The desert, winter and gearing up

Family portrait: Jamie, Lulu and I hiking around Catalina State Park outside Tucson, AZ.

Not a fishing related report, but fun non the less. Jamie and I returned from spending a few weeks in Bisbee, Arizona. Over the years we’ve traveled to Bisbee a fair amount, visiting family and enjoying the funky mining town. Last year while there, we decided it’d be fun to spend a month in the winter there, researching what it’s like to live away from the Wyoming winter. Bisbee’s a great old mining town in Southern Arizona. Once home to a thriving copper mine, now old hippies and artists call it home. Being built into the sides of the Mule Mountains, Bisbee remains a great small town at a high elevation that keeps it cooler than much of Arizona. We ended up getting an air B and B for a month, driving down in early January and returning to Jackson about a week ago. The trip was great; lots of hiking, relaxing and visiting with my aunt and uncle and their friends. An impromptu trip to Aqua Prieta, across the border from Douglas, AZ led to a great, but horrible haircut (fortunately my hair will grow back!!). On the way home we visited friends in New Mexico, getting back to Jackson in time to see some other friends who were visiting from SLC and LA. Now that we’re home we’ve gotten back in the swing of things here in Jackson Hole. I’ve been substitute teaching and tying flies while Jamie’s back handling the community’s mental health needs.

Jamie in the Dragoon Mountains. We spent the day at a location called Council Rock where native americans left petroglyphs and it is believed Cochise made peace in 1872.
Always nice to see fishing clients on their home turf. Long-time client Craig and his lovely wife Sharon had us stay with them in Phoenix. We had a great time hanging with them; nice dinners, football, guitar shopping and hiking. Can’t wait to see them again!
Jamie on along Tombstone Canyon in Bisbee, AZ.
My Uncle Mark (center) at his local watering hole, Elmo’s Bar in Bisbee. Elmo’s is a classic Bisbee bar in Brewery Gluch. We thought it was best to start the morning with a Coors before embarking on a driving adventure to Slaughter Ranch, the US/Mexico border and the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas, AZ.
Music night (one of many) with my Uncle, Kari and Ed. Bisbee is home to a diverse music scene; lots of bars, venues and local musicians. It was fun to crank up the guitars while there!

I’m beginning to get excited for fishing season. New gear and fly tying material are being ordered and my calendar is quickly filling up with fishing trips for the upcoming season. If you’re thinking about booking a trip with me, please get in touch quickly to ensure I get you on the schedule. This season will be another good one with trips to various local waters and all inclusive fishing cabin adventures. Currently still pretty cold here in Jackson but once the weather starts warming expect a few fishing pics and reports.