Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fishing With Grandpaw

When we were young, my brothers and I would spend weekends with our grandparents. It was always a special event. They would take us out to dinner, or to a movie. Sometimes we would even go shopping for new clothes.But nothing even came close to the excitement of getting to go night fishing with Grandpaw (His spelling).  He would announce the trip by leaving that old plywood box on the kitchen table. Weathered and beaten from several decades of heavy use, it was expertly designed, and carefully crafted to keep that old Coleman lantern safe from harm. It had special cut outs inside that fit the base and lid perfectly and kept them fro moving around and braking the glass. Like Grandpaw, that old lantern had always been there and Grandpaw made sure it went with us on every fishing excursion that was expected to last into the night.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fishing Through Life: The Beginner Package For The Fly Fisherman on a Budget

I have been watching fly fishermen around the small lake that I fish in for several years now, and I have been reading a lot about fly fishing on some really great blogs. One thing that I have noticed is that they tend to out fish everybody else by a factor of two or three to one, and they tend to get more varieties of fish as well. When Bill Trussel over at Fishing Through Life gave me an awesome tip about fly fishing for blue gill I was quite embarrassed to tell him that I didn't know the first thing about fly fishing. But I want to learn more, so I took a chance and asked him if he would be kind enough to write up a post geared towards some one who didn't know the first thing about fly fishing. I am both proud and humbled that he wrote up some awesome pointers on what to buy and who carries it along with some tips on where to go to learn how to use the equipment. If you are interested in learning how to fly fish go check out Bills post Fishing Through Life: The Beginner Package For The Fly Fisherman on a Budget.

Thanks for writing this up Bill, It is quite an honor to receive such great advice.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sunday Morning Bass Fishing

 I don't have a lot of opportunity to get to the larger lakes around southern Arizona, and I do not own a boat, so when I do get to go I usually have to fish from shore. The lakes here are basically large canyons with an earthen dam at one end, and the shore lines are usually sheer rock walls that rise hundreds of feet out of the water with some worked over areas for boat ramps and picnic areas. Fishing from shore usually means being limited to a couple hundred yards of brush lined shore, swim or play areas, or playing Spider-man from a cliff face a hundred or more feet above the water. Needless to say, this is not a very productive, or safe way to fish, so when a buddy of mine asked me if I wanted to take his canoe and go with him to Arivaca Lake last weekend I jumped at the chance to be able to actually fish a body of water.