Fly Fish Nevada Premiers on YouTube

After some fits and starts, I’ve finally premiered my first video on my YouTube channel.  It’s a short video about my afternoon in the East Walker detailed in this post.  As I’ve said before, this is a lot of work and more difficult than it looks.  I could have chosen to just do a simple gear review or something but I chose a more complex subject with a lot of editing, music, etc.  I probably won’t be doing these kind of videos often.  It’s hard to fish and film at the same time.

I will, however be doing some gear reviews, educational stuff and a few rants from time to time on my channel.  I intend for the YouTube channel to be a companion to the blog.  For instance, when I review something, say my “tactical” fishing bag, I’ll do a write up for the blog and a companion video.  Each will stand alone but act together too.  Some things are easier to write about and others easier to talk about on video.

Anyway, hope you enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel.  Thanks!

East Walker River – One More Time

Beautiful stretch of water just downstream of the Elbow.

Beautiful stretch of water just downstream of the Elbow.

I had so much fun last week down on the Elbow I did it again.  This time, however, I fished downstream of the Elbow and though I never found any water as productive as my honey hole, I did find some good fishing.  I also “camped” again and this time, I got some usable footage that become a YouTube video I will debut next week.  All in all, I had a good day and there aren’t too many left before the river starts to ice up and shut down for all intents and purposes until spring.

First fish of the day.

First fish of the day.

So, like last week I left home about 12:30 pm and got to the spot I wanted to fish a little after one o’clock.  It was warm but there was that chill in the air you get this time of year.  I donned my gear and hit the river, first hiking a bit down stream to some good-looking water.  I hooked my first fish of the day on a nymph and I spend the rest of the afternoon finding trout where you’d expect them, all rainbows this time around, with a light but steady breeze at my back that chilled me as the sun got low in the sky.

Nice panorama of the crag behind my "camp."

Nice panorama of the crag behind my “camp.”

I switched to a dry early on when I spotted some fish rising and stuck with it until the end.  In some riffles, trout were rising pretty aggressively but taking emergers, I suspect, as often as dries.  In other spots, mostly the flatter water, the fish rose more sporadically.  I bet a nymph would have done well too but sometimes dries are just too much fun.  Most of the rainbows were between eight and ten inches but a few went up to maybe eleven or even twelves inches.

A spooky fishing trail.  It was Halloween after all.

A spooky fishing trail. It was Halloween after all.

About 4:30 I was getting hungry and my back was getting sore so I packed it in and set about making dinner.  Mountain House spaghetti and meat sauce this time.  A little runny but tasty enough.  After that, I whipped up some hot chocolate.  Damn, that hit the spot as the air began to cool.  I leaned up against the Jeep, enjoyed the hot chocolate and listened to Peter Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do” as it got dark.  A little bit of perfect.

Making hot chocolate.

Making hot chocolate.

So anyway, I had another great day on the East Walker.  As a side note, my back (really the nerve that runs down my leg that my shoddy lower spine is pinching) felt pretty good.  My leg hurt a few times and after about three hours my back was getting sore (probably from all the bending and walking on the uneven stream bed as much as anything) but all in all both this trip and the last one were pretty good.  The back’s not better but for the most part I’m able to manage the pain.

Selfie!

Selfie!  BA, baby, BA :roll:

Probably won’t get out next week.  I’ve got some writing and editing to do.  Looks like next week will be the end of temperatures in the 60′s for a while but the weather looks generally good for the next couple of weeks.  You never know.  I might get burned out on the writing and sneak out.  High school football is over too so I might get the kids out with me fishing or shooting before basketball practice starts in a few weeks.  But now that I’ve rediscovered hot chocolate, I might just stay home where it’s warm and drink some of that.

East Walker River – Fishing and More!

Jeep

Yes, I’m in love with my Jeep ;)

I finally pried myself from my writing chair today and went outdoors!  I know, right?  I’ve been cooped up in here quite a bit lately.  Honestly, I’m digging on my writing and I spend a lot of time working on it.  You only see part of that hard work her on the blog.  I write under another pen name too.  I like to keep them separate so I’m not telling you what that name is.  Sorry but if you’ve ever wondered why I’ve turned out so few books but spend so much time writing, that’s why.

OK, back to the matter at hand.  I did some editing today and then about 12:30 I left for the Elbow.  I dragged my cameras and my survival bags along for the ride.  I wasn’t just going out to fish.  I was hoping to get some video to put together something for YouTube and practice some of my “survival skills” as well as wet a line.  Things, as they seem to do, didn’t go as planned. Continue reading

I’m Back Home and Back at Work!

Baker Company Box SetI made it home safely from Jamaica, with a bit of a tan, but now I’m sitting at my computer freezing.  I’ve been working though trying to get some stuff done so I can get away next week and go fishing and play with my survival pack.  In that vein I’d like to present my latest work, the Baker Company Box Set.  That’s right!  Now you can get the entire serial in one volume and for a pretty nice price.  For  limited time, it’s only $2.99.  That’s less than the episodes purchased separately.  I know, I’m nuts, right?

You can get it at most of the usual places, Amazon seemingly the favorite of readers by far.   Last month I sold over a thousand copies of the serial combined.  That blew me away.  Thanks to all of you that bought the books.  For those of you that haven’t, now you can get a novel length box set for just $2.99.  Pretty sweet.  Episode 1 is free now too so you can try Baker Company on and see if you like it before sinking three bucks into the box set.  But c’mon, a latte (or a streamer) costs more and doesn’t last as long or provided as much entertainment.  Well, maybe the streamer might. ;)

We’ll, that’s all I’ve got for now.  I need to get back to work so I can give myself a day off.

Vacation and Some New Stuff

I’m off on a short vacation.  Going to Jamaica for some sun, sand, rum and meat patties.  Mmm.  I’ve been working on some new stuff for the blog, namely a YouTube channel and videos instead of just words.  I’ve always provided picture heavy posts but in the future, many posts will include videos.  From artsy stuff taken on fishing trips to gear reviews of stuff I use to some how-to and educational videos.  I’ve already shot a few but I wasn’t happy with them.

Let me tell you, shooting video is tough.  I’m sure once the workflow is ironed out it gets easier but at first it’s a chore, not to mention how hard it is to talk to yourself out in the middle of nowhere without feeling like an idiot.  In fact, I had a family walk by and catch me as I was speaking to my camera.  That was unnerving.  I’m sure after a while you just stop worrying about it.  I hope so anyway.

By the way, the East Walker is probably fishable now.  The flows are still low but the evenings have been cool, below freezing in fact.  The water should be cool and have a higher level of oxygen so fishing won’t be so stressful for the fish.  I plan to find out once I get back…theoretically.  I’m having trouble finding the time lately.  I’ve got a lot of writing deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, but deadlines nevertheless.  Not to mention football and school stuff.  I’ll get out there, eventually :roll:

Obamacare: It’s On!

c5cc5-actionalert1aToday, the House of Representatives voted to fund the government at current levels and to DEFUND OBAMACARE.  The pundits are saying this will never pass the Senate.  Those same pundits said it would never pass the House last week and that Congress would vote to give Obama authority to bomb Syria the week before.  The house did it because the people spoke up and now we need to speak up even more loudly.  Obamacare is a travesty.  It is going to ruin our healthcare system.  I have yet to talk to a doctor that likes it and I know a few that have retired to avoid having to deal with it.  The only people that like this are the ones that think they’ll be getting some “free” stuff.  Good luck with that.

Now is the time to act.  Call your Senators and tell them to defund Obamacare.  Call Harry Reid at (202) 224-3542 and urge him to bring the house bill up for a vote.  Go to dontfundobamacare.com and join the other over 1.5 million patriots that understand what Obamacare will do to our republic and sign the petition.  We can do this.  The people can make the pundits look like fools…again.  Don’t hesitate, don’t put it off.  It takes a couple of minutes to call your Senators and sign the petition.  Do it even if they are dyed in the wool big government liberals, union hacks or Republicans in name only.  Don’t let them scare you with talk of a government shut down.  Worse things could happen, I promise.  Don’t forget, these clowns exempted themselves.  We the People can take back our country and rein in big government.

Get Ready: Gun Grab Part II

I’ve gone back and forth about how long to wait to post this after the tragic shootings in Washington D.C. but I think the President answered my question.  His spokesman, Jay Carney, told America, mere hours after twelve men and women lost their lives that, that Obama was going to implement more gun-related executive orders and reiterated the President’s commitment to stricter gun control.  I guess we’re ready to have this discussion.GunsFirst off, I mourn the deaths of these men and women and extend my sympathy to their families, friends and co-workers.  They should not be forgotten or their memory tainted by yet another gun debate that uses them as props.  Sadly, that probably won’t be the case.  Every indication is the shooter, Aaron Alexis, was a disturbed individual with a history of mental illness and gun related criminal behavior but he was never arrested and even managed to pass not only firearm background checks but security background checks too.  Sound familiar? Continue reading

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