Sunday, December 29, 2019

The Rear View Mirror of 2019

I learned more.  I grew in many ways.  2019 was not one of my easiest years.  But, I don't think that I signed up for what was easy...  What fun would that be?  Right?  The joy of success comes from hard work, dedication, and maybe a bit of pain. 

Looking back on a year gives you perspective.  It gives you perspective on things that you did. And things that you wanted to achieve, but didn't.  Did you get the things done that were the most important?  And if you didn't, will they be on your list of New Years resolutions?   Well, for me, it all depended on priorities.  And unfortunately, this blog has suffered this past year because of being so busy with the "other" things.  So, for those who still come over and read when I do post a new story, thank you.  I must admit, that when "Windknots and Tangled Lines" pulled their plug, I lost a bit of interest in my own blog.  I have talked to Howard from time to time over Facebook.  I am glad that I still have the connection with him, as he is a very dear friend after all of these years of blogging.  

I traveled many miles in 2019.  Tied many new patterns of flies.  Fished with many good friends.  Caught many beautiful fish.  Layed on the couch the day after fishing because it took everything out of me.  It was a rewarding year on the water and also an exhausting one.  Would I do it over again?  Probably.  But, maybe with a smarter head and pace myself a bit better.  Hahahaha.  This great past time called flyfishing just catches me in its web sometimes.  The dusty roads often lead me to a great adventure.  The water stares at me with all of its beauty of life underneath.  The mountains surround me with 
the ringing of music.  (You know, the hills are alive...
with the "Sound of Music".)  

  • Can you blame me???

My biggest accomplishment this year on the water was getting my youngest son, Ryan, to join me.  And he caught his first fish on the fly.   Nothing could beat that...  He even stuck with me and fished in a rainstorm.   I love my kids so much!  =)

So, I invite you now, to see the beautiful places that I journeyed to in 2019.  May the new year of 2020 give you much joy and happiness. And here's to good health for all of us!  Maybe less cookies.  Ha!   I am indeed grateful to have the fly fishing blogging friends that I have as part of my adventure.  XO 


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Loyalty Goes A Long Way

Sometimes you get lucky enough to rub shoulders with someone who is exceptional in what they do.  Definitition of an OG:  They are authentic.  Sometimes they are "Old school".  They are one of a kind.  I have been extrememly blessed to have fished with many of these OG's during my 10+ yrs in the flyfishing world.  I surround myself with good people.  Kind people. Fun people.  Honest people.  "Fish smart" people.  Most importantly, LOYAL people.  Those are just a few traits I look for when I make fishing buddies along my journey.  Let me introduce you to two of them.

Meet John.  He hails from the great state of Wyoming.  The guy is a fantastic fly tyer and a true friend.  One of those guys that you love to be around because of his kind and genuine disposition.  He would give you the shirt off of his back.  Always willing to help out another angler.  He is the fish whisperer.  John knows how to hop around faster than I can turn my head to find him!  

Meet Greg from Utah.  He loves the simple life.  He is good with a cup of coffee and a River Damsel cookie.  He is a true "major league" troutbum.  Early on the water and late getting off of it.  Sometimes he breaks for lunch.  But, not usually.  Mainly because he loves breakfast so much!  Haha.  You can find him at his fly tying desk creating new versions of his crayfish or crawdad imitations.  A wealth of knowledge about anything flyfishing.  He usually has the answer to my questions.  I have learned a lot from this guy and he has become a great friend who is loyal to the max.

So, the last year has been a great one with these two OG's in my hip pocket.  We have hit the western waters and caught and released a ton of fish.  New techniques in catching fish and tying up flies has upped my game.  I owe them a lot.  It's been a fun year.  

This last month, The Fading Angler came through Wyoming during a business trip.  We were able to fish one day with John.  Chris had never caught a kokanee salmon, so we were able to get that done.  =)  He was way excited as he has had to slow down with his fishing because of a shoulder problem.  So it was good to get him out on the water.

River Damsel Cookies seemed to help with the pain.  =)

  Good job, Chris!!!

And a few rainbows for Betty Crocker to finish the day off...

It's always good to fish with my flyfishing blogger friends too...
If you haven't been out to see me, what are you waiting for???

 I had one more outing in October, but more about that later!  Stay warm out there.  Feels like winter is here in Utah already. 

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Birthday Adventure

I have a habit of running away from... errr.... for my birthday.  Getting older sucks, let's face it.   But, fishing on my birthday has become a tradition because then I enjoy it!  Haha.  Heading down the highway towards some good trout water makes me happy.  So, that is what I do!   I headed north about 5 hrs away this year.  My special friends were there to greet me and fish with for a couple of days.  I feel very fortunate to have such great people in my life.  I love the Almond family.  Always so hospitable.  Julie and Kerry have always been such great friends.  Fortunately, Garth was also there and "The Three Amigos" ended up celebrating this birthday in great fashion.  Kerry rowed Garth and I to many great fish.  The morning was especially active.  Lots of hungry rainbows.  Kerry got a few casts in too.  When it was all said and done, we left with tired arms and thankfulness for our friendships of many years now.

Nothing like eating dinner on the shoreline of Henry's Lake at sundown.  Bring on the bbq ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans and a yummy salad and you are set!

And no adventure would be complete without the damsel...

One of the many for Garth...

Thank you, Kerry, for the fun day and helping me
 with this birthday fish...

I also got to meet up with another fishing buddy, Lonnie.  We hit the Park and he took a fantastic picture with that beautiful landscape only Yellowstone can give.

Thanks, Londo.

Where will I end up next year?  =)  Who knows... Canada was last year and Island Park/Yellowstone was this year.  
Two great trips!

But, one thing's for sure...  No one can beat Julie's birthday cheesecakes!!   Yes, fresh peaches on top were a special treat!  

Much love felt.

Goodbye August.  Oh, and September!  Haha
 Bring on Christmas shopping...
Oh, did I really say that?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Miles Upon Miles...

Upon miles...  That about sums up my last couple of months.  It's been a crazy time of traveling down the highway. I am truly a road warrior!  About the only way to quickly tell you about where I have been would be for me to throw out a few pictures.  Hope you all have been well since I wrote on here last!  Sooo, Here we go... 

IDAHO BASS with my friend, David!   First bass ever!

UTAH BROWN & RAINBOW TROUT with my friend Zach!!!

THE MISSOURI RIVER, MONTANA w/ a bunch of friends!

WYOMING YELLOW SALLY AND PMD HATCHES with John and Greg!!!  Easy decision on what to cast out... Haha




I think that pretty much covers it.  Never a dull moment.  A few new places to scout out and some revisted water that I love so much.  Good friends to help me sharpen up my skills on the water.  You can never know enough!  Keep learning and growing.  That is what this life is about.  =)

Hopefully, it won't be such a long time away from the blog next time...  Have a great week, all!