Sunday, March 17, 2013

Planning the first trip of the season!

A few days after Groundhog Day, we got something like 19" of snow here in the Panhandle. I'd been glued to the tube the week prior waiting on Punxsutawney Phil to give me his permission to go fishing early this season. Sure enough, all signs led to an early spring. No shadow = Fish On! But then it dumped all that snow a few days later, and froze us all like that fox they found frozen alive in Norway. Freakin' Groundhog Day...  : (   Love the movie, hate the unpredictable varmint.

Anyways, now it's time. Spring has sprung like Sir Mix-a-Lot. The daffodils are popping their yellow faces up everywhere, the pear trees are bursting back to life at the park where Wes and I play catch, and I am now planning the first fishing trip of the season. Nothing major, just a familiar place I can land a few fish and knock the rust off the cast. I'm thinking Rio Hondo, the Red, the Cimarron, or something similar and close by. Any suggestion, New Mexico?

Meanwhile, I'm training for a 5k at the moment. The Color Run visits Amarillo in June and I've slowly gained some extra pounds these past few years from not being able to run due to some foot issues. So, I'm trying to cut weight at the moment, which sucks, but it's got to happen. Ever seen a walrus backpacking out of a canyon? Me neither.

By the way, Williams and I have two books coming out any day now. "49 Trout Streams of Southern Colorado" with UNMPress is already available on Kindle and other ebook formats, and will be in stores soon. Please shoot me a line if you'd like a signed copy when I get that first box in the mail. I'd be happy to mail a copy to anyone, anywhere, anytime!

And "An Introduction to Fly Fishing for Trout" will be out very soon too guys, hopefully by mid-April.  Stonefly Press is burning the midnight oil getting that one ready for print. I'm so excited I could just poop! The book looks great and with Stonefly's experience we really expect to see it sell well, even overseas. Once it's out, I'll definitely post it's release here.

If anyone has any reports on the three streams mentioned earlier, call me. I dont' want to waste time! It's gonna be a quick trip and every second will count. As for now, it's St. Patty's Day. Bout to sip on some 12-year Glenlivet and hopefully find some live music to enjoy. Let's just hope it doesn't snow!



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I am W. Chad McPhail. I'm an outdoor/travel writer, book author, former English teacher, and Amarillo native. 

I spend my spare time traipsing around the mountains and streams of the southwest in search of wild trout with my family, friends, various freeloaders, and other flotsam and jetsan. I used to teach English & Creative Writing. These days I am a Right of Way field agent with Coates Field Service, representing Sharyland Utilities during the construction of a 345 megawatt transmission line from Hereford to Panhandle, Texas. I love exploring the outdoors, fly fishing, backpacking, camping, hiking, kayaking, and yes, writing outdoor and travel books and pieces. I am a field writer of flyfishing, backpacking, camping, and kayaking articles for Suite101.com. I have written many articles for magazines such as Southwest Fly Fishing, Texas Fish & Game, Rocky Mountain Game & Fish, ESPN.com, and more. I have co-penned three books with fishing buddy Mark D. Williams; Colorado Flyfishing: Where to Eat Sleep Fish, 49 Trout Streams of Southern Colorado, and An Introduction to Fly Fishing for Trout.