Sunday, August 16, 2015

Smelling The Roses ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

Stop!  Take a deep breath in.  Now take a deep breath out.  Look all around you.  Have you been rushing around or working late which has resulted in not paying as much attention as you should to those things around the house?  Are you spending quality time with your loved ones?  The time is now.  Not later.  The time is now to share special moments like a little league game or a recital for a child or grandchild.  The time is now to come home early one night and make dinner to a surprised spouse.  The time is now to give that big hug or an act of kindness to a friend in need.  This life gets too busy and cluttered.  Sometimes I feel like I am on a merry-go-round.  In fact, I'm taking a little break from fishing this month to take care of some more important things...

First of all, my youngest son, who is now a ripe old age of 20, comes home tomorrow from his church mission in Arizona.  It's been an exciting two years of writing once a week and exchanging pictures.  In his last letter, he said that it was the best thing that he has ever done in his life.  He has definitely grown into a man and has developed even a deeper love for others.  And a stronger relationship with God.  I'm so proud of him.  

And second, my hubby's side of the family will be having a family reunion and we will be taking off for Tennessee in a few weeks.  The last time that I was in TN...  Oh yeah, it was fishing with Owl Jones!  That seems like a century ago.  This time, I will be fishing a different part of the state.  And getting in some lake fishing as we are staying in a lake house for the week.  Oh boy!  

And third, my health is more important than my fishing. (This actually should be first)   Bottom line... I need more rest.  I have such a bad habit of biting off more than I can handle when it comes to fishing hours.  It's not a race.   It's supposed to be about relaxation and well being.  Right?  So, with that said...

Here is what I have been doing the past month or so... 

So, there you have it.  A few browns and bows from local waters.  But, now it is family time.  And to put the rod up until Tennessee...  It really won't be too difficult, as the temps have been soaring to the 90's each day and when I'm too hot to fish, the fish are too hot also..  At least that is my opinion!  = )

~Sunday Tippets~

Take the time to stop stressing about the little things.  If you are running out of time to do it all, it's time to prioritize.  Put those people and things that need attention FIRST!   Stay the course!  And if you have some "me" time...  Go enjoy yourself.  Just remember that this life is short...


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.