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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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You Spin Me Right Round Baby

As I mentioned the other day I haven’t been fishing in awhile. The one exception? A couple of weeks ago I was in Alabama and got to venture out in the lower Mobile River Delta for speckled trout. Unfortunately my trusty guide made the faulty assumption that I had previous experience with a spinning rod. [...]


Where Everybody Knows Your Name

There’s only one place to go after a really swanky dinner….your local dive bar. And last Friday was no exception. I stepped out to a wonderful new restaurant called Olivia’s where I enjoyed delicious pan-seared scallops and a fantastic celebration with some of my most favorite people in the world. Plus, all the while I [...]


Reef Donkeys and Meat Fishing

Last night I was so cavalier, dare I say even a bit cocky. I falsely thought I was prepared to leave town tomorrow for seven days. Today is a much different story. I am crazed trying to get some last minute packing done, so I barely have a moment to spare, much less the brainpower [...]


Off The Fence

In my last post I blatantly stole a topic from FlyTalk because the comment thread was wildly entertaining and I just couldn’t resist moving the party over here to keep it going awhile longer. You all did not disappoint! Your comments have been thoughtful and dishy. So it’s time for me to climb down off [...]


Beef or Pork?

One thing I hope you’ve noticed about this blog is that I like to keep the overall tone positive. I try hard not to throw anyone under the bus except myself — which is hard because there are some real idiots out there who are practically begging me to mock them. But I’m not taking [...]


Tunes, Toobs & Trout

Okay, so we only saw two out of three on the river over Memorial Day. It was a straight-up, knock-it-back, hill country honkytonk holiday weekend. The trout were likely hunkered down low, shuddering in fear and mocking us all as we devolved into my favorite variety of the human species, The Hillbillius Redneckus. Joke is [...]


Almost As Much Freedom As The Birthday Suit

Move over Simms. Look out Cloudveil. Who needs waders when you’ve got the Cricketeer?   Granted the ad doesn’t say anything about its wicking potential, but hey, this suit stretches, twists, bends and is wrinkle-resistant. Seems like perfect river attire for The Gentleman Angler. So if The Cricketeer does anything you can, what will you [...]


Life Is a Game of Inches

On any given day you’re going to have your ass handed to you on the river. Like yesterday. I gave those fish everything I had. I left my soul in that riverbed, to no avail. Finally I retreated to the banks to join the beer drinkers and languish in the early evening heat. But we [...]


When In Doubt, Spoon It Out

Nothing in this big ole bad world of fly fishing tickles me more than a Spoon Casting Clinic. Perhaps you haven’t heard the term (I’m working on the copyright) but I know you know what I’m talking about. It’s when you are casting so badly that your guide can no longer explain, in words, all [...]


Going Gruene

Back in February I ventured down to Gruene to fish the Guadalupe and play with friends. Clear water, cold beer, hungry fish, lots of laughs. It was a pretty great way to spend a day…


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 [...]


Caution: Objects in Life Are Closer Than They Appear

We went to Yellowstone a few years ago and Little Chick was determined to be the very first one to spot a buffalo. Armed with some fancy Zeiss binoculars she kept a keen watch… A good reminder that sometimes what you’re looking for is closer than you realize. I love this picture and keep it [...]


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 [...]


Is That a Bonefish In Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy To See Me?

  Am working my way home from the Bahamas. More scoop to come on the fishing in Exuma…


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 [...]

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