Monday, September 28, 2015

Early Season Dog Training

     While Dove hunting on a state wildlife area a few weeks ago, Louis and I stumbled upon a small covey of Bobwhite quail.  Quail used to be one of the staple wildlife species around here, but due to depredation, farming practices and habitat changes, the covey's are few and far between these days.  I don't intend to hunt this covey, but immediately was excited about the possibility of letting my dog work these birds.
     I had Saturday off with no commitments and the weather was a bit overcast.  It was a perfect day to take Rye out to the fields.  I invited my friend Josh and his Springer Spaniel "Tana" to join us since we often hunt together.
Rye didn't stop all morning. Part of the reason this is the only picture she made it into.

Brookville Fishing Report

      Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of fishing with Dale Fallat at Brookville. Dale was a bit new to the sport, but seemed to really enjoy the process and experience.  Fishing was a bit tough, but Dale was a trooper.  Water was very low; maybe 2 feet.  Some of the places I know usually hold fish were almost out of water.  After some trial and error, we found a spot where many trout were stacked up and looked like they were feeding on midges. (There were several 18+ fish sitting in this spot).
        I switched the rig to a dry-dropper rig with a very light, red chironomid and within a few casts we were into a nice Brown trout.  I did not realize it at the time, but not only was it Dale's first trout on the fly, it was his first fish on the fly!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Let's see what is new on the shop floor

new D&H saltwater fish key fobs

great looking leather key fob with a 12 gauge shot shell

lanyard for nippers made from recycled fly lines

picture frame

three new fly fishing DVDs

Swiss Army knife with a specialized cheese blade: It works really well with soft cheeses

new hats from Hatch fly reels

new hunt horn and fox belts

clear leather dressing for Wolverine 1000 Mile boots;  I have been using this on my dress penny loafers and my Filson belt and luggage pieces

Patagonia "Bear Heaven" hat
this product is awesome: great for your bird dog on a trip or maybe even a picnic blanket

Sunday, September 20, 2015

21st Anniversary Sale- September 24th 10am-8pm

       We are excited to celebrate our 21st Anniversary and hope we can share the occasion with you on September 24th for our annual customer appreciation sale.

        Everything in the store will be 20% off from 10-8 on Thursday the 24th.  Only items that are in the store on the 24th will be offered at Sale prices.  We can not offer sale prices on special orders or any other day.  Please help us keep this day fun and enjoyable. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Local Trout Update 9/7/15

          Ted and I got out to do some night fishing (mousing) for some trout the other night. We fished with rodents in hand until the sun came up. We fished the morning for a brief period and then went home to sleep... giant Stanley Thermos' filled with coffee can only last so long. We had a solid time.

Friday, September 4, 2015

photos from the dove fields

I have been shooting since Tuesday and here are some of the great fields I have been lucky enough to shoot in Kentucky this week.  I do not know if you can tell by these photos, but it is HOT in the dove fields this year.  You are lucky if you can have shade and a good shooting spot.  That doesn't always work out.  I am thinkning about wearing a Patagonia A/C shirt today.  I might get laughed out of the field, but the A/C is the best shirt I have ever worn in super hot conditions.

this dog ain't dumb.  it is HOT and he knows how to deal with it!