I am not the best fly fisher girl out there… by far. However, I’m at the top of the list when it comes to adventures, getting into trouble, and having a good time. I try to enjoy this life as much as I can… and I prefer to ask for forgiveness rather than ask for permission. 😉
I started fly fishing almost 10 years ago. It was not love at first cast. It’s frustrating as hell for an ADD child like myself to cast and cast and get no bites. I wanted it to be easy, and I wanted to be really good at it right away. Patience is not something I was blessed with. Luckily, my hubby was persistent in making me his fishing buddy, so I went back out to the river over and over again until I started getting the hang of it. I didn’t actually love it for a few years. I loved being in the sun, I loved being on the raft, and I loved spending time with Matt.
The true love of fly fishing came when I actually started trying to get into it. I started learning the river more. I started to pay attention to hatches and picking out my own flies. I started to pay more attention to the colors and sizes of fish I was catching. When I put time and effort into it, the love for it just naturally happened.
I have deep sea fished in the Bahamas, in Hawaii, in Alaska and Costa Rica. I have held some amazing fish and seen some of the most beautiful places I could imagine. How cool is it that not only do we get to experience some of the coolest places in the world… but we also get to hold some awesome fish while we do it?!
Then I went to Alaska and it went from “love” to “obsessed”. I caught so many fish my arm still hurts thinking about it. I met some of the coolest people on this planet at the camp we stayed at, and I had the time of my life. Alaska has a piece of my heart still, and I owe a lot of my fly love to that state. I learned so many new things while I was there. I learned how to tie my own mouse pattern that would eventually land me the biggest, most beautiful Alaskan rainbow trout. I was in heaven.
I came back to Montana with a bigger appreciation for this adventure that is fly fishing. I live in an awesome place for this, and I have so much more to explore out here. I am so thankful I married my own personal guide who is even more excited than I am to explore this awesome state we live in.
I still have a lot to learn. I could cast better, I could tie better, I could do lots of things better… I am mostly just concerned with having a good time. It excites me to think of the adventures to come, and although I will still fish the Montana winters, there is nothing I look forward to more than getting the raft in the water this summer and fishing in the sun.