24 August 2011
23 August 2011
20 August 2011
Mudhole is where Cody and I shop for 97% of our rod-building supplies. Last year, while the rod-building gang was into building a completely black rod, I changed my scheme a little. I built a TFO Professional 6# rod whose name is Checkmate! (yes, all of my rods that I build are named), so obviously its color scheme is black and white. Cody builds my handles making them perfectly sized for my hand, smoothe, and unique--for this rod I wanted a checkerboard handle.
I did not get the fancy butt-section wrap completed before we left (because I had changed it three times), but the reel seat section looked wonderful. Checkmate!'s maiden voyage was on the North River, just off the Unalakleet River. Its first fish was a Coho Salmon; its second was a Chum. We had moved in to Butch's Cove, and were fishing for Grayling and Dolly Vardens, so Checkmate! was taking a rest. Cody snapped its photo, I submitted Cody's photo to Mudhole way back in May, and the rest is history! Can't wait to see where the photo ends up in the calendar!
|One of 12 2012 Mudhole Calendar Winning Photos!|
17 August 2011
Rich Waldner guided Cody and I the first day, and we loved it. Rich likes oyster beds, and if a site wasn't producing, we picked up and moved to the next spot. We fished our way east all the way to Isle Grande Terre, where we encountered a rather nasty oil spill--not BP's oil, but rig lubricant oil; either way, it was nasty and stinky. Cody ended up catching nine, beautiful Redfish. I caught a new species, a Black Drum, for my first fish. My second fish of the day had me catching my trip goal--a 15lb. Bull Red. Rich spotted that fella 150 feet away, turned the boat nicely, and put me right on that fish. He tugged, pulled, and fought spectacularly on my 7# rod, WHOOP! I caught the last fish of the day, for a total of three fish, but I had met my goal, so everything else was just fishing.
16 August 2011
09 August 2011
© 2009-2017 Photos by Cody Bell and flyfshrgrl. Content is the intellectual property of Photos by Cody Bell and flyfshrgrl. No part of this blog may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or for any purpose without the express written permission of the authors.