Our mission is to enrich women's lives by the introduction of the outdoor
experience through the art and sport of fly fishing.
We teach, we write, we draw- but more than that we bring
a passion for the harmony in nature to all that we do.
We had another full year in 2012. Sally started the year with a 3 day excursion to the Yuba River where the Skwalla hatch was in full swing. Joining her were T (Teresa) and Kari. The three women fished in rain and sunshine while catching a few nice fish.
In February, Deb and Sally attended The Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton. Afterward, Sally traveled to Williams for a send-off for Peg Miskin the National Retreat Coordinator for Casting for Recovery. T and Sally surprised Peg by taking her to her favorite stream for a farewell fish. Despite some difficult wading and cold weather, Peg managed to hook a very frisky trout as her swan song. Peg has relocated to Hamilton, Montana.
Sally adopted a newcompanion in March. Riff was waiting for her at the Animal Shelter. Not as eager to fish as Scout but happy in his new life and making friends wherever they travel.
Deb and Sally taught the three day CFR retreat for Ann Proffitt director of Carson Tahoe Cancer Resource Center at Sorensons in Hope Valley. Then they were off to the Madison River in Montana to set up camp. They enjoyed several days fishing with Alice Owsley of Riverside Anglers. Check her website at www.riversideanglers.com. Deb flew home to teach and Sally traveled to Hamilton to ply local waters with Peg. They had an amazing day on the West Fork of the Bitterroot with guide, Jenny West.
Sally was home the end of July, then off to Shasta for a CFR retreat. Afterward, she and T fished out of Burney for 4 days. The wild fires were raging and the area was engulfed with smoke. The women found a small creek away under clearer skies and took turns casting to willing trout.
The end of August, Sally headed north to British Columbia for a visit with friends. Then drove east to Calgary to pick T up at the airport. They drove south to Pincher Creekfor a visit with T’s relatives, and a tour of Waterton Lakes National Park. Then off to Fernie, BC where they met Odette and Nancy, and fished the Elk River for 3 days with Beckie Clarke of Fernie Fly Fishers.
After saying goodbye to Odette and Nancy, T and Sally were off to Hamilton, MT to fish with Peg and Jenny West before meeting Alice Owsley in Sheridan for a week of fishing the Ruby Valley. It was a great pleasure to fish with accomplished women anglers and be expertly guided by competent women.
The plan for the coming year will include a few weeks in New Zealand with T and Marcie in March. The threesome will attend Lynda Topp’s wedding and add a bit of fishing. Returning to North Island the trio will stay a night at Trout Haven operated by Craig and Wendy Caldwell who volunteer with CFR New Zealand. www.trouthaven.co.nz They will also be having lunch with Sherry Feickert, CFR New Zealand executive director, www.castingforrecover.org.nz .
In June, Deb and Sally will teach a CFR Retreat for Ann Proffitt, and then we’ll celebrate Deb’s 60th with 3 days fishing in the Hamilton Valley with Odette, Nancy, Linda, and Ethel. Jenny West will guide us through Wapiti Outfitters. After which, Sally will head to Campfire Lodge Resort to set up camp.
September is the Northern California CFR Retreat near the Trinity. Sally will be fishing afterward in Montana with T, Alice, and Peg. The calendar for the rest of the year still remains open, but there is a whiff of Kamchatka, Mongolia, Argentina, Belize, or British Columbia wafting through the air. For closer adventures, the beaches south of Point Conception provide ample challenge.
Take time to see friends, write cards, and live your dreams.
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