Friday, December 21, 2012

Fly Shop Friday ( Gruene Outfitters)

The first fly shop that I ever set foot in was nestled in the Historic town of Gruene. I knew nothing about fly fishing at the time and ventured into the store while following my wife through all the Boutiques scatterd along both sides of the road.
Now that i've been fly fishing, a stop into the store is always welcomed. If you want any local information about the river, it's fish, techniques, or what they are biting on.....just stop in an ask. Chris or Jacob will be more than happy to assist with your needs.

Gruene Outfitters has been in business since 1989 as both a retail clothing store as well as a fly shop. Besides offering clothing for the outdoors they have a fully stocked fly shop for your needs as well as offering guide service.

They carry some of the top brands in the industry including Sage, TFO, Ross, Simms, Lamsom, Umpqua and others. For the beginner they offer complimentary casting instruction as well as knot tying assistance.

It's all about location. Where else could you spend hours in a fly shop not being bored while your wife is looking through all of the shops around. Then you could slip out and walk down the street for a refreshment at Gruene Hall or just make a day of it.
If you make it buy, tell them I say hello.....

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CHRISTMAS in the Hill Country

As a thanks for reading the jibberish that is sometimes written here, a few friends of mine have been kind enough to donate some items for me to do my first and hopefully annual Christmas giveaway. Afterall it's all about giving. Thanks Brent.
The first item is from Reel Fly Fishing Adventures and consists of a 1/2 day guided trip for Rainbow Trout on the Guadalupe river right here in Texas. If you would like to update it to a full day you can for a fee. If you want some info about the trip, check out the report I did after a trip with them earlier this month.

To help make it a successful trip Dragonfly Angler Flies chipped in with a dozen assorted flies for you to use when chasing trout. Thanks John.

How do you win:
1) You must like my Fly Fishing Texas page on Facebook.
2) You must like Reel Fly Fishing Adventures on Facebook.
3) You must like Dragonfly Angler Flies on Facebook.

Drawing will be held Christmas Day

Thats it. Thank you again for allowing me to post my ramblings and photography.
Merry Christmas,

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

East Bay Birthday

There it was, my Birthday Redfish working the shallow shell and mud bank heading straight toward me, with small shrimp eagerly jumping out of the way trying not to become fish food. The fish that has been eluding me all year was going to happen. Putting the paddle down and picking up the custom Mini Mag, I gathered the line floating in the water and proceeded to make my cast which came to an abrupt halt as the fly had gotten hung up on oyster shell. Putting the fly rod down I grabbed a spinning rod and flicked a short cast with a spook to the redfish that was now on top of me. One twitch and the water exploded and the fight was on. Landing the fish started a great day with friends on the water and a day where many more would be caught.

Fished hard with the fly rod until the wind picked up with no takers, the good thing is I still have a few weeks to try it again.
The trip was to East Bay in Matagorda where eight friends met up for two days of excellent fishing. While I spent both days targeting redfish the rest of the crew targeted trout which are abundant here during the winter months.

Damon with a nice stringer of trout
Friends are what it's all about.......