Fly Fishing, Snakes, and Beer

This morning I went out to Walnut Creek to cast at bass and bluegill. I couldn’t entice any bass, but the bluegills were eager for a popper supper. It was a short trip. Hour and a half. But I had a lot of fun and caught about 15-20.

I also saw this little guy out for a swim.

Last Sunday, Sara and I went up to Boyer Chute Wildlife Refuge for a jog and morel hunt. Well, the jog was shorter than normal because the flood plane of the chute was completely flooded. The Missouri is still high up here in Nebraska. While stalking mushrooms in the woods, we saw 5 common garter snakes. All were pretty good sized. Lots of fun, but no mushrooms.

All snakes (including these two) were Common Garter Snakes – Red-sided variety
(Thamnophis sirtalis)

On Saturday, we got together with some good friends for a german feast. Kraut. Sausages. Spatzel. Potato pancakes and applesauce. Delish. Paired with a Sam Adams Summer Ale. Oh, so good. The Summer Ale is light and sweet. Perfect for a warm evening sitting on the porch.

Take Them Fishing!

Well, first let me say, this will probably be my last contest entry for a while 🙂 I’m feeling like I need to do more fishing and less writing about fishing. That being said, when OBN posted a new contest in coordination withTake Me Fishing forNational Fishing and Boating Week, I had to enter. The thing is, I’m not entering for myself. This is for my nephews and niece and their families. These kids love catching fish. Notice I said, “catching fish.” At their age, attention span is … well… let’s just say limited. ( see troutrageous’ guest post regarding tips to make the outings more enjoyable for the little guys) So while the act of fishing (the process of seeking out the fish and not necessarily catching any) is fun to me, for these little tikes, it takes a little more stimulation. All of the goodies that Take Me Fishing will provide them with a literal package of activities to possibly make the fishing aspect more enjoyable, but definitely make the catching fish more exciting. So, yes, it will all go to them. They deserve it more than I.

They are all up in Minnesota and will soon be enjoying fishing with Grandma and Grandpa. Now, I have 3 nephews and one niece all belonging to my brother and sister. There is, however, another nephew on the way via my other brother and sister. Believe me when I say, G-ma and G-pa have their hands full when these kids are around. I want to be able to explain this to you, but I think it is better if I just show you….


Honestly, these kids kill me with joy and love. They are just so crazy fun. When they get excited, I think they are going to have a seizure. They are intensely excited when catching fish…. and when there is cake. They love cake. And frosting.

I mean look at them. They go crazy. CRAZY!


I’m hoping to get around a do some casting myself next week here in Omaha. It will be quiet time alone, relaxing and enjoying the last few weeks I have here. But I will be thinking about the joy my little buddies get from being at the Lake in Minnesota, fishing with family. I don’t need someone to take me fishing anymore, but they do. And these trips while young can not only create memories, but also an appreciation for the world in which we live. That is something I think is very valuable.
TakeMeFishing.org – National Fishing & Boating Week

Rise Contest: Final Task

A commercial for Rise Fishing Company. Congratulations to TroutManBrook for the victory! Thanks for a fun couple of weeks.

Music by Conor Oberst, “Souled Out.” Visit OwlJones.com and Rise Fishing.
Notes about the video. I tried to tell a story about the company as well as about me. I am sort of a hack fisherman. I get the job done. I could be worse, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to make fun of myself a bit, too. Additionally, I noticed Rise Fishing Co. usually has their videos in black and white. Because of this, I decided to decrease the exposure a bit to brighten the colors. Give it a little more fluorescent feel. Lastly, I love music, so I tried to find a song that I can listen to over and over again. The point of placing the Conor Oberst song in the video and having it play so loudly was to keep the mood upbeat throughout the video and force you to listen to it 🙂 I wanted to share a guy who isn’t very mainstream.

Rise Contest: Final Task Revealed

We are almost done with this madness. Owl Jones has listed the points. It’s just two contestants left. Troutman Brook and myself. Flogging Watercame in 3rd with an awesome post about hist great fishing memories.

There is one task left worth 1000 points. It is winner take all. Just like the Highlander, there can be only one.
Our task is to make a commercial for Rise fishing. It has to be a minute long, but basically can be anything. Animated, set to music. It can’t have any professional actors or actresses in it though so I have to cancel Macaulay Culkin and Marisa Tomei. Probably for the better, I was having trouble getting them separate trailers.
Stay tuned!