Thursday, February 22, 2018


To buy or to tie?  Ahhh, the question that fly fishers ask themselves when starting their fly fishing adventure.  So, you decide that you don't have the time of day to even start such a hobby.  So, you buy your dozen at a time at the local fly shop.  You do this for a year or so and then a friend says that midges are so easy!  You should at least tie those and some easy patterns and save some money...  

So, you buy your starter vise and start tying midges.  Then, it's sow bugs.  Then it's...  Wait a minute!  You now have a drawer full of hooks and beads.  And another drawer of dubbing packages and chenille!

Thread and wire is sitting pretty on the spool rack.  Fur, feathers, and plastic eyes.  It's starting to look like Hobby Lobby.  Is this what you weren't going to get yourself into???  Yup.

Welcome to my world.  The world that seems a bit more exciting when a fish is caught on a fly you tied up.  BUT...  Don't fool yourself into thinking that this will only be one or two patterns that you are going to tie and that's where it stops.  It's like a runaway freight train.  You can't get off.  The Fly Fish Food videos keep coming up on your laptop or phone enticing you to go back to the fly shop to buy one more thing so you can tie that new bug to catch your next fish.  No, it's not going to save you money either.   I've heard that story. 
 But, it's a hoot.

Ahhh, you are now caught in the never ending world of fly tying.  No worries.  There are worse past times.  I'm sure of it!  Haha. 

It's all about the bugs.  Ask any fly fisher.  Sure you can fool the dummest fish with a bad fly.  (Those are most of my ties)  But, the closer you get to what the fish is eating, the better off you will be.  The little guys seem to be less picky.  They haven't seen too many hooks yet.  =)

But, if you want one of these guys...  The fly needs to be the right size, color and variety most of the time.  Then, its up to you to get it in front of their face!  Haha.

So, to add to my amusement of fly tying, I found a group of friends who have coordinated a fly tying night.  Yes, it's the Tuesday Fly Tying Taco Night... We gather at someone's house, make tacos, burritos, eggplant appetizers... Are you hungry yet?  I have actually learned new taco recipes.  Hey, it's way better than the taco truck!  = ) 

I usually come away with a new pattern or two and everyone is more than happy to share their tying talents.  Fun conversation between fly fishing crazies.  What's better than that?  Thank you Aaron for bringing us together.  It's been a blast.

My diet has suffered a slight setback since I joined though.  Wonder why...  Lol.  I have learned to eat a tiny lunch on Tuesdays.  =)

So, Rebecca, taught me something recently.  If your first tie doesn't come out all that hot, write down the problems with it.  Then methodically put together another one and improve
 those things.  I couldn't believe how much better my 
second bug was...

A special thanks to my friend, Mike, too... He has been a huge help with my learning curve to this tying endeavor!  

So, whether you buy or tie...  Just get out there and have some fun.  That is what fly fishing is all about.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

A Step Behind...

So, Howard has called me out.  He says that it's time for a blog post.  I have lots of excuses. But mostly, this winter has consisted of a few cold outings to lakes and rivers without much fanfare. 

 A fish here and there and a cup of hot chocolate waiting for me when I get home.  

December and January are always challenging fishing months. 

First, to find lakes with open water or rivers with deep pools and possibly a midge hatch to fill up a winter's day.  Second, to find fish that are willing to move a little in their deeper winter homes.

Today started a little later than usual.  Waking up early to meet up with friends, my body just wasn't wanting to move.  So, I sat down to tie a few flies.  Then, I threw a batch of cookies in the oven.  I figured that I might as well have some trail food for my friends.  I then started packing my gear.  It was 9:00 am.  I was supposed to meet up at 8.  Well, better late than never, I guess.  But, I was still feeling a step behind the whole way.  Maybe the fresh 
air would do me good.

It was fishing.  Not catching.  And the still air had no sounds of fish rising.  It happens. Sometimes you have to dig down deep to get what you are after.  A stick of TNT might have helped.  Just kidding.  At least there wasn't any wind... Ha!  So, fishing became more like casting practice.  I casted out, waited ten seconds for the weighted wooley bugger to drop, strip... strip... strip.  Wait a few seconds.  Strip, strip, strip.  Repeat.  

Then, all of a sudden, a grab of my fly and poof!  I stood there dumbfounded as to why I didn't set that hook!  Was I asleep?  I guess so...  There wasn't a fish to the net.  There wasn't a streamer at the end of my line either.  All that was left was a River Damsel standing alone shaking her head for having slow reflexes on this cold winter day...  

Sometimes it is better to stay in bed.  =)

Monday, December 25, 2017

Tis The Season...

It's that time of the year that we eat too many goodies and visit relatives that we don't get to see too often.  It's also that time of the year that we find it a bit colder outside and spend maybe a bit more time at the vise tying flies.  Ho ho ho.  And for me this week, I have an important decision regarding some arthritis in the thumb that has been causing me problems.  I am considering some alternative herbal remedies, so stay tuned.  All I know is that I will be fishing TOMORROW.  

My days of fishing the high country and some of my favorite lakes will have to wait now til Spring.

The late fall fishing was pretty pleasant with the global warming.

Now we welcome winter.  The ski resorts need it desperately.   The reservoirs and rivers will need the runoff.  So, out come the fleece hats and the warm woolen mittens. 

Hoping that all of my friends and family have a wonderful Christmas season.  Happy Holidays!

From my family to yours... 


Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Pyramid Adventure ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

There's a fishery that I have wanted to visit for the last couple of years.  I finally got my chance last weekend.  A group of friends that live in Nevada and California, met up at Pyramid Lake, NV.  It was a post Thanksgiving event.  I left Friday after Thanksgiving and stayed until Monday morning.  There were several friends that knew the ropes and that could tutor me about this magical place.  I will be honest.  It wasn't the easiest place to fish.  And I got skunked.  But, I still had a great time with my fishing buddies and I am grateful for the time that they shared with me on the water to find that one fish.

This adventure was different than most.  I had a horrible motel experience, which has never happened.   To say that I was happy to leave that motel and go home and get a good night sleep is an understatement!  My car had a slight problem with the headlight going out the morning that I left.  Haha.  And I had to borrow waders to make the trip happen.  How does a girl end up with three pairs of leaky waders at the same time?  Yeah, procrastination to send them off for repair.  Oh well.  Should be in good shape for next year.  =)  And I will definitely choose a better motel to hang those waders to dry...
(You get what you pay for, I've been told)  

Pyramid Lake is an unusual animal.   The fish don't appear to be leader shy, but flourocarbon probably improves hookups.  I fished with an 8 wt rod and an indicator between 5 and 9 feet above the first fly, which was usually a wooley bugger or leech.  Then trailed that with a chronomid or snowcone midge about 18 in from the first fly.  I believe that I had the right flies.  It was just my casting in the wind that broke the camels back.  If your double haul game isn't strong, you better have a darn good single haul!  Because that wind can be brutal.  We managed to get it out there, but no fish in the net this time.  Here's Jose, who fished alongside me the two days that I was there.  He opted for a ladder at this spot... That is the other fascinating part of fishing here.  People on ladders 20 ft apart.  Haha.  Some of the drop offs can be 200 feet from shore.  

When you do it right, you get this...

If the wind is blowing the right direction, the right speed... etc. etc. etc.  And if the temps are this or that...  Yeah.  You know that the prize is there, so you deal with the "conditions".  The weather plays a huge role day to day here.  High pressure sunny no wind days are tough.  That is what we had the first day.  Cloudy windy days are the best.  But, if you get tooooo much wind, like we had the second day, you end up taking a long lunch break!  Ha!

There are two different strains of Lahontan Cutthroats.  Pilot Peak and Summit.   They are both beautiful in their own right.  These cutthroat can get up to 20 lbs.  I just wanted a 5 pounder!   I'm not picky.   =) 

So, there's a few "tippets" about fishing Pyramid Lake...  Now enjoy a vid that sums up a pretty darn good trip, despite not catching anything!  All you need is friends to share a turkey dinner with and have a taco night that is "out of this world" delicious!  My 40 lbs lost is holding steady.  Now to get through the holidays.  Enjoy the video.  It was fun to put together.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Full Moon Adventure

Six years and a couple weeks later, I was finally reunited with one of my favorite pals, Howard of the Windknots and Tangled Lines blog.  You can read "his take" about our adventure here.  For the past few years, we have tried to "hook up" on a Colorado river and to no avail.  Finally, we got all of our ducks in a row... (hey, it's duck season!) and we had our day.

It was fortunate for us, that Steph of the Antlers and Gills blog, lives right on the street of his favorite little creek.  So, I told Howard and Chris of the Fading Angler blog (who flew in from MN.) to meet us there.  It was a chilly and crisp morning with a light freeze on the steps outside.  But, they melted off nicely by the time those two guys rolled up in their Rolls Royce errr... Jaguar.  Ok, if I was renting a car from the airport in CO., I will go on record saying that my choice would be a Jeep!!  Hahahaha.  

So, this happened.  Howard had a nice brown on the end of his line and as I was scooting falling down on my butt to net the fish, it was ADIOS!  Dang... I'm lousy help!  Sorry, pal.  I owe you more cookies.  Next time we will net that fish!

But, hey, it was better than sitting in a fly shop after your hospital visit in 2011!

Chris put a few brownies in the net on Clear Creek.

Stephanie and I pretty much just enjoyed chatting with the guys and catching up on things.

We had an awesome lunch at Lucha's!  My favorite Colorado Mexican restaurant so far...  You will have to take me somewhere else to prove that there is better.  Haha.  

I took the guys to the Blue River in the afternoon to find it changed to the Brown River.  A side channel had leaked out some bad muddy water.  The snow decided to come in too, so I let Howard (I fish in this kind of crap all the time) make the decision on calling it a day.  It was sad to say goodbye.  But, we all had a good time together that day for sure!  Did my hard hug give that away, Howard?  =)   As most of you know, my blogger buddies from the beginning, mean a lot to me.  They gave me a quick start to my blog and have followed faithfully all of these years.  I wouldn't have had so much fun with it without them.

So, here comes the "Full Moon" part of the adventure...
People will tell you different views on it.  But, I honestly feel that when the full moon is out, that the fishing is usually slower during the day, due to the fish eating all night long under the lit up skies.  I cannot come up with any other excuse reason for catching less when it's out.  Except that maybe it's me!!!!!  Hahahahaha

So, three days of fishing with the "Full Moon" effect...  What are you going to do?  Fish anyway!  That's why I came out here!  
And to see the beautiful fall colors of Colorado.  It just doesn't get much better than the month of October.  Why I have a pilgrimage out here every year. 

There were fish caught, friends visited, and bbq eaten!  What more could you ask for??

That "full moon" couldn't take away from all the fun that I had!
I love meeting up with my Friends of the Fly.  A special camaradarie between friends that enjoy time on the water...

Thanks to all who took time out to fish with me during the
 "Full Moon"...   I will never forget my visit and the trip to the freeway to go home.  Hahahahaha.  That canyon was so beautiful, 
I almost got back out of my car to put on my waders again!  =)  Yeah, it took me twice as long to get down the road because of all the beauty and stopping for pictures.  But, that is what life is about.  Enjoying the journey!

Enjoy the video...