Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Browns, a ten year wait

It has been nearly 10 years since brown trout have been stocked in the Guadalupe river below the dam at canyon lake.
The first time I fished for them was a trip to Colorado years ago and what I remember was how aggressive they were and how hard they fought. On that trip everyone I caught came on a streamer stripped below the surface.

This was a beast caught in Colorado.

After the fish were stocked this month I waited a week to give them time to settle down and get adjusted to their new home.
Using a wooly bugger I started my pursuit. After numerous bites without a hookup I added an emerger about eight inches off the hook of the wooly and immediately had a hookup.

My first brown trout in texas had been landed and set free. The day ended with twenty one browns landed and all caught on streamers.

The color on these fish is just beautiful. Ive fished two other times since that day and had great results each time. Looking forward to see if they survive the summer and are there next winter.

Trout Season 2016

With the waters starting to fill up with a flotilla of inner tubes. I will start shifting my focus to other rivers and bass fishing from the kayak. Don't get me wrong. I'll still chase trout, but shift gears to fishing the trout river during the early morning of a weekday before the tube hatch.

This season has been fun. I have made new friends and was able to catch both Rainbow and Brown trout from the Guadalupe river. The flow has been the best I've seen it in years and with the river bottom being changed by the flood it presented a whole new challenge. But that's the fun of it, learn to adapt.

Most that know me, know that I love to fish streamers. It has to do with figuring out the presentation and the speed at which a strike occurs. Once a pattern is figured out then a good day gets better.

This season I pushed myself on a new challenge. Built myself a 5wt glass rod and used it almost exclusively with the exception of days that I tossed large streamers. Talk about fun, the bend of the glass and the fight to land a fish is unreal. I could almost cast a small streamer as far with it as a good Loop rod. Now I'm going to build a 7wt to toss the larger streamers.

This was my third season to fish for trout and by far the best. While there is still a lot to learn I look forward to the challenges that are presented.
See you on the water.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


You are probably wondering what the title means. When you get a hall pass you load up the kayaks and haul them to the marsh.
The 575 is the amount of miles to drive from my house in Texas to the camp in Mississippi one way.
The 8 is for how many hours it took to drive that many miles just to chase some redfish.
The 5 would be the limit of legal reds you can keep in a day.

For two weeks I'd been dreaming about this trip, watching the weather, getting the gear ready, and deciding between the kayak or the SUP.

Ended up taking the Jackson Kayak SUPerFISHal as it would give me an advantage paddling into the tight quarters and shallow water. The downside would be it is not the fastest thing out there but ill trade stability for speed on most days. Took three Loop fly rods and one baitcaster for the real windy days.

Why are weathermen always wrong, and they still get to keep their job. What was supposed to be flat winds found them blowing 12-15 mph with gusts of 20. Sure made for an exciting trip across the bay to get into the marsh on a paddle board. But we made it and when you look at the pictures you will se that there was no wind due to the tall grass.
It didn't take long to catch my first fish. I felt a bump on the shrimp fly and was surprised to pull in a small trout which I released to grow up.

This would be the only fish caught and I blanked again on day two. The wind was playing havoc and the tides were very low. This made the fish very spooky in the cuts. While I saw a lot of fish it just didn't work out.

When the fish aren't cooperating what do you do.

Got up and left at 4am, headed to Louisiana to fish the marsh there out of a boat with a friend. Same scenario with the wind and tide but we found the redfish. While the bite was slow a limit was caught.

Two of the five measured 28" on the board. Turned out to be a great day.

How many miles to drive home

Thursday, July 2, 2015

North to Alaska (the video)

Finally got around to putting the footage that I shot from the Go Pro into a short video. I'm no pro when it comes to making movies but like the way it turned out. Enjoy.......................

Thursday, June 18, 2015

(Bucket List) Alaska Fly Fishing.......Check

As you get older there are certain things that you want to do before you are hopefully called above. Some of these things you want to share with family and the rest for me pertains to fly fishing. When the chance came to go on an Alaskan cruise, I immediately began searching for a fly fishing trip at one of the stops along the way. One that caught my eye was offered by Bear Creek Outfitters which offered Fly in Fly out services based out of Juneau. My cousin who was on the trip asked if he could join in which I thought was great since he has never fly fished.
The day started with rain as we waited to be picked up. We soon arrived at the Outfitter and were fitted with waders and boots the dropped off at the plane pond. This was a first as I hopped into the plane and readied for the twenty minute flight. The scope of the scenery can only be described as amazing. The perspective of flying low and between mountains gives you a new vision on flight.
The landing was smooth and we were soon on the sandbar meeting our guide and getting filled in on the conditions. Seems the Salmon hadn't moved in yet so we would fish the sandbar for a short time before the tide came in for Dolly Varden trout.
This sandbar would soon be completely underwater. I was able to start fishing while our guide gave casting instruction to the three others. As I waded along the bar a few fish were rising but with water at the top of my waders they were still out of reach. A sea lion popped up about twenty yards in front of me so that was my cue to exit. We then packed up and moved a half mile to a stream that fed the bay looking for the trout. It didn't take long for my cousin to catch the first fish of the day and his first on a fly. I might have said something about beginners luck and the great instruction that I was giving him. It was exciting to see the smile on his face.
It wasn't long before I hooked up and landed a nice fish. This was another one to add to the list of species caught on a fly. While they are not a large trout, they have a ton of spirit and fight.
Out of all the pictures that were taken, this has to be my favorite. It is of my cousin Gus and the great form and loop he has for a first time fly fisher.
We ended the day with at least a dozen fish caught by each and he is still rubbing it in about catching the first and most. Told him it was the lucky fishing shirt that my wife talked him into buying. Guess the shirt worked. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the scenery pictures below. It has been a long time since I posted anything.