Some of you may recall a story I told about Little Chick’s first fish on the flyrod, a cutthroat that she caught on the Blackfoot two summers ago. That event remains a bright spot in our family folklore, so in an effort to recreate fishing magic for Little Chick, my mother once again treated us to a couple of nights at PRO Outfitters lodge on the Blackfoot.
As always, our good friend and talented chef Michael Carlucci wowed us with savory meals from start to finish.
And it was a treat to catch up with our old friends Katie & Brandon who run a topnotch operation.
With copious amounts of food and laughter, we almost forgot the purpose of our mission. But fear not…when it was time to fish, we were all geared up and rarin’ to go. Little Chick’s guide, Chad, has officially earned the title of Hardest Working Fly Fishing Guide of 2009. I have never seen anyone work so hard to extend a drift. Back row, forward stroke, in the boat, out of the boat, holding the boat, walking the boat.
But in the end, Little Chick got the job done — and held the fish all by herself for her Official 2009 Grip & Grin.
I am one proud Mama Chicken.