Monday, September 18, 2017

Incredible Survival Story from Hurricane Irma

This man, Edward Lockhart, weathered the recent Category 5 Hurricane Irma by himself on one of the most remote cays in the Bahamas. Edward lives on Buena Vista Cay which is 20 miles north of Ragged Island. Stranded and alone he somehow managed to survive.  
(Thanks for the heads-up on this Derry!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Eclipse Day

The canyon of the Middle Fork
For the eclipse, I drove south to the Middle Fork of the Powder River near Buth Cassidy's Hole-In-The-Wall. It was the perfect place to watch the event. High plains, warm clear day, amazing celestial event and some great fishing that afternoon on some ranches in the area!

Many of the animals bedded down when it began to get dark.

...and then there was light... and I went fishing!
...and release
...and mutter "cool"!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma Update

The first island in the Bahamas to be hit was INAGUA ISLAND.
 Marine Superintendent Stevie Fawkes, believed to have been posted in Inagua by the RBDF, claimed: "We have millions in dollars damage to Morton Salt."
The post added: "All of the catwalks from Morton Salt terminal are gone, the maintenance shop is severely damaged, all of our salt production stackers were totally destroyed."
The post also suggested that 70 per cent of the homes in Inagua sustained some degree of roof damage; a claim confirmed by Police Superintendent James Moss, contacted by The Tribune this afternoon.
Supt Moss said based on his initial tour of the island this evening, rooves were lost, none more severe than at the Inagua All-Age School.
He told The Tribune: "Several structures, including the school, have lost sections of their roof. The issue at the school is of major concern. Based on what I could see, the administration block and several of the classrooms have sustained extensive roof damage"
He added: "There is some concerns at other places, mainly Morton Salt, but we are unable to clarify what exactly happened or the extent of it.
This video is brand new and I couldn't download it yet:

5.35pm UPDATE: CROOKED ISLAND easily weathered Hurricane Irma
resident David Daxon said. 
"There wasn't much damage," he told The Tribune 5.30pm Friday. "People have lost shingles off their roof but no major structural damages and no injuries to persons."
Mr Daxon, works at Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), said electricity is off on the island and a BPL team is currently doing damage assessments.
"Everything is normal," he said. "This was nothing compared with Hurricane Joaquin. Once you've experienced Joauqin I don't know if it could get any worse."
Mr Daxon chose not to evacuate the island. Although he was in New Providence earlier this week, he returned to his home to properly secure it. BTC communications are still up on the island, he said.
Same with this one on Inagua that shows the aftermath.

Friday, September 8, 2017

My August or Why I Haven't Been Posting on FLY PAPER

So I took the last few weeks off. During that time, I made no attempt to report on my blog what I was up to... I just enjoyed the summer. Here are a few photos:
(FYI, I'm back in the saddle now and I'll have a hurricane update as soon as Irma churns thru the Bahamas today.)

Onto my activities in August:

I got to spend a couple days fishing with my old friend Brett Smith.

...who is a fantastic angler, fly tier and guide, by the way.

I spent quite a few days fishing in the Bighorn Mountains for cutts' and 'bows...

...I also spent some days pursuing big browns on our prairie streams.

August's weather was incredible and I enjoyed a steady parade of wildlife.

The sandhill cranes enjoyed the alfalfa fields in front of our house all summer.

This big buck spent many hours trying to get the seeds from our bird feeders.

...and apparently made some plans for fall

He will have some competition!

Meanwhile, out in the prairies...
The antelope were happily enjoying the deep grasses and sage.

and the Chukkar are a welcome sight... good news for fall!

...a few other visitors are always less welcome
Next, my eclipse day....

Monday, July 31, 2017

Amazing Fish!

Scott Sawtelle caught this 41 lb. black drum in 30 inches of water on a nine wt. rod strung with 6' sink tip. He was guided by Greg Moon of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. 
Scott said in a text message to me from the skiff right after the fish was released:

"the red (redfish) and black drum are something to behold!... seeing a 20 lb. to 30 or even up to 40 lb fish in 1-2 feet of water is amazing. The problem is they only experience good weather about 35% of the year. The rest of the time they have one or two major things against them like water color, tides, storms, rain, wind etc.."

Looks like Scott accepted these odds and was rewarded handsomely. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Annual Trout Tour: Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, Anna Riggs and I concluded our third annual trout tour of Wyoming and Montana in early July. We started the tour in Wyoming, and finished in Montana after seven days of fishing. We started on a private ranch in the Bighorn Mountains, we then spent three days on the Missouri River headquartering in Craig, Montana and finished up off on the Boulder River near Big Timber, MT. What follows is a photo essay of the Missouri River portion of our trip:

The Missouri River is one of the longest rivers in the world. Rising in the Rockies of western Montana, the Missouri flows east and south for over 2000 miles before merging with the Mississippi River north of St. Louis, Missouri. Our focus, as well as most trout fishermen's, is mostly on the 35 mile section below Holter Dam near the towns of Wolf Creek, Craig and Cascade. This tailwater below the dam offers some of the finest fly fishing in the Western US and certainly some of the largest average fish in Montana.

Craig, Montana....

...we were met by the city fathers.

...and our guide, Chad Olsen.
We enjoyed many doubles on Day One overcast skies and cool temps made the fish very cooperative.
At mid-day the PMD's started coming off!

...and then, on this perfect dry fly day, things got serious!
The lower river is beautiful, especially when trout are rising.

Days 2 and 3 brought high cirrus, hot weather and tougher fishing.
...other fishermen seemed frustrated too

But things changed each of these days when afternoon hatches...

...brought success as temps cooled.

Time to go...

After a great few days on the Mo' with many fish boated, may laughs had and many moments to be remembered, Chad, Anna and I saddled up and headed to to The Boulder River...

Next, our last day.