A site for inshore fly fishermen and tyers.
This site combines communication between the Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association and Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyers Club.
Annual Awards Banquet January 19, 2018
The annual LMFFA fly club Awards Banquet for the year will be Friday evening the 19th of January at 7 pm at Stefanos Pizza in Harlingen, Texas. $30 per couple includes a buffet dinner with entrees , pizza, and Ceasar salad.
If you are not a current club member you can sign up at the banquet.
We are raffling off many items, a custom made fly rod, a three day guided fly fishing trip for the winner and a guest, at a cabin North of Port Mansfield. Food and housing are included. Part-day guided bay fishing trips, fly lines, flies, fly tying materials, casting lessons, and many more items, even some special things for the ladies who do not fish. Everything you will need to fly-fish or learn to, from A to Z.
We will be awarding Larry Haines 1st place painting trophies to all the yearly club winners.
We even have a yearly photo entry winner!
3 Fish 3 Day Tournament
The annual 3 Fish 3 Day Tournament is December 2nd, 3rd, and 9th. Registration is Friday December 1 at the Bass Pro in Harlingen at 7:00PM. Basically you can fish all three days or only 1 and the longest combination of redfish, trout and skipjack wins. Registration is $10.00. Awards and Christmas Party at the Woelfel's (King's Court SPI) at 6:00 on December 9th.
First Thursday is December 7th at the Bass Pro in Harlingen. Charlie Villareal is the featured tyer. Starting time is 7:00 PM.
Beach Trip November 11
The annual beach trip is November 11. Meet at the South Padre Island Convention Center at 6:00AM. We can then transfer to 4 wheel drives and go up the beach. Plan on fishing as we go with a stop of a picnic lunch at the jetties or elsewhere. After the trip there will be a social at Stanley and Leslie Woelfel's on the Island stating at 6:00 PM. The address is King's Court (park outside the gate and climb the stairs on the first building to the Right).
First Thursday November 2
First Thursday is November 2 at the Laguna Vista venue. Mike Kreider will tie a spoon fly variant. Refreshments and pizza will be available.
The LMFFA and Heroes on the water are sponsoring a Kayak trip on October 21, Registration ($10.00) is Friday October 20 starting at 6 PM at Stefano's Restaurant (4201 US Highway 83, Harlingen). All kayakers will meet at 7 AM at the boat launch in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island and proceed from there.
First Thursday is October 5
First Thursday is October 5th at the Bass Pro Fly Shop in Harlingen at 6:00 PM. Rey Ramirez will show how to tie his Peyton's Redfish Shrimp.
The Magoo Tournament is September 30th from 6AM to 3PM. Registration and rules will be at the Bass Pro Restaurant in Harlingen from 6 to 9 PM on Friday September 29th. Registration fee is $25.
Social and Awards presentation will be at the home of Bryan and Michelle Robinson, 27074 FM 1846 in San Benito. The Social starts at 6PM and is free to all members, whether you fish the tournament or not.
Remember we value your presence and smiling faces!!
First Thursday September 7
We will meet at the Card Room at the South Padre Island Golf Course Club House , Laguna Vista at 6:0PM. Rey Ramirez is the featured tyer and will show how to tie Peyton's Redfish Shrimp. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
Redfish Roundup and Social
We will have the annual Redfish Roundup on August 19th with a Social to follow at 6:00 PM at the Bass Pro restaurant . Particulars and registration for the Roundup will be on Friday August 18th at the Bass Pro restaurant at 7:00 PM. You do not have to fish to attend the Social.
First Thursday is August 3
The First Thursday fly tying event will be at Bass Pro in Harlingen at 6:00PM. Joseph Mendrano is the featured tyer
Free Fly casting lessons July 29
The last of the July fly casting lessons will be July 29th at the Bass Pro in Harlingen at 10:00AM.
1st Thursday is July 6
First Thursday in July is the 6th at the South Padre Island Golf Course in Laguna Vista. Joseph Mendrano is the featured tyer.The event starts at 6:00PM.
The LMFFA and the Valley Sportsmans Club will jointly sponsor a Guides night at the Casa de Amistad (Fair Park Blvd., Harlingen) on February 23 at 7:00PM. Speakers include Eric Glass, Skipper Ray, and others to be announced. Topics will include Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Snook, and Tarpon. There will be raffles for custom rods. Please plan to attend this special event.
First Thursday February 4, 2017
The February First Thursday will take place art the Bass Pro Fly Shop in Harlingen on February 4. Luke Lewis will be tying a craft fur bait fish. See You There!!
LMFFA ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET Is January 14, 2017
The Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for January 14 at 6:30 PM at the South Padre Island Brew Pub. In addition to the awards there will be raffles for 1 day boat trips, rods, reels, and other equipment. There will also be a separate raffle for the 4 day cabin trip. These meetings are always a lot of fun. See You There !!
The Original Spoon Fly
On March 8, 2016 Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez will demonstrate how to tie a simple version of a spoon fly. Tyers will leave with a simply constructed spoon fly and a template to tie some more when they get home. Simple to tie, simple to cast, and a sure-fire fish catchin' fly.
The fly tying event will be held at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room next to the bowling alley at 6:30 p.m.
Braided Shrimp March 3, 2016
Charlie Villareal will be tying his braided shrimp pattern at First Thursday. At 6:00 in the new venue, 1 Ocelot Trail Road, in Laguna Vista. Materials provided as well as pizza and beverages. See You There!!
Lefty's Bonefish Shrimp, February 9, 2016
Join us on Tuesday, February 9th at Bass Pro Shop to tie Lefty's Bonefish Shrimp. Mark Machado will be giving us the know how to tie this pattern. It looks like its just as effective on inshore species on the Laguna Madre as it is on the bonefish flat.
We'll be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room and you're invited.
First Thursday February 4, 2016
The regular First Thursday Flying Social will be held at 600 in our new location, 1 Ocelot Trail Road, in Laguna Vista. Clint Welding will be tying his articulated marvel. See you there.
LMFFA Awards Banquet Results
If you missed the Awards Banquet you missed a great event. These are the results_
Clint Welding Trout and Skipjack
Leslie Woelfel Redfish
Jim Carey Flounder
Joseph Mendrano Snook
Marcus Montalvo Black Drum
Roy Lopez Tarpon
Grand Champion 2015 Clint Welding
Past Champions Champion Spencer Gaille
Photograph Clint Welding
LMFFA Annual Awards Banquet January 29
Join the Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association for the Annual Awards Banquet on January 29th. The dinner meting will be held at the Padre Island Brewing Company, "The Brew Pub", 3400 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island. There will be social with cash bar starting at 6:15, order-from-the-menu-meal beginning at 7:00, and program speaker following the meal. Awards will be presented to the winners of the club's year-long tournament. New officers and a schedule of events will be presented. Additionally there will be a raffle with items for everyone.: the trip to the fishing cabin, a custom made fly rod, an Orvis Battenkill fly reel, lines,hand-crafted flies from master fly-tiers, casting lessons for two, and other great prizes. Cost will be $10.00/person (members and members guests), which includes the meal with beverages, a glass of wine, and any raffle tickets you care to purchase. Individuals may join at the meeting to receive member pricing and previous/existing members may also renew their membership. We look forward to seeing everyone.
This month's First Thursday will be held on January 14th. There are no specific plans for tying but conversation, munchies, beverages, and pizza will be available. SEE YOU THERE.
No First Thursday this month
There will be no First Thursday this month.
Santa Clouser for Kids
If you know a child between the ages of 10 - 15 that wants to learn how to tie flies, bring them to Bass Pro Shop on Tuesday, December 8th. Club members will be setting up there vices to teach kids how to tie a special version of the closure minnow, The Santa Clouser. We'll start at 6:30 p.m. and we'll be at the meeting room across from Uncle Bucks.
Hope you can bring a young one to develop their own fish-catchn' fly.
Hammerhead: Crab and Carp Flies
Jack Keller will be helping us through these two patterns that can be easily tied and that will certainly catch fish. We'll be meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Bass Pro Shop Meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn this wonderful pattern.
First Thursday is November 5
The regular First Thursday meeting will be November 5 at the Shop in Port Isabel. We will be tying a popping shrimp pattern. Refreshments, pizza, and good conversation will be available.
This is a great looking fly that was featured in the summer issue of Fly Tyer's Magazine. The pattern requires to be able to set plastic eyes, dub material, and shape a body. A coyote tail will be raffled. So one or two individuals will take home a very special fly tying material. The session will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room next to the bowling alley. RGVFTC members don't pay and non-members will play a $3.00 material fee. We'll see you there.
First Thursday October 1, 2015
The regular First Thursday meeting is October 1st at the Shop in Port Isabel. The featured fly is the Surf Candy, which could be used in the Annual Beach Trip. SEE YOU THERE.
Pilmer's Simple Buck Tail Popper - Tuesday, September 8, 2015
John Pilmer will be tying a simple Bucktail Popper this Tuesday (Sept 8, 2015) at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room. Join us to learn a simple hair bug that will get redfish and seatrout excited for a take. We'll learn this technique from an expert and he'll talk also about how to fish this fly effectively.
No First Thursday in September
There will be so First Thursday in September so that everyone can participate in the Magoo Tournament. See Stanley's notice under Latest Activity. See you there on September 11th and 12th
Bud Rowland Ties the "Numero Uno" - Tuesday, August 11, 2015
We've been waiting for this one! Bud Rowland has agreed to show us how to tie his "Numero Uno". He will demonstrate and explain the evolution of this legendary fly. Join us at Bass Pro Shop meeting room at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.
Remember to renew your membership with the IFFF (www.fedflyfishers.org) and the RGVFTCs. The application can be downloaded from the RGVFFC Membership Forms link at the upper right handside of Rio Grande Valley Fly Fishing Clubs site.
First Thursday August 6th
The regular first Thursday meeting will be held at the Shop in Port Isabel at 6:30. No specific pattern has been selected but beverages, munchies, and pizza will be available. SEE YOU THERE.
Tying the Buggy Gurgler Shrimp - July 14, 2015
The next fly tying session will feature a version of the Gartside gurgler. This pattern is very effective and has landed me my largest Laguna Madre redfish. Tied on a Mustad 37004 long shank hook it resembles a very noisy shrimp on the surface.
We'll be meeting at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room to the right as you come into the Fish Bowl Restaurant. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there. Below is a sample of the Buggy Gurgler.
Boiling and Casting on July 17, 2015
There will be a crawfish boil and social at the home of Bryan and Michelle Robinson in San Benito. Festivities will start at 6:30. Please RSVP to Bryan at 956 241-5520, Jack and Linn Keller at 956 233-9899, or tell Larry at the Shop. We will need to know by July 14th.
Stanley will set up the Casting Course so bring your fly rods.
The address is 27074 FM 1846 (Williams Road). turn north off of Business 77 (opposite Boswell Ford) and proceed north. Bryan's is the only house on Williams Road with a wrap around porch so no one should get lost. If you do call Bryan.
No First Thursday for July 2, 2015
There will be no First Thursday for July 2 so that everyone can enjoy a Happy 4th. There will be a meeting on July 17 at Bryan and Michelle Robinson's in San Benito. Details for that event will be posted soon but mark you calendars now.
Lefty's Deceiver - June 9, 2015
We will be meeting on Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop meeting room to tie one of the most popular patterns in fly fishing history. Hope you can join us. We have fly tying vices and materials for club members. Bring a friend and introduce them to fly tying
F-C Sand Shrimp, Tuesday, May 12, 2015
If Einstein was a fly fisherman, he would have hailed the F-C Sand Shrimp because of its simplicity. Its so simple that we may be able to tie two or three of these flies during our fly tying session. Craft fur, estaz, and dumbbell eyes make this a deadly redfish, drum, and sheepshead fly.
Join us Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room. Rey Ramirez will be the instructor.
Thursday May 7, 2015
The regular 1st Thursday Social and Fly Tying event will be held at the Shop at 6:30. Unsure what we will tie but perhaps Larry can be persuaded to tie the articulated croaker. In the One Fly Tournament this was the hot fly as both Larry and Jim Carey caught fish on it.
Sunday April 12, 2015
A One Fly Tournament will take place on April 12, 2015. this is a Catch and Release tournament and there are minimal rules. Members will meet for an awards supper and social at Clint Welding's house (12 Augusta Drive in Laguna Vista) at 4:00.
1)Fishing starts at 6:30 AM (sunrise) and ends at 2:00 PM
2)Contestants are limited to the use of one kind of fly. If that fly is lost it may be replaced with an identical one (i.e. same color, size and weight).
3) Eligible fish are Skipjack (lady fish), Flounder, Speckled Trout and Redfish.
4)The largest fish of the eligible species is the winner
5)Anglers entering fish should bring a photo of the fish with a clearly visible measurement. There are no computer entries but a cell phone photo if it shows the fish and the clearly visible measurement is acceptable.
6) Members need not participate in the tournament to attend the awards supper and social.
Directions to 12 Augusta Drive in Laguna Vista. At the Golf Course in Laguna Vista turn opposite the Guard House (Left if you are traveling west on 510 or Right if you are traveling east), pass though the gate and immediately turn left onto Augusta Drive. Clint's house (#12) is the 2nd house on the right. If you get lost call Clint at 279-8632.
April 9, 2015
The regular First Thursday meeting and social has been rescheduled to April 9th. Tiers will tie flies for the One Fly Tournament on April 11-12th. Should be fun.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
This classic pattern is a favorite for tarpon fishers all over the world. Tied on a sturdy saltwater hook the black and red pattern has been an effective pattern.
The session will be held at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.
Come and join us.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - The Intruder
This pattern is probably more well-suited to cold-water steelhead fisheries, but Jack Keller uses these flies for many of our inshore and near-shore species. If you have never tied a tube pattern, here's the day to learn. This is also a pattern that we're going to fish pretty soon under the lights.
The session will be held at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:30 p.m. Charlie will bring some tube fly equipment. This should be new experience for most. So we hope you can make it.
Tentative RGVFTC 2015 Fly Tying Schedule
The RGVFTC has begun to develop is 2015 fly tying schedule.
Visit the website 2015 Fly Tying Schedule.
First session begins on February 17, 2015 with John Pilmer tying a hair bug.
Saturday, January 17, 2015 - RGVFTC Social
Thanks to all of you for understanding why I postponed the last social event. We're hoping that this Saturday, January 17th @ 6:30 p.m. would be a good time to try again. We'll be meeting at my home (31940 Cactus Road, San Benito, (Map)
We'll have a great botana platter, chips, and sweets for everyone. You may want to bring your favorite refreshment. However, we'll have sodas and water available.
We're planning our club activities and hope to have a discussion of what you want to see in 2015. Bring your ideas, but most of all yourself and significant other.
Hope to see you there. Please pass out the word to our club members. Please RSVP by either texting me (956-63-3426) or emailing me (email@example.com).
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - RGVFTC Social
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - Ratliff Crab
Join us next week as we learn from Matthew Whittington how to tie the Ratliff Crab. Matt comments that this crab was created by a friend and has been an award winning pattern for Louisiana marsh reds.
We will be meeting at the Bass Pro meeting room at 6:30 a.m. RGVFTC members will learn the pattern for free. Non members will pay a nominal fee of $2.50. All materials and vices/tools will be available if you don't have them. New members are welcome.
December 6, 2014 - LMFFA Toys for Tots Christmas Party
7:00 pm Stanley and Leslie Woelfel's home, 118 Kings Court, South Padre Island Texas.
Seafood gumbo, drinks provided.
email lmffa@lmffa with any questions or for directions.
December 6, 2014 - LMFFA's First Annual Diehards One Fish Fly Fishing Tournament
No registration is required for current members. Non-members are welcome to participate by signing up for your 2015 LMFFA membership. Awards will be presented at the LMFFA Christmas party. Turn in your photo with measurement shown at the party or email photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Keller will be tying the Hollow Fly at the Bass Pro Shop Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11th. Join us for this very unique pattern.
Accuracy Casting Class
Placing a fly at the right spot is referred to as presentation. Even though there are many aspects of a presentation what is essential is the ability of a caster to properly align the rod and line to the intended target. On Saturday, October 25, 2014 we will go through these essentials and learn to make accurate casts at short, medium, and long distances.
The class will be held from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the home of Dr. Rey Ramirez on 31940 Cactus Road, San Benito, Texas. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair, water, cap, and sunglasses. Please refer to the weather and dress appropriately.
Contact Rey by texting 956-639-3426 or emailing him at email@example.com. Attendees should have an understanding of basic casting skills. If in doubt, let Rey know and he'll go over what those are. If you have been to the sessions below, your ready to go.
Fly Tying Session "The Chewy Shrimp" - October 14, 2014
We have a change in the line up for this month. Jack Keller convinced his friend, Terry Eddelman to tie his "Chewy Shrimp". He'll be bringing the materials and examples. Apparently its a multi-stage process and requires some drying time. Hope to see all members of the RGVFTC there. If you would like to join our club, come over, we'll have forms or you can print them off from this site and bring them to the meeting. Non-members will be charged a nominal fee for the fly.
Double Haul Class - September 27, 2014
The double haul adds energy by bending the rod during the casting stroke which transfers the energy to shooting the fly line to a target. Doing it right takes practice and the double haul workshop helps the fly caster to understand the principles of a properly applied double haul. The timing with appropriate application of power and specific ideas on how to translate the hand, arm, and body movements to produce the double haul are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced.
Join us to get the goods on the double haul. The workshop presented by Rey Ramirez will be held at 31940 Cactus Road San Benito, Texas from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The class is free for RGV Fly Tiers Club members.
LMFFA 2014 Richard McGinis Fly Fishing Tournament
Distance Casting Workshop
Distance is an important aspect of saltwater fly fishing. If you're an intermediate fly caster (can cast 50 feet consistently), then you may want to improve your cast join us this Saturday, August 23, 2014. The session is from 8:30 to about11:30 a.m.
RGVFTC members may attend free. A small fee ($10) will get you in the workshop if you're not an IFFF or RGVFTC member.
If you would like to attend send me a text (956-639-3426) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mullet Fly Pattern
One Fly Swap Tournament
Visit the Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyers website (LINK) for information about our tournament. The fly swap meeting will be Friday, July 25th at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room. Bring the fly you plan to swap. Make it a good one because the fly tyer and the angler with the longest redfish split the pot.
Fishing starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 26th and ends at 1:00 p.m. We plan to meet at Chili Willie's at a 2:00 p.m. to have a great meal and drinks.
Hope you can join us.
Improving Your Backcast
This session is for the intermediate caster. Become familiar with the essentials of fly casting before attending the workshop. It is free for members of the Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyers Club. It is limited to 10 casters. Spaces will be available to non-members for a $10 fee if space is available.
This workshop will be held at 31940 Cactus Road, San Benito, Texas and will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end approximately 11 a.m. Bring comfortable clothing, mosquito repellent, and water.
The workshop begins with an analysis of each individuals casting with special emphasis on the backcast. The instructor will provide individual and group feedback. The caster will leave with tips to improve their backcast on their own or preferably with the help of a casting partner.
If interested email me at (email@example.com or text at 956-639-3426). If you are interested in becoming a member fill out the application and send it to me. We'll take care of the fees at the workshop.
Visit the Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyers Club website for more information at http://www.riograndeflytyers.org/.
Fly Tying Session at Bass Pro Shop - Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The silver kings are making there appearances on South Padre Island jetties and beach. Matthew Whittington will be taking us through the steps of tying one of the most popular go-to flies for tarpon on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at the Harlingen Bass Pro Shop. We'll begin around 6:30 p.m. Matt will be working on a video tutorial for this fly pattern in the next few days. It will be posted on the RGVFTC website and here.
The session is free for RGVFTC members and only $2.50 for non-members. CWe'll be also making several announcements at the meeting, so come join us.
Rio Grande Valley Fly Tying Session - Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Norma Gonzalez will be tying Dave's Hopper on Tuesday, June 10th. This pattern happens to be one of the most effective and popular terrestrial patterns in the world.
We're meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room. Everyone is welcome to attend. This pattern works great on bream and bass in our warm water venues; however, it's a killer on summer rainbows.
LMFFA - Thursday June 5th 6:30 First Thursday Social and Fly Tying at The Shop Port Isabel.
LMFFA's First Thursday Social and Fly Tying will be this week June 5th at The Shop in Port Isabel. We will set up several of the Casting Challenge Stations for anyone that wants to practice or take the challenge. Tapas and drinks as usual. Hope to see everyone there.
LMFFA - Saturday April 12th Social and Fly Casting
The LMFFA's First Thursday Social and Fly Tying is NOT this Thursday as typical. This month's event will be a social and Fly Casting event being hosted by Jack and Linn Keller at their home in Bayview on April 12, 2014. The scheduled events will include fly casting instruction and practice starting at 4:00 p.m. We will have experienced casting instructors available to assist the beginners and intermediate fly casters from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. we will have fly casting games and contest for all experience levels of fly casters to participate in, sharpening your casting skills in both distance and accuracy. Starting about 7:00 p.m. dinner will be served. Linn Keller will be preparing her special BBQ ribs!!!
Rio Grande Valley Fly Tying Club Fly Tying Session - Tuesday, April 8, 2014
A go-to fly for tailing reds, the Peyton's Shrimp. Rey Ramirez will be tying this pattern at the Bass Pro Shop Meeting Room on Tuesday, April 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Come learn to tie this buggy pattern with big eyes and sinuous marabou.
Rio Grande Valley Fly Tying Club Fly Tying Session - Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Have you every tied a tube fly? Charlie Villarreal will show us how to tie a clouser-style tube fly on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Bass Pro Shop Meeting Room. The session will start at 6:30 p.m.
All of the materials needed to tie this fly will be provided. It is free for all RGVFTC members. Non-members pay $2.50 for the instruction and fly.
Membership forms will be available and the dues are $15 annually for all FFF members. The membership form is also available up on the "RGVFFC Membership Forms" tab.
Come join us for a great learning experience.
Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association
ANNUAL CATCH AND RELEASE AWARDS BANQUET
Anyone desiring to improve their casting skills and work toward becoming an IFFF Certified Casting Insructor is invited to meet with Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez Jr at his home to learn about the program. You can visit the IFFF website at www.fedflyfishers.org for more information.
This will be an informational session to learn about the process of becoming an IFFF Certified Casting Instructor.
Call to be added to the list. 956-639-3426.
LMFFA First Thursday Fly Tying and Social
February 6, 2014
Tying the HI-TI Streamer - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
The Rio Grande Valley Fly Tiers Club will be meeting on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room for it's first fly tying session of the year.
Either Jack Keller or Charlie Villarreal or both may tie this fly. They demonstrated it at my house the other day and it certainly seems worth learning.
I'm currently recuperating from a hip replacement and won't be able to attend. This will give me sometime to finish the Rio Grande Valley Fly Tyers Club website and the fly tying schedule for the year.
More information to come.
Hello to all the LMFFA members.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - RGVFTC Fly Tying Session - "Seaducer"
This week we had a fortunate misfortune of mis-scheduling our fly tying session. Therefore, the RGV Fly Tyer's Club will be holding the next fly tying session tomorrow on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Although, we had a great fly tying session, I'm hoping that you'll take the opportunity to join us. We'll be meeting at my house (31940 Cactus Road, San Benito, TX 78586)
Our fly this month is the Seaducer. You can see more information and a fly tying video by visiting The RGVFTC Blog.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - RGVFTC Fly Tying Session - "Seaducer"
The RGV Fly Tyer's Club will be holding the next fly tying session on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. We'll be meeting at my house (31940 Cactus Road, San Benito, TX 78586)
Our fly this month is the Seaducer. You can see more information and a fly tying video by visiting The RGVFTC Blog.
The fly session is free for Rio Grande Valley Fly Tier Club members. Non-members are you are invited to join us for $2.50 for instructions and cost of materials.
Bring some cash we have raffle prizes to bid on.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - RGVFTC Fly Tying Session - "The B-R Special"
The RGV Fly Tyer's Club will be hosting Captain Bryan Robinson on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 when he'll be tying the B-R Special. The session will be held at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room at 6:30 p.m.
Rio Grande Valley Fly Tier Club members tie free and if you are a non-member you are still invited to join us for $2.50 for instructions and cost of materials.
Membership applications will be available for anyone interested in joining the RGV Fly Tyer's Club.
A video has been posted on this site. Visit our blog for information about the club and it's activities at http://rgvftc.blogspot.com/.
Hope to see you at the meeting.
Rey (Old Salt)
OCTOBER 12, 2013 - LMFFA BEACH TRIP
The LMFFA annual fly fishing beach trip is this Saturday, October 12, 2013. We will be meeting at the SPI Convention Center Parking lot at 6:30 a.m. and will depart for the beach at 7:00. Lunch and drinks will be provided for the trip up to the Port Mansfield Jetties and a tailgate lunch at the jetties. There is no fee for LMFFA members. Guests are certainly welcome however they will be asked to join LMFFA and pay $35.00 for 2013 LMFFA dues.
Tying the Braided Shrimp - Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The Rio Grande Valley Fly Tiers Club will be meeting on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room for a round of fly tying. Charlie Villarreal will tie his Braided Shrimp beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Although this is an unproven pattern, it looks really good and fishy.
The fly session is free for Rio Grande Valley Fly Tier Club members. Non-members are you are invited to join us for $2.50 for instructions and cost of materials.
OCTOBER 2, 2013 - LMFFA's FIRST WEDNESDAY FLY TYING AND SOCAIL WILL BE HOSTED BY JACK AND LYNN KELLER AT THEIR HOME ON THE RESACA IN BAYVIEW. This months activities will include fly casting instructions and casting games along with fly tying, food and drinks. (AND LYNN'S BLUEBERRY COOKIES!!!) Mark your calendars NOW!!
Updated One Fly Swap Tournament Information and Details
Event: One Fly Swap Tournament
Date: September 20th Fly Swap, September 21st Tournament and Social
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Fly Swap) and 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Tournament); Social 6:00 - 8:30 p..m.
Location: Bass Pro Shop Meeting Room (Fly Swap) and Arroyo Colorado, Laguna Madre, and Gulf of Mexico (Tournament), Bass Pro Shop Meeting Room (Social)
Fee: The tournament is free for all RGVFTC members in good standing with the IFFF and the club. Non-members may pay a $15 fee.
BE SAFE AND HAVE A GREAT TIME!
Tying the Flat Wing - Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Rio Grande Valley Fly Tiers Club will be meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room for a round of fly tying. We'll tie the flat wing twice beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Jack Keller will be the guest tier and will introduce us to tying the flat wing fly. Jack ties it to go after spotted seatrout.
Below you will find a video that takes us step by step to tying the fly. The video was produced as a conversation with Jack. He answers our questions about tying this pattern. If you want to learn to tie the fly from the master himself join us.
Rio Grande Valley Fly Tier Club members will tie the fly for free and if you are a non-member you are still invited to join us for $2.50 for instructions and cost of materials.
Enjoy the video and hope to see you.
August 23rd and 24th - The LMFFA Richard McGinis (Magoo) Fly Fishing Tournament is coming up this weekend. HOPE to see everyone at one or all the events this weekend.
Stanley Woelfel, Jr.
August 20, 2013 - The organizing committee of the Rio Grande Valley Fly Tiers Club is pleased to announce that it will hold it's first membership meeting to vote on a slate of officers and constitution. The meeting will be held at the Bass Pro Shop meeting room at 7:00 p.m.
Anyone interested in running for office should contact the organizing committee chairman (Rey Ramirez).
The organizing committee consisted of Rey Ramirez, Bryan Robinson, Sheala Castillo, Charlie Villarreal, Norma Gonzalez, and Art Roel.
The constitution will be approved and a copy of the constitution may be downloaded by clicking HERE.
Members of the Rio Grande Valley Fly Tiers Club must be members in good standing with the Federation of Fly Fishers. To become a member of the FFF visit their website www.fedflyfishers.org or click HERE.
The RGVFTC membership form with its categories and dues may be downloaded HERE.
The committee desires to establish a club that meets the needs of all ages and gender who want to participate in fly fishing and fly tying.
We invite you to join our club and hope to see you at Bass Pro Shop.
August 7, 2013 - Do not miss The First Wednesday social and fly tying at The Shop in Port Isabel this coming Wednesday! Snacks and Drinks provided.
August 23 & 24, 2013
Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association - August Social and Fly Tying - Wednesday August 7, 2013
The First Wednesday LMFFA Social and Fly Tying will be held again at The Shop in Port Isabel Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:00 pm. Everyone is invited to come out even if you do not tie. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Last month we had a great turn out and everyone had a great time socializing, swapping fish tales and even tying a few flies. Hope to see you there.
Stanley R. Woelfel, Jr.
Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association
Rio Grande Valley Fly Tiers Club Meeting - Coming Soon
The RGVFTC Organizational Committee has met a couple of times to put together an IFFF Chartered club. We are almost at a point to have a membership vote.
Our target date for our meeting is the first week of August. We will at that meeting vote for officers and approve the club's constitution.
Membership forms will be sent out to those members on this site in about a week. We are setting up our bank account and fee structure.
Be looking out for more information.
Laguna Madre Fly Tiers Organization Meeting - Tuesday, June 11, 2013
An organizational meeting will be held this coming Tuesday to discuss the creation of an exclusive fly tier's organization. The meeting will be held at Bass Pro Shop's meeting room at 6:30 p.m.
The Laguna Madre Fly Tier's Organization will become an affiliated club under the Federation of Fly Fishers. To be a member of the LMFTO membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) will be required.
There are many benefits to becoming affiliated with the FFF. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the intentions of the organization.
If you will not be able to attend, but want to learn more, please call me (956-639-3426) or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fly Tying at Bass Pro Shop, Harlingen - Tuesday, May 14, 2013
We have our fly tying venue confirmed for Tuesday, May 14, 2014. Thanks to Art Roel, we are able to meet at Bass Pro. We'll be meeting in the large meeting room on the right side as you enter the restaurant.
The flies haven't been selected. I'm thinking of doing an interesting bait pattern that I learned from Larry Haines. If any one else wants to teach us one of their favorite flies, let me know.
At this point, let me know whether you are planning to attend. You can text me at (956)639-3426 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr.
Daniel del a Vina
Fly Tying at Chili Willie's - Tuesday, April 2, 2013
We survived Shamrocks and Leprecans, so can we survive April Fool jokes and Tax Season? Our next session is scheduled for April 2nd...no foolin'. Hope you can join us at Chilli Willie's in Arroyo City, Texas. Jack Keller will tie a fly that I haven't seen. And, hopefully someone will step up to the plate and tie another pattern. Jack gave me the name of the fly, but I lost his e-mail. As soon as I get it and the name of another individual that can tie a pattern, I'll forward it to you guys.
Hope to see you at 6:30 p.m. at Chillie Willie's. The price for the session is $2.50 to cover the cost of the materials. I should also say that if you are new to fly tying, don't worry about bringing any tools ot materials. They are provided for the session.
Daniel R. De La Vina
Free-for-All Fly Tying Event - Bass Pro Shop - Tuesday, February 26, 2013
This is a free-for-all. At this session everyone can bring a fly pattern that they want to introduce to the group. It would be great if at least five individuals would volunteer to demonstrate a fly. After seeing a fly being tied those that aren't tying can rotate to another fly pattern.
Those fly tiers interested should contact me to let me know that you plan to tie. If you are planning to attend, let me know.
There will be no cost for this session. Basically, every fly tied remains with the fly tier, unless they would like to give it away.
We'll be meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shop near the bowling alley and restaurant. Hope to see you there.
Clint Welding - Modified Clouser
Rey Ramirez - Peyton's Redfish Shrimp
Art Roel - Spoon Fly
Daniel De la Vina
Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet - March 7, 2013
You are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet to be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Harlingen Country Club, 5500 El Camino Real, Harlingen, TX. The banquet will start at 7:00 p.m.
The cost for the banquet will be $35.00. Please RSVP to Stanley@alazanhotels.com or call Stanley at (210) 414-4100by February 28th.
Please make plans to meet our fly fishing community and enjoy a great time.
Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo
St. Andrews Episcopal Church is again hosting the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo at the SPI Convention Center on February 9, 2013. We need volunteers from LMFFA members to be at the fly tying demonstration table from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a fly-casting demonstration from 3-4:00 p.m.
Free Basic and Intermediate Fly Fishing Classes - McAllen, TX
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Open to adults and youth ages 10 and up. Learn the basics of fly fishing. The class will be split into two levels, Basic and Intermediate. Topics include equipment and casting, knot tying,fly tying, aquatic entomology, fish biology, safety, regulations and ethics. Equipment provided. Please bring water and wear comfortable clothing for indoor and outdoor activities. The instructor is Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez, Jr., a certified TPWD Instructor and FFF Certified Casting Instructor. Class size limited—pre-registration is required. Held at Firemen's Park - Pump House, 201 North 1st Street, McAllen. To register contact Assalia Belmares, Recreation Supervisor, City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Dept., 956-681-3303 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shrimp Fest at Larry's Shop - Tues. February 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Happy New Year!!!!!!!
Everyone loves shrimp and so do fish. Everyone is will enjoy this next session and will be totally pleased with fishing with these shrimp patterns. Larry Haines will guide us through the tying of a grass shrimp pattern. This pattern produces a pattern that can be effective with all fish species. Later Charlie Villarreal will test all of our skills by not only tying, but by twisting EP fiber into a braded pattern that is effective and long-lasting.
We'll be meeting at The Shop in Port Isabel on Tuesday February 5th at 6:30 p.m. If you planning to attend remember to text me at (956-639-3426) or send me an e-mail at email@example.com. The cost for the session is $2.50.
This session is sure to bring a smile to your face, but probably won't fill your stomach.
Capt. Bryan Robinson
2013 Upcoming Events
We want to have a great time this next year. We've been talking about planning several events to focus on fly fishing.
Not-So-Hot Fly Casters Tournament - This event has been well received when held in the past. A few dates are being considered. The tournament will use the same rules set by the Federation of Fly Fishers.
One Fly Tournament - There may be new rules for the next One Fly Tournament. We have had a couple and participants have complained about the previous rules. The suggestion has been to select one fly that we tie at a fly tying event and then fish that fly at the tournament. Previously a fly fisher only had one fly to use. But, the new rule may allow us to fish several flies of the same style. What this means is that we tie several flies, like a clouser, and only fish it. Sounds interesting and we'll have to talk about this some more.
Laguna Madre Fly Fishers Annual Banquet - Some time in February we're planning to have our annual banquet. The date will be set soon, but so far the Harlingen Country Club has been considered as the event site. More to come in the next few days.
Arroyo Colorado Kayaking Trip - About a week ago, I took a group down the Arroyo Colorado. We didn't fish so I'm looking for a few good men and women to fly fish a two mile section. There is a good launching and pickup point. This trip will be held on an early morning launch and should end a little after lunch. More to come.
I wanted to let everyone know where we were in planning for the new year. Stay tuned for more information.
"Flies for Flatties", December 11, 2012
Flounder populations are down, but the winter time seems to increase the probability of hooking on to a good number of these flat fish. We have this date open before the end of the year.
You can keep five fish anytime except during November when you can only keep two. There are probably few fish that rival the flavor of the southern flounder.
What's the opinion of those that want to go after this fish? Let me know whether this is a good species to target and whether you would be interested in attending this special session.
Capt. Bryan Robinson
Beginning Fly Tying at Bass Pro Shop, November 20, 2012
If you are new to fly tying and would like to learn more about this fun part of the sport, we're holding a beginning fly tying class at Bass Pro Shop. We have some new members and hope to get others interested to attend this rare event. Hopefully, not too rare.
The session will be held at Bass Pro Shop on November 20, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. I ask that if you are planning to attend that you send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), a message on this site, or a text (956-639-3426).
There is no charge for this event. We'll be tying a subsurface fly (clouser deep minnow) and a topwater fly (gurgler shrimp). We'll begin with some fly tying basics and then proceed to tie the flies.
Hope you can attend.
Fly Tying at The Shop, November 13, 2012
Larry Haines has offered his place for fly tying this month. We missed Larry at the Bass Pro Shop session, but he's promised to tie his version of the Surf Candy. Unfortunately, Charlie will not be able to tie his Braided Shrimp. We'll get him on at another time to do this fly.
The session will be held at The Shop in Port Isabel, Texas. For those not familiar with "The Shop" it's about two blocks from the causeway on the right if your headed east on Hwy 100. We're scheduled to meet at 6:30 pm.
Reynaldo Ramirez Jr
Beach Trip Scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association is planning to have their annual surf trip on south Padre Island on Saturday, November 3, 2012.
The group will meet at the South Padre Island Convention Center at 7:30 a.m. and head out from there. Four wheel drive vehicles are a must. If you have one and can form a group, let us know. Post on this site if you can provide transportation.
To attend you must be a member of the Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association. You will find the membership form or a phone number to pay using credit card on the page. I'll take a few membership forms with me to the fly tying session, if you're interested.
Fly Tying Session - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The next fly tying session has been set for Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at The Shop in Port Isabel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The session was delayed a week to avoid the spring break crowd headed to and from South Padre Island.
Larry has agreed to tie one of his fly patterns. Initially, the plan was for me to tie a pattern from one of the recent fly fishing magazines. We may be doing even better. The "Cocktail Shrimp" was one of the flies appearing in the Winter 2011 issue of Fly Tyer magazine. Well that fly is a pattern recognized belonging to our own Captain Skipper Ray.
Enjoy the time on the water and hook on to a big one.
Cost for the fly tying session is $2.50. You must let me know if you will be attending so that we can organize the session. You can text or call me at (956-639-3426) or email me at (email@example.com).
Old Salt (Rey)
Featured Fly Tyers:
Captain Skipper Ray
Lower Laguna Madre Fly Tiers One Fly Tournament Rules
1. All registered members of the Laguna Madre Fly Tiers are eligible to participate.
(You can join any time before the tournament. If you know of anyone that would like to participate invite them to join. I will need to approve them before they are eligible. I have very liberal qualifications. Just think...your in!)
2. Only one fly is permitted. The fly used must be one that you tied yourself.
(I know Larry would love for you to purchase flies from him, but this time it has to be one you crafted. Remember that the ugliest flies often catch fish. After seeing some of you guys tie, you're in fish catching mode.)
3. The time to fish is from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day of the tournament.
4. Redfish, seatrout, sheepshead, and lady fish are eligible catches. The total length of any two fish from any species will be used to determine the winner.
5. A clear digital image with the fish on a measuring stick with clearly visible markings will be used to verify the length. Verification will be from two other contestants. In case of a length dispute, a third contestant will be called in to judge. If a tie occurs, the individual who arrived first will win.
(Fist fights are not allowed and disqualification will result. Some insults will be tolerated, but please keep it civil).
6. The entry fee of $20 will be collected from each participant at a meeting prior to the tournament.
(Hopefully, whoever is holding the money, won't spend it on drinks!)
7. The photographs will be brought to a pre-determined location for judging and awards.
8. The fees will be distributed in the following manner. Half of the fees will be to replenish fly tying materials and buy more equipment. The other half will be distributed to the participant with the maximum overall length of fish.
(I haven't thought through this one very well, so if anyone has suggestions, let me know. I would like to see at least a second place. I also thought that we could give a traveling trophy or create a plaque. )
Rey, let's have a meeting and get the details ironed out! This can become a easy thing to do on a quarterly basis. The kinks can be worked out as we go along. I am in!
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