Sunday, December 01, 2019


It's been awhile since I updated this. FaceBook has really taken the place of the old Blogger world and that's OK. A year ago May my partner and I entered into a real estate venture in Taos, NM. It was an auction house. I won't go into the details but it's right up the road from Dennis Hopper's grave.

I and local help remodeled this old adobe over the summer and fall. It needed everything. New kitchen, wiring, a whole new bathroom and wall finishing and paint, window glass etc. During that time I learned I was removed from the Montana house after arguments over the house and we separated officially due to personal differences, behavioral issues like over drinking and economic decline from investments. I would have to return to some kind of work after 9 years of being retired albeit not in a the official way.

I finished the house and went to Florida to retrieve my truck and boat. I stayed the winter in Titusville where I sold the boat and the Ford Escape. The rent was too high so I retired for the income. We worked together at a distance to sell some of my stored things: Two more boats and the Triumph motorcycle. The Taos house continued to have problems in plumbing, even though new, the furnace and sewer hook up. In short it became a money pit. No profit. We finally took it off the market after a year. In the spring it will go back on in hopes of salvaging the best price possible to preserve all of that work I did and money invested.

Over the winter I suffered a retinal detachment and was operated on. I've been recovering ever since. It improves monthly. By June I had to get out of Florida. It was 100 degrees and humid. Can't take that. I managed to find a HUD subsidized apartment north of Twin Falls, Idaho and took it. It's not ideal but close to Silver Creek and the Big Wood River of our early time together in 2011-15. It's painful but familiar and economical. So here I am. I fished all summer with much success. I went back into carpentry where I worked at a milk plant trimming out a new office complex and now odd jobs on rentals in Twin Falls. Ezekiel left an arctic landscape here. The powerful winters that attracted us to Ketchum and Hailey years ago don't seem so fun now. I have my eye on Nevada long term. Lots of work and favorable conditions for retirees. Couldn't arrange housing this year. I'm on subsidized list for apartments all over from Hailey, Jackson Hole, and outside Las Vegas. We'll see.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Montana Spring

Been snowing since we got back from Florida in late March after driving from Bokeelia, Fl where we wintered. Fishing has never been worse there due to sugar pollution and subsequent red tide. Enjoyed seeing Dead and Company in Sunrise, Fl on the way north. Fantastic! Sold the Panga Marine EVO skiff and bought a 14 ft Panga made in Belize. Much more manageable and so much lighter!--The reason Panga Marine lost the skiff challenge. Johnson Motor was crap so need one of those eventually.
Guiding in Montana has proven difficult as there are too many guides in the area and now the state wants to put restrictions of the number of trips and closing sections for one day per week. This won't help business because not all sections of the river will be available depending on nothing more than the given day of the week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Madison Back Of Beyond Guide Service

I've started a guide service in Ennis, Montana. This is my fleet for hire. Clackacraft Headhunter skiff and NRS Outlaw 130. Each accommodates two anglers and the rower/guide. My license #27343.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ennis, MT

We finally sold the Hailey, Idaho house. Didn't take too bad a bath but it cost us money all the way out the door. Good riddance to a very unfriendly place at an ungodly cost. Livingston and Paradise Valley didn't pan out. Houses in town are crap and too close together, valley places are crazy high. Bought in the Madison Valley for a song compared to that and the 07 house has six acres crawling with pronghorn antelope. We're satisfied. The Western heat wave has been horrendous and tough on trout but it has finally cooled. Trout fishing the Montana rivers until October and then back to Florida for the whole winter. Here's to that!

Monday, March 02, 2015

New Year

Well, my Maverick Mirage HPX flats boat was fixed but it had other problems that came to light in early February. First, I got it to the island, after days of cold windy weather, fished for an afternoon and ran into solenoid problems. Mechanic fixed that but the problem took four days out of our two week stay. I had a slip at the harbor club on the mainland and had it there when an overnight rain storm almost sank it again. Hosed bilge pump this time, which is why it sank in the first place. Insurance companies won't replace those and they are always the cause of boats sinking. Managed to pump it out manually and now it's back in the shop for two new bilge pumps, one atop the other and each hard wired to a separate battery. Will see how that works in May when we return to the island. An unsinkable Beliezean style Panga skiff is in the offing when the time is right. Fished out of one three days in San Pedro Belize in early January. Pretty stable platform and runs in skinny water well, plus good in rough water. I'm sold. This problem and newly retired meddling neighbors from Minnesota who want communal satellite Internet in our building instead of buying their own make a future change a necessity. It will happen.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Boat Sank

A storm on Little Gasparilla Island inundated my Maverick flats boat the day before Thanksgiving. Luckily, my Progressive insurance policy covered nearly all of the $9k in damages.

Happy New Year!

Soon we'll be off to San Pedro, Belize for two weeks of sun and fun and of course, fishing. Should be a great time. Bitter cold here in Idaho.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hunting Season

Warm weather has been nice but the buck deer are way up high. Haven't seen one, nor any does, which are usually in the yard off and on. Installed a new section of the roof with class B fireproof cedar shakes. Looks really good. Getting ready to return to Little Gasparilla Island, Florida for a month. Redfish and snook here we come!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Kimmel Ticketed in Hailey

Late night host and avid fly fisherman Jimmy Kimmel was ticketed by a local Hailey Police officer in August for going 35 mph in a 25. As I pointed out in the Idaho Mountain Express editorial on police actions around the country, they should start with this inane ticket. Most get a warning but the officer knew who it was and decided to get the town $93. Yeah, that's the ticket alright, run a celebrity out of town, small town thinking at its worst.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor Day

Long summer with weeks of rain and hail. Fought weeds all summer and earned silver status trout friendly lawn from Wood River Land Trust. Fishing has been off in the Wood River due to fire runoff. Hopefully it will clear soon. Silver Creek is starting to produce big rainbows on adult Calibaetis. Finally! Off to Florida in two months for a month. Hope to move to Montana in the spring.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ranch For Sale


Back in Idaho after a week in Livingston, Montana at the How It Happens Festival, highlighted by a reading and questions and answer by Tom McGuane. High water prevented any serious fishing. I caught three local trout in the Big Wood. It will improve from here on.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Snook on the Beach

Back in Florida for awhile now. Fishing is slow due to high winds and a cold winter. Hot now and caught my first snook on the beach in the surf at off little Gasparilla point. 20 inches but no pic. It's a start.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Heat Wave

An assassin executes a U.S. presidential candidate. To witness and eccentric reporter, Sam Emory, it echoes a killing three years earlier that transformed his life. Voters elect a new, environmentalist president, a colleague of the slain candidate. But a powerful industrialist stops at nothing, including murder, to control world energy markets. And this isn’t his first murder. Emory and the president are the next in line. Heat Wave is 99 cents.
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