Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This year's Santas

    These guys take a lot of time to carve, paint and finally to put the ribbons on. It took while to get in the swing of carving these guys, but it all came back pretty quickly. As usual the slivers of wood were all over the place by the time I finished.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Halloween is near

   These guys have wandered from the back yard to the front in anticipation of frightening someone. So far they haven't frightened anyone.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October 3rd on the Roaring River

    The river was stocked yesterday. It seems that the pools close to the road get the fish. When  you look at the "Church Pool" it's loaded with fish. Seems to be that way up and down the river, high concentrations in a few pools, not spread over a section. These fish were not very interest in any offerings. fishing was difficult to say the least. Two days fishing and only two fish caught. Still, the weather was delightful and it was a joy to be there.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A new net

  After going without a fish for a long stretch of the Roaring River. I noticed the net magnetically attached to my vest was missing. After back tracking in search of it, I gave up and acknowledged I lost it. Since I built it myself, I decided to construct another one.
Soaking some strips of hickory and then bending and clamping them to shape on a form. The final step was adding a mesh bag for the net.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fishing The Magic Pool

The "Magic Pool" has a history of yielding some very nice fish. A deep shaded pool flowing quietly has been known to explode with a frantic trout trying to avoid the net.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

A Great Blue and a Great Fisherman

I was able to move this image from my old web album into my files folder and then insert it into the posting. Funny I get a little confused with recognizing that this is the picture I wanted. I carved the Great Blue in 1996. This guy is a supurbe fisherman as well as one of my best carvings.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Possibility of getting out to Cherokee

This has been a difficult season to fit in another trip to Stone Mountain, things keep popping up, from Dr. appointments to other trips to fill family obligations. If it works out that I won't be able to get away for a few days, I'm going to try to master getting a fishing video into this blog. This will entail learning how to navigate the video editor in YouTube. Nice project for me, I have started to enter clips (upload) for use in constructing a film. Have worked out the addition of titles and text. Haven't figured out adding a sound track yet. They say, If you can't fish, you tie flies, build rods, or fool around with   things related to dominating trout. Over the years the trout have had the upper hand.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Last trip before the June opening of the stream to taking fish.

    The day started with rain and was predicted to continue for the rest of the day. By 11:00AM we were in the water at the Church Pool and the weather started to get nicer. I was able to get into two trout pretty quickly, a Griffith's Gnat and a small Adams did the trick. Jerry was using a Woolly Bugger and was getting into fish after fish, seemed like they were making it up to him for not cooperating on our last visit to their pool. Early on I was trying to film my bringing a fish to the net when my camera slipped out of my pocket and into the drink. This happened once before and stopped the recording cold. A day in a bag of rice got the camera working again but not until we returned home. The river was stocked yesterday and the fishing was spectacular today. Dinner in Sparta, back to High Meadow Inn, slept soundly with dreams of trout franticly trying to escape the net.
Really a fabulous trip and sort of made up for not getting a chance to come here more often this Spring.

First Trip This Spring, 9th March

This is the first trip this Spring. High Meadow Inn and Shatley springs not opened yet, so we stayed at the Elk Inn.When we got to the river it was crowded with fishermen. Started at the Church Pool, which was full of trout though they seemed totally uninterested in our offerings. Griffith's Gnat takes a nice fish. Hard day's fishing really working with little result, just a fish here and there. Dinner in town at KFC, crashed for night, breakfast was great in town, biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon, then back to the river for some serious fishing. Trout were scarce this morning, by 2:00 PM we were really to head home.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Getting Ready For The Coming Trout Season.

    The weather has been so very nice, although it's still January my mind has wandered to trout fishing. I started to check out my gear and decided to add to my fly collection, particularly in the midge department. I found some videos on YouTube that talked about midges being on the trout's menu even in the winter months. I started tying some Griffith Gnats, some beatles, A few Adams' and a few Lady Heathers. This sort of expanded to ordering a 6 wt. double taper floating line and some other things from the web.  Tying the small flies was a problem prior to watching that YouTube video, I used to whip finish the head of the fly and try to carefully use head cement on the knot trying to be careful and not block the fly eye with head cement. The gentleman in the instructional video said that he whip finished the head twice firmly binding the fly and not needing head cement. I've been doing just that and feel confident that that will be more than sufficient.

Friday, November 4, 2016

November at Stone Mountain

   Went up to Stone Mountain for some fall trout fishing. The weather was absolutely gorgeous with the temperature near 80 degrees. Wednesday the 2nd started off a little slow with a few rises here and there, then near two o'clock the trout started to to get a little hungry and I was into five fish one after the other. One fish in particular was very interesting, it was striking in coloration and had a "hooked" jaw, like a spawning salmon. Jerry, fishing mostly below the surface wasn't doing well until later in the day, when he caught two fish and missed a few.  Dinner as usual spaghetti, with meat sauce and crashing exhausted 'til morning. Thursday started off a little cloudy, but still really mild for 3rd of November. We continued fishing until about 2:00 then started for home. We were able to get gas pretty quickly, and the drive was all in daylight,
     This  photo is not the best shot, of this fish. He was about 12 " in length and had striking coloration, you can see the brightness on his belly. The one thing I never saw before fishing this river was the hooked jaw on this Brookie.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween celebrants are in the front yard.

These characters have moved from the back yard to the front. They are really for their big night.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

First Fall Fly Fishing in Stone Mountain.

13 October 16   We arrived at the Church Pool after 10:00AM the visible trout were holding to the bottom totally disinterested in our offerings. After awhile we headed for the "Magic Pool". I planted myself just downstream from to footbridge. It took three casts to straighten things out and hook into a nice trout. Micheal's rod, which is longer than my old rod casted beautifully. The trout had hit the dropper, a size 22 Griffin's Gnat and slipped off the hook. From that point on the trout were very cooperative. Without hardly moving my position I caught 11 beautiful Browns. I tried to film them being caught and of course released. Jerry was fishing a Woolly-Bugger and a Copper John, but wasn't doing that well. The weather was grand and we fished all the afternoon. Had the usual spaghetti dinner and fell asleep without a thought about T.V. Next morning, 14Oct16, after coffee and cereal we got back to the river. Jerry picked up two nice fish near the pool with the big rock near the end of the park road. All in all, it was a great trip, though starting out for home a little late forced driving in the dark and catching the rush hour traffic.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A fine fly rod, a gift of her brother's fly rod.

My original fly rod was damaged in an accident with a car door. About 10" was broken off the tip. A dear friend offered me her brother's fly rod. When I first started to withdraw the rod from it's protective sleeve, I was surprised to see the same winding as on my broken rod. Like a twin 'though longer. When I finally got a chance to use it in Stone Mountain it casted  beautifully... What a wonderful gift.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Cold Weather is Setting in

My studio/garage is pretty cold these days, 'though I'm able to do short periods of time before it becomes uncomfortable. I've been working out a method of carving huge mushrooms. I've got plenty of logs that will be useful in this project. Here I've carved the caps on both ends of the log, just need to cut it in half for two mushrooms

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Getting ready for a Spring show

I've been working on some pieces for the open studio tour at Fearrington in the Spring. So far I've completed work on several Spotted Sandpipers, a couple of Curlews, and two Owls. I'm going to get to work on some over sized mushrooms.

Friday, March 27, 2015

April open studio tour

Some pieces to appear in the open studio tour.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Carving some shore birds

I have not carved any birds for a long time. Painting them on cold rainy days was just the thing to be reminded of the beach and the usual sunshine.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving is done with.

Had a wonderful Thanksgiving day dinner at the Carolina Inn here in Chapel Hill. We're recovering from over-eating. Bright sunny day today. Another batch of Santa-cicles have been carved and painted.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Beechmast Pond yields a Five-pound Bass

The black Jitterbug scores again. It was close to 8:00 PM and about 8 feet from the bank. a five and a half pound bass attacked the Jitterbug after 2 foot retrieve.(7th June)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It's going to be extra warm for a few days

The weather is going to be in the high 80's for net few days. A good time to tie some woolly-buggers. May just bring the necessary materials into a cool place. I usually set up the tying vise in my garage, but when its too hot or too cold out there I move it all into the house.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fishing Stone Mountain and the Mitchell River,

Tuesday,6th of May and my friend and I are fishing the Roaring River in Stone Mountain. On the drive up I kept thinking I forgot something. I did, I forgot my wading staff. We strung up at the Church Pool. We were catching trout by 12:20. This was a lot different from the last trip.Jerry was fishihg a Woolly-bugger, I was doing well with a Griffith's Gnat.At the days end we got a spaghetti dinner. and crashed. Wednesday, 7th of May we went to the Mitchell River in Mountain Park. We continued to catch fish pretty much at every pool we fished. At a bit after noon I slipped wading and fell forwards damn near breaking my pole. I got really soaked, my hip boots filled with water and I could hardly get out of the stream.The pole was saved,I remembered My friend Wendell Niemann saying when you fall like that.... "SAVE the POLE"! All in all, it was a good trip.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The First Trout Fishing Trip of 2014

My fishing friend, Jerry Noe and I finally got to go to Stone Mountain to fly fish for trout. The drive up started with gas in the car and sausage muffins and coffee in us. We strung up our rods at the big parking area. The water was clear and a little low. We couldn't spot any fish in the pools where we usually easily see them. Jerry went down stream and I went up stream. It was not a good start. I saw one trout swimming below the foot bridge. We both saw a nice fish leap clear of the water taunting us. It was a disappointing day. We had dinner and crashed after deciding to go to Helton Creek next morning. 24 April 14 , Thursday morning we started for Helton, had breakfast in Sparta, and drove Rt 221 to Route 16 and Helton Creek. We didn't catch a trout until late in the afternoon. Jerry caught two right close to the car.On the way home we stopped at Bogangles for our usual chicken dinner.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring is finally here

The Final Burst
This is the last bunch of Daffodils, the rest of them are nearly finished with their peak display. The weather has been like summer these last few days. The trees are beginning to show off their red buds and dogwoods are just getting going.With all this happening my thoughts are are stirring about trout fishing. Its been a long hard winter for much of the country, a trout could shake the cold memories right out of me. All it'll have to do is grab hold of the leader and start shaking.