dblhauler

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About dblhauler

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  • About Me:
    Retired Architectural Designer
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fly Fishing, Skiing, Motorhoming
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired
  1. Yesterday my friend Stan and I were able to visit Bonefish Dick at the rehab facility he is currently at. Not exactly knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised to find him looking terrific, and having a very positive attitude. We brought him some magazines to keep his mind occupied with his love of fly fishing, and the hour and a half spent with him, was filled with talk of fishing. Dick communicates using an e writer. He even made some wise ass comments, and was able to smile a little. He still has a tough road ahead but is in extremely good spirits, thanks to everyone of his well wishers on SOL , his family, and friends here at home. Hopes are that he will be in rehab another week, then he will go home. I asked him if I could post a picture of him on this forum and he agreed, so here it is. .
  2. Just letting you guys know, I just got a text from Bonefish. He said he was being moved to a rehab facility a bit closer to where he lives. This of course will make it easier for his family. I think he was ready to try and make further forward progress.
  3. Dick, you can look forward to joining us in the future and enjoy the bounty this beautiful river can provide. August 9, 2018 Swift River Stan was at my house promptly at 6 am. A change today, instead of hitting the salt we will try our luck with the picky trout on the Swift River. We arrived at our destination around 7:30 and there was only one car in the parking lot. We decided not to fish the more popular section above Rte. 9, and opted to fish further downstream. The cold water and the hot air set up slight fog over the river as the sun peaked thru the treeline. I chose a to enter the river below a small riffle area that looked promising to me, and an area that I thought would at least hold some Brookies. My fly choice was a Hopper/ Dropper rig with a foam Grashopper with a Pheasant tail dropper. Casting and searching this riffle area, I finally discovered where the fish were holding as my line tightened to the pretty Brookie below. Although I saw a few large Rainbows moving thru this area they were not in the eating mode. This was fine with me as I continued to catch an additional four Brooktrout. These fish alone made my day. My friend Stan had taken a position upstream from me, where you could see a dozen or so of large Rainbows. Now, I have got to tell you that Stan is the type of guy who likes a challenge when fishing for trout, and just loves fishing with flies that I can barely see and tippets as fine as a spiders web. My smallest fly that I will work with is a size 22, and that is not very often. I watched Stan hook fish after fish only to get broken off by them. As a result he spent a lot of time tying on new flies and new gossimer tippet material and was not able to land any of these large fish. He loves the challenge of fishing with a zero weight rod and these ultra small flies and that is all that counts. Below is a picture of him tying on yet another fly. This is a beautiful river which for whatever reason I have only fished once before, and after a streamside lunch Stan moved further upstream on his quest to land a Rainbow on his 9x leader. I moved into the pool that he was in to try my hand at one of these Bows. I decided to switch up to a grey soft hackle fly and made cast after cast drifting this fly, which I could see in the gin clear water, directly above the noses of these selective fish with no moves on their part. I took a few steps downstream where I could see a fish lying between a branch extending out into the current and the seam made by the riffle at the end of the pool. Like the other fish it just seemed oblivious to my offering, then after about the 6th drift, it decided this was the time to attack. The take was vicious as my 3 weight rod bent over and the Bow made one jump and proceeded to made a huge commotion in the pool as it moved upstream. Thinking I had lost it I backed up as the fish resisted the bend in the rod. As I reeled in the line to fight the fish on the reel, I knew this was a good one. I finally was able to net this beauty. The picture below does not accurately show the size and weight of this fish, but I estimate it to be in the 19 to 21 inch range as it was barely able to fit in my net. From what I am told fish of this size are not uncommon in this river, and I was overjoyed at being able to catch one. After a successful release of this fish, my day was complete. I was able to hook and land one more fish, a Brown trout about 11 inches long, which completed my grand slam for this river. Stan continued his quest for catching on ultra light tackle, as he continued to get broken off by these large fish. After an excellent morning of fishing it was time for the 1 1/2 hour ride back home, with the promise to return in the near future.
  4. Hey Hook How is Tampa Bay looking with the red tide? Mike
  5. Got this text from "Bonefish" last night. "Hi guys if you saw me today you would think I was a freaking Blowfish, my face and neck are so swollen" I cleaned it up a bit, but you can see he has not lost his humor. He said they had him sitting up in a chair and they may have him walking a bit later.
  6. I thought it would be better to start a new topic on this so you will have easier access. Sorry for the double post Tim, I just thought this would be better. I am not sure whether Dick would approve of my writing this post to you guys, but since we fish together quite a bit, I will take the heat from him if he disapproves. I can see all of the respect you folks have for "Bonefish", so I thought it is only fair to give you an update on his operation yesterday. I received this text from someone in his family Wednesday night, I believe it was his wife but I am not sure. "Richard came through the surgery well & the Dr. feels he got all the cancer. He's in a lot of pain but we are hoping he feels better in a few days." This is all I can tell you at this time. He obviously is and will be in our prayers until he makes that first cast in the spring. I am sure he appreciates all of your support.
  7. I am not sure whether Dick would approve of my writing this post to you guys, but since we fish together quite a bit, I will take the heat from him if he disapproves. I can see all of the respect you folks have for "Bonefish", so I thought it is only fair to give you an update on his operation yesterday. I received this text from someone in his family last night, I believe it was his wife but I am not sure. "Richard came through the surgery well & the Dr. feels he got all the cancer. He's in a lot of pain but we are hoping he feels better in a few days." This is all I can tell you at this time. He obviously is and will be in our prayers until he makes that first cast in the spring. I am sure he appreciates all of your support.
  8. Blue Runner
  9. Not disputing the price, just why it would be a collectable.
  10. Hey Saltydog, Not trying to be confrontational, but just wondering why you think this reel is a collectable. I believe they are still in production. Thanks, I am just curious. Tight Lines
  11. Last year my Zuccini and Summer Squash plants produced no fruit. This year I tried growing them once more. Again lots of flowers but no fruit. I was told last year it was a pollination problem, so this year I look up how to hand pollinate. Take pollen from male flowers and insert into females. This is what all the research told me to do. Great! So this morning I go to the garden to do the deed. So I start looking for the female flowers ( the ones with the bulge below the bud) and there is not a one. All the flowers are male flowers. Now what do I do???? What are your opinions about this??
  12. Great job Cedar Wind. Hope there are more to follow for you.
  13. Nice job Hook. I wish we some native streams like that around here.
  14. Line size for thr Airus 1 please??
  15. Beautiful looking fish. Great trip.