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Snake charmer

I guess it was back in the early eighties when Billy Palmer decided to drain his lake and dig out around the banks. It was a classic East Texas farm pond, with one exception, the cows didn’t have access to the whole lake.

It had all the classic features. Stumps, blow downs, mossy edge and an old dock. You could make it out about half way but the rest was rotted boards and a few poles. Great for dragging a big worm by or speeding a spinner bait through.

I had fished this lake for the last thirteen years. My big bass was an 8 something, we didn’t have scales back then, but we were usually pretty close. I had tangled with some bigger bass than that on this old pond.

I remember when Billy asked if I wanted to help him drain the lake, with his son Dirk and Kyle, I was all over it. I asked if I could bring a fishing buddy along that had been on the lake before, and he said sure. I knew Doug Flatley, one of my best friends, would kill to see what came out of this old pond.

Essential Backpacking Check List

  • Pack and Pack Cover (or strong trash bag)
  • Tent and Groundcloth
  • Sleeping Bag – 20 degree rated
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Stove and Repair Kit
  • Fuel for Stove: approx. 16 oz/week
  • Cook Kit: w/pot lifter & stir spoon
  • Eating Utensils: bowl, spoon & mug
  • Biodegradable Soap & Scrubbie
  • Water Bottles, minimum 2 liters/quarts or “bladder” style container
  • Water Purification System; Pump, Iodine Tablets or Crystals
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Weekend Trip: Beginners Orvis Fly Fishing School

orvis-fly-fishing-schoolSagamore has teamed up with expert instructors endorsed by JP Ross Fly Rods of Utica. They have worked for such respected companies as Remington Arms & the Orvis Company and have been featured on EPSN and the Outdoor Life network. This program covers the skills of casting, reading water, determining trout lies, observing trout feeding patterns & identifying insects. Learn to tie your own flies, then test your skills on Sagamore Lake.

July 22-24, 2005
Sept 23-25, 2005
Instructor: Rising Trout Outfitters
Fee: $425 per person; includes accommodations, meals, equipment, instruction

Classic Cedar Canvas Canoe Restoration Workshop

This restoration program offers instruction in restoring an old canoe to its previous splendor. Each student may bring their own canoe, or one will be provided. The instructor will assess each canoe and students will proceed to restore or replace the needed parts. By end of the week the canoe will be re-canvassed and ready to take home for the finishing work. The instructor must have a prior conversation with the canoe owner to determine the materials needed and the feasibility of restoration in the allotted time. If a canoe is provided by Sagamore for restoration, it will remain as part of the Sagamore fleet for use in their educational programs. (Minimum two boats)

September 16-23, 2005
Instructor: Pam Wedd
Fee: tba; includes accommodations, meals, instruction, most materials

Homemade nutrition for the trail

Honey Granola Bars

  • 1 1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup honey (plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup raisins (or chopped dried apricots)
  • Dash of cinnamon

Combine the oats, flour, wheat germ, and cinnamon, and stir to mix well. Add the honey, and stir until the mixture is moist and crumbly. Fold the raisins or apricots in.

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What Is Life Without Adventure!

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Weekend Trip: Women In The Woods at Great Camp Sagamore

sagamore lakeCanoe and hike in the perfect Adirondack autumn. Meet others who accept nature as their path to revitalization and renewal. Spend time with other women friends. Spend time in solitude. Spend time in learning. Create an unforgettable weekend.

September 17-19, 2005
Instructor: Jen Hunter
Fee: $335 per person; includes accommodations, meals, and guided trips for the whole weekend.

Death of a Wetland ! Please Help !

Please, Please, Please help me. I need all the information and or contacts any of you have regarding how to stop a power company from destroying wetland woods and building a high voltage transmission line across the middle of a 5 acre lake surrounded by wetland woods on the 150 acres that me and my husband Dennis own in Hardin County Kentucky. The very same wetland area where #7 Whooping Crane visited for 2 days this spring! (If you don’t know about Whooping Cranes visit these web sites: www.operationmigration.org and www.bringbackthecranes.com There are only about 200 in the wild today. I also have hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the spring and always ducks and geese, deer and turkeys. This area drains 400 acres into our lake and I fear the chemicals used to kill the vegetation in the right of way will cause a major fish kill of the bluegill, bass and catfish that the state of KY stocked the pond with.