Sunday, December 12, 2010

Best Catch Yet!

I've caught bigger fish, but this is my best catch yet at 7lb 3oz at , We named him, Augustus Kyle Ballard and will call him"Gus". He has changed my life and can't wait to take him fishing. I'm thinking in a month or so we will hit the water for our first time. Were already best friends, He loves to get kisses from his dad and watch our favorite teams the Jets and the Jazz. Looking forward to spending the rest of my life with this guy.

I have been hitting the water recently, but haven't got any pictures back yet, so those are soon to come

Friday, October 15, 2010

Guns, Ribs, Brookies.....

Headed for the mountains for a quick overnight trip with the fellas for some fishing. We haven't gotten out much this year all of us in school, even though Matt's school is a piece of cake. We fished into the evening the first night and I caught that football of a brookie, only 19" long but it was darn near that wide as well. We all caught some really colored up Colorado River Cutthroats, but nothing to big.
After hiking down the trail in the dark pistols out and flashlights covering ever inch of tree line we made it back to camp for some awesome Lloyds Ribs, for your info you can get the knock off version at Costco, but they are not as good;) for you Mike.
When we woke up we had to build a fire to thaw out our boots and warm up from the frigid mountain air. Poor Matt had to cuddle up to Mike all night to stay warm. I think he was sucking his thumb when I saw them. It was so cute though I didnt want to wake them....
We hiked to a couple different small lakes that had some fish that weren't cooperating, but managed to get some tigers and cutts throughout the day.
On our way back we ran into a couple good ol boys on the trail that had a supposed awesome secret brookie lake that was supposed to be awesome. We were planning on heading home, but we figured we better do this since it might be pretty soon before snow flies and we can't get back up there. We got there and could see the bottom of the lake the entire way across and saw two fish. Dirty SOB.
Ended up being a good trip, but it is always better when you catch the biggest fish of the trip.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Magic Mushrooms

Why We Went..........

The old fart above went on a scout trip with his son's scout troop and they ended up catching lots of fish this size. Worst part of all is this sob fishes about once a year and always catches hogs.

What we Caught

beginning the journey
calm before the storm
viking doing what he does best
fish on
ruined picture with my fingers as usual, doesn't look 19" but it was
if we had only known there powers
super mario bros style, these guys were all over the mountain
first tiger

skinny tiger

This trip was suppose to be a bunch of guys from work, but it ended up just me and Lyf. WE took off after work and got a little fishing in the first night. We only fished for around 6 hours the nex day, where the guys in the top pics were there 3 days. It was our first time fishing this part of the mountain and when we go back our next trip we will kill it or rape it, whichever you prefer. Lyf was new to the area in general and I think enjoyed it and the tiger trout was a first for him too. I hope after seeing the camp host he will at least consider watching, "Deliverance". I hummed the tune of that song most of the trip after meeting that fangled tooth redneck.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shoulda Woulda Coulda..... with my favorite Chucko!

There are some times in life when you know you made a really bad decision. Matt called me about a month ago with the best news I had had since I found out about my baby boy on the way. I was invited with him and his guide friend to fish in some of the most pristine fishy bull trout water this side of the western hemisphere. I unfortunately had some unfortunate unchangeable circumstances and wasn't able to go. Well I'll let you decide if it was the most epic trip ever. Guess there is always next summer.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lees Ferry with the Harrisons

Haven't been out much this year, what a bummer, so when I got the invite to hit nearby Lees Ferry with Matt, his Dad, and Brother in Law I jumped at the opportunity.

I took Emily with me this trip since it was a short one, and wanted her to see the Colorado River for her first time, also to be our personal photographer just in case we caught the only 20" fish in the river.

We had a great time Matts family is way cooler than he is. I was eating lunch and packing up when Matt's Dad, Mr Harrison finally got his first fish on the fly( wish i had a picture of that). Kudos to him for doing it on a semi technical, very large river. The other Matt, Matt's bro in law was a natural at casting, and it won't be long until he hooks up.