Friday, November 23, 2018

Surfing in Houston - PAR AVION performs Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018


To all our friends and family in Texas, please join Rebecca, guest drummer Gabe Alanis and myself for two sets of twang this Sunday, Nov. 25, 6 pm at the Lei Low Rum and Tiki Bar in Houston Texas. The party starts earlier if you wish to get better parking and get your tropical libation on! Sippin' Santa is a Holiday Pop Up created by Tiki Legend Jeff "Beachbum" Berry where he will be debuting the Bum's Sippin' Santa menu. Doors 2pm.
Mele Kalikimaka!

The Lei Low's address is: 6412 N.Main, Houston, TX 77009 / 713.380.2968

-- Other News --
Stay tuned for details about our participation in December 9th's benefit concert for Paul Johnson. This takes place in So Cal and includes a slew of other great bands. We also will soon be making. formal announcement about our new album which was recently released on 1Rev/BMG Production Music. All of this is topped-off with some fresh recordings to begin in early December. We hope to make 2019 exciting with creativity that takes us more and more into new musical territory.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Are Streamers Fly Fishing?

To me and many anglers I know - This has always been a very loaded question. For me, there's a certain humor to it because even within the realm of streamer fishing, the techniques and the streamers (oh wait, I meant "flies") vary immensely. I just had a lot of fun watching a video demonstrating how the floating-headed "Miyawaki Beach Popper" is used to coax sea-run cutthroats. This is a massively different approach to plumbing the depths of a pool with a cone-headed bugger on a sunk-tip line or fast-stripping a Lefty's Deceiver through a school of feeding fish. Add to that the fun of stripping a small, "OG" Mickey Finn on a high mountain lake... and so on and so forth. A very cool blog called Troutbitten covers one great nuance after another in the world of angling and they recently posted an entry about streamer technique that I feel is a great read for those who have no qualms about cutting back their leaders, putting their #18 Adams back in the box and throwing some meat to entice larger fish. Link HERE. Well, I'd like to add my entry to this conversation. In a nutshell, we're talking drifting a streamer deep with occasional twitches and a solid split shot. By the time my un-weighter squirrel-winged streamer (tied by the Buhler Bros.) hit about 10 feet, I got the take. Yep, I was basically highsticking. Was it fly fishing? I myself am torn. I LOVE dry fly angling and targeting a rising trout. Everything outside of that, to me, is a variation... buuuut, well, I like catching (and releasing) fish. I can also add with great confidence that this fish had zero desire to rise to a dry!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018

The California Fly Fishing Open on The Mighty Kern 2018

This weekend (Sept. 21-22) marks yet another great event as hosted by the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers. This is a fun-as-hell contest BUT more importantly a fun-as-hell gathering of folks who are proud of the Sierra Nevada, it's amazing waters and love having a good time. There always seems to be a wealth of great talent, raffle items and characters to make this a proper California  fly fishing event. Top it off, as tradition dictates, Guy Jeans' Stoneflys and So Cal's surf-influenced trio PAR AVION will be performing the after event (Saturday the 22nd at the Rivernook Campground). Both bands have new material and simply get better and better! Register for this event here: LINK - It's not too late!


Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Black Diamond Trout Society 2017

If you ever have gotten ticks to catch a trout
If you ever went off trail
If you ever watched a friend have a melt-down because there's no cellular service
If you ever had to call in sick to work the day after due to exhaustion
Welcome to the black diamond trout society!

After much touring and a delightfully musical spring and summer, I participated in a long overdue run to the southern Sierra with some esteemed friends (Noah Snyder, Justin Andres and my rock-n-roll wife Rebecca) had us sweat some, use our trekking poles and smell a little bit funky ... and, alas, catch a few fish.

Go get 'em!