Wednesday is always the longest day of the week for me. People say Monday is, but on Wednesday you can see the light at the end of the tunnel… But its still a long tunnel.
Anyways, enough self pity. Here are a few photos to help make that light a little brighter.
Eagles and Fish.
We are off to Craig for the long weekend. Winter fishing and camping. Hopefully it’s not as cold as last year in Paradise Valley when our waders froze in an upright position.
Word on the street is that we will be filming this weekend. Lets hope Stan can behave himself on camera.
The Clark Fork looks like a California mud slide. That’s okay just fish the Bitterroot, negative Ghost rider. It went up 2ooo cfs over two days. Well okay then, Rock Creek it is. It will be fine… Right?
Well where do you get your trout fix when the regulars are out of order? You go where we humans can control nature, the way its supposed to be, or maybe its the other way around? Regardless you go to Craig, Montana and fish the Missouri.
We made the 200 some mile drive over to the front range in an April blizzard and hoped for the best.
First Stop: Headhunter fly shop. After reading their Blog for a few months now it was on top of the to do list. These guys are the real deal. They know who, what, when, where and how on the Mo. We were blown away by the shop itself as well as the atmosphere inside. John and Mark know whats up. For some reason when I go into other fly shops I feel like I have to use my inside voice, keep my hands in my pockets and wear my Sunday best. Headhunters creates a vibe that makes you want to hangout and listen to these guys tell stories for too long considering the world class fish in the river literally out the front door. A relaxed attitude, music, free coffee and great company make Headhunters the place to be if you are fishing the Missouri. They also gave the best advise I have ever gotten from a shop as well. For now lets just say, they told us where the fish where and gave us what we needed to hook up on some of the Mo’s finest.
Next: The Mo. It was snowing/sleeting/raining/spitting/hailing/ect… How naive of us to think it was spring already. We got on the river around 10:30 and had the best fishing we have ever had in Montana till we had to get lunch or pass out from a sugar low. I had heard that the Missouri had a lot of fish and a lot of big fish, but that is something, as a fly fisherman you have to find out for yourself. The rainbows are still up in the creeks spawning so all the fish we caught were browns. It is always a good omen when you land a fish off your first cast. White streamers seemed to be the meal ticket and as legend has it, when the “White Bite” is on, its going to be killer. It was. Its not everyday that you get to tell your fishing buddy “This is the biggest fish I have caught in Montana” two fish in a row. Within twenty minutes and fifty square yards we had caught and landed three fish that pushed 60 inches between them.
Its not often the first time you fish a river you absolutely kill it. Needless to say, we will be going back to visit they guys at Headhunters and the big trout in the Missouri. When the real run-off is in full swing over here, the Holter dam keeps the Mo in check and you can bet “The worlds biggest spring creek” will be getting a few visits from the FCFT crew.
Enjoy the photo’s of the adventure and let us know what you think.
More photos on the Photography page. Give em a look.
Sorry for the absence but it’s hard to be creative, much less get out of bed with a fever of 102°
Spring break is on the way, and with the PA trout season opening up this weekend the crew is bummed about not being able to make the road trip out east and hook into some of those powerhouse stockies. I guess we will have to settle with a shorter drive out to Craig to fish the Mo. It just won’t be the same…
Hopefully going to be feeling well enough this weekend to get out and catch some fish.