Fly Fishing Vacation and a Lesson in Patience

by on September 23, 2013

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

Hello from Colorado. Actually, from a non-flooded section of the state, in Edwards. Our thoughts have been with all the folks in the flooded communities to our East and the rain today seemed to add to more stress on the area. On this part of the Rockies, the rain this afternoon didn’t make for the best fishing conditions, but we still had a blast. Besides, the last thing we were going to complain about was a little rain and wet rain gear.

A few months ago we wanted to take one of our Dad’s (Todd’s papa in Oregon) on a fly fishing trip to Colorado. It’s one of those vacations that was much needed and we were looking forward to it immensely. It was time to get together with Dad and catch up on so many things. We didn’t get a chance to see him in five years and we were long overdue to made a face-to-face vacation happen. Time gets away from us and before we knew it, we realized all the phone calls and emails could never make up for lost face-to-face time. None of us really realized how long it had been until we actually looked back at past photographs to remind us that five years was way too long.

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

So, we all met up in Denver and headed East to an Orvis Fly Fishing School in beautiful Edwards, Colorado. Fly fishing had been on the top of our bucket list for years. The movie, A River Runs Through It, certainly had something to do with the romance of being in the great outdoors, out on the river and surrounding ourselves in the Zen and beauty of natures fly fishing glory. Great movies are powerful and inspiring. And here we are, in Edwards with fly poles in hand. Thanks Brad Pitt!

If you’ve ever been fly fishing, we’ll all have to agree that this sport is not just about fish. But rather, a lesson in patience. Amidst all the lessons in casting, fly rods, knots, learning how to read a river, and how to best catch and release for least stress on the fish; the best part of the school was being one-on-one with the water and yourself. Challenging yourself to focus, take your time and be patient with each cast, fly line and mend.

Fly fishing is definitely a lesson in patience: to wait, listen and connect with nature. And not just waiting on fish to bite, either. But using patience in the casting motion and in our own shortcomings (and in our short, floppy casts). However, that feeling after a good cast is wonderful. Such a rhythmic beauty; graceful, fluid movements and with a finishing snap, flicking a nearly weightless line yards out ahead. It was everything we had hoped to learn and understand. Though it was only a two day class, the lessons instilled in us a desire to continue learning more about the sport and reminding ourselves to connect more with ourselves and what we love to do.

-diane and todd

Here’s some moments from our fun fly fishing vacation:

We spent a day learning in the classroom and  practicing casting in the pond.

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

Beginning fly tying: learning to tie flysFly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice CoupleOur guides and instructors: Kip and Jay

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice CoupleJay teaching a student about leaders and guess what: more fly tying!

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice CoupleHi Mom!

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

We made it to the river lesson and learned how to gear up our linesFly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

so much gear!Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice CoupleTodd and Dad learning together with Kip
Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

A very wet day on the river: The Seven Fly Fishing Boys (The Fly Fishing Girl chose to hide behind the camera-Waders aren’t too sexy)!Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

Jay goes over a few more things before we all get really, really wet Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

Todd working on his casting….Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

…and more casting….Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

the scenery was breathtaking Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

Hi Dad!Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

even on the rainy day, Edwards Colorado is beautifulFly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

Todd and the first catch of the day

Fly Fishing School with Orvis in Colorado on White On Rice Couple

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Beautiful photos and gorgeous scenery!! We almost went for a fly fishing lesson last weekend, but had to cancel due to bad weather. Can’t wait to try it this week :)

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2 Gerry @ Foodness Gracious September 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Geez I wish I could get my outside photography to look like yours! Whenever I step away from my blog post “stage” I feel so out of my element. I used to fish a lot when I was younger spending many days on the river with my Uncle. It truly is a game of smartness against the fish and although some get caught, I bet you many many more pass by and laugh at the bait…

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3 Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas September 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

What a wonderful vacation! It’s the simple moments like fishing in a beautiful place that are the best =)

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4 Sandy Coughlin September 24, 2013 at 7:54 am

Beautiful photos! I recently went fly fishing at Umpqua River in Oregon, and it was such a wonderful experience… and lesson in patience!

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5 Lizthechef September 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

My husband is a fly-fisherman fanatic. Impressive, your new skills! I was lost trying to learn.

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6 Dani G. September 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

How fun! Sometime we’ll meet up in Denver. I’ll be there yet this week and will think about you while I’m stuffing my face at Le Central, an old French restaurant you might like. Someday. :)

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7 Spencer September 24, 2013 at 7:33 pm

nice share, new fly fishing guy here, want to try my 2nd fly fishing this weekend

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8 Pat Porter September 24, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Hi Tod

Glad to see you were able to get your dad flyfishing. From what you said he enjoyed it. I follow your posts and see that you and diane do a great job with the pictures. Years ago your dad wouldn’t even touch a fly rod. I fly fish all the time and have equipment running out my ears. Keep up the great work.
Uncle Pat

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9 White on Rice Couple September 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Great to hear from you! Dad had a great time fly fishing and might just be hooked now. We’ll all have to get together for a trip sometime! And thanks so much for the compliments.

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10 harveysmom September 30, 2013 at 7:43 am

great story and photos are beautiful. do you know about the fly fishing club in long beach? right at the dog park. its a great place to practice and get tips from the members. have fun!!!

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11 Bouillon de Notes September 30, 2013 at 11:50 am

The pictures are really beautiful, the nature gorgeous, a real atmosphere to take time:)

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12 Veronica October 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

The smiles on everyone’s face says it all. Glad to see you had such a nice time.

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13 Andy Taylor June 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm

The best thing about fly fishing for trout is that they live only in the most beautiful places on Earth. Glad to see that you enjoyed your first experience.

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