2012 was a great year. I was fortunate enough to fish in a lot of different places and have great experiences in the outdoors with a lot of cool people. Because this blog has only been up for half the year, I decided to put together a quick timeline of my adventures.
Late Winter (January-February) After the new year rang in, I soon after headed back to Montana from my home in Wisconsin. In between classes, I made quite a few winter fishing trips with friends to the Missouri River. At the time, my new friend Paden was wanting to get into flyfishing. I spent most of these Missouri trips behind the oars, in an effort to get Paden into fish. He caught on very quickly and brought some nice fish to hand.
Paden with a nice Missouri rainbow
Early Spring (March-April) As February waned, the fishing around Missoula really started to heat up. The Bitterroot proved to be the consistant fishery it is, and the Skawala stones among other bugs really started to get the fish out of their winter doldrums.
Garret with a rainbow from the Bitterroot
Ben and I in the rain
Spring in the Bitterroot Valley
Late Spring (May-June) Fishing remained good until close to the end of Spring Semester. When school got out, I did my first guide trip on the Missouri, and then quickly got back home to Wisconsin for a few weeks during spring runoff.
We had some good smallmouth and decent muskie action when I was back home, and before I knew it, it was time to head back to Montana. The rivers had dropped to fishable levels when I arrived in early June. The fishing started out pretty good and only got better as the summer went on.
Summer (July- August) As July neared, I started the heat of the guide season, as I met a lot of great people and the dry fly fishing varied from good to great.
As the start of school neared in late August, I was able to fish with friends who were returning to town. It was a great way to end the summer.
Forest Fire Smoke
Fall (September- End of Year) School started Aug. 27, and we got back to our studies. But we had fish on our minds, so over Labor Day Weekend we headed to British Columbia to fish the world famous Elk River.
After we got back to Missoula, the trico hatch provided great dry fly fishing in early fall, followed by some pretty good streamer fishing that moved some nice fish. Duck season started in late September as well, and we closed out our fall with good hunting and fishing.
I hope this report gives you a brief recap of what 2012 in God’s great outdoors looked like for me. It was a memorable year, and I’m looking forward to 2013! Thanks for reading.