Learn to fly-fish at TFFC May 18




Expert fly-fisher Bob Cappallo will teach fly-fishing for beginners at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Bob Cappallo is a member of Trout Unlimited and works as a senior technical development engineer in the plastics industry. He lives on Lake Richland Chambers and fishes for all species of freshwater fish in Texas, South Dakota, New Mexico, Maine and the West. He has experience in kayak and wade fishing along the Texas coast for redfish and other saltwater species, and fishes for tarpon, permit, and bonefish in Puerto Rico and Mexico. He spends his spare time tying flies and building custom fly rods and other bass rods for clients. Bob has taught a half-day class on Beginning Fly-Fishing at TFFC for the past 8 years. The class is open to adults 18 and older. No flyfishing experience is required. Equipment will be provided, but students may bring their own. The $50 fee for the class includes entrance to TFFC for the day of the class, lunch and a season pass to TFFC so students can return for more fishing as often as they like. Instruction will focus on equipment selection, knot tying, casting and fishing for rainbow trout in TFFC's 1.5-acre casting pond. Catch-and-release fishing is free, but anglers may pay $5 for the opportunity to catch and keep up to five fish. Reservations are required, and the class is limited to 20 persons. Checks should be made payable to "Friends of TFFC" and may be mailed to Craig Brooks at TFFC, 5550 F.M. 2495, Athens, TX 75752. For more information or to register by telephone for the class, call Brooks at (903) 670-2222.




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Fishing Report from TPWD (Jul. 17)

GOOD. Water Stained; 81 degrees; 0.09 feet above pool. Bass are fairly slow in the mornings, but there is a shaky head bite with yum dingers in both sizes on timber in 5-7 feet on breaklines. Best bite is Carolina rigs offshore in 15-25 feet on humps, road beds, points, all are producing. Big worms like blue fleck, tequila sunrise and plum seem to be best 10-12 inches. Crankbaits are still good over channel catfish bends deep humps and road beds. Shad patterns and chart blue back XD 6 - XD 8 are best, Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are chasing topwater patterns early in the day and later in the day when it is dark. Check out the brush piles as big bass are using them to feed on crappie. Bream are excellent in the shallows on wooly buggers and small poppers. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. Lake Fork crappie fishing is in full time summer pattern. Huge numbers of black crappie are loading up at the base of trees, on main lake points and lay downs. There are still good numbers of white crappie on brush piles and in trees. Focus on areas in 14-22 feet for the most fish. The bite has been finicky when fishing for schools of fish. Minnows on very small gold Aberdeen hooks and 6-8 pound test fluorocarbon line has been the go to set up. Small hand tied jigs in natural colors are also working if you swim them over and get those fish to chase and grab. Even if you see a hundred fish in a group just catch the few more aggressive fish and move on if you want to catch numbers. Larger soft plastics should still work on bigger white crappies that are solo on timber. The catfish bite is still red hot. You can load the boat fast in roosting areas that have overnight birds in the trees. We are also seeing big numbers of catfish on main lake points in 14-28 feet around timber. If you find an area with lots of bait the catfish will be close by. Bait an area with cattle cubes or sour grain to group those fish up. Then use your pre

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