A Fly Nearby

"O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?" ~ Isaak Walton There's a fly dangling from one of the rods on the rack above my desk. It is one I tied, one I caught a fish on, and one that now... Continue Reading →

Ten Years Post Echo Dome

It was the summer of 2007. Stephen and I worked hard to physically prepare for an extended trekking vacation crossing the Alps. I couldn’t wait to roll in meadows of edelweiss and dip crusty bread into fondue. But first we had to survive July in Oklahoma. Early summer rains had given way to an unusually... Continue Reading →

Frustrated Shopper

It's happened a few times and I find it frustrating. Women shop for flies, tying materials, line, and fishing paraphernalia too. The adorable little section of women's clothing indicates most guide shops know this. No, I'm not advocating for pink Tenkara rods. I'm merely suggesting you do not ignore the shopper that comes into the... Continue Reading →

"The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive, yet attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope." John Buchan

Stoneflies at the Ankle

A week earlier I’d been instructed to lie on a grassy space with a moulage bruise plastered on my ankle and various puzzling symptoms, allergies, and behaviors to portray. The fellow wilderness first responders seeking recertification that came to my rescue quickly identified my “true” issues and moved on to explore the logic behind the... Continue Reading →

Stop the Monumental Madness Part 2

Never be afraid to tell the ones in DC what you expect of them. "To my voices in DC, Senators Gardner and Bennett, and Representative Tipton: I live in Montrose. Let's just get this out the open--like many others, we moved to Colorado for outdoor recreation. We needed to live in a state that understood... Continue Reading →

Stop the Monumental Madness

I do not shy away from the fact I am a passionate advocate for public lands and protecting the National Parks, Monuments, Historical Sites and other federal lands.  And to that end, I sent the following letter to Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior. I get that extraction of resources is tempting, and frankly keeps... Continue Reading →

Dividing to Conquer

My morning routine changed dramatically after the 20th of January. Before inauguration, I would check on snow and weather reports before rolling out of bed, plotting out fishing and skiing objectives. Now, I take a deep breath and hope I can get my eyes quickly past the accrued news alerts of the latest insults to... Continue Reading →

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