May 21, 2018

Wanderlust - Anywhere But Jacksonville

Back to the work week...

Got that wanderlust feeling again. Guess that's usually what happens when you get back from one little getaway, you're already looking forward to the next one! Plus, it's pretty much been raining in the greater Jacksonville area non-stop for the last week. The grass sure looks green, but cabin fever is pretty fierce!

Luckily, I do have two "escapes" planned for the summer. They might even involve a little fishing, we'll see...

Middle of June the whole extended family (on my wife's side) is descending on the Outer Banks. There is going to be like two beach houses full of "in-laws" from all up and down the east coast. I've never been there, so I don't know what to expect. But from the number of "OBX" oval stickers stuck to the back window of people's SUVs, I'd guess a pretty tourist-heavy beach area, at least if you venture into whatever towns they have there. No big deal, I'm more or less just along for the ride on this one. I don't even remember the town we're staying at...

It's cool though, I figure I'll bring the fly rod, get up early each day to do some fishing... or at least flailing in the surf on the beach... and then sleep it off in the afternoon. I really don't know what's swimming in the waters there. There are some pretty good anglers in our family, but I don't think any of them fly least not what I've heard... they're more the go out in the ocean in big boat types. They crush it though. I don't talk about tenkara around them... :)

Guess I have a month to figure it out. Probably can't go wrong with my 6 or 8 weight and some Clouser minnows, they'll catch anything...

The end of July is really what I'm looking forward to. K.C., Lilly, & I am headed to Alaska on a cruise (via Seattle)! To say I'm excited is an understatement, and not only to get out of the hot Florida summer. The itinerary looks pretty solid and I'm sure I'll wear out my camera taking pictures. I really want to go on this train through the Yukon. Like this is a thing... are you kidding me?

Now fishing isn't necessarily on the agenda yet, but the cruise ship does offer some guided fly fishing excursions where you hop on a float plane for the day, fish for salmon and whatnot, and then head back to the ship. I need to look more into that. K.C. booked the vacation, so I'm really not certain of all the details or the specific port of call.

Anyway, until then, daydreaming from my cube at work...

Any cool summer plans this year, fishing or otherwise? Heck, if you have any intel on OBX or AK, I'd take that too. If so, hit me up in the comments, would love to hear what you're up to!


Fishing Fitness Footnotes:
  • Date: 5/21/2018
  • Current weight: 213.5 lbs
  • Current waist size: 38
  • Today: DDP Yoga, Walk after dinner (weather pending)
  • Yesterday: DDP Yoga, Bicycle in light rain, a lot of great suggestions from friends


  1. OBX. 8wt, if for nothing else but the wind. Pink and white clousers, size 2-4, for reds, specs, and the occasional flounder. Have fun!

    1. Excellent. My Echo 8-wt will come with then, done deal!

  2. My cousin in New Orleans fishes (Big) Redfish on a regular basis. I asked her what they used for bait. I know you're a fly-guy only, but it doesn't hurt to have a plan B. I'll let you know via email what she says. The train trip through the Yukon is one we are thinking about for our 25th. Don't know if I can put out 10k a person though.

    1. Got your email, thanks for sending that Mark! Wow, that trip you're talking about sounds amazing (better be for that price). Where does it start/end, do you happen to know? Definitely a "once in a lifetime" sort of thing. The one we're looking at through the cruise ship is like a half a day for $199, I'm pretty sure it's a done deal.

  3. Agree with the above comment. Toss a clouser in the surf anywhere and you stand a great chance of hooking something. I really enjoy casting in the surf and catching whatever is there. There's no guessing. They're either there and slamming a fly or they aren't.

    I'm eyeing that end of July Alaska trip and grabbing you by your coat lapels screaming "GET ON A FLOAT PLANE AND FISH THE SALMON RUN!"

    1. I'm really tempted on the Alaska/Salmon thing. The fact that I'm on a cruise with my family really limits the time in each place. The fly fishing excursion set up by the cruise ship is out of Juneau. I'm not certain where they fly you to, but it's like 6 hours, pretty much our whole time in port. I'd hate to miss out on something else with my wife & kid - like the Mendenhall glacier or whatever you go "sight see" while you're there... We'll see. As you can tell by my better state of being informed, we started digging into this stuff a little more last night!

    2. That's entirely understandable. It's an incredible experience if you decide to go especially since you're there at the perfect time. Salmon will be think in the rivers.

      I'm still working to try and figure out a way to get back.

  4. Mike, I know the feeling well. Time always seems to slow to a crawl for sure.

  5. Michael
    Sounds like you have some relatives who only want to catch just big fish----I'm happy landing trout you caught recently using your Tenkara any day verses landing a huge ocean species. Hope you get to wet a fly along the way. Thanks for sharing