Thursday, October 8, 2015

Crooked and Acklins Island Images

Here are a few images from Crooked Island. many of the residents have been evacuated by the government and now the job of rebuilding begins. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the Crooked Islanders.

For those of you wondering about Acklins Island and Grey Point Bonefish Inn, I just got this report from Kendall Williamson:

"My brother travel to Acklins yesterday (Tuesday) and reported the lodge, club house (dining room), boats received no damage as a result of hurricane Joaquin.
I'm travelling to Acklins on Saturday and upon my return will e-mail photos to confirm earlier statement about lodge. Several low lying settlement received severe storm damage from storm surge."

(Lovely Bay was especially hard hit! ed.).

Cell phone tower

Crooked Island Lodge

Supplies and help on Acklins Island

Monday, October 5, 2015

Crooked Island: The Aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin

The church in Landrail Point

More horrific stories coming in from Crooked Island. Most people feel it's a miracle no one was killed. The cell tower fell and landed 2 feet from the clinic, which was full of people. As roofs collapsed, people rode out the storm in their cars for 19 hours. Others got into boats tied to their houses as the water was 12 foot deep at the height of the storm surge.

Kenny Scavella's house

Only three dwelling in all of Landrail Point are habitable right now. The entire village is living in those three houses, with no electricity, no running water, no bathrooms, and most without a change of clothes. The Bahamian Government and US Coast Guard are in the process of sending emergency supplies. So much will be needed to ever get Crooked Island back to normal.

 See more videos of Crooked here:

A site has been set up to accept donations for the folks at Crooked Island. I have confidence that this is being done properly and that the funds will end up in the right hands. I hope you will consider a gift.

Photos from the Last Couple Days with FISH XXIV

More photos from the FISH XXIV trip. These photos are from our last two days on private ranches and the Wind/Bighorn River near Thermopolis, WY:

The early bird breakfast crew
Gary Thompson makes his selection

A nice cutthroat

...and now Steve Peskoe with a hefty bow!
This is a wonderful moment from our last day on the Bighorn River. In this series of photos, Steve Peskoe sight fishes a big bow on a hopper/dropper underneath a Russian Olive tree. Great cast, great hooks, great fish! (FYI, I'm on the net) :

Lunch break

...and after lunch we got into the browns to complete a Bighorn Grand Slam!



Saturday, October 3, 2015

Update on Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin is now moving north and out of the Bahamas. In it wake, it looks like Crooked, Acklins and Long Island took the brunt of the storm. With 135 mph winds and an 8-10 foot storm surge there was considerable flooding and damage to homes and buildings on these islands. Most means of communication with Crooked and Acklins are down and the airport on Acklins is closed so our old friend Fedel Johnson of Lovely Bay is taking the mailboat to Acklins on Monday. We hopefully will know more soon. I'll try and get more info as soon as possible. We wish to extend our prayers and best wishes to the people on these islands.

Friday, October 2, 2015

More Photos from FISH XXIV

The next few days of FISH XXIV brought cloudless blue skies, light breezes, warm afternoons and lots of fish. We rigged mainly hoppers and hopper/droppers, but there were a few hatches especially of tricos in the mornings.

Being watched from the shadows

Justin makes his selection

Bloody thumbs are often a good sign!

Chic Born sporting a few of the past FISH venues!

Hopper man Jeff.

Some of the streams we fished were tight with short slicks and logjams at the bends guarding deeper pools. Other streams had river rocks stairsteps piled up by the spring runoff. This creates a classic prairie trout stream theme: rocky riffle, run, pool. Here, the biggest trout were found nosing up into the shallow riffles hoping to get their first choice of tasty morsels carried downstream. If spooked, these trout immediately headed for the deepest pools. A long cast from the below at the runout into the riffle above was often necessary to avoid spooking these wary big fish. At times, it felt more like bonefishing as I made many a 60 foot cast to a nose in six inches of water. The reward for the effort was some BIG trout!

22 inches of muscle

Panorama Chalet
Our Neighbors

We also fished small creeks that slid by grassy "hopper" banks, fast little streams that raced through shaded red rock canyons and lazier streams that flowed through stands of cottonwood trees or slid by steep cutbanks.

Cole rigs up Chic

....and what a cast of characters we had!

Steve Pratt enjoys the cool morning air

Deeni Taylor looking good

Chic ready to go!

Mike Turner and Brett line it up

Next: Photos from the Bighorn