Monday, May 25, 2009

Day Trip

We spent most of our Memorial Day Holiday on the road exploring Northern Colorado. Most of this area was new to both Nichole and I so we had no expectations. We drove up the the Poudre Canyon and then north to the Wyoming border. I kept my eye open for any grouse coverts but I didn't see from the road. I wasn't able to wet a line because all the rivers were blown out by run off and heavy rains. I was just fine with sight seeing since we did see two Shiras Moose.

Abby being Abby!!
A view from the road.
til next time.......

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Back Where it all Begins

On the side bar is a play list of my favorite songs and one of those is "Back Where it All Begins" by The Allman Brothers Band. Well that's where I was last week. I did a power trip back home to Buffalo, NY for a spring time "cast n blast" with some family and friends. In four days I was able to visit with my family, get some spring time turkey action, a little trout fishing and a few cocktails with friends!!
Wednesday morning was my first crack at the turkey's with my Dad. I was able to get the adrenaline going with some chatter with a hot gobbler. I wasn't able to bring the bird within gun range but I did come close.

The gobbler was about 50 yards from my decoy.

After a quick breakfast we headed down to our cabin in Angelica, NY.

My Dad and I arrived before the rest of the work crew so I decided to hit Black Creek that runs behind the cabin. I haven't fished this creek in almost 17 years and that was before I even started fly fishing. The flows were very low for spring time so I was slightly disappointed to find shallow runs and somewhat warm water temps.

But I did find a cut bank where a deep run might hold a fish or two. After a few minutes I landed a nice little brown. It was nice to land this fish only a few yards from where my Dad spends every deer opener.

While the trip was short it was nice to get "Back Where it all Begins". Now I'm back in the swing of the day to day waiting for a return visit.

til next time..........

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Free Time

Last week I was fortunate to enjoy the whole day of with my girls. With all that time on my hands I decided to get some much needed training done in the morning and a little fishing in the afternoon. A spring time "cast n blast" if you may.

Mia had a rough go at it on her runs. As I learn to train ESS's I'm also learning the art of planting birds. The first two pigeons Mia trapped and the next two flew off the nest. While it was a little frustrating that Mia didn't get her contacts I was able to work on her honoring to the shot. Abby has made some great progress over the past few months. She's a high octane dog that doesn't need much stimulus to get her going. One of a her quirks is a yip that comes out of excitement. I've been working on this fault by putting her on as many frozen planted birds as possible. While this maturation has been some what slow to progress it has strengthened her range, quartering and wind pattern. This is a great foundation for her to continue her progression to possible run in her first trial this fall. I have a lot more work to do with her but as long as we are having fun we'll continue this ride.

After the training was completed I ventured up to the Cache de la Poudre River. This was the first time I fished this free flowing river and it was the first time I ventured out with a fly rod in hand and two ESS's at my side! My first concern was the general safety of the girls and I didn't want to interfere with any other fishermen. Both concerns were quickly resolved as I found spot on the river away from the rode with no other fishermen in sight. The girls were intrigue by the whole process but they were good and I was able to land a few fish. Nymping was the call of the day and I landed a few small browns and a few nice rainbows.

til next time......