So far this August has been unseasonably cooler with quite a bit of rain for Texas standards. Fall seems to be approaching early this year. I noticed a few flights of teal along with some snipe on the river this morning. The fish were happy and feeding today. I started the morning off throwing a crease fly and caught lots of striper. They were all on the small side but still a lot of fun to watch them hit the surface chasing the imitating shad as it popped along the surface. After the morning top water bite slowed down I switched to fishing subsurface and had a lot of action on clousers. I caught some nice stripers and smallies that were a ball on a five weight.
Me and a buddy fished the Brazos below Lake Whitney today. We both got skunked.... Not sure what was going on but we couldn't buy a bite. Everyone else we spoke to on the river didn't have much luck either. Saw some huge carp and got a couple shots at them but could not get them to eat. Due to all the grass in the river they would have probably just broke me off if I did hook hook up with one. Saw some big longnose gar also but couldn't get them to eat either.
Suicide trips are what I call trips that I spend more time driving then I do fishing. I had to make a quick delivery to a customer up in Arkansas Thursday evening, and my boss was gracious enough to let me stay the night and get a few hours of fishing in Friday morning before I headed back. The first fish I caught that morning was a decent brown, shortly followed by a small brook trout, and the third fish was the rainbow to complete the slam. The rest of the morning consisted of one more brown trout and a few rainbows before I had to hit the road to head back. So 14hrs of driving, only a few hrs of sleep because I slept in the back seat of the truck. Which was no easy task due to getting eat'n up by mosquitoes and the cramped quarters of the truck with 80 degree temps didn't help out any. All in all I got 4hrs of fishing in; and I would do it all over again. And I'll be getting up at 4am to meet a buddy down on the Brazos to fish all day tomorrow. Have I mentioned how great my wife is and how much I love her for putting up with all my fishing. Love You Babe :)
I finally wore a hole in my Native Ultimate from dragging it...... I found this product online called Rec'Repair. It is designed to patch/repair just about any type of materiel. It was very simple to install, all you have to do is heat it up with a heat gun and the patch becomes flexible and soft and will mold to whatever you attach it to. You remove the sticky back and apply it to the area you want to patch. As it cools down it becomes rigid and will hold its shape. The whole process only takes a few minutes. They also make skid plates for your craft so you can be proactive in protecting the hull of your yak/canoe.