A Beginner’s Guide to Fly-Fishing Lures

Brett Coltman (UBS)

A prominent financial professional with considerable experience in the investments sector, Brett Coltman currently serves as Senior Vice President – Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services. In his free time, Brett Coltman enjoys fly-fishing at various destinations throughout the United States.

When it comes to fly-fishing, there are various types of lure from which to choose. Below is a quick look at some of the most common types of flies.

Dry flies: One of the most commonly used flies, a dry fly refers to any fly that mimics the activity of an aquatic insect on the surface of the water.

Terrestrials: A blanket term used to describe any animal that spends the majority of its time on dry land, terrestrials are often insects or mammals that accidentally fall into lakes or streams.

Midges: Midges are relatively small flies that can have great utility in tailwaters.

Streamers: Typically retrieved in…

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Grand Tetons and Yellowstone

Romancing Wanderlust

IMG_3306 There was a Facebook today that named the 35 Clearest Waters in the World( http://dailynewsdig.com/35-clearest-waters-world-swim-die)  I’m not sure this is the definitive list, as I can think of plenty of others that weren’t on this list.  It’s rather nice to think there still are quite a few lovely clear waters still be enjoyed around the globe, and some in our own backyard.  I’m not a card-carrying, liberal, tree hugging ecology-nut, but in honor of Earth Week coming up, I do want to acknowledge the responsibility we all have to honor and care for this beautiful earth that God created for us.

My husband and I had the chance to take a trip to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park late last summer.  The goal had been to get me closer to meeting my goal of seeing all 50 states (I was 5 short), and an empty nest celebration…

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Learning to Love

Along This Road

Old Faithful Geyser Yellowstone National Park Old Faithful Geyser
Yellowstone National Park

Just a short walk through the pines delivers the hopeful geyser gazer to Steamboat Geyser and an oversized viewing platform which welcomes the wishful. Steamboat’s eruptions shoot 300 feet skyward, making it the tallest active geyser in the world.

At least that’s what I’ve heard. I’ve never seen it erupt. I probably never will.

Steamboat is what park geologists call unpredictable, with gaps between eruptions as short as four days and as long as fifty years. Fifty year is a long time to wait.

As the pine-lined path nears the geyser, steam hovers above the trees, sometimes accompanied by the splashes of a short, minor burst – dangling carrots that raise the hopes.


Against this backdrop of steam and spurting thermal water, Steamboat’s interpretive sign presents the facts of its erratic eruption pattern to a disappointed touring public; people who have traveled for hours by car…

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What’s So Great About Fly Fishing?

Gotta Learn to Fly

“What’s so great about fly fishing?”

Being that it is not common for a girl to claim fly fishing as her favorite past time, I encounter this question often. And all I can think is what any other angler would think, “What a stupid question!”

But when I try to think about how to answer, it is difficult to put into words. Is it the adventure? The challenge? The cast, mend, drift, strike, and hook? I just can’t pinpoint it.


I guess that’s because it’s all of it. Because fly fishing is not just something you do, it is something that transforms you. Your whole heart and soul become a part of the process. You don’t forget everything and leave all your troubles behind, but you gain perspective and become a small part of the stream, the canyon, and the mountains. You become a part of something greater than yourself…

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Magnitude-4.8 earthquake shakes Yellowstone National Park

Global News

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-4.8 earthquake that shook northern Yellowstone National Park is the strongest there since 1980.

But the Sunday quake was still considered relatively light, and its location didn’t raise concerns about the park’s supervolcano, which experts say has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times the size of Mount St. Helens and would have worldwide effects.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations says the earthquake occurred at 6:34 a.m. about 4 miles (6.4 kilometres) north-northeast of the Norris Geyser Basin. It was felt in the Montana border towns of West Yellowstone and Gardiner.

There were no immediate reports of damage. The park has few visitors and staff this time of year.

Yellowstone sees frequent earthquakes. At least 25 have been recorded since Thursday.

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