Monday, January 4, 2010


After a week long break that involved driving from Twin Bridges to Whidbey Island with a brief stop in Ephrata, we are back in MT.  It was great spending time with family and old friends, and nice to enjoy the weather at sea level rather than 4500'.  For this trip the spey rod was left at home, even though hatchery fish are trickling in to all of the S rivers, but will be put to good use soon on some native winter steel.

Like many, as the decade came to an end last week I got to thinking about all of the fish I had caught and what I had done for the past 10 years.  The 2000's were a big decade for me both fishing and personally, and when I remember all of the fishing and fun I had, i always remember the music I was listening to at the time.  I love how listening to an album can bring you back to what you were doing at the time.  For my memories of the past decade I have put together a list of the top 3 albums I was listening to and the fishing that they remind me of.

Winter Steelhead 2005/ Say Anything: Is a Real Boy

Was fortunate to spend a lot of time on the coast this winter, mostly watching Dave catch steelhead, but got my shots as well.  Had by far the best single day winter steelheading I have seen, and rocked out to a lot of Say Anything, especially "Spider Song".

Fall Steelhead 2005/Death Cab For Cutie: Plans.  Coheed and Cambria: Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV-Vol. I.

This fall pretty well cemented steelhead in my life.  I had arranged my college sschedule to have two days off during the week, and utilized these two days to fish summer runs on the Methow and Klickitat.  My best fishing buddy Dave had a similar schedule and we put in a serious amount of time cruising North or South of Ellensburg.  The reason there are two albums for this season is because the Coheed CD was stuck in the CD player of Dave's truck, and when he drove that was all we could listen to.  I will never again fish as much as I did that fall, nor do I think I want to.

Summer 2008/ Eddie Vedder: Into The Wild Soundtrack

This was the first summer I spent in Montana working for The Stonefly Inn out of Twin Bridges.  Early season in Twin often includes a drive over the high road to the upper Big Hole.  At the end of a hot day on the upper hole it is pretty much required to stop at The Hitching Post in Melrose for a cocktail.  After that stop, cruising back to Twin with the windows down, Eddie jamming out, and an unbelievable view of the Ruby Valley was hard to beat.

Here's to another great 10 years!


  1. In to the wild....hells yes..hells yes

  2. kick ass joe! although i would question some of the music selection, but hey, who am i?

  3. Thats too funny Joe. I remember those days like it was yesterday. I wish we could go back to that time and relive it. Hey on the upside it looks like im either moving back to Washington or Colorado this Summer. I can't wait.

  4. I hear you Dave, don't those CD's just remind you of those trips. We must have listened to the Coheed CD 40 times that fall. That's awesome your going to be back out west.


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