Meanderings

When not guiding for lake trout, I'm often stalking trout in rivers and creeks with dry flies. Floating, wading, and camping along the water. I take more time off during the brief Rocky Mountain summer to enjoy this life-long persuit. Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana are the usual destinations. Sometimes in winter, I'm chasing tarpon in Mexico or Florida when time and funds allow.



Mar 27, 2014

The Muddy San Juan

On a Hopper in March!


With the Bamboo on the Flats

On a Triple Double Anytime!

Low and Dirty


Calm, but Not Many Bugs

Feb 26, 2014

CAMPECHE TARPON--Part 5

Good Morning Campeche Harbor
Magortes (Islands)
Way up!
A little more than a "baby"
Tarpon Eat Black flies
Tarpon Love Yellow Flies
Just another great week in Campeche.  Great weather in the 80's, no rain, fish caught every day.  Even some bigger ones offshore, as well as the creek babies.

Oct 29, 2013

October in Montana


The roads and highways are lonesome, allowing you to absorb the big sky, mountains, and valleys.  You can often see the same mountain for over an hour, even doing 75.  Quickly jump from river to river with Montana’s liberal speed limits. Most of the huge fifth-wheels with cars and boats in tow, Yellowstone visitors, and summertime travelers are gone.
The rivers are tranquil.  The splash and giggle crowd on their rafts and inner tubes are back indoors.  Parking lots are empty, or nearly so.  Sunrise is at 8:00, and it’s still freezing outside.  Fog shrouds most river valleys for a time.  No rush.  The hatch starts early afternoon, but for a few tiny midges.  No sunrise tricos or early morning pmds.  There’s still an evening bite, but its little blue wing olives, not swarms of caddis and mosquitoes.
On the nice, warm, sunny days, sparse hatches make the fish eager for anything floating their way, and they can’t be as selective now like when the water is covered in caddis and summer mayflies.  A good cast gets taken.  Flies are smaller, leaders are long and fine, and it’s a stalking game in the low clear waters.  The fish are willing though.  They still eat larger flies and ants. Cloudy days are epic, with heavy hatches and the buffet line open. 
Waters that get pumped on high all summer have been shut down to a trickle.  Those without dams are out of snow melt, exposing most of the stream bed that was scoured out during runoff.  Where you once floated too fast and deep to anchor, you know are walking on dry river rock, or wading just over your ankles.  You see the places you hooked nice trout in July, but now those runs are dry.  Such is fall in Montana.  Winter snow starts the cycle again.  The forecast says a lot of it starting in about 24 hours, with temperatures in the teens.  I think I’ll go home now.
It Sure Did!  Made it Back Just Before it Hit!

Oct 28, 2013

Beaverhead "Spring Creek" in October Low Water

27 CFS.  Just a Trickle.  Easy Wading.  No Floating,
Ankle High
BIG Fish Still in this Upper Run Between the Grass
YEP!

The "Elbow to Elbow" Hole
Bridge at the Fly Shop
This Next Section Was Hard to Fish Due to Slow Current and Heavy Weeds
This Popular Pool Usually Requires a Boat
Thick Weeds Made This Unfishable
The Depth Here is Usually Neck-High
Could Wade Anywhere in Here
The Chute is Just a Narrow Flat
This is Usually a Small Rapid
Weeds were nearly gone, and Fishing Was Great Around High Bridge
High Bridge Approach
High Bridge Launch Site
This is Usually Covered Up
Riffles and Pools All the Way Down!
Just Above and Below Henneberry Bridge/Access
I Usually Cast to Fish in the Little (now dry) Channel on the Right.
The Boat Launch Area

Henneberry Bridge
Looking Downstream From the Bridge
Above and Below Pipe Organ Bridge
Wade Upstream As Far As You Want!
There Were Some Nice Ones Rising Under Here
The Bridge Hole, Where There's Always Risers
The last close walk-in access below Pipe Organ