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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Freshwater creeks and saltwater creeks are two very different animals....er...waterways.
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
It was a bit too windy for effective flyfishing today, but we had a fantastic paddle on the Spruce Creek Canoe Trail!!
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Friday, May 27, 2016
We spent a gorgeous day on the beach today. Tomorrow we're paddling the Spruce Creek Canoe Trail and doing some fishing. Hopefully the fish will be cooperative!!
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Thursday, May 26, 2016
We took a tour of the Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences today and, while there was nothing (unfortunately) flyfishing related in the exhibits we visited, there was a very nice collection of blade weapons and early arms. While my knowledge of weapons doesn't come close, my passion for double guns nearly matches that of flyfishing. This is one of two displays of early shotguns. These, two French and one simply marked "European", are examples of flint lock shotguns dating between 1770 and 1800!! The three scatter guns in the other case spanned the 1800s and, I was pleased to see, included an early Ithaca percussion 10 gauge! We ran out of time before we were able to see all the museum had to offer so we will definitely plan to return. Check it out if you're ever in the neighborhood. Who knows, maybe we can convince them to install a flyfishing exhibit!!
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
You'd think by now I'd learn to wind the line back on the reel It's the simple things in life, that's why I flyfish the small streams.
You'd think by now I'd learn to wind the line back on the reel before I take a picture! Actually, I just leaned the rod on a tree momentarily to get my water bottle out and thought it made a nice shot with the moss covered rocks. It's the simple things in life, that's why I flyfish the small streams.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
My apologies for such a horrendous photo of such a beautiful fish!! My camera was deep in my sling pack and I'm still learning how to use the GoPro! But, here's a beautiful rainbow trout from the small water of the Upper Chattahoochee River.
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Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Spent a fantastic morning in the mountains chasing trout with the 2 weight!!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016
"One function, at least, of true wilderness is to provide a refuge from the crassitudes of civilization-whether visible, intangible, audible-whether of billboard, of pavement, of auto horn-all of these are urban essences; all are negations of wilderness." --Benton MacKaye
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Monday, May 16, 2016
I was doing a bit of fly fishing on the office pond tonight when a Sheriff's deputy pulled up and asked me to speak with him. Turns out one of the other office buildings that surrounds the pond doesn't think people should be allowed to fish it. I explained who I work for and that I have permission from my building's owner, but, it turns out, he doesn't own the pond. So, until I can track down the pond's owner and get written permission to fish it, my lunchbreaks are going to get very dull! And, just a bit of advice, more a reminder, be nice and polite to the LEOs, they're just trying to do their jobs. While there will always be a few rotten apples (true in any profession), good officers deserve our respect and support.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016
I had an interesting conversation with a new neighbor yesterday. He saw my TFO 2 weight leaned against my workbench and questioned how I could get enjoyment out of that as compared to the deep sea fishing he prefers. I think it's all about keeping your expectations in check and enjoying the ritual and the process. Big fish are always fun, but small fish feed the soul. I'll take light rods, small streams or ponds and beautiful little fish any day.
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Friday, May 13, 2016
I thought I'd try to show a little more closely the popper that's been working so well on the office pond. It's a pretty sparse tail, but lots of rubber legs!!
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Thursday, May 12, 2016
I love doing gear reviews when the fish are biting!
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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
The bluegill are pounding the topwater right now! A white popper was the fly of the day. It's amazing to watch big 'gills fight over it!!
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
By: Dawn B. Jeffers
|Riverside Pavilion Park, Port Orange, Florida|
|One of a number of classic cars, customs and hot rods on display|
|A lovely, shaded playground|
|Concession stand with restrooms|
|One of several picnic tables overlooking a canal|
|The brand new kayak launch|
|A great blue heron enjoying the view of Daytona Beach Shores from the pier|
For more on this and other parks in Volusia County, Florida, visit Volusia.org.
Another big bluegill from the pond the other night. Why do they put their fins down as soon as the camera clicks?
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Monday, May 09, 2016
Sunday, May 08, 2016
Went up into the mountains to scout some new bluelines today. I didn't get a whole lot of fishing done, but I do enjoy cruising the dirt roads to see whats around the next bend. It's hard to see in this picture, but this waterfall I stumbled on reaches all the way up above these trees. An incredible spot, but too close to verticle for me to try to follow!!
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Saturday, May 07, 2016
I was invited to fish a small, private pond tonight and to say it was a successful trip is an understatement!! This big 'gill was easily over a pound and I honestly felt a bit under gunned fishing the 5' TFO Half Weight!! It horsed him in like a champ though, along with a few more and a bunch of small largemouths! Talk about a fantastic evening!!
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Friday, May 06, 2016
Hiked up to the Indian Seats in the Sawnee Mountain Preserve. Beautiful spot.
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Thursday, May 05, 2016
Making my plans for the weekend. When I get out of the office I like to get WAY out of the office! If you're getting way out this weekend, don't forget to leave your itinerary with at least one trusted friend. Stay safe out there!!
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Wednesday, May 04, 2016
After the blueline clinic tonight I realized that some folks had never fished one or really knew what one was, so here's one of my favorites!! Where'd I say it was? I don't believe I said.
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
After a very scientific, clinical survey of substantial sample size of the best fly fishers on Instagram, it has been determined that the humble Bluegill is the most underrated fish species caught on a flyrod. Funny, if you think about it, the results of said survey completely negate themselves. Bluegill are our absolute favorite (in case you haven't noticed) and their accessibility to just about any angler in North America is why we chose to use their profile for The Suburban Angler logo!!
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