Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Get the Stink Out

If you spend any time on the water it soon becomes clear that your equipment will start to stink. I have this really great pair of TEVA sandals that I wear all the time during the summer months. After a few days on the stream though they start to get this funky smell that will not go away. I had tried every different remedy I could find and none of them ever seemed to work. Finally, I hit the jackpot and found the right combination. It will work for wading boots, water shoes, sandals, or anything else you wear in the water that starts to take on the stream side funk.

It is easy, it is simple and here it is…I will use my TEVA sandals for example:

Step one: Take a 5-gallon bucket and pour in one gallon of regular vinegar. Dip your TEVA sandals into the bucket. Make sure they are completely soaked. I always let them sit in the bucket for a couple hours at least to make sure they get completely wet.

Step two: Take your sandals out of the bucket and place them in the sun so they can dry completely.

Step three: Once they are dry, wrap them up in plastic bag like you get from Walmart and place them in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours. The plastic bag is not really necessary, but nothing freaks out the wife like opening the freezer door and seeing your sandals on top of the pot roast. My wife and I have separate (his and her) freezers, but that is another story for another day.

Step four: Take them out of the freezer and put them on. You might want to let them thaw a bit. They can be pretty cold for half hour or so. 

I wear my sandals every day during the summer and I am in the creek at least a couple times on the weekends. Over the course of the summer I probably have to do this three or four times. I know this works for me and I hope this helps you too. 

Good Luck

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Everyone has something to give

Everyone has something they can give to others. It may be big, it may be small, but to the person who receives it…it may be HUGE.

We fly fishermen and fisherwomen all talk about how relaxing and peaceful it is to stand out in the water, wave a noodlie stick called a “fly rod” with brightly colored line and hope to land a just as brightly colored rainbow trout or spawning bluegill. Whether it is the act of casting, the sound of the water flowing over the rocks, or the sight of a mink as it rambles up the bank, those experiences calm us all. Who cares if the fish bite? That is just a bonus. What this experience really does is allow us to do is to miraculously and momentarily forget the bills we owe, the leaking roof, and the mounds of paperwork waiting for us at the office.  While these issues may seem big to us, in the grand scheme of things those bills and that paperwork are trivial. There are many people in this world that are dealing with far more than you or I can ever imagine.  Cancer, PTSD, or other health related issues!

Matt and the Master Guide - Marty Horn with a rainbow trout from the Spring 2016 Reel Recovery outing at Westover Farms, Steelville, MO
I am not smart person, nor am I rich person, but for the last few years I have been able to take the one thing I do have and give it to those that can use it much worse than I. What have I been giving? Time. For years now I have volunteered for as a river guide for the Reel Recovery ( and Reeling and Healing – Midwest ( organizations to help teach both men and women who are struggling with or recovering from cancer how to fly fish. It is the most rewarding and humbling thing I have ever done in my life. My bills and my paperwork are of absolutely no significance compared to someone who is worrying about if the next chemo treatment will eradicate their tumor. 

Ms. Mary's first Rainbow Trout - Reeling and Healing - Midwest, Fall 205 retreat at Westover Farms
Why am I rambling about all of this? I don’t want an atta-boy or kudos for what I do. What is want is for anyone who reads this post to sit back, think about what they have, and figure out how they can give their gifts to someone else who could use it more. For us flyfishers it is organizations like FISHON.ORG or There also other wonderful groups out there like who conduct fundraisers and help raise money to send not only cancer survivors, but also our American veterans to fly fishing retreats sponsored by Project Healing Water. What ever you do…just get active, get off your ass and spend some time and help as many people as you can.

Teaching the basics of a cast at the fall 2014 Reeling and Healing-Midwest retreat out at Westover Farms

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Scuds on Parade


Over the years I have seen this several times here in Missouri. I am not sure what exactly drives this behavior. It may be nothing more than a seasonal migration. On the other hand we had a pretty good flood this winter and a huge number of bug got washed out of the spring and spring pond at Westover Farms. It might be nothing more then them trying to return to the spring. Either way it is pretty cool to see and even cooler to watch the trout bust into the bank as they swooped in to grab a mouthful.