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

Penny Wise or Pound Foolish?



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.

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Jimmy LaFave, RIP

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

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Budding 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.

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Talk and Signing at 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.

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Come see us in College Station!

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.

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