Sunday, August 21, 2011

Signs of Life

So... you probably know, if you follow the blog or follow the Facebook/Google+/Twitter "outlets" of Eat More Brook Trout, I've been in New Orleans for a little work and a little play.

Fly fishing for redfish on the marsh southwest of New Orleans was pretty special, and for that I'd like to thank the folks at Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for hooking me up with Capt. Blaine Townsend, a class-act redfish guide out of Cocodrie, La., where he and his wife Connie run Sportsman's Paradise, a great little fishing retreat and restaurant (you haven't eaten until you've tried Connie's softshell crab–it'll make you want slap yo' mama!)

After the fishing, I headed into New Orleans for the annual International Fly Tackle Dealer Show, where I got to see some great new gear, meet up with old friends and work with folks in the industry to help spread the word for needed conservation efforts all across the country where trout water is looking more and more like an endangered species these days.
Some of the coolest gear I happened upon is produced by a relatively new equipment designer, Vedavoo. This start-up company makes equipment that is cutting edge when it comes to comfort and functionality–they're on my list of things to get my hands on when I get back home and can save a little scratch. Give the website a visit–you'll like what you see.

Yesterday, I met back up with my son, Cameron, who spent a few days with his grandparents over in Baton Rouge while I did the fishing/conventioning in the Big Easy. Last night, we all hit the French Quarter for a little dinner, and we started at Pat O'Briens on Bourbon Street. Although the intention was to enter the establishment through the St. Peters Street door, kids aren't allowed in the bar, so Cameron and I had to walk half a block to Bourbon and go in through the Bourbon Street courtyard entrance.
As you can see by the photo above, I'm not sure that taking The Chief down Bourbon was any less traumatic that walking him a dozen feet through the bar to the courtyard, but we had a little fun with it.  Headed back to Idaho for a quick respite and to catch up on e-mails. And to get the smell of Bourbon Street off my shoes.

Then, I'm off to ... Saskatchewan. Stay tuned.


  1. Good work, my friend, and safe travels. I'll be looking forward to a Saskatchewan report.

  2. sounds like a good trip Chris, have fun in Canadia

  3. It was a pleasure to set up the trip for you! Great posts ... You painted a fantastic fishing tale.

    Houma CVB