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Colorado 2014 Blizzard: Sasquatch Hates Shoveling

If you are friends with anyone in Colorado I am sure that you have seen pictures of all the snow that recently fell over the weekend. It was truly amazing to see that much precipitation accumulate so rapidly. The skiers were so “stoked bro” “powder day” “need a snorkel broseph” … ok I get it. The snow is deep, I have been shoveling it all day. In all seriousness this freak storm is great for our snowpack and will help ensure water to play on this summer.  Since I was manning the shovel for most of the weekend I had a little fun and created this clip about living with a Sasquatch. Have a safe Superbowl Sunday.

 

Florida Weather: Fishing Challenge Or Jinxed

Wifey just wants to lay in the sun at the beach. She tells me that for some reason it just makes her happy. Fair enough. I can do the beach for about 20 minutes and then I am looking for something to do, so little dude and I try to build a sand structure. maco_beach We fill the buckets with crushed shells, tip them upside down and dig a moat around the cone shaped sand only to be toppled by his chubby little baby toes. Repeat.

Beach day is awesome, just enough breeze to keep the sweat from forming on the top of your lip, bright sun tanning our dry mountain skin and just enough cloud cover to give you a break from squinting. Perfect Florida weather…. 16 hours pass.

Laying in bed I look at the red numbers on the clock and realize that I might have had one too many cocktails at happy hour. My skin is a little tender from beach day and a tinge of heartburn stings my throat. I smacked the alarm just as it reaches 5:30 and walk out of the room. While lathering on SPF 50 i am thinking about the shots I might get at Tarpon, Snook, Permit or Bonefish. I can hardly wait. It is the right time of year, all the reports are great, the fish are here, “just got to stay calm and make a good cast” I say to myself.

The windows to the east look over the bay and the American Flag is not drooped silently like the morning before. In fact it is violently flapping, making a slapping noise. “Really?”

“maybe it is still calm on the gulf side” “maybe we’ll go into the back country” “or maybe we’ll just go for a $600.00 boat ride” all these ramblings go thru my head.

Seems like more times than not this happens to yours truly. And although I have been blessed with great days on the salt my fingers are always crossed when there is a charter booked well in advance.

Wind

For Thanksgiving wifey and I went to FLA to visit her parents. It was a fun trip and I had very little intentions of fishing. But, her dad surprised me with a half day trip he lined up with Frank Catino. I was pumped, I called Frank and chatted about what we would be fishing for. He responded with baby tarpon, snook and jacks. Awesome. Baby Tarpon Rule

The day came and wouldn’t you know it. Cloudy, very very windy and a high probability of rain. It was the day after beach day HAHAHA. Dave and I hopped in the car and went out anyway. Frank was at the launch and ready for us. We motored through a Manatee zone and chatted about the fishery on the Sebastian River.  The Sebastian River is a very cool fishery I never knew existed. You can catch a Bass and a Snook in the same section of river. Baby tarpon grow up in the river and the scenery is much like a jungle.

We battled the wind blind casting at rolling Baby Tarpon and moved the fly under pilings looking for big snook. Mayan CichlidWe ended the day with a few Jacks, lady fish and a Mayan Cichlid. It was a great trip and I learned a lot about an area I had never known. I like to believe that it is the fish gods putting me through the ringer. Pay your dues and you will be rewarded. Fair enough. I haven’t fished in saltwater enough to have everything go perfect and I don’t mind getting beat up time to time. The wind certainly is making me a better caster. Although there are some people who would disagree with that.  Thanks to Big Dave for putting together a quick trip and also for all the rum punch that we seemed to consume. See ya in the salt.

 

 

Fly Fishing Beer: PBR Gets The Spotlight

Ahhh Beer. There is something about having an ice cold beer on the river isn’t there. Reaching into the cooler and pulling out a can of your favorite suds can bring a smile to most any man/ woman’s face. With all the varieties on the market today why is it that PBR gets the most publicity when it comes to fly fishing? We see it in magazines, video clips, blog posts, social sites and in the back of guide trucks. Whats the deal with Pabst? I gave up my beer drinking antics nearly 8 months ago due to an allergy that I hate to admit I have. Do I miss drinking a hand numbing cold can of beer? Your damn right I do. But, unlike most of the hip guides you read about in the Drake Magazine Pabst Blue Ribbon wasn’t the cardboard box I grabbed at the liquor store. If your going for a broke guide image why not go for bush light or natty ice. I mean that crap is cheap. But I guess that doesn’t go with your new truck, drift boat and pulling one of those ugly cans out of your $400.00 cooler wouldn’t look as cool. Or do you truly just love the taste of Pabst?

twittericonfixed Its not a bad beer, hell they have been around since 1840’s so they are doing something right. But, in college I would bet that you started drinking the cheapest rot gut booze you could afford, you then tried a few micro brews and after graduation sipped on some wine. Now, after all that tasting, trial and error the box of beers you grab is PBR. Well I am not here to tell you which beer to drink, hell I really don’t give a damn. If I was in your boat I would drink whatever you handed me, well at least 8 months ago.  I am really just curious about the PBR program. I am surprised they haven’t sponsored the FFFT…yet. What’s your go to beverage? 

He’s A Regular Guy: Sasquatch, Yeti, Bigfoot

I was trying to find a Yeti Costume last year for our annual Steelhead Trip To Washington. I looked all over the internet for something that was made of quality. I found a guy who custom makes costumes but lost his site. Later this summer I was cruising the internet and found Frank Coffman… he is the GUY. I had a little cash so I ordered what you see below.

Sassy

A few friends and I have been brainstorming for the past few years about making funny little web commercials about sasquatch. So with the purchse of this suit we plan on doing just that. No sponsor, no deadlines, no big productions, just fun. Last weekend we shot a short piece about the yeti, sasquatch, bigfoot getting ready to go fishing. The next short will hopefully be shot in the next month. I hope you enjoy these little clips. We’ll keep making these videos if you keep watching. If you have any ideas on what the sasquatch should do next. Feel free to email me at LaterallinemediaATgmail.com. Thanks for watching.

Florida Snook Fishing: Thank You Lights

I was scrolling thru my camera roll and stumbled upon some images from our last trip to SW Florida. I must say that it was one of the best fishing trips I have had down there. Good Weather and Good Water Temps. It was also Baby Macs First dip in the Gulf of Mexico so that was really Radical as well. That’s right I just used radical in that last sentence. Now before I get going on this next part I want to get it out there that I love visiting my family no matter where they are and I enjoy spending time with them. But, there comes a time when a dude just can’t take going out to dinner anymore and this is where the lights come in. The lights are like a little fly fishing refuge and they play a huge role in the FLA visits. They allow you to do some fishing but also allow you to do the nightly dinner thing as well as the daily beach/ whatever the wife wants you to do thing. Although one would prefer to be on a boat all day looking for rolling poon, but this fat kid can’t afford that nor is wifey impressed when you are gone all day, believe me I’ve tried……. ahhh the lights. So this is how it usually shakes out.

1- Finish Dinner with the fam
2- A quick stop at “The Man Store” 7 eleven for some chew and beer.
3- We steal about 10 scoops of ice from the community ice maker and load a cooler
4- Hop in the boat and start cruising the bay.

Although you can pound the Snook from shore the boat plays a key role in getting into some great lights. Especially the lights on the southern part of Venetian Bay where it looks like an aquarium.

The program is simple see the snook cast to it and strip strip strip. Glass minnow is my go to bug, but last spring brazda was laying waste on something different. I can’t remember. Watching the fish chase your fly and eat it is really Radical (there it is again) but I have found that the bigger ones will generally eat it in the shadow. “Where the night turns to day” as we like to say.

The lights usually shut off around 1 am but we are always off the water by then. And if we are not well that means we are all in trouble. Last spring a couple of my good buddies Jeff Brazda, the Steelhead Jedi, and Lord Magnum were down in SW FLA and we got to spend some time under the lights.

Here are some shots from my mobile device. Not very good.

Lord Magnum With A Red Fish. Lots Of Red Fish Around After The Big Snook Kill A Couple Winters Ago.

Braz Showing His Jedi Skills

Another Red To The Boat