Sam asked me to post this up so I figured it would be a nice change of pace given the forthcoming waterfowl season etc.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to head up to South Dakota for some early season wing shooting……………South Dakota ain’t all that close to the home front and I had never been so I welcomed the opportunity with open arms. It was arranged primarily to entertain clients and other business partners so I was hesitant on the likelihood of a hardcore hunt. Naturally I was wrong…………..we hunted our arses off and had the joy of hunting with many who never even shot a gun before which was actually quite fun as no one was shot or maimed.
I found that wild pheasants are a interesting quarry for a newcomer and even for many seasoned vet’s. Something about watching the dogs work a field is simply mesmerizing. It was quite a common occurrence to find yourself in a trance watching rows of corn slide by with a distant yelp of a dog to suddenly having a startling rooster flush at your feet. I assure you this is enough to make ANYONE a lifetime pheasant fanatic. First time this happened I damn near shat my pants and shot a hole in the empty sky.
Pheasants, well they are pretty easy to shoot compared to ducks but there is something about the startling rush of a cackling rooster busting out of the corn…………………..if haven’t tried it, do it.
We hunted out of Wild Wings Lodge http://www.dakotawildwings.com/. It is owned and operated by one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. It is not five star but neither is the price…………….however the food was great, all the adult beverages you could handle, 5,000 private acres dedicated to just the birds……….top notch stuff.
sure are sum pretty specimens……..
the meat cannon…..
even got a albiner………….to bad the damn puppy chewed him all up
a man and his quarry……………
running the gauntlet…..FAIL
hopefully many fish get to taste these feathers……………..
It was an amazing time and I can’t wait to get back………………………..took a notch off the bucket list for sure with this trip
While looking for footage to put together a TV commercial I revisited the trout stuff I did this last fall. I was going through some footage of Colorado to add to the stock “adventure” theme when I came across a few photos I liked. I decided they looked better in an HDR so here they are.
If you want to know more about HDR and the technique go check out Stuckincustoms the guys is awesome.
Check out his HDR Gallery, great stuff!
There’s been a small buzz about the new TFO BVK fly rod for a few weeks now. Everyone that I know that has tried it really like the rod. Especially if you factor in the price of $249.00 retail price. I demoed the 8 wt over at the conclave a couple weeks ago and thought the rod was light weight relatively fast and cast very well.
Granted, it was in a parking lot with very low wind conditions. In other words, it was in a very ideal conditions, so I really didn’t talk to much about it. It’s similar to going for a boat test on slick calm days. Every boat will perform well on calm days even a john boat.
This weekend however I will get my hands on a TFO BVK 8 wt and will bring it with me to the “B.G.S.” event on Sunday. If you want to cast just hit me up I’ll be more than happy to let you check it out. I will have some stickers with me as well so hit me up.
2nd Local fly fishing event is “BIG GUN SHOOTOUT SET FOR NOVEMBER 21″
run by the Tampa Fly Fishing Club.
Sunday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Picnic Island Park, We will be at the first parking
area beyond the boat dock turnoffs.
This is an annual event in which our club hosts
surrounding clubs in a friendly competition of fly-casting
There are five casting accuracy tests, including the
infamous Hanson cup, and one distance casting test. The
few contestants who manage a 100 ft. cast during the
regular competition are invited to compete in the final
event, a shootout for the top distance prize. Trophies are
awarded for individual and team (of 3) performances and
a great lunch
Since I’ve never been to this event I got synopsis sent to me via local fly fishing guide Byron Chamberlain
Just an FYI to all you fly fishers. The Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club is hosting its annual Big Gun fly casting skills competition on November 21st at Picnic Island Park. This is a fun event that consists of a casting obstacle course and a distance event. Bring your friends to form a 3-man team to compete for bragging rights as the best casters in the Tampa Bay area. If you don’t have a team, come anyways, there are always others looking to join a team, and who knows, you may make a new friend and future fishing buddy. This is a great place to meet new people in the fly fishing scene. We consistently have casters that come as far away as Miami to compete in this event every year. Lunch and drinks are provided by the club. The event usually runs from 9am till about 2pm. Don’t be shy either…ALL skill levels are welcome.