Sunday, April 19, 2009

Spring Storm

You have to love spring time on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the most productive storms hit Denver in March and April. And this year was no exception. Snow barely fell between December and February on the front range but mother nature finally did produce some much needed moisture laden weather fronts. The moisture is needed this time of year for my two favorite upland species: pheasants and blue grouse. Especially for those eastern Colorado ringnecks.

But as the snow began to fall on Friday I quickly realized that I wasn't going to hit the training fields on Saturday morning. My work schedule has been taking all my time and my poor pups are feeling the wrath of my career in the restaurant industry. But don't you worry I'll make it up to them in. Being "weathered in" can be fun. I started the day with being frustrated on what to do. I couldn't train or fish so I decided that I'll hit a local fly shop for some much needed supplies. I don't think I have ever walked out of any flyshop without spending $50. After that it was a day with my girls: Nichole, Mia and Abby.

Spring is here!

Just springers being springers!
With the rest of a evening ahead of us I decided to pull some venison from the freezer and make a great meal without hitting to grocery store for supplies. I figured we had enough of the basics to get by. Venison loin roast with a Bearnaise sauce, saffron rice and sauteed haircot vert was on this nights menu.
While I do know my way around a kitchen I'm no Hank Shaw from Hunter Angler Gardener Cook which is by far one of my favorite blogs I follow on a regular basis.
Mia: my little sous chef!
Our meal was paired with a nice Spanish Garnache.
It was great day and the best part about it is that I know the snow will be gone by the time I finish this post!!
til next time...........

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Wet a Line

I was finally able to "wet a line" today. Over eight years ago I was introduced to fly fishing by the way of the South Platte River at Deckers, CO. I got the fly fishing bug on that river. I was able to speed up the learning curve by heading there every chance I could. It was a great way to live in Colorado: young, single and plenty of time to fish!

The Hayman Fire of 2002 wiped out one of the most productive trout streams in Colorado. It has taken years for the river to come back to its former self.

It was nice to land a few fish even though the weather made it feel like it was January. Cold, wind and snow did not stop the blue wing olive hatch around 1pm. The fish boiled all afternoon long. Although I wasn't too productive on top of the water it was fun to cast to those rising trout.

It was fun to visit an old friend in the South Platte River today. The river is coming back, slowly, but it's coming.

til next time.......