Her Ladyship's first moving water float!

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Alex MacDonald, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Giving credit, (and not a few praiseworthy strokes to ensure "domestic tranquility") where it's due, I have the honor to report that at the deft and gracious hands of Freestone, Lady Tandy completed her very first "moving water" float in her Watermaster, dominating the raging Methow River yesterday. We floated from Winthrop to Twisp, which was a huge distance, especially for a first time-out trip. It's 11 road miles between the two towns I think, and the river's definitely further than that!

    Her Ladyship quickly grasped the concepts of shuttling away from problems, setting up for a run in fast water, and working eddies, and proceeded to have a blast on her first float! I began to realize that i could trust the lines she picked through the skinny water and the rock gardens, so quickly and thoroughly did she grasp the fundamentals!

    Great thanks to Freestone for taking us on this trip, even though we're both trashed this morning (my arms are shredded), and for turning us onto the bakery in Twisp! Unfortunately, as is my usual practice, the doofus left the stupid camera in the truck... I've just never been a shutterbug! We caught some nice fish, learned a great stretch of river, even saw a mule deer doe with 3 fawns that couldn't have been over two weeks old. Triplets isn't something you see often in the mule deer world.
  2. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    That's great Alex! I'm heading over tomorrow and may do that same float with Patty, although in a two man Scadden. That is a nice stretch of river! (and the rolls at Cinnamon Twisp are definitely worth a trip!) Rick
  3. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

    Alex, that's great that your wife quickly learned the basics of rowing on moving water and is up to giving it a try. Good going Freestone... might be a few others of us needing your ability to connect and ease the apprehension of husbands trying to teach our better half how to drive on liquid roads!
  4. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

    Great stretch of river for a first float. A watermaster probably made it funner. Good on freestone for guiding you guys.
  5. Freestone

    Freestone Not to be confused with freestoneangler

    I had a blast with Alex and Tandy! She was a natural who needed very little coaching. The Winthrop-Twisp stretch is much tougher than the Yak canyon but she handled it like a champ. I used my fins all day and used the oars as little as possible so I could fish on the go. After 11 miles of finning, my legs were like rubber!

    I have to thank Alex for letting me borrow a pontoon for the trip. It is ironic that someone with double digit boats had to borrow one, LOL! But I was already up there when we planned the trip so Alex was gracious enough to bring one up for me.

    And Rick, I think we have two new converts to the Cinnamon Twisp! Tandy said it was one of the best things she'd ever eaten - and I have to agree!

    Here's a shot of Alex having fun:

  6. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

    Way cool!

    I think there may be a market for a female toon teacher.
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  7. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    My congrats to all involved. Her Ladyship has me one-upped, as I still to avoid flowing water in floating craft in my golden years.
  8. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

    Deservedly so, Alex, deservedly so!
  9. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    Rick, there's so much fantastic water there, you really don't want to pass it up! I need to put the trailer at Riverbend in Twisp, and if I can pry myself away from the bakery, the "dawn patrol" should happen!
  10. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    If you do, let me know and we can do a float together! (and Freestone as well!) Rick
  11. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

    I wanna go..... And, the bakery in Twisp is worth the trip.

  12. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

    Very cool. Congrats to all.
    My favorite part of the state right there.
  13. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

    will do!
  14. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

    I'd love to join you guys some time but I don't do cinnamon rolls at artisan bakeries. Let me know when you "man up" and have bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausage gravy and a shot of whiskey, then I might get interested! :D

    Oh...good job Tandy!
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  15. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

    Sounds like my kind of breakfast (before the cinnamon rolls of course!)
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  16. Jake Dixon

    Jake Dixon Member

    That's great! How was the rubber hatch? We floated on Saturday and saw some guy slip out of his tube. He spent the better part of the next 1/4 mile bumping his ass on the bottom. I don't think he felt it then, but he surely felt it the next day.
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