A New Project

Hello again! It has been quite a few months since we have done much with the blog, but do not fear we are both still alive and well! I am excited to announce that I am working on a new project with one of my fellow UM classmates (Cody Strong). We have decided to start sharing our fly fishing adventures through the art of cinematography. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and it has finally come together. We recently released our second film project of our recent fishing trip to Rock Creek.  We hope you enjoy and don’t forget to comment!

A Missouri River Weekend

With the semester drawing to a close, fishing has taken the back burner. Instead of being able to enjoy these warm spring evenings on the water, I now have to finish projects, write reports, and study for exams. Not my idea of enjoyment, but it needs to be done. Do not think however that I did not make time for one last fishing trip! For some time now, my fishing buddies and I have wanted to fish the fabled waters of the Missouri River. It was decided that Sunday, May 3rd would be the big day. With the flies tied and the car packed, we hit the road Saturday afternoon around 4. After two and a half hours of driving and a few stops along the way, we arrived at our campsite and pitched our tent.

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You cannot go camping without a campfire!

After a solid meal of chili and tortillas (they ate cold hot dogs), we sat around camp and talked of the past and future fishing adventures.

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Dreaming of the fish to come!

We then turned in for the night, all knowing sleep would be a long time in coming. Finally after a fitful night of rest, the day came and we busted out of camp around 7:30 AM. Fifteen minutes later we arrived at the river and wadered up (put on waders). We hiked for about 20 min and then began fishing. Cody was the first one to hook up for the day and landed a beautiful 17 inch rainbow trout.

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Billy watches from afar as Cody nets his fish.
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Cody was incredibly proud that he beat me to the first fish of the day!

The fishing continued on, but we could not hook up with any more fish. Finally after about an hour I caught and released my first fish for the day, a nice fat 16 inch rainbow. We fished downstream for about and hour and a half and then I hooked up with what would later be the biggest trout of my life. I let my line drift downstream, when my indicator dipped i set the hook and watched a giant rainbow roll over. After minutes of fighting I landed my biggest wild trout to date, a 22 inch wild rainbow trout.

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The stunning 22 inch rainbow, a fish I will never forget.

After that fish I did not really care what happened for the rest of the day.

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Scouting for rising fish.

The rest of the morning was rather uneventful and the fish were few and far between. Early afternoon found us downriver about 2 and a half miles from are car, so we decided so slow down the pace and fish one spot for a while. Cody caught his first fish on a dry fly and was happy to finally learn the beauty of dry fly fishing. Nymphing the shallows hooked me up with another large fish, a 20 inch rainbow.

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The mighty Missouri River below Hauser Dam.

At about 5 we turned around and headed back upriver to return to our car. Cody and Billy headed to the car, but I decided to fish one more small stretch before breaking down the rod. I managed to catch two more trout, one of which reached 21 inches on my tape measure. What a way to end the day. I returned to the car with a smile plastered to my face, proud to have caught 3 of my biggest trout in one day. It was a great trip and one that will be long talked about. Hopefully it will get me through the next two weeks before I return home. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to comment!

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Spring has come to Missoula!

One last picture of Missoula, before I end this post.

 

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.