Sunday, July 19, 2015

An Apple A Day ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

Yes, we all know the famous phrase about how apples keep the doctor away.  Well, there is more to the old wives tail than you know.  Here is why I am taking the apple challenge...

I decided to take the apple challenge this past week.  It has been a tough few months with my continuous lack of sleep.  I was getting into a bad habit of stopping for a Rockstar energy drink every morning.  And with the reports of those not being so good for your health, I was anxious to find another alternative.  

This is what I found out about the apple as an energy booster...

An apple is more beneficial than coffee or an energy drink as a source of energy.  Mainly because they won't give you the needed calories to sustain your energy level.  You body creates more of a fuel for your cells with eating a nutritious apple.   It contains around 100 calories and 20 grams of sugar (natural glucose).  It shouldn't spike your sugar level too dramatically, even if you are a diabetic.  And it will give you the extra fiber that your body needs.  

And it will give you the extra energy to do a long day at the river.  Ok, I'm a glutton for punishment.  But, when the fishing is on, it's on.  So, I found a way to stay on the water.  Apples!

~Sunday Tippet~

 So, after one week on an apple a day ~ first thing in the morning, I do have a healthier alternative to staying awake.  No more energy drinks and a few more bucks in my wallet.  =)   I don't have as heavy of eyes while trying to get my work done in the office.  Sure, I could still use a bit more sleep.  There is NO replacement for sleep!!!  But, at least I have a buffer until I get all caught up!  

Get your extra pick-me-up tomorrow.  The crunch and smell of an apple will enhance your wake up sensors...  Give it a try!!


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Home Water Adventure

So, here we are in the middle of summer.  Those days of great hatches on the lakes and rivers.  And the heat that brings a few of the fish down into the depths of the water at mid day.  Yes, it is that time that we venture out early morning and late afternoon to fish.  Well, most of the time we do, except when there is a fly fishing retreat coming to town.   There was one such event here in Utah just recently.  And I was privileged to be a part of it.

Eight women from the states of NV, WY, OR, MT, WA and UT.  Can you say, "Diversity"?  Yes, we were from all over the West and we were from all different walks of life.  But, we met through a Facebook group, Trout Porn, and became friends over the past few years.

And now it was time to gather together for a few days on some spectacular lakes and rivers and enjoy time together.  We expected a great time and we most definitely got it. I was a little bit involved with selecting the places to fish with my friend Cheris and helping them on the water.  (I found out later they didn't need any help!  Ha!)  All these fly fishing ladies had talent and skills for sure. 

 There is no doubt that I was fishing with some of the most skilled fly fishing women in the West.  And I was fortunate that Tracy and Heather stayed with me before the event.  Don't know what possessed them to redo my fly boxes, but it was very much appreciated!  =)  Come back anytime, ladies!  

We had fun as we compared notes on leader set up, fly selection and reading the water.   As we dissected the river and figured out what the fish were eating, game on.   The rivers had raised a bit before everyone came out, but we could still fish them and be very productive.  A lot of smiles.  A lot of laughs.  We were together and enjoying our new "offline" friendships.  It was so interesting to me how many common threads you have with other people that love the outdoor lifestyle.  This group was amazing.  There was so much camaraderie between us and no jealousy or any of that childish stuff.  How refreshing! 

Helping each other and rooting each other on, created strong friendships.  Caring more for the other person more than yourself and making sure that person had a fun day was foremost.  

I found out that inviting three nurses can be very helpful in case of a mini-heatstroke. (The cold water running down my back felt great!)  Electrolytes became my friend.  And you can bet your sweet bippy that I will remember to stay hydrated from this point on... and get more rest!

Cheris, our planner of the event, really went all out for us in providing accomodations, flies, photography and just her time.  She was always encouraging and helpful on the water and had many useful tips for those that were visiting Utah for the first time.  She truly wanted each person to have the best trip possible.  Mission accomplished.

Many fish were caught.  Browns, Rainbows, Tigers, and Cutthroats were in the mix. 
 How could you not have a good time?


By the end of the event, we had learned a lot from this time together.  We learned that women that have the same passion for fly fishing can enjoy being together without all the drama.  I guess you can call it being "focused" on what is important.  We were there to catch, release, breathe, and laugh.  Oh, and to take pictures!  Of course!!  There was no time for intimidation.  Because the person that maybe knew more than you was right there netting your fish.

 I learned how to apply a few makeup tips from my roomies too... Now, that's a bonus to come home with some new beauty secrets!  = )  

But the one thing we learned for sure... What restaurant not to go back to next year!  Have you ever heard of a Mexican restaurant running out of rice?

It wasn't a favorite moment of the trip... haha  But, it's now the joke that we all laugh about.

All in all, it was a marvelous time.  We went home with many memories about our three days together.  We created a bond for a life long friendship.  The fish were amazing, but I think that all of us will all agree that this trip wasn't about the fish.  And really... how often is it?

Enjoy the slideshow...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Lazy Arm

So, you see the indicator twitch, but you are just sure that it is just your weight that caught the bottom of the river bed.  So, you let it keep drifting.  There it is again!  Another little bump in the water, without a set.  You say to yourself, "I will get another chance at the end of the drift"... Guess what?  No more chances.  You now have to recast and start over.  There it is again!  This time the hiccup in the water causes your arm to go up with your set.  But, 2 seconds too late.  Game over.  Sound familiar?  The frustrations of a lazy arm or in my case, a delayed reaction.  Haha.  Recently, I have been at a loss of reasons why I am working harder, not smarter.  I know that every time a strike indicator does anything besides drift calmly in the water, it is a reason to set that hook!  And when I finally do get the timing right...  It's game on!

 In being ready for that set, you need to make sure you don't have too much slack line in the water.  You don't want to spend your strike time picking up line.   I know that I leave too much line on the water if it lies in too many waves and coils.  Mend that line and minimize the slack.  All you need is enough to keep the indicator drifting freely,  I mend my line near the top of the drift and maybe one more time directly in front of me as it passes by.  More than that... and you are doing yourself a disservice because you are possibly moving that fly with each mend.  Now, you should be ready to make that "once a lot quicker when younger" arm of yours raise to a tight line with a trout at the end of it!  Right?

The last little midweek "tippet" for you is to not yank on that "rock" that you set and hasn't moved.  You see, I had given up on a supposed snag in the water and handed my rod to my buddy for him to get it free for me.  He turned to me and asked me, "Are you sure you don't have a fish?"  Hahahaha.  That "rock" was indeed a big ol' fish just being honery and belligerent.  It didn't want to head to a net with an angler waiting for a possible photo shoot!   It gave a wiggle after a few minutes, he gave me the rod, and the rest was history.  So, patience is a virtue.   It could be a very nice surprise down under that is trying to outfool you...

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Don't Fall Short ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

So many times in life, we fall short.  Whether it is that latest diet, weeding that flower patch, or saving enough money for that last bill of the month.  We all have challenges that require patience, planning and some expertise.  We must spend the time at that given task.  Sometimes we need to take little steps before we can accomplish that goal.  In the end, we hopefully see a positive outcome.  If we don't, we should not give up, but try again.  I know for a fact, that sometimes the best laid plan can fall through the cracks.  Or comes up short by a few inches.

On the fly fishing side of things, I have fallen short on becoming more accomplished in dry fly fishing.  It might be that I lack the patience of trying to follow that very small, minute object that looks like the actual hatch that is on the water.  It could be that my casting needs better accuracy or distance at certain times.  Or it could just be that I feel more familiar with nymphing, so I continue to do what feels comfortable.  Do you often take the easier way of doing something?  We all do.  

So, my latest journey required me to take that extra step.  When I got to the river, I could see that this would be definitely be more dry fly than nymphing. 

The water was slower, the fast water runs were far and few between.  The fish were looking up.  You say that the fish were looking up?  Well, put on a dry fly you crazy woman!!!  I would have to conform.  Yes, I can catch a fish with an emerger underneath with my nymph rig.  But, I could see that the odds with the hatches that were out, would be fishing dries.  So, out came the box to make it all happen.

I would join my Idaho fly fishing friends for a couple days of practicing and making perfect, my dry fly approach.  I was determined.  Ahhh... That is the word that makes things happen, isn't it?  If you have a goal, you must have determination to see it through.  This was merely the side story to this adventure.  The main reason for going on this trip was to fish with old friends that I had missed last year after going up on an annual trek to this river.  So, it was great to have a few days to reaquaint and have some fun times together.

Yes, Patti, Aileen and Rachel joined me for some fun times on the water.  And we had a night of camping to boot!  Oh boy...  

Aileen is one great tent builder...

And she makes one mean prime rib in the dutch oven...

And Rachel can cook up one awesome lemon pie from her kitchen on the farm...

Ok. Ok.  So, I'm kidding about the that stuff... 
But, the trip into town was way worth it.  =)  

But, I'm not kidding about the beauty of the river.  One of the most beautiful places that I have fished.  And where it all started 5 or 6 years ago and actually started this blog.  If you are one of the old-timers over here, you will remember Rebecca who took me to River X for the first time. 

Yes, when you see 50 slurpers of 16-22 inches in front of you, it's time to practice your dry fly casting.  Heck, maybe you could get lucky and just put it out there and hope for the best!

I like luck.

With a little bit of determination in the mix, anything is possible.

And who knows, someday I just might add skills to make it a little easier...

Thanks to the girls for hosting me once again and renewing our friendship and camaradarie.  And a special thanks to Michael, Patti's hubby who joined us one afternoon and gave me some great dry fly pointers to add to my knowledge of this great passion of mine...  <"((((><<

Enjoy the short slideshow, The Rising Browns Adventure!
Click on 720 hp for clarity in the settings.

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!