A Return To Fitness

•November 21, 2013 • 4 Comments

Its been a long time since I’ve written on the blog. My attention has been drawn to both starting up a new business and as a result of doing manual labor again (residential remodeling), working to gain back an improved level of fitness. I chose to get back on the mountain bike and so glad that I did. I’ve lost twenty pounds, my blood pressure is back down to when I was in my twenties and I have much more energy. My blood pressure had not been good and my PCP had been trying for a few years to get me on meds. I told him that I had a different strategy. My upland hunting and fly fishing has taken a back seat since June, but this is only a hiatus of sorts. I am looking forward to carrying my 2 weight here and there on the fat bike this winter and combining the two. I hope you all are well.

Kona Wo ‘Fat Bike’

•November 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Kona Wo 'Fat Bike'

Mountain biking is great fun and a fabulous way to stay in shape or to get fit. Fat bikes take this to a whole new level of fun. The grin and smile factor is several levels of magnitude greater.

Still Thinking About Steelhead

•February 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Steelhead and lake run brown time is getting closer and closer. A mere 3 weeks away in all likelihood and I’m starting to have dreams of giant salmonids taking my fly, line, pole and me holding tight screaming into the icey depths.

Backing delight. My Tibor is well greased with high temp lube sourced from a NASA provider and reported to withstand re-entry temperatures.

I’m told this will prevent smoking and the distraction that goes along with it. Let’s hope so…this pilgrim will need all of his attention on the game.

Stand By Me

•February 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

There is much beauty in the world. One of those things is shared music. Music is an amazing thing and adds much to our existence on this earth. The folks that put this together are genius. I don’t know about you, but it draws something fundamental from within me.


Thinking of Winter Steelhead

•February 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

It is loads of fun to pick through materials and let your imagination go.

From what I have come to understand, any reasonable pattern is worth a try and I look forward to giving a few a try.


Let’s Chase Trout

•February 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Bromley asking for a trout chasing session and Tucker waiting for the cast. That Tucker is a wily one.

Brings new meaning to ‘catch and release’.


Musing on the Fly and a Memory Hook

•February 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been thinking about my next trip to fish with friends Mike Krol and Mike MacDonald come spring. Macs home water is West Canada Creek and we have had some real fun there a time or three. I was looking through old pics and realized that I never did get around to posting about that last.

If memory serves we fished two days where one was sunny and the other a rainy one. West Canada is brown trout water. It is stocked, but also has naturally reproducing fish.

This is my smiling face and a typical West Canada Creek brown. The water was high and the fish finding deep holding spots. This fella and a couple more were dredged up from a depression formed just upstream from a riffle section. A tungsten weighted bugger was needed to get down there and it required several yards upstream to sink enough.

I can’t hardly wait to get back over there!

Another taken downstream from a large pool at the bottom of a fast section. This fella took it hard and wanted to find China.

Mr. Krol enjoying some rain. It was a tough day for a cigar or pipe.

Mr. Krol the day before in the sun. Check out that gorgeous reel. It is a ‘trout’ made by Mr. Paul Hermann and a beauty it is.

Every time I see that reel, I get all weak in the knees. Mike has a story to tell about how he came to it. Its a good one. Perhaps I can get him to share.

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