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Wednesday
Sep302009

A Collection of Fly Tying Desk Photos

LINK (Via: Guys, Flies & Pies)

Wednesday
Sep302009

New Summer Strong Runs

In this issue:

  • Columbia River wild steelhead decline
  • Bates Park: Fish passage and watershed health before local recreational interests
  • South Umpqua Steward update: I refuse to let my home waters be a sacrifice river
  • An NFS Film Event: Where Hope Resides
  • Nehalem River: A Stewards' view of agency actions that could impede wild fish recovery
  • First half of 2009 NFS accomplishments

  • LINK (Via: Osprey Steelhead News)

    Wednesday
    Sep302009

    How to Make a Corn Bomb After Fly Fishing

    Wednesday
    Sep302009

    Dinner for Two?

    William Lamb was pretty cynical about fish. This apparatus, patented in 1894, assumes that a fish that sees itself in a mirror “will be made bolder by the supposed companionship, and more eager to take the bait before his competitor seizes it.”

    “He will lose his caution,” Lamb wrote, “and take the bait with a recklessness that greatly increases the chances of his being caught on the hook.”

    (Via: Futility Closet)

    Tuesday
    Sep292009

    How Do You Say Striper?

    We crushed em today on the inside, blowin way too hard on the outside to chase Fat Albert.

    Tuesday
    Sep292009

    Neville Flynn would be proud

    Our friend Tim Ridings forwarded us this story and images.

    Greetings to everyone from River Run Guide Service.

    In 20 years of fishing the Middle/Upper Brazos River, I can honestly say that I have never encountered a venomous snake (pit viper) within the riverbed. However, as I tell my clients, go outside the riverbed and that can be a very different story.

    Obviously, just because I have never come across a venomous snake in the river, does not in any way mean they are not there. In fact, I always remain vigilant and on the lookout knowing that I'm simply overdue for my first encounter.

    The way I look at it, Texas, venomous snakes and the outdoors will always go hand in hand.

    So, I wasn't too surprised when I observed a juvenile rattlesnake headed across the river while I was in my kayak flipping a jig for bass.


    I continue fishing. However, I can't help to notice the rattler has changed it's course and is headed straight for my kayak.

    At this point, I've pretty much quit fishing and have my attention focused on the intentions of this potentially pesky pit viper.

    While tracking the rattler's movement, I couldn't help but think, from a fish's point of view, how enticing the serpentine motion of this snake looked while in the water.

    Suddenly, I am jolted back to reality by the fact the rattler is now along side my kayak and is lifting it's head out of the water in an apparent attempt to come aboard.

    No way I'm having this ill intentioned reptilian hitchhiker nosing around the kayak. So, with a couple whacks of the paddle, it's now docile as can be.

    Now my mind begins to wonder...Hmmmm. hmmm

    This rattler looks like mighty good big bass bait!!!

    I put him in one of the footwells on the kayak and paddle over to a series of submerged river laydowns

    Here is my "Superstar" getting warmed up in the bullpen.
    so I can begin to put my plan into action.

    Put me in, Coach!!!

    I now cautiously rig the snake by hooking it through the bottom of the jaw and through the top of the head onto a weedless black 3/4 oz. jig.

    On my sixth cast into the snag infested laydown my jig n snake combo gets destroyed on the fall as indicated by a telltale "thump" that reverberates all the way down my rod blank. I set the hook hard and immediately feel stiff resistance on the other end from what I know is a solid fish.

    What happens next is something I'll likely never forget as I watch my bass come cartwheeling out of the water with the rattler hanging out of it's mouth!

    The LMB gave a really good account of itself and I eventually get her alongside the kayak. I cautiously lip the opposite side of the cavernous mouth where the fish is hooked.


    I now take a moment to pose with my oversize snake eating river bass before returning her back into the river depths.

    I admit, my curiosity might have gotten the best of me on this one. However, I just couldn't help it.

    In the end...

    It was just another Kayak Fishing Adventure on the Brazos River, Tx..