Mmmm...Not that kind of breakdown...I don't use a sleigh anyway!
My one lifetime conquest...
Ugh...no. That isn't the right picture. I can pass on sharks.
That's more like it. Mr. Bonefish. There's just something about those eyes!! (2013-Cancun, MX.)
I have a saying and it goes something like this..."When Life Gets Tough...I Walk The River Rocks!" I tackle everyday
problems occurences, like most of you...work, family, health...etc.etc.etc. But, things always seem better when I can spend a little time with my finned friends. And even when life is OK...what better place to rejuvenate, relax...heck no...I'm not talking about a day spa! Who needs that???
The River Runs Through...every vein of my body... Here's to 2012!~
RD's Fishing Wish List
(In no specific order...jumbled like my mind sometimes!)
1. Idaho Falls...ID. Let's get to the point. Lake Brookies with Mel. Fly fishing on the South Fork of the Snake. It's just time. I have wanted to meet this guy for awhile now. And this is the year. I will even bring my spin rod...but, he's going to have to put the worm on the hook! : )
|No, not a bad hair day, a cold day...Clif!|
2. The Madison River...MT. Yes, I missed my first year in awhile. And well...it will be nice to be back "home". Those big fish just have never failed me yet...Hebgen Lake and Kelly Galloup's Fly Shop...I'm there!!
3. The Frying Pan...Colorado. Have to test out the "toilet bowl"...I hear that there is more too it than the title says. In fact...this place is my dream spot to fish...I will show you why when I return.
4. RMNP, The Poudre...CO. Yes, my friends...A return visit to fish with my wonderful Rocky Mountain Frenzy friends...You made the first Frenzy, one to remember. RM Frenzy II is coming up. Either Spring or Fall. And I still have a long, overdue fishing appointment with you know who. Ugh, that guy to the left. I will make sure that it is warm enough weather for him to be outside.
5. Steelhead...Haven't decided where yet...but, one steelie must find my net. Oregon, Idaho, Michigan, New York...wherever I can find one! Maybe a guide (or a fellow blogger) could help me on this feat! ; ) 9 wt ready...
6. Yellowstone...WY. There isn't a year that I don't try to make a trek up north to the most beautiful country there is. The Firehole and The Lamar are repeats for sure! And Lava Creek with the brookies!!
7. River X, Somewhere...As I journey north to visit my friend, Rebecca, this will be the year that I will find out more about those "taunting" brown trout and how to pursue them in the deep holes!! I am looking forward to more "Unorthodox" fly fishing training and just plain, endless FUN!!
8. In my own backyard of Utah...why not? I need to fish Lake X and a few other lakes nearby for more tiger trout. I caught a 20 incher last year...let's just go for it and say...24" of tiger love!!
9. Well, I hear that Troutrageous is making his way out here to Utah for the Tenkara Summit...I must say, that meeting him and Mel this next year, would be awesome! I love "Blogger Moments" and meeting people face to face (if you haven't noticed) Of course, it would be a bonus if I could get him to fish the Provo with me! : ) Forget the lime jello, Mike...It's the ICE CREAM that you have to check out when you are here!! Sorry...it really is as good as it looks.
10. This is freaking exciting. And you will have to go HERE to see why it is one of the highlights of my wish list!! I am going for the Grand Slam of Fly Fishing...with the help of Spencer Higa, this will be a little fishing birthday present to myself this year...heehee. : ) Trying to catch four different species of trout- brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook- in a single day. And to possibly get them from the same river!! How about them river rocks??? I might even get a shiny pin... : )
Well, that's it folks! Maybe, someday...I will even go "Salmon Fishing In the Yemen"!! You never know.
"That guy"...sigh...he's so high maintenance! ;) Great year you have planned, and I'm sure to see you at some point!ReplyDelete
So ambitious! I look forward to ride that will let me live vicariously through you!ReplyDelete
Decades later the RD is a wonderful old friend find. River X, hmm. Three favorites: Dearborn River, MT; cutthroats Eagle Lake, AB; and brook trout streams into Priest Lake, ID. Wishing your whole family all the very best. DT JeffReplyDelete
A very interesting agenda. We'll follow as you work your way through it.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a big year ahead, but still no bass (or other warmwater) on the list? Maybe one day you'll venture to the South again and Kelly and I can take you out for a warmwater adventure.ReplyDelete
Best of luck with your goals!
Sounds like a lot of fun, several river x's you've mentioned I have on my own whish list this year. And catching my first tiger trout of any size is a high priority. Look forward to your post's on all 10 of these adventures, good luck!ReplyDelete
Erin ~ Yes, it is quite the "wishful" thinking...but, if you don't have a plan...it is highly unlikely that it will be accomplished! Howard ~ pffft!! Piece of cake...I have the perfect beanie hat for him. : )ReplyDelete
Brookfield ~ You can hitch a ride on this wild adventure anytime, my friend! Should have a few not so tall tales to tell...ReplyDelete
"DT" Jeff ~ Nice clue, there. Wow...incredible. It took me a few minutes to figure that one out! Glad you caught up with me here on my crazy fly fishing life...things have changed a little since you knew this Cali girl...eh?ReplyDelete
Mark ~ "Working my way through it" Well, if it feels like work, it probably won't get very far! Haha. I only plan FUN trips... ; ) Thanks for stopping by.ReplyDelete
Jay ~ You know...I do have #11 in my mind. Didn't put it up there as it is a longshot to happen. But, I will put it RIGHT HERE. I might try to get to FLYSTOCK in TX and bass fish with OBIF...Sure you and Kelly lived closer, it would be a total blast...ReplyDelete
Marc ~ The tiger trout are so remarkable...I just find their coloring and pattern, amazing! I hope you get to net one soon.ReplyDelete
Jeff again - I visited Coeur d'Alene a few years back...before I started fishing! I would love to go back to the Priest Lake area someday...it was beautiful! Silly me...I was skiing Schweitzer in THICK fog!!!ReplyDelete
Thought "DT" would be pfunny(dbl) and claver(trpl), but not too little for MLE with "decades". Pleasant change ... additions, stream peace, and the physics of selecting the right rocks! Talk about not high-maintenance, except for office towers. As far as ID ...ReplyDelete
ID FF is my heart, but my soul is Montana FF. The streams around the town of Wolf Creek, "A River Runs Through It", is our ancestral homeland after Cornwall(salmon FF) where I learned FF as a child. Yes, like the movie, we are psycho about FF. Remember the further north you go the longer summer's dawn and dusk. DTJReplyDelete
DTJ - Sounds like somebody should have a fly fishing blog... : ) Not on my list is a possible journey north to Whitefish, MT! Pretty long days there on the water...ReplyDelete
Sorry, for getting to this post after the fact. RD, don't worry about them squirmy wormy things. Won't use them anyway! Oh, by all means, bring your fly rod and Wooly Bugger, Leech patterns. I will be "jigging" marabou jigs. Almost the same, right! Hope we can work everything out.ReplyDelete
Mel -. Very cool...looking forward to it!ReplyDelete
Your carpe diem free-rangeing independence across the Rockies and Appalachia skiing and fishing is an inspiring vicarious pleasure. Our current FF is casting about foreign cities hooking people into conversations in their tongues. DTJReplyDelete
DTJ ~ My motto has always been to live life to the fullest! I'm not one to wish that I would have done that...Life is too short!! Foreign cities...Well, so far everyone has spoken the same language...talking "trout" is pretty easy.ReplyDelete
Skipped the fast track to VP at John Deere to get paid to go hunting every day as a Fed. The rush is the same as setting a fly on a strike and it continues throughout the operation. Going south in Patagonia will get longer dawn/dusk now, but nothing like Canadian summer. Saw the double grand slam over at FFFrenzy. What an experience on Utah's River X. Is that where you'll do it?ReplyDelete
And the River X is not in Utah...if it was...I wouldn't have a job anymore! No, River X is north of Utah...and that's the only hint I can give. The Grand Slam is in the Uinta Mountains where you can find the beloved brookies along with the other species. And I am so doing that!! That will be the highlight of 2012.ReplyDelete