|This Used To Be A Waterfall Filled Pool With Nice Local Trout In It|
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
The lake opens at 6am and we were there way earlier than that so we were first in line and guaranteed a boat. When the gate opened we were told that the concession stand that rented boats, they don't show up at earliest until 7am. As you could imagine we were pissed, we were missing prime topwater hours. Nothing we could do but cast from shore and wait for the concession stand to open. I'm sure glad I got out of bed for this! What kind of jack up system are they running there that boat rentals don't open at the same time? Are you serous!? It was not until 7:30am did we finally get a boat and not until past 8 did we finally reach our destination. After an hour or so we had boils around the boat at least 50 of them. We casted to them but no fish. We had a grab here and there but no fish on. I was confused I was told a few weeks ago the bass were taking shad in the one to two inch range. The fly fishermen were doing well while the gear guys weren't because they didn't have the lure small enough to mimic the bait.
Zorbas , the only redeemable things of the day. Had I known it was going to be like this I would have stayed in bed. I'm sure Chul was think the same thing.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
For the past few weekend, Lou and I have been making preparations for the forthcoming bird season. Arizona is getting some heavy monsoon rains, so there backcountry roads are going to be ugly. With plans of getting into some Mearns quail, the Rover needed some much needed love before I start taking it into the wilderness.
The list of items needed to get the truck ready included: Change hood latch sensor (alarm randomly going off). Replace rotors, brakes and sensors. Rotate tires. Put on front and rear lamp guards. Replace windshield wiper pump. Fix skid plates.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
This is the fly that has been my go to fly at Barrett this year and caught most of our fish this season. The fly is quick and simple to tie with only a handful of material.
Hook: Gamakatsu B10S (TMC 8089 or similar)
Body: Baitfish Emulator Flash, Grey Ghost. Topped with Angel hair (dark colored-olive, baitfish or similar)
Eyes: 3D stickers
Head: Epoxy or UV resin
Black Marker Pen
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
|Bass Thumb. A Sign of Quality.|
|A Bobcat Hunting the Same Game We Were But This Guy Doesn't Follow The C&R Requirement of This Lake.|
By 5am the lake manager let us in and after unpacking the truck and setting up the boat, it was closer to six. We started with topwater, Chul with a large Dalhberg Diver and myself with the same large rattling fly I used the last time to land a five pounder. From the first cast, I knew the lack of sleep and exhaustion was going to affect me and my casts all day were pure shit. Chul missed a huge grab that could have been the fish I caught the last time. I managed two on top and missed a few before I switched to a slighly smaller rattling hard foam frog fly but still be enough that required a 10 weight. I thought my casts would improve with a slightly smaller fly but my casts were still ugly but capable.
floating minnow fly on my 350 grain nine weight. We moved toward Hauser and at the open we trolled slowly into a Barrett Blitz. Just in this spot we pulled at least another ten fish.
Taste of Thai was for lunch and was appropriate to follow the "hot" theme of the day. On the menu today: for appetizer we had Roti with peanut sauce and cucumber salad, for the entree we had pork green curry and pork spicy noodles. It was a grueling but rewarding two days. I'm now recuperating from the lack of sleep and being beaten down by the 100 degree sun. I can still feel the feeling of the tug in my hands and fingers. Spectacular.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Since we were fishing Barrett the next day we wanted to get off the river by early afternoon so we could rest up and be fresh for the next day. As it always happens we lost track of time and got out late and was stuck in traffic much of the way home but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Dashi powder mixed with water
Japanese Leeks or green onions
To cook the duck look at this post. Boil the water for the soba noodles and cook according to directions. Cut the leeks into about a one inch pieces place on a hot pan. Once you brown one side flip it to the other side. Once the other side is brown put all the liquids in the pot and bring to a simmer. Once the soba noodles are cooked remove from the water. DO NOT DISCARD THE COOKING WATER. Put the cooking water in a small tea pot. Under cold running water rinse the noodles and then place into bowl of iced water. Drain and place on a bamboo soba mat top with shredded nori. Place your sauce in bowl and enjoy. Once you have finished your noodles pour the cooking water into your dipping sauce and drink it as a soup. The cooking water is filled with nutrients from the noodles that have been removed in the cooking process.