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Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
There were nine attendants with different ages, characters, motivations, objectives, and fishing experience. Eric from Portland is a cool dude who lead the entertaining part of the team. I myself tend to be a quiet nature but Eric's machine-gun talk is a likable way. I even laughed while I was trying to sleep. My first impression on him was "is he BORAT?" Indeed he made all of us laugh as Borat does. On the very last evening of our stay, with some encouragement of Canadian whiskey, I finally said to him "I like you, do you like me?" in Borat's way. I'm sure Eric will be an entertaining and successful guide wherever he intends.
Someday soon Japan will be OK and lots of Japanese anglers will come to fish in Montana.
In that case I'm your huckleberry.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
First of all, our lodge, Cottonwood Camp, is really a cozy place to stay over a week. I have once stayed in a place in Fort Smith and it was so rusty........you know entire region is so rusty already........ As a resident in Western Montana, I hate the sulfur-smelling & slick water and sticky dirt in eastern MT. But water at Cottonwood was actually pretty good in terms of cooking, brewing coffee, dish-washing, and taking a shower. If you come to fish Bighorn, I strongly suggest to stay at Cottonwood, period.
Second, programs provided us all the groceries and we cooked fine meals. It was a gorgeous version of my own fishing trips. I love to cook fresh meals!! I took a charge of breakfast; tossing some eggs and bacons and brewing coffee.
Third, training session was well-organized all through. There were 9 students and 3 instructors. We changed team members and sections.
There were good interactions between instructors and students and among all of us as days go by.
We were hit by fluffy and puffy hales. That scared us a bit and as we found them tiny snowballs, not an ice-cubes, we started to laugh.
My biggest objective was nothing but how to improve my rowing skills. I explained my situations to instructors and they gave me best times. I'm sure I can offer great drifts in Madison and Yellowstone Rivers for both American and Japanese anglers, whether it will be dry-fly, nymph, or streamer fishing. Also through the course, Bighorn will be my guiding river as well.
Over all, it was an all-packed experience as I shared camping and fishing with people in different ages and fly-fishing experiences.
I'd really like to see a couple of students and instructors along the river in Montana!!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Massisve earthquake hit one of major cities in northern Japan. 300 people got killed. Quake spread entire northern half of main island including my hometown. My family and hometown are usually disaster free but I get in touch with them before I hit the road tomorrow.
Tomorrow, 12th, I will be off to Bighorn over a week. It's a guide training school hosted by Sweetwater Travel Company. I'm not worried about catching fish but am highly motivated to kick off a brandnew season as a guide (hopefully!)
Especially in Bighorn at this time of the year, we might see some dry-fly actions with midges but we most likely using scuds. I've already got my own killer pattern, Royal Ray Charles.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Color is what's called "mottled" = mix of black, brown, gray, white. I was actually looking for a badger cape for Doug's Home Invader in natural color. But this CdL turned out to be more interesting to make a mottled effects of sculpin.
So I then tied without a beadhead. And it came out more lovely than the beadhead version at least for me!! This must imitate PMD nymph, emerger, and anything somewhere between in any water level and will be fished as a dry-fly, soft-hackle to swing, and nymph in some depth. And I believe this can be better, at least as good as, than PMD Foam Nymph.