It’s a bit painful to admit, but summer is really over. It was cold this morning (only in Texas would 68° be considered cold) and while that may have some thinking it’s time to retire the kayaks for the season, this is not at all the case!
Last week our regional manager was able to fill in for me for a half day and three of my guys from the shop were already planning on kayak fishing the San Gabriel River. I had never had the opportunity to fish it and being manager I never get a chance to fish with my guys so I seized the opportunity(especially since my Diablo and gear were already loaded in the truck!
Chupacabra Field Test I want to offer our customers a quick review of an outstanding kayak that I paddled this year. The Chupacabra, or “Chupa” as it is commonly referred to, is a kayak I had paddled previously at our 2014 Demo Days but the true test came in early June of this year when my father and I paddled a nine mile stretch of the Medina River.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not man the less, but nature more. – Lord Byron The beginning of a new year brings about new ideas, promises, and resolutions for everyone.
The day began like any of my other San Marcos River Day trips; launched just before sunrise with beautiful sunny skies and warm 85 degree weather in the forecast (took place in July). I had been fly fishing for a few months prior bringing nothing but the fly (By this time I had fully converted to fly fishing and the poor bait casters were getting dusty in the garage.
Just because winter is approaching does not mean you have to hang up your yak and paddle until spring. Of course it’s your choice if you want to hunker down this winter with a cup of hot chocolate and a Charles Dickens classic because, (and if that is your decision then might I suggest our recent post on storing your kayak?