This weekend two of my best fishing buddies and I traveled to the Washington Coast to fish for coastal steelhead on some hallowed winter steelhead rivers. Usually when this crew gets together there are a few fish pics to post, but not this time. Low water and not many fresh fish in the system meant tough conditions to swing em’ up on a fly. Can’t wait to get back though, it was an incredible trip! Heres a few photos I took while we were there.
On April 1st, my crazy friends and I were luck enough to obtain a permit to float the legendary smith river in central Montana. The Smith is a 60 mile, 5 day wilderness float that has some of the coolest country I have seen before. With finals week approaching here at The University of Montana, I’m a little tight on time so I figure i’ll just post up a bunch of photos from our trip. Enjoy!
As some of you may know, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is proposing putting a very large state park on Fish Creek in western Montana. Fish creek is a truly great Montana native westslope cutthroat stream, it’s mostly uncrowded, and it’s only an hour from Missoula. What FWP is proposing would make this fragile ecosystem overcrowded and I will assume eventual habitat destruction. The fish creek valley also is home to wintering Mule and Whitetail Deer, Elk, Moose and other wildlife. The expanded development of trails and electric hookup RV lots would definitely push animals out of the area. It is easy to see that FWP is looking for extra revenue and trying to take advantage of this great place. Take time to travel to fish creek this summer if you haven’t already done so to experience how wild and beautiful this valley really is. There are already a couple tent campgrounds on the creek, and in my opinion, the electric RV hookup lots would ruin how wild this place is. Comment on the link below and tell Montana FWP to not develop the Fish Creek drainage in any way, and keep this wild place unscathed by development. Thanks!
This summer was an absolute whirlwind, I was busy as a bee guiding, fishing, and traveling, and was only able to update the blog a couple times in the last few months. But it was a great summer, I enjoyed time on the water with a lot of great people, and was fortunate enough to experience some great fishing. Once again I don’t have a lot of time for a big write up, so I figured I’d post a handful of pictures I can round up from the summer to give you a feel of what it was like. Thanks for reading.
A Summer not to be forgotten.
Today is the first day in a while where I’ve had a chance to breathe and relax a little, so I’ll put a few photos from the latest adventures up. Lately I’ve been all over western Montana chasing bent rods and good times, and for the most part we’ve enjoyed awesome fishing so far this summer. Last week we had great mayfly weather…clouds, rain and a just a little sun. Green drakes were awesome and the fish were on in the clouds.
I also ran up to the Blackfoot with a couple clients, although the dry fly fishing up there in the bright sun was not too spectacular, Brandon was able to hook and skillfully land this big Bull Trout…on 4x tippet. Pretty good for his third day ever fly fishing.
I did have a day off this week that I took advantage of to do a little fun fishing. We fished The lower Clark Fork a ways from town had had a fun day picking off some rising fish on pmd’s. Those fish down there fight so hard it’s ridiculous.
That’s all I got for now, stay tuned for more after fourth of July week.
Lately I haven’t had much time or energy to post up here, so I figured I’ll throw a few words and photos up finally. A couple weeks back I wrapped up my trip back home to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Aside from the bass and other warmwater species fishing I did while back, I also made a run with my Dad and good family friend Dave to the north shore of Minnesota, for great lakes steelhead. The trip was a success and we got into a few nice fish. A few of the fish we hooked where brought to hand, and some just flat out kicked our ass. They are a very strong fish.
On the way home we stopped at one of my favorite northern Wisconsin trout rivers. The fishing was overall slow, but we caught a couple respectable fish on dries. I took this picture to show how different the coloration of these browns are than Montana fish.
After the trip up north it was time to head back to Montana. I was greeted by great dry fly action with salmonflies and golden stones.
I also started guiding this week, and had a couple good days with a new client and friend, Herb.
After that, my good friend Cody was in town, and we made a run to some of my favorite water and were greeted by more good stonefly fishing on top.
Thanks for reading, I will try and get some more stuff up here soon.
Remember today those who have given their lives for our freedom. Around 1.3 million Americans have sacrificed their lives during the history of our country. Most of them had their whole lives in front of them, but unselfishly gave it up so we could enjoy things such as hunting and fishing in this great land.
This last weekend I traveled to central Minnesota with my old high school fishing buddy Dom, and his brother, Nick. We were invited up to their Uncle’s duck cabin to fish the surrounding lakes. It’s a Northwoods classic-made of big pine logs with an iron wood stove and Les Couba duck paintings hanging on the walls.
We got to fishing one of the nearby lakes. Although it was cold and rainy, the bass seemed to be really active. We caught fish on a number of presentations from texas rigs to spinnerbaits, but the best seemed to be a wacky style plastic worm fished on a spinning rod.
As the grey sky turned into darkness we headed back to the cabin. The next day turned out to be just as grey and windy out, but fortunately no rain. We caught some nice bass and northerns in the morning, and then focused on pitching slip bobbers to the shallows in hopes of bringing home enough crappies for dinner.
It was a great day filled with multiple species…one of things that makes the lakes of the north country so great. The last morning we planned to fish for just a quick couple of hours and then hit the road, the numbers of bass weren’t as good as the previous days that morning, but we caught a handful and Nick pulled a big one.
We headed back to town soon after. It was an awesome weekend of fishing with great friends, it sure feels good to be back on the waters of the midwest. I’ll now be headed to the North Shore of Minnesota in search of Steelhead this week. The rivers are receding from blowing out last week due to all the rain we’ve been getting but they should be close to prime now. Thanks for reading.