Done spending another week visit Big Sky country, and the hospitality of the all was impeccable. A little wind, rain, sun and plenty of fish. We were treated to many scenes like this along the way.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Sometimes, the fishing gods are with you and sometimes not. This is the time of the year you dance with the devil. All the free stone rivers are going through there ritual of blowout flows and unfishable
flows. Many folks turn to the reliable tailwater fisheries, that are often more stable, but are suspect to rising flows too, as reservoirs and impoundments need to release water to make room for additional water that is coming.
Such is the case currently, on many tailwater fisheries. Increased flows can create opportunities that do not normal exist, as off-color and dirtier water allows larger flies to be fished.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Guide Duties - take on a different meaning to everyone. Many of the friends we have made of the years of visiting the great waters of the country, involve the friendships we have developed with our friends and guides we frequently visit and fish with on the river. Many simply love the fish, waters and all things involving fish and people. Many put in long, exhausting days, making sure the boat is clean, lunches are made, water is scouted, and if all goes well, some fish are caught.
That is catching is great, and we have had some great trips, but we have also had some mediocre fishing and exceptionally fun trips because the guides add the humor, knowledge of the area and relaxation to the day. Far more important the just fish count, well for some, hope your not one of those.....
Find the goods one, treat them well, explore new water, find new ones.
Life is short.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
A little throw back photo to one of our favorite river floats in the country. May June and July are the peak times to be on this glorious slice of heaven. Although the fishing can be decent, the float and camping is shy you go, at least you should. Catching fish is only a bonus to the entire trip. No permit this year, but we will try again next year, maybe as a resident it will help.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Our little river is starting it's slow transformation toward runoff. With recent releases from several of the reservoir upstream combined with increased native inflows from the various feeder creeks,
Although still very fishable in many of the stretches it seems the fish and fishing is a bit off of it normal "good - excellent" status. Fish are being relocated daily to new holding water, Once soft seams are now fast or roiling waves. Baren shore line is now starting to get covered up, and will become the new summer holding water. This is always welcome sight, as the river needs a flushing
of silt and mud .
Get you last week or so in, time to explore your favorite still water fisher, ( might consider hiring Larry Friedrich's with Arkanglers ) for some great fishing on Spinney Reservoir.
or find a tailwater that is not too overly crowded.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
After watching this nice short by KGB Productions and Redington, We will be adding the
Devils River to our list of destinations to visit and float. The ambience of the desert setting, emerald green waters and variety of fish how can you say no.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Monday, May 2, 2016
Mayday, mayday, snow would greet both Saturday's and Sundays fishing excursions. Blowing snow snow would be present on both days but would not hamper the fishing, Again, I would chose to throw streamers the vast portion of the time, the fish were not over eager to eat them again, We did get fa few nice ones to play, but they would favor the slow drifted nymph.