Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mr. K's Dry Fly

Back in May, Ulla and her husband, Mr. K. sent us an exchange of goodies from Finland. You can refresh your memory here. In the package were several dry flies for fly fishing that Mr. K. tied himself. One of the flies he included was the Finnish National Fly, the Nalle Puh. Well, yesterday was our first official fly fishing day of this season. Despite a re-occuring back injury, Mr. Squash did not want to let a beautiful day for fishing pass us by, so he did his best to ignore the pain and enjoy himself. Let me say, that I'm pretty sure all signs of pain went away, if not briefly, by his "catch of the day" below - which was hooked using Mr. K's dry fly!! You can see the fly still attached to Mr. Trout's mouth. And a nice trout he was - about 12" and a pound or so! Being that we were fishing in pretty shallow water, this was an even better bonus! We only use barbless hooks which allow us to release the trout unharmed to grow even bigger!

Here is Mr. Squash in front of a nice run. You can see from his wet shorts that we had to wade through some deeper water in order to get to this part of the river.
And here I am - trying my best to land a trout using another of Mr. K's flies - this time a nymph, which floats under the water as opposed to on top as does a dry fly. Unfortunately, every time I hooked up, I was unable to get a photo of the fish because they would release themselves! Now Mr. Squash would call that an "alleged trout"!!

As we were walking back to the car from the woods, we came across a very large tree that had been felled by a beaver! We held a rod and reel to the upper part of the tree to show you how big it was! The area is known for many beaver ponds. I think this winter and spring were kind to the beavers - they've grown so huge that they can now tackle huge trees!

15 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Ha! I love it ...the "alleged trout." hee.

Purple and Paisley said...

you guys have so much fun together...i can almost feel my own feet in that water - gorgeous and refreshing! ☺

Stephanie said...

I would have loved to have wet my feet in the cool waters yesterday. So humid here. How fantastic you share a hobby with your hubby.

Carrie P. said...

What a beautiful day to fish. The fish is very pretty too. Love the picture of you fishing. Was the water cold?

Des said...

Just got home from a long weekend in Yellowstone and I've got to tell you.....I thought the the Squash's on more than one occasion. There were many fly fishermen I would spy throughout the beautiful park. I pondered, "That could be Mr. and Mrs. Squash House" :) It was absolutely beautiful. I took it all in and thought good thoughts in your behalf! :)

Kaaren said...

The water looks clear enough to drink! What a beautiful spot, Candace.

Kay said...

What a beautiful day you must have had. Like Karen, I had to laugh at the "alleged trout."

Ulla said...

Mr. K and I are happy for curing Mr. Squash's back pain, even momentarily! Your photo of Mr. Trout is beautiful. We wish you many happy times in your new fishing waters.

Libby said...

Sounds like a wonderful . . . . and relaxing day *s*

Melanie said...

What a lovely day out. The saying in England is "a fisherman's tale" as in a story that isn't quite believed- the fish that got away. :-)

My those beavers were busy. I hope you get a glimpse of them one day.

Mel said...

Fun fishing pics! I don't know that I've ever seen a beaver in person!

Karen said...

I'm glad to see you have gotten a chance to get out and cast!

Kim said...

A dream day of fishing. Beautiful trout in such clear clean looking water...wish I could dip my toes in that stream. I'm sure the "alleged trout" is just a pretty as "the one that got away"...tee hee.

Jackie said...

Is Mr. Trout in the legal field? With his "alleged trout" he sure sounds like he might be! Looks like a good time!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

That water is so incredibly clear! Makes me want to jumpin!