Posted by on Aug 27, 2011 in Field Notes | 1 comment

2011 Field Notes

As usual, I started off my year by going to the Somerset Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey. (Go to www.flyfishingshow.com for more details.) It’s a great way to get your fly fishing fix when it is 20 degrees and too cold to be on the water. Well at least it is for me! My fellow Tie-One-On-ers (a group of friends with whom I tie flies regularly) accompanied me and were like kids in a candy store. They had a blast. There was the annual Moose and Goose dinner hosted by my gal pal, Tracey Warmus, and her now soon to be husband C.D. Clarke. Fun time had by all.  I attended the Rapidan Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing Show in Middleburg and helped out at the CWA/CFR booth. (Go to www.chesapeakewomenanglers.org; www.castingforrecovery.org and www.tu.org for details on all three organizations.) In March, I set up my booth at the National Capital Chapter Trout Unlimited Fly Fishing Show, and in between singing the praises of not being misled but Ms. Guided, I was teaching casting clinics for beginners/women! Of course I also helped out with Project Healing Waters, and worked on casting with the vets from Walter Reed Hospital. (Go to www.projecthealingwaters.org to get involved.) When it got a bit more hospitable (to fish, of course) I was up on the Gunpowder River, my favorite tailwater, wetting a line. Give Jason or Theaux at Backwater Angler (410-357-9557) a jingle and get the info on the fishing and river flow conditions. Had a wonderful time fishing Jeremy’s Run in the Shenandoah Mountains with my gal pals, Robin and Camille, one warm March day and slayed them on March Browns. Go figure! Drive up Skyline drive and park at Elkwallow Wayside and hike down 2 miles until you see Jeremy’s Run. Last Spring I participated in the usual activities. Heritage Day (contact Marcia Woolman mwoolman00@aol.com) Orvis Days and L.L. Bean Spring Fishing Days. As a pro guide for the Project Healing Waters 2-Fly Event at Rose River Farm (www.roseriverfarm.com ), as well as the Mossy Creek Invitational both to benefit Project Healing Waters.

The family took our annual trip to the Adirondacks and rented a charming cabin on Loon Lake. (Contact Nancy Fierer at lesentier@aol.com.) Lea, Frankie, Sophia, and yours truly hiked, kayaked and fly fished to our hearts content. It is a magical place, and Lea and I agree it fills our souls!! Now for the most exciting news.

My gal pal, Tracey, and I ventured out to Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August to complete the Wyoming State Cuttslam. (Go to the Wyoming Fish and Game website at www.gf.state.wy.us for all the details of the program.) We made Jackson Hole our home base and stayed at The Point Inn and Suites (307-733-0033). We then started our adventure fishing for Gulpers during the famous callibaetis hatch on Lake Hebgen with our good friend and Guide Alice Owlsley. What a thrill! After that we met my good buddies Jen Cornell and Leslie Dallago from Reel Women (www.info@reel-women.com) to help us out finding and catching all four sub species of the Cutthroat Trout. We floated the Snake River with Jen for the Fine Spotted, drove down below Pinedale, WY and found the beautiful Colorado Cutt in Horse Creek. Feeling pretty good about our success up to that point, we met up with Leslie and found ourselves below Alpine, WY in the middle of bear and moose country somewhere on the Smiths Fork. The gods smiled upon both Tracey and I, because we both caught the most elusive species the Bonneville Cutt. The biggest measured in at 16 inches and mine at 6 inches. It still counts…so here we are with one species left to catch and our quest took us to none other than the Soda Butte River in Yellowstone National Park. With the temps hovering at 50 degrees and rain on our heels (or boots in this case) we both hooked and netted our last species the Yellowstone Cutthroat.  Tracey and I did our Cutthroat Happy Dance stream side and then made our way back to Jackson, but not before seeing a rare Black Wolf on the side of the road as we made our way in to Teton National Park. Folks it doesn’t get any better than that. With our challenge complete we now could relax before heading home and fish Flat Creek, The Upper Green River, The Hoback River and my favorite The Upper Gros Ventre. I am sitting right now in my office looking at the beautifully framed citation the State of Wyoming awards anyone who completes the “Slam.” A dream come true!

I rounded out the fall by volunteering as the Lead Casting Instructor for our October Casting for Recovery Retreat at Rising Phoenix in Flintstone, Maryland and was again the Tournament Director for our CFR 2FLY4HOPE event at Rose River Farm October 23rd. A heads up…in November, I met up with writer Beth Hester (Bethhestermedia.com), and we spent a day exploring two urban fisheries here in Virginia, Accotink Creek and Holmes Run. Her article can be found in the April or May issue of Virginia Wildlife magazine. Look for it!

Kiki

One Comment

  1. 8-14-2013

    Hey Kiki,

    I just wanted to drop by and check-out your website! I love it! I will look forward to your application and getting a proposal put together for you!

    Thanks,
    Heather

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