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by BigCliff
Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Trying out new Canoe at the Blanco River
Replies: 3
Views: 2058

Re: Trying out new Canoe at the Blanco River

A nice little boat indeed. I've got the 147 version and it works well with two or with me in the middle, seated on a cooler right up against the thwart. I agree that it will get blown around a bit more than a kayak at the coast, but so what? If nothing else you can use it to paddle across the channe...
by BigCliff
Tue Nov 02, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Proposed Closing of Devils River
Replies: 14
Views: 7307

Re: Proposed Closing of Devils River

I'd think a park ranger from the newly nearby SP could swing by on occasion for such needs. Did anyone read the comments on the Youtube link about the Game Warden/Ranger @ Devils SWA? From the sound of it, he isn't in favor of anyone being out there. The last thing in the world I'm gonna check to l...
by BigCliff
Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Proposed Closing of Devils River
Replies: 14
Views: 7307

Re: Proposed Closing of Devils River

If so, it seems like we might get a potential win/win if TPWD were able to negotiate some recreational use of the riverfront at the current SNA--maybe camping at least if not entry/exit. It seems that the paddling and angling community are not out of line with part of the Conservancy's intent. "The...
by BigCliff
Tue Oct 26, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Proposed Closing of Devils River
Replies: 14
Views: 7307

Re: Proposed Closing of Devils River

That was a really great video of a beautiful place. But even though the SNA works as a great launch/camping point for those of us who want to travel the river, I'm not sure its continued existence instead of creating a State Park near the lake is really in the "public's best interest". I would prefe...
by BigCliff
Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:58 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Alleged Record Breakage
Replies: 13
Views: 5687

Alleged Record Breakage

A buddy got a new toy, and he likes starting early so we were the crazy f'rs strapping a Watermaster atop a 4Runner after its virgin inflation at 6AM on a Sunday in a McDonalds parking lot. Nice short drive to the take-out to drop his off, and strap the WM atop my kayak. Probably looked quite goofy ...
by BigCliff
Thu May 06, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Half Price Books
Replies: 6
Views: 7545

Re:

Well, my 20 year old gets migraines, my wife gets migraines, and my father-in-law gets them, too. So they can't blame it on my genes. :D But it's still no fun. My sister gets them and though its taken some work, does mostly manage to keep them under control. I think she takes a daily pill to ward t...
by BigCliff
Wed Mar 17, 2010 11:23 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Thread Sizes
Replies: 8
Views: 4751

Re: Thread Sizes

Orvis used to rebrand Gudebrod thread. Gudebrod made 10/0, and I agree that it was great stuff for really small flies. I REALLY liked the Gudebrod 6/0 and I'll remain chronically annoyed with them for ceasing to make it. Now they just make rod wrapping thread.
by BigCliff
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Don't pet the skunks!
Replies: 2
Views: 2388

Re: Don't pet the skunks!

Jimbo Roberts wrote:And it won't be long before all the baby skunks are out spraying everything in sight!
Jimbo
Driving back from Dallas y'day, I saw/smelled more than I think I ever have. Do more sprout from the ground in wet years?
by BigCliff
Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Warmwater
Topic: Don't pet the skunks!
Replies: 2
Views: 2388

Don't pet the skunks!

Should go without saying, but just wanted to pass this along for anyone enjoying nature between SA and Bandera- Authorities have confirmed a case of rabies in a Medina county horse last week. The Bandera County Rabies Control Officer determined the origin to be a skunk and is urging all residents in...
by BigCliff
Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Trout
Topic: Wading guidelines in higher flows
Replies: 18
Views: 11068

Re: Wading guidelines in higher flows

Hey guys, thinking about heading out to Rio Raft tomorrow. I usually paddle upstream in the kayak and dry wade. Do you think with the flow, I will be able to paddle upstream or is it even worth it. Any info would be great. Bad idea. You'll be exhausted after paddling any distance, the water is too ...
by BigCliff
Tue Feb 23, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Trout
Topic: Wading guidelines in higher flows
Replies: 18
Views: 11068

Re: Wading guidelines in higher flows

As info, I'm a 240 lb guy who's still fairly athletic, and I got swept and went for a swim Sunday when it was only at 400. Moving water don't mess around y'all.
by BigCliff
Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:52 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 17491

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Peacock herl, especially if it is old, can become very brittle. It requires careful handling. If possible, keep it bagged in plastic until you are ready to use it. Durn tootin' While I was tying with some last night, within ear shot of my wife, I said "this stuff sure does get weak as it ages. It w...
by BigCliff
Tue Jan 05, 2010 5:05 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 17491

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Tip #1 is definitely handy, though I prefer to combine it with the lazy version of Tip #2: Spin the peacock herl strands around the thread from the bobbin and use a rotary vise to wind it onto the hook. The thread reinforces it a bit without having to fuss with a dubbing loop. It also helps to tie i...
by BigCliff
Tue Jan 05, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 17491

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Partridge and peacock is a great soft hackle fly and works well with all the caddis in the Guad. I sometimes tie a bead-thorax version of that fly (with the soft hackle in front of the bead). It's a fly that Alan Bray taught me years ago that has served me well on the Guad. Mick, I've had great suc...
by BigCliff
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:41 am
Forum: Flies and Tying
Topic: Type of hooks for midges
Replies: 34
Views: 17491

Re: Type of hooks for midges

Just to chime in here with another approach. I usually tie my midges on an oversized hook. For example smallest midge hook I use is #18 wide gap, I just measure size of midge to be tied - #22, #24, etc. - then wrap thread on hook ending where it would be on the smaller hook. This serves two purpose...