Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Something is up over at the Outdoor Blogger Network... It seems that they got my name and
number, email and well...posted a "Quickfire Interview" with good ol' RD...So, go on over and check it out! You might even get a laugh or two... And maybe find out a few things that you didn't know about me.
Posted by THE RIVER DAMSEL at 9:53 AM
Sunday, February 26, 2012
What's better than a road trip? Mmmm...nothing. At least, for me. I must have a portion of gypsy blood in me. I love to travel. The farther the journey is, the more exciting it becomes. But, here we are with gas prices rising steadily. That limits the times that I will probably venture out this year. So, I need to be a little more choosy on where to go. I have a trip that is coming up that will indeed put some of my fidgeting to rest. For now... River X is waiting...I'm shooting for April. And if it is warm enough by then...we will be staying at the river and doing a little bit of camping. So, here are a few items that I am going to pick up.
Comfort...no more sleeping on rocks.
And something more than a flashlight.
That's better! Now...to pick out some new camp recipies. Of course, the Snickers and Diet Coke will always be a standby. But, if I can make a sausage, peppers and potatoes dish?
|The last River X meal...|
A little bit better. And for breakfast...mmmm...sausage, eggs and pancakes. (I love that ready-made Bisquick in a bottle!) I'm ready to go now. I can already smell the aroma in the brisk, canyon air... : ) A month or so more of this winter fishing... and then the real fun begins! Journey on...
A new development since I posted this story...head on over to Windknots and Tangled Lines and you will see Howard's suggestions for me. What a hoot that Cofisher guy is...
Posted by THE RIVER DAMSEL at 5:07 PM
Friday, February 24, 2012
Of course, it was one of the longest days at work. I kept looking over at this pile of books, wanting to browse each one! Finally, I had to put them under the desk. Haha. (I'm very bad about presents under the Christmas tree too!!) Well...it didn't help that he told me that there were notes and directions in the "Guide to Utah" of all his favorite fishing holes. : ) When I got home, I did a quick glance with each book and decided that there was one that was pretty fun. One that was different than all the rest... I found a book that would be perfect for anyone that is just getting into fly fishing or that wants to increase their knowledge about it.
Posted by THE RIVER DAMSEL at 6:48 PM
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I really don't know how to better describe the events of yesterday's fishing trip, except to show a few pictures. I believe that they will tell it all. In the end, I decided that I need new fishing gear... Knee guards...or just better judgement.
|Minus the hocky stick, of course.|
I was excited to try out my new 10' 4wt fly rod...
but, because I left my Lamson reel at home, the low cost back-up had to be used.
The first catch of the day was this "teenager" of a Brown Trout.
The new rod had been "initiated"...
And I was right.
Then, this is where the story goes...downstream!! In more ways than one.
I really want to blame this mishap on the lousy back up reel, but it could also be the angler involved. : ) This reel was supposed to come with some sort of drag system! I couldn't tighten it up...And all of a sudden, it was reeling out of control with a 20 plus brown on...He showed me his head and yellow tail once as he pulled away yard by yard. Oh, I wanted this guy!! But, he was determined to go back down deep. My rod had a beautiful bend in it...if we are looking for something postive about this experience! Sooner than expected though, I was to the backing of my line. Now, it was nervous time. He was too far away from me going downstream and the shear force made me stumble over some jagged rocks underneath. My knees screamed in pain. Still holding on to my fly rod with every bit of strength I had left, I tried to reach back for my clippers. I was not going to lose a new rod by golly!! But, before I could find them and cut the line...
Mr. Brown...broke off. Insult to injury! : ( Well, at least I saved my line, I guess!
Posted by THE RIVER DAMSEL at 2:51 PM
Friday, February 17, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Like catching summer trout on the Madison River...
Yep...It turns out, that when the hair is up, the fish are too! When the hair is down...the fish stay down. It's crazy, I know...Now, this is just the secret to "my success". I'm sure that is doesn't apply to many other people. (At least I hope not!!) Sure, I can probably catch a few fish with long locks. But, as silly as it seems, I have much better concentration and focus when I don't have hair flying in my face. Haha. So...back to the basics for this River Damsel!! I was so ready to hit the river. After being skunked last time, the water looked perfect on a mildly pleasant, winter day.
And after twenty minutes..."INCOMING"!!!
Posted by THE RIVER DAMSEL at 5:00 AM