September- December - I spent more
time on the road this fall than I spent on the water. Between the Denver
Fly show and several regional events, plus showing the new TFO spinning
and casting rods (designed by Gary Loomis) all over the southeast, I got
mucho travel points.
But between the trips, we managed some trout
at Callaway, some stripes on the Hooch, some "slimey" fish up in NC, and
some albies off Harkers.
August 14 - My pal Paul and I slipped
off this morn with the idea of trying out the new Freedom Hawk 120 on
the carp flats. Unfortunately, we didn't find the carp so we had to
settle for some "trash" fish ;) - here's Paul with a nice bass.
August 14 - It's been a busy couple
of months, with ICAST show in Orlando, the Eastern Outdoor show, a
vacation/family/fishing trip to Edisto, and the TFO corporate meet in
MD. I have managed some days on the Flint, and as usual it continues to
fish good through the hottest weather.
The TFO meet was a pleasure and a privilege,
spending time with some of the industry greats, lots of casting fun, new
products, and Lefty's usual collection of one-liners!
Nick Curcione, Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser,
Bobby Jones and Tom Jindra do some reel adjustments...
Lefty with the new TFO/Gary Loomis-designed
spinning rods - he knows more than the fly....
July 31 - It's been a great fishing
month, with multiple highlights on the Flint, with the redfish down on
the Carolina coast with the reds, and the big bream at Callaway (like
young Austin's below)....
...but one of my best trips ever was with
Allison and Jonathan (my grandkids from Philly).
June 30 - Fished Callaway today with
Jimmy Jacobs, noted author and editor of The Georgia Sportsman. Jimmy
was looking for photos of big bream, and I'm happy to say he got them.
And if you ever wondered why those fish
photos in the mags look so good, it's because there's a bit more to it
June 17 - It's been busy over the
last month, with the shoal bass on the Flint and the big bream and bass
at Callaway. The rain has the water in great shape and good fishing
should hold even with the hot weather we're getting now.
Here's a nice shoalie that John T. expertly
pulled out from under the overhanging tree on the Flint last week.
May 5 - On the Flint today with
Tarver and Sally from Augusta, GA (via Wyoming). Experienced western
trout anglers, they loved the Flint and it's southern-style "green
May 1 & 2 - The big group from NGTO
was down this weekend for their annual debacle/fishing trip. Great fun
as always with these guys. Here's the orange-est bluegill I've ever seen
- look at his back.
Several good bass were landed, and the
shellcracker were bedding in skinny water. The one below was 15".
April 29 - I slipped off today to
fish the Flint by myself - scouting for Monday and Tuesday trips next
week (tough work but someone's gotta do it, right?). Water was still a
bit high and off-color, but the fish were there.
April 19 - Fished Callaway with Mark
and Kim from NGTO today. We pretty much spanked `em - witness Mark and
his infamous counter below. If you can't make out the number, it hit 86
with that big shellcracker, breaking his previous Callaway record. Kim
and I caught more than he did ;)
April 16 - Back on the water at
Callaway today with my old pal Bill T from Atlanta. Bill was one of my
first guiding customers over 10 years ago and it's always a barrel of
fun. Today was no exception.........
April 14 - Had to make a quick trip
by the fly shop at Callaway today and couldn't resist - walked the banks
of a golf course pond early. The little buck bass, along with an
occasional bream, were busting the stealth bomber. Then suddenly the
popper just disappeared....when I tightened up, this big mama came up
rattlin' her gills (of course, only camera I had was the cell phone, but
you can get the idea....oink, oink!).
April 11 - Fished the Hooch in
Columbus today with Terry and Charlene from Washington state. Hybrid
were hard to come by (even though I had caught `en the day before), but
we got some skipjack and Charnie even nailed a cat on the fly.
The water on the Hooch is muddy and
getting muddier - looks like good only for the cut-baiters for a week or
April 4 - Terry S came over today to
fish Callaway, along with his pal Lawrence B (visiting from Istanbul).
They both wore the fish out, in spite of the rain. Terry capped the day
with a nice 8-lb bass that ate the RLD - nice fish!
April 3 - Fished Callaway today with
Tim M and his son Brian. We started off early throwing throwing
topwaters into a quiet cove, expecting to see some bass and bream in
shallow. They were, but then this guy showed up...
I have no idea what that trout was thinking
when he bashed the Stealth Bomber
as Tim chugged it across the cove (a gaudy fire-tiger version at that),
but he showed no hesitation.
April 2 - It's still raining, but
certified striper junkie Tom T couldn't resist after hearing I caught a
few Monday. He brought Sam C along and we hit the river. We got `em too,
once again proving Tom's "if you don't go, you can't catch `em"
motto. Sam landing some of everything (shoal, white, striped & hybrid
bass, plus a crappie for good measure). Tom got just hybrid and stripe,
including this near-perfect specimen of a small stripe.
30 - With 3" of rain last week, we
are getting some heavy flow on the river below West Point. And it's the
strong current that's turns the fish on down here. In spite of a very
heavy stain, I was able to catch a few.
March 23 -
Finally got into a few of the striped fish up above West Point this
week. They were still scattered and the main run is still a week or two
away. But it sure was nice to be bending up the 9 wt again.
January & February - I got a call
from a friend today checking to see if I was still alive - he'd noticed
the absence of any new fishing reports here and figured I'd croaked or
something. Not the case - just been very busy traveling, fishing trout
at Callaway, plus 3 regional shows for TFO. Fishing has been fine at
Callaway, with plenty of big trout.