Wednesday, September 17, 2014


We interrupt this fishing excursion to bring you a beer report.

Montana has a lot of great local, small breweries to choose from.  So as a public service announcement to those who might find themselves in the area at some point, we've rated some of our favorites based on the following criteria:

1)  Tastes good
2)  Pictures on the bottle (trout or trout related seem to taste better)
3)  Tastes good

So here we go, in no particular order

#1:  Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Kettle House Brewing in Missoula, Montana.  Come to find out one of the more popular draft beers in local establishments, and the fact that we found it in a pounder didn't hurt either

#2:  Big Hole Mythical White.  Brewed in Belgrade Montana by Big Hole Brewing Company.  We stayed on the banks of the Big Hole, we fished the Big Hole, so quite naturally we had to drink it too.

#3  Beltian White from Harvest Moon Brewing Company in Belt, Montana is my personal favorite.  Not too heavy, great flavor, and goes well with a cold sandwich along the bank of any Montana River.  Come to think of it, it goes well with just about anything along a Montana River.

#4 Dancing Trout from Bayern Brewery in Missoula.  First off, any beer that has been recognized as the official beer of Montana Trout catches our attention.  Great artwork too.

#5 Moose Drool from Big Sky Brewing in Missoula.  Cool name.  Full Flavor.  Likey.

#6  PBR.  We saw this in a pounder in the store, could buy only one, so we got it for Dave.  No link necessary, you know where to find it if you want it.

#7  Another winner from Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula:   Trout Slayer Wheat Ale.  You go to Montana to fish, you end up being  a sucker for the marketing  but the taste is the reason you'll have another

So there you have it, a completely random sampling of beers we ran across in convenience stores across Southwest Montana.  If I had to rank my top three it would look like this:  Beltian White, Trout Slayer and then Dancing Trout.  #1's a lock, but the next two are nearly interchangeable as far as I'm concerned.

I'll also take recommendations on any others to try the next time out there and be glad to report back the results..........


Monday, September 15, 2014


So what's a trico?  It's the short version flyfishermen use of a very long latin name of a bug that means"a tiny black fly that's a pain in the ass to fish".  Their body is about the end of a ballpoint pen (or smaller) with long tails and wings and the fish really love'm.  What they lack in size they make up for in numbers, late mornings they swarm over the water by the thousands to mate and afterwards fall to the water dead where the trout lie waiting.  One moment pure bliss and the next you're dead, helluva way to go huh?  Anyways the fish rise so subtly to the flies that if you weren't looking for them you'd walk right by.......long leaders and light tippetts are the rule and it's the epitome of total finesse fishing because one sloppy cast in that low clear water will put the fish down for good.

Take note of what looks like snow in the air.......those are the trico's

Bugs in the air = rising fish

Local guide and friend of mine Al Lefor with another day at his office.
We'd see 2 maybe 3 drift boats a day go by us, but for the most part
we had large tracts of river to ourselves.
Photo:  Dave C
Hard not to be in awe of your surroundings in a place like this.
Photo:  Dave C
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The gang at the Dewey Bar, Dewey Montana.
Stop in and ask for a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug
and thank us later!
If you see Dave, ask him about this hole in the side
of the mountain:  he was fascinated by it all week!  Photo:  Dave C

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Rock

Dave getting stretched
We took a break one day from the Big Hole and headed over to Rock Creek which is south of Missoula and flows into the Clark Fork. The Rock has everything a trout stream should:  great scenery, great water, all trout species plus the endangered bull trout, and on this day lots of solitude.....what more could you ask for?  We'll just let the pictures tell the rest of the story.  Click on the photo's for a bigger view.

Dave C Photo

This osprey had just caught a whitefish and was eating it on
the road as we were driving by.  He wouldn't budge and gave
us a great photo opportunity

The day started out sunny and nice and ended cloudy with downpours and
lightning towards late afternoon.  Most of the week we had late afternoon
 thunderstorms chase us off the water  

Take me to your fish:  Dave C photo

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