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!

Baker Company – Episode 4: The Road Home

Baker Company Ep 4I 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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Summer Kind of Sucks!

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Dumping Rain in Pickel Meadows, sunny down by the junction.

I’ve been cooped up in the house for a while, avoiding the outdoors because of the crowds, the heat, the fires and the thunderstorms.  If it’s not one of those, its another and most of time its more than one.  This year has been especially bad for fires and thunderstorms.  The Sierras, or large swaths of them, anyway, have been socked in with smoke from the various fires all summer.  Thunderstorms seem to be the norm this year.

Jeep Surreal

Da Jeep!

As if to hammer that point home, yesterday, the 21st of August, was one of the worst days for thunderstorms all summer and today, the 22nd (my birthday by the way), the skies of Reno, Carson City and Minden/Gardnerville are thick with smoke and falling ash Continue reading

Dana Fork and Parker Pass Creek

Like an old Jeep ad.

Like an old Jeep ad.

What with the 4th of July crowds, the heat and the previous cold and wind gone, I took my youngest son, Owen, and we went fishing.  We were headed to Laurel Lakes but on the way down 395, I just didn’t feel like making the four mile trek up that treacherous road, so we changed our plans.  We stopped for breakfast at the Mobile station at the junction of US 395 and Highway 120, gassed up and headed up the hill towards Yosemite.

We drove up to Tuolumne Meadows first to check that out.  It wasn’t crowded, maybe only 9:00 am.  Very pretty.  My first time in the park.  Yes, yes, I’ve lived in Carson City and Smith Valley my whole life and never driven past the Tioga entrance.  So sue me.  I guess you just take things so close for granted. By the way, this is only my second National Park visit.  The first was Redwood National Forest in northern California.  Now you know.  I know, you’re thrilled. Continue reading

2013 Top Ten List

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My obligitory shot of the pass up behind Blue Lake.

I used to do this every year and every year I failed to fish all the waters on my Top Ten list.  It’s not really a top ten list but more a the ten places I’d like to fish.  The reasons always vary.  For some I’ve never been but want to go.  Others are old favorites I haven’t visited in a while.  Whatever the reason, I’m compelled to fish these waters and they go on the list.  I haven’t done this in a few years, but I decided to go ahead and make up a list this year.  Motivation to get out there and inspiration when I’m not sure where to go.  Note that many waters I will probably fish anyway, say the East Walker, are not on the list.  Those are givens.  Here it is in alphabetical order:

  • Cooney and Frog Lakes – A short day hike that will test my back.  These are above Virginia and Blue Lakes which I fish often.
  • Crowley Lake – Never really fished this lake but plan to this year.  Probably in the fall when the temps cool down.
  • Dana Fork of the Tuolumne – Just inside the Tioga Pass entrance, my kind of water.  Meadow stream with dumb but pretty fish. Continue reading

The Nymph Kit – A Better Way

Nymph KitI’ve been carrying around what I call a nymph kit or a nymphing kit for a few years.  I fish nymphs a lot and to do so, you need a lot of little things.  Weights, indicators, etc.  I also use a system for adding weight called Toobies.  I love that system and it’s not-toxic to boot.  Just Hevi-Shot pellets and tubing.  I used to carry all of that separately.  A box for the Toobies system, a handful of small zip-lock bags for indicators, plastic lead sinker holders, you name it.  What a CF!

So, in the name of sanity and efficiency, I consolidated.  I put all that stuff into a single box that I call my nymph kit.  I used to use the box the Toobies came in, but recently I’ve switched to a small fly box with individual doors for each section.  Before without individual doors for each compartment, one slip and the whole works would be all over the bank, or worse, in the water.  My, don’t all those indicators look pretty floating downstream?  Now, I will only lose the contents the open compartment. Continue reading

Building the Otter – The Finale

Here is the end of my Building the Otter series.  All the original build pages are contained on a single page now.  Just click here or the tab labeled “The Otter” above.  The newest addition is at the bottom.  Scroll down to read it or read the whole story.

I must admit, I am saddened to finish this.  I poured my heart and soul into that little boat.  I got to enjoy her on the water only twice, but that amounted to merely a tiny fraction of the time I spent building her.  As is so often the case, the journey is at least half the fun.  In this case, the journey is all I have left.  Though I was often discouraged, confused, frustrated and confounded while building her, the memories are precious.

I hope you enjoy the building of the Otter as much as I did, and still do.

Building the Otter – Part XI

I apologize.  I just plain spaced posting new episodes of “Building the Otter”.  Oops.  And this is the perfect time of year to do it too.  Not much else going on.  I promise to finish this out over the next couple of months!

To view this episode click here or click “The Otter” tab above and scroll down

For those looking for more tales of my fishing trips, I am on a really restricted diet and it makes traveling tough.  So far, I’ve lost almost 20 pounds!  You can find more out over on my Being Retired blog.  Good news, it ends next week.  My son has a basketball game at Pyramid Lake High School on February 3rd, so I’m going to fish Pyramid that morning and go watch his game that afternoon.   Look for a report soon after!

Building the Otter – Part 10

OK, time for another episode of everyone’s favorite little boat building story, Building the Otter.  I assure you we are getting down to the end.  Thank God too!  I am as sick of writing these as I was of building the boat itself.  As they say, “You gotta hate it, to finish it.”  Enjoy.

To view this episode click here or click “The Otter” tab above and scroll down

Building the Otter – Part IX

It’s been a really long time!  Been kind of tied up recently, but no more excuses.  I am committing to post Otter updates weekly, or biweekly…bimonthly?  More often, how about that?

To see this episode, click here and scroll down.  Later!

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