“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountain is going home; that wildness is necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”

John Muir

Thursday, December 29, 2011

What 's not to like .....

What's not to like here

Cigar Box Guitar _check that, "Electric" Cigar Box Guitar"
Bass Drum

Check out Hymn for Her

Here is another .... Great sound Check em out.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

On Craigslist

If the third person in your drift boat ever gets "lippy" you can banish them to float the river alone in one of these. Actual Craigslist listing. Click on link or photo for more.


This is a 2000 Clackacraft 10' Mini Drifter designed by the famous drift boat builder Don Hill. This is the perfect one or two person fishing platform for small rivers, streams, lakes or ponds. It is 10' long, has a 45" bottom, 20" sides, 62" beam and is very stable whether you are setting or standing. It weighs only 125 lbs. It was designed to fit in a pickup bed. It comes with removable benches, seat and swivel, oars & oar locks, anchor bracket, anchor/pulley system and full floatation. The home built trailer has been sandblasted, primered and painted. It is 14' long and virtually every component on it is new. I love to fly fish and have used it on the White, Norfork, Spring and North Fork of the White rivers, as well as any little pond or lake I can find. It is very safe, and works great with no leaks and no problems. Call 870-four three five-4477 for additional info or pictures. Trades considered.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ever heard of an Atlatl ? Now you have.

A deer-hunting first in Missouri

Luke Boenker of Maryland Heights, Mo., made Missouri deer-hunting history on the opening day of the firearms season.

He became the first hunter using an atlatl, a primitive spear-launching weapon, to take a deer in the state.

The weapon became a legal hunting method last year, but the Missouri Department of Conservation said that no one had taken a deer with it in 2010.

Boenker found success on Nov. 12 this season, hunting from a tree stand in St. Louis County.

A day later, Scott Rorebeck of Trenton, Mo., became the second hunter in the state to take a deer with the atlatl, hunting in Grundy County.

Here is a random example of some Atlatl chucking......... enjoy...

For the record killing a deer with an atlatl is nearly as difficult as Uncle Dick catching a trout using a fly rod.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ever heard of a Gheenoe ?

From the Gheenoe site.....

If you're trying to get into really shallow water, wanting to brag about the one that didn't get away, out to bag your limit of ducks, or just looking for a fun, safe day on the water with the family, .... think Gheenoe! If you want a boat that's nearly impossible to tip over... become a happy Gheenoe owner!

More Click here

Sport Canoe

Friday, December 2, 2011

Meet our friends

Well like most fisherman, particularly drifters we are almost always listening to tunes during our floats. Recently we started a new tradition of naming the fish after the song that was playing when the fish was landed.
Here are a few from our last trip.

Nice Cutty

Amy - by Pure Prairie League

Angie - by the Rolling Stones

Cinnamon Girl - by Neil Young

Jeremy - aka King Jeremy the Wicked by Pearl Jam

Crimson and Clover -  covered by Joan Jett not the original Tommy James and the Shondells version.

Cherry Bomb - by John Cougar Mellancamp

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.  But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.  ~W.J. Cameron

I have always been a fan of George Winston. Attached is his arrangement called called Thanksgiving.

Take minute and give a listen and think about your blessings.

Sierra Trading Post donates winter clothing to Joplin

I have really been impressed with Sierra Trading Post for some great values on some great outdoor gear.

I find their customer service is excellent and they are never short on an e-mail offer which routinely gets you free shipping and extra 20 - 30% off.

The attached story even makes it better, they give back. 

Check out the link below and consider them next time you need something for your outdoor activities.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ever heard of a "Poachers Rod" ? Now you have.

From the posting on EBay: I have heard them called "Poacher's Rods" for obvious reasons.  Probably British in origin, but no markings I can find.  Handle grip appears to be nickel silver covered with very worn leather.  The shaft of the walking cane slips off to reveal a collapsing rod.  I have not attempted to open rod to it's full length, so no guarantee that it will work easily.  You will probably need to do a little work on it, but it is a rare piece.  Rod guides appear to be frozen in place but I think they can be twisted into position.

Filed under............ Wait What ?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Something about this video reminds me of my brother getting into a drift boat.

Ever Heard of the Ozark Howler ?

aka.......   the Ozark Black Howler

The Ozark Howlers name was derived from its troubling cries at night which echo down from the area where it is commonly said to be seen, the Ozark Mountains. Aside from the creepy howl and horns, the Ozark Howler is said to have glowing eyes which allow it to spot and perceive its prey even at a distance.
Read more by clicking here.

Read even more info here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

20 Inch Crane Creek Rainbow, a truly rare trout stocked in 1890 by the railroad

Had a great day on Crane Creek in Southwest Missouri.  Landed this 20 incher on a Czech Nymph. What a memorable fish. Won't forget this one anytime soon.

Why ?

Crane Creek is home to one of only three remaining populations of the pure-strain McCloud River rainbow trout — even the McCloud River no longer has this strain of fish in residence. stocked in approximately 1890 by railcar with trout fry from the McCloud River in Northern California. 

A portion of Crane Creek is a losing stream. A losing  stream is one where the flow of water actually disappears underground. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Go Cards - Head for the Mountains

The only thing bad about winning the pennant is that you have to manage the All-Star Game the next year. I'd rather go fishing for three years.Whitey Herzog

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Here's a tip for my friends - Lamson Litespeed 2 reels on sale now only for $142.35 Wow !!!

Sierra Trading Post has Lamson Litespeed 2 reels on sale for $142.35 today Wow !!!

Their site shows it at $219.00 see screenshot below, but today's one day sale/discount gets the price down to $123.35. Free shipping over $100 and no tax.

You may need to sign up for their sale e-mails or call to order and reference the special sale.

Good luck. Let me know if you score one. Says sale ends on 9/29... I'm sure they will sell it quickly.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Did you know hair from the Asiatic Badger is more attractive to a trout, than that of the American Badger ?

Ok at least Franz Pott thinks so...... and he would know.

Seriously check out the tradition and article on his hand tied flies from Montana.

Franz B. Pott produced the first woven hair trout flies. Really a great read below.

Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/article_b637db9a-d738-5462-9ec5-9ced38c00b7a.html#ixzz1YdsLiSnJ


By the way did you know Asiatic Badger hair sells for $398 a pound these days. I'll bet the hair from the Honey Badger would be even better.

Between 200 to 300 rainbow trout weighing about 2 1/2 pounds each were stolen in what is believed to be the first large-scale hatchery theft in CA.

Between 200 to 300 rainbow trout weighing about 2 1/2 pounds each were stolen in what is believed to be the first large-scale hatchery theft in state history.

Read more: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/09/14/2538929/trout-hatchery-theft-violated.html#ixzz1YdolnDm1

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ever heard of the "Indian in the Fire" picture ?

This photo was taken by the Nixa, MO Fire Department fire department when burning an old building that was on an ancient Indian burial ground as training exercise.

Some say it's a vision of a indian on a horse back.  The indian appears have a feather on his head something in his hands that looks like a buffalo horn. 

Is it a sign of something ?


Monday, September 12, 2011

Ever Heard of a Thong Tree ?

Thong Trees are also known as Indian Trail Trees / Marker Trees /Trail Trees ? Legend has it that American Indians marked trails by placing a thong on trees resulting in their growing in right angles.

I really enjoyed the attached articles about them.

It appears that the practice was used by the Osage Indians in Missouri and Arkansas.




Saturday, September 10, 2011

They are Here Again, Part V ?

SUMMERSVILLE, Mo. • Missouri conservation officials say a property owner shot a mountain lion on his land in the south-central part of the state.
The Department of Conservation said Thursday the man spotted the big male cat this week in Texas County, three miles from where a mountain lion was caught by a trail camera in July.
Mountain lions are protected, but may be shot if people perceive a threat to themselves or their property. Conservation officials say they found no reason to charge the landowner in this case.
The Conservation Department took possession of the cat and will use it for education and DNA testing.
Officials say they have no confirmed evidence of a breeding population in Missouri. They say it appears that mountain lions are dispersing from states to the west.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I know our days are heaven sent

know our days are heaven sent
lord knows I know not where they went
shake my head and I wonder how
I'll ever get to heaven now

An angel came one winter dawn
you shoulda seen what she had on
wind was whistlin' like its rain
she left again just like she came

I know our days are heaven sent
lord knows I know not where they went
shake my head and I wonder how
I'll ever get to heaven now

I move around a lot these days
honky tonks and broad freeways
the same thing that I've always done
but I'm older now and I get tired some

I know our days are heaven sent
lord knows I know not where they went
shake my head and I wonder how
I'll ever get to heaven now

Those who think they hold the cards
I send out my kind regards
Those who love to those who care
I'll meet you down the road somewhere

I know our days are heaven sent
lord knows I know not where they went
shake my head and I wonder how
I'll ever get to heaven now

I know our days are heaven sent
lord knows I know not where they went
shake my head and I wonder how
I'll ever get to heaven now

I'll ever get to heaven now

Ever heard of Jason Cajune

Jason Cajune builds some incredible wooden drift boats. Check out his work here......

Great Stuff

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Four Worms in Church

A Minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good, clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol ... Dead.

The second worm in cigarette smoke ... Dead

The third worm in chocolate syrup ... Dead

The fourth worm in good, clean soil ... Alive. 

So the Minister asked the congregation, "What did you learn from this demonstration?" 

Maxine was sitting in the back and quickly raised her hand and said, 

"As long as you drink, smoke, and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!" 

That pretty much ended the service !!