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Every once in a while I attempt to finish a writing to a publisher standards. What follows is one of those attempts. Growing Up The year I was five, my mother and father started looking for a new house. Danni was three; Amanda was one. The place we lived wasn’t large enough. I remember riding around with them as they looked. One place we looked was a corn field just off South Lewis. It was over a mile outside the Tulsa city limits. The next summer mother and father moved us to a new h

rps

rps

 

Evolution Of A Ozark Story

In 2008 I managed to hook myself while topwater fishing alone. Below is the original post I put up the next day on the Ozark Anglers forum. OK. I apologize in advance for the bad typing. I went out after the rain around 4:30 PM. The wife was at the Green Forest high school graduation - she teaches there - and I figured the rain and cloud cover would have the fish shallow. Turns out I was right. The fish were shallow. Between 4:30 and 7:30 I caught 7 LM. 20, 18, 15, 15, 17.5, 12,

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rps

 

Feathering The Nest... One Twig At A Time

Feathering The Nest... One Twig At A Time By Brian Wright a.k.a. Hillbilly Deluxe A wise man once said "one man's meat is another man's poison," or as I would put it, one man's dead animal carcass is another man's trophy wall mount. And that's just my point this month. Feathering your nest, one twig at a time, is in the eye of the beholder. There's a certain pride we all get from creatively putting together a sense of style and substance when we decorate our favorite a

Hillbilly Deluxe

Hillbilly Deluxe

 

Good Fishing Outweighs The Best Intentions

Good Fishing Outweighs The Best Intentions By Brian Wright It never fails. When I peel off the April page on my calendar to reveal May, I just seem to have a hard time focusing on work. Yes, I become distracted in April — but nothing like the month of May. Although I have the best of intentions to work hard, save my money, and whittle down my to do list around the house, when May rolls around I just seem to falter. And in a big way. I try hard to sit at my desk and be productive,

Hillbilly Deluxe

Hillbilly Deluxe

 

Weekend At The Lake Catalyst For Love Of Outdoors

The other day I was pondering the beginnings of my love for the outdoors, particularly cabins and lakes. My first memory of catching the outdoors bug seems to revolve around a trip to Lone Star Lake near Lawrence, KS. I suppose I was probably 10 years old. A childhood friend was fortunate enough that his dad had a small waterfront cabin at Lone Star — a beautiful lake of some 110 acres — and I  was invited to go for a weekend to “open the cabin” for the season. I was fascin

Hillbilly Deluxe

Hillbilly Deluxe

 

My Bas University Experience

I have had a week to reflect on my Bass University experience in Shreveport, La. During that time, I have had a lot of folks ask me, "was it worth the trip". I usually start my answer the same way. It was worth it for me. Not because of any ah ha moment. If I was new to tournament angling, I am sure there would have been some. During the two days of seminars, I didn’t find a magic lure, a new presentation, or some closely held secrete technique that will catapult me to the next level of tourname

LarryS

LarryS

 

Red Hot Winter Time Bassin (Part Ii)

Part II Last week in part I of Red Hot Winter Time Bassin, we discussed the “video fishing” opportunities here in the Midwest. In part II we will look at some of the basics that you need to be successful. First, where to find the fish? Like all other types of bass fishing you have to be around fish to catch fish. When the water temps start reaching the low 50s, it’s time to start looking for the mega schools of bait. I start in the major creek arms. Creeks with standing timber that tops out

LarryS

LarryS

 

Red Hot Winter Time Bassin (Part I)

(PartI) Here in the Midwest many of us look forward to the morning chill that signals the changing of the seasons. As the fall colors start to fade and the nip in the air becomes more prevalent our excitement begins to build. It’s not just for the upcoming holiday season and the time spent with family and friends. Nor is it just for the upcoming hunting seasons and the chance at monster bucks, upland birds, and water fowl. A lot of us enjoy those winter time activities; but personally, my exc

LarryS

LarryS

 

Collecting, Or ?

What really happens in the mind of an individual when they start fishing, and collecting, and I don't mean just fly fishing, I think this all starts to happen really young in life, I was brought up in the junk mans way of thinking, now I don't mean this as bad, I mean this was great for a young boy to be raised like I was, I was taken to many different arenas of life, junk stores, flea markets, auctions just about any kind of place that had used junk, my parents were always goi

timsfly

timsfly

 

Week One . . . The Only One That Counted

If you don't like to fly, don't even think about taking a trip like this one. All together we took 12 flights, including the bush plane ride from Kotzebue to the Kelly River. By the time we landed on the gravel bar next to the river, we were ready to be out of the air – despite the incredible scenery. It was two hours to Denver, six hours to Anchorage (overnight), more than two hours to Nome, 45 minutes on to Kotzebue and an hour in a 206 to the headwaters of the Kelly. It was a long haul.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Anchorage

We made it. Great flight. We're at the Micro Tel Motel tonight. Pick up out Sat Phone tomorrow and fly out to Nome and then Kotzebue at 11 am. Last night in a real bed before hitting the river... and a shower Can't wait.

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

On The Journey To Alaska

Bill and I are laying over in Denver right at the moment. Our flight out of Branson was flawless. We have 2 hours to kill before our 5.5 hour flight to Anchorage. It's hard to believe we'll be on the Kelly River tomorrow. Air flight in this day and age is amazing. The Healing Water Event kept us hopping. We both were 99% packed since Thursday and it was a good thing. Coordinating guides and meals for the guys has a full time job. But it was all worth it. I'd been packing, or

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Final Plans

Sorry for not writing more about our plans. Try to get current on our trip. We mailed 5 packages to Kotzebue last week. Mailed 2 big soft duffle bags, one barely made the minimum size (108 inches) and weighed about 65 pounds. The other was smaller and much lighter. Mailed two boxes - the plano and another utility box. Sent them usps priority mail. Cost: about $390.00. Mailed them on 8/12 and they arrived on 8/17 with a weekend in between. Not bad. We have 2 more utility boxes to ta

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Flexible, Diligent

Words of the Day . . . Well more like words of the week for us. Our plans are changing each day it seems the last week. Bill has packed 6 containers full of fishing and camping gear. Our plan is to mail up 4 and take the other 2 on the plane with us. We trade emails about ten times a day--I'll share the last one from Bill on shipping vs check-ons: Here is an even better way to do it. Send up both of the Cabelas bags, the Rubbermaid Packer and the lighest of the Plano totes. Also w

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

What He Said

As Phil blogged, we are pretty much on our put together phase of the Alaska Float Fishing Trip. One note of caution here, we are kind of going to be a primer, but before you think of trying something like this reguardless of your physical conditioning, it would be a good idea to have some very exact information, and be aware this is pretty wild country you about to visit. I guided raft trips for a couple of years in Alaska, and had most of our Alaska River Float Gear, but sold quite a bit of

Bill Babler

Bill Babler

 

Salmon . . . Take Home

We were talking . . . we'd like to bring some sockeye home with us but the problem is that sockeye will be spawning and dying when we're there in September, at least at Naknek, so what do we do? I emailed Jim, my friend who owns Naknek River Camp on the Naknek River, where my cabin is, and he said he could call Heidi at Diamond Lodge and buy some from her. She would store it till we get there. 150 pounds would do us - 50 pounds each. So we're set. BUT - I threw a wrench in the mix. I s

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Where Are We Going?

Bill and I are flying out of Branson, mid afternoon on August 29th and flying to Anchorage, AK. We'll arrive there at that evening - there's a 3 hour difference in their time and central time. Bill booked a book at the Microtel Airport Inn for $167. Our flights costs $1591.82 round trip. We get up the next morning and go shopping. We'll need to buy staple items such as meats for 2-3 dinners as well as other items we don't want to take up on the plane. There will be other items that we'

Phil Lilley

Phil Lilley

 

Here I Go Again.....

I truly love this site! Really! My wife is a facebook fanatic and along with about everyone else in my little world has been trying to get me to sign up for that crazy stuff just about everyday. The more I think about it though, I really don't have anything to share that any of those folks really give a hoot about! I'd just as soon sit here tonight in Stillwater, OK and write this theraputic blog about finding out just how much I love bass fishing again. I'm an addict again..... For a whil

osuangler

osuangler

 

Stockton Lake Walleye

Here goes. I have fished Stockton Lake for many years. Just love this lake for its beautiful water and lack of traffic. I can get to the lake in under 30 minutes from my house. Walleye. I know they are there. I can feel there presence. I do catch a few, randomly. I want to catch them on a more consistent basis. Like most, I can catch more in the spring while crappie fishing. However, when the waters warm, and I assume them move deeper (over 20 feet) it ends for me. I can jig crawlers

dennis boatman

dennis boatman

 

Easter

First and foremost I want to wish everyone a very happy Easter 2010. I heard an awesome message this morning and wanted to share just a bit of it with you all. The message centered around Matthew chapter 6 verse 22 and 23. It speaks of the eyes being the lamp of the body and if they are good, how the light will fill the body. If they are bad, how the darkness can fill your spirit. I don't know about the rest of you, but this verse really makes me think about what I choose to light my lamp.

osuangler

osuangler

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