RANTINGS AND RAVINGS OF AN OLD MAN TRULY RUINED BY SPORT

Friday, July 18, 2014

Montana Fly Fishing...Guide War Update


Hard to believe been over a month since I last posted...too tired? too lazy?...too whatever, truth is I think just did not feel like sitting down and pounding out words after 12 hours or so dealing with the trials and tribulations of guiding fishermen. One glance at my log book and seeing that yesterday I drove 172 miles, spent 7 hours and 45 minutes on the oars and another hour or so cleaning the boat, packing the cooler, picking up lunches, poring over the fly boxes to make sure I had the right stuff and so forth and...Whew! And that most days it's been hotter than Hades of late (Yesterday 94 when I pulled the boat) sure doesn't help. Little wonder I ain't had the gumption to keep the blog posts coming at more or less a regular basis, eh? A course no one to blame but the ol' boy hisownself so...

Though still have four more days on the books for July, August and September are lookin' mighty skinny so the red gods willin' and the crick don't rise maybe will have a few more interesting adventures to report next time...stay tuned.

P.S. In case you wondered the Beav has been on fire through June and July (nymphs and dries) except for days when the river is bumping up. Big Hole is still running slightly above average and fishing is good most mornings and not so hot from about 2 p.m. on...If you are planning to float beware the river is getting pretty skinny above East Bank (Best bring the raft) and pretty boney for hard boats from East Bank to Divide...T.J. knocked a hole in his RO boat below Jerry Crick couple days ago.



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Beaverhead River...


...has bumped up from a benign 300 cfs to a ripping 600 in past week or so...how high it will get in next couple weeks is of course more than I know. Anyway last week the Beav was absolutely on fire...today?..not so hot. I had two raw rookies, like in never even held a fishin pole before. Tried to talk 'em outta doing the spin fishin thing but no dice. So armed with a couple dozen Rooster Tails off we went.

None of us, especially this ol' boy expected much, tough conditions (cloudless sky, river risin and all) and we didn't get much but... We didn't get skunked, guide escaped unscathed, hardly lost a lure and had the by god river all to ourselves...seems word on street is big flies are poppin up to the Big Hole. I think we only landed 6 fish, all typical fat Beav browns had at least as many more chances...all in all a pretty good day though don't spread it round the ol boy has now lowered his self to guidin hardware junkies...just kiddin.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Birding Trails Montana...



Last Friday morning we headed to Belgrade to the Wilderness Adventures Press warehouse where I signed a bunch of books, Birding Trails Montana and Flyfisher's Guide to Montana...Note the Author's serious look, shows how really into these sorts of things he really isn't...Right! 

Then it was off to Bozangeles to the Gran Whatever Hotel and the Audubon's Annual Wings Over Montana Bird Fest...

As you can see in the bottom photo as a book peddler while I might not know what the hell I'm doing, or more to the point doing here, I do know how to have fun...Which I guess in the end is about all one can hope for...Perhaps the most curious thing of the entire affair was the total lack of interest shown in our Power Point presentation featuring about 150 of our, Gale's and mine, "outstanding" bird photos...Oh well...