Sunday, July 10, 2016

Man's Best Friend? ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

So many pets.  So many that have been dogs.  Well, it seems that there is a new, upcoming favorite on the horizon... Yes, believe it or not, it's the GOAT!!   Now, before you give the eyeroll and chuckle to yourself...  Read on.



First, the goat has been studied and has shown that it can interact and communicate with humans.  There are even some domesticated goats.  Whether they are kept indoors, I do not know.  Haha.  My guess is that they have a nice, cozy pen and sleep inside a barn or sheltered area.   = )  How do they communicate, you ask?




So, you aren't into a vocal pet.  And don't need your pet screaming for attention.  (It could sound like a haunted house)  Maybe you have a few noisy children in your household already...  Well, then, the goat might not be for you.  = )

But, here is a "tippet" in favor of the goat as your next best friend.


They are excellent "pruners" for your back cast!!!

Goats are considered to be an ecological, cost-effective way to keep weed growth to a minimum.  And in my case, they can take care of those tall bushes and trees that hamper my back cast.   No more flies getting snagged in whatever is behind you.  Just bring your new, best friend.  The goat.  



Disclaimer:  It is best to keep your goat in a fenced yard, so they might not prune your neighbors bushes.  =)











Sunday, July 3, 2016

A Girls Day Trip

Just when I was thinking of heading out to fly fish, I had a thought to ask one or two friends to join.  It's fun to do a girl's day trip once in awhile.  I decided to ask two Facebook friends that I haven't fished with.  And it would end up being one of my favorite days on the river for this year.  One thing that people need to know about traveling with me, is that I start early.  I have started telling people to show up a half hour earlier than I want to go.  Hey, these two were just 15 min late... I think that I will fish with them again.  Haha.


We were ready for a great day.  All the right flies and all the positive energy needed.  We were chatting on the drive like we had known each other for years.  One common thread (fly fishing) can bond people together from all walks of life.  As I have traveled, I have found this out.   We can share a sport, passion, or hobby, and have friendships that last a lifetime. 


These two rocked it from the start.  Here is Kerry with a nice, big rainbow at the end of her line.  Rebeca is ready with the net just in case...


We had so many fish and we were spot on with our dry flies and nymphs.  The other two did more dry fly fishing, while I put on a tandem nymph with an emerger.  Each time we met another angler, they would ask us how we were doing.  Our answer would be, "GREAT!"   They would look at us with this face of disillusionment.  They obviously didn't have the same catch rate that day.  We would share our findings and flies used.  They would give us a fond farewell in hopes to catch some more fish.  By far, we had the most success that day.   I've known for awhile that women make just as good of fly fishers as men.  And in this day and age, I believe that women are getting more and more of a second look. 

Not just because they are surprised to see us there, but for the knowledge and skills we bring to the water.  I am so grateful to know so many beautiful gals inside and out that work hard in getting better and sharing their talents with those that ask.  Many ladies also give of their time in Trout Unlimited, Casting For Recovery, Project Healing Waters and many more free clinics in their home areas.  






We caught some extraordinary rainbows that day.

We made some absolutely fun and adventurous new friends.

We enjoyed a great Mexican dinner!



Yes, a girls day trip is always a good thing to do...




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There's No Such Thing As A Loser...

That's right.  Only quitters.  And a quitter is someone who gave up on their dream.  A true winner is someone who will fight for their dream even when the world says they can't have it.  No one ever loses anything, they just simply give up on what they were after.  In the long run, isn't it better to say that you gave it your best shot instead of not trying at all?  




So what are we afraid of?  Let me put a fishing example out there.  Many of us that fly fish, have our go-to flies, our favorite rivers that we know very well.  



How often do we just throw our fly box in the car and go to a new place to scout out?  What are we afraid of?  That we might get skunked because we don't have the "experience" in this new water?  I will answer that question with a BIG "YES"!!  Folks, it's all about the adventure!


  I have decided to step outside the box for a day trip that I am taking next week.  It will be a challenge.  I expect that much.  But, I will make the best of it.  And I will throw my 6 or 7 years of experience into figuring it out.  I'm downright excited!  Because, you see, if I come up empty...  I tried my best.  Nothing to be ashamed of.   And if I catch and put fish in the net...  Then, I have improved my skills.   You see, winners are always learning and are always looking for new ways to challenge themselves.  They are positive thinkers and they work hard for what they believe in.  So, I'm going to step outside my comfort zone and head to the river "Unknown".  Because it's the challenges in life that make us stronger.

 A friend of mine had me read from Romans 5:4-5.  It tells us that patience produces character and character produces hope and this hope will never disappoint us.

        Do I hear an "Amen"?  = )








Sunday, May 22, 2016

One Fly ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

There is a time in every fly fisherman's life, that he or she has a special day with just "one fly".   For some, it happens more often.  But, for me, I'm usually happy if two or three flies are working well  on a trip out.  If memory serves me right, I don't think that I have had an outing where "one fly" gave more than several dozen netted.


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As the afternoon wore on, I kept looking at this magical fly.  A bit tattered with ends unraveling.  What once was tight, now was loose.   (That sounds like my skin)  Yes, this was not the prettiest fly.  It was downright ugly!  But, it was beautiful in my eyes as it had caught close to thirty fish.  Could it keep going?  Would I finally lose it under a rock or in a tree?  Oh, I didn't even want to venture such a thought.  I could stick it in my hat right now and call it good.  And leave it there for old time sake as a remembrance of a great day on the water.  Where had the time gone?  The sun had moved it's position in the sky.


I looked at the clock for the first time that day.  Ohhh... It was already that time that I was supposed to be back at the car.  It was time to go home.  Time had flown by and those boots had to go in the direction of the car now.  The slow walk back had me shaking my head how incredible the day had been.  There isn't a better feeling than being in the zone while fishing.  You don't always see things happen quickly and easily...  There are challenges in fly fishing.  And that is why it intrigues me.  But, once in awhile, we have that special day.  As I put my gear back into the car, I reached into my fly box to retrieve the "one fly" that would be stuck into my hat and to never be used again.  As I looked at my weather app, I noticed something startling.  The barometer was falling.  I had hit the front of a storm...  Don't ever tell me it doesn't effect the fish.  Lol.



The day needed to be capped off in style.  A cozy restaurant in the canyon that has a few peacocks strolling the grounds was a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the outside table on the porch.


Did I say that it was a perfect day?  That one on the left is mine.  A garlic bleu burger that is undoubtedly the best I've had.  Yummy!  


After using a single fly all day long, I had to look up the "single fly" competitions that I have always heard about.  No, I'm not ready to enter into one.  Haha.  But, this is what they are about.

The Utah Single Fly, held on Utah's beautiful Green River, is a fly fishing tournament whose goal is to raise funds to support TU's work to protect and restore streamflows in Utah and to fight the spread of aquatic invasive into Utah waters.

Teams consist of four anglers.  One fly per angler, one point per trout caught and released added to the total inches of two measured trout.  A “big trout bonus” of 5 points for a trout of 20‐22”.  “super
big trout bonus” of 10 points for a trout >22”.

I've heard that these are fun competitions for a great cause.  Now, I look up to those who have entered, as it isn't the easiest to select the "one fly" that takes in all your fish.  = )


Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Back Roads Adventure

It was another epic adventure with "The Three Amigos" last month.  As we normally do, we met up in Montana, which ranks 44th in the U.S. population statistics.  And you can see why they have this ranking, as there are more back roads than highways.  And along those miles of no man's land are some 56 native fish species.  It is the place of my first Arctic Grayling.  And it is the "Amigos" meeting place every year at the end of March.  And each year we have different family/friends join us for some "trouting" along these back roads...


No, he wasn't on our adventure...


Here we are...


With our special guests... Squiggy and "Pa".

The gang was all here, ready to search and find some of the prettiest trout along our way.

As the rivers beckoned our most delicate casts with a dry fly at times, it gave back some rich rewards in return.  

But, in the end, it wasn't the trout we caught, but it was about the comaradarie that we share as close friends.  Friends who despite the many shenanigans and taking unexpected back roads, come back to Montana each year to share many laughs and fishy smiles.

Enjoy the slideshow of the "Back Roads Adventure"