We went camping in Grand Lake for the 4th, stayed at Winding River Resort - which is great. I took my son, Z, fishing with only a fly rod. Mom and Avi dropped us off and we hiked the 10 minutes into Adams Falls. The water was super high and fast and we really couldn't fish a lot of the spots that hold fish, so we fished the bend pool for about 30 minutes - catching 3 little brookies. The mosquitoes feasted on us!
I set up right at the bend pool - Z got on his Cabela's hip boot waders that are 5 sizes too big for him and I used a pair of old wading boots. I tied on an indicator and a couple of zebra midges and tossed it in the bend pool. The water slowed slightly here and I was hoping there were fish in this slash of slow water. I was teaching Z to hold his right hand on the rod and use his fingers to pin the line against the rod and use his left hand to strip the line in. He had the flip of the line back upstream pretty easily, and on his third "cast" he had on a fish - we got it into my hands and I held it for him. Of course he wanted to kiss it and let it wiggle out of his hands. He was so excited and pleased with himself. Of course he thought after 3 more casts that he should have the second fish on - but not quite.
I had to get out of the water as the water was easily in the 40's and I couldn't feel my feet and my shins and calves felt like someone had doused them in lighter fluid and took a match to them - they were literally on fire. I moved to a slightly slower spot and fished the downward area and soon had another small brookie, followed by another small brookie. Z kissed them all and got to release them. He was pretty excited, but the mosquitoes were even more excited and won out. We texted mom to come pick us up, hiked down the hill and were done.
I wish I had pictures, but wanted to get the fish back in the water sooner rather than later. All the same, it should be a memory he doesn't soon forget. Mission accomplished.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
I'm not sure I can think of a better way to get a guys attention than 1 word.....beer!
As some of you may know, I have been helping out/volunteering at a new brewery about to open up here in Highlands Ranch called Living the Dream brewing company. They will be opening on July 4th weekend (fingers crossed) and are located right behind Murdoch's at Santa Fe and Highlands Ranch Parkway (on Dumont Way) here on the west side of the HR.
Carrie and Jason have formed a partnership to brew great beers and mix it with a Colorado lifestyle here in the Denver suburbs. Their bar has an industrial feel, located in an old pole barn style steel beamed warehouse next to the Highline Canal trail and the Santa Fe railroad tracks. The bar is decorated with a mix of recycled materials and old school/throwback skis & snowboards that will be a nice place to relax and have a beer. No stainless steel walls and crispy clean chairs and tables with prudish Highlands Ranch moms who drink wine and complain about that Real Housewives isn't showing on the TVs.
You can follow them on Instagram at ltdbrew, Twitter at ltdbrew or Facebook at livingthedreambreweing. They will be serving up 5 mainstay beers including a Molasses Brown Ale, a Cream Stout, a Double IPA, a New Zealand Hops South Island Wit and a Belgian Dubbel to start - they will also have seasonals and barrel aged beers as time allows.
I am thinking about having my birthday party there in late July (around the 22nd), so watch for the invite. I will hook you all up with beers and we'll enjoy the back patio.
Hope to see you there. Until then, check them out on FB and Instagram!!