The East Texas Fly Fishers

ETFF is one of the most active fly fishing clubs in the greater East Texas area. Catch us on the third Monday of each month at the Jalapeno Tree Mexican Restaurant, 508 N. Eastman Rd, Longview, Texas at 6:30pm.

Meetings features a guest speaker covering fly fishing, fly casting, fly tying, rod building and other aspects of the sport each month. Visitors are always welcome!



Thunder Creek Flies: Tying and Fishing The Classic Baitfish Imitations

Authors: Keith Fulsher, David Klausmeyer Softbound Book: 165 pages, color photos, $34.95 at

All the tools you'll need to tie the entire Thunder Creek series with step-by-step instructions to tie the unweighted Blacknose Dace Thunder Creek, weighted Emerald Shiner Thunder Creek, Marabou Shiner Thunder Creek, and Silver Shiner Thunder Creek with tail.

Based on Fulsher's Tying and Fishing the Thunder Creek Series published in 1973, Thunder Creek Flies is a completely revised edition of the fly-tying classic, with nearly twice as many patterns and striking color photographs by David Klausmeyer to demonstrate the unique Thunder Creek style of tying. New materials and techniques make it easier to create sleeker, better-swimming flies that look and act like real baitfish. With details on constructing the twenty-two freshwater flies and six saltwater designs, descriptions of specific baitfish they imitate, and large glamour shots of each pattern, this book showcases some of the most effective flies an angler can use.

Fly Fishing Tips

A Fly Fisher’s Respect for Nature

by Steve Robbins, Lone Star Fly Fishers

Are we truly good stewards of our God given natural resources? I’d like to think so but I’m not so sure that all of us are. I would venture to assume that in fly fishing, the gentleman’s sport, we have the ethical fibers within us that drive us to take good care of our rivers, lakes and streams. Is this an accurate assumption? Over the last 10 years, fly fishing has certainly been one of the fastest growing outdoor activities in the nation. With this growth we’re sure to attract those who are less ecologically conscious that we’d like. We can strive to create public awareness in the fly fishing community yet probably the best place to start is with ourselves.

Marjory Douglass wrote, “The future lies within the strength with which man can set his powers of creation against his impulses for destruction.” Now don’t get me wrong. I would definitely never pass as a purist tree hugger. I do not intend to preach but I think there area few things that we can look at. It truly hurts me to be on a beautiful stream to come upon the discarded remains of human presence that include water bottles, beer cans and cigarette butts. I know you’ve all hear one of the backpackers code of ethics, “if you pack it in then pack it out”.

One pressing issue to consider for us nymphers is lead shot. Is it an eco sin to use lead split shot instead of tin? Of course it is! Lead is toxic and kills living creatures and you cannot seriously consider yourself a conservationist if you are intentionally putting lead into nature. Now… the lead that is accidentally dropped into nature by fly fishermen is surely a fraction of one percent of the total amount of lead that flies out of shotguns nationwide and lands in the wild, so why bother us with the issue? Because every little bit hurts.

How many times have you seen a waded and tangled leader in the stream? Have you seen the horrible images of wildlife becoming tangled in the mass of monofilament?

Zane Grey wrote, "If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago." And so it is with most considerate anglers. The thrill of the catch is often overshadowed by nature's breathtaking grandeur. I love to catch fish as much as anyone. However, when I’m all alone and think back to my fly fishing adventures, I think less of the individual fish that I caught than of the places that I’ve been and scenes in which I fished.

Fly fisherman become a part of the waters they fish. As naturalist John Muir observed, "When one tugs on a single thing in nature, one finds it attached to the rest of the world."

So What Is Flyfishing?

Article Courtesy of Dennis Dickson Fly Fishing at

Dennis Dickson Guide; had this dream the other night. I found myself in this room with all these people, men mostly, all garbed out in the latest flyfishing apparel. I was more than a little uncomfortable in my neoprene waders and wading jacket, but there I was, standing in line with a whole lot of guys waiting to get through. Each angler had his fly rod strung up, the fly in its keeper. At the head of the line was a table of flyfishing notables checking out the anglers' gear, counting this and measuring that. This panel of gentlemen had patches on their patches. It was obvious I was standing in the presence of the elite.

The guy next to me looked at my resoled wading shoes and aquasealed waders and asked." What river you signing up for?" "North Fork Stilly I guess." I answered. "Not with that fly you won't", He stated. I looked at my #4 Oso Special. " Stilly has gone to #6 Green Butt Skunk only". "Yeah, He continued. " I heard of one guy who lost all his gear and his club membership for fishing a marabou on the Skagit". Ditto me too; even if I knew marabou was illegal!

By the time I had worked my way to the front I was sweating bullets. I could see the poor sap ahead of me. They had already checked his rod manufacturer, microned and measured his leader, weighed his fly, verified its designer, (homemade flies are illegal), measured the drag pull on his reel, (double pawl only) examined his wading shoes for cleat height, and were going through his wading vest to be sure there wasn't any polarized glasses for spotting fish or rocks for throwing at them. He must have checked out because they stamped his river pass and assigned him to his river guide. It was only as I was walking out did I realize he had a two-year apprenticeship with his river keeper before it was legal for him to fish on his own. I sure hope he passes the 100-foot casting test, I thought.

"Dennis! Dennis! Wake up! Are you OK?" It was my wife. "I hope so." I mumbled.

Bill looks at Jackson and adds in a little voice, "Ya whooo?"!

20 Ways to Endear Yourself to Your Fly Fishing Guide

Article Courtesy of Rob Woodruff, Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide

Want to insure that your fly fishing guide always remembers you? Here is a list of things you can do to guarantee he never will forget you. Choose two or more from the list and you are sure to be the topic of conversation the next time he gets together with other guides.

  1. Show up late, because you didn’t know you were in a different time zone than your home.
  2. Bring your dog.
  3. Wear dark soled shoes on a white flats boat.
  4. Call him at home after 10:00 PM the night before your trip.
  5. Bring a cooler because you "want to eat a big bass".
  6. Get mad and pout because he won’t let you drive the boat.
  7. Show up with the flu, and infect your guide before you leave.
  8. Remark several times that "anybody who pays $500.00 for fly rod is a fool" (while using the guide’s $500.00 rod).
  9. Retort to every decision he makes with "Well Lefty says..."
  10. Get too drunk to cast by lunchtime, and then demand a refund for the rest of the day since you can’t fish.
  11. Bring real good cigars, don’t share.
  12. Bring real bad cigars, share frequently.
  13. Repeatedly try to help launch the boat.
  14. Pay for a one-person trip, then have three of your buddies follow you and your guide everywhere and fish right beside you all day.
  15. Cuss out your guide over things he has no control over, like bad weather and power generation schedules.
  16. While fishing with your guide, tell every stranger you meet on the river what fly is working and how to fish it.
  17. The day after your trip, be seen leaving the river with a stringer of big trout.
  18. Hook your guide.
  19. Insist on driving your new car to the river and then get mad at your guide because it got scratched.
  20. Show up with a hangover and the new girlfriend you met at the bar last night.

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If you love clear coldwater streams;

If you get a thrill over your encounter with nature when you outwit a trout at the game he knows best,

If you want to leave a healthy environment for your children and grandchildren, and that same thrill of encountering nature,

If you think fly fishing is a sport worthy of sharing,

Then consider joining the ETFF. Numbers create pooled funds that can be a powerful force to preserve our fishing holes!

ETFF is affiliated with The Federation of Fly Fishers.

Contact David Grimes - ETFF Membership Director
H 903-759-2486, Join ETFF