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Update From Osa Eden #4

It has been a great past two weeks for Katie and I here on the Osa Peninsula just outside of Puerto Jimenez.  This is photo update #4.

We’ve been out fishing with Cory Craig (again), out on our boat and surf casting from the beach and have had success with a variety of new species (the official variety-species count is up to 32). The best fish was a Conger Eel that was not only impressive looking but one of the single best fish we’ve ever eaten.  We have also completed a variety of home improvement projects, the most labor intensive being painting the interior of the Grand Room.

Cycling on our mountain bikes every other day has allowed us to explore new areas within a 20 mile radius of our home.  Most impressive are some of the beaches and rivers that line the interior perimeter of the peninsula, all the way to the back of the Gulf.  Drone boy has been observed – flying around the beaches at low tide to capture some unique photos of the surf and the incredible “aqua marine” color of the water.

We’ve met several new neighbors (from the States and several from Canada) who have been extremely helpful in providing advice as to how to avoid the pitfalls that are ever present when navigating the Culture of a foreign country (just sayin).

We are about to journey back to the States “for a dose of Winter” (Katie tomorrow and me on January 6th).  Then it’s back again for several 4-6 week intervals until the end of May.  More photos to follow at the end of next week and have a safe and happy New Year’s celebration.

T.O.

Osa Eden

Birds

Toucan Sam

Update from Costa Rica December 2018

It’s been a wonderful first two weeks for Katie and I here at our new Casa in Cananza Costa Rica.

We are settling into the house, adjusting to the tropical weather and experiencing the culture of the Osa Peninsula as our days are filled with exploring, Mt. bike cycling trips, hikes, inshore fishing and home improvement projects. Our day typically begins early (around 4:00 AM), having coffee on our outdoor patio listening to the rainforest come alive. The sequence is virtually the same every morning with the noise of the insects winding down from their evening serenade and the roosters announcing to the other creatures that the sun is about to rise over the Gulf.  This is followed by the deep grunts of the howler monkeys, the singing and fly-by activity of multiple birds and finally the colorful scarlet Macaws cruising above the tree tops and announcing their arrival with their amplified screeches.

The photography opportunities have been amazing with numerous encounters with two different species of Toucans, all 4 local monkeys, drone shots of the Gulf and close ups of our new neighbor (Mr. Giant Iguana – about 5 Ft. long).

The fishing with Cory Craig has been exceptional (as usual) and with our guests (the Bradley’s and the Larson’s from Bozeman).  We’ve managed to catch Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Snapper, Rooster fish, and a variety of Jacks.  The first day out on December 2nd was in fact the best off shore day that I’ve ever had with multiple monster Yellowfin tuna and dorado that were landed on bait, topwater poppers and flies.

I will forward a variety of photos in three separate e-mails.  The first (this one) with scenic shots, the second with the local animals and a third that features the fishing.

More to follow as the adventure is really just beginning.

T.O.

Unique Weather Pattern in Bozeman

Unique Weather Pattern in Bozeman

On rare days during the winter months in Bozeman, we get a unique weather pattern that creates dense fog in the Gallatin Valley. It usually sets up to be just below the elevation of our home and this morning “Drone Boy” went out for a spin up to 400 Ft. to capture the art on display. The 3” of fresh powder from last night makes for a great winter wonderland scene.

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More to follow as I work on the video footage.

Plan your trips,

T.O.

PS: I’ve also attached two shots from last week that feature panoramic shots from our deck of a very special sunrise and sunset. We also have a unique pattern in December that creates the intense early morning and late afternoon colors due to the low sun angle in the south, the mountains and low elevation-textured clouds. These photos were taken with my i-phone.

Conclusion to the 2017 Fall Field Campaign

Conclusion To The 2017 Fall Field Campaign

It was a very special trip for Ron Burnside, Trevor Covich and me joining Captain Marty Authement to hunt in the remote Louisiana Marshes as we closed out the Fall campaign for exceptional migratory fish. We had unseasonably warm weather (temps in the high 70’s) with light winds and no rain for all 4 days, which enabled us to sight fish for huge Redfish, Black Drum, Sea Trout and Sheep Head.

Conclusion To The 2017 Fall Field Campaign

Ron summed it up best when he commented on his first trip to fish in the bayou… Continue reading »

Conclusion of the Fall Field Campaign in New York

It was cloudy, drizzly and cold again today (a great day if you’re a duck) but it created the ideal conditions for some great fishing to close out the Fall Field Campaign in Hamlin NY.

There was a diversity of fish species and PR’s all the way around for Erick Miller, Bill Watson and me as we kept Jay Peck and Carl Coleman busy all day putting extraordinary fish into the net.  The most memorable fish of the day included a 23 pound Hen, an 18-pound buck, and a crimson colored steelhead.

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More pictures to follow as I process all the shots.

 

Enjoy,

 

T.O.

New York – Day #4 – 2017 Fall Field Campaign

Another very cold Saturday here in Rochester NY (near historic record lows for the day) as we celebrated Family day at Jim Metcalf’s Lodge on Little Sandy Creek.  Many thanks to Jim and his family for all the work and cooking they do to make for a warm barbeque gathering in spite of the temps which didn’t get above freezing all day.  See photo of ice forming on the submerged log.

There were some special fish landed (for the birthday girl) as well as a few exceptional migratory fish.  I managed to land several nice Brown Trout but the fish of the day for me was a crimson/magenta colored Rainbow.  Jay managed to hook a monster fish that we initially thought was Brownzilla’s significant other but it turned out to be a relatively fresh Chinook Salmon in the 20-pound range.  When he set the hook, the fish created a massive boil on the water’s surface with its broom-like tail.  At that moment, I looked at Jay and the expression on his face was “Holy S_ _ T.”

I ran for the net and after a significant fight, we didn’t get a look at the fish until just before it swam into the net (just about knocking Hip Boy into the river).  The canine teeth on this fish were impressive and we made sure to stay away from the business end of this late migratory beast.  For some reason, it was trying to bite me the entire time I was taking close up portraits.  The word on the river (amongst all species) must be out that I’m here so get even if you have the opportunity.

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Another day today hunting for the elusive monster brown.  The good news is that we will be above freezing all day.

T.O.

2017 Fall Field Campaign – Brownzilla!!!

From the measurement and fishing guy…   What are the chances???

Yesterday we touched on record lows here in Rochester NY as the Fall Field Campaign continued.  The temperatures never got above freezing and the winds made the chill very biting (more so than the fish) but Jay Peck and I still managed to find an area to sight fish for some aggressive spawning trout. My fish of the day was a really colorful 15 pound male and Jay also netted a very plump hen in the 12 pound range.

Unlike fishing in Yellowstone National Park where the air temps can start out in the single digits, the water in the Madison River tends to be fairly warm compared to Little Sandy Creek in NY.  In the Park, the water is in the upper 40’s and low 50’s but here the water is in the mid to high 30’s.  This means that a fly fisherman spends a considerable amount of the day “chipping” the ice accumulation out of the guides along the fly rod. On the Madison River, a fisherman just needs to dip the rod in the water to remove the ice.  In NY, that only makes the condition worse.

More importantly, we stumbled upon Brownzilla (again) and managed to get some excellent close up portraits.  As we were concluding the day, we went to Jim Metcalf’s adult playground and just as we arrived his friend John was about to net a very large Hen.  Turns out, it was the same fish that Jay had visit his net 48 hours earlier a half mile downstream! 

So what are the odds that this epic outlier would be at Jim’s and caught just as Jay and I were arriving on the scene?  A million to one?  Two Million to one?  All I know is that the sun came out just in time for me to capture some terrific close up photos.  See attached.  Now it’s official that the largest Brown trout landed in this region happened in Jim’s back yard.  Very fitting.

What a privilege it was to see up close, touch and photograph this amazing animal. On the drive back to the shop, Jay and I were trying to estimate the fishes age and life’s journey in Lake Ontario.  It’s possible that there may be larger trout migrating out of the Lake to spawn but the chances of catching them on a fly is certainly remote.

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We are still hunting for the 20 pound male and we have a good chance of finding him over the weekend before the campaign sunsets.

Enjoy and more pictures of Brownzilla to follow.

T.O

2017 Fall Field Campaign Update From New York

One word…  EXTRAORDINARY.

I frequently describe my fishing outings as having a “Top Ten Day” which in practice can only really happen 10 times – Right?

Yesterday was one of those days where Jay Peck and I put over 30 fish into his extra large salmon net.  The only thing was that the fish weren’t salmon but they might as well have been.  Quality vs. Quantity was the word for the day as we managed to land the largest Brown Trout in the following classes:

  • 4 at 12 pounds
  • 3 at 13 pounds
  • 4 at 14 pounds
  • 4 at 15 pounds
  • 2 at 16 pounds and
  • 1 at 17 pounds.

ALL MALES!

Little Sandy creek is recruiting some exceptional specimens this year and Jim Metcalf is once again providing the special access.

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Without evidence (aka pictures) most fisherman would not believe these numbers.  Well, this isn’t a fish story.  Attached are some of the shots.  It will take me considerable time to process all the photos and I will get to them over the holidays.

More to follow as we head out for another day (this one being very cold 22 degrees and windy 20 mph swirling winds).

Enjoy,

T.O.

Brownzilla has Landed!

Brownzilla the 24 Lb Beast

Brownzilla the 24 Lb Beast

It finally happened.  Brownzilla made it into Jay Peck’s net today and tipped the scale at just over 24 pounds!  A massive Hen that dwarfs the 15 pounder Male that I landed (see attached) but we now know where the big fish are staging and tomorrow, we will be on the hunt for the 20+ pound male that has been eyeing her.

Impressive 15 Pound Male

Impressive 15 Pound Male

The water was high and muddy (just the way we like it) and the weather is getting colder which means that a new wave of fish should be arriving later this week.

More photos to follow.

T.O.