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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hawaiian Bonefish with Duffer

As some people may or may not know, the Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the biggest bonefish in the world. The island of Oahu has some of the best flats to try and sight fish to these giant fish that can reach over 15 pounds. Unfortunately Oahu also has the highest population of people out of any of the islands. So many of these flats could be considered urban due to the amount of traffic they see. These fish are big smart thugs that have ruled these small flats for many years. They are not easy to catch. But when you do, it can be a fish of a lifetime. When Coach Duff gave me a call and invited me over to chase around these trophy bonefish with him, i knew i shouldn't miss this opportunity to get a true trophy Pacific bonefish on film. Big thanks to Coach Duff's Hawaiian Bonefishing as well as Blake McHenery and Brent Dawson for a fun week.
I arrived in Hawaii on Veterans day. The air was thick with pride for our county and I could feel the heritage that Oahu has played in serving our armed forces. Coach Duff is a retired Marine who severed our country for many years. After several tours with 2ed Force Recon in Somalia and the Middle East, Duff has seen more than most folks could ever imagine. His life story reads like a movie script for an action hero. These days Duff is a family man and a dedicated fly fishing guide. I was honored to spend some days with him listening to his stories and stalking these magnificent bone fish. Because of his stent in the Armed Forces, Duff has special clearance to launch on and fish near the military bases on the island. This flat is near the famous airstrip that was attacked during the raid on Pearl Harbor. As we drove by the buildings that still brandished bullet holes from the 50 cal machine guns I felt a cretin feeling of country that one only gets when in the presence of something much greater than themselves. I was proud to be in the Truck with someone who had fought so hard for the ideals we believe in and helped preserve the lifestyle i get to enjoy.
While walking the flats near Hickman i looked down in the sand and noticed a ring sitting there. I picked it up to check it out. It was a titanium wedding band. No doubt it had probably belonged to a solider. I slipped it on. It fit perfectly on my ring finger. I could feel it had energy. Someone else's energy. I began to speculate how it got there. If some happy swimmer dropped it or if some pissed off Solider threw it out there. Either way i felt like Froto taking on the burden of this ring. i quickly took it off and put it in my pocket. I removed it from the Ocean but left it in Hawaii where it belonged. I just simply didn't have time to take it to the volcano and destroy it. We had fish to chase!
A nice tailing bonefish on a calm hawaiian morning. At one point the rest of the crew was off a ways away and i stayed behind to film some swimming crabs. All of a sudden i was sourounded by 3 huge fish tailing right next to me. Unfortunately i didn't have a rod with me. I was armed with only a camera. It reminded me of the wild Turkey's back home. When your just out for a walk or hanging out in the yard, they come right up to you. But as soon as you get a weapon your intentions change. All of a sudden the Turkey's split. Just like a herd of Gazelle can sense when the lions are hungry , so do the bonefish sense your intentions.
Coach Duff with a nice fish. Not easy to catch buy very rewarding when you do.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

B.C. Photo Essay

Fresh home from a little excursion to Terrace British Colombia. I went with pro snowboarder Eric Jackson and we met up with April Vokey. The three of us fished for five days with Nicholas Dean Lodge head Guide Dustin Kovacvich and Guide Sky Richard. Big thanks to Chad Black for helping set everything up.
Sky with a nice one. Sky is a master steelheader on the swing. He's never used split shot or indicators.
E-Jack swinging the big stick.
Sky with another beauty.
April is the real deal. She's intelligent, funny and a dedicated angler. Being beautiful is just one of her many great attributes.
Mossy trippy land.
Dustin and E-Jack shootn the shit on the rocks.
April concentrating on her swing.
Ohh Yeahhh, there's lots of nice steelhead around here.
Sky with yet another nice fish.
Even I got in on the action. Nice hen on the last day.
April with a respectable fish.
Fish 2 for april out of this pool.
Fish 3 for this pool.
Eric with a nice little buck.
April Sky and Eric getting ready to fang the white water.
Dustin and I with a fun little buddy.
Tying back in the hotel.
More hotel Jam sessions.
Fun crew for a fun week. Wish i didn't have to leave. Canada is awesome!

See more of our adventures in SOULFISH 2, coming soon.

Truckee Cutthroat Classic

On the 23 and 24 of Oct, Dave Lass and I competed in the first annual Truckee River Cutthroat Classic tournament held in the NV section of the Truckee River. The event was sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Patagonia and organized by long time friend and Patagonia worker Kevin Weddel. There were 8 two man teams. The rules called for 2 8 hour days of fishing on assigned beats. The team with the most total combined inches of trout after the two days won. There was also a Truckee Slam award for teams catching all 4 major species of game fish in the Truckee. Brown Trout, Rainbow, Lahotan Cutthroat and white fish. Justin Olson of the Reno Fly shop and Mike Sexton of team USA placed first with over 900 inches of fish! Mike put a hurt on the Truckee like no one had ever seen. Dave and i pulled second with just under 300 inches worth of fish. Dave also got the grand slam!
Dave Lass and I with A nice Truckee river rainbow i pulled in during the tournament. My first fish of the weekend was a nice fat TR Brown but he did the deal on me, got down river and popped off. This 19 inch bow ended up being out best fish landed. They are all such beautiful fish down there.

Truckee River Day 10-17-2010

On Sunday the 17th of Oct over 80 volunteers gathered together on the little truckee river to celebrate river day. In a joint effort organized by Trout Unlimited, Cal Trout and the Truckee Water shed council, volunteers helped to close and restore an illegal OHV trail on the LT.

Volunteers working to restore the trail.
So many great people showed up that it only took a few hours to complete the project.
Dave Lass of Trout Unlimited helping head up the operation.
Big thanks to everyone who came out to support the efforts.