Thursday, May 7, 2015

Once Upon A Time...

There lived a River Damsel who had a fly fishing blog.  And had quite a few readers who interacted on somewhat entertaining posts.  Well, this was two months ago...  Now, here we sit wondering what happened to RD?  Did she fall in the river and get swept away?  Did she have one last, great fall and end up in the hospital with two broken legs and a broken hand? (hence she couldn't write)   How about a case of sore stripping fingers?  I know, I know... not good enough.

I kind of wish that I had a decent excuse.  But, maybe I just needed to rest a bit more because five hours of sleep a night just isn't going to cut it.  So March was a catch up time to preserve one's health and April was time away from home on several fishing adventures.  Yeah, I am thinking that is how this story is going to go.  Ahhhh.,,.. I ask forgiveness my friends.  But, sometimes life has a way of running you around in circles and before you know it, yup... it's a couple of months later!  

I wonder if this guy still remembers who I am? Oh, I hope so...

So, how have you all been since we last met?  I'm thinking that I need to hurry up and play a game of catch up on my blog buddies tonight so that I can connect with you again.  It has been longer than I had expected.   Time to plug it back in...

So, as I said, April was a month of adventure.  Even the hotels that I stayed in were... ugh, interesting!  The River Damsel Adventure Train hit Wyoming several times and Utah fly fishing was stellar as well.  I got myself involved in a Facebook group contest and I was the captain of a team.  There were three teams and I was allowed to draft 11 others for my "posse".  Well, I traveled all over to find the biggest trout since it was a total of everyone's best fish.  I had my chances, but ended up with a rainbow of 21 inches.  I've done better, but fortunately my teammates came through!  



My top dog, Joey had a 30.5 steelhead trout and Justin turned in an awesome 27" rainbow.  So, my "posse" did great!  When all was said and done, we won the competition.  And all of those miles are now being felt.  At the end of the month, I fished for 9 days straight.  Yeah, someone put me in a "straight jacket"!  Geez... I'm not that young anymore!  The things I do.  

Here is a fun video that I made with all of my April pics put together...  You will see that I was really busy...  Probably one of the fishiest months that I have ever had...  Enjoy!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ode To The Thin Mint

Pass the Thin Mints please...  No, No, No...  Not those!

What I'm wanting are more of these...
The Thin Mint Wooly Bugger

You see, I took the two that were sent to me from my friend Mark, over at Northern California Trout... and went out on an adventure.

He had a post about the Thin Mint Wooly Bugger.   I asked him about them and wanted to tie some up.  His recipe for them is in the post.   He was so nice to send me a couple of Thin Mints, along with his book.  I don't know too many authors.  =)   

So, we headed to the river recently, with the Thin Mints in tow.   I was throwing small midges and sow bugs for the first little while.  The fish were in there.  I knew they were.  But, no bites as of yet. Then, it dawned on me, that I should try the Thin Mint as an attractor and see if they would take the Thin Mint or maybe finally take the midge dropper.  

One Thin Mint...

Two Thin Mints...

Yeah, you get the picture...

Then, all of a sudden, I was hitting on the midges underneath the Thin Mint.  A great attractor pattern too!  Ok.  So, I moved downstream and put my hat on right (realized that I looked like a dork the way I was wearing my double layer hats!  Haha.  

And the fish didn't really care how I wore my hats... They just wanted that Thin Mint to be on my line.  And some very good outings since... Thanks, Mark!  

I have the materials now and we will make up a batch.
Oh, did I have to say that word???  Now I want some Thin Mint cookies.  Well, I only have this recipe...

Hook - TMC 5262 or 5263 Size 10 or 12Thread - Black 6/0Tail - Maribou in Black/Rust/Olive in that order, top to bottomFlash - FlashabouRib - Wrapped first with copper wire and then with FlashabouBody - Black Crystal Chenille, regular black would probably do.
Hackle - Rust Saddle HackleBead - Tungsten 5/32 Gold

Good luck!

Thursday, February 5, 2015


Now and again, I find that I am the forever student.  The river is never the same, the fish are never the same in what they want to eat, and the weather is never the same.  Case in point...  I just got back from Colorado.  I went on a quick weekend trip with my friend Lisa.  We looked at the weather forcast for two different places.  Then, we checked out the fishing reports, along with the river flows.  There were pros and cons on each.  In the end, we decided to go to the colder destination instead of the warmer.  Due mostly to the hotter fishing that was going on and a higher than normal winter water flow.  Well, so much for our 30%, then 40% chance of snow.

The warm spell that the West had been experiencing the week before, well... ended.  Just in time for our arrival!  Of course!  The barometer dropped as well.  But, we were determined to still have a good time and make the most of it.  Hey, at least the accomodations were perfect for the weather.  I picked a winner of a hotel.  A nice hot tub awaited each day after being out in the elements.  And the breakfast was way better than any other continental breakfast that I have ever had.  All for the low, low price of $55.  I know how to pick em'...  =)

So, what about the fishing, you ask?  Well, it was average.  The storm blew through and the one full day of fishing was the snow day.  And the wind day.  But, there were still at least a half dozen fish for each and we were smiling at the end of the day.  Well, sort of.  Yeah, Lisa really did have fun... =)

Lisa's first Colorado trout... Now, there's a smile!

Hey, Lisa, look's like it is time to put that glove with the handwarmer back on for a few... = )

A few more brownies for me too...

No, I'm not doing jumpin jacks to stay warm... Get in that net, Mr. Brown Trout!!!

So, Day 2 ended and we headed out to figure out our strategies for the finale.

Now, we had been following the tips of friends that had been on this river recently and also the advice from the fly shop experts.  With the final day coming near, we were in need of some "tweeking" to get past the cold temps that the fish obviously were a bit effected by.   I had been using 5x mono tippet and size 20's on the flies.  Now it was time to get down and dirty.  6x fluoro tippet and size 22's... No, I will not go size 24 EVER!!!!!! 


Yes, these new "tweeks" brought in a few nice fish.  But, I have to give credit where credit is due... I met up with two of the nicest guys on my last afternoon.  The first one, was a local... older gentleman, who was watching me try to get out of my tangles as he caught fish after fish after fish!  Haha.  When I got all sorted out, he offered me his spot.  Told me to fish these two flies out of his fly box.  What a super guy he was... So, thank you to whoever you are!  That is what I call sportsmanship.  Sharing the river and sharing the knowledge.  He said that he could fish every day there and sometimes did!  Lol.  So, I thanked him and got down to business and landed one.  He left and another local watched me as I was working the "magic run"...  Well, he noticed that I was working off a longer leader than he usually used.  So, he showed me his set up and it was like two feet shorter than mine.  What the heck!  Do what the locals do, right?!!!  Besides the 6x fluoro and the size 22's... I needed a seven foot leader.  And less distance between my indicator and the fly.  BAM!!!  Thank you, Mark!

I'm willing to listen...  And the moral to this story is, if you ever have the chance to help someone with a few "tweeks" on the river... take the opportunity to share your knowledge if they ask for it.  Especially if they are an out of town'r that believes the forecast will be 48 degrees and sunny instead of the actual 30 and snowy.  = )  

A special thanks to my dear friend, Lisa, who is one of the most gifted fly fishing ladies and a fun roadie to boot...  We had a ton of fun catching fish and finding good places to eat.  Hahahahaha

By the way, guess what the forcast is on our little CO. river this weekend...  You got it, 48 and sunny.  And I bet it's going to be...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Effective Blogging... Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

Cardboard Howard... Those were the days...
Alright now, here is a great title for someone that knows nothing about an effective blog!  So, let me start by saying that this past year has been a difficult one.   I have been blogging for a few years now and last year I let it slide.  If you look at my sidebar, you will see that I didn't post near as much in 2014 as 2013.  No, it isn't the fact that I lack fishing outings.  Nah, I still got out over 100 times last year.  It isn't the fact that I lack social media outlets.  Nope, I have a page with Google +, Twitter, and Facebook.  What I lack is motivation.  There you have it.  And right when I was having thoughts about hanging it up in 2015... Well, here comes Owl Jones back to the blogging circuit.   I remember him...  Yeah, my fishing buddy on a trip to GA, NC, & TN!  What fun we had looking for fishable water amid the worst storm of the century... Ha!

 Now, what am I supposed to do... Abandon ship when he finally returns?  He was one of the first ones to support my fly fishing blog back when it was in its infancy.   He was one of those that got the word out and gave me added readers.  So, here I am wondering what to do.

The only excuse that I have for the lack of motivation is my health.  Because of some health problems that started a couple of years ago... my writing has slowed down.   So, you hear from me once, twice, or maybe three times a month.  But, that is the best I can do.  Just know that I appreciate all of you that do come over and tune in.  The interaction between bloggers is a unique and fun way to talk about the fishing passion that we share... 

The secret, but not so secret river of that Fishlicker fella...

~Sunday Tippets~

If I really want to take the bull by the horns and be an effective blogger, then I need to get back into regular posts (Like Howard), entertaining interviews (Like Howard),  amazing fishing stories whether you are fishing or not (Like Howard), and an occasional interactive quiz or better yet... a giveaway! (oh no... Like Howard)  Everyone likes those.  I had some good ones in the past. Yes, it has been awhile that any of that has happened around here, and I apologize.   What happened to that Sunday Tippet Lady?  Yeah, I think that she got lost with the rest of her tippet in the nearest tree.  Or got railroaded by some turkeys!!

The secret to an effective blogger?  It's simple.  You have to enjoy it.  You have to love the subject that you are blogging about.  And you have to love the people that you are interacting with.  Read a list of great fishing blogs and comment on them (over there to the right side bar)  Good grief!  Easy peasy, right?!   So, here's to getting this place back into ship shape.  No more laying in bed the day after a fishing day because my aches and pains make it tough to move around.  No more whining.  I just need to buck it up and put on that smile every morning when I roll out of bed.  Make the best of the situation at hand.  Remember that there are those that have it worse.  Much worse.  All we need to do is look around us.  We need to count our blessings. We need to appreciate what we do have.  Not what we don't have.  Ok.  I'm back!  That was a little therapeutic.  Thanks for letting me get that off my back.  It's been kind of a heavy load...  So, without further adieu...  Here is a recap of 2014... Yeah, I always felt much better on the water.  Haha.  Well, I sure have had some great friends and family that stood by me throughout the year.  And to you, my blogging family... Thank you for stopping by as always...  = )  It wouldn't be the same without you giving me a friendly hello...  

A year of photos
and in less than 3 min...

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

So, here we are... 2015!  The past week has come and gone.  And I have to admit, I'm glad to be back at work.  Family gatherings, parties, and dinners are fun, but they are a lot of work too.  So, it was nice to get out the dusty vise this past week and get back into fly tying.   Kind of like the words go in "Auld Lang Syne", I cannot forget my old friend, the vise.   I've neglected it badly, I must admit.  Every time I think that I have a few minutes to sit down and tie up a few bugs for the next outing, I get sidetracked... and then I end up at Sportsmen's Warehouse to buy them at a dollar each!  Haha.   

Well, all it took was a little competition on Facebook to get me motivated with those size 18's and 20's for the winter.  I had to post up a fly each day.  So, I embellished upon a few old patterns and tried a few new ones.  So, here is what I came up with in a hurry.  The picture above is my disco midge.  Made with black tinsel, peacock herl and a clear plastic bead.  Simple.

Then, I got a little crazy and put on a pink bead.  That was going the extra mile.  Haha.

Next, we have the pink hot head sow.  A little different than my other sows and scuds that I have made.  I was pretty happy with it.  Can't wait to see if it will catch fish.  Easy peasy too.

And the last one that I will share with you, so not to bore you to tears... (Because I know that all of you are way better fly tiers than me!)  Here is my Crystal Dip... the hot fly of the Madison River in Montana...

Well... I just can't help myself... I did tie up a favorite of mine.  Let's say it is the "encore" presentation...  The one fly that catches on any tailwater and especially those rivers around the West...

Mr. Rainbow Sow

Ha!  The Christmas card envelope makes a bad background... but, I like red!  

So there you have it... the vise has come out of the rafters.  It won't be forgotten.   And next time you see it, you might notice a bit of....well, should we say, "facelift"???  =)