Missoula, MT

There are a variety of reasons for which I have learned to love Missoula. The first and foremost is because of all the opportunities that Missoula offers to the outdoorsman. For starters there is enough quality trout water to keep even the most avid fishermen content, next there is unlimited hiking in any of the multiple wildernesses and national forests that border the city limits. Also let us not forget that amazing community life that Missoula is known for! Enjoy these pictures of Missoula and the surrounding areas.

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The view of the Higgins bridge and some of downtown Missoula.
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I enjoyed some night picture-taking in downtown Missoula.

Every great river town needs a few fly shops to please the fishermen. Missoula is home to 4 of some of the best (as well as many chains), my personal favorite is Grizzly Hackle.

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An excellent wader selection!
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I still have yet to purchase a fly from Grizzly.
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Ahhh the selection!
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Just some nice gear to drool over (that’s why they cover it in glass).

My most recent fishing trip landed a few quality ones, here is what my first cast did for me.

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A 17 inch brown trout.
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Sometimes I question whether I should just stay in bed.
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With spring just around the corner, I have begun planning some fishing trips to explore new areas.

One night I decided to drive to the Montana/Idaho border and take some star pictures. Unfortunately the moon was incredibly bright so I took some other interesting pictures. Enjoy!

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Northern lights? I am guessing not.
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I cannot imagine all the stars that would be visible if there was not a bright moon out.

Back At It

I realize that is has been a while since there has been any activity on the blog, but do not fear for there are many pictures to come. Recently, I was without a camera and so it was difficult to attain pictures. Now that I have a camera once again, I will be able to post more often. The weather has been unseasonably warm of late, so many days have been spent on the river.  Now for some pictures!

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Choosing the right fly is one of the most difficult decisions that a fly fisherman will ever make.

 

 

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Rock creek has been producing some beautiful fish this winter.
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A dusting of snow produced some pretty images.
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Garret managed this porker of a rainbow on the Bitterroot River.
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One afternoon found me hiking right behind campus on Mount Sentinel.
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The “Root” did not disappoint me either!
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Some dry grasses on Mount Sentinel.
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They were not to sure about me.
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This is why I love Montana.

 

Winter Fishing Tails

Fall has come and gone and winter has smashed in like a wrecking ball. Over the last few weeks I have had many opportunities to get out and do some fishing. I spent the majority of my time on Rock Creek, because of the proximity and the wealth of fish. Fishing in the winter is entirely different from any other time of year. Even though I have fished Rock Creek many times, after the first  snowfall it felt like a completely different area. I was also able to take a few friends fishing, and we were all lucky enough to catch some fish. This will be my last Montana post for a while since I am returning to Pennsylvania for winter break, so enjoy these last few pictures of the west. Even though I am not yet left, I already miss Montana and cannot wait to come back for spring semester. Missoula is a magical place and once you come here there is no leaving.

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Garret taking a cast on a wintry Thanksgiving eve.

Before I get into the rest of the pictures, I would like to take a few sentences to reflect on my first semester here in Missoula, Montana. When I first left home  in August, I was a little nervous about moving to an area where I did not know a single soul. In this global community that we live in today, it is rare to be in a place where there are no familiar faces. I decided that I would make this new beginning into a fresh start. During these last four months I have met many amazing people who have made Missoula feel like home, instead of  a place away from home. Everyday I wake up and look out my window at the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and I am incredibly  grateful to call this place home. Now before I get too sappy and poetic I better start showing some picture of what I have been up too.

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Fishing tails.
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He was checking me out as I snapped a few pictures of this lovely canine.
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I am always a sucker for the classic reel shot!
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Garret pulled in this beauty of a brown!
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As I was driving to one of my many fishing destinations, I was surprised to look out the window and see a herd of elk bedded down alongside the road. I pulled up along side them and took a few quick pictures.
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The double nymph rig produced a nice fat bow for Garret.
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My new fishing companion (Cody) pulled this large rainbow out of the first hole of the day.
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A foggy rock creek!
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Thanks to Cody for taking this picture of my biggest brown for the day. This was also caught out of the first hole of the day. The trout measured 18.5 inches.
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Polishing the day off with a couple of smokes! “I fish better with a lit cigar, some people fish better with talent” Nick Lyons

I hope you all enjoyed this post and I wish everyone a happy holiday season. Do not forget to get outdoors and enjoy this lovely winter season.