Candy, Don’t Take It From a Total Stranger

Poor Candy. I bet a fly fisherman wrote that. A fisherman who’s still snowed-in somewhere and getting a little grumpy. Good heavens what if her sign had read, “HELLO, NEIGHBORS! What’s the magic bug on this river?” Or, “HELLO, NEIGHBORS! What’s your favorite fishing spot?” And there’s always my personal favorite from the super chipper [...]

Momma Told Me There’d Be Days Like This

Last spring I went bonefishing in Exuma Bahamas and we had a big big time. Lots of fish. Some pretty big fish. We had one day on the water that was just out of sight, one bonefish right after the next. Toward the end of this gluttonous day, each time someone caught another, our guide [...]

Half An Hour With Mr. Farlow

It was our last day in London. We’d checked off every single thing on our itinerary, save one more decadent tea time. Little Chick was starting to languish a bit (ok fine, I was the one getting a little cranky) as my mother led us through the streets of London like the Bataan Death March. [...]

From Haute Couture to Carp Fishing

My eight year old daughter wants to be a fashion designer more than anything on the planet. A few years ago, in an attempt to direct this passion toward something substantive and away from something superficial, I gave her a card with Coco Chanel’s famous quotation, “Fashion fades, only style remains.” Since then Coco Chanel [...]

They Needed A Belle At This Bass Ball

Apparently it’s easier to catch a bass in the heart of Austin than it is to find a copy of this magazine. I went three places yesterday and couldn’t find it. This is the current issue of Southwest Fly Fishing. From what I hear, there is an excellent article by Steve Probasco who fishes for [...]

Copy the Hatch with Zero Catch

In this situation, ‘No Catch’ is actually a good thing. No really, I’m serious! Because HMH is sponsoring a ‘no-catch-zero-gimmicks’ promotional contest with the Underground Network blogs (ie, The Trout Underground, The Day Tripper, Singlebarbed, and Fly Fish Chick.) This contest offers YOU the chance to win an HMH Spartan Fly Tying Vise. For FREE. [...]

Bigger Than The Mother Teresa Cinnamon Bun

Forget about the pyramids. Screw the crop circles. The cinnamon bun with Mother Teresa’s face? Old news. Even Sasquatch is passé. Friends, I am here to tell you that I have witnessed a miracle. Normally this is the sort of thing I would chalk up to urban legend, but I was there. In the flesh, [...]

Who Should I Hide Behind in a Barfight?

According a recent CNN article, some would-be thieves didn’t realize they were cruisin’ for a bruisin’ when they tried to rob an Australian nightclub. A group of hardcore bikers called The Southern Cross Cruiser Club were actually holding their group meeting at the same bar and foiled the robbers’ nefarious plot in a gritty display [...]