A couple of years ago I started seeing talk about a boat that was made in Tennessee that could do it all. I started seeing guides using these boats and the water they were fishing looked like what I fish. Shallow and rocky Midwestern rivers. I started researching them and really liked what I saw. They went on the short list of boats I’d contemplate purchasing. I finally got to see one last year at the Southern Culture on the Fly Tie-One-On-Athon. That sealed the deal. If you can fish musky one day and salt inshore the next from the same skiff, sign me up. I kept tabs on Towee all year, keeping up with their new offerings and the cool things they were doing. Last summer I bought a house. Suddenly I had a lot of room to park a boat. Having a very understanding wife, she gave me the green light this winter to put in my order on a custom Towee Calusa. I got every option I could. I got the rowing frame, forward casting deck, electrical, pro trailer with tilt and swing tongue, and a bunch of other accessories.
My order went in and the wait began. I’m only patient when I fish. Waiting for my boat, well, that damn near drove me nuts. All I could do was think about it. Night and day I thought about it. This was going to be my first nice boat and I was like a kid on Christmas. Todd Gregory, the owner of Towee, kept me in the loop during the entire process. From our long talks about what I wanted in my Calusa, to giving me time to really mull over my decisions to make sure I was actually sure, he went above and beyond for me. I had planned on going crazy with some wild color but in the end I went with white. They just look so damned good in white.
This boat is going to do everything I need and more. The amount of water that it will open up to me locally is going to be incredible. My plans are to pick up a 25hp motor for it, a trolling motor, and a power pole at some point. When I went down this weekend to pick it up I got to hang out with some of my favorite Southerners, catch a musky on a popper, and bring a new boat home. You can’t beat that at all. I can’t wait to get back there in May for the Hardly, Strictly Musky – The Southern Classic.
To find out more about Towee Boats, check out http://toweemarine.com/ and like their facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ToweeSkiffs
The new Revive is out. I have a little piece in it. It’s got me dreaming of warmer weather and longer days on the water.
You might remember a few weeks back I posted a painting Jake did of my last musky. He’s being featured on Midcurrent. Check it out
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Last Sunday night my buddy started throwing up. Then came the diarrhea. It wasn’t long after his walk at a park so I start freaking out thinking he ate something bad. He doesn’t touch other animal droppings so it couldn’t be that. He crushes sticks when we play catch so maybe he swallowed some of it. My worst fear is some evil person leaves poisoned treats on the trail. I’ve read about it happening to other people and it’s why I’m so vigilant with him and so glad that “leave it” is a well understood command for him.
Monday came. He ate a few bites of his breakfast. He does that sometimes. He’s picky and self regulates his intake really well but this was different. That night he picked at his food again. The next day I boiled chicken for him. That night it all came up. Wednesday morning the rest came up. My wife went downstairs and found him sleeping on a chair. She saw his vomit. He saw her see it. She went upstairs to get towels and carpet cleaner. In that time, he pulled his bed from in front of the fireplace and covered his vomit. Poor dude thought he was in trouble. She cleaned it up and left for work. I was going in to work late so I could take him to the vet. He threw up again. This time he took the towels that were helping the carpet dry and tried to cover his vomit again. He’s a slick one.
Get to the vet and drop him off. Xrays, blood work, more xrays, medicines, and IV fluids. I’m at work unable to work. Not having kids, my animals are my kids. It’s weird but it’s the truth. They say pancreatitis. Time to change diets.
Pick him up Wednesday night. He’s looking haggard. He tried to eat some food they gave him. In and out. Thursday comes and goes. He eats a bit. He’s not doing great. We’re getting more worried. Back to the vet Friday morning. More IV fluid, more xrays, more meds, more tests. Pancreatitis and gastroenteritis. Saturday he wouldn’t eat. A drug store worth of medicines and the pain killers make him almost catatonic. Finally he eats some small things but wouldn’t touch the food they gave him nor his normal food. I’m starting to think he’s associated those foods with being sick. Turns out he has.
This morning he was staring at me while I was eating breakfast. He doesn’t get table food but he hasn’t eaten in days. Toss him some bacon. Gone in two seconds. My wife makes him an hard boiled egg. Gone. He gets some chicken. Gone. It stays down and it stays in. Progress.
He heard me say walk. Well, let’s go for a walk buddy.
We got back and the vet called. She left a sample of food and some more meds on the door of her office. We stopped and picked that up and then went to the pet store and bought him some Blue Buffalo lamb and potato. He’s eaten two small cups so far. We’re not out of the woods yet, but it’s a start.
Checked my phone last night and saw some likes on Instagram from a name I didn’t recognize. Wolfgang Man / Beast. Weird. Intrigued I start looking through their photos. Dogs. Fly fishing. Skateboarding. Sweet designs. Hell yes, I dig this. I dig this a lot.
I hit up their website. Scanning through I see Natas Kaupas with photos by Grant Britain. Legends. Straight up idols of mine.
The Skate86 collar and leash are badass. Reminds me of the glory days of skateboarding when a bonesless was a boneless and flip tricks on rails were for video games.
The Horween collar and leash? Yep, my 2 dogs are gonna look boss as hell. And the cool part is it’s from a tannery in Chicago. The oldest continuously running one in the United States.
I seriously think the chocolate lab puppy we’re adopting soon will be rocking this as well. The collar and leash are dope as hell.
Check em out:
Website – http://wolfgangusa.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WolfgangManandBeast/
We hit 30 degrees this week. Hot damn it’s a heat wave! I woke up and had a few things to do. Tie flies, write something about smallmouth, and my wife told me to wash the sheets. The sheets weren’t dirty, they’ve only been on the bed a week. I sat down at my tying desk, pulled the vise to me, and started prepping hooks for poppers. That lasted ten minutes. The sheets were in the washer and the washer was making a hell of a racket downstairs. I hate that damned thing. I got the washer balanced again and ran back upstairs to tie some more feathers to hooks. Thud-thud-thud-thudda-thudda-thud-thudda-thud-boom-boom-boom-boom-boom. Dammit to hell. Run back down stairs to fix the washer again. The dog is looking at me from his chair. My coffee is getting cold. I’m not getting any flies tied and most definitely not getting any words put to paper. Sheets in the dryer. A quick shower. More coffee. Steve Earle coming from the speakers. The dog is looking at me like he’s bored. I resemble that.
I got a hold of a friend about a walk with the dogs. See you in twenty. Roger that. Fritz get in the car, we’re going on a walk. I turned off the dryer, walked out the door, and forgot about the sheets. I still haven’t got the flies tied or anything written but I did listen to my dog and got out of the house. I should listen to him more often.
The kick off to Tie One On at People’s begins tomorrow at 6pm!
Bring yourself, bring your better half, bring your friends!
I’ve been a fan of Jake’s art since I first found his website a few years ago. It’s raw. It’s different. I like both of those things in abundance.
Jake’s art adorns the walls of breweries, album covers (Atmosphere!), and clothing. Every piece he puts out, I stare at it and enjoy every line.
Back in October I caught a musky. Not a giant musky. It measured in at 37″. Enough of a musky to make my year. My homie Jordan took a photo of me with the musky.
About a month ago, Jake posted a photo to instagram and holy shit amazeballs was I geeked.
Not long after another picture showed up..
Today I got home and on my porch sat a box. I felt like the kid who got a Wonka’s Golden Ticket.
Jake has a ton of awesome prints available in multiple sizes for sale at http://society6.com/JakeKeeler. You should take a gander and if you got some spare coin, support an amazing artist.
20 Acre Carcass – http://20acrecarcass.com/
Jake Keeler Art Instagram – http://instagram.com/jakekeeler
Buy here – http://society6.com/JakeKeeler
Next Monday you need to be at People’s Brewing Company to tie some flies, drink some beer, and tell lies about the fish you catch.