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I’ve worked in the outdoor industry for three decades, and while i’ve seen a lot of innovative stuff come and go i don’t think i’ve ever seen anything as cool as the new tent / hammock called the  “Sunda” from local Austin company Kammock. It’s a two person tent when pitched on the ground and a one person haven when strung between two trees. They’re running a Kickstarter again (the same way they launched their incredibly successful company) which almost immediately reached their goal, but you can still get in on some sweet deals if you are so inclined. I can’t recommend this enough.


Leased Access Areas Open for Guadalupe Bass Anglers

AUSTIN—Anglers targeting prized Guadalupe bass now have greater access to prime fishing along three Central Texas rivers, thanks to temporary leased access agreements between private landowners and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).

The leased access sites are located on the lower Colorado, Llano and San Marcos rivers and were made possible with funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program. These rivers are known for their excellent Guadalupe bass fishing and, in particular, the lower Colorado between Austin and LaGrange is considered by many to be the pre-eminent trophy fishery for this species. The world record Guadalupe bass (3.71 pounds) was caught here in March 2014. TPWD currently has three leased access sites and two Paddling Trails in this stretch.

The leases provide anglers with access between 30 minutes before daylight and 30 minutes after dusk. Anglers will be able to use the properties for bank fishing and to launch nonmotorized watercraft such as rafts, kayaks and canoes for the purpose of fishing.

For additional information and directions to these leased fishing access areas and others throughout the state, including site specific restrictions, visit

Additional public access sites on the lower Colorado River can be found here:

Information on TPWD Paddling Trails can be found here:

Thank you Jesse Reynolds for the tipoff to this awesome news!


Bon Voyage!

It’s official, the road trip has begun and by now three of my co-workers should be knee deep in trout waters along the northern New Mexico border. Part of me is a little jealous for sure, but the rest of me is so happy to be able to guide others towards their own fishing nirvana aremed with resources galore. I hope all goes well, that the fish show them a little mercy and that they’ll share their stories when they get back.


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