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If you had only this blog to know me by, you might perchance think i fell off the face of the earth, or at the very least somehow developed a waning interest in the sport of angling after the last post on dismal days wandering through northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Since returning from my ill fated (and far too early) trip of the Rockies i’ve taken up residence at Gruene Outfitters, a place i’ve longed to work at for over a decade. As a long time customer of the store it still feels strange to hang out there without having longtime employee Jacob hand me a beer and fill my ears with his jovial laughter and wonderful rambling stories. Fortunately the responsibility of dispensing stories and receiving them now falls squarely on my shoulders, something i’m more than willing to take on.

In order to give myself the most immersive education i can manage i’ve spent the last few weeks fishing as many spots, rods, leaders, flies, etc. as i can in an order to figure out what works, what doesn’t and what we simply need to have in the shop.

This has meant evenings on the Guadalupe with nymph rigs on 10′ 3 weights followed by passes with a 6WT and streamer flies longer than my finger in search of trout. It’s also been early mornings on the Guadalupe along Cypress Bend park with 2WT panfish flies followed by an 8WT and gar flies for said species.

In order to test sinking tips and sinking leaders i’ve wandered the endless dunes of the Llano near Kingsland in hopes of a late season white bass. After hours of fruitless casts and slowly losing hope i eventually made my way across the river and up the six foot sand bank where i was able to look down on a variety of warm water species sitting there, oblivious to the fact that an angler was surmising the circumstances. There were fish…oh man…there were fish…so many fish. Heading back down stream and wading slowly and quietly i set myself upstream so that the closer minnow could be worked low and deep across the deep gut that had formed along the bank.

Minutes later the 3WT jerked and bowed towards the water, indicating that some sort of peace had been made after many fruitless hours wandering the gravel bars. Lifting the rod to its apex and guiding the net down the length of the tippet i managed to coral the white bass into the translucent net where i stared at it in disbelief for what felt like hours. This late in the season it almost felt like a blessing from the Fishing Gods, some sort of late season token of appreciation for delving that much deeper both personally and professionally into the magical world that is fly fishing.

I couldn’t be happier than to be where i am, knee deep in fly fishing, the community it helps foster and the waters that always feel like home. Thank you, and there is so much more to come.

 

Someday i will travel abroad, rod in hand, and this amazing spot in Italy will be one of the first that i visit. Simply stunning work from the folks at Brothers On The Fly, check out their Vimeo page at vimeo.com/brothersonthefly for more great work from these folks!

 

image from www.howlerbros.com

The fine folks at Howler Brothers are once again looking for two stellar folks to travel all summer and represent not just their brand but also their lifestyle.

The Howler Privateers program is back for 2017! And this year we have even more in store for the lucky winners. Dubbed by many as “the ultimate summer gig”, this endeavor will take you coast to coast, let you fish, swim, surf, hang out with friends new and old, shoot photos and video and fly your Howler flag high. As last year’s Privateers can attest, it is full-time adventure. We are looking for a winning pair to come on board for the Summer as the third annual Howler Privateers. You’ll get to spend some time at Howler HQ in Austin, TX and then set sail in our deluxe Howler van visiting our retailers, running pop up shops, assisting at trade shows and heeding the call at various ports of call. You’ll get paid (a little) and learn (a lot). Half of it is work but you won’t notice because it will all be fun and an adventure.   –www.howlerbros.com

Best of luck to all applicants (and especially dF readers!)

While FOTB is always a welcome knowledge bomb, this podcast in particular really helped bring to light the differences in the many line options available out there!

New Podcast Time!  This is a show with John Van Vleet from Scientific Anglers.  Great guy that I got to know a lot better after a weekend in Bozeman Montana.  I also got a chance to ask John about all the questions I have had about fly lines!  Good Stuff Also check out the new shirts at www.FishOnTheBrain.com Adios, Tim –  www.fishonthebrain.com

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