Friday, November 27, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
|Best Brown Of The Trip....Look At That Jaw!|
|That Picture Should Be On The Cover Of A Magazine|
My good friend Pat Burke came out to visit over the weekend. We were able to spend 4 full days on the water, 2 days wade fishing and 2 days floating. The weather was spectacular for early November and the fishing was down right amazing. I think we both got to experience why Montana is considered one of the best places to fish in the country. The pictures don't do this place justice!
|A typical sight along the Yellowstone|
|Euro-Nymphing The Madison|
|Biggest Cutty Of The Trip|
|Somebody Was In Our Spot|
|A Good Nymph Eating Bow|
|All Colored Up|
|Another Butter Brown|
|Burke Can Capture A Hell Of A Pic|
|This Never Got Old|
|A Bit Darker|
|Montana Ain't Bad|
|Best Double Of The Year!|
Sunday, October 25, 2015
|The Drive Into The Crazies|
Mindy and I decided to venture over to the Crazy Mountains today. Our destination was the Cottonwood Lake Trailhead. I used my All Trails App to get us to the location. The last 40 minutes of driving is on some pretty rough roads I wouldn't recommend going in a car. The parking lot is 1 mile further away then what is listed on the App....so instead of a 10 mile round trip plan on 12 miles total.
The Crazy Mountains are my favorite so far out in Montana. There is something about the jagged peaks that sets them apart from anything else we've hiked in Montana. There is an abundance of wildlife in this range, moose, elk, mountain lions, lots of eagles, deer, black bears (no grizzlies) and the highest concentration of Wolverines in the lower 48. The fact that there is no resident Grizzlies in this range makes the hike a little less stressful.
|The Double Wide Road For The First 4 Miles|
We started off the hike at 11:30am. The first mile was on a double wide rocky road. We got to the actual trailhead and the double wide continued for the next 3 miles. The trail has a slight grade of 500 feet during this time and meanders along a pine forest with views of Cottonwood Creek occasionally.
At about 4 miles the trail comes to a Y....take the trail to the left that goes directly uphill. If you get confused the right side of the Y goes to a Private Property sign and has a little cabin up the hill. The trail climbs 1500 vertical in the next 2 miles. Sometimes the trail is hard to follow, just look for the rock cairns and you will be alright. Make sure you take in the surroundings as your puffing for air, you can see the distant Bridger Range at points along the trail.
|The Bridgers In The Distance|
You do have to ford the creek 1-2 times so be careful if you are hiking during spring run off. We got to a few Beaver Ponds in route to the lake....unfortunately for me they were already frozen! So much for fishing.
|Frozen Beaver Ponds......They Looked Fishy|
We finally arrived at the Lake in a little under 3 hours of hiking. The views are spectacular and there are some good campsites around the lake, this would make for a great backpacking trip. I did fish for 30 minutes but didn't see any fish, they must of been laying in the depths of the lake. I've heard there are Yellowstone Cutties in here.
|The View From About 7500 feet|
|Started Running Into Snow At The Top|
After chilling out for awhile we decided to venture back down to the truck. 12 miles round trip with about 2,000 feet of vertical gain......an awesome hike that doesn't see many people.....a must do!
|The Reward For 2,000 Feet Of Vertical Gain|
Saturday, October 24, 2015
|This Makes It Tough To Nymph|
|One Of The Better Fish Today|
|Billy's Super Bugger|
|Average Size Brown For The Day|
The shallow flats and deep troughs proved to be very effective all day long. The streamer bite even turned on as the evening approached. I'll be returning in the near future in hopes to bang out some truly big fish.
Monday, October 12, 2015
|Andy enjoying his first Madison River Brown|
Andy came out to visit me this past weekend and we got to spend some much needed time on the water together. The wind was relentless all weekend and made things challenging to say the least. But we stuck through it and enjoyed the scenery in each others company. We got solid numbers of fish, some days better then others. The streamer bite didn't seem to be on due to the blue bird skies but nymph's under the indicator proved to be pretty effective. Hopefully next time he comes out conditions will be a bit better.
|Early Morning On The Gallatin|
|Cooper John Taking Fish With Ease|
|Andy Kicked This One Out To Me|
Sunday, October 4, 2015
|Late Morning Brown Trout|
Saturday, October 3, 2015
|Best Fish Of The Float|
I floated with my buddy Don today. The weather was.....well Montana in the fall. High Winds, Cold Temps and damn cold rain! We almost thought about backing out prior to put-in but I'm glad we didn't. A slow morning of chucking meat really turned into a great outing.
|White Wooly Bugger|
The fish turned onto streamers right around lunch-time and the last half of the float was action packed. We got some really quality fish on a variety of sculpin patterns and we both forgot about the cold for a few hours. I've heard nothing but good things about fishing in Montana during the month of October.....today didn't disappoint.
|It Was A Streamer Kind Of Day|
Saturday, September 12, 2015
|Great Brown Laying In Shallow Water|
So I've been in Montana for 6 weeks and I finally feel like I'm starting to figure things out a little bit. My catch rate has become more consistent over the past 4 outings. Part of that is because I've decided to try and stick to 3-4 streams instead of jumping to 5-6 and never really getting to KNOW the water.
|What Braid Will Fish The Best?|
|This Bow Took Me Into My Backing|
The section of river I have been fishing the most has been LIGHTS OUT lately. I've been able to put up really good numbers and some quality fish too. All the action has been while TL. TL is a challenge out here because of the wind. Usually if you get up early enough you can manage a few hours before the wind gets too you. The rivers are becoming void of anglers too so the fish have been much less pressured. I really hope the weather holds out for another month I could get used to this kind of fishing!
|Another Quality Fish|
Monday, September 7, 2015
I spent the majority of Labor Day Weekend hiking and sight seeing around the West Yellowstone area. Night-time temperatures plummeted into the high 20's, but that has meant the fishing all over has picked up. I only manged to get out for a few hours after my trip on Friday but the fishing was fantastic. #18-20 BWO's poured off in the late afternoon. TL a PT in the good looking runs proved to be deadly. I hope the fall fishing continues to be stellar.......
Friday, September 4, 2015
Temperatures have dropped significantly out here in Montana and the fishing has picked up as well. I ventured to a famous river today and the action didn't disappoint. Tight-Line Nymphing in the early morning proved to be deadly, and a few go to PA patterns knocked these Montana Trout on there butts. The wind picked up in the afternoon which limited the TL but nymphing was still effective under the TB.
|Average Size Fish For The Day|
|Reminded Me Of The Bows Back Home|
When the sun went behind the clouds I tried to throw some big meat but only manged a few fish and even few chasers. The crowds have diminished for the most part around here.......Fall is right around the corner.....can't wait to see how the fishing is!
Friday, August 28, 2015
|Getting A Few Fish On The Gallatin|
The past few weeks Montana has scene an upswing in forest fires. As a result the awesome mountain views I was blessed with for the first few weeks have gone away. Each morning you get to wake up to the smell of forest fire and the distant views are clouded in a plume of smoke.
|Don connecting with a solid stone brown|
I've been fishing for a few hours here and there, and put my first full day in on the Yellowstone this past Thursday. This river is officially kicking my butt. I did get to move a few good browns but nothing would commit to my streamer. Hopper fishing has been non-existent for me so far. The water temps were slightly high for a few weeks but recently came down after a few cold nights. The only thing I have figured out so far out here is how to slay whitefish lol. Hopefully in the coming weeks to trout turn back on and I can finally score a good Yellowstone 2 footer.....
|Small Stream With Good Structure|
Sunday, August 9, 2015
|A Great Yellowstone Cutthroat|
I finally started work this week and things have been going great. I've been extremely busy but that hasn't stopped me from getting out on the water a few times. Finally got some action on a hopper today, and the reward was some awesome Yellowstone Cutthroats. The wife and I have been logging some serious vertical as of late too.....our East Coast legs are getting a workout!
|Awesome Views Right Outside The Back Door|