Cody and I read Russell's post about Sandies in the Nolan on the Texas Fishing Forum's Fly Fishing posts. I went to high school in Granbury and lived near the De Cordova Bend Dam. I canoed a short stretch of the Nolan one afternoon more than 25 years ago, and it looked like the pictures in Russell's post was the place I had been. Missing the White Bass run wherever we went this season, I sweet-talked Cody Bell in to a Sunday afternoon trip to the Nolan.
We tried to get in at Adair Spring Park, but the ambulance, fire truck, and volunteer fire fighters blocked the way, so we headed over to Nolan River Park, aka Poison Ivy Heaven. The wind blew straight from the west with no buffer, and Cody intended to wet wade and didn't feel like a long, drawn-out ordeal with Poison Ivy. We monitored the airwaves for news on the activity at Adair Spring. Care Flight had been released; they decided not to boat the victim to help, and when we made it back over there, medical crews were leisurely leaving. We waited, pulled in, geared up, and headed on.
We waded the creek bed to its confluence with the Nolan. Cody crossed to the western side and found a nice bed of greedy Redear Sunfish. There was a Mama Bass bedding and lots of rather large, 12 oz. size, Redears lurking, hoping to eat some eggs. We left the Mama alone and targeted the harassing Redears, who just loved the CodyBugger fly. They were hungry, greedy, and hammering the flies. Even a little Dollar Sunfish got in on the action.
Our sweet friend, fellow fly tyer, and DFF member Harvey Stahl passed away on Wednesday 6 April 2011, and Harvey's memorial service would be Monday, so before my last cast, I called the final fish of the day in memory of Harvey. I was rewarded with a rather nice White Bass. Cody also called his Last Cast in Harvey's memory and was honored nicely, too. We missed the White Bass run on the Sabine and Colorado Rivers, so stumbling in to the White Bass on our first fishing trip to the Nolan--wonderful. Designing a successful fly--superb. The fact that we were the only two on the river--priceless!
|My "Harvey" catch|
|Cody's "Harvey" catch|
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