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I’ve seen some crazy pictures before, but this is just wild. Guide Skip Mullen from Chile emailed David this photo from Brent’s trip this past January. This is NOT Photoshopped, and we don’t have Brent here to explain. WTF was invented for this photo.

Seriously, how what is going on here? Photo by: Skip Mullen

Seriously, what is going on here? Photo by: Skip Mullen

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Had a bit too much going on yesterday between dogsitting and the CCA meeting at the shop, so I had to stay local to get my carp fix. Did a bit of searching / recon in and around the Park Cities, and found a spot that is probably recognizable to anyone who grew up in that area and wet a line as a kid:

A not-so-secret location in Highland Park. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

A not-so-secret location in Highland Park. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Apologies on the cell phone picture – Brent has the good camera in Alaska. Honey Girl did make the journey with me, and was amazing – didn’t jump in that stinky water even once. Maybe even SHE was scared of it. Instead she decided to sit and laugh at my frustrations:

"Ha-ha dad. You can't catch a cold." Photo by: Bart Larmouth

"Ha-ha dad. You can't catch a cold." Photo by: Bart Larmouth

And she would be correct. The carp were there (in droves), but I couldn’t buy one. I tried every ‘go to’ fly in the box, and they ran away from every one. Well, sauntered is probably a better description. They didn’t really spook and explode as you’d expect, just kinda moved off.  David’s suggestion of a bread fly might be a good idea…. I did however catch two bass over 1lb each (“stupid trash fish” according to Joel Hays), and the biggest frustration were the little bluegill (bream) that kept stealing my fly as it fluttered down to my real quarry. Ah well – it was a good time, and hopefully I’ll get it figured out before Evan goes down there an pulls them all out.

Stupid little bastards...... Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Silly little bastards...... Photo by: Bart Larmouth

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Brick Shithouse. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Brick Shithouse. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Seriously. I found this on my drive back from Colorado last month, just outside of Childress, TX and couldn’t resist sharing it. In truth I thought my father just made up that saying, and I didn’t believe they acutally existed – I guess I better not give up on that Unicorn hunt this fall either…….I’m sure I’ll find one inside a high-fence ranch down here somewhere.

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Here’s  a little photo essay from this past Sunday when Joel Hays took yours truly and our new ‘shop guy’ Evan carp fishing up on Ray Roberts (in the 100+ degree heat!). I made a point to get some macro shots of fish scale – with some results I hope y’all will like! Evan landed his first carp on a fly, and together we landed well over 30 fish. It was a great day on a section of the lake that only fishes when the weather is juuuuuuust right. If Joel hadn’t blindfolded us, I might be able to get there again……..

Evan Russell with his first carp on the fly! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Evan Russell with his first carp on the fly! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

A view through the 'mangroves' on Ray Roberts. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Evan and Joel through the 'mangroves' on Ray Roberts. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Oh No! EVAN! Look out!!!! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Oh No! EVAN! Look out!!!! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Evan hooked up. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Evan hooked up. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Dark Scales. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Dark Scales. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Several of the fish had a handful of coppery-pink scales mixed in. Very cool. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

Several of the fish had a handful of coppery-pink scales mixed in. Very cool. Photo by: Bart Larmouth

A 'gimpy' fish I caught that had most likely tangled with an Osprey in his youth. His tail formed an 'S' when he swam. Strange but true! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

A 'gimpy' fish I caught that had most likely tangled with an Osprey in his youth. His tail formed an 'S' when he swam. Strange but true! Photo by: Bart Larmouth

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