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!
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.
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.
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.
Fall starts early here in Montana. One night you go to bed and its a balmy 60 degrees and then you wake up and the temperature does not rise above 45 all day. Many in Montana have taken to the hills as archery season has begun, so this leaves the rivers relatively empty to the avid fishermen. Not only is it one of the most beautiful times of the year to fish, it also has some of the best mayfly hatches of the year. This paired with lowering water temps, make October a lovely month to hit the water with nothing but a box of dry flies.
Now since I am actually out here for school (I know it would not seem so) I thought I say a few things about the University of Montana. I transferred out here to study Environmental Science with an interest in Hydrology. This semester I am taking 16 credits, so its not a super heavy load, but enough to keep me busy. The 16 credit hours are split between 5 different classes. These include Environmental Science, Community and the Environment, Statistics, Linear and Probability Math, and Intro to Native American Studies. For the most part I enjoy all of the classes except for Community and the Environment since it focuses on more of the political side rather then the science side. Besides all my work for classes I also recently picked up a job a the recycling center. This job is very basic and it includes picking up the recycling from the different buildings on campus, and then sorting out the “actual” recyclables and junking the rest.
On my most recent trip to the North Fork of the Blackfoot, I met a young couple from Spokane, Washington. We hit it off right away and ended up fishing together for the day. It was great to meet some more young people on the stream who shared my love for the outdoors. Hopefully we will be able to meet up again some time to fish together, as I really enjoyed spending time with them.
Continuing on my college life. It has not been quite as easy to make solid friends out here as I had hoped, but I have been lucky enough to meet a few kindred spirits that I enjoy spending time with. As far as campus life goes, there is always plenty to do around campus, so much so that its hard to keep track of everything. One of the great things about attending such a big school is that there are so many people and each day you can meet someone new. That is probably one of the favorite aspects about a larger school. Well that about sums up my college experience so far, hopefully the next few months go as smoothly as the first.
I end this post with a quote and a throwback picture of my parents. “A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it” Arnold Gingrich. Don’t forget to leave a comment!