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Middle Fork Newsletter

From our good friend Al, owner of Solitude River Trips:

Don’t Procrastinate!
pro•cras•ti•nate To defer action; delay: to procrastinate until an opportunity is lost.
No one likes to miss an opportunity thanks to inertia…especially if that opportunity is an unforgettable week on the Middle Fork! It only takes ten seconds to pick up the phone and give me and Jeanie a call to check availability…maybe 30 seconds to send a quick email (depending on how fast you type). That tiny time investment could be the difference between running your favorite Middle Fork rapid this summer—or watching someone else run it on YouTube.

If you’re trying to pull a group together but have a few stragglers, we can help. Send along the emails of the people you want to invite, and the week you’re hoping to visit – and we’ll help herd the gang together. You’ll be glad you did – and so will your friends!

September Trips Full
Our September fishing raft trips are getting more and more popular. It’s hard to beat warm days, cool nights, and fish on the bite in preparation for the winter to come. This coming September’s trips are already full and we are now booking for 2013. Call us to secure your (casting) seat!

Middle Fork Recipe
Rosemary Chicken Salada huge hit with our guests.

5 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

3 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 3/4 pound)
1/3 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup chopped smoked almonds
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 slices whole-grain bread

Combine first 9 ingredients, stirring well. Spread about 2/3 cup of chicken mixture over each of 5 bread slices, and top with remaining bread slices. Cut sandwiches diagonally in half

Letters of Praise from Guests
Dear Al, Jeana and Crew,
We have never had a better experience than the trips on the Middle Fork with you and your crew of terrific guides.
With Kindest regards,
Smythe and Martha Mc Kissick and family

After many trips with Solitude over many years, the Jacobsen’s feel like Al and Jeana (as well as there entire staff) are like family. Each journey down the Middle Fork has been extraordinary, and totally unique. We all look forward to our next adventure, and re-connecting with our friends. By the way, the fishing is off-the -charts!
Ken Jacobsen

We can’t think of another way we would float the Middle Fork than with Al, Jeana and Solitude. In fact we have taken the trip 5 times with them and each time has been a great experience. Al, Jeana and their crew are very professional and provide each guest everything they need and more. They are very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. From our first trip to number 5 we have enjoyed great fishing, fabulous meals, and gorgeous scenery. Each trip has been an unforgettable experience. Al, Jeana and their crew have become our friends. We look forward every year to our trip with the Solitude.
Clair and Susan Bowen

Fishing Rafts Gaining Popularity
In the early years, Solitude built its reputation on our guides’ ability to navigate drift boats through the Middle Fork’s majestic rapids. The drift boats strike a regal pose on the crest of a wave, and allow unparalleled maneuverability. The one drawback is that due to the many rapids, both anglers must be in the front of the boat, and only one can stand and cast; the other must fish from a seated position. For beginners the drift boat works best.

A few years ago, we introduced custom fishing rafts for our September trips. The idea was, these rafts would allow us to safely run the low water that we usually see in September while giving anglers a better fishing platform than a conventional white water raft. These rafts have a casting brace in the front and a seat in back, so both anglers can fish at the same time.

The past few years, we had a number of guests request the fishing raft during the summer season. It seems that anglers hated to have to share all that good fishing when they could both be casting dry flies! When you book your trip this summer, let us know your preference. If you’re not clear on the difference, we can explain the benefits of each kind of boat.

Another Healing Waters Vet Trip Scheduled for August 18-23. Join Them!
Since 2005, Project Healing Waters (founded by past Solitude guest Ed Nicholson) has been assisting in the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.

Last June, Solitude was honored to host five veterans and their five generous sponsors for a week of fly fishing on the Middle Fork. Countless trout were caught, countless stories shared—and the Solitude team came to appreciate both the tremendous sacrifice and incredible resilience of our military service personnel.

We’re very excited to be able to host five more veterans this coming August. It’s an opportunity to share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with someone who has truly earned it. Please give a shout if you’d be interested in helping to sponsor a veteran on what will surely be a memorable adventure.