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#10891553 - 06/02/15 10:12 PM Back in the Yak
Aggroman Offline
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Registered: 08/08/13
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Loc: Texas
I posted this in my other yak forums, so I thought I might share it here too.

I had a few film projects I needed to continue to work on, so I loaded up a ton of camera gear, threw in a few rods and my ol' faithful fly rod, and headed to the river. I haven't been able to get the yak out in a while because of the bad weather on my days off. But today was different.

The weather started out very nice when I hit the water at 7am. The wind even took a break for about an hour. I only had until noon, so I knew I was going to have to move it. I needed to get some video shot, but I also needed to fish. So I did a little bit of both.

The intense weather Texas has been having has really taken it's toll on a ton things. Although we had it pretty easy around here. We had major floods, but the rain hit in the areas that it would feed the empty lakes and not cause any loss of life or destruction. This particular river, just 20 miles south of town, didn't get much of a rise, but the storms tore the place up.

The normal passageways were blocked in many areas by fallen trees. They had always been easily accessible to the adventurous sort. Maybe a little pushing, pulling, shoving, falling, cussing, but nothing too major. It was a little different today. Trees had made one area impassable and for the first time ever in that stretch...a portage was in order. Not fun. I normally don't even have get out of the yak in this area.

Time flew by, as I figured it would when i'm having a good time. Doesn't do that at work by golly, now does it? I was able to get some good video and caught a few fish. The water was still very murky and the big dudes were a little closed mouth. But the little guys wanted to play all morning. Good thing I had the fly rod or I would have been skunked.

My favorite way to fish? ...wacky, like me.

I came across one thing, that for a second, got my blood boiling. From a distance I saw a pole and wires going across the river. "Somebody's trying to keep me off 'their' river. We'll see about that." But as I got closer I noticed the pole was driven down in the middle of the river, with another on the bank. It was only halfway across. And it had some kind of very thin netting stretching down it from a foot above the water to about seven feet high. No idea what it was for, although it did catch a dragonfly the size of my hand. Weird, but I moved on.

Here's a pic of it. Not easy to see, that netting was super thin. The pole is there in the middle.

Just another great day on the river. Hopefully i'll get another day off soon. I'm already wanting to get back out there.


Thanks for coming along,

#10891707 - 06/02/15 11:38 PM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
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Great pictures and sounds like a good day. I'm excited to get back on a river and see how the storms changed things.

I'm interested to hear theories on what the net was for. Seems odd.

#10892041 - 06/03/15 08:41 AM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
Matty Offline

Registered: 06/17/06
Posts: 173
Loc: Plano
Love the pics. I vastly prefer river floats to lakes any day. Where is this river located?

#10892161 - 06/03/15 09:27 AM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
Aggroman Offline
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Registered: 08/08/13
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Loc: Texas
Thanks guys.

Matty, this is the Concho River, south of San Angelo.

#10892278 - 06/03/15 10:29 AM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
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Loc: Brenham, TX
Great pics, thanks for sharing thumb

#10892396 - 06/03/15 11:24 AM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
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Registered: 07/26/12
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Loc: Lewisville TX
I've seen those type of nets used to catch bats & birds for studies - usually attended by someone though since most of the time they are not looking to injure the animals.

#10892492 - 06/03/15 12:04 PM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
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Loc: Texas
Thanks J-Moe.

Searsay - Yes, I have heard from a few folks that say that may be what it is for. I bet it's for hummingbirds. It's located near a ranch that has a something of that nature there. And the net was amazingly soft. When I felt it, I had a feeling it wasn't to harm anything, but to collect.

#10892508 - 06/03/15 12:10 PM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
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#10892521 - 06/03/15 12:16 PM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
Aggroman Offline
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Registered: 08/08/13
Posts: 505
Loc: Texas
Decided to hollar at the folks there at that place. It is the ranches, and it's used to collect hummingbirds for banding. Pretty cool deal.

weird side note: on the link above, I was watching the slideshow at the bottom of it's page then all the sudden I saw a girl I recognized. "hey, that's my daughter" lol. It was from a tour a few years ago I guess, she looked so little.

Edited by Aggroman (06/03/15 12:33 PM)

#10893367 - 06/03/15 05:58 PM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
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coolphotos Thanks for sharing. cheers

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#10893387 - 06/03/15 06:09 PM Re: Back in the Yak [Re: Aggroman]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 16030
Loc: South Texas
Thanks for the photos!

I've not had my kayak out in what seems forever also. It had been bad weather every time I had the chance for close to two months either wind or rain.
Finally we've got some stable weather to enjoy. Hot and humid, but stable.
Just one more cast!


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