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Swinging a big feathery spey fly under 5000 cfs of the Rogue River was productive today!  

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Happy Holidays everyone!
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It’s been a while, but I’m back on the Creek.ImageWater’s high, but dropping.  Fishing’s slow, but improving.

Meanwhile the biking is awesome.  ImageThis is Skalkaho Pass.  Nice ride along the West Fork of Rock Crk.  No cars, mostly paved.  Nice.ImageNear the top.

The wildlife continues to liven up my days.ImageMoose on Upper Rock Crk.

ImageBig Horn Sheep on the move.

Not too bad waiting around for the Salmon Flies.Image

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Okay, I went for a walk.  I went fishing and caught mostly nothing.  Things are not too exciting.  But the beauty of the season is stunning.

I have no fish photos; none of them being big enough to record.  Or maybe they were pretty darn nice fish, but it was just I wanted to let them go quickly.

The high yesterday was 35.  Maybe. 

The time stamp on this photo is 2:17 pm.

Although it was cold, the sun was shining.  That makes so much difference here in Montana.   I was surprisingly comfortable and just enjoying being on the planet.   So I’ll leave you with a few photos of the spectacular fall weather.

I did catch a couple of trout. On dries even.  But the scenery takes it this time around. 

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Looks like my first run off experience is a dozy.  We may break records.  In any case it’s higher than it’s been in a LONG time.

The road below our place is closed. 

Not exactly fishable.  Although I have to admit, I did think of throwing a streamer in the slack water in the above photo.  But that was before I took a look in the crawl space under my house.  Hmmm, not good.

This required a hour long trip to town to get one of the last sump pumps in captivity in SW Montana.  I left at 6 am knowing there would be high demand today.  I got to the hardware store when it opened and while I was there 3 other sump pumps left the building.

The day before all this rain started, I rode my bike up Skalkaho Pass along the West Fork of Rock Creek.  Sunny & Warm.  Creek was cranking even then. 

Upon returning to the car, we were startled by a roadside rock fall.  Looking up about 30 ft we saw a couple of Big Horn Sheep discussing who was really in charge of that cliff.  I’m not sure what they decided, but it was fun to watch.

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I’ve been getting my first taste of spring fishing in Montana.  Spring here means the temps might get above freezing during the day if you’re lucky.  But the fishing is pretty darn good.

I’ve caught Cuts, Brooks and Browns.  Not the dreamy dry fly fishing of summer;  nymphing is the method, and the water has been a little off color the past few days.  But every time I go out, I’m rewarded with nice fish.

The scenery is outstanding and I hear there’s a Skwala hatch just around the corner. 

Look for my report in the next couple of weeks.  I might even catch a bull trout if I’m lucky.

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