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By DarrellS
#1710617
Ron and I decided it was time for a little over night Trip. We headed to the Brazos Saturday morning ready for a relaxing time. We carry entirely too much stuff. :D

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But it all fit.

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The water level was pretty low so we had to do some walking below the Falls but quickly made our way about seven miles downstream. We saw all kinds of wildlife Saturday.

Must have seen 10,000 Ducks on the way down.

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Two Hogs swimming across the River. No, we didn't chase them, they were too far away. :mrgreen:

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A little eight point buck that had swam across the river.

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We made our way down to the sandbar we planned on staying at, set up camp and got to relaxing. We built a nice fire and had our Salty Dog fixings as always.

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As the night cooled off the fire got bigger.

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Couple of pics of the sandbar we stayed on.

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Smallest YellowCat I have ever caught.

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Nothing like a breakfast cooked on a fire.

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Ended up catching a couple of nice Channel Cats and a pretty big BlueCat.

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View headed back upstream.

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The Nortwinds performed very well. We paddled seven miles upstream in about 2.5 hours against a pretty strong current at times. The boats were loaded heavy but performance was exceptional. Can't wait to do it again because we found a spot that is holding some good fish just did not have time to fish on the return trip.
By Strider
#1710636
Darrell,

Glad you guys got to get out and enjoy the winter sights and fishing. Great pics and report! I see you had the secret bait :wink: :D Great pic of the hogs swimming. They are remarkably good swimmers aren't they?

Kim
By t100
#1710646
Great report and pics! So so true. Anything cooked on a open fire just taste better. What part of the brazos did yall run? My folks live near Whitney, and I would like to make a run from the dam to 2114.
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By bowgarguide
#1710696
We always have a blast .
This was a test run for the North Winds yaks , it would be the first time we really loaded them
and saw how they handled the varied conditions on the Brazos.
Loaded and ready to start
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These boats have more cargo space ,wow , the front deck had very little in it.
Off we went ,the boats didnt even know they had a load .
We drifted fish and just enjoyed the ducks ,wildlife and a fish now and then . Weather was cool but one nice surprise the wind was light ,so it was an awesome day. Got to our location and set up camp ,built a fire put a couple rods out. It was 5 oclock some where so we broke out the salty dogs in our red solo cups :lol: .
I think my buddy is relaxed and soaking it in.
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Darrel and I had not had any lunch so it was time to start the groceries ,

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and it gets better

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and better
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full bellies , a warm fire good friend and another good drink was as good as it gets.

The river was falling so the fishing was slow ,but we caught a few. my problem was all I could catch was these.
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Dang they fight , but Darrel was the catfish man this weekend.

After a breakfast on the bar we slowly started breaking camp.
Loaded and ready to head upstream

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We were 7 miles down river and the North winds were awesome , we came up the river in just a hair over 2 hours , these are the dang est boats I have ever paddled .
This trip was a blast
Ron
I did miss the photo chance of the trip, I straddle my boat and then drop into my seat , well I am a little longer legged than Darell , I heard him holler I am stuck , :lol: I looked and he was straddle of his boat but was on a muddy bottom and couldnt get his feet loose from the bottom ,I grabbed for my camera but was laughing so hard I missed the shot.
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By DNR
#1710788
That's the way it's done.
Ron - do you ever cook up those drum? Me and the neighbor are going to try the next we catch.
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By bowgarguide
#1710799
Didnt carry a shot gun but might have to get my federal duck stamp and try them on the next trip.
I have eaten drum and the eat good. The only thing I noticed about them , fresh seems to be much better than frozen .
Ron
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By DarrellS
#1710857
I think I feel a day trip coming on this week 'cept I will be bringing the shotgun along with the fishing poles. Probably take all of three minutes to kill a limit of ducks.
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By On the Guad
#1710872
Liked the report and pictures. I guess when all of us get in the Colorado we won't have to worry about any water being low with all the gear i keep seeing. :lol:
By Troutless
#1710874
Awesome report and photo's thanks for sharing. Those river minnows were really small and it looked like it would take several to fill up the hook. But, if thats the bait of choice there are reason. I guess it match the hatch.
By PV
#1710885
Have a question regarding the launch / park at the falls. Have never paddled there before. Is this a private or public park? Are they open 7 days a week, and if so, what are the hours of operation? Thanks!
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By bowgarguide
#1710897
OTG
here is a list of what was in our boats
What we had:
2 cots
2 sleeping bags
1 8x10 tent
1 12x18 tarp
2 coolers
1lantern
1 grill
12 fishing poles
1 seine
couple of buckets
blankets
pillows
each had a personal bag
ron had 2 backpacks
2 tackle boxes
food bag
several firearms
coffe pot
propane burner
several spare propane bottles
my little aluminum camping table
each had waders and rubber boots

2 chairs
3 gallons of water
2 machetes
cokes and beer six pack each
skillet
fifth of alcohol
1/2 gallon of grape fruit juice
weather radio
2 cameras
million powered spot light
I am sure we are missing a few items but that is the biggest part.
Funny we were talking paddling up river and we couldnt think of a thing we needed , but we used everything we had
Ron
By rodloos
#1711179
Great report! I was wondering how the Brazos was doing, whether y'all got any rain recently like we got here. Did y'all have waders for the bit of walking you did, or is it that cold yet? 7 miles upstream is a pretty good paddle! I was worn out just paddling the 5.5 miles back up after that one outing we did.
By Wadefishing
#1711203
Good report! Looks like a fun trip. I really like those boats. Did each of you build your own and if so about how long does that take?
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By bowgarguide
#1711235
Wade , We each built our own boats and there is a hundred to 300 hours to build just depends on you. These are pretty complicated builds compared to some.Look on the boat building forum and there are complete build threads for both of them.
Rod the water is cold enough that waders are a necessity for me and they were worn going down and back up
:D :D You know me I am lazy, so I came up with a little deal that cuts at least 50 percent of the work out coming back up and also the North Winds are a slick smooth hull so they paddle upstream a lot better than most boats.
Ill show you next time you are down here.
Ron
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