Sunday, February 19, 2017

Enjoying My Skechers

Just wondering how many of you guys are concerned about good footwear. When I was young wearing a comfortable shoe or tennis shoe wasn’t that important to me. I was only concerned about the style then, but now I am looking for comfort as well as style. Anyone who is into hiking, hunting, running, walking or fishing; I assume would want a pair of shoes that will not cause leg and foot discomfort during the day. I like athletic shoes that will absorb the pounding your feet and legs take during a day’s activity.
Cathey and I recently spent a day at Epcot from 9 AM to 9PM walking or standing most of the day. The memory foam shoe by Skechers help make that day much more enjoyable, simply because of the cushion foam that help eliminate leg and foot cramps during the day.
This post probably sounds like an advertisement, if it does so be it, but this shoe is the real deal. For you Geezers and the rest of you guys this might be a shoe you need to try on. We purchased our Skechers at Academy Sports or you can go online and purchase with free shipping.
I liked my Skechers so well that I went back to Academy and bought another pair for 30.00 bucks quite a bargain. You even get two colors of shoe strings, I stayed with the grey color.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Little Exploring

Cathey and I decided to take a little trip last week looking for warmer weather in Florida. We made numerous stops along the way at antique shops, flea markets and a fishing-knife museum on our way to Epcot at Disney World. The fishing-knife museum was a hidden gem off interstate 10 near Tallahassee. This place had the largest selection of Case knives in the U.S.

This was our second trip to Disney World our first was visiting Magic Kingdom when our children were young; that visit 30 years ago was for the children, this trip this past week was for Mom and Dad.
What can I say about Epcot, which is a museum within itself; the LandPavilion for us was the most interesting, the food production research being conducted in this Pavilion was amazing. We spent hours in this one place. I’m sure some of you have made a visit to the Land Pavilion, but for those who have not it is worth the trip to tour the facilities and the rest of the Epcot Park.
Most all these lures were wooden
Huge collection of vintage outboard motors
My grandson would have love this collection
Old cypress canoe, excellent condition
Vintage Fly Reels

Just a small part of the case collection--leather handle and bone handle case knives

Monday, January 23, 2017

Some This and That

Today’s post consists of a variety of subjects; hope you guys find some interesting. As most of you know I’ve been blogging for quite a while, in fact seven years to be exact. During that time I have interacted with some wonderful individuals who love fishing as much as I do; a big thank you for visiting Fishing Through Life and pushing the number of visitors over half million a couple of weeks ago.

Some weeks ago we got a heavy dusting of snow that really brought out the birds feeding at the feeders. The grandchildren and Pops enjoy identifying each species that frequent the feeders. 
I’m sure a lot of you guys use screen savors. I have my computer programmed so it will show a different outdoor scene each time I log into my laptop. This image of the old Crystal Mill rotated onto my computer the other day; I thought about Howard and Mel, who I suspect live within driving distance of the historic site. The mill is located about four hours west of Denver in the town of Carbondale. Just wondering if you guys will ever make a trip there, could be worth a great post!
I was visiting the Orvis website the other day and linked into their fly fishing videos segments, which covers everything about fly fishing. After viewing some of the videos and taking the test at the end of the videos showed me that I am still in the learning stages. Check out the test on Dry Fly Fishing and see how much you know about fishing the dry fly. By the way I did pass my test with a score of 88.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Some of my Favorite Post From 2016

As I sit here today and scan through some of my blog post from this past year, they make realize why I love to fish so much. I still remember every detail from the trips, the other fly fishermen I encountered and fishing with individuals who love fly fishing as much as I do. I thought I would share with you guys what I think was my top five outings for 2016; some you may have viewed and some post you may have missed. I have to admit some of my 2016 outings may be hard to top for 2017 starting with a memorable trip with the grandchildren and my daughter in June 2016:


What made this trip special was lots of fish landed that day both from the boat and from the bank. My daughter grew fishing with me at the same age her children are fishing with me now. I'm glad the tradition will continue.


I’m sure I will find lakes here that will match the bluegills that Walker County Lake had swimming in it. I still remember the spots where I landed these bulls and of course talking with the gentleman fishing for catfish.


This is one fishing trip I will never forget, mainly because I was able to do something I’d never accomplish on the Sipsey, land numbers of quality rainbow. The video footage sums up the trip!!


This post carried me back to my childhood and the fond memories I had of my younger brother, Mom and Dad. The only brother out of five is my older brother Bobby.


A memorable trip for sure landing this huge Spotted Bass with my 8 ½ ft. 3weight; I think I may better this fish when I visit Laura Hill Lake come spring.


I would be interested in reading about some of you guys top post for 2016; this is not a challenge but merely a suggestion. Sorry no images on this post today, just links!!



Sunday, January 1, 2017

2016 Zoomed by Can 2017 Slow Down Some

Moving is never easy, especially when one gives up 30 years of memories living in one place. Cathey and I have adjusted well to the move to Tennessee, living close to all our grandchildren and meeting some wonderful neighbors in our little subdivision. The only downside to the move was losing fishing time. I hope to recover some of that lost time in 2017.
As I get older the years seem to pass off faster, which makes me cherish every fishing trip I
make now. I have been very fortunate with my health over the years, and I hope I can continue to stay in fairly good health in the coming years. Sure I have aches and pains like most all of us do but nothing significant enough to keep my off the water.
  One of my first trips in early March will be fishing Lake Lindsey
located in beautiful David Crockett Park in Lawrenceburg. It is noted for having some super size gills that will kick off my bluegill quest for 2017. Another lake I plan on wetting some flies in is Laura Hill Lake located south of Lawrenceburg. This is one of the prettiest lakes I have seen in middle Tennessee, high banks, crystal clear water, and noted for super size gills, smallmouth bass, spotted bass and walleye. As for trout fishing the Caney will be one stop destination. I will be making a number of float trips with my son-in-law on this beautiful tailrace for the coming year. I will still wade the tailrace below the dam, but I have come to realized if one is going to be successful fishing the Caney Fork, you need to float it. I’m looking forward to a successful fishing season and HOPE ALL YOU GUYS HAVE THE SAME------HAPPEY NEW YEAR!!!!      

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Trout Fishing Video Clip Need an Opinion

As most of you know I spend a lot of time during the winter months watching trout fishing videos. I especially like the ones that share information on how to improve ones skills when chasing the trout using the fly rod. I keep a list of the better ones I have found over the years and sometimes refer back to them over time.

 I found myself this past week going back and viewing some of my saved videos from some years back. A January 2016 New Fly Fisher video really got my attention with a piece showing how to fish the emerger. The trout wasn’t taking a dry or nymph subsurface feeding that day. This same experience has happened to me numerous times on the Sipsey and Caney. They would be in a feeding frenzy just below subsurface; no dry or nymph would be working---this clip shows how to put the odds in your favor; forward the video to 13:45 time to view the clip. 

I know you guys have witnessed this type feeding mode, so what would be your fly choice in size and pattern to get results? This guy was using the “USUAL”.

Hook: 94840 or 94842 Mustad (sizes 14, 16, 18, 20 or 22)
Thread: Size 6/0 grey prewaxed.
Tail: Small bunch of hair from rabbit's pad.
Wing: Larger bunch of hair from rabbit's pad.
Body: Underfur from rabbit's foot dubbed on thread. Use a blend of the grey next to skin and light tan which has very fine guard hairs mixed in to make it float better.
Looking forward to some great post from all you guys in 2017------Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!