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.
Last month Todd, Mark and I seized a calm day to run across to the Biloxi Marsh. We found clear water in some of the interior creeks and began to spot good numbers of nice sized, single reds.
The poling in the mud was really tough and Todd worked hard to get Mark a few shots at fish. After he changed to a big “LSU colored,” purple and chartreuse fly, the next redfish charged his presentation and the fight was on! The fattest 28″ red I ever saw towed Mark round and round and under the boat, but he finally landed his first big red on the fly rod. We had a big time!
Thanks also to Todd for the photos. It’s getting to be the best time of the year for those big reds, so Happy Holidays and get out there and get ’em and send us some pictures!
New member, Tom Dempsey, bumped into big schools of Redfish, Bonito and Lookdown off the Mississippi barrier islands on a recent trip. Tom is new to Hossfly, but an accomplished fly fisher, CCI and partner in the Gulf Coast Fly Fishing School. For the past two years Tom also has chaired the casting programs at our annual Fly Fishing Fair. Thanks, Tom!
Last weekend 29 Aug 16, Hossfly President and her first Man made their first trip to Branson MO and fly fished two days. Anita booked a trip through River Run Outfitters. We had the guy who brought Float Boats to Missouri. Jim Lund, aka “Ugly” was a cop in Cadillac, MI. For over 20 years, he “moonlighted” for an area fly shop as a guide on the Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Au Sable rivers running a Fishrite drift boat. When he retired, he moved to Arkansas and guided on the White River in Arkansas for a while. Fate was on our side and he walked in to River Run shop in 2000 and we started talking drift boats. Jim took the owners under his wing and taught them everything he could about drift boat fly fishing.
Our half day trip started within site of the Table Rock Lake dam and fished the first mile of a 3 mile float to a takeout in Hollister. The boat was comfortable and the guide knowledgeable. He supplied fly rods. There were six rigged and ready. One with streamers another with strike indicators to hold two patterns close to the bottom. Jim accessed the dam on line twice to see the details of current operation. He said two generators were running. The flow rate was a factor of the river elevation at the dam. He noted a change from the earlier check from 704.1 ft to 704.9. Armed with this information he determined how much weighted leader was needed to keep our patterns in the strike zone. We caught and released 12 rainbows. We really enjoyed the trip and would highly recommend Jim as a guide.
The next day we took a little road trip from Branson Area and fished the Roaring River. It’s a natural spring fed river with a huge fish hatchery at the head. Pools between rock jetty wares were just full of big rainbows. This area is heavily fished by all types of anglers. The limit is 4 per person. Anita released the two she caught and I released the two I caught just before they got hooked good.
The pictures attached are 1) float boat on the trailer. Two angler seats with stand up capability. 2) Rainbow Anita caught 12” range 3) Jim Lund Fishing guide at the helm 4) Hatchery biologist at the Roaring River Hatchery, counting fish? – Mike Arguelles
Who says dog days fishing is tough! I lucked into my first Jack Crevalle on fly over on Pensacola Bay fishing with Todd and Baz Yelverton. The Jack hit a big white popper, ran way into my backing and worked me to death for ~ half an hour. Todd caught a nice False Albacore and we missed a few more strikes.
The weekend before, Todd and I combined for 22+ pompano on the beaches, a near best for both of us. He and Chuck tore the specks up near the same spot only two days later! No shots of the pompano as we had waded a long way from our tackle bags. The second photo is of my “scalped” pompano rocket after catching all those fish! – Jeff Deuschle
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A few of us went out to the Marsh on the last weekend of June. Fishing was tough, but we were able to sight cast to a few – flat, clear water and a beautiful day. We found a huge rookery of Roseate Spoonbills and got a nice picture. Many thanks to Todd Thomas for the photos!
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For those that missed the Facebook posts, here are a few shots from our June trip. We didn’t “slay ’em,” but a number of fish were caught. With some of the early guys taking multiple specks and pomps! We had a great time and there were lots of flies, tips and fish stories trading hands over lunch. Thanks to our Alabama friends and members who joined us for the fun!
Some Alabama members and friends have been having some big days on the beaches in May. Lots of multiple pompano days and limits of large specks! Fishing has been really good and hopefully will continue for our Alabama trip in early June. Watch for details, don’t miss out on this trip and check out the Eastern Shore Fly Fishers Facebook page for more photos!