Monday, March 20, 2017

Saturday's Warrior, Damsel Style

There are times that I learn lessons the hard way.  I guess that it could be a bit of stubbornness.  All I know is that there is a thing called a hemostat.  It is designed to take out that hook out of your fish's mouth.  Not your fingers!  One of my catches yesterday, didn't like me trying to help him at all.  I'm laughing in the picture, simply because he also just gave me the hardest fish slap that I have ever felt !   A free puffy lip look without the cost of injections!   

That was after the initial toothy rips to the skin...

Sportsman's Warehouse... $2.99

So, ask me how my day was...
This cutbow made his way to my net after taunting me for twenty minutes...  Buddy, I'm not getting any younger!  =)

And a few fatty bows with rosy cheeks.

All in all, a spectacular day with the warm sunshine softening the snow at the end of the day just enough for my next step to fall through the 20 in and try to get out again!  I finally decided that it was easier to crawl out slowly across the next 100 ft.  Lol.  The things I do.  Someone should have had that on video.  =)   Remember my new exercise plan???  Don't think this was a part of it...

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Shredding It ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

What have I been up to lately, you ask?  Well, here I am!  Do you like my new gym attire?  There has to be something to be said for Facebook acquaintances.  They can really influence you, if you let them.  For the most part, I am cautious to the wind on who I connect with on Facebook.  A lot of my FB friends are family, childhood friends or neighbors.  Then, I have a lot of fishing friends. 

Just recently, I have connected with a gal, the Relentlessmomma, who is a fitness coach, trainer and nutritionist.  She came up on my Instagram social media with a fish photo with her and her darling son.  

I have to admit, that she intimidated me at first.  Very beautiful, very fit, and very young.  Traits that any woman would like to have...  Haha.  But, I know who I am.  A mature, grandmotherly, fly fishing woman with a thing for baking in the kitchen every once in awhile!   Well, with my health not doing so well as of late, due to a little extra weight and lack of exercise...  I decided that it was time to get serious about eating better and making a commitment to working out on a more consistent basis.   I've always enjoyed shredding the slopes of Utah!  Now, it is time to do a little shredding in the gym.    

A Kirkland Protein Power Bar for mid day snack...

Enter Jordan Jones.  An inspiration to anyone who wants to start a workout and a better way to eat each day...  She has me being consistent, which I have not been able to do before.  I am part of her private Facebook "SHRED" group, consisting of people who want to achieve similar goals and stay true to them.  It's been a great support system.  So, enter a new way to eat, exercise and feel better than I have in years... My treadmill does have an "ON" switch!  Ha!  Joining a local gym was my next step.  With Jordan's direction, I am focused again.  Thank you, thank you!  This is not a New Years Resolution.  This is a lifestyle change that I am making and I am happy to say that the rest of the family is doing it too!  It's so much easier when you are on the same page with those that you have to buy groceries and cook for... = )  

Don't worry about me... I have upped my calories to 1500 now.  = )

Yes, there has been some fishing as of late.  We had so much cold weather in February with piles and piles of snow.  But, we have gotten out during the past few weeks.  Jordan joined me one day.  Along with our mutual friend, Spencer Higa, of Tacky Fly Box fame and Falcon's Ledge.  We had a fun morning on the Provo...

Jordan with a beauty of a bow!   

Spencer had to run with this one... 

Thor...He's my friend now... Haha

I had a shy one for the camera.  = )

So, a little bit of fishing.  And a lot of relearning on how to eat properly and in smarter portions.  And every time that I go by a fast food place, I say... "YUCK"!!  Hey, it works!  So, here's to lifting a few weights and walking and cycling a few miles... Oh yeah, and hydrating your body with plenty of H20!

Sunday Tippet ~ You can shed while you shred!  The term "shredding exercise" refers to a workout that helps you burn fat and make your muscles appear more defined.  Now, I don't want to be a bodybuilder or anything like that, but having toned and strengthened arms to bring in those fish will be a plus!  = )  I've had some pretty weaksauce retrieves on the water...  All you need to have is the right combination of diet, cardio, and some weightlifting exercises to live a healthier lifestyle.  Start slow and work up...  In the long run, your heart and your body will thank you!   And I'm not ready to kick the bucket yet...


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Home Water ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

February was a month of staying close by and fishing home water.  As I have had friends come into town on a few occasions the past few weeks, the normal choice was to hit the "infamous" Provo River.   Between record snowstorms and low temps, we found a few decent days.  Oh, wait.  one day was a little windy,,, 
35 mph winds, but the fish did not care.  And I just added a 
few weights on the line.  =)

My friend, Holly, from up north of about an hour and a half, came down for the day and we put on a "clinic"!  So much fun.

Then, Jose and Whitney, from Nevada, came to town.  It was time for them to escape from all of the high water and Pyramid Lake opening up late.  They were in need of some good fishing!  It was good to see Cheris and Giezi too.  There was plenty of room for us to fish as the winds kept people home.  Their loss! 

We all had a great time on the water.  Many fish to be had.  And the fun part of sharing your home water with others is that they usually return the favor,..  So, my "Sunday Tippet" is this...
Be a trusted friend and a good fishing buddy.  Share your rivers and lakes with others.  Learn from your friends, as they also learn from you.  Share a good meal.  That's a must!  Haha.  And always have gratitude in your heart for the times that you can spend with your friends.  Near and far...  Have a great rest of the month, y'all!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bringing In The New Year

December is over.  The hustle and bustle of shopping days, preparing meals and cleaning the house for parties is over.  We are now in January, which is often colder and much more quiet.  I find myself excited about that new diet (hahahahaha) and making plans for future fishing trips this year.  But, most of all... I am grateful that I have a job that I enjoy so much, decent enough health if I follow the doctors orders, and a wonderful family that I love so much.  I want to share with you one of my favorite Christmas presents...  

         The news of a new grandbaby was pretty exciting!  This will be our third grandchild and the first baby for
 Ryan and Zoe who got married last May!

So, the fishing sort of slowed down during December and so did the blog.  Haha.  How does that happen?  Probably because I had an ongoing problem with the inside of my casting elbow.  First, I thought it was from fly fishing.  But, then it dawned on me that I have never had pain in my arm for the last seven years.   Why would it start now?  Then, I remembered the shoveling of several massive storms.  Anyway, feeling much better from resting it.

So January started with an annual event of our local Trout
Unlimited chapter, the Stonefly Society.  This outing happens on the first Saturday of each new year.  It's called...

Freeze Your Everything Off!

We started with breakfast (that wasn't long enough)...  Heck it was zero degrees at 9:00 am still!  So, I released my fishies from the net quickly and just took one photo as proof for the "judges"!  Haha

Brain freeze?

Which led Bobby to pray for that last fish so we
could all go home and warm up!!

Hey, it's the Three Amigos!  Nice of Ernie to come down every year from his Idaho
"Lazy Boy" recliner with that electric blanket over his lap...  Haha

The first catch of 2017... 

So, before we get all giddy with our resolutions of the new year, lets look back as we always do, to the past year of 
"good things fly fishing"!!

Thanks to all of my followers of the blog.  Without you, it wouldn't be worth doing.  =)  
Much love!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

I don't have time for the "Winter Blues"...

Why is it that as Fall ends and Winter starts, a lot of fishermen become seasonal fisherman?  They are now going to hang it up for the next 3-4 months.  It could be age, difficulty on snowy ground, or they just don't like cold noses!  I'm sure that a lot of "fair weather" fishermen head to the vise and tie up a lot of flies during the winter months.  I'm going to tie more too.  How do you like my perch?  Others might enjoy more TV, including college bowl games and NBA basketball.  Heck, they might even turn on QVC and buy  watch that tremendous deal on that omelette maker that their wife wants so badly for Christmas.

Now, just remember... That a happy wife is one that is coddled a little... Just a little.  = )  

I am an easy person to buy for.  A Cabelas gift card always puts a smile on my face.  Mainly because I fish all year round.  And so my gear gets pretty torn up after all that use.  Decisions on buying gear take forever with me!  I have to look at every sling or hip pack that is made before I settle on "the one".  This time around, it needs to be waterproof.  I am tired of rain/snow getting everything soggy.  It also needs to have a ton of room inside.  I like to bring most EVERYTHING!  (I really need to learn how to consolidate)  Haha.  So, suggestions are welcomed in the comments below.  I hear that the Simms and Fishpond packs might be the winners.  I went cheap last time with the $29. Cabelas hip pack.  It has lasted two years.  I guess that's pretty good.  But, now it is tearing and I don't have much more time to switch out.   So, no time for getting "Winter Blues" when you are scouting for something...

The last few catches this month were pretty nice.

 But, the snow has come and the gloves with hand warmers accompany me now...

This has to be one of the reasons that I do fish in the cold months...
It just doesn't get much prettier or surreal.  Oh, that freezing fog!

So, I'm gonna forget about the "Winter Blues" and focus on getting things accomplished this month... Maybe get in a few fishing days. But, December is a month of busy shopping days and fun times with the family.  There's never a dull moment in ours...  = )  My son and his beautiful wife prove that!