Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Product Review - Kokatat Tropos T3 Tempest Pants w/ Socks

Kokatat Tropos T3 Tempest Pants w/ Socks

I recently bought these paddle pants because I didn't want to have to put on my waders during the mild fall weather....but I didn't want to get wet either walking the shallows. In came the paddle pant. I did quite a bit of research on the pros and cons, and how it all works. There were a wide range of pricing. I do have a paddle jacket that I carry with me, now that I have the pants, but it hasn't been cold enough for that yet.  I originally chose the Kokatat brand because Outdoor Play had them on sale. I'm really glad I got these. Very comfy, and easy to maneuver in. They seem pretty tough, but I doubt i'll slide down the side of a dam with them. The only thing I didn't realize was the elastic belt that fastens around the waist is not, well, waterproof. lol. I was wade fishing and wanted to get just a weee bit further before I turned to get the yak.....nope, that was a cold surprise. From then on, I kept an eye on where that water level was at. Even with that halfway submerged, very little water got in. I will be wearing these more often until the weather gets cooler. So for me, two thumbs up!
Online Prices vary from $129-$200. Keep an eye out for clearance sales.


Monday, October 28, 2013

I Brought the Winds to the Lake

I haven't taken out the big boat since the first weekend in June. I can't stand being on the water with all those yahoos everywhere. Summer's over, Fall has begun, and the lake has returned to a manageable level of crazy, and it's getting that time for me to get back out on the big water. Well, as big as it gets around here. The winds were not as fun as I had wished they would be. 15-25 mph with gusts up to 29 it said. I knew it would be a wet ride, but I was undeterred. It ended up being a nice afternoon on the water. The boat ran great, even with a few minor battery issues. I spent a lot of the time finding spots I could fish where I didn't feel like a sail at the front of the boat.

I did find a few spots that gave me a small break from the constant winds.

It felt great to finally get out again. I spent two days trying to get the battery charged, had to get the trailer registered, and didn't think I would ever get on the water. Although the fish were being shy, I worked every spot I could that wouldn't blow the lure back into my face.

Here's to another great day.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Flea Market Find

We rarely ever stop at those things, but a few months ago we went by the Flea market at Buffalo Gap just to pass some time. While walking around I came across a fella with a ton of fishing gear and some fly reels. I found one I really liked and he was asking $50 for a Pflueger Trion 1990 in really good shape. I had just recently bought a new setup, and my wife was with me giving me the evil eye, so I passed. But I have been wanting a 9/10 for a long time. After research on it, it retails new for $100-$150 bucks. We were back in the area last weekend and stopped by again, without the wife, and the guy was closing up, but I asked to see the reel again. He said $30 bucks would get it. Sold. Great reel, very smooth, and will be a nice workhorse for some of my bigger flies. Now, on for the rod search.

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Quick Run for the River

Wednesday began as any other, work work work. Then at 12:30, I had the opportunity to leave and I flew out the door. I raced home, grabbed my yak and gear, and hauled to the river. I decided it was a fly fish only trip today. I was on the water by 1:30 chunkin my first fly. The wind was light and it was in the mid 70's. An absolutely gorgeous afternoon for just about anything, especially fishing. The South Concho was higher than it has been in a long time, with a great flow. I barely scraped walking the shallows.

The fish were hyper. Well, I should say, the perch were hyper. There were some crappie sized perch hitting my line over and over. I pulled in upwards of 30 in just a few hours on the water.


I also caught quite a few bass. Most were around the 12-14 inch range....

 ...with a few smaller ones, like this little dude.

 Overall, an awesome day, with a boat load of fish caught and released. I tried a few different flies. Wooly Bugger, Clouser, and a big ol #6 plug, that chunked like a dream on my heavier rod. This was exactly what I needed this week. A chance to just get away from everything and everyone....for just a little bit.

  Even had a couple pals join the fun, but i'm pretty sure they were having fun of their own.

What I would give to be able to get out like this every week. I might have a little better attitude.

 Thanks for coming along.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Bugger Time

It's been a while since I stocked up on some new flies. I haven't tied any in quite a long time. So I started trying to come up with a plan to restock my buggers and clousers in a short amount of time. But wait....I have no time. I've been so busy, that when I get home i'm lucky to make it to the couch. I don't want to think, I don't want to create, I just want to veg out. I've come to realize this could be the onset of laziness. Yes, I work all day 6-7 days a week, but we are talking about fly tying, not replacing spark plugs in a bulldozer. (I can only assume they have spark plugs, and they must be big, so I imagine it would be a big amount of work.) So anyway, while I think a lot about it during the day, by the time I get home, i'm whipped, i'm finished.
 We will be heading out in a few weeks for a weekend fishing trip. I must have my flies. Well, I came up with a compromise. I will tie my clousers in the next week, and I will get my buggers, at least some of them, from a guy I know that does a great job. I can get a dozen beadhead buggers, any size, any color, for about 6.95 with shipping. Not a bad deal. Saved some time, didn't really save any money, but the job is getting done. I must have my flies for the trip!
 Why must I have so many flies for this trip, you may ask? Mainly because of the deep water, submerged trees, and the way I tend to sling those dang things everywhere but in the water sometimes. lol.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Pic of the Day Coast #3

A Sunset stroll near the marina and park. 
Port Aransas 2013
Taken with Nikon D7000

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pic of the Day Coast Trip #2

Another photo from our recent trip to Port Aransas. This was walking the boat docks around Roberts Point Park. It was a bit breezy, but it was an awesome moonlit stroll.
Taken with Nikon D7000

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pic of the Day Coast Trip #1

A recent trip to Port Aransas Texas brought many great photo opportunities. Just a passing tourist snapping perdy pictures. It was a great time. But no fishing. :(
Shot from the observation deck at Roberts Point Park.
Nikon D7000