Well, Howard at Windknots and Tangled Lines has posted a contest in conjunction with Larry Snyder at Flyfishingcrazy.com...This is Howard's favorite Fish and Tackle Shop! (They have some pretty nice nets, by the way) I thank them for the opportunity to write this little diddy... So, here it goes..."I Am A Fishing Legend In My Own Mind " because...I am fly fishing crazy!! Really...What's a middle age" woman like me doing with a fly pole in hand ALMOST every week of the year anyway? I mean, I am a wife, mother of four, full-time accountant and part-time blogger at night! Ha. And to boot...I am someone that pretty much lived indoors all of her life! No camping, fishing, hiking, rowing a boat! Nope. I have started from scratch in my fly fishing adventure.
Yep, this is all new to me. And to my family...may I add. They wonder what happened to their mother...why she chose this new "hobby" (that's what they call it, but I call it a journey). One of my daughters said the other day, "You used to cook, sew, clean, and do crafts, Mom"!! Yes, she is right. I used to do all of those things. I used to own a commercial cleaning business... maybe that's why I went on hiatus for awhile! Lol. I still find time to cook and clean, but the sewing and crafts went out the window.
My children love to tell people, "My mom is fly fishing crazy!!" : ) I am. What can I say? I am the first in my family to fish. You would have to go back to my great-uncle Jay from Grass Valley, CA. to find a fly fisherman. I am sure he is smiling down on me knowing that I picked up a fly rod and can't put it down! So, why do I think that I am a legend??? Simply put, because I have so many reasons not to be doing this, yet I am!! I am a born clutz...I stumble over my feet in the river almost every time I go out. I attract all kinds of mishaps when I go out to fish...Alaska quicksand (help!), poison oak (ouch!), dunk job in the Firehole River (MP3 gone!)
What's for lunch?
And to top it off, for some UNKNOWN reason, I attract the most peculiar visitors on my fishing trips. Bears in the campground, Elk in the water wading with me, Mice dancing next to my head in the tent, Bison walking up to me as I am getting into my waders, Snakes crossing my path, and Woodchucks throwing rocks at me! (Just to name a few...can't give away future posts!) Sometimes, I feel like Mrs. Dr. Doolittle!! "Adventure In Every Riffle" is pretty close to the truth...If I didn't have so many weird experiences enjoying the outdoors, I wouldn't really have that much to blog about...so, I guess it's all good.
River X Collection
Another reason that "I Am A Fishing Legend In My Own Mind" is because I am doing something that is really difficult and totally out of the norm for me. It really is a miracle. With perserverence and dedication to learning (and it hasn't happened overnight), I have gotten where I am today. Where is that, you say? Ha. Well, after many classes to improve my knowledge and skills and endless hours on the water, I am now the buggiest girl around...Never liked them much before! Ha. But, now I'm looking under every rock, riffle, and plant...I will go out on a limb for them! I can say that this So. Cal. city slicker is now a bonifide, trout bum! Yep, give me a little mud on my boots and a fly box of my favorite things...and I can be found on the river from sun up to sun down. Rain or snow...
No, I'm not a boy!!
This fisher lady has taken her fly fishing all over the West! "Journey On" is a common phrase that I use with my friends. They know that I have a zest for life and that I love the "road trip". Give me a three day weekend, and I will find a new water hole. Over mountains, rivers, lakes and streams I go...creating new memories and overcoming challenges that await! My newest quest is perfecting the Czech nymphing technique. It's not the easiest way, but it is an absolute thrill when you set the fish...As my journey continues and I cast upon new waters, I can say that "I Am A Fishing Legend In My Own Mind"!! A fisher lady that never lets adversity stop her. And hopefully someday, my grandchildren will say, "Grandma, you are fly fishing crazy! Can we come along?"!!...Thanks, family...for letting me live my dreams and experience the "Adventure In Every Riffle"!