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"???  =)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wishing You And Yours...

Twas the night on Christmas Day and all through the house...  Not a creature was stirring...  Oh Yay, Oh Yay!!!  How many of you have that same feeling tonight?  Well, I thought that I had better come over here before the day is completely gone and wish all of you a Very, Merry, Christmas!  Now, to grab my Tums and finally get that nap that I wanted six hours ago... Haha.  

Hugs and Kisses


Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Red Cliff Adventure

When you go for a weekend trip to catch big trout, you must pick the right location.  And last weekend took me to such a place.  Surrounded by bright, red cliffs in a high sagebrush desert, the Green River in Utah has been my nemesis ever since I first fished it several years ago.   I've fought tooth and nail to net the few trout I get each time out.  So, when a couple of buddies invited me out to fish it, I was very excited to get some inside scoop from those that fish it consistently. 

The first day, we waded.  Mostly rainbows, with a few browns to the net.  A good start.  Even had a double with two of us with a fish on... and later almost had a triple.  Way fun!

The second day was floating through the B section of the Green.  The A section takes you from the Flaming Gorge Dam to the Little Hole takeout.  Then, there is the B section from Little Hole and ends at Browns Park.  And C takes you down to Swallow Canyon.  B was on the agenda and I was so overly excited to finally see a lot more of the river that I couldn't get to by foot.

The best part about the float was fishing with two guys who know this river.  It was such a learning experience.  We were let off the boat to wade about 5 or 6 times along the 7 to 8 mi stretch of river.  And those spots produced big time.  

Along the way, we had to float through the Red Creek Rapids.  Oh... I was like, so glad that I am with an experienced guide!  And as we went through the rapids and manuevering this way and that, I wasn't even nervous.  Sure, I had on my life jacket on, but the fact that we slid through almost perfectly without a rock hitting the bottom or even getting close to boulders was truly amazing.  I was impressed.  And it was better than any log ride at Disneyland!  Footnote: You can ask the guide to let you out of the boat to walk the trail past the rapids and then get back in.  That's what Howard would do...

But, most of the float was calm waters.  Simply breathtaking red cliffs and green water that it is famous for.  

Yes, I finally fell in love with the Green River.  

And near the end of the journey, I came across the "boss" brown.  He was hiding in the "jungle".

Thanks to my buddies, Ryan and David for an amazing two days on the water.

You can find Guide, David Schneider at the Flaming Gorge Resort in Dutch John, UT...
I highly recommend him!!!  He is an amazing teacher of the water and a super nice guy to boot...

A recap... to The Red Cliff Adventure!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A Few Thanksgiving Giblets ~ Damsel Style

Thanksgiving is a day when many Americans gather together with family for an afternoon of food and football, but just how far do people travel to spend turkey day at Grandma's house?  The AAA estimated that 42.2 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles over Thanksgiving weekend last year. 
Here are some fun factoids...errr...giblets for you.

1.  The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States in 2007—were eaten at Thanksgiving.

2.  Cranberry production in the U.S. is expected to reach 750 million pounds in 2011. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington are the top cranberry growing states.

3.  According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.

4.  The sweet potato is most plentifully produced in North Carolina, which grew 972 million pounds of the popular Thanksgiving side dish vegetable in 2010. Other sweet potato powerhouses included California and Mississippi, and the top producing states together generated over 2.4 billion pounds of the tubers.

5.  Though many competing claims exist, the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621.  Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared a harvest feast, acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations.  The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three daysMore than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

6.  The top five most popular ways to serve leftover Thanksgiving turkey are: sandwiches, soups or stews, salads, casseroles, and stir-fry.

7.  Only tom turkeys gobble. Hen turkeys make a clucking noise.  A large group of turkeys is called a flock.

8.  Several Thanksgiving day parades are broadcast on television. These parades are organized by big stores in several American cities. The parade organized by the Macy's store in New York is the biggest. Giant balloons 200 meters high float above the street. The balloons are in the shape of creatures from popular cartoons and television programs. People on the ground hold heavy ropes so the balloons do not fly away.  Hey...Look!  It's Mr. Potato Head!!

Stemming from traditions seen in Europe, the first parade was put on by Macy’s employees who were first-generation immigrants wanting to have festivals similar to the ones their families experienced growing up in Europe.

9.  Thanksgiving also is a time when Americans share what they have with those who do not have much. Churches and other groups provide free meals for old people, the homeless, and the poor. Many Americans give turkeys or other food to these groups. Some spend part of the day helping to prepare and serve the meals.  Several families in my neighborhood go downtown in the morning to the homeless shelter.  It is a great experience to volunteer and share time with those that are so truly appreciative.

10.  Did you know that the River Damsel started her blog on November 24, 2010?  Yes, my friends, the blog has done it's best to bring you some type of reading enjoyment these past 4 years.  This will be the 349th post.  There have been 230,000 pageviews on those posts, along with 3,800 comments.  I know that it wouldn't have been as successful if it wasn't for my wonderful readers and commentors.  So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  

I have thouroughly enjoyed my time with my fellow bloggers.  Your stories and postings are often inspirational to me.  The friendships made are definitely a bonus... I love meeting my fellow bloggers in person and to be able to fish in different parts of the country from time to time.  = )  It has been a great experience.

It's been another great year.  A very memorable one.  Some amazing fly fishing trips to write about.  A very lucky girl am I. The writing has slowed down a bit this past year.  But, when life gives you a little health hiccup to fight, all you can do is put one foot in front of the other and do your best.  Funny, how fishing can make most of the aches and pains subside for a little while.  Maybe that is why I haven't put that fly rod away yet... Ha.  It soothes the body, the soul, the mind.  Be good and enjoy your time with family and friends during the upcoming holidays.  Give out as many hugs as you can.  For this life is about people in your life, not the material things one gains. Be grateful for all that you have.  I love you all.  Happy Thanksgiving!!