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How To End a Fishing Trip

How To End a Fishing Trip

My last post was about a spring break family get-together and fishing trip.  We came back home from that trip this afternoon.  After a little bit of a nap and some warmed up pizza, I went down to the pond to take advantage of a beautiful windless evening.  After all, I’ve got jury duty tomorrow, and who knows how long THAT will last?  After trying a couple of patterns I went with an olive Woolly Bugger.  Come to think of it, why didn’t I start with that?  Three bass to hand in just a few minutes, including two fish on consecutive casts, told me the pond is warming up.  

That, my friends, is how to end a fishing trip.

Evening Bass

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Fishing, Nature, Photography

 

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Spring Break in Beavers Bend

Spring Break in Beavers Bend

This was Spring break for two of my children who are still in College and we were all able to get together for a little family time in Southeastern Oklahoma.  We all met at a cabin in Beavers Bend, just north of Broken Bow.  We had a terrific time playing games, eating some good food, laughing, and of course – we got some trout fishing, too.  The fishing was a little off due to the fact that the Army Corps of Engineers  sent a 4 foot wall of water from Broken Bow Reservoir downstream just a few days before our arrival.  It was unscheduled and unannounced.  A few people were actually injured by the flood, but thankfully nobody was fatally injured. It completely washed out some of the smaller creeks.  The fish were still there, but we really had to work for them.  I brought 4 to hand with #18 Zebra Midges, and a black Cat’s Whisker.  One of my sons caught a few today on a pink egg pattern and a Copper John.  This was our second trip to Beavers Bend and we’ll definitely be coming back.

Me with a Rainbow

Me with a Rainbow

Spillway Creek

Spillway Creek

Lost Creek

Lost Creek

A small Brown on a black Cat's Whisker

A small Brown on a black Cat’s Whisker

One of my son's Rainbow from today

One of my son’s Rainbow from today

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Fishing, Photography

 

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Easy Evening

A great afternoon at the ranch.  After taking it hard with a Sunday afternoon nap, I managed to find some time to relax in a camp chair while the coals burned down and just enjoy the view of the front pasture.

the front pasture



 
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Posted by on March 15, 2015 in Not Fishing, Photography

 

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The Cool, Wet Day

The Cool, Wet Day

It has been cold here in North Central Texas.  Cold and wet.  Winter just doesn’t seem ready to let go. We’re into the second week of March and it’s time for things to start warming up.

The fishing pond is so full it is draining into the swimming pond. That’s a good thing.  I live on a youth camp, and heading into the camp season with full ponds means happy campers.

Water emptying into the swimming pond also means food emptying into the swimming pond.  The bass pictured here was caught right where the water was draining into the pond.  Just lurking around in the inflow where the smaller fish were gathered to eat the bugs being washed in with the water.  The crappie was caught across the dam in the fishing pond.  Both were on an olive Pistol Pete fly.

Here’s to warmer days . . .



bass in the swimming pond



crappie in the fishing pond



conditions



 
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Posted by on March 9, 2015 in Fishing

 

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Psalm 113:3

Psalm 113:3

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 113:3. “From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised”.  I was blessed today to witness both.



From the rising of the sun . . .

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. . . to the going down of the same



 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Nature, Not Fishing, Photography

 

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Snow Day (Again)

Snow Day (Again)

This morning I was greeted with the news that our office  would be closed because of inclement weather.  At 5:00 AM that meant three things; coffee, waffles and Netflix.  Before settling in on my couch, I adjusted the mini blinds in the man cave slightly so I’d be able to keep an eye on the sunrise with having to get up.  When the blinds started glowing, I made it out to the front porch to catch the sunrise over the front pasture.

Stay warm, stay dry.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2015 in Not Fishing, Photography

 

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Winter Slumpbuster

Winter Slumpbuster

A few weeks ago we had some unseasonably warm winter weather here in the Dallas, Tx area.  After christening a new fly rod just a few days before, I took my new rig down to the fishing pond to see if the bass were in a mood to play.  They were indeed cooperative, and really went for the olve/brown wooly bugger i threw at them.  This is the goldy-locks rig for my farm pond fishing.  My 4 foot 7 weight was too light.  The 9 foot 6 weight was too much for a lot of the fish I catch here.  This 8.5 foot 5 weight is JUST RIGHT.

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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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