Saturday, June 26, 2010

Alaska

Life is crazy. In the last 3 years I have moved from Reno to Colorado and back several times, then to Montana, now to Alaska for 3 months. Then I'll head back to Reno, visit Colorado and move somewhere else? Probably back to Montana at some point. Anyways, the blog will be dead while I am in the bush but expect a full report sometime in October!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

On the Move


I haven't posted for a while but hopefully I can start catching up. It has been a slow spring as far as the fishing goes but I have been sneaking in time on the local rivers and streams. The surges of rain, snow and snow melt have been keeping the rivers in check and making the windows of opportunity pretty small. Hopefully the runoff will clear soon so I can get busy on the water. Outside of fishing I have been hiking a ton and I made a trip to Yellowstone with a friend. Next week it will be Glacier with my family.

Until the water clears...here are a few pictures of small stream fish and Montana scenery.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bitterroot Cutthroats

Catching cutthroats on the surface seems to be about as good as it gets. Although I am accustomed to dredging weighted flies for the big boys, when the fish are looking up it is too hard to resist some dry fly action. After pegging a bunch of white fish on a nymph rig, the mayflies started popping and I put on a cripple just in time to see a fish rise. The group I was fishing with caught several nice cutties and few rainbows on the surface throughout the afternoon. We were 2 of 4 boats on the stretch of water and didn't see a single wade fisherman all day. Definitely one of the most productive days I have had since moving to Montana.




Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blog of Note

My roommate here in Lolo is getting in the guiding business. We were neighbors in Gunnison and guided together in Lake City for a bit. As a part of the guiding business, Nick is starting a blog. I would expect regular updates and some serious fish porn. The business is Five Valleys Fly Fishing but Nick's new site can be found at Montana Fishing Guide.
On another note. Our float trip down the Missouri went well. Nick rowed and I missed fish. It was windy as hell and we sailed through the entire float with the wind at our backs in about two hours. After a little hitch hiking we launched again and parked the boat in a nice looking area. The wind died and the fishing picked up while my shoulder collapsed and my casting reverted to beginner style. Nick caught several fish with the wind down and I tangled something horrible and watched a couple of random horses wallow in the mud. The Missouri is definitely an awesome place and I plan on doing some serious fishing on it this year.


A Few Pictures from the Missouri:


Nick with a 20" Brown


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A Few From the Bitterroot

I've been fishing in short trips for the last week, mostly two or three hour outings but the river has been productive. The plan is to float the Missouri on Friday so expect a report from that trip. I have low expectations as I always do when fishing a new river but I have heard great things. Being only a two hour drive and home to some big browns I have a feeling it will become a regular stop on my multi-day fishing trips.

For now, here a few from the Bitterroot.





Monday, March 22, 2010

Back in Action

I'm back in action and after driving around the west with a half filled trailer I arrived in Lolo, Montana. I spent the first week unpacking and of course floating and wading the Clark Fork and the Bitterroot. After a week of settling and fishing, a few friends from Colorado barged in and decided Saint Patty's day should be celebrated for a week. We proceeded to fish nonchalantly on the Madison and Bitterroot while filling one apartment, two drift boats and a house with beer cans. Now that I'm in recovery I'll try to get back on the blog posts and hopefully start taking more pictures.

Madison River

There were a few midges out on the Madison.


Nick with a nice Madison rainbow.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Videos and Pictures

Well, the fishing has been good but I, unfortunately, have not been hitting the river everyday like a good boy. I have been working too much and preparing to move to Missoula (actually Lolo) for who knows how long. The decision is based on fishing and hunting opportunities, population, and proximity to steelhead waters. That and I like to roam around the western United States. I should reconsider after talking with Doug who caught a 25" and 24" pair of browns today but I already committed. Since I don't have any new pictures of myself with fish, I'll post a few of Doug's and the video/slideshow he recently posted on You Tube. This will probably be my last post for a few weeks but I'll be back at it once I'm settled in Montana.


Here's Doug added to the list of monsters he has caught this year.






Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pyramid

The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy. Almost everyday my dog wakes me around 7am. I eat breakfast and drink coffee for about 2 hours then I hit the river. I am really enjoying the routine and the fishing has been awesome. After fishing I usually work for 4-5 hours, read, tie flies, then sleep.

Today I decided to change the river routine and join a few others at Pyramid Lake despite knowing that the fishing remains slow. Needless to say I had my first full day skunking of the year and somehow developed a leak in my waders while standing motionless in the lake. A few of the other guys caught fish and just as I realized my legs were numb from the leaking water Doug caught a nice 26" cutthroat. The lighting was good, the wind was mild and a few of the guys supplied some whiskey. I will call it a good day as my expectations were not high to begin with and the change of pace was nice. Now it's back to chasing browns and rainbows on the river.


Doug caught this fish using his "Floater no Cator" technique as he describes it on page 6 of John Barr's book. It took a #14 zebra copper john.


Friday, January 22, 2010

Quick Trip

I was bored. It was cold but I needed to emerge for air after 2 days of sitting inside. I fished for 20 minutes just before dark. Caught a nice cutbow.





Oh yeah. I hit pyramid a few days ago with a few other guys. The wind was crazy and the water looked like it would be better for surfing. We found a sheltered bay and picked up 9 fish in the 17-20" range.






Here a few shots that are less than a month old. I only post about 10% of the fish I catch but these are worth a look.





What's new. Doug with another 24" fish.

Friday, January 8, 2010

The trio

Where are all the rainbows? Made an afternoon trip towards the California State Line today in search of some aggressive rainbows. The water usually gives up a few powerful fish but today was different. Over the course of several hours only three fish were caught and none of them rainbows. Early in the trip Lorin caught a 26" brown, which in itself made the day worthwhile. After searching with streamers for an hour I hooked up and landed a 27" brown and had a grab several casts before that fish. After doing some streamer experiments in the same area, Doug caught a 24" brown just before dark. The weather was overcast and these fish were on the move. It has been almost two months since the browns spawned and I guess they are set on getting their fill.


Lorin With A 26" Pig


Doug's 24" Brown Looks Huge!



27" of Brown Trout. It gave me a courtesy splash to wash the beard.