Some of you noticed that I did have pictures of my cute grandkids on some of my posts. As a family we decided I would not post pictures of them for safety reasons. On my article, "Where have all the fathers gone," I realize how important fathers and mothers are to children, especially girls. I have four of them and our one-on-one time with me has been some of the most memorable times we have spent. I attended every activity they were involved in while growing up. I have also been invited into the delivery room of some of them - I declined - that is their husband's job!!!
On the question, "Do I ever fish with bait?" Yes, only when forced to. Grandchildren need to fish and cannot fly fish. The other time is when I ice fish. I love to ice fish and use bait all winter long.
I fish an average of twice each week. My wife makes me!!!!! We love to eat fish, but our favorite are the small kokanee salmon that I catch in the winter. My wife will suggest we need some fish to eat many times during the winter. That is what I call a magical woman!!! We are blessed to live in an area where I can be fishing within five minutes of home. Our home is located next to the Teton River and between the Henrys Fork and the South Fork of the Snake River. So going fishing for an hour or two is not a large undertaking. I do fish for "stocked" trout from time to time but prefer the wild ones.
On the question, "Is my header picture a grouse?" Yes, it is a sage grouse. Each spring I visit the leks (breeding grounds) of both Sage and Sharp-tailed grouse. They dance, fight and breed. Each year I take thousands of pictures of them. The above picture is a sage grouse displaying for a female.
The above picture is of a Sharp-tailed grouse displaying on a lek to attract females. Their showing off, dancing and strutting reminds me of men doing the same thing. As with their human counterparts, the females chose their partners - and sometimes it will be different partners each day.
Have a great day.