Deer season is on the horizon, so what better time to talk about a skinning knife that I have been using for nearly a decade? As with anything, there are positives and negatives.
Been thinking of getting into fly fishing? You wouldn't want to drop 50K on a truck before you ever got it on the road, and I don't advise wifing up that sexy girl before taking her for a spin either. Same should apply to fly fishing... Before making a costly commitment to an entire fly fishing outfit, I recommend taking a test run on a local pond. You don't need an expensive fly setup, a lot of time or a boat. And neighborhood ponds are often surprisingly rich in opportunity.
If you have a freezer full of fish, there comes a time when you want to get a little creative. You can only have it deep fried so many times before the pallet just gets bored. We scored a major meat haul on our recent trip to Alaska's Kenai Peninsula, and are just about through our stash of flat fish. Here is one of the awesome ways my wife, Ashley Nguyen, cooked up our halibut. It will kick you right in the mouth, and you can make it as spicy (or not) as you want. For the record Ashley is Vietnamese, so we are blessed with heavy Asian influence in lots of our dishes; I love it. Although the Vietnamese do cook with curry, they use it differently than we will in this dish, which is heavily influenced by Thai cuisine.
Anybody looking for a chance to put the kiddos on some slot reds or big ugly black drum ought to circle, star and underline Kidfish on their calendar next year. The annual event, hosted by Sea Center Texas, went off without a hitch last weekend as hundreds came out to enjoy the beautiful, mild weather. All around us people's rods were doubled over, and although a few noted the catch rate wasn't as high as expected, everyone seemed to have a great time.
Fly fishing has developed a rap as being one of the most challenging methods of wetting a line; some impenetrable sport that is only for people living near world class trout rivers in Alaska or who can afford fifty thousand dollar poling skiffs. But this is a stereotype that simply is not true. Standing in a river waiving a stick; buggy whipping; long-rod athlete; what do these all have in common? They all represent a sport that I find extremely rewarding, sometimes challenging but often times easier than you might think. Here are five reasons that everybody should give fly fishing a try.
Photograph by The National Audubon Society
Today we caught up with Texas Parks and Wildlife's John McLaughlin, West Texas Quail Program Leader and stalwart of the Texas Small Game Program. Topics discussed include quail in Texas, public hunting opportunities and how private land owners can make a little cash money by participating in the Grassland Restoration Incentive Program, or GRIP.
I am a passionate outdoorsman with over 25 years of hunting and fishing experience across the state of TX.