26 March 2012

Fat Girls Are Running

The Girls are running up the Nolan River!  Now getting to them is going to take some walking or boating. With the rains earlier in the week, the Nolan River is even higher than it was 10 days ago, and according to several fisherman lining the shore, today's water level was a foot lower than yesterday's level!

Leaving the Nolan River Park Boat Launch
This time, we took the Mitzi, but the difficult part was finding a place to launch her. We went to Nolan River Park, and besides a beautiful drive overlooking the plateaus to the west and the gorgeous Bluebonnets, it is a waste of time.  Once at the so-called boat launch, there is not much room to maneuver, it is partially submerged under water, and the likelihood that the good 'ole boys block you in is great.  ACOE, not that it is the institution it was during Robert E. Lee's day, poorly maintains the place, if maintains is even the right word.  Just don't go there; it is a ratty, little place.  The Kimball Bend Park boat launch road is under water, so it is closed.  In between the road that leads to Nolan River Park and Kimball Bend Park is Chisholm Trail Park, really about 1/2 mile from the Nolan Bend Park Road.  They have a decent boat launch, but the put-in is farther north than Kimball Bend by at least two miles, and it is on the Brazos River side.  By the time we navigated through the abundance of driftwood and avoided the once-shoreline trees that are now submerged and part of the riverbed, we had boated 11 miles to reach just north of Rock Creek, which is the creek running through Adair Springs Park.  It was worth it, though.

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



  1. You must have ESP—I caught a strip the same size Saturday, and I wasn’t even fishing for strips, I was fishing for crappie. I want to mention something about your blog, I have been having trouble scrolling with your scroll bar, it takes a while to scroll to the end of your post—also when one is typing in your comment box the text does not show up while you are tying. It finally shows up after you start tying. I think these two thing may be driving some of the bloggers away because it takes too must time to get to the end of your post and the tying pause. Just wanted to tell you because I think you have a great blog and I enjoy reading your post.

  2. I love the scenery. Looks almost like the desert. Very pretty.

  3. Wish there was a Nolan River in West Texas. Actually wish there was water in West Texas.


  4. I can remember how excited I was about crossing the Pecos on 190 just east of Iraan. I can remember how disappointed I was when we crossed it. What a different river near Amistad. I have even canoed part of it, and was still disappointed at it that far north.

    I do like the Fly Shop in Midland, though. Nice place, especially for a desert!


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