I've been wanting to do this trip for several years now.
We staged at Possum Kingdom State Park Sunday for a Monday morning launch.
We both were paddleing different boats than usual. He lent me his Redfish 14, I really liked it. Sits high in the water for a boat its size, and expecting to be dragging through some shallows I only had to get out once or twice.
Hirschhunter had a Native 14.5, you have probably seen his post about "Lemonade Out of Lemons".
I'll have to give CityByTheSeaCitizen a big thanks for the fishing tips. Unfortunately the wind was pretty strong, blowing us up river at about 4 mph and being spring break the river was full of canoes splashing around in the best fishing areas at the beginning. Oh well, it's a 4 day trip and plenty of time to fish.
The great scenery starts right at launch.
We planned on about 7 miles a day. With camp sites plentiful on this stretch of river, we found perfect camp spots the whole trip.
We went light for this trip, freeze dried food and MREs. I just took my water filter pump so I didn't need to carry water. The water is salty and has a high mineral content so I added powdered lemondade flavor to mine.
I did some bank fishing and caught my first official Brazos River fish. Wasn't big, but a fish just the same.
Dinner time came and we broke out the freeze dried. I brought some camping toys with me.
Volcano stove to heat my water. A few twigs and your in business.
After sitting around the fire for a while we felt a few rain drops and it was about bed time anyway so we hit the sack.
The drops turned to rain and rained for the next 12 hours. Finally around 10am it quit and we came out and delt with the wet mess. Paul has a story to tell about that.
Still nothing can ruin the beauty of the Brazos.
Towards the end of the days paddleing we came across an interesting group of rocks.
I belive these are the ones mentioned in John Graves book.
There was also a perfect camp spot right across the river and we made that home for the night. Actually, I could spend a week in just this one spot it was so nice.
We woke up on day 3 to sunshine, fog and frost.
Then beautiful blue skies for the first time of the trip.
We came through a riffle with a nice deeper hole at the end with a large eddy. We kicked back in the eddy and took a few cast.
Got a bite!
Spotted bass ???
All sitting in the same hole. I know Paul got a few also.
We made our way down to the 20 mile mark at Rochell's first take out and asked the guy there about the next 10 miles. He said there were some camp spots and that the fishing was good. Paul picked up on the guys hesitation about camp spots that I didn't and I was ready to go catch some more fish. It was getting late in the day already, so we planned to fish a little and go down a few miles and camp. As soon as we got down river a little ways we saw No Trespassing signs everywhere on both sides of the river. The sun is going down as we get about 6 miles down from Rochell's. We finally find a place to camp after a 13 mile long day on the water.
We quickly throw up camp and build a fire and eat as the sun gos down.
It was a long day, but actually my favorite. We caught some fish, saw lots of river and after dinner we relaxed with a nice fire and a sky full of stars.
It was cold that night and we awoke to frost on the tents, but the sun came out and warmed both the air and our spirits.
As soon as we launched I started casting at cover and quickly got a good hit on my Beatle Spin.
Good river bass-
As we went down we found some more but not as big.
We arrived at the 30 mile mark around 2pm.
I was looking foward to an adventure and the Brazos did not disappoint.
Had the time of my life.
I always enjoy Pauls company on these trips and certainly did again.
Thanks for doing it Paul.