Anglers, I Have a Confession

I hate tying flies. There, I said it. Let the ostracism commence. I’m not sorry. I don’t have the genomes that allow me to enjoy being that miserable.  It’s tedious and frustrating at best; at worst I get so angry I have to sit in the corner and count to ten. I have the heaviest thread I can find and… Read more →

I Should Not Have Said That

Prologue: I circulate through social media randomly.  There isn’t enough time in the day for me to keep up with all of them, so I randomly rotate through them for varying amounts of time.  It’s usually until I get tired of the repetitiveness, or something new happens to catch and hold my attention elsewhere.  After the death of MySpace, Facebook was king.  … Read more →

On Writing Drunk (In Vino Veritas)

Hemingway may have been on to something, but I missed it.  He is quoted as saying, “Write drunk and edit sober.”  Drunk me is a writer on the caliber of the ‘Fun with Dick and Jane’ books, “Brandon has a drink.  Drink, Brandon drink!”  Editing that crap would take too much time. The last time I was drunk, I laid… Read more →

Summer Hoodies

Beards are pretty awesome. Buffs are pretty awesome.  While both beards and buffs are impressively abled, beards suck at keeping the sun off your neck.  Buffs are great at that, almost as if they were built specifically for that sole purpose.  However the relationship between beard hairs and a buff is remarkably similar to that of a cactus and a croker sack.  It doesn’t work.… Read more →

Hemingway said

Hemingway said you should write drunk and edit sober.  I guess maybe for spelling. I’m not sure if you want to be here for this, but I’m going to skip editing. I am drunk in Portugal.  It happened because I wanted to try a glass of wine.  The wine I ordered was delicious.  Courtney’s wine was not.  Mine was green,… Read more →

GRTU Troutfest 2014

Troutfest 2014 One Bug is Fake participated in GRTU’s Troutfest on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2014 in a different way than normal. Instead of merely attending the show, I was a vendor!  The following post is a link heavy, poorly photographed, and gritty rundown of the event. Most of you who read this blog in the past know that… Read more →

Dear World (A Smoker’s Apology),

On the 27th of October, I attempted something I felt was a huge undertaking.  I decided to quit smoking, but planned on still partaking in the alternatives.  I failed at it within a day.  For me, moderation is rarely an option.  Especially when it comes to cigarettes. If I was to succeed at this, I was going to need to drop… Read more →

Baby Steps

I’ve been trying to get back in the blogging world.  Doing it with any pomp or circumstance feels empty.  I feel like I have abandoned the few people who read what I had to say and thus do not deserve a glorious return. Instead, I should earn it back slowly; one post at a time.   What happened to me?… Read more →

Sometimes my gimp-fu isn't that bad.

Let’s Catch Up Some More

Well, when last we met I was travelling to Texas.  In my current job, ten days off in a row only happens once a year.  In my company, those of us who teach cannot take vacation while students are present.  Students are present all the freaking time.  Once in a blue moon, I get lucky.  Christmas is the only time… Read more →

Well, Let’s Play Catch Up!

People, I am alive. I have done a lot here since the last post summarizing the journey north.  (I am out of writing practice as well, be aware, this will be as choppy as a Christopher Walken monologue.)  The biggest change in my life since you last heard from me, is the permanent removal of nicotine from my system. I quit… Read more →

Cool Name, Huh?

Exodus Texas

This journey, is still very fresh in my memory. So much so, that I shudder a bit when I get in the Jeep to go anywhere. I chronicled my trip by taking notes in Gmail thinking I would clean them up for a post. Instead, I present them to you in raw form with notes underneath to further explain (if… Read more →

Gypsy Wild

One of the comments that I receive about my writing is that I am not afraid to expose the inner workings of my mind. To a point, that is true. I’ve also been raised to not “air my dirty laundry”… Truth be told, that’s why things have been fairly quiet over here at OBIF. It’s hard to write when you… Read more →

It’s my Cake Day!

Today is the 365th day this blog has been live. Wow, and I was caught unprepared.  Not only am I woefully behind on posts; but I didn’t have anything ready for this date like I had planned!  I wrote this in one sitting, between 0600 and 0848 in between teaching so I would at least have something up to commiserate… Read more →

Stick Figure Fly Fishing.

Lately, I have taken up the drawing of stick figures. Then I made them fish. Then I posted them as kind of a joke, but people seemed to really like them. So, I figured this would be a good place to showcase what I have so far. Read more →

Apologize No More

So, this is a first…   When this site first started, I added stuff that I had written to add some content to a new site.  Since then, I have ALWAYS posted on someone else’s blog; then through the magic of the wordpressing I would load the page within the pages on my site…  Like a dream within a dream,… Read more →

SmithFly Switch Vest

I love cool gear, I always have. When I had a chance to review one of the coolest looking vests designed for fly anglers, I jumped at it. Thanks to Ethan for the shot, and thanks to Cam for hosting it. I hope you enjoy! Read more →

Eat More Brook Trout

This is the secret I have been keeping quiet about… Which keeping quiet about things generally throws me into writer’s block. If I can’t talk about one thing, the self censoring shuts down the rest of my “flow” so to speak. Now that the secret is out, I can get back to writing. I had a blast meeting Chris and… Read more →

Runnin’ With the Devil

This is my FIRST PRINT ARTICLE, and I am told some 30,000 copies were run, none of which I have my hands on yet. This could be a new thing for me though, and might continue in the near future. Hopefully with pictures that I choose next time. You can flip to page 42-43, or you can click RIGHT HERE… Read more →

One Day, Two Rivers Part Two

This is the continuation from yesterday’s video. After catching my first female white bass, it was time to go pre-fish #FlyStock. Let me tell you, this river is HEALTHY. As you can see from the skies in both videos there was a front moving in, and the fish were pushed down. Still think I had a pretty good couple of… Read more →

One Day, Two Rivers. Pt 1

I wanted to get out for a little #FlyStock pre-fish this past Friday (16th March). We had spring break for one day, and I took it. I made plans with a fishing buddy for the day and he suggested checking in on the white bass run out of Lake Travis. Now, it should be known that I have NEVER experienced… Read more →

The Compleat Infidel

The Compleat Infidel was a post inspired by a talented writer’s take on fly fishing. I could see this particular angler chose a much different approach than I, but did that make either of our choices wrong? I didn’t think so, but it reminded me of times where people seemed to cast me aside when it was clear I wasn’t… Read more →

Whites, Cats, and a Buffalo

My latest addition to the TRB site. This is a good week for posts! A fly fishing trip report from the San Gabriel River in Circleville, Tx during the white bass run. Read more →

An Essay of Memories

I have wanted to do this post for a while, but was dogged by writer’s block and assorted other things. I finally cranked it out, and it’s up. Thanks to Grizzly Jim for hosting this trip down memory lane! Read more →

Sudden Slack

Holy Crap! I was invited to do this post on Google+ by Ben Smith. Given the history of this site and the caliber of writers; I was highly intimidated. I was also very flattered. I hope you enjoy! Read more →