Posted on October 8, 2013 by flyfishnevada
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
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Posted on September 20, 2013 by flyfishnevada
Today, 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.
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Posted on September 17, 2013 by flyfishnevada
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.First 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? Read more »
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Posted on September 10, 2013 by flyfishnevada
Since I posted it earlier this year, I wanted to take the opportunity to say I’ve abandoned my 2013 Top Ten Quest. Quite a few of the locations were near Yosemite and the Rim Fire is still burning and likely to be until it rains or snows. Smoke is a concern and Highway 120 is closed 35 miles from the junction with 395. I can get to the places, but whose to say what I’ll find once I’m there. Could be clear, could be blanketed with smoke. I’m going to be looking north for opportunities this fall and taking advantage of locations in the Bridgeport/Mammoth area when and things clear up consistently.
In the meantime, I’m preparing some posts for the fall and winter, mainly concerning my survival kit, my new tactical fishing bag, and stuff like that. I’m traveling for high school football this week, but next week I’m going to get out there and ply the waters of somewhere free of smoke. Hopefully the weather cools a bit soon and I can fish the East Walker. Still too low and the air temps too high to fish without harming the trout.
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Posted on September 4, 2013 by flyfishnevada
I am happy to announce the release of the final episode of my World War II serial, Baker Company – Episode 4: The Road Home. Finishing the series is bittersweet. I’m glad to get this one under my belt but at the same time, I’m going to miss the characters. I’ve become fond of them. However, the story has been told and it’s time to move on. I’ve got several other projects on tap (three at least) so there are new stories and characters to explore.
Nobody ever said the road home was an easy one, especially for the men of Baker Company and their allies. With everyone save Tony, Bull and Cowboy captured, it’s up to them to free their comrades so they can all get to Carentan and link up with the 101st. But the men of Baker Company have an ace in the hole, Corporal Oscar “Ozzy” P. Jennings. Even after a daring rescue and wild flight from the Germans, our heroes still have a long way to get to Carentan. They must break through the German lines but the closer they get, the farther away home seems. Will the men of Baker Company make it back to the 101st Airborne or will they die in vain within sight of their goal? Find out in the exciting final episode of Baker Company.
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Posted on September 1, 2013 by flyfishnevada
Real beer so I don’t have to drink Bud Light.
I’ve identified four potential methods for boiling water out in the middle of nowhere, an essential survival skill to have. You can purify water by boiling it or heat it for tea, coffee or re-hydrating a freeze dried meal. All the methods have advantages and disadvantages but each will do the job. My intention is to try them all and figure out which ones work best for me. The method(s) I find to be the easiest, most convenient and most effective will be the ones I employ.
But in order to do so, I needed to make an alcohol stove. You can buy them but they are easy to make and from what I’ve seen lighter as well as they work better too. There’s all kinds, penny stoves, pressurized side burners, unpressurized top burners, soda cans, beer bottles, you name it. I started by making a simple soda can stove. It worked, sort of. Sliding one aluminum can into another of the same diameter is harder than it might seem, however. Read more »
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Posted on August 31, 2013 by flyfishnevada
They view off my front porch this AM.
The beautiful summer weather goes on. The Rim Fire burning near Yosemite continues to pour smoke into the valleys along the Sierra front. Football games have been canceled for another week and outdoor activities of any kind are difficult at best. I’ve heard rumors that the skies are clear near Bridgeport and Lee Vining but driving through the haze to get there is the problem. The Jeep isn’t exactly air tight and by the time I could reach clear air, I’d likely be ruined.
So, while I wait for the skies to clear to begin enjoying the fall fishing in earnest, I’m working on some projects at home. That is when I’m not suffering from near constant headaches, sinus pressure and a burning throat. I know the fire crews are doing their best but I wish they could work faster. As long as they’re safe, that is. Reporting from Smokefest 2013.
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