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Summertime around these parts gets here long before the official start on June 21st!  Outdoor activities are relegated to early and late in the day for the fun stuff and for work except when there is no other option but to endure the midday heat.   I don't stop fishing in the warmer months b…

My fly fishing buddy J-Moe has been having great success on bass and sunfish with a couple of flys he tied up lately. Like most fishermen I know a good thing when I see it and trust J-Moe to give it to me straight when it comes to catching fish "on the fly".  The Llano bug and the Briminator…

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Dylan Holly, M.Ed., and discusses skeletal muscle atrophy. Take it away, Dylan!

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Song Yi Shin, M.S., and discusses the role of rho kinase in cardiovascular disease. T…

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Patrick Ryan, M.S., and discusses interventions for disuse atrophy. Take it away, Patrick!

On Mothers Day one year ago both of my parents were still here with us with mom in the hospital and dad at home.  Mom was very ill and would not be with us much longer forcing dad to consider his situation going forward.  The house we lived in was to be sold to finance dads future care so we…

On the Saturday before our annual Memorial Day weekend trip to the Brazos River J-Moe and I loaded up the yaks and hit the road.  It is a two hour drive or more from home to the river below Lake Whitney dam. On the road by 5AM puts us well down river by 8AM looking for fish.  The fishing was…

Thinking about flys for schooling whitebass I came up with this.. hot off the vise.. Introducing the Double Skimpy Slammer Shad articulated semi-weedless hook-up streamers.

There's a story behind the motivation for this really big fly tie.. I guess I'm really no different than a lot of fly tiers in respects of trying to tie better looking or at least better working flys. This big fly mess is the latest off the bench in the effort to entice really big bass into …

A cool front passed through on Friday leading to a beautiful weekend at the lake.. The fish adjusted and so did we..

I'm on vacation this week so it was inevitable that J-Moe and I would make another run to Buescher State Park and the Colorado river. Just a few hours later we swung back by Lake Somerville for the evening bite.  Dang strong southern wind put an early end to our lake fishing but overall it w…

If ya' snooze ya' lose..  From daybreak until the shad move deep the whitebass and hybrid stripers will be up near shore feeding on them.. This is about as fun as fishing gets and this feeding pattern will likely continue through the summer and into the fall.

Ahhhh.. Vacation started right.. fishing was a little off but enjoyed the time on the water with good friend and springtime mother nature.

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Inchon Park, M.S., and discusses bimanual motor skills. Take it away, Inchon!

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Dylan Holly, M.Ed., and discusses muscle atrophy. Take it away, Dylan!

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Song Yi Shin, M.S., and discusses the relationship between vascular health, exercise …

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Jing Chen, Ph.D., and discusses the relationship between exercise and memory. Take it…

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Jessica Cardin, M.S., and discusses muscle atrophy. Take it away, Jessica!

Fly tying for me is more of a evolution of an idea than a recreation of something tried and true. The motive is always to improve upon the original fly based on how it performs and whether it catches fish. I've done this type of fly tying research for so many years that it is almost instinct…

Mutt Muddler showed up at the ranch just a short time ago but has become somewhat of a sensation at the testing pond.  Born of meager means and ways Mutt has quickly fought his way to the top of the leader board. The bass party consensus is that Mutt Muddler looks like a winner and many plan…

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Yiyu Wang, M.S., and discusses physical activity and cognitive function. Take it away, Yiyu!

I took my wife up to Hillsboro meeting her sister and as they continued on to Fort Worth for a few days I hopped on over to the Brazos river below Lake Whitney.  Life has been overly demanding lately so some time on the river with just my fly rod and a few flys was very welcomed.

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Christine Latham, M.S., and discusses how we can use horses as a model for human agin…

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Jihye Lee, M.Ed., and discusses achievement goal theory. Take it away, Jihye!

The South by Southwest Music Festival is in full swing in Austin, and with it comes the annual caravan of entertaining band names. Try The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers, an Americana band from Wisconsin. Or The Fish Police, an electronic band from London. Or maybe Prinz Grizzley and his Beargaro…

I'd not been to this little creek or Lake Somerville since last May but I've been keeping up with fishing reports from my buddies on the Texas Fishing Forum.

Early Saturday the weather cooperated well enough to get a little more brush and pasture burning done safely. I've been wanting to clear the pastures of yaupon holly that has invaded about thirty percent of the entire open pastureland on the ranch. The yaupon holly in some areas is so thick …

Over the last week or so spring has sprung out at the ranch. The pastures are greening up nicely and the trees are starting to bud and bloom.  Fishing has been good down on the Yegua from what I'm reading on TFF & hearing with lots of whitebass heading to the freezer and frying pan. 

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Chelsea Goodenough, HBSc, and discusses the link between exercise, microRNA's and bre…

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Rahma Mkuu, MPH, CPH, and discusses alcohol consumption in Kenya. Take it away, Rahma!

Welcome to the Huffines Institute Blog, where the best and brightest students in the Health and Kinesiology Department at Texas A&M get the chance to showcase their work! This week's piece is written by Tyler Grubic, M.S., and discusses the importance of nutrient timing and exercise. Tak…

The Texas A&M men’s tennis team opens play Friday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle. Junior Kevin Lam will not be in the Aggie lineup, but he will be ready just as he was five days earlier when he was called on against No. 24 Texas Tech.

Living here in Central Texas we have year-round fishing opportunities with just a few days in the winter and summer that push the fish into hiding and many of us fishers indoors seeking relief. But for the last 8 months I've done little else but work on the ranch to the point that all my fis…

With acres of Yaupon holly and dense underbrush to clear I'm beginning to question if I've got the strength to do the job without heavy equipment.  I cleared a good size stretch along the road and fence line leading to the pond primarily to open up the view from the house. I did it all with …

Normal day to day Life on the Ranch has settled into a series of routines. Daily ranch patrols,  clearing land with lots of brush cutting are in my future.  First up on the land clearing is the east side of the house down to the oil well along the fence line on the north side of the ranch bu…

Caught on a trail camera back in November 2014 these whitetail deer put on quite a show way back in the swampy river bottom.  The first cool wet weather and the rutting season makes these young bucks do some really strange things I've never seen before or since!

My Monday evening routine includes watching 906 Outdoors YouTube channel.