March 9th 2010
The Gary Loomis Story part 1 video. How Gary got into rod building back in the Day. He’s an excellent story teller. A very amusing story. I hope you enjoy the first segment.
“I don’t sell my wife, I don’t sell my kid, I don’t sell my dog and I surely won’t sell you my fishing rod.” – Garry Loomis
After leaving Shimano, Garry is currently working with Temple fork outfitter. The result is, TFO has come out with a series of rods using the North Fork Composites (Gary’s new company) blanks. It will be marketed under the Garry Loomis signature series. The rod will sell for $99.00 with a life time warranty. The handles are color coded according to their action. Gold for medium, and silver for medium light etc.
They had some at the Frank Sargeant show but I have not personally used one. It does sound good on paper though.
The Youtube Version
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Lately the weather has really put a damper on 2010 fishing for us weekend warriors in SW Florida. The weather this past weekend however, looked stellar compared to what it has been. I received the invite from My buddy Ben to hunt opening day of Spring Turkey and there was no hesitation. Turkey hunting in the past few years, has become one of my favorite types of hunting. The plan was to meet with Eric about 4:30 Friday and drive to the hunting gounds outside of Immokolee where Ben was. We arrived just before six but had a 30-40 min ride into the woods which is the best part of arrival! This place has to rank in the top 10 areas to hunt in the state, I am too lucky to be able to do so. We were driving just as the sun was setting:
Theres something about trying to hunt an animal with eye sight 10X better than yours – not to mention with a shotgun, which is up close and personal! Our Saturday Morning hunt was filled with a whole lota nothing…very little moving around! We ran the buggy around for a few hours scouting but that too yielded very little. We took some rest at camp to have our traditional camp breakfast/lunch. About 2:30pm we decided to pack it up and get an early start on our afternoon hunt. Eric and Ben were off to hunt one side of the property and I took the other truck to the opposite side. I figured the sun was still fairly high, I would drive around to do a little scouting. I made it through the first oak hammok to a clearing and there, about 300 yrds in front of me, stood about 30 turkeys, hens and gobblers!!!! I hid the truck in the oaks and grabbed the bare mininmum and off I went. I finally made it to where I thought they would be and nothing…not a bird in sight…But I did hear a gobble about 150yrds away. I setup in a palmetto head and let a few variant calls fly and then two Toms came sprinting out of the thick trees into the clearing. I made one little squeak and they came right to me!!!! I had my bird within 20min of hunting, not bad!!! Eric heard my shot and met me at camp for a quick photo and we both went back to the same area (same palmetto head) – just as last it took about 15min, a few calls, and we had hens and gobblers working their way to us. He choose his bird – and dropped it with his 20 gauge!! We were too excited that we were able to call in two birds within in an hour!! The next morning Ben hunted by himself but didnt get a bird in range – but, he ended the morning by getting a 225lb boar hog! Spending the weekend in the heart of S. Florida’s greatest hunting grounds with good friends 3 weeks before my wedding will never go unforgotten!! Enjoy the photos – Hopefully ill get to see the water with a fly rod in hand next weekend, as it looks like the warming trend may start to produce some heated flats!! Until then, enjoy the photos from the weekend! Special thanks go out to Ben for inviting us to his property time and time again – He truly has an epic piece of property! BTW – we saw too many deer to count….(I needed a 40omm this weekend to really capture the beauty of bucks in velvet!)
For any of you who hunt, here were the measurements. A pair of respectable birds taken this weekend:
Mine: Beard: 7.25″ Spurs 1.5″
Erics: Beard: 4.75 (see note above photo) Spurs 1 1/8″
As you can see Eric’s bird looks as though he had highlights done…(this and the short beard is caused from Mites -something I have never seen until this weekend)
Gotta love the orange moon!
Got her a 2 weeks ago, and have been trying to get pics. Leia is a 6 month old Doberman/Husky mix (pending DNA confirmation). In many ways puppies are much harder to take pics of than kids. They move quicker, and almost impossible to stage a pic. Add to that we did it at a dog park so she had 100′s of distractions! But we made it work after 5 trips, 8+ hours, and 100′s of digital images….
I just recently pulled the trigger on an underwater housing for my D300. So far I am loving it and having a blast. Here are a few photos from the last few days…
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My best friend of over twenty years recently deployed with his Medi-Evac unit to support the relief efforts in Haiti. I got a call the other night that he was back in town, so the next day we went out to find some redfish. I don’t think Mark was all the interested in finding them as much as he was just enjoying the peace and quiet of the water.
I gave him some Paddle-Fishing.com decals to take with him while he was down there. He didn’t disappoint me.
Mark and I met in a strange kind of way; he was my next door neighbor in Nebraska. One weekend he came over and asked if I could help him move, seems all of his help had bailed on him and he was in a jam. It took us all weekend to move to his new house and the rest is as they say “history”. In my eight years in Nebraska, Mark and I spent every moment we could hunting or fishing. To say he is my best friend is an understatement.
Major Mark Butler
It aint the Hilton
The USAF Air Traffic Controllers were keeping score of their “Rat Kills”.
The reason for the deployment.
How this building is still standing, I do not know.
Please keep people like my friend Mark and all of those that choose to serve our country in your prayers. They are a special breed.
In the last few weeks I have been able to get out, between the cold, the wind, the windy cold wind….. You get the picture.
The Great Wallenda. DaveR
Justabucup.. Going ole school with the 8lb mono redfish.
March 9th 2010
Yesterday I took Dave Teper of Worldangling.com fame out to some fishing in Tampa bay. Dave being a pure fly fisherman that was all we brought along. We had shots at a 30lb cobia early, but all we had on was a redfish fly so no take.
The weather was awesome out there today. It has been unusually cold here in Florida but today it was nice bright and sunny with the temperature in the 70′s. We saw lots of reds but for whatever reason, today they did not want to eat. They were just hunkering down on the mud flats and just did not want to move until we spooked them.
A couple or Droid photos.
Film tour at the Tampa Pitcher Show
Dave w/ a Quesadilla at Little Harbor. Tide was slack so we decided to grab lunch.
Last night I was at the Fly fishing film tour a Tampa Pitcher Show. Excellent showing of almost 200 people that showed up to show their support. I hope to have a cool film for next years tour.
Here is a 30 second clip I manage to put together of the Gary Loomis Story. Gary is a very easy edit as he is very smooth and well polished.