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Dreaming of meetings in the white Room

Its starting to feel like that time of the year outside. My mind is starting to wander from the river, to the mountains. (even though fishing never stops;) The feeling of smearing a turn through a blanket of snow, entering the white room and being choked by the cold smoke. Sliding on the snow is a feeling that everyone should experience. You should probably try it if you haven’t….;) It comes highly recommended from the chef…..

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Backcountry skiing has been a passion since my first excursion when I was 15.  The effort of the up, to earn your turns on the way down is an amazingly satisfying feeling. In our younger years we were not educated in backcountry safety and etiquette. we would wait till the snowpack’s were stable, and ride. no beacons or avy gear. I think we had luck with us through our journeys and close calls. But as time passed, we slowly started to educate ourselves in snowpack, avy gear (and how to use it), weather, scouting lines, skiing lines and still loving the full circle that is encompassed.

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what if?…. There are risks in everything. education and experience can lower the risks. but there is always the unknown. mother nature can be harsh sometimes. A lot of skiing icons that I have admired and aspired to over the years, have been lost in avalanches or related accidents.  No matter your experience and education, taking the risks, weighing the risks, you must have respect. Respect in the conditions, the mountain and your own abilities. knowing when to say when is a hard choice to make. But we all love to ride as close to the line as possible. push the limits. and respect the consequences that may follow.  There is always something to learn or to brush up on. there is many resources for backcountry and avalanche education. get educated, stay educated. and make every turn like it was your last.

For our outings we like to pack light and smart. but also have room in the pack for a few “wants” next to the have to’s.  We broke down the list to our top ten needs for our packs. with  few extras to make a good day out….

  1.  Avy gear (Beacon, Probe, Shovel)
  2. Snow study gear, Topo Map
  3. Extra clothing layers
  4. First aid kit (With or without bivy sack)
  5. Snacks, water (and extra snacks for emergency)
  6. Leatherman Tool (with fire starter)
  7. Sunglasses/sunscreen
  8. Headlamp
  9. Cell phone/ Radio
  10. Duck Tape (wrap some around the tops of your poles)

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This has been a pretty solid list for us, for just planning on a day trip. It can vary upon the location.  But expecting the worst scenario and having just a few of those extra items can make all the difference in the end. For multi day excursions we have another list…. and a possible blog post;) But do your homework and find out what works for you. A few items that we don’t have to have, but make it onto the other list almost all the time are….

  • A. Gopro camera (plus accessories) 😉
  • B. Portable Charger
  • C. UV Buff
  • 4. T.P. (“blue bag”…. this actually is part of the first aid kit… )
  • D. Flask… (Your choice of contents;)

Saving your life or making your experience more enjoyable… your gear can make all the difference. Get to know your local avalanche forecast, weather, and your gear. There is always something to learn. Your never done learning….

Slow down, think it through. Enjoy the ride. Stop and look at where you are sometimes…. You might actually see something outside of your box of life…. And if you do… your doing it right.

Thanks for coming by. Hope to see you out there.

Fly Fishing Frustrations…… The Triple F Bomb……

I swear I tie better knots with my tippet around the limbs of a willow tree than on the eye of my hooks……Its like some mystical force of nature that cannot be explained….  Stupid bush…..

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snags, leaky waders, weather, broken rods,  I think every fisherman has had their share of rough days. I certainly have mine. I recall snapping a fly rod over my leg in my younger years because I couldn’t handle myself. (F bombs galore). I understand that not everyday can be fed with fish, but I have been working on the mantra of No Bad Days. Some are easier than others, but finding my learning curve out of failing has actually taught me some valuable lessons on the water.wer

It isn’t easy. On a recent South Fork float Tim and I were Starting out the normal morning… Tim rowing… Max fishing…. Great right? Not even close.  I could not get my shit together. Getting rigged up didn’t feel right… snagged up the fly within a few casts… new fly…. first cast into a tree….. Then some kind heckling from Tim. I was about to implode. So in my search for inner fly fishing Chi…. I cracked a dewski out of the cooler, swapped Tim on the oars, opened my eyes to where we actually were… and my day turned around. I was able to watch Tim  work his fly mojo. When I was finally up to bat again I was able to focus on one thing at a time. One knot, one cast, one fish. I still lost some fly’s. But just focusing on one thing at a time made the day fish well for me. Some times it easy to over think it when you fly fishing. There are a lot of variables you need to be concentrating on.  But this obsession we share is about fun, friends, good times, and relaxing. (not getting pissed off and snapping rods;)

Failing is never fun. But learning from your failures makes you a better fisherman. One of the big draws of fly fishing to me is there is always something new to learn. There are a lot of elements to your environment, casting, fly tying, getting fish in the net… and a little luck never hurts your odds. I have actually started to enjoy the tough days on the water.. trying to figure out where the fish are(besides knowing there in the water), their habits, the insects, tying,  the list is endless to me. It’s an ongoing process.  You have to have those tough days to really become full circle with fly fishing.

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Ask questions. There is no detail to small you may pick up from asking questions. Although I try to avoid certain fly shops that in my option are full of large egos and elitists. We have some local shops that are about your experience on the water, not them talking about how badass they are. When out on the water don’t be hesitant to stop and watch other fishermen out there. See what there doing, how they are doing it, and if they are getting fish. You can always learn something new, every day is a new day. Something I find addicting when searching for Trout, in our Idaho waters.

Frustrations will come to all of us at some point in our journeys. Just remember to make the most of them by figuring out your failures. Whatever fly fishing is to you, I hope you make the best of your rough days. There is still something great out there if you keep your eyes open to the picture around you. See you all soon. Thanks for coming over.

 

on the fly all season

Back again with a new edit, what a great few weeks the fishing has had!!! hope every one is getting out! Some great days hitting the golden stones on the South Fork, to some drake, stone, and streamer action on the Henrys Fork! Summer seems to go to fast here in Idaho, so enjoy it !!!  I have to say thanks to all my family and friends who put up with my crap and spend time with me on the water. From helping with boat shuttles, or that extra scull so I can get one more cast. You all know who you are. But I love doing what I love, with you all. I hope there are many more days out there for all of us together.  Hope you enjoy the vid, and thanks for stopping by! Check back often.