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

Lean Pickings



Cade and I fished one of our favorite ponds from late afternoon until dark. Caught lots of little farts. This rascal ate my #4 deer hair bug just before sunset. Not a hog, but I was sure glad to see him.
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New Water

Concentration and anticipation. Cade ties on just the right popping bug.




Last week, my grandson Cade and I spent part of an afternoon and early evening trying out a 12-acre pond in Northeast Texas. This one is a winner. Cade fished from the float tube while I flogged away from the bank. He caught a dozen or so bass, several in the 2-3 pound range, and some nice bluegills. I found the bank fishing good too. Plenty of room for my back cast. Caught a couple decent bass and some huge bream. Plenty of cover, but open enough to fish streamers without too many hang ups. We'll be back.

As I mentioned a couple weeks back, we’re trying out some “bass bug” lines. After two outings, I have to say I’m impressed. I had no problem casting bulky number 4 deer hair bugs on a new 9' 6-wt Temple Fork rod.



Caught this pretty little bass just before sundown.






A two-fly evening. Little wooly bugger for bream; deer hair bug for bass.





Coming out tired and satisfied.






Northeast Texas bass water at sunset. We'll be back.




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