the Sun and wind at his back overlooking a nice shallow cut and it wasn’t long before he was whoopin’ and hollerin’ and bowed up to his first redfish on fly. A nice day and many thanks to Mark for organizing and captaining this trip.
Here is the current club email about the Dauphin Island Trip…
Our annual Dauphin Island get together is coming up on “Alabama Free Fishing Day,” Saturday, June 10. This is great, accessible wade fishing on miles of beach with no Alabama license required on that day. Last year we had a number of specks and pompano caught very early in the morning. This year, a few of us will be fishing the lights and full moon the night beforehand and our regular plan has been to have folks get together for “luncheon and lyin'” after fishing together on Saturday morning. We already have a good group committed so please come and join us! RSVP only if you will be attending to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can update you on further plans and keep an eye out for you. See you there!
Our April meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm at the OSYC. We should have reports from our club trip out to one of our favorite Chandeleur locations and other fishing trips as well. Watch your email for further details and updates. See you there!
A few photos from the January 23 trip out to Chandeleur. We’ve heard that Tim “abused” the speckled trout on their last morning. The fly in that redfish’s mouth was one that Tim and Mark tied the night before. Sounds like another great trip; fishin’, fly tyin’, and friends. Many thanks to Mike Arguelles for sending us the photos.
Mark Tscheulin made his first fly fishing trip to Southern Florida. He stayed at Chokoloskee Island
Park and Marina on Chokoloskee Island in the 10,000 islands of Florida just south of Fort Meyers. His
trip was enhanced when a fly fisherman from Texas showed up and they hired Captain Buddy Ferber
of www.evergladesflyfishingcharters.com to take them into the back country. Buddy was an excellent
guide and flats skiff handler, showing them a pristine environment with very little fishing pressure.
Mark hooked caught his first Snook and found several more along with some Redfish. He also cast
close to an Alligator but intentionally left it alone. During his stay on the island he made several trips
into the mangroves in his skiff to catch specks and redfish. – Mark
We really hammered ’em! – and these photos might suggest that the fish were everywhere. Not so! The weather was very foggy, cold and damp and we fished hard that first afternoon for no fish and one big dose of ice cold water down the back of my waders! Then we hiked for hours on the second morning with only a couple of fish each.
Things were looking pretty grim until we found “The Hole.” As they will do in the winter, these specks were all bunched up in a warm, deep hole and Rod and I caught one on nearly every cast with an occasional big red thrown in as well. Fat, big trout and one of the best trips we ever had!
Anita Arguelles and others present a beautiful Shadowboxed Tarpon fly to Read Hendon, Associate Director for the USM – Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. The award was presented at our December party on behalf of theIFFF – Gulf Coast Council in recognition of the Lab’s leadership in marine research, conservation and education and our cherished relationship with them.