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This past week I was fortunate enough to host a group of 5 to the comfortable Woodland Plantation in southern Louisiana. As an employee of Tailwaters Fly Fishing Co, I assumed the position of a host for the group. I arrived in Louisiana with high expectations. Why the hell shouldn’t I, right? In the past year we have sent over 100 anglers to this destination and we continue to hear nothing but great things about the fishery. Our great friend and loyal customer Dennis Burns, landed a whopping 38# redfish last March, which is one of many bull reds we have heard of being landed.

The Woodland Plantation is a wonderful bed and breakfast situated in the heart of southern Louisiana’s marshland. For me, the food is what makes the Woodland special. Each evening starts with two rounds of incredible appetizers, usually a mixture of fried shrimp, spring rolls, crawfish cakes, and others. Once sat, the server starts you with the soup of the day. For our particular group we had gumbo on Sunday, red beans and rice on Monday, crawfish etouffee on Tuesday, and duck & sausage andouille on Wednesday. Next is a dinner salad upon arrival of the entree. The server reads off different options from which you can choose.  Redfish, quail, and steak are common among these choices.

Refish on halfshell

Redfish on the halfshell. Yuuummmy! :: Photo by Matt Jones

Woodland Plantation

View of the Woodland Plantation at Sunrise :: Photo by Matt Jones

Woodland Plantation

The Bar. Warming the body and the mind. :: Photo by Matt Jones

So, back to my expectations and how they were ultimately met. Going in, we all knew the weather this season had been punishing. Alike the rest of the country, the southern flats of Louisiana have been experienced colder weather than the norm. The key for our success was getting sunlight and finding warm water. Obviously we needed sun to see, but we also needed it to warm the shallow flats. We quickly realized that this may not happen due to the fact we had 20-25 knot winds. A quick breakdown of the weather we experienced — lots of sun + lots of wind = little change in water temperature. Our first three days we did catch fish, but it was tough, real tough. Because of the wind, we had very dirty water which made sight casting to redfish difficult. Eighty five percent of the time, I would look down from the casting platform only to realize we had just spooked another redfish beneath the boat. Every so often though, I would spot a fish with a dark back or one sitting closer to the surface, would make a cast and more often than not would get an eat. By Wednesday we were all frustrated with the wind, and the dirty water but were ready to face our last day on the water.  The forecast called for winds to blow at 5-15 knots and luckily the forecast was wrong. Thursday was our day of redemption, we had calm enough conditions to run the boats far closer to the gulf than we had previously and that was our ticket to success. After making a drift across the first flat, our guide took us to an incredible place. Capt. Bryan Carter made the decision to cross the sand bar and go into the gulf to explore the beaches. The gulf water was far warmer than the water on the flats and we quickly started seeing fish (big fish). Within minutes Bryan spotted a huge redfish tail breaking the surface. At this particular point in time, Jared was on the platform searching for this fish. When we found the fish, Jared placed a perfect cast in front of this fish. He slurped it up, and it was on. We initially thought this fish was short of 20lbs, but were very surprised when Jared reeled this fish closer to the boat. After netting and landing the redfish, it weighed in at 29lbs. Not a bad way to end the trip!

Big Redfish

Jared Louviere with 29lb refish :: Photo by Matt Jones

Redfish

Myself with a nicely spotted redfish :: Photo by Jared Louviere

Despite the harsh weather, we ended up having a very successful trip. There were many fish taken in the 12-16lb range, and on the last day Jared landed his trophy.  Other Tailwaters’ customers Rick Buferd, John Hansen, Joey Pate, and Joe Worsham found large schools of redfish and caught in total of over 75 fish!

double redfish

Rick Buferd and John Hansen with a double

Louisiana Redfish

Jared Louviere with 14lb redfish :: Photo by Matt Jones

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Hello All!

As scary as it is, December is here, and that means two things –

One: the shop is again in full Christmas mode

Santa Poon. Photo by: Matt Jones

Two: our annual Christmas party is approaching quickly on Saturday, December 12.

This year we have changed it up a little bit! Instead of the normal catered goodies, each of the staff members will be preparing a chili of their choosing for you to judge. Since we all think our recipes are the best, we’ve decided to let you all be the judge! For those non-chili folks, we’ll have hot dogs, and very likely a fried turkey if Mr. Leake has his way.

We look forward to seeing you all!!

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Thank you to everyone who attended our screening of the 2009 Drake Magazine Fly Fishing Tour, this past Wednesday at the Magnolia Theatre. We had close to 500 folks in attendance, with a good number stopping by the shop for “pre-game” festivities! We should have a great spread of photos coming soon, thanks to one Shannon Drawe, who put together a cool little montage on his blog, Texas Fly Caster.

Folks getting seated in Theater 1. Photo by: Matt Jones

For those who were unable to grab one at the theatre, we have a small selection of the “official” t-shirts still available, either at the shop or the Twin Tail Clothing Company’s website HERE for $10. If you would like us to put one aside for you, just give a shout.

The Official Drake Film Tour Shirt from Dallas. Photo by: Matthew Jones

We hope you all had as wonderful a time at the show as we did, and look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s show, and in the shop for Christmas!

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Photo by: David Leake

Photo by: David Leake


We celebrated the 2nd Anniversary of our retail opening this Saturday at the shop. It was a fun and fruitful event with the weather cooperating and a huge turnout. If you made it by – thank you for coming! If you did not swing it, you missed out on a very lucrative sales promotion, keg beer, hot dogs, crawfish boil, live music, and a lot of laughs.

Special thanks to our travel department guests from Alaska , Louisiana, Argentina, Canada, and Mexico who made the trip to support us and promote their operations. The heat is coming soon, and hopefully you will give us a call to book your summertime angling escape.

Above all, thank you to all our customers and friends who have made the last two years possible for Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company. As we enter our third year of business, we are confident to have laid solid roots. Expect our brand to become more visible as Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company continues to grow. Upward and onward into year number three!

Travis and Corey man a very busy cash & wrap. Photo by: David Leake

Travis and Corey man a very busy cash & wrap. Photo by: David Leake

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