Monday, August 14, 2017

Another Fly-Fishing Saga Somewhere in Montana

Montana is arguably one of the best trout fly-fishing destinations in the world, filled with Native Cutthroat, elusive & enormous Brown, and acrobatic & athletic Rainbow. If we consider Brook, Lake, Bull, stocked Golden, and even Whitefish, our list of destinations will be a life-long pursuit. 
However, have you - either resident or visitor - considered other species could be caught on flies in Montana? It could be somewhat what locals would be involved. Or perhaps, just like anglers from areas that don't have many trout fisheries would love to come to Montana, some Montanans may seek some other species other than trout while still in Montana. That does not mean those Montanans get tired of trout fishing. I, for one, have so many trout waters that I haven't fished but I want to someday and I always look for next memorable trout from waters I fish in regular basis. In my case, it's to push the envelope and open my own horizon and experience.

My lovely companion and I hit one such destination. It was also a debut day of my brandnew Echo Dry 6wt, Redington Rise reel, and RIO Grand line, while being protected by Patagonia Rio Gallegos wader
We had one objective though we had no idea what to expect. I rigged up a likely fly and kept fishing. I got the first unexpected hook-up that got off before showing itself but I felt the take was different from trout. Next time, I was a bit more careful. This is the memorable first fish on my brandnew 6wt rig😁🎉

 Then the second one to be landed. These are Walleye😮.
What a toothy creature 😨
This second one was larger than the first one and put some bends on my 6wt rod.
Then we started to see what we wanted to see. This was the objective that we were there. These beasts are as elusive and tricky as trout. Fly-fishing for them is as technical as for trout.
After some trials and errors, I adjusted myself. I finally made a hook-up. Yes👍❗❗however the moment after I was slightly scared as, though I have known already, these beasts are much heavier and hard-fighters than trout😨😲. I barely brought it to the shallow😥 and with the help of Renee we captured the beast😲

 Yes, CARP in Montana😂😎🎊🎊
This is my second largest fish caught in freshwater (top being the King/Chinook).
Certainly it exceeds any other trout species I've ever caught.
We both made a few more hook-ups but these beasts won't be landed all the time...........

I have a special spot for carp. Indeed that's the first species I fished regularly as I started fly-fishing (that itself is the long story). In Montana, this is quite a change from "trout game". I don't say "different" as it's indeed as technical as trout fishing and requires "fish savvy" even just to get close. Never underestimate...................... one will definitely feel the same frustration as facing the selectively feeding trout on spring creeks.
If you - resident or visitor - want to do something new, "carping" may be the one😏

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Creek Trips in August

Hot days in July seemed to have subsided as we stepped into August.
Fishing condition has been changing; stream flows are now in average/summer levels and trout have changed their feeding habits and overall behavior. I tangibly felt those changes as I had a multi-day trip with a great client. We left middle-days open regarding where we would go & fish then decided as the trip went by. We hit creeks around here and had great fun.

Soda Butte Creek withing YNP was a good starter.

But then we encountered a conundrum hatch + selectively feeding cuththroat 😮. This was actually the prologue for the rest of trip.

Slough Creek fished just about the same. Here's how a guide hide behind clients during the wildlife crossing😅
Morning nymphing was slow 😕 but we picked up some hatch-rise actions toward noon😬
 A nice Cutt on a Green Drake pattern😁🎉❗❗

Next day, we decided to fish Armstrong's Spring Creek right here in Livingston.
This is one of the most challenging periods on the creeks of a year. Some insects hatches are tapering down, while other hatches are hanging in there and/or starting (guess what those insects would be). Toward noon, we picked up some actions but we caught only small specimens (which are very rare to catch in this creek!!). After hearty lunch, it was the Terrestrial Time🐛🐜🐝🐞
At certain stretch of the creek, we had good actions😎👍

Then on next day, we fished DePuy's Spring Creek.
Another challenging day.........😟😵😥 Pretty much the same condition as the previous day, we worked hard..... rising trout, sight-nymphing, terrestrials............ Each method offered us challenges, which continued toward the end of the day........... Then we encountered a very active pod of rising trout. I knew they were after midges. My client hooked a couple but they got off😧. Then I instructed him my the-last-but-not-the-least-supremacy midge technique😬
This time he set the hook well, handled the line and trout, and successfully netted all by himself😁😎🎊
Congratulations to conquer all the legendary trout streams for his first trial👏👏👏
These were the culprits of the day that we were against😲

Also for my personal note, I welcomed my birthday that takes me to a new decade while on DePuy's. This little rainbow is my birthday trout😆😂I hope to keep learning and growing, just like this little guy will.

August has just begun and season goes on some more month, come and fish Yellowstone Country and see you along the streams😉