Teton Valley was already covered in deep snow from previous storms before a fresh 5-12 inches landed the last two days. We had high wind and periods of heavy snow throughout Tuesday afternoon and most of yesterday. Now our temps have plummeted and wind-chill is forecasted to be a dangerous 22º BELOW ZERO! Yikes! In other words, unless I slip on some ice and whack my head extremely hard, Sunday was my last day of fishing in 2010. 2010 will go down as the best fishing year of my life. We’ll highlight more on that in the next few days.
I just came in from an incredible ski in the backcountry. I spent nearly two hours breaking a trail through deep snow up one of our nearby mountains. I was exhausted to say the least by the time I reached the summit of this foothill. At that point, all the clothes I shed while sweating my way up had to go back on to keep me warm as I skied down. What took two hours travelling up took a mere 20 minutes going down. Remarkably, I made it all the way down without wiping out and the powdery run was by far my best ski outing of the season.
Now I’m back to the computer finishing up preparations for the Fly Fishing Shows which begin next week. The shows you will find me at this January are the Fly Fishing Show in Denver January 7 – 9, Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, Massachusetts January 14 – 16 and the biggest of all Fly Fishing Shows, Somerset, New Jersey January 21 – 23. That’s just the January line up and I hope to see some of you there!
As I work away at my computer I have many feathery visitors. Our bird feeder hangs just a few feet from me and all kinds of birds visit. At this very second I have a fine-looking Hairy Woodpecker but my camera is out of reach. Damn! However, this morning I got this picture of a Clark’s Nutcracker and yesterday this hungry crow. Good stuff as they say!
I still plan to post pictures of the 12 top fish of 2010. I’m also trying to narrow down my favorite blogs of the year. I appreciate the advice and suggestions many of you have made the last few days. It really helps and any more help would be appreciated. Feel free to contact me direct or write your vote in the comments box below this entry. Thanks again!