Fly Fishing in Idaho Is it worth it?

So my parents just sold their home in Tucson, AZ my childhood home (middle/high school years) and moved to of all places to retire Rigby, Idaho. I’ve heard great stories of all the fly fishing water in Idaho so for the 4th of July holiday we took the opportunity to go visit the parents new abode and throw some fly line and bugs at the fishies.

Day 1 Wednesday July 3rd

  • Pick up hubs from work and drive with 4yr old and dog 10+ hours from Denver to Rigby.

Day 2 Thursday July 4th

  • Dressed the little man in his special The Fly Trout American Trout T-Shirt. Gma and Gpa take him to see a parade.
  • Hubs and I drove to Ashton, ID  to explore fishing water. We stopped in on a fly shop that was honestly a little lackluster. Won’t be going there again.
  • We fished the North Fork outside of town Zach immediately caught a brownie so we thought it was going to be a good day but actually turned into driving to a few different locations and absolutely NO more fish. It was HOT.
  • Went home for lunch with the family.
  • We all got into the truck to take a scenic drive to check out more fishing spots on the North Fork.
  • Ran into Mark Crapo (couldn’t miss his big beard and Loop truck from the hwy) feeding fish with Meow Mix stopped to say hello and look at the monster fish.
  • Continued to our scenic fishing spots and didn’t catch a thing. Rising fish, PMDs everywhere and picky trout! GORGEOUS SCENERY.
  • Afternoon storms rolled in even hailed on us for a minute. Fished again. Few misses. No luck.
  • Grabbed a bite to eat and headed to Idaho Falls for the HUGE 4th of July fireworks show.
  • My little man was so tired he fell asleep in my arms 1/2 way through the show. Haha.
  • What a day.

Day 3 Friday July 5th

  • Slept in.
  • Family trip to Yellowstone!
  • Stopped on our way up into the TroutHunter Lodge Fly Shop just missed seeing my friend Bryan Gregson at the shop, but Zach and I enjoyed stocking up on local flies. Fine looking shop beautiful artwork everywhere. Did I mention TroutHunter tippet is one of our favorite brands to use? Love that they have 1/2 sizes and the stuff is STRONG! It was great to be able to stop in the shop.
  • Got our fishing licenses for Yellowstone Park at Bob Jacklin’s Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, MT right outside the West entrance gate to the park. What a great shop and helpful guys in there. Met Bob himself.  Very pleasant experience!
  • Guided Geological tour of the park courtesy of my husband (his first geek degree was Geophysics with emphasis on Seismology/Volcanology official rock hound)
  • Fished the Gibbon River in the park caught brown trout and brookies on Yellow Sallies! My favorite part of this experience was being with my little man, Merich. He was my right hand man (see his Spider man fishing pics) he helped me unhook the fishes and safely release them back into the water. He walked along beside me patiently catching grasshoppers and finding feathers and gems as I fished. He also rode on my back a few times as I waded across the river. So much fun!
  • Another afternoon storm rolled in. We also used cheap fly rods to save us time and money. 
  • We waited it out and then fished the Madison. Shallow water, hungry fish rising in boils right in front of us. AND WE COULDN’T CATCH THEM. Tried so many different flies to no avail. Grrr. We to a different location and I actually slipped onto my butt and fell in for a few seconds. Luckily the water never went past my chest and into my waders. I wasn’t wearing my boots with my Goat Head Sole Spikes in them big mistake.
  • Went home.

Day 4 Saturday July 6th

  • Zach woke us up stupid early to fish the morning hatch. I managed to get dressed but then fell back into the comfort of the bed and let him go with his dog. He came home skunked. Glad I didn’t go and slept in instead. Haha.
  • Family lunch at Red Robin.
  • Gma and Gpa take the kid to the movies.

Commercial Wraps and How to Protect Your House from Water Damage

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Water Damage at Home

One of the major forms of damage that any homeowner fears is water damage.

Unlike other forms that can cause external damage to a house, water seeping in through the home’s structure (whether from a torrential storm, a gentle rain or even a minor leak) can put a major dent in your bank account.  

And it can enter your home in any number of ways– through a weakly insulated roof, a windowsill that water logs over time or through gaps and cracks in the wall assembly — sneaking in and collecting in the structure without the occupants even noticing it. And by the time you do, the repairs could run into thousands of dollars.

Other than causing financial damage, water logging also leads to the weakening of the structure itself. This is mainly due to the formation of mold, rot, mildew, etc that tends to grow inside the walls — invisible unless properly inspected for – leading to health hazards like respiratory problems, allergies, etc among the occupants.

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The Use of Commercial Wraps

This is where commercial wraps come in. A common sight at most construction sites, these wraps help keep water out of those crevices that have the potential to cause water related problems at a later stage.

To avoid the risk of water intrusion, these commercial wraps are ‘wrapped’ all the way around the house keeping the threat of water at bay. That being said, we all know that windows and external doorways cannot be sealed as they need to be opened for access. Here, however, proper flashing and sealants can be used to restrict the entry of water to a large extent.

Utility exposures are another area through which water enters the structure. These include hose bibs, dryer vents, etc. The most vulnerable, however, is the spot where the walls meet the roof — a very common spot for water damage. As water slides down the roof, it can find its way all through the structure causing significant damage.

Commercial wraps, made from strong Tyvek material which are also used for medical packaging, thus provide added insurance against water intrusion by helping reduce the entry of moisture into the house thus preventing any structural damage. Regardless if Tyvek is used with LPA (label applicator systems)like that from Doranix, its durability still prevails.

Timber frames, floors  and other structural elements can be shielded from force winds and water using commercial wraps made from high-strength, tear-resistant materials which form an  effective seal when used as a barrier against water and wind. And it can be used with a wide variety of wall substrates too—from stone, stucco, marble to metal panels, brick and granite.

Designed to seamlessly integrate into your home’s design without interfering with the appearance of your home, most commercial wraps do not require lengthy installation processes. And since they are engineered to ensure the greatest protection against the elements, you can rest assured that your home will be safe and that you need not worry about repairs and maintenance due to water damage especially after a torrential downpour.

Best Places to Hide During a Zombie Apocalypse

The scenario is all too familiar, the dead rise from their graves, a zombie outbreak is announced, people leave town, some stay and fortify their houses but everyone has only one goal and that is to stay alive. During a zombie outbreak, the big cities are the most affected because of the density of their populations. If you live in one, you better get out. Your other choice is to convert your home into a safe house.

When you get out of the big city, your next destination is a place where you can survive or a place where you are safe from the undead. The best places to look out for are those that are isolated but are still near supply sources like malls, stores and water source. It is unlikely that a zombie outbreak will begin somewhere with a small population and even if it does, the infection won’t spread as rapidly as it would in a big city. So a place that is isolated, well-stocked and far from big cities would be ideal.

If you have a property just outside a city or town, you can convert it into a safe house. Turn your house into a fortress using modern technology. Be prepared for the worst possible scenarios and have all the needed tools or gadgets. Zombie Gear Dude can help you find the essential tools and gear. Automatically seal your doors and windows with metal covers with just a press of a button on a remote or control pad. Not only are you safe from zombies, you can also enjoy the comfort of your own home.

Living in a rural area becomes a perk during a zombie apocalypse. Put up walls to secure the perimeter of your farm, make sure you have defenses around the area to build yourself a farm safe house. Your farm safe house should be self-sufficient. It must have its own food source and water source like a well.

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A military base is also a good hiding place especially if you are a fan of canned goods. There’s enough supply of guns and ammo to protect and guard the perimeter. Most military bases are located outside major cities and this in itself is already an advantage.

Next place to consider during a zombie apocalypse is a jail. Jails are well-secured with security equipment that could greatly help during a crisis. Jails are structures that are not just good at keeping people in but also at keeping them out, in this case, keeping the undead out. The major problem here is on how to vacate the prisoners.

The best place to escape to is an island away from all the zombie craze. The island should ideally have an established civilization complete with water and food sources. Once can also start from scratch by picking a virgin island and start developing it from there. Islands are isolated and a body of water separates you from all that carnage caused by the zombie apocalypse. There is a higher chance of survival and you can also have your peace of mind. Even so, don’t let your guard down.

4 events on home construction and green living in 2016

As many people are moving towards using organic materials for their construction works, leaders in this industry are organizing many events every year to make more people aware of the green living. Here are some of the events you can attend this year.

Ecobuild

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It is the biggest event for the construction and energy market in UK.Over the years, the event has inspired thousands of industry professionals from across the supply chain. The event is aimed to connect building professionals to help them learn and discover new ideas and innovative products. It’s also a great platform for networking. There is an exhibition floor where professionals from the construction industry can display their products and services. The event is packed with conference and learning sessions. Even event took place this year in March. The next one will take place in March, 2017.

2016 Design Challenge

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The 3rd Ontario Tire Stewardship Student Design Challenge within the fields of landscape architecture and industrial design will take place June this year. This event is held to promote creativity and innovative environmental landscape architecture and industrial design. This event creates a wonderful opportunity for the design leaders of tomorrow.The competition is open to architecture, design and landscape students who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution in Ontario.In this event, the students will present their design concepts in front of a panel of judges. Scholarship award will be given to the winning team.

Green Living Show

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This event took place in Toronto in April this year. Then event is about green living which includes wearing green clothes, driving green cars, using green materials in construction, etc. The show promotes wood as one of the green materials that could be used in constructions. Ontario wood can be a natural choice for balancing function, beauty and price. You will find many exhibits on green products in this event.

WNC Home, Garden, and GreenLiving Show

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This event took place in March this year. The event features home products and services for an eco-friendly lifestyle. Here, Asheville home builders will showcase the latest in home construction techniques, products, materials, green building, etc.

The objective of these events is to promote green living. With the level of pollution increasing, changing to a green lifestyle can help save our earth from further damage.

How to build a home from scratch on a budget

It is hard to tell upfront how much it will cost to build a home. When you ask this question to your builder or architect, you will find a different number from them. You cannot guess the figure straight away when it comes to building home. The figure depends on several factors including the location of your house, size, features you want, etc. You should talk to a number of builders and architects about the estimate and write the numbers down with detail breakdown. This way, you can have a budget for your home. If you want to stick to your budget, follow the following tips.

Identify the pieces within your budget

Instead of only writing down the major costs involved, like construction costs, you should also include legal fees, land costs, landscaping, architectural fees, etc. in your budget.

Know what you want

You should be very clear about what you want in your home; for example, the furniture, fittings, flooring, tiling, etc. You also need to know what kind of items you want; that is, whether you want a high end quality item or an affordable one. Incorporate these in your budget.

Expect to spend more

In your budget you should have some rooms to overspend in some of the areas. For example, if you want your kitchen to be really special, then you should  have room to spend in this area.

Have a plan

Hire an architect to make a detailed plan for you. Make all decisions regarding the construction of the house before the project actually stars. Stick to the plan. This way you will not go out of track.

Have a contingency

Like in any other work, ‘things might just happen’. So, you should have room for contingency in the budget. The best approach is to begin with a higher contingency and then reducing it as you move along the project. For example, you can allocate a contingency of 20% in your budget.

Consider a trade off

Sometimes you will find something to add in your house that is not within your budget. In such cases, look at the things left to do in order to complete the construction. Then see if you can make a trade off.

Keep these points in mind when you start building your house. If you calculate the budget right, then there is less chance that you will go over your budget in  your home construction project.

3 organic materials you should use for home construction

Man-made construction materials like concrete, brick, steel, aluminum, etc. are used in most of the modern construction works. These materials have harmful effects. Organic materials can be used for construction in order to reduce the harmful health effects. Organic materials are grown from seeds and absorb carbon dioxide while they grow. After harvesting, the greenhouse gas does not release into the atmosphere, thus, causing no harmful effects.  Here are some organic materials you should use for home construction.

Wood

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Wood has been used as a building material for many years. Wood is a product of trees and other fibrous plants.

Wood can be flexible, while keeping the strength. If compressed vertically, it becomes very strong. Wood do not give off any harmful gas.

Wood do not give off any harmful gas.

Stone or rock

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It is the longest-lasting building material available. Stones or rocks are readily available. Rock is a dense material, so it gives good protection. Granite and slate, which are forms of rocks, are used for construction. Slate is often used in roofs.

Rock is a dense material, so it gives good protection. Granite and slate, which are forms of rocks, are used for construction. Slate is often used in roofs.

Granite and slate, which are forms of rocks, are used for construction. Slate is often used in roofs.

Thatch

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It is one of the oldest building materials known. Grass is a good insulator and can easily be harvested. Many tribal people have lived in homes made of grasses.

In Europe, this was used as a roofing material. Many modern buildings now have thatched roofs with special ridge tiles on top.

Man-made construction materials use more energy and cause more pollution as well. As they have harmful chemicals in them, people are becoming allergic. Organic construction materials can breath and get rid of moisture, thus, promoting healthy indoor environment.