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If the above image looks familiar to you that’s because it’s from the video shared here last year entitled “In Search of Grande”. There’s a great right up on this adventure in the fresh new issue of This is Fly #49. In addition to all the regular features (love the soundtracks) there are some great articles on sculpin, tarpon, fishing in Chile, and more (including an interview with Justin Fuller of Good Apples designs).

 

I revel in the idea that fly fishing is an escapist sport, where people and problems can be left behind just by venturing off on a slightly less obvious path. However, the reality is that some problems are so severe that they can actually affect what you find at the end of the nondescript trail.

Thankfully there are a lot of people out there that care, and “Co2ld Waters” is a call to action to motivate those folks to make their voice heard before it doesn’t matter. Check out the video and head over to http://co2ldwaters.org for more information.

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Howler Bros. is on a roll lately with all kinds of sweet products being released almost bi-weekly. Within 10 minutes of receiving an email announcing the Paradise Gaucho i had ordered mine (receiving 8-10 drooling comments on my first day wearing it) and just days later was informed that these sweet ass Howler Camp Mugs were also available (and quickly jumping to the top of my x-mas list).

If you want your best shot at grabbing some of this awesome gear be sure to sign up for their email lists (at the bottom of their website) because a lot of this stuff is going quick, and for good reason, it’s unique and it rocks.  Howler’s killing it, and as fellow Austin, TX fly-fishers we couldn’t be more proud.

ShirtFeat_Fall14_Email_ParadiseGaucho.174400image from www.howlerbros.com

shooting-trout

There are many definitions for the word “shooting”, but after a day recently spent stocking the Guadalupe river with fellow GRTU members (from Gudalupe River Trout Unlimited) these are the three definitions that seemed to encapsulate the days events as a whole.

*Shooting: definition

  1. To move or pass suddenly or swiftly spurt
  2. To send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly
  3. To put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate.

The first two were obvious from the second we shot the trout into the water, but it was number three that took a while to sink in…

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Meeting early at Rio Raft, i was shocked to pull in and see a plethora of vehicles with occupants sitting in idling cars, wisely staving off the low 30 degree temperature as long as possible, a sensible solution to a surprising condition (the cold). Slipping into my down jacket, i grabbed my coffee and gravitated towards a group of recognizable faces, immediately falling into conversation about each of our recent conquests and adventures.

When the weathered but heated bus arrived we quickly fell into a loosely organized line that filed on with remarkable speed, doubtlessly because of the 80 degree heat that was emanating, invitingly from the buses spartan interior.

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Driving off en masse to our first stocking, a new spot recently acquired, there was an eagerness and excitement buzzing around the orange / yellow transport as though we were all school children headed off on a surprise field trip, dodging class, homework and responsibility for the day, a feeling that only mildly faded as the hours ticked away.

Throwing down the buckets, they were quickly filled with one part water and two-part trout, before quickly being nabbed by eager hands on either side and taken forward, staggering, until being handed off to the conga line that would shimmy them into the water.  You could almost see the confusion in the trouts bodily actions for the first minute or two before they suddenly launched forward trying to inhale anything floating their way (leaf, cypress needles, foam). (Note: I cringe to confess that all i could think was “Dry flies, right now would be so uncouth, but so much fun.”)

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While most spots required the bucket brigade, there were the handful of spots that presented all volunteers aboard with the two showstoppers of:

1) Fish being shot down a long plastic sleeve, much like a water slide, into the clear void of the water.

2) Being shot directly off the side of a bridge into one of the deeper pools, like some shocked and befuddled Olympic diver.

If you’ve never been and have been debating to for years, go and help if for no other reason than to witness these two sites.

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While the new spots, the launched fish, and the school bus atmosphere were all fun in their own special way, for me it was seeing so many young folks, coming out for the first time that really inspired me. There is a die-hard crew that i deeply respect that has obviously kept this amazing program ticking for years, but even at 43 i’ve often felt like a child among wise and learned adults. This time however there were a handful of youngsters probably close to half my age that were the first in the water and obviously eager to take part in something so wonderfully new to them.

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I’m sure i wasn’t the only to notice them, and doubtlessly i wasn’t the only one to think that this new group encapsulated “Shooting” definition number three:

To put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate (def: germinate – to develop)

As only one of many GRTU members i can only speak for myself, but i imagine that others out there agree, it was refreshing to see a new group of caretakers taking part in something that means so much to not just them, but to all of us. They are the stewards of the future, not just of the water and the fish, but also the continuing success of this amazing program that is Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, and i for one hope their enthusiasm is not only sustained, but also contagious.

P.S. If you live in central Texas and haven’t signed up yet, i highly recommend signing up with this amazing group to help promote fishing education, camaraderie, and also give you something to fish for during the onslaught of cool days that lie ahead.

P.P.S. This post has been approved by Jimbo if you are a concerned GRTU member.

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What’s that? You like big fish AND beautiful backgrounds? Then start your work week right with this great video from Hooké.

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Today Texas Parks and Wildlife posted the schedule for the upcoming 2014 season and it’s fair to say that we’re chomping at the bit to hit a few select spots we enjoy haunting (especially Camp Mabry which one of can hit up on his lunch break.) While we’d prefer a stocking program of more exciting native fish like the gar or Guadalupe bass, we’re more than happy to while away the cold days, eyes glued to our strike indicators watching for the tiniest ticks, we’ll just have to remember to bring the port to stay warm.

dryflybox

Maybe you’re tired of hitting the water only to find that your favorite fly rusted when you absentmindedly pierced it back into the foam months ago on your last fishing excursion? Maybe you’re just tired of throwing your wet flies on your dash board with the intent of them drying only to watch them plunge into your ventilation duct at the first right hand turn?

If this sounds like you, here are four simple steps to create an ultra low cost fly drying container. All you’ll need are:

  1. a drill
  2. a fly box container from your favorite local fly shop
  3. a small strip of velcro
  4. a pair of scissors

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1)  If you EVER buy flies from your local fly shop you probably have more fly containers lying around than you know what to do with. Grab one and a drill and go to town drilling some ventilations in one.

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2)  Pick up a small inexpensive piece of velcro from almost any craft, grocery or convenience store for chump change and cut off a 1-2 inch piece depending on your container.

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3)  Grab whatever piece (male or female) you want to use depending on your needs and through the magic of adhesive glues adhere it to the bottom of your new dry box.

4)  Now just put the other piece of velcro on your car’s dashboard, go fish, stow the flies in your container as you use them, and adhere it to the dashboard when you’re done and let your flies dry without loosing them to the nooks and crannies of your car.

NOTE:  Many vests and packs have velcro on them, so be sure match up your proper velcro strip (male or female) to them if you’d like to also use this ventilated box on them as well (works super well on the new Patagonia Vest Front Sling pack i’ve been trying out.)

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