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New feature: For days of adventure that don’t quite end in a full-length story but deserve to be shared to help our fellow anglers we now present Field Notes.

11/21/19  Pedernales River at Reimers Ranch:  I wasn’t really expecting much, after all, the cold snap days before had the temperatures maxing out with highs in the forties, but the word on the street was that the sand bars at Reimers were once again exposed and traversable, a far cry from earlier in the year when the water was chest high from bank to bank and un-wadable. The fact that the cold snap had likely locked the fish down was a rather moot point, the warm front bringing temperatures in the seventies in conjunction with the lower Lake Travis levels (671 feet) meant there would be endless sand bars and shallow pools to wet wade without fear of hypothermia lurking around the corner.

Fishing with a sinking leader and a weighted dumbbell fly I worked my through shallow pool after shallow pool without even the faintest tug to get my adrenaline pumping. Never the less it was euphoric to wade the shallow waters, crossing back and forth through the crystal clear, low flowing water, from sand bar to sand bar, desperately hoping against hope that anything on the other end of my line might add an extra dimension to the already amazing experience that was wading the shallow cool water and trekking through the endless sands a la “Lawerence of Arabia”.

In summation, I didn’t hook a single fish, but I was practically giddy trudging from pool to pool, taking in the wadable flows, the cool/warm temperatures and the extreme solitude that are so rare here in Texas. Sure, it’s not the prime time for this body of water, but I can think of a million worse ways to spend a day, so get out there with friends or family and soak it in, but take a rod just in case.

 

If you’ve ever fly-fished for steelhead on the Deschutes River you doubtlessly know what an amazing experience that river can be. If you’ve never been there, know that it is a special place that you aspire to visit even if you’ve never heard of it. Here’s some information from deschutes3030.org about trying to keep this amazing river functional and fishable.

The Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is currently being reviewed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and without input from community members like you, this HCP won’t adequately increase streamflows to levels that will restore and protect the river’s natural beauty and the health of its fish and wildlife. If enough public pressure is created during the commenting period, you could help create a more balanced HCP that will take fish, wildlife, recreation, and the entire community into consideration equally with irrigation and agriculture. An unbalanced management plan risks continued river degradation and loss of fish, wildlife, water quality, and recreation. As a result, we lose the lifeblood of our community, culture, and economy. VISIT DESCHUTES3030.ORG FOR MORE INFO.

There is ONE day left to let officials know how important the flows on this river are to present / future you, so if this fishery happens to resonate with current / or future you please put in your two cents at deschutes3030.org.

Another epic issue from the folks at Southern Culture on the Fly. Issue #33 features a spotlight on Jay Johnson who I can personally attest is every bit as cool and kind as he comes across on the screen.

 

Steelhead AND wine?! Yes please!

This beautiful video for Sage was shot by long time die Fische supporter RC Cone via his Tributaries Digital Cinema endeavor. Cone has been cranking out stellar videos for years and it’s incredibly satisfying to see his hard work continuouslly draw him to even greater heights.

Please be sure to visit the Sage Flyfish page at Vimeo for more videos from Cone and others.