Sunday, June 26, 2011


Lately my blog posts have been any less than frequent.  That doesn't mean I haven't been busy with all of my upland interests.  From training and conditioning the dogs to sorting the gear for the upcoming season, it seems that the tasks are endless.  But I've been devoting much of my time to starting a new dog training club.  For the past few years I've been lucky enough to associated with a great group of ESS's owners that really want something more for their dogs.  The group has slightly expanded and all of the hard work will result in an licensed AKC Performance Dog Club.

The Pawnee Flushing Spaniel Club originally started back in 2007 and we hosted an English Cocker Field Trail under their parent clubs title.   Since then it has taken time and effort to get the club going.  From the applications to the fundraising, it's not an easy process but in the end it will be well worth it. 

This September we are hosting our first events.  The first being a two day English Springer Spaniel Field Trial followed by a one day Hunt Test.

There are many reasons for starting this club but it really comes down to the dogs.  There was and is need for a club that truly was about the betterment of the breed.  Not only do we want to train our dogs but we also want to have a good time doing that.

As the summer progresses we'll be training hard for the fall hunting and trialing season.  We're putting Abby through some advance training to keep her sharp.  Mia's back training and we're petting extra effort on strengthen her knee. 

til next time...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring has Sprung

It's been a while since my last post but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy.  In the next few weeks I'll have many topics to write about but for now it's about a spring fishing trip.

A few weeks back my good friend Ryan made a venture out west to jump into the sport of fly fishing.   Our timing could not have been any better for a spring time fishing trip in the Rockies.  We walked a tight time line before the spring run off began.

We decided to head to the Crested Butte on Western Slope for a few days of fishing.  The best decision was to go with a guide to make sure we were put on fish.  We booked a day with Jason White of Crested Butte Angler.  What a great choice guides! I can't say enough about our experience with Jason.  The Gunnison River water level cooperated enough for us to float it in Jason's drift boat.  Not only have I never fished with a guide, I have never fly fished from a drift boat.  Since this was going to be a new experience for both Ryan and I was completely optimistic that this was going to be a great day on the river. 

Jason White giving Ryan some last minute instructions.
Ryan's first fish from a drift boat.

We floated the "Guuny" for full 8 hours and it felt like it!  Cast after cast made the arms sore but it was well worth it.  We had a good day on the river and landed enough fish to keep us hungry for more.

Our next fly fishing adventure took us to the famed Cheeseman Canyon of the South Platte River.  It was tough day on the river with a rising flow and slew of floating algae.  The fish were very hard to come by but we were able to get some action after a brief thunderstorm passed through.  I was lucky enough to relieve Ryan from a hot run to land a nice fish.

22" "Cutbow"
All in all it was great weekend to have Ryan out for a visit.  Fish were caught and beers were drunk.

til next time....