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.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Let's take a walk

A bamboo walking staff was split from end to end. The nodal partions were ground down and the interior prepared to allow a 3 sectioned telescopic crappie fishing pole to be fitted into the bamboo. A web wrist strap was attached and epoxied in place. The butt of the crappie rod had a screw cap to which a strip of metal with some foam was secured with plumber's epoxy, when the cap was unscrewed and the strip withdrawn several flies were made available for use.