, Fly Fishing
, Kayak Fishing
2015 is over so here’s a look back at my (outdoor) year in pictures. Click on any pic to read more from that day.
The year started off solid, with my first ski trip with a big group of friends. It was a ton of fun and really set the bar high for a non-fishing trip. Then came a personal best brown from Memorial Day weekend, which was actually the same pb brown I caught last year – what are the odds? I think the high point though will be the Wyoming Cutt Slam trip in August. Five days of incredible dry fly fishing with a great friend is tough to beat. It was a fine year and like any other year it had its share of ups and downs, but I’m ready to see what 2016 brings.
Got out in the kayak this past weekend with Blake. In the days leading up to the trip the forecast just kept getting better and better, which led to a somewhat inflated level of confidence for someone who hasn’t been out in the kayak since before Thanksgiving. The weather was spectacular, but the fishing was pretty tough. We weren’t fishing the Minimalist Challenge, but I’ve heard similar things from the competitors. I have to attribute that to the cold front that moved through just a couple days prior because those fish were not on the flats in the morning like they should have been. Even when we saw fish early on they were extremely spooky. Eventually things warmed up and I was able to land a few fish on the fly, including a nearly 20″, 5 lb sheepshead and a 32″ junior bull red. Tough day, but a good trip nonetheless.
Who doesn’t love that video/song? Kind of fitting today, we got rained on a bit, but somehow managed to dodge the heavy stuff. I think I have the same reaction that little girl has when she sees all the other bees every time I see a redfish; pure joy.
Today was a bit of a challenge, but a lot of fun, and very rewarding. Hit a new spot for Blake and his dad, but I’ve fished it before with success. The tide was up, and the skies were overcast for the majority of the day. Sightfishing was tough, but I made the most of it and caught redfish, sheepshead, and black drum on the fly, the cajun fly slam. The fly was an experiment, much like last week. I used an intruder style fly that Blake tied up. Something like you would see swung for steelhead in the Pacific NW, but the colors on this fly were drab and I was tossing it in the marshes of South Louisiana. It worked pretty well when I was able to react in time and lay out an accurate cast though I did pull it away from a few fish. Any fly that catches multiple sheepshead is a winner in my book and I hooked a handful today, landing two.
Still digging the 2 second camera mode on the GoPro, what a great way to capture a catch:
A Redfish sequence
Intruder fly hook placement
Edited down some of the video from yesterday, hope y’all enjoy. Sucks I couldn’t land any of the sheepshead, oh well. Be sure to watch it in 720p HD, I’m starting to like this new software.