Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rockin' Road Trip-

4576 miles would cap off 35 days of great fishing across Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Ms. Floatfisher and I would start our little adventures fishing the North Platte at Saratoga, WY, as the melt would end Fathers Day Weekend. 
It had been several years since we had floated the waters of the Upper North Platte and it would not
disappoint, fish, scenery and great food.

No trip to Saratoga is complete without a visit to the Wolf Hotel for a beer and steak, however, we would skip the steak this visit, in favor of the new local favorite, Bella's Bistro. Wow, worth visit and amazing food.
Boat Launch on the upper North Platte near Saratoga

Our next excursion a few days later would take us to the Missouri River in Montana for nine days.
We would set up camp in two different cabins and fish the roughly 30 miles of river around, and down from Craig. We would become the local trout bums, as the locals would know us by name at both Joe's and Issack's by the end of our visit. Wow , what a tab, we would rack up too....

Caddis, PMD's and Trico's were all on the menu as we homesteaded on the river. A new experience, as Mary and I would get schooled by a few of the upper river fish, as they were well accustomed to many of the usual patterns and drag free presentations were a must. We soon got the hang of it , and were catching some nice fish.

Rowing the Rio Grande

Our travels would then wind us by the upper Bighorn at Thermopolis and down to Casper to fish the North Platte at Casper. Having passed  by this section of river for 10 + years and never stopped, it was now time. Stupid us, can't believe all the great fish we had been passing up. We caught many nice , healthy big rainbows.
One of the many hookups along the way. What a great road trip.
Fantastic live music on the 4th in Craig, Mt.
So many flies tied on, taken off, lost on fish. Damn this is fun...
The end of the journey would come this past weekend, with blow trip to 
Rio Grande river. 35 Days, 17 days of fishing and 4576 miles driven,
what a rockin' road trip.....

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