Sunday, December 21, 2008
Only one of us caught fish and that one was "ME".
We could not have asked for a better day.
Here's the sunrise over the river with the fog rolling off of it.
Here's my bro fishing with his balloons.
Aaron and Jim
My first fish.
I hooked something that pulled me around for a while with my rod bent double and then got off. I never saw what it was. I suspect it was a big ole catfish.
It was a great trip with family and friends. Looking forward to doing it again soon. :-)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Here's the big'n
Maybe tomorrow will be better. LOL
Sunday, November 23, 2008
- I replaced our broken dishwasher (and Patty is very happy about that).
- I cleaned up my man cave. :-)
- I built a drying wheel so I can make epoxy flies.
- I tied a bunch of epoxy head clousers.
- I tied a couple of epoxy spoon flies.
- I went to the Red River and fished on Thursday and caught a big ole flathead catfish on the fly.
- I helped Patty rearrange the dining room and living room.
- I layed on the couch like a big dog with the two little dogs.
Wooooooohooooooooooo, what a rough life I live.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Oh, and he caught all the fish that morning.
I caught the proverbial
I recently went to the Red River to take a look at the water level. When I got there the level was GREAT and I observed a guide boat on the river wearing out the stripers. Well, I couldn't pass that up so I grabbed my fly rod, 2 clousers, and my vest and off I went. I waded out about knee deep and began casting. On my second cast I hooked up with a nice striper.
Please excuse the quality of the pic. This was an unplanned trip so the camera was home. I used my cell phone in a pinch.
This weekend I signed up for a jig swap so I had to get it in gear and tie 20 jigs. I got them all done and even made a custom jig/fly box to ship them back and forth in.
I'm off tuesday through Saturday of next week so stay tuned for more misadventures of Ole TCF.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Here's our campsite
Mocha ready to go yakin'
Breakfast on Saturday
Mocha loves momma :-)
Shots around the campground
Fishing Sunday. I forgot the camera Saturday.
Warming by the fire on Sunday morning with my honey.
Miss Mocha wore out and ready to be home.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I also picked up a vintage fly rod that I am very excited about. It is a Garcia 2536 Conolon.
Now I'm really pumped about Oktoberfisch!!!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
This week one of the sweetest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing went to be with the Lord on Saturday morning. Patty's mom Margaret "Swamp Jumper" passed away at approximately 8:30 yesterday morning. I can honestly say I had the best mother-in-law in the whole world. I'm not sure why, but she loved me so much it wasn't funny.
Margaret, we will miss you but we also know that one day we will see you again. We are rejoicing in the fact that you are with Jesus and no longer are suffering. Keep an eye out for us and always remember "it's hard to be humble".
We will always remember and love you,
Friday, September 12, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
We loaded up Friday and headed to Rainbow, Texas for a weekend of camping, fishing, and yaking on the Brazos River.
We stayed at Camp & Fish a primative little campground right on the river. We got there around 9 o'clock Friday night and setup the tent in the dark. The sky was full of stars and the only noises were the crickets and the sound of a pump on a gas well in the area. We sat and looked across the river and the beautiful night sky for quite some time. Knowing that we had to get on the river early to avoid the heat we started around 6:15 Saturday morning. I prepared the breakfast, instant coffee and chocolate donuts or a cereal bar (I ate the donuts).
Here's our camp:
The paddle was very eventful. We started out paddling upriver so we could float back with the current. We paddled for several hours stopping and fishing and Patty searching in the shallow flowing water for rocks. She even found a blood red heart shaped rock.
On the return trip the fun began. We paddled against a 15 to 17 mph wind (so much for using the current). We crossed several shallow areas. Patty floated right across one so I tried it too. NOT!!! So, I get out and drag to an area deep enough to get back in. When I went to get back in I stepped into the yak, slipped, and SPLASH I was in the river. Oh well, off again. We paddled for a while went through some light rapids and then came to a swift running spot. I went through first and got sideways and almost went under a tree. Then Patty came through and wound up under the tree. Her rods were in the rodholders sticking up and got hung in the tree. She immediately tried to turn around and untangle them. I saw her doing that and started to tell her don't do it when KERPLUNK she flipped the yak and went in the drink. She popped up, flipped her yak back over and grabbed hold of it. I immediately paddled to her to help. I got over there and was holding onto her yak and sitting sidesaddle in mine with my stakeout pole holding us. THEN my stakeout pole came out and we were moving quickly with the current. And then it happened (since I was sidesaddle and floating backwards I didn't see it happening). Remember George of the Jungle "look out for that TREE" it hit me in the back of the head and KERPLUNK I was in the drink with Patty. Fortunately it was only about 4 1/2 feet deep. We grabbed our yaks and waded to the sand bar to take inventory.
- digital camera
- rod holder
- seat pad
- cereal bars
- fishing pliers and holster
- and we later realized Patty's hat
We paddled a little further down river and there was Patty's hat. It had floated up into a tree so I went over and rescued it. Then I attempted to catch up with "Speedy". She had paddled way down river. I caught her and gave her hat to her. Then she took off again. After paddling for about two miles I told Patty none of the things we were seeing looked familiar. I asked a guy on the river which direction to Camp & Fish and shonuff we had passed it. During most of our trip back we had a buzzard flying over us. Patty blamed him for not helping us find our takeout point. On the return he landed and began walking around on shore at the takeout place.
Here he is:
After getting back to camp we put on dry clothes, packed up, and headed to the Loco Coyote for some lunch/dinner and then headed home. In spite of the loss of the camera we had a great time on the river. Now we're looking forward to Oktoberfisch on the Llano next month.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I cast right back in the same spot and here's the result.
The next cast was productive but the end result was not as good. maybe even a little embarrasing.
I caught probably 8 to 10 more before it got hot and I decided to leave.
It turned out to be a nice fishing day after all.