Friday, April 29, 2016

Less Than a Quarter Mile Downstream

Hard to believe there's a major interstate less than a quarter mile downstream.  
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Such a blast on the fly!!

Got out with Steve Hudson tonight and caught a few more of these guys. Such a blast on the fly!! Too bad the run is winding down, but it was sure fun while it lasted!
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The One Pound Range!

Managed another largemouth on a popper today! According to the Release Ruler he was about 12 1/2" long, which clearly put him into the 1 pound range! I've never been one to carry a scale while fishing, so it's nice to have an easy to carry ruler that gives approximate weights!
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Poppers on the Office Pond

It was warm and sunny today so I thought I'd give poppers a try on the office pond. I figured I'd be catching bluegill, so it was a pleasant surprise when this gorgeous largemouth slammed the topwater!! Beautiful markings and a solid 11" on the Release Ruler!!
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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Garden Lake, de Leon Springs State Park

A float plane preparing to take off from Spring Garden Lake, de Leon Springs State Park, de Leon Springs, Florida. A ride in one of these to a remote fishing hole is absolutely in the top 10 on my bucket list!!
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Putting miles on the Frequent Flyer!

Putting miles on the Frequent Flyer! -- This is the only 5 weight I own! It's been from Florida to Sweden and is currently my go-to for the local white bass run. It packs down shorter than my two weight but even with 7 sections it casts beautifully.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I'm beginning to catch...

I'm beginning to catch more crappie than anything else on the office pond. Must be time for a different fly! Any suggestions?
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Friday, April 15, 2016

The Wind was Pretty Strong Today...

Here's the rest of that crappie from the eye shot. Crappie eyes remind me of a cat's eyes when the pupils are dilated. The wind has been pretty strong again today, so casting the 2 weight TFO Finesse was a bit tough, but it got the job done!

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Crappie Eye

Crappie eye.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

So much better than sitting at my desk!!

One lunch break 'gill on the 2 weight today. Still so much better than sitting at my desk!!
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Fantastic Luck on the Office Pond

I'm very appreciative of the fantastic luck I've had on the office pond lately, but like Muir said, "The mountains are calling..."

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Fish Are Staying Fairly Deep

Another successful lunch break on the office pond today. Really had to give the flies time to sink, with these temperature fluctuations the fish are staying fairly deep.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gorgeous Green Sunfish

Yesterday wasn't spent entirely on instruction. I took a few minutes and made some casts to a hole under a tree where I caught this gorgeous green sunfish and a few of his buddies!! Look at those colors!!!

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

An Incredible Day...

I got to spend an incredible day helping Steve Hudson introduce fly fishing to Georgia State University's Touch the Earth group. The day started with fly tying and casting instruction, then to a small bluegill stream to practice their new skills, then on to bigger water chasing white bass. Everyone in the group landed a fish on a fly they tied themselves!! Including this white bass caught by Michelle!! An awesome group of folks, I really hope fly fishing becomes as much a passion for them as it has for me these past few years. And, I hope I get to help Steve again with another enthusiastic group!

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Time at the Vise

Spent some time at the vise tonight. The bluegill and crappie have been going nuts for these white and black micro-buggers.

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

Nobody else ever...

Had a great evening on the office pond. I managed to catch all 5 on the same fly and still didn't lose it! Seems I normally lose a fly 1 or 2 casts after landing a fish. Thats just me, though, right? Nobody else ever loses the one fly working that day.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Crappie on the Two Weight!

I don't catch enough crappie to know if this one is considered big or not, but he's a lot bigger than the 'gills I was catching tonight and he put a serious bend in my 2 weight!!

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Largemouth Lovin'

I believe I was witnessing a little largemouth lovin' at the office pond tonight. They couldn't care less about me or the fly I dropped in front of them!!

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Monday, April 04, 2016

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Another great day on the water!

 Another great day on the water! This time, white bass fishing with a whole group! Definitely not what I'm used to, but we all caught fish and we all had a fantastic day!!!
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Saturday, April 02, 2016

NGTO Spring Fling 2016

I had the privilege of hanging out at the Alpharetta Outfitters booth with Jeff and Nova today, giving them an extra hand when the wind tried to blow the shirts away. The NGTO Spring Fling is always a blast and full of very interesting and knowledgeable folks. I'm already looking forward to the Fall Fling!!

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Friday, April 01, 2016