Sunday, August 24, 2014

'Tana 2014

Things have been busy with everything but fishing lately, but finally the time came to get on a flight with three friends and spend a week fishing numerous rivers in Southwest Montana.  We've been flying into Billings and working our way west the last few years and this year was no different.  Stop #1 is about an hour west of Billings on the Stillwater River.  It's run and gun pocket water for browns, rainbows and the occasional cutthroat on the section we float.

Typical water  for the Stillwater

The Stilly's waters run crystal clear

This photo shows the typical pool, riffle, run, pool nature of the Stillwater.  It's one right after the other for this 8 mile stretch we floated but pretty much the rest of the 30 plus miles of floatable water is the same way

Typical Stillwater Rainbow

Rich getting it done with a creative net job

Foating the Stillwater is as much fun as the actual fishing and to me the river symbolizes all that is wild about Montana.  It takes a bit to adapt to it's run and gun nature but the flows this time around were a lot more manageable than in years past.

Our time there was pretty eventful:  lost rod and reel, a bad back, a dunked camera, a broken rod tip, and a leaky radiator hose on the rental car (3 of those things happening the same day) made for an auspicious beginning to the trip.  But things settled down after that and all was good.  Things would soon change from big attractors and nymphs on the Stillwater to small size 20 Trico's on the Big Hole with steadily rising fish along it's banks.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A little slow

So it's been a little slow.  These pictures are from the last time I was out after trout the end of May, floating a creek and catching fish on sulphur nymphs and dries.  We ended up getting into some pretty good hatches and finding rising fish later despite some higher water.  Since then it's been a couple trips out to the peninsula for smallmouths and that's about it.

It'll all change soon enough when Don, Dave, Rich and I will be heading out to Montana next month.  Until then, we'll try and find something to catch around here to tie us over.

Others aren't using that excuse.  Here's Dave Z's buddy Eric and his big score (that's Eric with a "c").  These two have been putting in the time chasing muskies on the fly.  Here's the biggest one to date, from what I was told hit the figure-8 retrieve right beside the boat.

As you can see, both these guys are uber-talented behind the lens.  We've been in high-level negotiations to try and bring them on board as regular contributors.  We've made some progress, but talks have temporarily stalled due to beer demands.  Stay tuned.

Z rocks the "Troegenator"

Monday, May 19, 2014

Take a Hike

Come take a hike with Mike and I to one of the most remote brook trout streams Pennsylvania has to offer.  Click on the photos to enlarge.