HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell

Bois d'Arc Battle

May 31, 2017

Tags: Bois d'Arc Creek, The Land Report



Urban business interests and water developers want to condemn and drown some 16,000 acres of hardwood bottomland and farmland in northern Fannin County, Texas with a reservoir that will supply water to the thirsty and ever-growing Dallas-Fort Worth area. Here’s my take on the controversy in the latest issue of The Land Report. My thanks to editor Eric O’Keefe and his staff, and to Russell Graves for his fabulous photos. Much like the Marvin Nichols Reservoir controversy on the Sulphur River, the Bois d’Arc Creek fight pits rural Texans against urban interests. Given that Texas’s population is projected to double over the next forty years, the fighting will surely become more desperate.

Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?

May 25, 2017

Tags: Fly lines, bass bugs



I should go ahead and buy an eight or nine-weight fly rod - a real bass rod so I can better cast big flies. But I'm cheap, so my grandson Cade and I have been flogging away with six-weight rods and deer hair bugs. Yeah, it tends to be windy on the North Texas prairie, but the fishing has been good on a couple of our favorite tanks (ponds). We've cheated a bit by moving up to seven-weight lines, but casting a number four bug or a weighted streamer often results in an embarrassing pileup, especially when the wind gusts. So I plan to cheat and skimp a little more this weekend by loading a couple reels with "bass bug" lines and heading to Lake Texoma. Supposedly, that extra forward weight will do a better job of turning over a bunch of hair and feathers. We'll see. I do wonder about the wisdom of paying nearly as much for a line as for the rod.

Jimmy LaFave, RIP

May 22, 2017

Tags: Jimmy LaFave, Buffalo Return to the Plains

Good lord, what a loss. No road trip is complete unless I hear this song at least a couple times:

Budding Bass Bum

May 19, 2017

Tags: Cade, fishing, Wise County, bass bum

Hog Hunter

My grandson Cade and I fished a pretty little pond in Wise County a few days back. He has become quite the fly fisherman. We caught lots of small bass and some huge bluegills.






These kids today. Cade plays and lands the fish while recording and narrating the action with his iPhone. If the event doesn't appear on social media it didn't happen, no matter how many first-hand witnesses.

Talk and Signing at Texas A&M

May 18, 2017

Tags: Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut, Bush Library, Texas A&M

Nervous BSing as the auditorium filled up behind us. We didn't dare look back. After my short introduction to San Antonio Viejo and our book, Wyman blew everybody away with his photo presentation.

Wyman and I enjoyed a great talk and signing with a packed house at the George Bush Presidental Library and Museum at Texas A&M on Tuesday night. Boy, do those Aggies buy books. My thanks to the Museum and Library staff for hosting a wonderful event and to East Foundation CEO Neal Wilkins for setting things in motion.

Come see us in College Station!

May 9, 2017

Tags: Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut, George Bush Presidential Library

Next Tuesday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m., Wyman Meinzer and I will be at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at Texas A&M, talking about Horses to Ride, Cattle to Cut: The San Antonio Viejo Ranch of Texas, and hopefully signing mountains of books. If you’ll be in the area, we’d love to see you. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

Flowing Water and Imagination

May 8, 2017

Tags: Lonestar Literary Life, E. Dan Klepper, Andrew Sansom, William Reaves, Wes Ferguson, Book Review

What a pleasure it is to review three new books that I loved. That doesn’t happen often.

Selected Work

Novels
"I regard Silent We Stood as being among the finest Civil War novels I have ever read"
  • David Madden, Civil War Book Review
  • "Blood Kin is historical fiction at its best."
  • Bruce Winders, Historian and Curator, The Alamo
  • "The finest book on buffalo hunting and the resulting conflict with the Comanches that I have ever read."
  • Doris R. Meredith, Roundup
  • Non-fiction Books
    "Sharp and colorful also describe the economical prose of sports and wildlife writer Henry Chappell"
  • Elaine Wolff, San Antonio Current
  • Magazine Work
    Articles and Reviews
    Feature Articles
    Columns and Feature Articles