Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Several generations at the Silver Creek BBQ who wouldn't know what to do without the creek. King, Dayna and her son Ben, Paddy, and me.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Allied. A sweet Bahamian boat that's mahogany covered with fiberglass. She's heavy, but a beaut.
I've finally recovered from my "vacation" to Texas to do some redfishing. We left Goliad every morning between 4 and 5 and were out on the water all day. It was the first sun my body had seen in over six months, but my sunburn wasn't too bad. We had some funky weather while we were down there--it was downright cool--the people working at the ferry in Port Aransas were wearing coats and stocking hats! That made for some slow fishing, but we did catch some fish--mostly sea trout--and learned a TON for our next trip in October. We all learned to pole--only Pop fell in the water--we learned about different water, different flies, fish behavior, and saw a few new bird species. My favorite is the tri-colored heron--crazy hackle!
The boat broke down on Friday when we were trying to go in--it ended up being the ignition and a short in the engine. I did catch a sea trout while we were floating around the bay.
Being pulled back in to Goose Island by Captains Heard.
Paddy can't go to Texas without shooting a pig. It was awfully delicious on Mother's Day. YUM!
It's taken me a week to recover from my trip, but I'm already planning my next trip south--I see some big bull reds in my future.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I’m so tired, I can barely type, but the show must go on.
I’ve been in Texas for twelve days—hanging out with the folks and redfishing. Chance, the lovely gentleman at Swan Point Landing was awesome and it’s great to be able to go to a fly shop in Rockport, Texas. I’m exhausted, sunburned, and defeated, but it was great going down south and I plan on another trip in October. I could grow a mullet and buy a Hell’s Bay before you know it.
I’m at home base today catching up; fortunately, the fly-tying class I teach was canceled so that I can do a few things at home.
Tomorrow, I’m heading west for the Sandy River Spey Clave. I’ve been trying to go for years and even though I should be at home, I’m going for it. I can’t wait to see some friends and learn lots. I think driving by myself will be a nice change of pace, too.
We’re 16 days from opening day and I can’t wait. I’ve got so much to do to get ready, but I guess I have so much to do in general.
2011 is a great year, period.