31 December 2012
I did not come close to catching a Sharelunker, not that I didn't try in the spring. Work got in the way of much of my fall fly fishing, so I can honestly say I put little effort into the fall bass fishing. I looked at some freshwater IGFA records, and I attempted a couple, but the 2011 drought really affected the fishing holes I had come to learn, so it was more difficult than I could imagine.
I began the year with 25 followers and added only eight more, but dropped one before the year ended, so I fell way short on that goal. I can't say as I blame folks, though, because I tailed off on my writing when the real-world stepped in the way.
Cody and I placed fourth in the Lake Fork Bass on the Fly Tournament, catching three 1-2 pound bass, so we tried but came up short. Personally, we find Lake Fork tough, but we still don't mind trying.
I attempted to build my 1# rod, but the reel seat hardware sent from Mud Hole was the wrong size. The reel seat insert was perfect; I was pleased with my color choices for the wrappings, decided upon a design for the butt section, but Mud Hole sent the wrong hardware, because even Cody's 14# reel would not fit securely in the uplocks. I am waiting on replacements. With that frustration, I never even bought nor decided upon my 3# rod.
I added two species to my list--a Warmouth from Springfield Lake at Fort Parker State Park and a Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout at Latir Lakes, New Mexico. We didn't leave early enough for Daingerfield, today, so the Chain Pickerel that was to be my last shot at the third species didn't happen. (I am hoping it is the first fish of the year for 2013, though!)
I did manage to learn to tye excellent deer hair flies. Diane Blair taught a six weeks Deer Hair spinning class, passing on fly tying in the Mike Verduin tradition. I tyed many more flies after the class and tested them regularly. I think my favorite pattern was the mouse pattern, and I have enjoyed tying them. I would love to tye some really big mouse patterns and take them to Mongolia to skate them across the Eg-Ur Watersheds for Taimen and Lenok.
I don't know what fly fishing goals I'll have for 2013, except to fish more places and to fish more often, which is not a bad place to start, I think.
Here's hoping each of you have a wonderful, happy, healthy, and richly filled 2013! Happy New Year!
26 October 2012
08 May 2012
|Looking north up the Pecos|
Returning to Comstock and Seminole Canyon, we stopped by the NPS Pecos River boat ramp, which is still open, to see the confluence of the Pecos and Rio Grande. The confluence can not be seen from the High Water Bridge Scenic Overlook. I was disgusted by what I saw. I also understood the high numbers of Border Patrol in the area; we counted at least 30 cars along Hwy 90. We probably could have boated the Mitzi through the narrow channel, but I doubt we could have boated to Panther Cave, which is only accessible by boat.
|Pathetic confluence of the Pecos River and Rio Grande|
07 May 2012
While snapping the photo, I did see a beautiful Spotted Gar running along the shore. Those two fish were it for that cove. The fishing was incredibly difficult. Coves that had always been productive, holding many different species, had zero fish. We did find fish at the mouths of the coves about 12 feet deep in the water column, even though the depths were approximately 57 feet deep. Even though we fished heavy sinking lines with big rods, we had not hits, no catches. We cove-hopped two more with no success.
Upon entering our fourth cove, we found a unique feature--a rock wall, N 29°29.184 W 101°05.133. We're guessing it was built in the early/mid 1990s, when the lake was approximately 100 feet low, because the wall was built into the rocky bottom. We saw young sheep on either side of the wall and a nice pond formed on the shallow side. I got off the boat and stood on top of the wall to fish. Seeing that the water level had dropped, Cody and I decided if we even caught anything, we would release it on the lakeside of the wall. I cast a sinking line, Bass Brunch, Gizzard Shad fly, and on my third cast, caught a nice 1 3/4 pound Largemouth Bass. Cody walked the shore, casting his 2#. He saw large minnows and many young Bluegill. Cody then walked the lakeside all the way down to the point. This cove was deep, had few trees, and several fish. We each had timid hits, and we saw our first and only carp of the trip, so far, but caught nothing.
06 May 2012
An upside to the drought, I finally saw Indian Springs. I guess everyone else was excited about seeing it too, because it was always occupied. People even hiked from the cliffs down and spent four hours at the springs.
We moved farther south to fish a Lowrey Springs Cove, which we discovered last year. Sunfish, especially Redbreasts, were abundant and big, averaging a pound, and Painted Buntings flew everywhere. We caught a total of three Sunfish, but we did get to see Lowrey Springs. Dusk was growing near, so we headed out to get to our Smallmouth Bass Shore.
Diablo East and the canyons NW of the dam are on the map for tomorrow.
22 April 2012
|Casting around a log and into a cave|
|Green Sunfish underwater|
|Pumpkinseed Sunfish, possibly|
|Spring headwaters that forms Spicewwod Creek|
09 April 2012
28 March 2012
27 March 2012
A new book was supposed to be released today, so knowing that I'd be going to Barnes & Noble across from Northpark, I ventured a little farther west and hit Caruth Park. What a genuine treat. I fished my 2# Finesse, used a spider and then a Pheasant Tail Nymph, and caught tiny, tiny Sunfish. I love catching these small fish as much as I love catching behemoths. These fish were absolutely beautiful and emanated great coloring detail. I enjoyed catching them, and I also enjoyed the young children who came over to where I was fishing asking questions and curious about the fish. It's difficult to decide who was more entertaining. Not the day I expected, but what a great day it was!
26 March 2012
|Leaving the Nolan River Park Boat Launch|
We found the Fat Girls, nice roe-filled she-White Bass, and they are some hungry mamas-to-be! We could have driven to Adair Springs, parked, and hiked the two to two-and-a-half mile trek north to where they are feeding and bedding, provided they aren't being caught and hauled out, but the boat ride was really pleasant. Plus, if we had arrived earlier, we could have fished for the abundance of B-I-G Gar, one was four feet long, hanging around near the extremely wide Nolan-Brazos River confluence, and the short, but fat Common Carp. It was a fun afternoon with warm, cloudless skies, no wind, fun fish on the fly (White Clouser), and an ever-changing riverbed.
Submerged ledge, no island
I was standing on the island
| @Mouth of Rock Creek looking south|
Island is visible
|Island submerged 2 1/2 feet|
|1 1/2 miles NE of the Confluence|
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