Archive for February 2017
Those nut jobs from Southern Culture on the Fly have once again succeeded in putting out another stellar e-zine that you simply must check out! Embrace the chaos!
It wasn’t even midnight on my last day of work at Whole Earth Provision Co., the ink still wet on the day when the text from Winston came late in the evening,
“Want to fish tomorrow on the LCR?”
Winston is one of the most unique people i know, harnessing both a fiery intensity and endless curiosity to everything, seemingly all the time. Being a somewhat more laid back introvert its stimulating just to be in his presence where you can practically hear the hum radiating around him.
When he’s not saving lives as a paramedic north of Austin, he swaps the ambulance for a jet boat and buzzes clients up and down the Lower Colorado via All Water Guides here in Austin. Working along side some of the most knowledgeable guides on the water he’s got this water dialed.
Suffice to say, if you get a text from a friend like this on the first day of your month long vacation, asking if you want to sled up and down the Colorado, you’ll want to say “Yes.”
photo by Winston Cundiff
The only other time i’ve experienced a jet boat was once on the Deschutes while fishing for steelhead with my family, where we flew up some up amazing class three rapids, still one of the most thrilling things i’ve ever done. Here on the Colorado though i constantly found myself shaking my head (and bracing my feet) as we jetted up stretches of shallow waters that were barely two inches deep while traveling at warp speed. Adrenaline hit for sure.
Early in the day we ended up at a weir and cut the engine in order to start floating casually downstream while waiting for the other All Water Guides to show up with their Yeti ambassadors aboard. It didn’t take long to land a handsome white bass and just a few moments later a nice largemouth which immediately set our expectations much to high, as we’d find out later.
Hours of this perspective felt unreal.
To cut to the chase, the rest of the day was fruitless, with hundreds (?) of casts going unnoticed, or at the very least being ignored. Eventually we switched roles and i found myself on the sticks (oars for those not in the know) and constantly being coached on how to position the boat, work the current, and set the boat up moves ahead as though playing a chess game. In all honesty, being given the chance to row a boat that many in the scene refer to “The Most Bitching Boat in Austin” was an honor of far greater reward than any fat ass bass could provide.
Eventually the Yeti crew arrived with David Mangum and his crew in tow, but unfortunately, as mentioned, things had long since shut down. I wish the day had been more amazing, with 5 pound bass constantly being netted for our visiting ambasadors, but that wasn’t the case. Hopefully they each found something amazing about the experience to take home with them despite the difficult day. For me i just enjoyed catching up with a good friend, learning a new skill, and taking in the glory of the day.
Just one day into my time off and here i was lying across the bow of the boat, watching the ospreys circling high in the sky, soaking in the sun and humming a tune we all know…
Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream…
David Mangum casting like a pro at my camera!
For every single day of the 13 plus years i worked at Whole Earth Provision Co. there was a (usually) nondescript brown paper bag with all the random register paperwork for the day stuffed neatly inside it for the accounting team. Over the years, and the 3,000 plus bags i’ve personally seen there have been some truly amazing works of art courtesy of the many incredibly talented people i’ve had the good fortune to work with.
Yesterday, my final day of work there, this was the bag waiting for me to hand to deliver the accounting team where it would live out its life in a cardboard box, nestled away forgotten high on a particle board shelf. Fortunately, after a bait and switch involving a run of the mill sack with little to no aspirations and a little slight of hand i was able to liberate this art / note, and now it hangs proudly on the we all in my den. Thank you Niall, and thank you friends for 13 wonderful years!
If you live anywhere near central Texas and are even remotely into fly fishing, then the local Guadalupe Trout Unlimited event entitled Troutfest is a must attend event for you. After taking a break last year the event is back and bigger than ever, not taking place at (my personal favorite) the Lazy L and L campgrounds. Both the expo on Saturday and Sunday are free to the public with the Fly Fishing Film Tour playing Saturday night at 7PM. In addition to many vendors and shops sharing their wares, the following speakers will be providing presentations.
The Troutfest 2017 Committee is thrilled to announce our impressive array of fly fishing experts from all over the country already committed to Troutfest 2017. They are:
Kirk Deeter – Editor of Trout Magazine and Vice President of Trout Media for Trout Unlimited
Celebrity Guests / Presenters:
George Daniel – http://www.livinonthefly.com/home.html
Wanda Taylor – TFO – http://www.wandataylorflyfishing.com/
Jen Ripple – Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine – http://dunthemagazine.com/
Steve Galleta – Co-Owner of the Bighorn Angler, Ft. Smith Montana – http://bighornangler.com/
Duane Redford – Lead Guide at Minturn Anglers, CO and Author – https://flyfishersplaybook.wordpress.com/about/
To keep updated please visit our facebook page HERE!
For information on the Fly Fishing Film Tour happening that Saturday night, please go here!
If you want to chat, grab a sticker or sweet trucker lid, just swing by the Gruene Outfitters booth where i’ll be more than happy to fill you in on my new role at Gruene Outfitters as well as introducing you to the wonderful folks (Chris 1 and 2) that run guided trips for trout on the Guadalupe!
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