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    FOXTROT. Do You Copy, Mon?

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    OSCAR MOTEL GULF we just had the best trip to the Bahamas! Last week was spring break so Tom, Sophie and I traveled to Exuma along with my parents. It was a week filled with fishing, food, friends and family – basically this post is brought to you by the letter “F”. F IS FOR [...]

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    The Last Best Retrace

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    I know, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted. And I have missed you! It was a fantastic summer juggling family trips with near-obsessive work on my next book. Whew. As of yesterday the manuscript is safely tucked away with the editor, so I have some breathing room to come back to FFC and chat [...]

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    Whale Tale

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013

    Over Memorial Day weekend in Montana I had the chance to fish the Big Hole with my dad for a day. We spent most of the float discussing art history in preparation for our big family trip to Italia. Because he is more scholarly than I, he has done infinitely more homework. So I felt [...]

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    Fifty Shades of Grayling

    Monday, May 27, 2013

    The steamiest part of our chilly weekend on the water was a streamer that looked suspiciously like Kelly Galloup’s ‘Sex Dungeon’ fly. Hmmm… So we have just returned from a fantastic Memorial Day in Montana where summer kicked off with hail, lightening, and snow – as it always seems to do on our Memorial Day [...]

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Fly Fishing

Feb
13

It’s a Troutapalooza!

Our local Trout Unlimited chapter, GRTU, Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, the largest TU chapter in the country, and all-around over-achievers, have planned a Texas-sized Troutfest this year and you are invited: Feb 18-20. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Central Texas you do not want to miss the family-friendly activities on the Guadalupe [...]

Feb
11

Don’t Stop Beliezing

As you may recall I went to Belize last month with a group of college girlfriends to collectively celebrate our 40th birthdays. I have been dying to give you all a detailed fishing report of my two days chasing bonefish but life has me going a thousand directions. Mommy-mode, wife-mode, and of course…working on writing [...]

Jan
19

More Tails and Fins Than The Cadillac Ranch

A full report of my Belize trip is in the works. Stay tuned…

Jan
9

Muddy Waters

In three days I head to Belize for a 40th birthday trip with my college girl friends. Technically not a fishing trip, but how could I pass up the opportunity to look for bonefish, and potentially….I don’t want to get too excited here…but my first-ever permit? The Professor has hooked me up with his favorite [...]

Jan
6

Are Gluten-Free Streamers Next?

Salivate over this picture while I tell you about the super-hero woman who raised the fisherman who caught this beautiful beast. My good friend Melissa lives in Colorado and this is her son, an avid flyfisher. While Melissa doesn’t fish herself, she is a longtime FFC reader. She is a yoga master, big-time skier, and [...]

Jan
3

I Probably Needed Beer Goggles For This Instead of Trout Goggles.

I have trout on the brain these days. Perhaps it’s because like many of you, I am in the dead center of the winter trout-fishing black hole. The furthest point on the calendar from when I will be on a trout stream in Montana. Of course I am surrounded by Texas Hill Country trout and [...]

Dec
26

Let Them Eat Trout. Cake.

My parents hosted a post-wedding celebration for us a few days ago and instead of going with traditional holiday fare for dessert, my mom surprised us with this incredibly life-like trout cake. It was unbelievable.My dad measured it with a tape measure then challenged the Professor to guess how big the trout was, and I [...]

Dec
6

I Was Hot On The Rabbit Trail But Lost My Scent

I was was intently searching my computer hunting for a superb fishing video of Little Chick catching trout on the Blackfoot this summer when I was thoroughly knocked off track by countless random photos I came across in what can only be described as a mysterious filing system I once created. Little Chick’s fishing story [...]

Nov
21

If the Keys Won’t Have Me, Maybe Venice Will

Last week the Professor and I fished two days in the MS marsh looking for redfish. As you know we had success on the first day, but the very next morning fish were scarce and skittish. Which gave me more time to try my hand at poling the skiff. I can’t believe how hard it [...]

Nov
12

Loaded Potato Skins

It’s been a long and harried week that – the kind that could lead a person to transport a finicky printer out to a field and destroy it gangsta style with a baseball bat. Instead, the Professor suggested we play hooky on this gorgeous Friday morning and chase redfish over in the Mississippi marsh for [...]

Oct
19

Do As The Romans Do

Or in this case, Ben Romans. The Professor and I first bumped into Ben Romans summer before last in The Melrose Bar after a day of fishing on The Big Hole. We didn’t chat that night but in a small-world twist of fate we ran into his buddy the next day on the river – [...]

Oct
11

A Pinch Of Salt

Hoping to get lucky with the redfish this weekend, the Professor and I threw our 8-weights over our left shoulders right into the truck and dashed over to the Pascagoula Marsh for a few hours of saltwater fishing. We didn’t have a ton of time because we had to get home to catch the second [...]

May
23

Triple Entendre: Run Off

Since I haven’t posted in awhile I thought I would cover a good bit of ground by bringing back the Triple Entendre. This post we’re looking at various meanings for the phrase Run Off. RUN OFF – As in Run Off and Join The Witness Protection Program or Maybe Even The Circus So if you’ve [...]

Apr
28

The Wilhelm Scream

The Wilhelm Scream is a piece of stock sound footage that has been used over and over again in countless movies since 1951 to express moments of panic and peril . It’s even been in some really big budget movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Batman. Are actors so lazy they can’t scream for [...]

Apr
19

CRABZILLA

After a great day on the water in the Bahamas my dad and I were loitering around the dock waiting for my mom and Little Chick to retrieve us. Okay, truth be told he was dealing with all the gear, I was loitering. And I found this sun-bleached little crab claw… Photo and video editing [...]

Apr
15

Zero Budget For Seat Fillers

The Austin Fly Fishing Film Tour is just around the corner and while ticket sales have been on fuego since Day One, there are still tickets for sale online. Please make note that we are trying to raise money for charity so there isn’t a slush fund to hire fancy schmancy seat fillers to sit [...]

Apr
6

Our Lady of The Guadalupe

Last weekend Little Chick and I ventured down to Gruene with some friends to shop, see bluebonnets and hear the Belleville Outfit play at Gruene Hall. But the first thing we did when we arrived in town? Visit my friend Tiffany at Gruene Outfitters. Tiffany Fluitt owns and operates Gruene Outfitters which offers all the [...]

Mar
22

Bone of Contention

I would like to log a formal complaint to Someone In Charge: Why exactly did my bonefishing trip have to end? We had a spectacular time in Exuma. This year, for the first time ever Little Chick was invited to come along on the annual bonefishing trip. She loved it! And it was a treat [...]

Mar
13

Ribs With A Side Of Trout

This past Tuesday I did a slideshow presentation for the Bay Area Fly Fishers in Mobile Alabama. The group meets monthly at Dreamland Barbecue to nosh on ribs, enjoy some beer, and talk about fishing. Sounds pretty dreamy – or dreamlandy—to me! I told stories about floating and camping on the Smith River and Blackfoot [...]

Mar
11

Lache Pas La Patate

Lache pas la patate, literal translation is “Don’t Let Go of the Potato.” But when uttered by a Cajun it means “Don’t Ever Give Up” – no doubt a regular battle cry for this hearty stock of people who embody good old-fashioned stick-to-it-tiveness. And gusto. And gumbo. So despite the fact that cold temps and [...]

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