Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fly Fishing

A local Bass Club partnered with a Baptist ministry here on Toledo Bend to do a children's fishing tournament today. I took my kids. My 12 year old son wanted to fish. My 16 year old daughter wanted to hang out with friends. I enjoyed helping the kids catch fish, but when they were mostly done I found myself standing calf deep in the lake fly fishing. A little boy waded out beside me and asked, "Why are we standing out here in the water." "Habit," I replied, "I guess." I just like it. Fly fishing feels natural. I'm not saying I would never want to fish from a boat again, but if I did I would probably want a fly rod in my hands. It is one of the most relaxing, restful things that I do. I saw an old man this week, rolling his wheelchair down the sidewalk outside the nursing / retirement center. He had a chipping wedge and a putter in his lap, and his left pant leg was empty from the knee down. I asked him where the practice green was. He told me he wanted to go to the golf course, but couldn't get there today. He wheeled down to the end of the sidewalk, locked the brakes on his wheelchair, and stared at the clubs in his lap. Everything in this world is so temporary, and yet we get so attached.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Honor Where Honor Is Due

"We ought to abhor the thought of obtaining honor by compromising our faith." - Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Political Church?

This is a lesson evangelicals ought to know from church history. Whenever the church has focused on evangelism and preaching the gospel, her influence has increased. When she has sought power by political, cultural, or military activism, she has damaged or spoiled her testimony. (John MacArthur)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Big Fish Birthday

I love catching fish, but I love helping other people catch them even more. And, since my 12 year old son asked if just he and I could go to the river together to fish for a few days for his birthday, I really wanted him to catch a big one. He did. A 19 inch rainbow is never anything to scoff at, but on the Lower Mountain Fork, it is a fine fish. And, he caught it. Sweet!

Monday, April 6, 2009

I'm Stoked - Caddis Beadhead Larva

Ok, I'm really pumped about this fly. Caddis are hatching and the fish are hitting cream colored midges on the LMF. So, I wanted to tie something other than the simple cream midges that I already have a ton of. So, here it is. I love it. I hope it catches fish.

Hook: #20 caddis

Thread: Cream

Body: Ginger hackle, stripped, just the quill

Dubbing: Sparkle blind cahill cream

Head: Glass bead

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Just Deserts

No person ever deserved more and received less than Jesus. When we contemplate the cross, we begin to understand than no one ever deserved less and received more than we who believe.