Breaking in the new fishing machine TR

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by ScottP, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. ScottP

    ScottP Active Member

    Last time out for the year, first time in the new wheels.


    Top end of the Missions

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    chugging down 93

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    dukw season

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    Grizz den

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    get to add this to the (ever growing) list of places I've tasted skunk

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    they were friendlier and looking up on the other side of the Divide

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    the longest road in MT

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    microburst hit here end of July, 90+ mph winds; cleaned up pretty well

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    heading towards the benches

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    things were hopping here (as it turned out a sign of things to come)

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    southbound and things start clearing out

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    end of the road, day 1; usually at least a three day stay but hatches weren't hatching and hoppers were off-and-on (more off than on)

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    just enough lift to get over the hump

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    Washing Machine Charlie making his morning run; two baldies in the tree on the west shore (flushed before I could get a pic)

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    into the park; water temps supposed to be workable, but I was itching for some cutts

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    a bit of a delay through here

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    ignoring the "Full" sign, I scored a nice campsite

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    bit of a walk to get here, usually worth it (it was ); hoppers not so much but drakes brought 'em up

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    I've looked at them from both sides now

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    surprisingly uncrowded here, and drakes trumped terrestrials again

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    reason for the lack of crowd; thought they were a mass gathering of wolfers but it turned out a grizz was sleeping on top of a dead bison right at junction meadow

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    let's see what's on the left side

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    these are truly sad times; used to be a whole tree, but with cutbacks in the Park Service....

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    a bit early for run-ups and the locals were less than overwhelmed with my offerings; sorry I missed you Walter, but it was nice to talk to the boss

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    flora

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    fauna

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    back on the west side, hoping for Miller time; nope, not really

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    bit of a change from the previous 2 nights

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    hopper water, yes? a real one hit the water and barely made it 5'; foam ones didn't draw a pass. tagged a few swinging softhackles

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    crazy crowded (with schools back in session, folks coming here had more time to spend on the water)

    time to hit the road and see where all this water comes together

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    cool ride, nice guy

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    next morning, time to visit some old friends (the yellow's head was covered with pseudo duns); he fished with me for a while, helped me land a nice brown, then peed on my tires

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    shameless

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    people yes, crowds no, lots of places to play; a bit early for baetis but swinging softhackles was as productive as bobber fishing (and a lot easier with the wind blowing downstream)

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    Sisters on the Fly make a swing through MT; didn't get a chance to warn them about the campground crapper (2nd worst in the state) before they found out the hard way

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    last morning

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    Before I headed out my campground neighbor, a guide on a busman's holiday, mentioned things had been crazy good on the hopper/dropper a bit down river the day before and I should give it a look; always listen when a guide makes a suggestion. Welcome to the pig farm

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    don't think I moved more than 100 yards; they came in all the colors of the rainbow

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    and somber shades of autumn

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    hate to leave when they're still biting but it's 5 hours back to home base and only thing left in the beef jerky bag is the pack of silica gel; the sights makes the ride a breeze

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    a bit of fresh snow on top; Winter is coming

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    Regards,
    Scott
     
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  2. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

    Spectacular photo essay & loved the commentary. Fall is a magical time of the year in my home state. Thanks, Scott! You made my morning.
     
  3. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Active Member

    Very, very well done, Scott.
     
  4. Nice, nice, nice......................
     
  5. Skysoldier

    Skysoldier Trout Hunter

    What more could you ask for in life........well done!
     
  6. Rick LaRiviere

    Rick LaRiviere Active Member

    Headed to our place in MT in a couple of months. Just made me real home sick! Thanks, really enjoyed that.

    Rick
     
  7. Mike Ediger

    Mike Ediger Active Member

    Can I "like" more than once?
    Great report, thanks for sharing.