Friday, September 5, 2014

Progress on the 79' Shawnee


First of all, I do not know what I am doing when it comes to rehabbing a boat.  Anyway, This boat started out like this:


I painted everything with various qualities of paints and varying degrees of skill.


The bottom of the boat was pretty scarred up so I decided to paint it too. 



I filled in all the scrapes with MarineTex- worked pretty well.


I painted the hull with Rustoleum Topside paint.  In hindsight, this was a poor choice.  Obviously this paint is not for under the waterline, but it was cheap... and I am cheap so there ya go.  Looked pretty good at first.


Painted The stripe back on... with spray paint.  The only paper I had was an old text book.


The motor looked like one that might have been used in the movie Waterworld- which was an awesome movie.

So I Sanded and painted it.


The motor came out pretty good- obviously the decals were sacrificed.  I might get new ones- might not.  I used Dupli-color automotive spray paint with automotive primer.  Also sprayed a clear coat on the cowl and did a little wet sanding to shine it up. 


I painted the inside and the rails with- you guessed it- spray paint.  Looks surprisingly good.  I also picked up a Minn-Kota trolling motor and a battery.  Oh and I converted the livewell into dry storage- that is where the battery stays.


I also rattle canned the trailer.  Went through about 4 cans of that green.

Here she is on her maiden voyage on the Arkansas River:


Sorry for the crap picture- it was pretty dark.  So far I like the boat.  The motor runs really well and the boat is fairly fast.  The only issue is that with just my tiny wife in the front it wont get on plane.  Seems a bit back heavy... or maybe I need to lose some weight.  Oh well.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hello Mr. Bass- Congo Hair Bluegill Fly


Congo Hair, size 2 stinger hook, MFC eyes and  Solarez UV resin.

These straight catch bass- with a floating line they usually stay right under the surface and have great action.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finally a Boat Owner

So I've been scouring Craigslist and the Sunday classifieds for a river sled.  I was in the market for a very used, very cheap, fixer-upper type of water craft.  Well, I found it.  


Boom- A 1979 Shawnee.  15 feet 11 inches of pure trout fishing excellence.  Sure the paint is peeling and the fiberglass is showing through in spots... and of course the prop on the 1988 Yamaha looks like it took anti-aircraft fire... but hey- it floats (I think).  

I've got plans for this old girl.  So far everything is in working order- more or less.  The trailer pulls, bearing look ok, the motor fires up and shift gears and the hull appears to be in decent shape.
Plans include filling in the gouges and nicks, repainting everything including the trailer, new prop, and a trolling motor or oars (can't decide).  I also want to plug up the drain holes in the live well so I can use it for dry storage- I rarely keep fish anyway.  By the way I have no idea what I am doing- this is my first boat and I am an idiot.   


I am fairly sure the motor and probably the boat were rentals at some point.  None of the numbers on the motor match and it has a "6" on the bottom and a "3" on the cowl.  The motor is a 9.9 Yamaha with a 15 carb (or so the guy said).  The skeg is almost ground completely smooth- which may be a problem.  I changed out the lower unit oil and it looked ok as far as I know.  Overall I am pretty pumped.  Updates to be issued as events warrant.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Best/Worst Fishing Buddy


I present to you Wiley B. Barkington- the best and worst fishing companion a man could ask for.  He does hilarious things- but also refuses to stop trying to retrieve my indicator.  He also likes to spot and chase fish.  He pretty much reduces your chance to catch a fish by about 50%.  He also likes to roll in the dirt right before you try to get him back in the truck.  He may be a terrible fishing dog- but dang it, he sure is fun. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: Umpqua UPG Fly Boxes


I have been a huge fan of C&F fly boxes for years.  They were the best fly box on the market in my opinion and I have about 6 of them.  C&F boxes are also very pricey and mine were beginning to wear out.  As I looked for a few new boxes, I couldn't help but notice the new Umpqua offerings.  I picked up a large box and a midge box and made the switch with my general tailwater box and my carp flies.  Bottom line: I am going to be buying more UPG boxes.



On the left is the Umpqua large box that I use for my carp flies, middle is my old C&F tailwater box and the right is my new tailwater box- the UPG Midge.  As you can see, the UPG Midge box is much smaller than the C&F box.  It holds fewer flies but is a much more compact package.  Honestly, I have always carried around too many flies and it just makes choosing one to fish with that much harder.  I have been trying to pare down my fly boxes and this Midge box is perfect for that.  The old C&F held about 940 flies and I had it filled up.  There is no way a guy needs or has use for 940 flies.  These are mostly midges, caddis, scuds and junk flies.





Here is the old C&F box before I gutted it.  I had recently moved some dries into this box because I used to have a dedicated dry-fly box, which is not necessary in my neck of the woods.  So I was carrying this box and a small streamer box whenever I hit the local tailwaters.  



Here is the Midge next to the large C&F.  Quite a bit smaller and slimmer.  I immediately liked two things about the UPG box: 1.  The clear lid lets you see the fly you want before you even open the box.  2. The flush clasps are easier to open than the C&F and don't catch on pockets.



I love the layout of the slits in the foam on the UPG.  The foam seems similar to what C&F uses and holds flies very well.  I did the midge, caddis, scuds and junk flies first.  I guarantee this is a generous supply of flies for a day or five at a tailwater (unless you lose flies as fast as some of my buddies).  I still carry a small streamer box.   


The third obvious feature of the Midge box is the pair of magnetic trays for holding tiny midges.  I was skeptical of these at first but this is a very handy feature.  I put a good quantity of midges in there and shook the crap out of the box.  Not one midge fell out (which is good because I would never have found them in the carpet).  This is a better system for tiny midges because they are annoying to get in and out of foam slits and often won't even stay in the slit.

I added a good quantity of summer/spring dry flies to the large slit foam on this side.  I carry all my large dry-flies in a boat box becasue I only use them when fishing out of a boat.  The UPG Midge is a perfect tailwater box for the water I fish.  If you carry very many large dries there are other UPG boxes that would work better.    


This is my carp box.  This is a large UPG box and it holds way more carp flies than I will ever need.  It would also make a great box for smaller streamers, small bass flies or large nymphs.  This box would probably be a great general box for you Western trout guys with your awesome dry fly fishing.  Did I mention these boxes are seriously water resistant?  My old C&F boxes used to be water tight- but the seals have worn and now they are as leaky as an old pair of Hodgemans.  My new UPG boxes are definitely water tight and they have a "Zerust" patch that is supposed to deter rust.  I have not tested this feature but it sounds legit.  

Basically, these are top-of the line boxes that come in a plethora of useful options and layouts.  I looked on Umpqua's site and they seem to have updated the UPG boxes with all sorts of well thought out designs.  I would not hesitate to recommend the UPG line of flyboxes to anyone for any sort of fly fishing.  Sorry C&F... 




Friday, April 25, 2014

Pond Hopping.


Boom- Spring has sprung.  The bass are restless (and tiny) in my local golf course pond.  I just acquired a brand new 8 weight that I think I will review shortly- and I had to break it in.  These little dudes didn't put too much bend in my 8, but heck- it's the blow up that I love with bass anyway and these little guys sometimes hit harder than a large bass.  


Look at the gut on that warmouth- pretty sure he ain't missing any meals.


This one is about as big as they get in this particular pond.  You have got to love when you see that v-wake storming your popper right before the water explodes.  They really liked this fire-tiger popper.  They also seemed to like the popper drug slowly instead of aggressively popped. Guess its time to start tying up some new poppers and clousers.  I love Spring.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Norfork Tailwater Report- 4/2/2014

Had a "business trip" planned to Mountain home yesterday so I threw a few rods in the truck just in case.  Turned out the water was set to be down at around 10 am.  So after my business thing, I prepared for some fishing by eating this:


At around 10, I pulled up to the water just beginning to fall out.  There was not much fishing to be done until the water dropped most of the way.


The fishing was pretty slow at first.  I picked up a fish or two on soft hackles, midges and scuds while the water dropped.  Once the water was all the way down the caddis came out in a big way.  I found a little pod of rainbows and had a blast tossing EHCs to hungry little mouths.  Probably landed 7 chunky bows on dries.  My fun was cut short when the water began to rise after only about 2 hours of fishing.  Oh well.

Long story short- caddis are starting to pop and there are hungry fish to be caught.  The White was running 3-4 generators the whole time and I heard fishing was slow.