Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Sow Bug and Sagebrush Adventure

This past month has been quite the brown trout month.  My friends and I have had some awesome trips out on the water.  Trying to find water low enough has been a tough job.  Reservoirs are releasing at a high rate and the snow hasn't even started melting in the higher elevations.  But, there is a bright side to this.  Our rivers will be healthier.  The last five years have been pretty dry.  

So, it has been quite the adventure to sagebrush country as of late.  I definitely got some exercise as I had to run after a few.  But, well worth it.  These brown trout have quite the strength and sometimes I swear that there is an underwater gym that they workout at.  = )  Their shoulders are strong and they will fight.  Sow bugs were the main course and I can never tie enough of them up!  It is my go-to fly on these western tailwaters that I fish.  But, the high water has now caught up with us on most fisheries...  To the lakes!  Hahahaha

Enjoy the vid.  These friends of mine are mighty fine fly fishermen and I'm lucky to have such great friends to share river time with. We had such a great time catching long sticks of "butter".  You will see what I mean...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Like A Good Neighbor ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

No, it's not a State Farm commercial.  It's a story about a fly fishing buddy and good friend, Garth... aka: "Maynard" of the Three Amigos.   We recently had a heavy water content of snow hit one day and topple over trees and put branches leaning over fences.  Garth just got done helping out his neighbors.  His back ached and his bones told him that he wasn't a spring chicken anymore.  But, where was he the next week?  In my backyard cutting down tree limbs off of 5 trees with his gas chainsaw.  He probably thought he looked short at 6'3 working between my sons, the "twin towers", at 6'5 and 6'6. 

A lot of work got done in a few hours...
We were so grateful.

I went fishing for those butter browns a few days before...

A perfect place to take Garth for a little R&R after his hard work...

So Saturday, we ventured out to a river that can sometimes be technical to fish and you go away just shaking your head.  But, I was hoping that a repeat of my last visit would bring Garth some nice fish to the net.  We did well.  The browns there are spooky.  When they see you coming, they shoot off like a fighter plane!  But, we found some places that held blind fish.  J/K

A fun day with a good friend.

~Sunday Tippets~

What is a good neighbor?  One who unselfishly gives time or service to another.  One who looks out for another.  One who doesn't look for accolades.  When you take the opportunity to be a good neighbor, you will be blessed.   It usually comes back around in some form.  Those that you help, will have full hearts and their loads will be lightened.   

Thanks my friend. 
 Now it's my turn to do something for someone else.  

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The 24 Carat Adventure

The beautiful, spring weather was finally here after a very cold winter.  I was enjoying the warmer days of 60 degrees.  A friend of mine from Oregon told me that she was coming through Utah and that she could pick me up on the way to Colorado for a couple of days.  Sounded good!   It's been a few months since I've been anywhere.  As the days got closer, the weather forecast was looking colder again.  Of course!  There is one thing that I can predict about road trips.  Weather is unpredictable a lot of the time.  So, I got out my base layers and winter coats and was convinced that the trip would still be stellar even if it wasn't spring-like weather.  And I was right!  

We got into the Denver area in good time because Alice was driving.  Haha.  We were welcomed by a close friend that opened his family's home to us for a few days.  Such great people and so much fun to be around.  The next day would be the only warm and sunny day that we would have.  We got into big rainbows, cutbows, and browns.  Such a dream day of fishing.  It was perfect.  Our buddy, Rob, made sure that we had the time of our lives.  We did.

Alice was a little excited with this catch of a lifetime!

My favorite cutbow of the trip.  Such a beauty!

Another day, we met up with a bunch of our friends on a rather popular stretch of water as you can see.  Haha.  I have heard a lot about this blue ribbon fishery.  I was a little apprehensive when I got there, but was in good hands with friends who knew the place well.  I figured that the fish couldn't be any pickier than the Provo River fish.  = )  Put on those small bugs!!  So, I approached the top curve of a run and casted a couple of times and BOOM!

I decided that I liked this place.
And I had to have Rob in the picture as he helped net my nice catch!  Thank you, my friend...

On Saturday night, we had a get together at Rob's house.  It was the mother of all parties...  Rob's wife spoiled us with a HUGE buffet of appetizers like dates wrapped in bacon and jalepenos/cream cheese wrapped in bacon.  Oh yeah...  Anyone want some bbq steak or chicken with those twice baked potatoes?  Seriously, this was one of the best spreads that I have seen in a long time.  Maybe ever.  It was a fun night of visiting with fly fishing friends that we don't get to see very often.  

Our last stop was to fish small streams on the way out of town to go home.  My experience is mostly with bigger water, so I was excited to practice a bit of pocket water and a dry fly.  One of my catches was this beautiful Colorado Cutthroat.  I was standing on an upper road above the stream and saw this drop off  into a pool of water that would hold fish for sure.  I casted that dry down there...And I was right!  Now, it was a case of scaling down the rocks and snow to where I had been holding my line tight.  It was so awesome!

It was a 24 Carat Adventure... Great Friends, Fish, And Food!

Thanks to all who helped Alice and I have such a great time...

The Trip in Video...

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...