KT Diaries

KT Diaries Heads to The Everglades

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Prepping and packing for my trip of a lifetime. 4 days in the Everglades with Flip Pallott. Flip has been my mentor for 25 years and now I actually get the opportunity to fish with him in his home waters. We are hoping to get 2 episodes. Looks like the weather will cooperate for at least 2 of our fishing days and it sounds like there are a few big tarpon around. Right now my anxiety level is through the roof. I'll keep you posted.

Houston Fishing Show

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Attended the Houston Fishing Show and worked the Port O'Connor Chamber of Commerce. Plenty of traffic. Met some great folks. One of the new ideas or products people are talking about is the Alabama Rig. It started with bass fishing and I am sure it will have many saltwater applications. Especially for redfish and trout. It is an array of 5 swim baits on wire leaders similar to a teaser rig for billfish, but all the baits have hooks. A little much for me. It has been banned from B.A.S.S. tournaments. Has anyone out there used it? Any opinions?

The Road to Hell, Devil's River

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I watched The Devil's River episode last night. Who let me out of the house in that shirt I am wearing. I looked more like a rodeo clown than a serious fly fisherman. The show was shot 6 years ago. The toughest shoot that we have ever done. The first day was great weather, but due to the difficulty of getting a film crew into the location we were only able to fish a couple of hours. That night the temperature dropped into the 30's and it really shut the fish down. Had we not been filming I would just kick back and just enjoy the spectacular scenery. I wish we could have showed you a few more fish, but what you see is the reality of fishing.We return to the Devil's River in season 3 and things are a little different. Stick with us and you will see.

Louisiana Reds Pre- Katrina

We filmed this weeks episode in Venice, Louisiana in May. Katrina then hit in August or September that same year. Watch and you will hear Burwick Duvall totally predict Katrina and the aftermath. Next weeks episode we visit the same area after Katrina. It did not even look like the same place. The fishing was actually better after the storm. We went back last year to film after the oil-spill. Fishing was great and we saw no signs of oil damage. The marsh seems to be as resilient as the people.

Pre-drought Texas / The Good Old Days

This weeks episode really makes the effects of the current drought hit home for me. Every pond and stock tank on The Miller Ranch is now completely dry. The cover is completely depleted and the landowner says that he is seeing no quail. The entire state is being effected. We seem to be in a fairly consistent rain pattern for the last couple of months.I just hope it continues. I am curious to see if the quail numbers will ever recover to pre-drought conditions.

A Big Change.

Big news for the hunting club here in Nebraska. We will be moving to a new location for next season. A big improvement. Much closer to our hunting grounds and twice as nice. The new place is on a beautiful creek bottom surrounded by old cottonwood trees. Deer and turkeys actually come to feed in the front yard. Moving will not be fun although it will definitely be worth it for next season.

I leave tomorrow for The Shot Show in Las Vegas for 4 days. Looking forward to meeting new sponsors and all the guys and girls from Pursuit Channel. We’ll keep you posted on what happens in Vegas. What happens in Vegas does not have to stay in Vegas.

An Amazing Season!

Winding up one of the best pheasant and quail seasons I have ever experienced in Nebraska. I hosted a group of 6 hunters over the weekend. Every hunter limited on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of birds taken in front of pointed dogs. These birds have been hunted for 2 1/2 months and the dogs are still able to point a few. Pointing late season wild pheasants is considered impossible by some hunters. It just takes experienced dogs. Rio is 7 years old now and is definitely in his prime. The birds don’t have a chance.

All in a day's hunt
All in a day's hunt

We saw over 500 pheasants on Friday. Over a hundred in one flush. Next week I will put the gun up and grab a camera so I can show you. Quail numbers are up also although we have quit hunting them so we leave good seed for next season. The weather has been incredibly mild. 72 degrees a week ago. 67 degrees yesterday. Just 2 weeks before it’s all over.

Question for discussion : What shotgun load should be used for hunting late season pheasant? If there is a chance for pheasants and quail on the same walk what load would be best?