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January Spring

Sunny skies, warm breezes and a happy attitude permeated through Fort Collins last weekend.  Friday was a sensational day, with the temperature reading 64°F as Dustin and I pulled out of the Lory Student Center parking lot.  Armed with a truck full of fishing gear, we drove to the Poudre River just outside of town… Read more »

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Hooks–Make a Difference?

Dustin has always complained of his ties being too fat, especially his midges.  He didn’t understand what he was doing wrong;  that was until he discovered the Dai-Ryki hooks.  Previously he tied with TMC…whatever I forgot the name, again why he needs to post.  The only problem, a lot of people complain of the Dai… Read more »

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Dmas Flies–By any other name, a Prince

As I told all of you the other day, Dustin is busy stocking up our arsenal with MidegeMan inspired patterns.   As I sat down in the car after class, with a smile splayed across Dustin’s face, the words “I’ve finally tied a fly I am proud of” came out of his mouth..  Dustin is always… Read more »

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Dmas Flies–Inspired by

Dustin loves the blog Poudre Canyon Chronicles.  For those of you that have not visited it, do so now.  If you love to tie, you’ll love this blog.  MidgeMan posts his creations on a regular basis, tells where the patterns fish well, and even gives the recipes.  A fly tiers dream, right?  Since Dustin is… Read more »

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W.I.L.T.–Nature’s Services

Natures Services: Ecosystems are more than Wildlife Habitat, is the name of the article assigned for reading and discussion this week.  First and foremost, the reading makes evident that no technology we devise will take the place of services provided by nature.  Yes, humans are intelligent and a lot of the time our technology blows… Read more »

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Dustin Ties Flies–Fly Tying Station

Another thing we accomplished this week, one that both of us are quite excited about, is Dustin’s tying station.  Knowing that tying would be an activity he would engage in regularly, we wanted to have a permanent place just for tying.  We chose the other wall in the office as our fishing space.  His drafting… Read more »

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Inaugural Week

The title of this post makes Dustin and I’s first full week in Fort Collins sound like it was full of parades, confetti and important people.  Alas, it was not, but I can say I was happy enough to celebrate when Dustin finally arrived last Friday.  The dogs have settled in nicely… As I previously… Read more »

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What I Learned Today

Tuesday and Thursdays I have Wildlife Conservation/Ecology in the afternoon.  Normally first days are filled with boring reviews of the syllabus, but each of my professors surprised me by going into a little course material.  Needless to say, I am most excited about this Wildlife and Conservation Ecology course.  Now onto what I learned in… Read more »

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Yellowstone Cutthroat Need Your Help

For those of you that are Trout Unlimited members, I know you received the Take Action – Protect Native Yellowstone Trout email the other day.  I hope each of you sent a comment to the Park Service. For those of you that aren’t Trout Unlimited members, Chris over at Eat More Brook Trout posted an… Read more »

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A New Feature – What I Learned Today

Last week I mentioned that I wanted to add a new feature to the blog that would highlight some of the biology and conservation aspects of Dustin and I’s hobbies (fishing, hunting, backpacking).  I will make a tab labeled “Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology” and when I do a “What I Learned Today” post it… Read more »