Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Rising Water

This makes the third week in a row that my day off falls on a monsoon, so the kayak stays in the garage. I don't get along well with heavy rains and rivers anymore. I can't/won't complain about the rain, it's too precious to this parched land. We had a reservoir that had gone dry a few years ago, and after Monday nights 12 hour downpour, it's near half full capacity as of this morning. It was a great kayaking lake. Last time we could get a yak on it was 2008.
But with that amount of rain all at once, comes the inevitable flooding. We had lots of stranded cars in town, but no serious injuries or problems.
I have made it a point to get out with my camera gear around the area if I can't get out in the yak. So last week was a relaxing look at the South Concho. This week is a look at the North and Middle Concho when mother nature gets riled up. We had a great time shooting Tuesday, and watching our lakes fill up.

Here's a short video from yesterday.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Filming in the Rain

I haven't had much time lately to do much of anything outside of work, including over here. But I was able to get out on Tuesday to get a little shooting done. It was raining so I left all my regular gear and kayak at home. I threw in my cameras and fly rod and headed to the river. I had less than an hour to play, so after slinging a few flies, I got to shooting.
 This was probably the first time in recent memory I shot, edited, and finished a video all in the same day. I'm a bit picky with things, so it always takes me more time. This was more of a challenge to myself to create something out of the hour I had. This film is about a minute long. A second for every minute I was there. :)

Here is the link to it if this doesn't work above... 

Thanks for coming along,

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Ready for Spring

I don't know about the rest of you, but i'm going stir crazy with this weather. Well, work and weather. I knew I only had about an hour in between driving kids to different church things and all the normal Sunday obligations, so before I left, I grabbed my fly rod and camera. I figured it would be nasty out there, but I just didn't care today. Ohhhh and it didn't disappoint, 35 degrees and misting. And for the record, yes, this is considered white out arctic conditions for us Texans!

I made this fella two months ago and finally got to use him today.

 Even though I was still on a time crunch, it felt great to get out and throw around the camera and fly rod.

No fish today, but maybe this will tide me over for a little while until it gets warmer and work slows down. Sometimes you just have to get out and wander, even for only a little bit.

 Thanks for coming along,

Monday, February 9, 2015

Arsenal Rebuild

A few months before our Pecos River trip back in June 2014, I had decided I wanted to upgrade into a larger fly fishing setup since I was bringing a lot of my bigger poppers I made. I researched the frogs in the Trans Pecos region and found colors and patterns of that area to replicate. It was fun making them and day dreaming of the big bass I could catch with them. So I made a big batch, got a bigger fly box, and realized after my first trial run, my 8 weight setup wasn't going to do the trick. I found a 10 weight reel at a steal of a deal (i'm a poet and didn't know it) at a flea market near Abilene a year before. So I finished up the set with a 10 wt 9 foot Lefty Kreh rod, some way too pricey fly line and of course backing. I was set.


I only got to try it twice before it was time to leave for the trip. I felt very confident with this setup. Then of course the flood came on day 4 of our trip. We lost everything we had, and one of the victims of the flood, was my 10wt. Some items were found, but not many. My poppers were part of the group of things that they found 60 miles downriver and submerged for a long time. RIP

BUT...finally, after eight months, I have my 10 weight setup complete again. I had to piece it together since money's a bit tight. First the rod, then the reel, and late last week..flyline and backing.

It's about time. Now I just have to get on the water....and avoid anymore floods.

Thanks for coming along,