Catch First Fish Beg. Class Adv. Class Beg. Class Adv. Class Adv. Class On My Own!!! : )
2 Dunks 2 Dunks 1 Dunk 0 Dunks!!
Up to your neck or more = A Dunk!
So, you look at this timeline of my fly fishing experience classes through the years and think it is hilarious! So do I!! One person shouldn't have to take so many classes, you say. Well, I am frickin' slow or just like to socialize...you pick. Maybe a little of both, to tell you the truth. This is my journey of try, try again! And many have joined me along the way, which has been the most fun part of it. And because of Howard putting up a little contest over at Windknots and Tangled Lines (VOTE!), I get to bore tell you a little about my brief, but incredibly exciting timeline of fly fishing. A short four years into it...and it has been an "Adventure In Every Riffle"!! I have had trips with non-invited guests, such as snakes, bears, bison, and even a dancing mouse!! And I have learned to fly fish along the way... It's been a journey in learning what NOT to do... : ) (Someday, I will get in more Unorthodox...err...Outdooress Style lessons onwhat to do...until then, I'm afraid that I am in a similar group along with The Unaccomplished Angler!) Even, with an FR sticker, we still had plenty of follies. UA got lucky, because he never got dunked when he was with me...amazingly enough.
SUMMER OF 2007...Where it all began. My memory is not so good. So, I am going to pretend that I remember my first time with a fish. Ugh, ok. How about this? I was invited to Strawberry Reservoir with some friends to have a picnic and put blown up worms on the end of a spinning rod. They got their fish. But, my little red/white ball didn't move one i-oda. Finally, a pull on the line. As everyone was telling me to start reeling in, I wondered if it would actually be a fish or a piece of green undergrowth...Yes, I had a fish...my first. "Do I have to hold it?", I asked. They laughed and said, "If you want a picture with it"!
FALL OF 2007 - My second attempt with a spin rod and I am smiling, but I don't know if I was quite in my comfort zone... Yes, the fish was a beauty and it made my day. I now knew that I liked holding fish, just not worms... ; ) So, when I got home...I called a friend that I skiied with in the winter and liked to fish also...but, a different kind of fishing. Something with "flies" that imitated bugs...hmmm. That sounded good! He said that I could tag along with his buddies, but I would have to get some waders and boots. And a fly rod. Oh, all of that? Ok..next year.
SUMMER OF 2008 - Here's my friend, Fash. The patient friend that gets the credit or the blame (Ha!) for introducing fly fishing to me. I took this picture of this nice brown trout after I accidently caught a baby bow (4 in if best) on my line walking downstream...with my line dragging behind me. Lesson learned from this day: Never try to cross a river by yourself if the current is a little bit faster than you can handle. Fortunately, a helping hand on the side of the bank gave me a save!! (My closest encounter to drowning) I don't even think Fash thought that I would stick it out with fly fishing...but, now I fish more than he does!! Lol. After that afternoon, he suggested to me that I might enjoy taking some fly fishing classes at the local fly shop and really learn all the facets of it...(and learn the safety rules!)
FALL OF 2008 - So, I found my niche...I knew that I liked to fish with flies... : ) And I thought that casting a fly rod was easier than a spin rod... So, off to Micky Finns - Beginners Class. A full class of 30 people and had several women, which was a plus! I made several friends that I still fish with on occasion. Caught a few fish, life was good. This wasn't going to stop anytime soon and my family knew it. I am not a quitter...I love a challenge and I certainly found it. Haha. I was stoked...the Advanced Class was next. And they got to go on trips out of state. Island Park, ID., The Madison River, MT., and two lakes that included Chesterfield Reservoir, ID. (BIG FISH!) I netted this fish sitting in icy water and about 25 degrees! (Oh, and got a dunk at the end getting out) Are you seeing a pattern here??? Fortunately, one of the guys that I drove with, handed me dry clothes...just had to explain to the hubby. : )
SPRING AND FALL OF 2009 -Istill needed more help with matching the hatch, reading the water, and my casting skills. So, I tried another Beginner Class to improve skills. I learned, I practiced. I started looking at bugs...hmmm!! Screening was fun! And having a million, zillion caddis all over my arms and face...was wonderful! In the mix was a Czech Nymphing Class,Still Water Class and Yellowstone; part of another amazing Advanced Class.And more fishing friends. : ) The Firehole is my favorite YNP river because when you fall in...you don't come out with a chill! (I confess, my 2nd dunk of the year)
FALL OF 2010 - By this time, my fam thinks that I have totally gone nuts. I am now fishing once or twice a week. I have converted from a ski bum to a fish bum. Plain and simple. My skiing friends can't believe it when I want to do both in the same day...I take another CzechNymphingClass. And a Yellowstone trip. I meet Rebecca Garlock through a mutual friend. We fish River X. Now, I am never turning back. It seems that she thinks that I should have a fly fishing blog...I laugh! A few weeks later...The River Damsel is born!! I join the OBN and now it is all gell'n!! Now is my chance to take more adventures...and write about them! And in 2010...I only fell in once. ; ) Trying to help a mother and two children that flipped over in their tubes going down the Weber River. I got them all over to the side and then, I went down!! Dang, slippery moss!! When I was sitting on a rock afterwards, I saw a blue damsel...So, it was easy to come up with a blog name. And my sub-title..."Adventure In Every Riffle", self-explanatory.
THE YEAR OF 2011 - AMAZING!! Look around this blog. My post, RD's 2011...In Retrospecttells it all!! I don't know how one could get more into a year. I fished in NC, TN, ID, CO, UT...I have been very fortunate to meet many wonderful people this past year and share some fly fishing time with them. I appreciate all who have read and commented on this little ol' blog. It has been an exciting adventure and so worthwhile...even through the "dunks"!
It's a very simple "tippet" today... Invest in studs for your wading boots. I did finally!!!(2011) And always bring a set of dry clothes when you venture out! And now you know why I got a box of "Dunkaroos" for Christmas... : ) It was an inside joke...