This is just an update on my feud with the dept. of wildlife concerning access to the Mississippi River. Without going into any boring details, the summary of it is that the dept. was going to shut down the road that a few of us use to access the jetties and sandbars on the mighty … More Pick a Battle, Any Battle
Vice Chancellor LouAnn Woodward of the UMMC – “Wear a damn mask”. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves – “I don’t care who controls the damn money.” U. S. Attorney General Bill Barr – “I’m gonna answer the damn question.” These were comments just last week by officials needing to express their “feelings”. Well sometimes you … More No Damn Access
Catching the mayfly bite at the Barnett Reservoir requires teamwork. I am lucky to have a coworker that travels the Trace in the morning and I have asked, no, begged him to let me know when he sees mayflies on his way to work near the reservoir. This week I got a text from him … More As Luck Would Have It
I can’t attribute this saying to anyone in particular, but I have heard that “weeds are just plants no one has found a use for“. When someone discovers a medicinal use, aroma, stink or flower for a weed, the weed gets a name. A lot of our fly casts found their way into our … More Get your Roll Cast Out of the Weeds
Fly fishing is the Rodney Dangerfield of fishing because the push-button folks just don’t know any better. But then, stripping buckets are the Rodney Dangerfield of FLY fishing, because most fly fishing folks don’t know any better, in my opinion. Fly line management seems to be ignored by almost everyone except saltwater fly fishers and even … More From Inside the Stripping Bucket
Last weekend I got the following water level alert for the MS River: This is an alert I have set for certain jetties on the MS River. I have it set to start alerting me whenever the Vicksburg gauge gets to 24 feet which is just when the tallest rocks of the jetties come out … More Dog Days are for Rock Hounds!
I remember an episode of the sit-com “WKRP Cincinnatti” where Les Nesman, the agriculture-focused news anchor was being hit on by some seductress. She said to him in a husky voice, “I like to think that a person’s name says a lot about the type of person he is. What was your name again? ” … More Support Project 4248, Protect Point Aux Chenes Bay Shoreline!
No, I’m not waxing metaphorical, I am really and truly waiting for the tides to change! This is a tough time of year for a fly casting sight caster and his trusty kayak because the high tides are all in the middle of the day, when sight casters would much rather have skinny water. Now … More Waiting for the Tides to Change
I have always heard of well-known fly casters putting a loop of fly line through a hula hoop but I’ve never seen it done. I was bored with my practice sessions and was looking for some way to make it interesting again, so I searched the Internet for a video but I found very little … More Yard Practice, Hula Hoop Loops
The Mississippi river doesn’t play well with fly fishing, but a few days out of the year the river is tame enough for a good day on the water. This past 4th of July was one of those days. Spring was long gone and summer well under way by July 1 when my USGS Water … More Jetty Hopping on the MS