April 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm #5078
Personally, I consider this the best little fly fishing forum on the Internet. I can’t think of any other forum where I feel a little connected to every single contributing member. It might not be the most lively forum due to the small population, but I’d be happy to spend a day fishing with any one of you.
And Scotty, you have always come across in a very clear and insightful manner. I doubt I could say the same about myself and I have a pretty good vocabulary at my disposal. Communicating is much like fishing. Simple is often better.
And we all have challenges in life, so don’t consider yourself different than anyone else. I was actually just thinking early today of one of my best friends from high school. He wasn’t a very smart guy and I always thought that would limit his accomplishments in life. But over the years he’s achieved so much more than I have to the point where I’m embarrassed when I think about it. His secret seems to be having a good attitude, always being willing to put in hard work and never thinking that he can’t do something. It doesn’t hurt that he married a woman who is very supportive.
Sounds like you’ve got a pretty good life (and wife) too!
BrettApril 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm #5079
Hey friends, it’s not that bad, really. Like I said, by looking at me you’d never know. And listening to me, just the same. I can hold a conversation just fine, but I’m not an intellect by any means.
What really gets to me is when I need to say or ask a question, I don’t know how to say it or ask it. The words are not there. My wife say’s she knows when I’m confused and thinking because I get this lost look on my face. But the weird thing is, there is something there in my mind, but I can’t grasp it. It’s like a rainbow. We see it, it’s there, but we can’t touch it. THAT’S IT! That’s the best way for me to describe it.
DW, what I am is very, very hard on myself. I am a very humble and simple man in reality, and I would rather keep silent and learn than open my mouth and sound like a fool. I don’t match witts with people, I’ll lose every time.
Creek, just get better my friend. I thank you for your offer, but you know you’d rather fish alone, and I respect and understand that. If by next year if the Good Lord is willing, and you still want to, I would be honored very much to fish with you, as long as it doesn’t become competitive. But something tells me I don’t need to worry about that.
You know, it was my wife’s idea that I join some fishing forums. She thought it would help me open up a little because we all have something in common and I could learn more and maybe not be embarrassed about my questions. It has……because I met all of you. It’s no wonder why I like this forum the best.
Now, the violin is put away, and the cheese and wine are gone. Can we please pull up our kilts like men and get back to fishing?April 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm #5080
Yeah, I wish I could get back to fishing. We got 3 inches of snow overnight (total surprise to me) and 20mph wind today. Temps won’t hit the 50s for at least a week out. No fishing here soon.
However, I’m expecting a set of bamboo rod blanks next week and will begin my first rod build. It’ll mostly just be wrapping guides and varnishing, but that should keep me entertained and in a fishing mindset until I can get on some water again.April 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm #5086
I’m sure it’ll keep you busy enough Brett, and I hope the rods come out just the way you want them to.
I have been working long hours and surviving layoffs. I need to baptize a fly or two and just relax. The weather here is beautiful right now, and should stay good till Friday. I think I may be fishing after church tomorrow. April in Colo. is pretty sweet for spring time fishing.
I can’t speak for Creek’s area, but on the Front Range, the fish are hitting.
Brett, how long do you think it will take you to build your rod so you can fish with it?April 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm #5088
The blanks already have the reel seat and grip installed, which would shave off a few days. I figure it will take two weeks for me to wrap the guides and varnish. I’m hoping to have it done to take to a conclave in the Driftless Area at the end of this month.
Someone with experience could probably do it in a week.
BrettApril 3, 2016 at 9:41 am #5091
Yes, the fish are feeding now, but that doesn’t do me much good this year.
BTW…Buena Vista is on the front range. Most people think the front range means the Denver area. Not true. It means the east side of the continental divide.April 3, 2016 at 9:57 pm #5099
It’s funny in a way that you say that about the Front Range. It’s true that it’s the eastern side, but I think of your area as out of the rat race paced area. Like it is down here that is way over populated for my liking. I have been to Buena Vista one time, just driving through. It was bigger than I imagined it. Looked out of place really.
Down here, the towns are close together, and Longmont is a hub. People come from Loveland, Firestone, Greeley, even Ft. Collins and come through Longmont to get to Boulder. What a congested mess with traffic. I HATE IT. But it’s where my job is.
You’re right Creek, we don’t look at it in reality down here. But, we know that the western slope is anything west of the divide. To be honest, I always considered your area and Salida with other near by towns as Central Colo.. And the front range was on the flats from Ft. Collins down to the Springs.
It does remind me of the upers and trolls in Michigan.April 4, 2016 at 9:15 am #5100
It’s kind of funny Scotty. It depends on what map of the front range you look at. Some of them don’t include my area and some do. Although less include it. I always thought my area was the Arkansas Valley.
I’m surprised you though Buena Vista was big. We only have one traffic light and it’s not really needed. I can drive through town from one end to the other in 5 min. Our population is only 2100. It’s smallest town i’ve ever lived in, but I love it. Almost everybody will wave at you and we have no crime. Nice place to live.April 4, 2016 at 9:51 pm #5101
Maybe I have it confused with another town. It is between Salida and Leadville, correct? Maybe I wasn’t paying that much attention. I need to take a ride through that area again, the scenery was beautiful. Leadville was small, I remember that.
Everyone waving, one stop light, and no crime. Sounds a lot like Milliken when I lived there. Yep, there’s something’s in life that can’t compare to small town living. I keep telling myself if I get the opportunity to move to the western slope, I would like to live near Creede.April 5, 2016 at 9:05 am #5102
Leadville and Buena Vista are about the same size. I believe the population of Leadville is 2600. About 500 more than BV. At 10,000ft Leadville is a tough place to live in the winter. I remember driving through Leadville in August and it was snowing. BV is 8000ft and we have a real summer.April 5, 2016 at 9:49 pm #5105
OK, I need to go back. I am really confused. I remember Leadville as I drove down the main street with all the historic buildings, and I saw a Pizza Hut. That was pretty much all I saw. Looks like a road trip on the way….. soon.
It’s funny, but for some reason I mentioned Milliken, where I lived for ten years. Nice small town. But I completely for some reason forgot I now live in Mead, which is smaller, and we don’t even have a stop light. If I remember right, there still are hitching posts here and there in town that people use to hitch their horses to when they ride into town. I don’t think there are as many as there was 30 years ago, but I believe there’s a few.
But I only been up your way once, and with the wife and boy, I just kind of tune out everything and focus on getting home. It is beautiful between Salida and I-70, that’s no lie.
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