Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Great White Adventure

It's not every day that you get to go on a great white adventure.  I just recently got back from one.  Let me tell you how exciting it is to have that big whitie at the end of your line.  They pull hard.  They often take you down into the depths of the water over and over again before coming in.  The struggle is real.  Believe me.

Then, you finally net that great white.  And look at it with a puzzled look on your face.  Oh, it's Mr. Whitefish!  The salmonoid who feeds off the bottom.  As many people look down on Mr. Whitie, he still can save the day from a skunking.  So, thank you.  

My adventure to Yellowstone National Park recently, started out with a lot of great whites...errrr... mountain whitefish.  It really didn't seem to matter whether you had two weights on or just one weight.  They were there.  

There are a few of these signs in the YNP.   Kind of fun to have that feeling of  "A River Runs Through It".

Some of my best buds live in Idaho and in the Yellowstone area.  It's always fun to share time on the water with these guys.  
Lonnie and Kerry have great knowledge and are top notch guides from the Drift Lodge and Fly Shop in Island Park, ID.   Give em a holler if you are ever in the area... 

Most of the fishing was in the mornings before the water got too warm.  I personally can't wait for the fall.  It's my favorite time of year.  Throw me a jacket!  Haha

So, I spoiled my diet and gained back 3 lbs.  The downside of the trip.  But, it was worth it.  And I already have it off again.  There was a great ice cream shop in West Yellowstone that gave me some "Moose Moss" and "Moose Tracks".   Some of the best that I have had.  Yummy!

The beauty of Yellowstone cannot be surpassed.

A little bit of haze from the summertime forest fires that crop up from time to time somewhere in the region.

The Henry's Fork of the Snake was my first and last stop.  Such a beautiful place to photograph and to fish.  

Finally, a few rainbows graced my net.

But, in the end, it was the great mountain white fish that would win out.  I think that it was like 12 to 4 whities.  Haha.

So, on the road back home again...  A few days in one of my favorite spots.  Good times with friends that I don't get to see often enough.  And a chance to unwind and cool off a bit from the warmer climate of home.

It's all good...

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dog Days Of Summer ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

When I fish a tailwater, I have an army of sow bugs in my box.  It's my go-to fly.  And it doesn't happen too often that I don't catch on a sow bug.  Well, yesterday was all pale morning dun nymphs.  I thought that the brown trout would get tired of those little PMD's, but nooo.  They kept chasing those size 18's and 20's and giving me a strength test down river.  Who needs to go to the gym to lift?  These browns had shoulder strength that left me sitting on the bank taking a rest after they were netted.  But, I'm not complaining.  I will always welcome a good fight and my arm feeling like jello afterwards.

This summer heat has me fishing in the morning hours and getting off the water earlier.  It's not good for me or the trout.  I'm about ready for winter again.  I'm a girl that would rather fish with snowflakes falling on my nose than brushing off horse flies.  Haha. 

One thing about summer heat, it has helped my diet.  You don't feel like eating as much when you are hot.  You tend to drink more water and stay hydrated.  I've been drinking 3/4 gal of water each day and since Feb., I have lost 34 lbs.  Lots of watermelon, cottage cheese, and fresh veggies lately.  Doesn't that sound yummy?  Lol.  Well, we are getting it done anyhow... Downside of weight loss... Baggy waders!  

The dog days of summer.  Keep em' wet.  Send em' off quickly.

~ Sunday Tippets ~

When you find a fly pattern that undeniably works, put on two of them.  Double your chances!  I just had a friend put on two dries, same pattern.  First time ever, she had a double catch on two dries!  Crazy stuff.  When nymphing, I use a slightly larger attractor ahead of my end fly.  But, if I am constantly catching on that end fly... Heck, double it up!  No need for the attractor.  Two PMD's was all I needed.  And my line often has two sow bugs, one tan and one grey.  If that bug is what they are taking... Give it to them!  =)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bringing Up The Rear ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

As a long month of packing up and moving has come to an end, I finally can sit here and write.   Moving is never fun.  And when you have collected items over the years, it makes it all that much harder.  So, two dumpsters later... Yes, here we are.  Same town, just a different view out the window.   I certainly could never have done it without some special kids and neighbors who helped us out moving the big stuff.   A big thank you to them.  Wow, I don't know if I have ever gone this long without fishing.  I can tell you though, I certainly hope I don't have to do it again soon!  Just like fishermen get cabin fever in the winter, I got packing fever in the summer.  So much worse, let me tell you!

So, I finally got out this past week or so to see if I could remember how to catch a fish.  And with some good friends joining me, it made for a very memorable trip to the river.  I had a special invite to float some big water in Wyoming.  Who can say no to that???  So, off we went.  Dark thirty in the morning, but so worth the lack of sleep.  I am a back seat person.  Don't know why.  But, I like to climb in the back seat of a truck and the back seat of a boat.  Haha. The back seat in church too!  Maybe it's the birdseye view over everyone that I like.  Hey, it's much easier than turning around and carrying on a conversation.  See what I mean?  Or easier to sleep till we get to the river...  Haha.

Yes, these were made the night before...  Why I didn't get much sleep.  Oh well.  They were enjoyed.

Bingo.  I remembered how.  Just put on a sowbug.  =)

Our friend, Griff, in the other boat with a nice bow...

And a nice cuttie for Mark!

Charlie and his dad, Chuck, getting into feesh!

Charlie always showing us how it is done.  =)

Maybe It's the hat.

All in all, we had a stellar day on the water.
Friends laughing, catching fish and enjoying the outdoors.
Thanks to Charlie for putting it together...

And I did just fine sitting in the back.

~Sunday Tippet ~

Sitting in the back allows more perspective on what's going on.

Sitting in the back gives you time to put on your make up.
Sitting in the back allows one to get some shut eye.
Sitting in the back lets you eat your pb m&m's.

See... There are some advantages!

Have a great week... =)

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...