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Gar Bros. Has a Posse!

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It seems like some of the best ideas sprout forth from the subconscious when there is so little going on, that the mind starts swinging around on the jungle gym and comes up with all kinds of thoughts to entertain itself.  Case in point, on a recent trip where i happened to run into Gabe […]

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Hook Up on the South Llano

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Chapter One:  I Am a Snowflake With my float coming to an end, Shady Grove and the Oktoberfisch event it was hosting were just a few paddles to my left, i remembered the small creek nearby that i had noticed from shore earlier in the day.  Strangely enough, i hadn’t seen anyone paddle up it, […]

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Hello, My Name is Barton Creek

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Every one of us has that special body of water nearby that we covet as though it were an original and obscure limited edition pressing on virgin vinyl by our favorite band.  For me and many of my fellow local anglers it’s Barton Creek here in Austin, TX. With cooler temperatures and school back in […]

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Rocks+Gravity=Cairns

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 Found cairn. When the fishing goes sour there are only a handful of activities that can placate an angler.  For yours truly when fishing alone it’s usually been a hammock, wine and a good book (usually a Gierach).   On days spent with the family around water i’ve found that much to my chagrin my […]

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Bass on the Pedernales

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Two days off in a row.  It’s something many people take for granted, but in the retail / management world it almost never happens. After recent store floods absconded with my day off, it was an absolute pleasure to recapture that day, pack the Element and head to the Hill Country. The recent rains that […]

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Chasing My Demons (One Fish at a Time)

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Then Well, now that the report on the three week Colorado trip has come to an end i can finally report on what i’ve been doing since then, unfortunately it’s not pretty.  Well Colorado was an endless menagerie of water and fish (even if only trout species) my return to fishing in Texas has been […]

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Into the Gorge

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“Into the Gorge” Trying to get a few last hours of sleep in our small camper along the Gunnison river, i was suddenly awaken by my father, his outline bathed in an ominous glowing ambience provided by a sudden strike of lightning, his words indiscernible over the loud crack of thunder that ripped open the […]

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Chasing Gierach’s Ghost

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Pulling into the clearing, i shut down the engine and surveyed my surroundings.  There was enough space for thirty or so vehicles, but there was only one in residence, a small red truck that obviously had been used almost to the point of exhaustion, parked right next to the trail head.  Exiting my vehicle and […]

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Yo Quiero Crested Butte

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After a grand time along the Cimarron, my wife and i performed some origami with the small pop up trailer we had, turning it from a tiny dwelling into an even smaller towable box and headed down the mountain with our sights set on the area around Crested Butte.  In the past, Taos was the […]

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Don’t Fence Me In

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“I can’t look at hobbles and i can’t stand fences, don’t fence me in.” – Cole Porter While i fully share Cole’s general distaste of fences, i’ve come to find that when they’re on public land (as they are on much of the National Park lands in Colorado) they tend to be much more agreeable. […]

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Unruly, Uncouth and Wild.

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Cimarrón: defined as  1) Unruly, uncouth and wild. 2) Rough, not domesticated. Yep, that sounds about right. Both the creeks i was temporarily calling home (two distinct forks of the Cimarron that converge at Silver Jack Reservoir) and the ancient, crumbling mountains  that surround them fit that description to a T. Each one of them […]

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Small But Mighty

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If you’ve ever any time in Colorado you can attest that it despite it’s ever growing population, there are nooks and crannies in this state that can take you back 100 years if you’re just persistent enough to seek them out. Recently i was fortunate enough to spend 3 1/2 weeks in the purple mountain […]

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Lines and Vision

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There is a definite sense of serenity that comes from tying natural and synthetic fibers around a hook with nothing but some thread and an ever expanding knowledge of hitches, wraps and finely honed skills. However, since it’s hard to always have fly tying material at hand, i’ve found myself countless times sketching flies on […]

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Point Gar Head

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“So I am NOT going to end up with my vehicle towed or the police here if I drive around the locked gate?” i asked for a second time, noting the exact words the gentleman located in a hidden LCRA bunker somewhere replied with. “No sir, you are TOTALLY fine. Enjoy and have a good […]

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Viva Corn Dogg

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Well, if you are anywhere near Texas, you know that summer is here in full force. While random showers have been bringing some very minor relief (minor, but still much appreciated) the drought continues to linger as the heat has been rising, causing swarms of people to gravitate to what little water is left in […]

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Misfits & Monsters

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Growing up in the eighties as a skater in a midwest town, i was lucky / unlucky enough to experience the “Dork Days of Skating”. It was an era (much like any John Hughes film of that time) when girls were actually repulsed by skaters and the jocks seemed intent on terrorizing us mostly because […]

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Downstream & Up

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Man, it’s been a while. Not that i haven’t been fishing, it’s just that my non-fishing life has seemed to once again take over most aspects of my life. What time i have spent on the water has mostly been spent on the lower Colorado, trying desperately to figure out how to achieve one of […]

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Against the Current

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For various reasons i try to not mix my personal life with my work life. It’s not that there’s anything to hide on either end (virtually impossible to do in this age of instant everything), it’s just that a healthy work / personal interest thing seems to work for me, and help keep me more […]

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The Lower Colorado River

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There is nothing like the satisfaction of spending countless hours perusing maps, trying to figure it all out, eventually locating a possible spot on the satellite photo, and pulling in days later to the sight of a fly fishing guides vehicle parked with an empty trailer in tow. It feels like a graduation, a “Where’s […]

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Lost in the Hill Country Searching for Water

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The plan was simple, three days of responsibility and catching up, followed by two full days of time behind the wheel and rod. Day 1 was spent preparing for and absorbing the amazing night that was the Fly Fishing Film Tour here in Austin (more on that soon). That was followed by days 2 and […]

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Back in Bass on Homewaters

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Okay, as a human being that has suffered through over a decade of mind melting summers here in central Texas, i am surely not going to complain about the cool weather that we are STILL experiencing in mid April. However, while i appreciate the cool air and the opportunity it provides to make use of […]

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Wipers on the Llano

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In my continuing search to find some white bass running in local Texas waters that harbored not only the spawning bass, but also clear water, some scenery and a modicum of “wilderness”, i recently ended up on the Llano near Kingsland for the second time in a week. The week before i had driven out […]

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The Case of the Missing White Bass

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Nostalgia is a bitch. Six or so years ago when i was really starting to get into fishing and exploring new water spots, both alone and with my family, it seemed like the possibilities were endless, with water and fish beckoning me everywhere. While i’m happy i got to experience that age of excess, it’s […]

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Enchanted Rock & Bass

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Ever since my addiction to fly fishing started i have found myself making a majority of the decisions in my life based on how they might either increase or decrease the amount of time i get to spend in (or on) the water. While many folks close to me have doubtlessly noticed this, surely nobody […]

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Carp On

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I was a desperate man. With my trout appetite completely sated (see previous post) i had voluntarily made the mental jump to warm water fish, eager for something different. I was done with the cold water fishing, but still  the cool weather lingered. It was that cold, combined with my innate stubbornness, that found me at the […]

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So Long and Thanks for all the Trout!

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Well, despite the fact that this trout season on the Guadalupe river was accented by less water and more fishers than years past, it was still a hell of a lot of fun. This drought, the one that can’t seem to take a hint and leave long after the party’s over, continues to plague Texas […]

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