Thursday, October 2, 2008
It isn't very often that one will admit that your "kid" whooped you on fishing, but this was the case for me. I had threatened several times this summer to just head up to Crooked Creek from the dock and wear some bass out. That was my attempt...I soon learned!
Gavin and I jetted out of the dock headed up to Crooked against the 8 generators. We took boat #10, it seems to be the fastest (at least that is what Dave from Memphis says!) We timed our trip being 37 minutes which I thought was pretty quick. Maybe ol' Dave was right? We were both armed with Zoom lizards and Yum crawdads. Our first goal was to motor up as far as we could go (my mind is still thinking of kayak'n that section) We ended up going approx 3 1/2 miles with the clarity being the worst the closer we drifted to the confluence on the White River.
Far enough, lets fish. The bite did seem to be a little slow and the bottom of the creek was moving fast so I anchored off a ledge. I missed one, then another, then another. I started thinking my L.O.F.T. was off (that is Lack Of Frigging Talent). Well I'm sure it was!
Gavin proved it by landing this nice creek smallie about 2 1/2 pounds. Good one boy, now its my turn. I tell you my turn never came and he caught a couple more and all I hooked was a gar. That 10 second catch would have to suffice me. Fine, lets head out to the White and drift home for trout. Well he wore me out on the trout and also fished a way that I never thought would catch fish.
We ended up with one limit of the gov't fish to feed these starving girls. Miles wasn't home that day and I even had to clean them! I was huntin' a hole to hide in and I made sure that he cleaned the boat out. I had to redeem myself somehow!?
Thank the Lord there can be another time for me to "whoop" him. Can't let the lil' guy get to boisterous!
Until next post,
"Bass-shamed" Mountain Momma
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Well yes, we did a dam float. That is...we floated from the Bull Shoals dam back to Riley's Station. Oh, it wasn't that long OR scary. Matter of DAM fact, it was great!
This trip was to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. The plan was to have another day long float with a wonderful camp trip involved.
Itenerary...float 32 miles from Bull Shoals launch area to Buffalo City and paddle ourselves into Buffalo River for one night camp. Did we succeed??? That is the whole senario of a bear poopin in the woods thing. Of course we did!
Launching at 9 a.m. carrying our 1 nights gear inside our X factor kayaks we started our float by forgetting batteries. Where else to stop but Gastons? We paddled right up to the dock to be welcomed by dock hand Bubba while Miles and I strolled the tourist shopping area. We did find some trinkets for Amy and the needed camera batteries.
Recording docks, homes and boat landings. It very quickly made us thankful for our area while appreciating others blessings. Isn't that they way it should be?
We arrived in BC by 5 p.m to paddle upstream to our campspot. Yes...nobody there. Always a happy campers desire! Good food to be started and then a suprise visit from another married couple. Little did they know we would be escaping at the same time. Oh well, call it chance, but it was a good visit. River rats are good folks, no matter what!
Let us help you with your anniversary ESCAPE! I can pull a few more ideas out of my hat just for you!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Great weather and moderate river levels have kept the "floatin" bug in me. After a visit with my mom for a week and a family float from Rim Shoals to here I really wanted to float Buffalo again. Call me crazy, but I wanted to do this with my teenage daughter!!
We ended up loading equipment on the 22nd for our voyage the next morning. My crew would consist of 3 teen girls and Amy (friend, office/domestic goddess, partner in crime). Two of the girls had never placed their buns in a kayak before, much less did they know how to paddle/camp. Challenges were abound, but I was determined to overcome. Mountain Momma pride was outpouring!
We were close to loaded that morning and set off for WALMART in Flippin before launching. You know.....teenager necessities, food and lots of it. Rigged with 3 small coolers and 1 "fridge" cooler we were ready. After it quit raining!!
Finally loaded (while Mr. Russel wondered where it would all go) we launched by noon, we were off. Paddle instructions first, obedience training second and LOTS of FUN the rest of the way. Clabber Creek shoals were fun and the girls loved it. Our first challenge conquered. I then knew we would make it? I was loaded heavy as the commissary and paddled our tandem kayak while the teen girls had the mini-x's and Amy paddled the x-factor. Amy carried all the other supplies and while each girl had one bag plus their personal bags.
After about 3 miles we were well into our trip. Going thru a quick, shallow run Cate (who had the bedding bag) got hung on a submerged limb and off went the bedding. Nice one Cate! After a quick save and re-adjust we were back on. We ended up paddling 6 miles total and set camp on a gravel bar just above Horseshoe Bend. First agenda was to dry the bedding. These girls had never really "river" camped so it was up to Emory and I to get them going. They all set up tent and bed pads and I worked on the "changing room". My bed sheet was sacrificed as the screen for the potty area and I ended up in flames because I slept in the sleeping bag. That won't happen again!
Everyone survived 1st nights camp and I arose to make fruit strudels for breakfast. Started the day out right....sweets & grease! Re-adjusted the bedding bag so the tump factor wouldn't cause any damage. Everyone remembered where things went in the kayaks and we left Horseshoe Bend without a trace! The previous days rain gave us an advantage for river riding. We paddled hard all day and our goal was to see Elephant Head.We stopped to have our lunch at 1 p.m. and everyone wanted to wash their hair since we weren't in the colored water anymore. I could not convince the girls that moss was good for your hair. Oh well. We did enjoy many bluffs, shoals and deer the rest of our day.
Final arrival and many times Pocahontas spoke from me......."just around the river bend" to finally get those girls to our desired camp spot of Elephant Head (12.2 miles later). Arriving we encountered a human and it was of the "DAD" species. Emily's dad, Brian was checking on her accomplishments (and my ability...whatever!) We played it off like he wasn't there. We made it this far....right? Hey Dad, Bye Dad!
Camp setup was a cinch. Dressing room/potty area was a slight challenge, but thanks to the "navy" in my marriage I rigged up something half-rear for that area. Great supper with all done & put away by dark with an eagle flying over at sunset. The adult and semi-adult conversation was marvelous. Let alone the "river" margarita that Amy had rigged up for us.
Great times.....until.......THE COON! I warned the girls of camping in a "populated" area. Who listens to the guide anyhow? Well Mrs. Spotlight here had one in sight early on. Amy was the one to convince and it took several encounters. The last thing I heard was "let me know when you are gonna shoot"..........BOOM. He had to go. I wasn't going to spend my last night on the river babysittin vermin. Luckily, none of the girls got a pic of me keepin a tail for Amy's keepsake. Memories, Memories! What happens with a Riley.....stays with a Riley! hehe.
All in all, it was a great girl campin trip. I can't wait to take them again, even if the competitions kid goes along. Maybe the WB maw can go alongside next trip?
BTW...emory made it out alive along with the customer kid. Amy is still recovering from "CKC syndrome"(coon killin @ camp). I've researched slightly and the only cure is to revisit the experience.....Let me know if Riley's can help you with this syndrome!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Not the fattest fish ever, but I think he was right at 20 inches. Caught him on an olive wooly bugger fished on a sink tip. Interesting thing was i had just caught a nice smallmouth on the same woolly just about 30 minutes earlier upriver on the Buffalo. Didn't even need to change flies! Caught a few more rainbows there also.
Can you send the pics that Miles took on our trip Thursday & Friday morning? I know David caught some really nice bass. We'll send you the rest of our smallmouth pics too.
Thanks again for a great weekend, and we'll see you soon!
-Bruce Miller & David Chipman
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The summer rush of visitors is upon us again. We are so thankful for our faithful customers and returning visitors. Bless you for your loyalty and excitement of Buffalo City, Arkansas!! It is a great place to return to......I can TESTIFY.
Our region of Arkansas is wonderful. I just love the whole DAM area. There is so much to see, fish, hike and ponder that I would love to keep it just to us. Oh well, I reckon we'll let ya come. :) How bout come see........the spectacular wildflowers, deer fawns, and those little yellow birds who eat all of the thistle!!! Their all great!!! Every spring evening is one of thankfulness! It is Beautiful!! High OR Low water, I love it all!!
Big fish on both rivers being caught in the last several weeks and the numbers are GREAT! We still have room available for summer dates. Keep us in mind for any upcoming outings or retreats. If any of you know the Riley's, we are willing to help plan ANY trip in the Ozarks! Give a call or email for your ESCAPE TO THE OZARKS!
blessings until next post,
Monday, May 5, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
After learning that we can still catch a trout we changed rigs and scooted up Buffalo. Trees are blooming everywhere and the Turkey hens were out eatin the forest floor. Even after a massive flood it is still beautiful! Miles put on a carolina rig with watermelon lizard and we started drifting & dragging bottom. He lost 2 bass and ended up with a rock bass to the boat. While I did fish for little bit, I was more interested in birds. I'm just giving "Mr. Tom" a couple more days to enjoy life on the river before letting him meet my oven.
We are more than ready to see all of you again and help everyone get out and start catching fish & making memories! Thank you all again for the continued prayers and please pray for those who did receive more damage on the last round. Even burdens are blessings and we are thankful!
until next post,
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Well we survived another bout with rain and were REALLY blessed to not receive the amount of rain they were forecasting. Guess those "Non rain dances" worked. I'm thinkin it was more of the prayers!! We are well on our way out of "retirement" and back to river life.
Youth hunt opened Saturday and after sleeping in, Gavin and I took off for the afternoon. Sunshine, cool breezes and a shotgun! What else could a girl want. Ok, I just got to carry the gun. Gavin got to hold it the whole time while I did the work. Had a few afternoon gobbles and then we were visited by 3 young hens checkin us out. After finding some birds we went for a river "turkey calling" float. That's where you cruise up the river, shut off the motor and call from the boat. It is fun and along those bluffs it sounds more like "Turkeyzilla". Well the afternoon ended with us target practicing on some river vermin and Mountain Momma getting a good lesson on setting the shotgun properly on the shoulder behind a "hot" turkey load. No heavy lifting for a least 2 more days. Guess it is just light beer! boo-hoo
We did get out at daylight this morning and climbed to the top of "Turkey Mountain". It was a magnificent sunrise with heavy fog on the rivers. Almost too heavy. It really hindered visibility and kept the birds tight-beaked. After taking a rest from walking and light calling, we realized the gobbler was at the bottom of the "other" hill, we then decided to sit on a rock and enjoy the view. Meanwhile, a sneaky jake and hen crept up the hill and we did not see them until TOO LATE~ Lesson learned was to look close, not far away! With the prescribed burn last year, there is a lot of new scrub brush about 3 ft high up there and those birds walked right in on us without a PUTT, PUTT, PUTT.
Regular season opens this coming weekend so hopefully we can get back out there. All the calls are ready and shotguns are cleaned. Good water to get up river for chasin birds.
until next post
Turkey Trottin "Mountain Momma"
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The Bunk Lodge and Loft will be restored by next weekend. Thank you again! There is no way we could have gotten restored this fast without your help.
You know the interesting point for me, in this whole event, is the amount of peace we have had as a family. Not saying it hasn't been burdensome & expensive.....but the attitude of thanksgiving that the Lord gave us the day it started raining & the day it stopped has kept our laughter & spirits high. I have to keep reminding myself that complaining doesn't accomplish a damn thing! Thank you Lord and friends!
I have to admit, we are worn out.
Mountain Momma & I decided the family was taking sunday off...the ox is out of the ditch. If we don't answer the phone sunday, we are probably taking a nap or fishing. Leave a message and we will call you back monday.
Another day in the classroom of "Count it all Joy".
By the way, the birds are waking up and the fish are hungry. Please come see us this year and tell others where they can catch fish and make friends in the Ozarks.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
15' of river in the playground (damage to club house & swing set)
Monday, March 17, 2008
Hellooooooooooo. Yes a few days passed since last post, but I always have a good excuse? We took a hurried trip down to Huntsville Alabama to see Jackson Browne in concert March 10. So, we had many chores to get done before the owned left the paradise here in Buffalo City. Great trip, but as most....too short. Miles and I had a visit from his youngest brother over the weekend and was a really great excuse for us to take a Buffalo cruise.
A Buffalo cruise is generally our first real trip out on the river every year. Yes, we fish during the cold months and do guide trips for the hard core regulars in February, but this is normally our one day to just CRUISE. Man, was it nice. Water was snow-runoff green, trees had a few buds starting and the creeks were flowing. No worries about hitting rocks either!
Took a short hike around Cow Creek looking for an old cemetary. Never found it. Oh well, I wasn't real excited about headstones anyhow. I did scour the ground for deer sheds. Still haven't found one. We did find some antique farm equipment. I think it was a hay rake. Pretty cool. I bet they sell those things on ebay for some $$$$. I'd love to be a fly on a stump watching them get that thing out of there!!!!!!!!!
Just takin a minute to share. Until next post I'm keepin my ear to the hills for Mr. Tom to say when he is ready for Giblet gravy!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Looking forward to the "normal ?" March crowd starting this weekend. Everyone has a good time, catches fish and leaves with another memory of the rivers. That is what it is all about. We love the dedication of our repeat customers and how they show so much thought towards our family and business. Thank you!
I haven't gotten alot of word about the shad kill. Maybe it will be later than normal this year? There have been some coming thru, but it is spotty. They have been running decent water daily. We are also dealing with the swollen Buffalo today and should be back to normal levels by Friday, Mar 7th. I would expect a great fishing weekend with the semi-stained waters. I love to see it when the Buffalo River has a brown color from rains and then they run water on the White River. It causes it to really expose the two rivers being right out front.
Until next post. I will be here keeping an ear out for a turkey and preparing the facility for your return! (turkey season is soon, I wasn't talking about a kid!)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
No updated news on the shad kill as of yet. I have been checking webs and guide reports. When we do get a "lively" shad update our plan is to hit the waters up river just for fun! Maybe that would be considered a Riley date. Maybe you should take one too...?....we have cabins open thru the first weekend of March. Check with us on the other months upcoming.
I will be in touch on the fishin. Our new website should be posted within 2-3 weeks. Exciting. Our older version is great, but you only change things to the BEST (right?). Wait and see!!!! All of those questions that you want to ask and the ones that you need to ask will be answered..........ooooooohhhhhh, aaaaaahhhhhh. Fishin, huntin, campin, outdoors.......Oh My!
until next post.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Visions of trout jumping in my head. Until next time.
hmmmm, maybe I'll clean my shotgun and think of Turkeys!
BRRRRR! Plenty of weather roller coasters for February. Hot/Cold, Windy/Rainy, Icy/Sunny. Pick one would ya? Took this pic on the way to town. Iced trees. Makes everything look clean & crisp.
Looking forward to a great spring. Should have plenty of water to run the rivers. Can't wait for a warm day to fish.
Be blogging later.
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