Talking to your 3 wgt

Just one of the highlights of my week on the river, just happened to get some video, but it's the audio thats priceless. What do you think you sound like when you realize your 3 wgt may not be enough??

Thank you Vail Rod and Gun Club

 Fun afternoon researching a possible venue for America Cup and the up coming World Championships that will be hosted by our valley in 2016.


One of the perks of guiding in the winter is the talent pool can be full of actual anglers. At most, I find myself fine tuning already solid techniques this time of year, which offers up a refreshing break from blurting the word  Mend 1423 times a day, thank you. But Fly Fishing teases us just enough to understand that there is something more to learn, another switch to turn on during the path to receiving your ninja card, so we never stop looking for answers. Expert Anglers understand this weird thirst for knowledge, that's how they became "experts" in a sport which can seem impossible at times if you are not paying attention.

Once the battle to conquer the cast, drift, reading water and the trouts is under control and contained, most anglers look to filter the complication out this sport and make it simpler. Everyone with mad skills tend to ask more advanced questions about short cuts, magic pills or the newest sneaky secret guide techniques, but they often find out guides are trying to make things as easy as possible while still producing results.

Love shots of people admiring their prize, so much better than your typical grip and grin.

So here's some of the random tricks of the trade tips (none of which I take credit for)that came up over the last few weeks of my life on the river.

You do not have to improve your clinch knot.

Tying droppers to the bend of the hook does not create a force field preventing fish from becoming stuck.

You should be carrying markers in your pack.

Just buy 9' 4X Leaders, I recently received a shipment of 36 of them just to get me started this year. If you need a stronger leader chances are it can be shorter, so simply cut 2 feet of leader off and you are into 3x or better. Need a finer leader? Usually finer means longer so start adding 5x and smaller tippet for those picky trout presentations.

The show it to your buddy shot is cool too.

Keep It Simple Sport.

Respect, Censorship and #20 Stoneflies

The few of you who read this crap  have noticed a blog post missing.
I in no way meant to disrespect any one, any place, any fish, any guide and especially any river. My opinion on bought or stocked fish was just that, my opinion. My goal was to show respect for a river that was already perfect in my eyes, but my lack of skill with words left too much for interpretation and I apparently butt hurt some of society. Every fish that I net gets treated to thanks, praise and gratitude; Every single fish....... big, small, Rainbow, Brown, Whitie, Sucker(maybe not), Wild or Stocked has helped contribute to my little families well being as well as my clients happiness and I am always thankful. Moving forward, I promise to work harder at expressing my often off center, stupid takes on a sport that takes it self way to seriously with more clarity and attention to grammar.

#20 Golden Stones are still showing up in my friends faces