Archive for October, 2012

Still in the middle of my busiest time of the year at work… not enough time to put together a decent blog post…

But I did realize that this blog post was going to be my 1ooth!

I guess we can stop reading/writing work emails for a second to celebrate that! How about a picture of Little E and I in one of the most recognizable places in Nebraska???

Little E and I would like to say thank you to my loyal readers!

Here’s to standing on the 50 yard line at Memorial Stadium and thinking to myself “I could cast a fly into the endzone from here…”

Ha!

E

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My faithful readers are aware that I had a tough choice to make on Saturday. (If you didn’t see, read the post just before this one…)

Since I faced this choice when it was 10:00AM, if figured that I might have enough time to sneak both in…

The first thing that I saw when I hopped in the car was a good sign…

The fuzzy dice in the car where showing 7… since I had just come out of the house, I considered this my “comeout roll”; and seven wins the front line on the comeout roll! (Okay, enough craps references…)

When I got to the lake, I was met with an absolutely beautiful day…

I tied on my favorite bluegill fly that seems to be a killer on the stocker trout and started casting away…

It only took about 10 casts, and I managed to land a great little rainbow! So the trip was a success right off the start! Even though he was a “put and take” stocker trout, I don’t eat them; so I released him to fight another day.

To tell you the truth, the rest of the trip was pretty boring. I got a couple of more bites, but no hook ups. I later decided to jump to the main lake and try my hand at some late season bass fishing; but the only thing I caught was a single bluegill…

After a couple hours, I decided to call the day a success and head for home.

And for those of you who were curious… yes I made it to the football game to cheer on my Huskers over Michigan…

Touchdown Balloons Over the University of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium

I got made fun of a little bit by my friends who saw the blog post about my “tough decision”; since not attending the game is not really an option and therefore was not a “decision” to make…

Either way it was a great football game, and a great way to round out a great day…

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Tough Choices…

It is a night game tonight… maybe I can do both…

Actually, this is a good commentary on my competing passions… I should explore this more in a future post…

(Those (two or three) of you would pay close attention to the blog will notice that this started out as as a tweet; I thought it was too good to not make a full post…)

See you on the water… Or in Memorial Stadium…

Or both?

E

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One of the great things that I have discovered about blogging so far is that it is way more social then I thought it was. I have had bloggers contact me from all over…

One of my favorites is the blogger behind Trout Passion; a blog about fly fishing in Sweden. I have to admit, that I am pretty jealous of the pictures that he posts on this blog.

Fishing in Sweden seems way cooler then Nebraska… at least he seems to put up pictures of way bigger fish then I do!

Any place that has an abundance of trout, pike, and salmon must be a pretty cool place to live and fly fish. I have never been to Europe; but I ever make it, I know where I want to go fishing.

Trout Passion has told me that we have “strange fish” over here… joking of course. He also mentioned that he would like to come over here and fish…

Don’t get me wrong; I love Nebraska, and I love fishing here… but I think he’s got us beat on the fishing front.

The grass is always greener I guess…

Check out Trout Passion and follow his blog too. He puts up some great flies, great pictures, and has some great tales from the “other side of the pond”!

He is even having a contest right now where you can win some gear… Swedish Fishing gear, that is pretty sweet!

http://troutpassion.com/

http://www.facebook.com/Troutpassion

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Back to the work grind… no time for a proper post.

So tonight I’ll leave you with an older photo from a fly fishing outing.

This picture is from October 16th, 2011; shortly after the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission stocked trout in Holmes Lake. It poped up on the background of my computer as I was working… I forgot how much I liked this picture. This is one of my pictures that I could look at for hours on end… A great fly fishing picture! It’s an action picture of me trying to remove the fly and release the trout for someone else to catch…

I think the fly I used is still in my fly box today…

See you after crunch time!

E

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“Stuck In The Woods!”

This weekend Little E and I took a trip back to my childhood home… and got “stuck in the woods”…

In addition to fishing, I do occasionally hunt. I’m not as big into hunting as I am into fishing, but I do enjoy deer hunting every fall. Actually, deer hunting was the first outdoor activity I really latched onto. When I was 13, I shot my first buck, a 4 x 4 whitetail. It even landed me in the local paper… I should put that picture up sometime.

Every fall I go back to what I consider my favorite my favorite spot on earth. A small clearing of land inside a wooded creek on some of my grandfather’s/uncle’s land. I have taken almost every deer I have ever harvested from this spot.

Every fall, climbing in my tree standing and watching the world wake up around me is one of the highlights of my year. It would be a perfect experience… if it wasn’t so stinking cold during November in Nebraska…

And my rickety old tree stand… that has been there as long as I have been. Every year I have to go back and re-nail it to it’s tree. To tell you the truth, the stand is a little dangerous. My oldest brother fell out of it once several years ago, and refuses to use it again.

This weekend while Little E and I were at home, we stopped to check on the old stand. Then Little E was goofing around before we left and tried to climb through the ladder… then she looked at me and repeatedly told me she was “stuck in the woods”…

Just another great memory I will have of my favorite place on earth…

Look at that picture… there really is no place like Nebraska…

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Not much to report from today… I took Little E to the lake for a while this afternoon in pursuit of some more trout. All we caught was one little bluegill… At least we didn’t get skunked!

Little E I think had more fun building sandcastles in the beach…

The only news from the day is that when I got to the lake, my fly reel was seized up. So I got to take it apart tonight, clean and oil it, and attempt to put it back together…

So far it appears to working fine… We’ll see when I get out to the water again.

I have some other news from the weekend and other posts coming up soon, so stay tuned…

And now back to my work!

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