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					Montgomery County Flyrodders Newsletter October 2003
Monthly Meeting
NOTICE: Our November 6 meeting will be held in The Woodlands at the Towne Centre Community building located next door to the South Montgomery County Library. Due to the late release of the newsletter you missed a great presentation on Alaska fishing by Dan Edwards. Dan just arrived back in town from a month in Alaska during late August and September. While Dan did do the honorable service of being a guide for his wife the first 10 days he did manage to catch most of the major species that are found in the Alaskan waters during the remainder of his trip. It was truly a nature lover’s dream trip filled with lots of bears, birds, and other furry creatures of the Alaska wilderness. As I stated previous the rest of the month was filled by Dan with days along the rivers and streams from Denali National Park to the extremes of the Katmai peninsula. That means he put in more days dragging salmon out of fabled waters than most people do in 4 trips to Alaska. Although he did not have his slides he promises to have them available soon for another look at Alaska fishing. What we failed to tell you is that all of this was done without guides and expensive float trips or fly-in service to remote sections of Alaska. So if you are ready to plan next year’s excursion to Alaska, have Dan fill you in on the way to do Alaska on a self-guided low cost trip soon!
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Reviews
Sept Meeting Richard from Woodlands Seafood demonstrated several ways to clean fish and freeze them. He had some very good points which I will try to list  Oxidation causes freezer burn  Freeze fish whole - there are no exposed surfaces to oxidize  Use a horse comb to scale fish like flounder and speckled trout  Use ½ pound of fish per adult serving  Do not salt fish before cooking, it dries it out  Wrap filets in plastic wrap then meat paper to freeze  Do not leave in freezer more than 3 months if wrapped and frozen  A vacuum packer is the best way to freeze fish, it keeps indefinitely  Thaw frozen fish for 24 hrs in the refrigerator, don’t put in microwave or hot water  Cook fish 10 min at 375 deg for each inch of max thickness  When fileting redfish, cut through the first two ribs and leave them on the filet. Then cut around the others carefully. Cut the two ribs and the pin bones out of the filet while the skin is still on. This increases the meat yield a couple ounces on a 3 pound fish. Cooking suggestions: Marinate speckled trout filets for 12 min in teriyaki sauce then grill. Marinate redfish for 20 min in teriyaki sauce and cook on grill with the skin and scales still on. Richard buys his knives at www.eknifeworks.com, They are made by Victorinox and he seldom used a filet knife. His main knife had a heavy curved blade.

Christmas Party Nadine’s is closed down and up for sale so we will be holding our Christmas Party at Taipe on the south bound feeder of I-45 just north of Sawdust Rd. It is Sunday evening, Dec. 7. We will have door prizes, silent auctions and raffles as usual. We plan to buy a few large items such as a rod or a reel and a $250.00 gift certificate. Please consider donating

something if you can. Our donations from fly fishing businesses have dropped considerably over the last few years. Almost anything of value is acceptable. My daughter talked the plastic surgeon where she works into donating a microdermabrasion treatment valued at $100.00. We will have some fly fishing trips for sale.. Club Treasurer — Paul Heinzer We want to thank Paul Heinzer for his long dedication to the club for his role as our club’s Treasurer. He has elected to resign due to extensive travel plans in 2004. So when you next see Paul have him tell you of all the places he is heading to in 2004. By the way, I’ve put in my bid as baggage handler for the more exotic places already! In that same discussion we now need anyone with a burning desire to take over that position. Due to the high finances involved a complete background check will be necessary on the final candidates. If you do not speak up by the November meeting then the IN-voluntary nomination and voting at our October meeting will be official. That candidate hung up and gagged was Kirby Thomson (but really folks it was done proper like). As such we will be needing someone to take over the newsletter or at least volunteer to be Associate Editor. There is lot’s of money to be counted and such.

Goin Fishing ?
Local Waters
Saltwater Mike Riebold went to Seawolf Park this past month and landed a monster redfish. Measured size was 37 inches and in anyone’s book that is true bragging rights! Way to go Mike!

Destinations
No reports this month.

The Frugal Gearhead Speaks!
Why should I pass out hints? Because I have about 55years of experience (mostly bad ) and I have made more mistakes than anybody in the club. About 15 years ago, the stodgy business of flytying began to change due to the introduction of synthetics, foams, and better adhesives. Better underwater observation of aquatic critters has permitted better hatch matching and more impressionistic artificials. Materials- Initially, buy white material and a set of permanent markers. Those very expensive, high quality dry fly capes are not necessary now, as most successful dry flys are tied without vertical hackles (paraduns and no-hackle dry flys). The “Catskill” style dry flys and salmon flys are now mainly relegated to shadow boxes. If you must tie those beautiful “Catskill flys” , those small boxes of genetic hackles (10 to 20 flys to a hackle) should suffice. I use monofilament thread for almost all of my tying. It is very strong, unobtrusive, forgiving and even my hair bugs look no worse than using special thread. No monofilament, 7 x tippet will do. I use super glue for almost all of my tying. Use super glue on the thread under parachute hackles and let it dry--no knots needed. Do not get the glue in hook eyes!! The glue has a distressing tendency to “wick” into materials and to harden in the container. Keep the containers vertical and be sure that the tube aperture is large enough for the glue to drain back into the container. Don’t overlook water base and rubber/silicon glues, paints and finishes. Early “glues” were melted waxes, varnish and lacquer (still used), cellulose glue and “clear dope”. Need to align materials or feathers--a touch of glue does wonders. Great shaped wings--use fixative on the feather. I am not very good at dubbing--rub a tiny bit of silicon glue on thread and become an expert. Silicon glue and soapy fingers can form fly bodies. Tools- Do not buy; or modify, round-handled tools. They tend to roll off the working surface. D. Houchin explained that to me. Scissors are supposed to be left on the hand (only for professionals). Scissors are like finger-nail clippers, about 1 in 10 are perfectly adjusted. Try them out before buying.! Fiskars used to be a good budget-buy brand. Most tying scissors are made in Pakistan. Quality control appears to be getting better. Dr. Slick seems to have the best control on these mediumpriced tools. I like a serrated blade. Klein 6 inch electric wire scissors will take care of your heavy-duty fly and wire cutting jobs. Throw away those primitive stones and files, buy an EZE diamond hook sharpener (less than $10). Always sharpen into the hook. Use a half-hitch tool (usually a hole in the back of a bodkin) to push back and accurate place a hitch on hair bug

bodies. Used dental tools have many uses. A supply of toothpicks also have many uses. A pencil sharper makes very good balsa pencil popper bodies. Holders & Hangers-I bore various size holes in boards to hold tools, containers and threads. Large deck screws make good and easy multiple thread holders. The round, transparent, screw-together sewing and bead containers work well, especially for traveling kits. Even better are the small (empty) craft acrylic paint containers. I use large bottle caps to mix epoxy. Alligator clips cemented to nails/toothpicks make good fly holders, as do electrical clamps. I find sealing, file-size transparent envelops in a ring binder makes a good container for many materials, especially for the traveling kit. General-Do your flies look ugly? Epoxy the heads and put eyes on them. Dan H. told you how to paint eyes and I can only emphasize his suggestion-Practice on a rounded object. Painted and stick-on eyes can be emphasized by a large rounded drop of 5 minute epoxy. Your flys will look great! RJS

Conversation Corner
Robert ‘Bob’ Sigsby

Marine fish management appears to be an oxymoron. Most of these agencies have concerned themselves with yields, limits, and single, separate species. The resulting laws do not work. The Magnuson Act of 1976 extended our territorial waters to 200 miles and stopped foreign vessels from killing “our” fish, but subsidized the U.S. fleet to double its size. The Pew Commission (mentioned in earlier articles) is enlightening in that it examined how the fish were caught, damaged or killed and how the habitat is damaged. As expected, bottom trawls were the most damaging.. Think clear cutting. On average, each square foot of the world’s continental shelves is raised every two years (Pew Commission). This exceeds the area of forest clear cut by a factor of 150 (E. Norse). All but two percent of the 235,000 known sea animals live on the bottom. Bottom trawls crush the bottom “structure” and ensure a very high by-kill. Long line fishing is also very destructive. The New England fisheries Council has permitted our fishers to kill four times as many cod as the NMSF believes are sustainable. Current studies have shown that about one quarter of all fish caught by commercial fishermen worldwide have been dumped at sea as by-kill. Why should fly rodders care? First we like high end seafood, second the same management agencies and techniques will be applied to species such as stripers, bluefish, salmon, steelhead, weakfish, mackerels, billfish and tunas. Finally, as John Muir noted, “When you tug on a single thing in nature you find that it’s connected to the rest of the world”. We cannot continue to deal with fish as single species. RJS

Loose Ends

Woodland Residents If you see someone keeping fish from one of the Park Ponds that is marked “Please Release All Fish”, you can call 936273-4990 and menu option 9 to report them. The superintendent on duty will talk to them and if they are caught a second time they will be fined $250.00. It helps to get license plate numbers when you report them. Club Loaner Equipment The club has numerous rods and reels with lines to loan to club members. We also have 8 fly tying vises and various tools. These are very inexpensive vises but will work for a beginner trying to see if he likes fly tying. Also Bob Sigsby and Dan Houchin each have a Hobie Cat kick boat that club members can borrow.

Web Page Any member who is interested in getting a photo on our web page can send a hard copy or an electronic version to Dan Houchin. Anyone who wants an article put in the newsletter can send it to Kirby Thomson in electronic form please. Casting Instruction Don’t forget Dan Houchin is a FFF Certified Basic Casting Instructor. Dan will give a one hour private casting lesson to a club member for a $10.00 donation to the club. If this cost is too high, give him a call and he will work something out. 936-321-3373 or tally@txucom.net

Mark your calendar for the following events!
October 9 –Fly Tying at Mike Hurst home. November 6th – Monthly Meeting November 13th – Fly Tying Evening December 7th – Christmas Dinner and Fund Raiser

Want something special in your newsletter? Then bring all the suggestions to Kirby Thomson or send email to him at kthomson@houston.rr.com . Want to submit an article? Then send them in too! Questions or Suggestion write to: Montgomery County Flyrodders 83 W. Summer Storm Circle The Woodlands, TX 77381


				
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