I was born in Rapid City SD, moved to Aberdeen SD, then to Casper WY. I've been lucky enough to call Casper my home for the past 41 years. Over the years in Wyoming I've enjoyed taking advantage of hiking, running, cabin time, snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, lake sports, camping, fishing and made many memories with my two adult children, three Grandies and many friends.
My Dad is the best fisherman I know, he has been fishing his entire life and shared his love for the outdoors with my brothers and I. Fly fishing has been on my bucket list for several years. Three years ago my dream became a reality when a great friend took time to show me the ropes while I was in Idaho. My Dad always made it look so easy- loI I quickly learned that graceful loops for Dad became a backlash and wad of line for me. Over the past couple years I've experienced less backlash and wads of line, additionally I'm learning that patience is virtue in this sport! "Patience Young Grasshopper" come to mind each time I fly fish!!!!
I've been encouraged and supported by several of the members in the Wyoming FlyCasters Club the past 3 years. When the challenge of catching a fish a month on a fly rod was presented, being a somewhat competitive person I couldn't resist the challenge. Game face on I set out to achieve this challenge I am happy to say that I've met this challenge the past 2 years. Believe me there has been challenges in doing so but the thrill and adrenaline rush has me hooked. Catching fish in -20 degree weather on December 31, 2015 was my greatest challenge and thrill yet. Stripping my line resulted in more ice then I thought possible, the tug of a fish, frozen numb fingers, the need to dip my rod tip just to keep the eye hooks from freezing up, the wind whistling at my back, my nose running and freezing to my face and yet I kept fishing for more of those scaley creatures. Friends of mine think this sounds a bit nutty, maybe but the release of energy from the day, the mental challenge to throw, balance, hold my tongue just right and, hope that I had just the right bug on and, the ability to throw ever so delicately into the perfect spot made it all worth it. I agree I may be just a tad crazy but it's the best crazy I've found!
The Wyoming Fly Casters asked if I would be willing to sit on their board of directors as the treasurer for 2016. During this time I have enjoyed learning more about the clubs projects, future goals and amazing members. I am honored in 2017 to hold the Vice President board position for this organization and look forward to continuing to promote the sport and this organization in its new ideas and giving back to the members and our community.
Here's to many more outings, experiences and of course tight lines and beautiful sunrises and sunsets on the blue ribbon waters of the North Platte. Hope to see you on the water with a rod in one had and a fish in the other.