Ok.. We all have had our week or so to think and ponder over all that we want to do in the coming year. Are you tired of resolutions? I am! So, here's to reality... For the past couple of years, I have written up my "wish list" of places I want to visit and people that I want to meet or fish with. And I must say, that I have come pretty darn close in accomplishing most of my "wishes"... This year, I am going to be a realist. No wishing. I'm playing hard ball. The only items on my 2013 list are going to be ones that will get done. No impossible dreams. If you want to take a gander at what we did around here last year... Click on the tab up above, "Damsel 2011/2012". I stayed a pretty busy girl!
We're not messing around...
1. “Three Forks”, is the geographic confluence of the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin Rivers in Montana and forms the headwaters of the Missouri, the longest river in the U.S. I've got to see this in person. Looks primo to me...
2. The Rocky Mountain Frenzy in Colorado returns... Join up with fly fishing bloggers for breakfast and then on to fish the beautiful rivers of Colorado! Looking at the last weekend in Sept or the first weekend in Oct right now... All are welcome to join in the fun. The Arkansas and Big Thompson are on tap so far... Come on down!!!
3. Deschutes River, Bend, Oregon. It is the home to a unique wild and native strain of Rainbow trout, known as "redband" trout. They have a more distinct and darker red stripe than the usual Rainbow. This will be an unforgettable journey for sure.
4. More Yellowstone. More Firehole. More Lamar. Oink!! I can never get enough of my little bit of heaven on earth...
5. My sabbatical to River X... This is a given every year. I come here for BIG brown trout! And they have yet to disappoint me.
So, there are the "totally possible dream trips" for 2013. Of course, I will find a few others along the way... And there will be adventure in every riffle...guaranteed. The River Damsel wouldn't have it any other way!
And if I had one "dream" trip that might be a 25/75 shot right now... It would be to see Niagra Falls and fish in Western NY... Or fish in Canada on some of the pristine water there. Or hop a jet and fly to Alaska. Yep, dreams... might as well make them big. = ) It's a heck of a lot more fun! See you back at the end of the year to see
if which one of these comes true!!!
Now, if you will excuse me while I go freeze my...
I am so jealous of the places you have fished out there and even more jealous of where you live. It looks like 2013 will another busy fishing year for you. My wife is retiring this summer, and we have started to plan our trip to Montana. I will be seeking your advice on places to fish before we leave. We will be making the trip in May. Thanks for sharing
Bill ~ No need for jealousy... You probably get more rest than I do! Lol. Now about that May date you have planned... You do know that you have a 50% chance of snow before Memorial Day weekend. If I were you... I would go the 2nd week of June or wait until Sept... (which is my favorite time) The crowds are gone by then. If you plan on May... bundle up! Ask Kirk Werner, aka The Unaccomplished Angler. He fishes in snow on Memorial Day on the Firehole almost every year!ReplyDelete
Really looking forward to whenever and whatever comes of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Frenzy. Should be a little more settled this year, and, if the good Lord provides me better health, I would enjoy the opportunity to see you and have a happy hook up!ReplyDelete
Mel ~ Hey, we both will feel better by May. It's a done deal. We will pick one local water to make it a bit easier on the ones that don't want to travel as far too.Delete
After the disaster on the Deschutes in Maupin, I wanted to stop and fish it in Bend, but we hit it just as the "hurricane" of October 2009 hit and we missed everything from Sisters, Oregon all the way past the upper Sacramento River. I will be interested to see how you do.ReplyDelete
Mark ~ This might one of the prettiest areas that I have seen by the internet photos. I'm really excited to see it. And the rainbows can't be beat from what I hear.Delete
I'm not jealous...I'm not jealous...I'm not jealous.ReplyDelete
Oh Howard ~ You know that I'm not the type to sit for too long! Hey, one of these trips is to see you, buddy! = )Delete
Some lofty goals there RD.ReplyDelete
If you get to Niagra I know you'll love it.
The best to you.
Alan ~ Thanks! I have carefully picked the trips that are closest to me. Anything else, is a bonus! Just living the dream.ReplyDelete
I knew it would be cold, but snow would be too much for my wife. We were actually following our son out to California and then detour through Montana. His job calls for him to be in California the middle of May. It looks like my wife and I will have to reschedule. Thanks for the info.