Outdoor Blogger Network

Blogger Tour 2012: A Writing Contest

by Rebecca on May 14, 2012

in Fly Fishing

Outdoor Blogger Tour 2012When I was a freshly hatched fly fisher, my first destination fly fishing trip was Yellowstone National Park.

I figured I had 2 months of self taught fly fishing under my rod, I had caught 3 or 4 wee little trout (mostly by accident) and clearly I was ready for the big leagues.

As far as my fly fishing went when I got there, I probably looked like an idiot. I was painfully shy about my casting and it was impossible to find a nice ‘private location’ to froth water.

I couldn’t cast worth a damn which made the Yellowstone River seem as wide as the ocean with all the fish rising way out of my range. I waded into the Yellowstone River just enough to know I was not up to the challenge without the risk of taking a trip over the Yellowstone Falls down river.

I never caught a fish, not even by accident.

I fell in love while in Yellowstone. Open my chest, drop my heart on it’s banks, fell in love with everything Yellowstone. 15 years later, nothing has changed.

Every time I’ve been back over the years, it’s like coming home. If I wasn’t worried about my arse being chewed off by a Grizzly Bear, I’d probably try to sneak into Yellowstone and become an elusive Mountain Hermit.

Yellowstone is magical. If you’ve been there, you know what I’m writing about…if you haven’t been there, you need to experience it for yourself.

Which is why I hope if you are reading this, you take a minute and check out
The Blogger Tour 2012 Writing Contest.

Write. Win. Go to Yellowstone this Summer.

See you there…


For the Outdoor Photo Prompt “Show us the Action” on the Outdoor Blogger Network

Photo Analysis:
Reel Spinning ~ Check
Fingers pulled back out of harms way ~ Check
(yes, I learned that lesson the hard *WHACK* way)
(Ok…a couple of times)
Line into the backing ~ Check
Bonefish On!

Or perhaps another view of that action…..

Photo Credits: Cameron Miller
Action and Fun Factor Credit: Deneki Fly Fishing


Outdoor Blogger Network

It could be considered shameful that 3 days after the official launch of the Outdoor Blogger Network one of the co-founders is finally making an announcement about the project on her own blog, but seriously, I have a totally legit excuse. Hear me out….

I was planning on writing this post on Mondays big day and publishing it exactly one minute after I published the “Launched!” post on the OBN.

However, word was getting out before I published that “Launched!” post and there was work to be done. Next thing I know, I’m hitting that “Launched!” button and…. A fantastic, overwhelming, awesome, oh shit I’m behind already, woohoo, email crushing Outdoor Blogger stampede occurred.

It’s been truly amazing. The Bloggers. The support. The emails. The blog posts being written about the Outdoor Blogger Network. The positive feedback. Everything.

An effort worth not fishing the last 10 days of my life. That would be TEN WHOLE days without Fly Fishing for me. There’s only been a few dire moments that I thought to myself, “Chicken Little was just a misunderstood soul. Clearly he hadn’t been Fly Fishing in awhile and that’s why he kept thinking the sky is falling.” I only had those sorts of thoughts when I was website programming. Temporary html insanity.

If by chance you haven’t heard about the Outdoor Blogger Network and you’re wondering what in the world I am talking about (and please remember, 10 days, no fishing, I’m not thinking coherently anymore) here’s the low down.

And now…with a click of this publish button, I’m going Fly Fishing.