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Texas Parks and Wildlife is looking to get your input on the re-designed Texas bass license plate to be released sometime this year. By ordering a special bass plate you help channel $22 or more to help support Texas Park and Wildlife’s bass fishing program, not to mention that you’ll look like you own the place when you pull into your local warm water fishing spot.

Go HERE to place your vote.

Now if we could just get them to print some gar tags!

P.S. Feel free to share your vote if you want, i went for option 2 partly because i like the classic look of it, but also because the movement on the water is ultra dramatic, the way any good black bass take should be.


It’s that time again, the annual Troutfest event is around the corner and soon fly fisherman from around Texas will flock to Rio Raft like moths to a flame. Guadalupe River Trout unlimited (GRTU) runs an amazing trout stocking program (in addition to many other wonderful events and classes throughout the year) and Troutfest is their chance to pack all of that into one event filled weekend. Numerous vendors will be in attendance and the speaker line up will include many top anglers disseminating information on their particular specialties. Speakers this year include Wanda Taylor, Kelly Gallup, Pat Dorsey (my dads hero) and Frank Smethurst (one of mine).

In the past there has been a slight lull from 5PM when the expo wraps up, until 7PM when the Fly Fishing Film Tour (yes, that one) starts playing in front of the massive limestone cliffs. This year will be different though with Gruene Outfitters throwing a happy hour at their booth featuring FREE BEER from Upslope Brewery, FREE pizza, FREE schwag (including a t-shirt by die Fische based on the above poster) and more! In addition, die Fiche will be there answering questions about local fishing and making up some incredible bullshit stories about his fishing heroics, before settling in for the FFFT and checking out RC Cone’s new movie “Yow: Icelandic for Yes” on the big(ish) screen.

My suggestion? Call in sick, make sure to reserve a camp site nearby (no drunk driving please) hang out, enjoy some free beer, food and conversation, watch the film fest and then crash hard and be ready to slay the trout on Sunday!

  • The main event Saturday and Sunday is free.
  • Tickets for the FFFT are $15 and available at the door
  • Camping recommendations: Rio Raft if still available, otherwise Lazy L&L (my fave)
  • Highly recommend the talks as they are incredible nuggets of information
  • Bring a low sitting chair for the FFFT (Crazy Creek style)

Please drag along any interested kids, significant others, or people new to the sport (even if they haven’t wet a line yet). The sense of community is amazing and the knowledge bombs will be going off left and right. See you there!


I know it’s been a while, but as a manager of a large retail store the holidays are a little mentally taxing, leaving me with nary a brain cell to write posts at the end of a tiring day. None the less, i (with true sincerity) wish you all a happy holiday!

There are a lot of great things around the corner for this blog that i hope to now have time to start woking on and deliver over the next few months. Until then, enjoy the fish, big or small, and above all else, don’t forget to smile, if you’re on the water you’re living the dream, fish or no fish.


Ornaments, tinsel, reindeer antlers on cars, and the same three songs covered by everyone from Frank Sinatra to Springsteen.  Sadly, in today’s consumer hungry economy that could mean it was anytime from October 31st to January the 15th, so it can be hard to tell when the holidays are truly here.

The REAL sign that the holidays are among us is the annual announcement from Cameron at The Fiberglass Manifesto that the “12 Days of Christmas” daily drawings have begun, the sure sign that the festivities are here, or at least just around the corner.

This year The Manifesto’s featuring prizes solely from vendors that make all (or some) of their product in the U.S.A. I’m happy to say that some of our favorites (Howler Bros., Simms, Loon Outdoors and more) have all taken part and the prizes look to be epic.

So if you’re not sure if you’ve been naughty or nice, head to The Fiberglass Manifesto blog now,  where luckily they don’t judge. Do it quick though, day one is almost over!