Thoughts from the Water

Things other than random songs that, “just pop in there,” while fishing.

Brookdog Fishing Report – 20160717-20160724

Brookdog Fishing Co. Fishing Report 20160717 – 20160724  Overall Situation Update: The Wavetops There was a glimmer of hope at the beginning of the week when the temperatures were low and there was some rain in the forecast but the end of the week and the weekend changed all that. Hot air temps continued and the rain didn’t come. Temperature readings on the upper and lower river were in the high 70’s as of this … Continue reading Brookdog Fishing Report – 20160717-20160724

A Mad Devil With a Dull Spirit – Fishing Envy

“Chances are that when someone is hating on you, it’s not about you at all. It’s about them. It’s their fear, their envy, their boredom, and their insecurity.” – unknown – but I found it on the internet and liked it Picture this – you’re on a river with a buddy banging banks with streamers and both of you are catching fish at about the same clip.  As the day progresses, you both hit the … Continue reading A Mad Devil With a Dull Spirit – Fishing Envy

Brookdog Fishing Report – 20160710-20160716

Brookdog Fishing Co. Weekly Fishing Report 20160710 – 20160716  This is the first of many semi-weekly fishing reports intended to inform the area’s anglers, as well as individuals interested in learning how to fish, of what’s happening on the water tailored to the waters and species we target.  It will also provide information about area events we plan on attending – most of which will be fishing related but there will be a few random … Continue reading Brookdog Fishing Report – 20160710-20160716

You May Surprise Yourself

“Sunrise, open my eyes, no surprise.”  The Notorious B.I.G. refers to his time in Belize in the track, “Breaking Old Habits” I’m about 1 week away from my 20 year high school reunion and it has me reflecting a little bit.  There are many strands swimming around the old duder’s head these days – what’s next, how have my peers fared over the years, am I a good father and husband, will I ever be … Continue reading You May Surprise Yourself

Restaurant Review – Boardwalk Bar and Grill

O.K., we’re not restaurant critics but we had to put something out to the masses because this place is great and we’re looking forward to seeing it do well.   For all of us who spend time fishing the Upper Niagara, especially around Beaver Island, there aren’t too many quality restaurants you can take your boat to and grab a quality meal.  Well, not anymore!  The Boardwalk Bar and Grill located at the casino at Beaver … Continue reading Restaurant Review – Boardwalk Bar and Grill

Planning for Epic Trips

Bro – how much gas do we have left? – Ryan to Nate in the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan, circa summer of 2009 when he realized planning to refuel a couple hours earlier definitely didn’t occur. Good planning is important.   I’ve also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you’re in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you’re depressed about the chances of success, someone who … Continue reading Planning for Epic Trips

Brookies and Random Brain Waves

Stay with me and read this quote all the way through – I promise you, there is a fishing tie-in later: “I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position.  My chakras were all aligned.  My mind is cleared of all clatter and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing.  It’s amazing what comes up when you sit in that silence.  “Mama keeps … Continue reading Brookies and Random Brain Waves

The Transition – Why is Change So Tough?

As I write this, my close friend Nate and I making a transition to the next chapter in our lives.  We are  launching our guide service – Brookdog Fishing Company.  Forms filed with the state of NY, tax identification number on hand, mailing address established, website built, etc. – ready to put clients on fish. This has been a goal for about a decade now but there was always something preventing us from getting things going. Finally making this … Continue reading The Transition – Why is Change So Tough?

Fishermen Immortalized

We’ve noticed a recent trend in magazines, on Facebook, in Twitter feeds, and on Instagram that we find disturbing, inconsiderate, and downright weak – hero shot haters. Our approach to determine who all these haters are hasn’t been scientific but anecdotal observations in these social media forums reveal that these guys are neither industry leaders, nor respected professionals, nor top echelon anglers – just local haters doing what haters do. We’ve been treating these guys … Continue reading Fishermen Immortalized

Worms and Minnas Work the Best

FYI – that isn’t us in the video – but this guy definitely knows how to get it done! Something like 30 years ago, give or take, I learned something profound about fishing.  It was early summer and the smallie bite was hot along the Niagara River drop off near Buckhorn Island.  Following days on end of spending at least an hour before fishing harvesting crawfish, I decided it was time to pick up some … Continue reading Worms and Minnas Work the Best

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