PICKIN’ POCKETS

When the ice melts in March and the world around me comes alive again, my fishing switch flips full-on and I love to pursue big browns on the Mini-Madison with streamers.  I have been fishing this particular stretch of river since 2004 and I dare say I know it better than anyone.  Fifteen years of…

IF THAT DOESN’T LIGHT YOUR FIRE . . .

I have this secret spot I love to fish nick-named, “The Mini-Madison,” where I have caught some nice fish over the years, mostly big brown trout, but also a few rainbows, cutthroat and cutbows.  One particular lie at the Mini-Madison regularly holds the biggest fish and I named it “the King Hole” over a decade ago. The…

Paying it Forward (or Even an 11 Bravo can be Taught to Fly Fish)!

The week of Independence means a great deal to me.  We live in the greatest country on planet Earth, and our freedoms are worth any sacrifice in my opinion.  On July 3rd, I decided to drive down to my favorite spot on the Arkansas River.  I was a little hesitant that morning about going fishing cause…

Chubby Mormon Girl

My absence the past few months can be explained…I’ve been crazy about a river. Not just any river, but the Arkansas River near my Sangre de Cristo mountains of southern Colorado. Most fisherman know of the Arkansas for it prolific Mother’s Day caddis hatch, but come run off time she goes largely ignored except for…

Sangre de Thomas

Greenbacks have been on retired veterinarian Tom’s mind for the past 5 years.   Greenbacks on brush-choked-dead-fall-log-jammed backcountry streams like described in John Gierach‘s books.  Bushwhacking his way to find those secretive Colorado gems and taking them stealthily on delicately placed dries tied by his own hands.  Easy?  Not if you have multiple sclerosis (MS).  Tom…

Trout Hunting on Michigan’s Famed Au Sable River

The internet can be a good thing.  I’ve made many great friends with similar passions and neuroses via the means of the information super highway and this blog.  Dale Hernden from Lo Banks has been trying for years to get me to Northern Michigan to see the Au Sable wilderness and the Holy Waters.  I’ve been…

>Colorful Colorado

>Today, I spent the day doing what I’ve been wanting to try all Summer…fishing above the treeline for Colorado cutthroats on a lake not to far from my cabin. It was cold and windy today at > 12,000 ft, but a glorious day to be out! Here’s some photos from the day! To bad every…