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.
Yucca shreds the landscape, and the stalks of century plants reach skyward, as far as the eye can see, across prime mule deer and desert bighorn sheep habitat. Steep mountain ridges extend deep into the eastern reaches of the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest of North America's deserts, to create a very unique ecotone.
A beautiful short film from another group I REALLY enjoy following, Project Upland. Stunning landscapes. As someone addicted to the beauty and serenity of fly fishing, this is a super easy transition. It doesn't really matter where you pursue it, or the exact species you are after. It is an obsession...
Beautiful video by the good people over at Yeti, featuring two incredible fisherman in an unbelievable landscape. Texas features some amazing fly fishing opportunities, this being one of them. And although I found this noted large and small mouth fishery more challenging than expected, the best part is it remains remote, unspoiled and totally available for us to fish again and again. Let's keep it that way.
The land of ice and fire? The land of salmon? I don't know what to call this place. The love of my beautiful big booty wife and two sweet princesses keeps me coming back to H-town....but damn. A little piece of my heart is forever in those mountains. Hard to imagine I won't be back in Alaska at some point.....
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