Check out Waypoints in iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/waypoints/id738222551
I’m downloading it on my iPhone now and [...]]]>
Check out Waypoints in iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/waypoints/id738222551
I’m downloading it on my iPhone now and will be watching it on my Apple TV tonight.]]>
We stayed at the Woodland Plantation for a couple of nights as our base for the fly fishing trip. We had the whole building to ourselves as we were there at a pretty off time. Foster, the owner, was awesome and welcomed us with some wine and conversation about the history of the plantation and about the fishing.
Instead of yapping about the trip as I’m not yet back into the blogging mode, I’m just going to drop some pictures in here and let them talk for themselves. I’m hoping to start the new year with maybe a recap of last year’s fishing (which I completely kept to myself), a new site/design, a giveaway and some regular posts. Hope your fishing is taking you to some astonishing places. Happy New Year!
[See image gallery at anglerwannabe.com]
The answer is:
The answer is:
Name the most interesting type of trout that I caught on my recent trip to Utah.
I haven’t made a trip blog post yet but you may find some info in my past tweets. Whoever posts the first correct response in the comments and lives in the US, wins. See, easy.
Parker and I ran up the road to Austin Canoe and Kayak. Although they were very helpful, I definitely felt like I was at a nice fly shop trying to buy a $30 Cortland rod (no offense to Cortland but I tend to find them at places like Walmart). One of the guys did say some nice things about an Advanced Elements StraitEdge2 kayak. That was enough for me so I got it.
Deciding where to take it first was the next interesting challenge. Debated on Town Lake (too crowded), Colorado Bend park (too far and likely full of white bass chasers), or the Llano river. I pulled out Kevin Hutcheson’s awesome book – Fly Fishing the Texas Hill Country and randomly picked somewhere I hadn’t been before that was close enough to get there in less than 2 hours. Big Webberville Park it was. Not knowing what to expect, I packed up the car and headed out.
The park ended up being nicely kept up and had a boat ramp. Now the water was kinda like I always remembered the Colorado River – murky with lots of debris. I used my new Fujifilm XP underwater camera to try shoot some footage but you literally couldn’t see anything.
We paddled downstream until we got out of the dock area. Coming up on a set of “rapids” I was just getting ready to try them out when I realized, crap, I won’t be able to back upstream. By this time I was already starting the acceleration and so frantically paddled to the shore to walk the boat back up to still water. That was almost a very dumb move.
It ended up being a really nice place to set up for some fishing so Parker hopped out and we put on some wooly buggers and started casting. Parker caught a few little bass on his own and I pulled in 5 or 6 little bass 8″ – 11″. It was so cool watching Parker cast on his own and work on his roll cast. He was doing great.
The boat worked great overall. It was fairly easy to maneuver and wasn’t too uncomfortable. I need to figure out how to deal with two fly rods and a paddle. That can get a bit nerve wracking. I get scared that I’m either going to crush a rod or knock it overboard. Next purchase, fly rod holders.
I’m very excited that I will now be able to share my time on the water with Parker. He seems to really be getting into it and he’s doing great. Should be making a lot more posts with two fishing reports going forward!
A couple of days ago, I was at Sportsman’s Finest and was just killing some time. I picked up an Orvis bamboo rod but quickly put it down after the $1750 price tag swung into my view. I would have loved to get it but I just can’t spend that much on a rod. I break them too easily. But, I could do a Winston maybe. I really loved the 4wt Winston that I borrowed from my guide a few years back at Broken Bow. It was like casting a feather. I picked one up, did the standard fly shop rod wiggle and put it back. I could do that. Wait, if they have an Orvis bamboo rod, maybe they have the Zero Gravity Helios rod by Orvis (yes, their ad seems to work). I asked the always helpful Ryan if they have other Orvis rods which he replied, no, we’ve tried to phase them out since the Orvis store moved back to Austin. “But, we do have a couple of Helios rods at 30% off. Would you like to cast one?” No, just ring it up I told him, I’ll take it.
So, at this point, I was trying to decide which reel to put on it. I have a few 5wt reels – Reddington, Ross, Okuma, SA, LL Bean, and probably some other ones I forgot about. I thought, if I’m going to spend the big bucks on the rod, I might as well get a good… no a great, reel.
Ryan ran through a few starting with some Lamson’s and compared them to a Ross or two and then moved over to the Hatch line. The Hatch reels look really really nice and were super light and butter smooth. Yes, that was the combo I wanted – an Orvis Helios 5 wt 8.5′ and the Hatch 4 Plus reel.
After I painfully signed the credit card slip, I went home wishing I was heading straight out to the water. Not in the cards that day but I did have a quick Guadalupe trip planned for the coming week with my friend Scot. Should be a perfect time to try out my ultimate combo.
Jump to Thursday – I took off and met down at Scot’s father’s house. First, I stopped at the Reel Fly Adventures shop in Sattler where I picked up a net that replaces the current one I have that was big enough to bring a Marlin to the boat. I also got a few flies including a recommended pink San Juan worm and a flashy nymph that the name eludes me. It was something I hadn’t heard of before.
Me, Scott and Uncle Bob as he’s affectionately called jumped in the Subaru and headed to the Potts access point. Turns out Potts lease access expired a few days ago but the owner of the property happened to drive by and let us park there anyway.
The water was pretty murky. I’m not sure if I have seen it with as low visibility as it was today. I tied on a wooly bugger and jumped in. A couple of casts and I had a little panfish. At least it was a start.
No need to bore you with all the details but I ended up hooking one of the larger fish I’ve ever caught on the Guadalupe. I fought it for about a minute which was a pretty long time given the width of the river at the spot where I caught him. As he got within netting range, the fly got unstuck. I had already started planning my blog post and where I was going to put the framed picture when the line went limp. I yelled an obscenity and actually did one of those toddler temper tantrum jumps. Regardless, the rod played it beautifully and the reel held it’s own.
I ended up landing a couple more with the one below being the only one I photographed.
Here’s a little spectator that floated a little too close for comfort
And here are some of my typical scenery pictures
Yes, I think I’m going to like this new equipment investment!
This one is based out of New Zealand. It’s simply called Fly Fishers Inc and is from a company by the name of The Manic Tackle Project. Lately, I’ve been fascinated with the quest to catch big trout in crystal clear water in the picturesque setting of a place where sheep outnumber people. My goal is to take a week-long trip there by the end of this year. I have no idea if this is possible, but dang it, I’m going to try. Wish me luck and in the meantime, dig into this lovely page turner.
I got up the next morning and stopped in at the coffee shop down the street. I ran over to Ozark Anglers to get some tips, flies and just figure out what the hell to do while I’m here to fish the Little Red River.
I was told that the flows out of the damn were pretty much going to screw my day on the water. I could fish right at the damn but it would be too high to wade. As it turns out, the Little Red River was going to be too high to wade the entire weekend or at least that was the way it was looking.
I picked up a copy of Home Waters which is the most expensive local book I’ve ever purchased. I believe the damn thing was about $40. But, after looking through it, I was impressed. The most usable detailed info I’ve seen. Highly recommend it.
I then took a quick drive up to the Norfork area which is part of the White River system. I was told there would be a few good wadeable spots, of course, depending on the water release schedule. After about a 2 hour drive, I made it to the Norfork.
Norfork – Handicap accessible spot
Camera-Shy Norfork Rainbow
I ended up catching about 7 or 8 trout here but decided I should actually try to fish the White River. I’ve heard about it my whole fly fishing life so wanted to see what all the praise was about. I went back to my car and drove over to Dallys Ozark Fly Fisher shop.
Dally’s was awesome. @diablops recommended that I stop there and I’m glad I did. Great people and all sorts of stuff. I was freezing in the Norfork so I picked up some gloves and a Simms jacket. I could have hung out in that shop for hours.
The only place I could really wade in the White River was about 5 minutes away and it was really to just say I did it. I had low expectations.
The Famed White River!
Expectations were met, not a nibble though I did see a few flashes of fish and one riser. Just no luck for me. As it got dark, I jumped in the rental and headed back. The night was very foggy and my gps decided that I wanted to take the scenic route which didn’t really matter cause I couldn’t see a damn thing. The trip back took 3.5 hours which put me in too late to eat at the Anderson House Inn that night. Tired, I looked over the Home Waters book and decided that I really needed a guide. I sent an email to Greg Seaton, a local guide, to see if he had any openings for tomorrow. I didn’t think he would but it was worth trying.
I woke up the next morning to a voicemail from Greg saying he could do a float trip. I made my obligatory stop at Jitterbug Coffeehouse and met Greg at the Exxon down the road. Greg is an older gentlemen, extremely friendly, knowledgeable and actually retired. He was guiding for the fun of it. He made a call to check the generation schedule and then we headed over to the put in.
I’m not going into all the details of where we fished etc, but the outcome was around 30-35 fish to the boat. The Little Red River is full of fish. I mean they are everywhere. We covered miles of water but I still caught fish at every run. I’ll blame a lot of that on the river but I’m sure my excellent guide had just as much to do with it or more. I had a great time even though I froze my butt off.
Fought hard but he was bird-injured
I can’t say enough good things about my guide for the day. Good conversation, great advice, and he put me on a ton of fish. Although I didn’t catch a world record Brown, I did catch many 12-16″ fish which is still a lot of fun. If you head up his way, give him a call. His price is very reasonable and he even sends you a DVD of your pictures and some of his incredible ones from the area. On a side night, we had really bad weather in Austin a few days later and he called me to check and make sure we were ok. You don’t run into good folks like that very often.
Here’s Greg’s site: http://www.littleredflyfishingtrips.com/
That evening, I was able to make it to dinner at Anderson House Inn. I enjoyed a really well made steak. It also happened to be one of 3 places that serve alcohol in the county. I ended up staying the entire night there getting to know some of the good people of Heber Springs.
A big part of my heart was lost in Austin but the little Ozark town of Heber Springs healed it enough to keep me going forward one day at a time. Thanks y’all!]]>
Everyone needs more flies, right? I went fishing for 45 minutes a couple of days ago and lost 3 flies (to big fish, not brush). I’m pretty sure readers of this blog lose flies too. Regardless of why you need flies, every angler needs ’em.
So, here’s the good news. You can buy the flies you need at great prices and 30% of the proceeds from your purchase go to the excellent organization Recycled Fish! What are you waiting for! Matter of fact, I’m going to get on there right now and buy some Muddler Minnows to replace the ones I lost to the freakishly large fish in my local drainage ditch.
Here’s the link to the store: