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One Hour After Supper

Supper is done and this is the first calm evening we’ve had for some time. The wind seems to always blow here at the ranch.  My fly rod and lanyard are waiting by the man-cave door, as if asking to go out.  You can see, then, I had no choice but to go.

The rod is strung, the fly attached.  A Cypret Minnow this evening.  The pond has been showing signs of life.  Bugs hatching, fish rising.  The sun is low in the sky, promise of the impending celestial saturation.

With a barely perceptible breeze, the only disturbance on the water is my fly.  After the streamer sinks, the surface ripples disappear, along with my worries from the day.  A steady rhythm now.

Cast.

Retrieve.

My mind begins to wander, and I let the calm beauty of the setting sun warm me.  An aggressive strike shakes me back to the present, and I quickly look around me, as if to make sure no one saw me jump.  A few more casts yield a few more fish, and I’m finding it difficult to continue because I am otherwise occupied by the setting sun behind me.  I lay the rod down and grab my camera.

One hour after supper.

A Few Nice Fish on a Beautiful Evening

A Few Nice Fish on a Beautiful Evening

A Rich Texas Sunset

A Rich Texas Sunset

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Catching a Break

Yesterday was a very pleasant day (weather-wise). We had a slight break from some very cold weather.  The temp climbed to 42 degrees, and I broke out the Sage / Lamson combo and headed to the pond.  Although the air was warmer, the water was still quite cold and was biting my fingers a bit as I was stripped the line. I had one taker: the second crappie in as many weeks.  One in late January, one yesterday.  Hmm, maybe I should try for a goal of catching a fish out here at the ranch in every month of the year.  We’ll see.  Here’s the little Crappie that hit right at the edge of the water.  I’m hoping to get into a mess of these once the weather warms this Spring.

If you care, this guy hit a green and white clouser.

Tight lines!

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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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The Hunt and the Harvest

This just happened: Duck, bacon and jalapeño.  I don’t know who first thought of using bacon and jalapeño peppers with wild game, but thank you, sir (ma’am).  That combination of salty, smoky and spicy makes anything better.  Period.  Some people disagree, and will talk about not disguising the flavor of wild game.  As for me, I believe in the power of bacon.

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This was on our table this evening.  Now here are a few photos of how it got there.

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Posted by on February 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Winter Slump Buster

This evening it was simply too pretty outside to stay inside.  I had to get out, if even for a few minutes.  One thing I love about my new living arrangements (living on a cattle ranch / youth camp) is the close proximity to a couple of ponds.  One is a fishing pond, and one is a swimming pond.  Truth be told – they’re both good fishing ponds.

Sunset Over The Fishing Pond

Sunset Over The Fishing Pond

We’ve had our share of colder than usual weather this winter, and I have not gotten out and fly fished much.  I know die-hard trout fishermen who will brave any weather.  That works for a cold water species like trout.  In our farm ponds in North Texas, the warm water species seem to turn off during the cold months.  Some may disagree, and I would acquiesce.  I only speak from my own observation and experience.

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So, when I got out for just a bit this evening for some casting in a winter sunset, I was a little surprised to feel the sudden taught line.  This crappie hit on a girdle bug tied for me by my daughter.  As gratifying as it is to catch a fish on a fly I tied myself, it’s even more rewarding to catch one on a fly one of my kids tied for me (one of those Dad things). As you can see, it’s no real trophy, but I’ll take this Crappie for a winter slump buster any day.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Nature Photography

It’s the last day of 2013, and I am at home with my wife.  There’s no place I’d rather be.  Just a quiet evening at the ranch.

Also, I am pleased to announce that I have recently opened an online photo gallery featuring my nature photography.  Click here for Brian K Davis Photography.  All photos (like the one below) in the galleries are for sale as prints and other photo gift products.  If you’re in the browsing mood, I invite you to check out my Facebook page as well.

 

Happy New Year!

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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12.27.13 Benchwork

Well, I guess a Bass Pro gift card, and a recently organized fly tying desk could only mean one thing.  Time to start tying again.  I decided to try a classic fly, the Prince Nymph.  So . . .  uhh . . . here it is.

DSC_3380 - Version 2I know it’s supposed to have brown goose biots for the tail, but white is what I had.  And, I wonder if they’ll add visibility to the fly.  Time will tell.  Time, and fish.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Winter Solstace +1

Only one day after the Winter Soltace, I found these trees shepherding a field of winter wheat.
The days starting getting longer today, and as if on cue, the sun broke through the clouds, bathing this new crop in rich, warm hues.  A nice promise of spring.

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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