Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Golden Willows Adventure

There's a time at the end of the summer when those fall colors start to appear.  The ambers and reds peak their little heads out so very slightly.  It's that time.  I love this time of year.  And when you can add a good friend to share it with and a few fish, you have the perfect adventure.  I had that very adventure yesterday.  

Why do my adventures have to start so dang early??? 

With my friend, Holly, and her son Jack, we made the long journey to scout out new water.  There's something about the first time out to a new river.  Your anticipation makes your hands get a bit sweaty and your toes a little tingly.  The drive had its scenic value too.

Cattle and sheep graced the countryside...

And a few frogs were found also!

The meandering stream with golden willows along the banks, made a beautiful setting for some great fishing.  Just stay in the water so you don't have to find your way back in again.  Hahahaha

Holly knocked it out of the park with cutties and bows to the net.  And the hopper dropper worked its magic.

And I managed a few of my own.  What a great day!  When I saw this yellowstone cutthroat, I was so excited.  It was beautiful and golden.  And the rainbow at the end of the day was a last ditch effort to get a bow to the net.  I saw him go after my dry once in the shadows of the opposite bank.  Twenty (haha) casts later, I finally got him to take the fly.  I am a determined creature.  Would you leave a fish that you saw emerge after your dry fly?  Then, it was back to the truck...

There has to be something said for a pair of women anglers who despite their difference of "name brands" in waders, can travel miles upon miles and enjoy every minute of the journey.  Fish, frogs, ants, grasshoppers, sheep, cattle, horses, butterflies, ladybugs, shells... and even a teter totter!  No, I'm not going to show two grown women on it, but, yeah... we did it for the kid.  Ha!

And too top off the whole adventure, I got Holly to stop at my favorite place for Monte Cristo sandwiches!  Thanks, friend!  Mmmmmm
Yes, I burned off enough calories walking today, I think.  =)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Great White Adventure

It's not every day that you get to go on a great white adventure.  I just recently got back from one.  Let me tell you how exciting it is to have that big whitie at the end of your line.  They pull hard.  They often take you down into the depths of the water over and over again before coming in.  The struggle is real.  Believe me.

Then, you finally net that great white.  And look at it with a puzzled look on your face.  Oh, it's Mr. Whitefish!  The salmonoid who feeds off the bottom.  As many people look down on Mr. Whitie, he still can save the day from a skunking.  So, thank you.  

My adventure to Yellowstone National Park recently, started out with a lot of great whites...errrr... mountain whitefish.  It really didn't seem to matter whether you had two weights on or just one weight.  They were there.  

There are a few of these signs in the YNP.   Kind of fun to have that feeling of  "A River Runs Through It".

Some of my best buds live in Idaho and in the Yellowstone area.  It's always fun to share time on the water with these guys.  
Lonnie and Kerry have great knowledge and are top notch guides from the Drift Lodge and Fly Shop in Island Park, ID.   Give em a holler if you are ever in the area... 

Most of the fishing was in the mornings before the water got too warm.  I personally can't wait for the fall.  It's my favorite time of year.  Throw me a jacket!  Haha

So, I spoiled my diet and gained back 3 lbs.  The downside of the trip.  But, it was worth it.  And I already have it off again.  There was a great ice cream shop in West Yellowstone that gave me some "Moose Moss" and "Moose Tracks".   Some of the best that I have had.  Yummy!

The beauty of Yellowstone cannot be surpassed.

A little bit of haze from the summertime forest fires that crop up from time to time somewhere in the region.

The Henry's Fork of the Snake was my first and last stop.  Such a beautiful place to photograph and to fish.  

Finally, a few rainbows graced my net.

But, in the end, it was the great mountain white fish that would win out.  I think that it was like 12 to 4 whities.  Haha.

So, on the road back home again...  A few days in one of my favorite spots.  Good times with friends that I don't get to see often enough.  And a chance to unwind and cool off a bit from the warmer climate of home.

It's all good...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dog Days Of Summer ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

When I fish a tailwater, I have an army of sow bugs in my box.  It's my go-to fly.  And it doesn't happen too often that I don't catch on a sow bug.  Well, yesterday was all pale morning dun nymphs.  I thought that the brown trout would get tired of those little PMD's, but nooo.  They kept chasing those size 18's and 20's and giving me a strength test down river.  Who needs to go to the gym to lift?  These browns had shoulder strength that left me sitting on the bank taking a rest after they were netted.  But, I'm not complaining.  I will always welcome a good fight and my arm feeling like jello afterwards.

This summer heat has me fishing in the morning hours and getting off the water earlier.  It's not good for me or the trout.  I'm about ready for winter again.  I'm a girl that would rather fish with snowflakes falling on my nose than brushing off horse flies.  Haha. 

One thing about summer heat, it has helped my diet.  You don't feel like eating as much when you are hot.  You tend to drink more water and stay hydrated.  I've been drinking 3/4 gal of water each day and since Feb., I have lost 34 lbs.  Lots of watermelon, cottage cheese, and fresh veggies lately.  Doesn't that sound yummy?  Lol.  Well, we are getting it done anyhow... Downside of weight loss... Baggy waders!  

The dog days of summer.  Keep em' wet.  Send em' off quickly.

~ Sunday Tippets ~

When you find a fly pattern that undeniably works, put on two of them.  Double your chances!  I just had a friend put on two dries, same pattern.  First time ever, she had a double catch on two dries!  Crazy stuff.  When nymphing, I use a slightly larger attractor ahead of my end fly.  But, if I am constantly catching on that end fly... Heck, double it up!  No need for the attractor.  Two PMD's was all I needed.  And my line often has two sow bugs, one tan and one grey.  If that bug is what they are taking... Give it to them!  =)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bringing Up The Rear ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

As a long month of packing up and moving has come to an end, I finally can sit here and write.   Moving is never fun.  And when you have collected items over the years, it makes it all that much harder.  So, two dumpsters later... Yes, here we are.  Same town, just a different view out the window.   I certainly could never have done it without some special kids and neighbors who helped us out moving the big stuff.   A big thank you to them.  Wow, I don't know if I have ever gone this long without fishing.  I can tell you though, I certainly hope I don't have to do it again soon!  Just like fishermen get cabin fever in the winter, I got packing fever in the summer.  So much worse, let me tell you!

So, I finally got out this past week or so to see if I could remember how to catch a fish.  And with some good friends joining me, it made for a very memorable trip to the river.  I had a special invite to float some big water in Wyoming.  Who can say no to that???  So, off we went.  Dark thirty in the morning, but so worth the lack of sleep.  I am a back seat person.  Don't know why.  But, I like to climb in the back seat of a truck and the back seat of a boat.  Haha. The back seat in church too!  Maybe it's the birdseye view over everyone that I like.  Hey, it's much easier than turning around and carrying on a conversation.  See what I mean?  Or easier to sleep till we get to the river...  Haha.

Yes, these were made the night before...  Why I didn't get much sleep.  Oh well.  They were enjoyed.

Bingo.  I remembered how.  Just put on a sowbug.  =)

Our friend, Griff, in the other boat with a nice bow...

And a nice cuttie for Mark!

Charlie and his dad, Chuck, getting into feesh!

Charlie always showing us how it is done.  =)

Maybe It's the hat.

All in all, we had a stellar day on the water.
Friends laughing, catching fish and enjoying the outdoors.
Thanks to Charlie for putting it together...

And I did just fine sitting in the back.

~Sunday Tippet ~

Sitting in the back allows more perspective on what's going on.

Sitting in the back gives you time to put on your make up.
Sitting in the back allows one to get some shut eye.
Sitting in the back lets you eat your pb m&m's.

See... There are some advantages!

Have a great week... =)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Sow Bug and Sagebrush Adventure

This past month has been quite the brown trout month.  My friends and I have had some awesome trips out on the water.  Trying to find water low enough has been a tough job.  Reservoirs are releasing at a high rate and the snow hasn't even started melting in the higher elevations.  But, there is a bright side to this.  Our rivers will be healthier.  The last five years have been pretty dry.  

So, it has been quite the adventure to sagebrush country as of late.  I definitely got some exercise as I had to run after a few.  But, well worth it.  These brown trout have quite the strength and sometimes I swear that there is an underwater gym that they workout at.  = )  Their shoulders are strong and they will fight.  Sow bugs were the main course and I can never tie enough of them up!  It is my go-to fly on these western tailwaters that I fish.  But, the high water has now caught up with us on most fisheries...  To the lakes!  Hahahaha

Enjoy the vid.  These friends of mine are mighty fine fly fishermen and I'm lucky to have such great friends to share river time with. We had such a great time catching long sticks of "butter".  You will see what I mean...