Thursday, December 29, 2016

Northeast Experience

It's been quite a chaotic schedule since my last post............. Midnight flight, Philly Cheese, Peking Duck, big cities, food poisoning, breeding cows (each of which has a long story......), then Christmas.......

Anyways...........I was visiting this part of the country!!

Even during the trip, I gladly couldn't get away from my profession..........
We visited Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum in Livingston Manor, NY.
First off, along the way, Mighty Delaware River and its tributaries were very enticing for trout fishing!!! I've seen this country and waters in magazines and websites. I'd never thought I would come this far........Now I really want to go back there someday to actually fly-fish!

Then Center and Museum are very interesting. It's quite a learning of history and culture over there. It definitely highlights where fly-fishing started in USA, then people and tools.

 Theodora Gordon
Poul Jorgensen - He's one of my indirect teachers of Atlantic Salmon Flies!!
Lee Wulff is the big figure anywhere in the world but it seems much more in here.
Indeed the second building is totally dedicated for him, Joann, and their memories and gears.

I recognized some tyers and their displays, including someone that I feel in touch spiritually.

Hatch Chart Extravaganza!!!

Again, someday in a near future, we'd like to make fishing trips over there!!
New York is almost all synonym to Biggest-City-in-the-World however, this part of NY is nothing different from somewhere in Montana. Say, Roscoe seems to me a typical fishing town in the West!

We kinda did a fishing on the beach of Atlantic Ocean of Atlantic City😉
And ate lots of seafood😋........actually more than we could handle.........😳

Late Merry X'mas and Happy New Year to all!!
Hope you all are having wonderful holiday now and we all have a wonderful fishy 2017😁

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Back Country Reminisce

2016 fishing season came and went quickly (oh, yes PKD craziness contributed a lot😠-we shouldn't let this incident go off easy), now the years is about to end.

Reminiscing some plus looking back my journal entries and pictures, I feel this season I hiked into back country and enjoyed fishing there more than before. That's mostly due to my lovely companion who loves to hike😘 I've been dragged for several occasions against my will (with or without fishing)😑or I once planned a rough hike (one of below) that I hoped it would make her swear - it didn't work......😏

Mountains, streams or lakes, and air up there do good for my body and mind.
We didn't go anywhere secretive. Nor do I say we didn't see anybody. Those are plainly marked on maps. We saw handful of people and when we got close we greeted - some fishers and some hikers/campers - yet much less frequent than on regular fisheries below. We had good to so-so fishing most of times. Luckily no dangerous encounters with wildlife.

A few of these pictures below might have already been posted while others haven't due to my work schedules and following blog updates. 
Grayling next time!!

This buff behaved well and didn't bother us......

Good job!!
This one got, or did I?, really close..........!!

This was by far the roughest driving and hiking😖!
The species we were after!! We'll get bigger ones in a near future!!

I recall fishing was nothing to talk about but a good walk that I haven't done for the past few years and that scared her a little bit for some reason😎

We intend to go back some of trails we did this year in a near future. But also there are so many trails and waters that interest us just around here. We walk and fish one at a time.......

Happy Trails!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Touch of Winter

Dec 1 Update: Some updates for the upcoming 2017 season, including one big one! Click the new page above "Montana Spring Hatch Tour"!!

It seems "finally" winter is coming here in Paradise Valley. Days are getting shorter and we have started to have snow flurries so often (not giant heavy packs yet).
On Sunday 27th, it was one of those days "just between" sunny and stormy weathers. It was mostly cloudy but NO winds at all, just a very light snow shower from 9-10am. Renee and I picked a perfect day to fish DePuy's Spring Creek.
We got one stretch to ourselves. Just as we strung our lines through rod-guides, we noticed something.
Ohhhh the bull moose from late October!!! He's been hanging along the creek!!
Actually we noticed him by first spotting people looking at the creek from highway..........
Yes, moose is rarer to see, compared to other ungulates, however, do we need to remind these people that they were randomly pulling over and standing unsafely on HIGHWAY 89 !!??  This is not an Yellowstone Park road!! Vehicles are legally driving 70MPH on one lane US Highway!!!!
I set Renee upstream and I started fishing upstream toward her from where we were close to moose. Originally it was other way around but it worked OK. While I was not even spooking trout, she started getting good actions!!
A good starter!!
She went on.

I finally started to catch up with her!
These were nice rainbows in one spot!!
She has mastered the "Shotgunning" or Shotgun Nymphing"!!
Nice brown after I stole a spot from her😁

Lunch break was in Anglers' Hut. Warming up with the woodstove, we greatly appreciated what DePuy's offers other than fishing!

In the afternoon, we encountered hatches and rises. It was almost all identical to Bighorn the other day = midges then baetis. We were at Annie's Run, which is a never-easy stretch. We hooked a few but they got off before net or camera. It was good experience for Renee.

We started nymphing again.

Every spot/stretch we fished was productive!!

Our good friend and neighborhood fisher Lester snapped some great pictures for us!!

Thank you!!

We fished late as actions went on.
Nice browns!!

Followed by nice rainbows!!

Indeed this was a very impressive specimen!!

Time flew by quickly!!