June 28, 2016

Quickfire Outdoor Interview: The River Damsel

Name or Online Code Name: RD 

Blog URL: www.theriverdamsel.com

1) Outdoor Activity of choice? Being a fly fishing “roadie”. Is that the same thing as a trout bum?? ; )

2) Outdoor Mornings. Up at 5 a.m.? 6…7…8…9…Or when the sun heats up the tent and you can’t take it anymore? Easy…4:30 is my every day wake up call…so, let’s sleep in and make it 6. We are making breakfast before we head out to the river, right?

3) Snicker Bar or Granola Bar on the trail? A Snickers and a Diet Coke is all you need to have sustenance…At least that’s what I have been told by a certain “Outdooress” person. I brought the Snicker mini squares, she had the Snicker fun size bars…a perfect day.

4) Your Birthday is coming. What outdoor (dream) present should we all chip in to buy you this year? Can someone find me a fly patch so I can stop sticking flies in my sleeve???

5) Seven days in the Alaskan Wilderness or Seven days on a Tropical Beach? Let’s see…I have been to Alaska and got stuck in silt above my knees…How about adding a guided bonefish excursion and I’m on that beach!

6) What kind of Outdoor Store would you own? I would love a fly shop in West Yellowstone and the doors will be open at 7 am…for those who have an hour drive across the park. ; ) (hint hint)

7) Finish this sentence: When I was a little kid, I loved to go outside and… Swim in Grandma’s pool. Now, I just want to stand upright in a river!

8 ) Do you have an Outdoor related item that is priceless to you? What is it and why? This is easy…all the flies that bloggers have sent to me in the mail. I have taken two from each package and put them in a special “collectors box” that is in a display case. The outdoor blogger connection of special friends sharing their talents and outdoor passion with me, means a lot.

9) Fill in the blank. When I head outdoors I need to have__dental floss___with me? (Due to the many occurrences with barbs in the fingers)

10) What’s the story behind your blog name? After trying to help a mother and two children that flipped over in their tubes going down the Weber River, I was sitting on a rock afterwards and I saw a blue damsel…So, it was easy to come up with a blog name. And my sub-title…”Adventure In Every Riffle”, self-explanatory!

Courage Level Question: It’s You and a Grizzly Bear face to face on the trail. Knowing yourself, will you

1) Hold your ground and see who blinks first
2) throw your gear at the Grizzly and run for your life or
3) faint on the spot?

If the bear spray doesn’t work, #3… I know this much. Rebecca and I would rather have a picture taken with a “trophy” bear in NC any day!!! Haha.

Thank You River Damsel for standing in the fire! Great Interview and that bear picture….hopefully that’s the closest I ever get to a bear. Ever…

Everyone, be sure to check out the always great blog The River Damsel

About Rebecca

When Rebecca isn't running the Outdoor Blogger Network, she is off Fly Fishing her favorite rivers. Occasionally she writes about those adventures at The Outdooress.


  1. 1

    I’m fortunate enough to know RD off the blogs and this is a great interview! She is exactly this no-nonsense and fun all the time. I enjoyed seeing your answers to the questions, RD, especially the last one!

  2. 3

    Well, that’s the real RD! Great interview. Don’t go out and buy a fly patch, I’ll send one when I get around to sending you your damsels! (soon)

  3. 8

    Roadie’s get paid, don’t they? Or do they still only work for beer…

    Nice interview RD.

  4. 10

    RD, I’d like to leave your interview up for days because every time I visit the OBN homepage today, there you are, grinning at me =)

    And then I scroll down and look at the bear picture you took and I really start to smile. Loved the interview!

  5. 11

    I’m such a goofus, RG… Of all my pictures, I pick the one with the smallest fish! I guess that I still remember what a miracle it was that we caught anything in that NC weekend storm! The water was raging … And sure glad I took that bear photo in the fly shop!! (Inspiration) Fun times. Now, back to where I can find Mr. Brown Spots, SR. Thanks for interviewing me…

  6. 12

    That’s a fish in your hand? I thought you were tying on a streamer. Just kidding. Small fish happen. Great interview.

  7. 14

    Well, RD, we will need a big ol’ box of Bandaids,snicker bars, diet Cokes, dental floss, bear spray, and hi-speed wading boots when we come in contact with the bears when we make a trip in Island Park or the Idaho high country. Remember, I am old, and I will need all the help I can get!

    • 15

      Mel, I love ya man. Now, most of those things are just preventative… = ) I’m buying a year license for ID this month…we will be seeing you for sure! (And I move slow…no worries!)

  8. 16

    Good interview RD- We’ll get you some fleece patch gloves so you can stick your flies there instead of your fingers. Wow it looks like there was a cardboard version of everyone last year. Try taking Cardboard Rebecca with you and sacrificing it to the bear. This could be the solution to the bear problem for everyone including Rebecca.

  9. 20

    Very fun interview. Have you tried sticking them in your hat?

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