trout season on the guadalupe is almost here!
TPWD Stocking Trout on the Guadalupe NOW!
image from www.tpwd.texas.gov
It’s that time again everyone! Grab your dry flies and midges, dust off the thermal underwear and air out your waders before heading out to the southernmost trout waters located near Sattler, TX. This year Texas State Parks is once again stocking the Guadalupe River each week from now until the end of January and providing free access at five participating locals along the river.
For more information visit the TPWD Guadalupe River Trout Fishing site. See you down there!
image from www.patagonia.com
This Thanksgiving i’m thankful for many things, and one of them is that there are people and companies like Patagonia out there using their resources to do as much good as possible.
On Black Friday, Patagonia is donating 100% of sales to grassroots organizations working to create positive change for the planet in their own backyards. We’re determined to use every means at our disposal to defend our world’s climate, air, water and soil. In these divisive times, protecting what we all hold in common is more important than ever before. –www.patagonia.com
Both their brick and mortar stores (there is one in downtown Austin) and their online store at www.patagonia.com are taking part so please consider voting for positive change with your dollars, pesos, euros, etc.
There are a lot of wonderful things that have transpired because of starting this blog, friendships, special trips, and sometimes even water access. Every great once and a while though it’s a package of something wonderful, stickers from other like minded blogs, product to give away, or once in a blue moon something like the package i received a little while back stuffed tightly in the sheet metal tee-pee standing on a post at the end of my driveway.
The origination was Australia, from where it traveled 9,300 miles with the shippers intention of having it arrive in my mailbox pagoda. The contents of the gift included a gorgeous print of a Royal Wulff, a demo print of various other flies and a wonderful note from their artist that read in part…
I’m an artist specializing in watercolor of trout flies which i make available as high-quality prints like you see here. I also paint trout as well as trout flies…
I’ve always drawn and painted but this is new for me, My father was a fisherman who came late to fly-fishing, he took it up when he retired, but he fished whenever he could when i was a child. He made us each our own fishing rods and lures and taught us how to fish and then clean and gut what we caught. He also gave me my first sketchbook and pencils and taught me some of the basics of drawing,
So the art comes from there. -Lyn
The artwork is tastefully done in watercolours which lends itself well to the aesthetic of these illustrations. With the ability to lay brush stroke over brush stroke Lyn is able to figuratively add wrap on wrap as if tying the fly by hand. This makes for some amazing depth in the illustrations while providing an amazing amount of detail.
I’m happy to say that amazing print of the infamous Royal Wulff now adorns the die Fische den and adds a special air of fly fishing history to this small room. If you’d like to get your own print or are looking for more information please visit www.artofthetroutfly.com and let them know you heard about them here. With the holidays around the corner these are the perfect unique gift for that fly fisher in your life!
While FOTB is always killing it, recently Tim was fortunate enough to interview Derek DeYoung who is easliy, hands down the most popular painter / artist / fly fisherman out there. Even if you’re unfamiliar with his name you likely have seen his artwork in your favorite fly fishing magazine, fly fishing websites or any number of fly fishing merchandise.
Hey Guys, I had the pleasure of sitting down and getting to know Derek DeYoung. Derek is an amazing artist who has a passion for painting fish from a very unique perspective. We discuss this perspective in depth on this latest podcast. Enjoy it guys, and definitely go check out Derek on instagram or his website. www.derekdeyoung.com Adios, Tim
Inks Lake State Park, located near Burnet Park is an amazing spot for family adventures. It’s a well developed park with all the amenities any family member might need (ice, boat rental, fresh Frito Pies) while still retaining a respectful sense of wilderness.
The park, like many in Texas (and around the country), traces its roots back to Roosevelt and the formation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) a public relief program initiated during the Great Depression to provide work and relief to a younger generation of jobless youth, with its focus being on forestry, soil erosion, and flood control.
After first completing the development of nearby Longhorn Caverns in 1940 the CCC shifted their focus to a new lake created by the construction of the Inks Lake Dam (est. 1938). There in a large inlet the group worked hard on the newly planned Inks Lake state Park until World War II called them off to duty in 1941. Eventually the park was completed by the Texas State Parks Board (the predecessor to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) in 1950 providing the bastion of respite that many folks in central Austin have to enjoy over the following decades.
On a recent camping trip there with my family we were fortunate enough to stumble on overcast skies and slightly coolish weather that seemed to keep a majority of the the over- populated park limited to their campsites and RV’s.
The calm, still waters just a few feet from our campsite were an open canvas of angling fun waiting patiently for us and a mere handful of other random souls to skate upon.
Despite the endless leaps and splashes of overly caffeinated fish all around me, the amount of fish actually caught turned out to be lackluster at best, maybe my flies were de-caffinated. Still, the fish were almost secondary (except for the handsome and hefty White Bass that doubled my rod over) the main delight being hanging out with my family and enjoying the ability to sit still and not feel the tug of the internet, the news, debates, or any number of social outlets that were begging for my attention in the days up to the election.
The following day, after a wonderful paddle and hike early in the day, we were trying to decide whether or not to break camp before heading out for an afternoon paddle. The sky wasn’t dark at that point, but after reading the relatively normal clouds, and loosely smelling moisture on the air i made the call to pack up while we were dry, JUST IN CASE.
Within minutes of rolling the tent (our final dry item) into a way too small stuff sack, the sky was suddenly highlighted by lightning (far too close) and punctuated by a boom of thunder so loud, my neck hairs stood on end. Within seconds, we were caught in a deluge, me directing my family into the car while i loaded the boards onto the car in a downpour that quickly washed away every dry fiber that adorned my body, lightning bouncing around the sky and far to close.
“You’ve got Gore-Tex? Nice try!” the storm seemed to say, in a bragadocious way as it soaked me down to every last pore.
The lesson? If you’re isolated inside, with your level gaze on a monitor, or staring down religiously at an electronic screen in an effort to figure out what’s going on around you, you’re probably going to be surprised when the 30% chance of rain suddenly knocks out percussive rhythm on your roof. If however, you step out of your tent/house/comfort zone and keep your head up high and on the horizon, you’re likely to see the squall looming on the horizon and have time to react, pack your bags and maybe even be ready to wait out the storm with all your dry gear comfortably stashed.
So do this planet and yourself a favor, get out into the world and get your nails dirty. Visit people and places you’d never have considered to. Include people in your life that don’t agree with you. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes and most of all, keep your eyes on the horizon, the future is always just around the corner, and the sunsets are amazing.