Doodah and I got to spend an evening shooting heads on the slick this week, and provided some good photo evidence of why July could be the most fun month of the summer at The Stonefly Inn: Mustache Month!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This is about a month late, but better late than never. Dave showed up on the 13th of June with hopes of salmonflies on the Bighole, and I was able to arrange work and take a few days off to fish for 5 days. We started out our adventure in Big Hole canyon, and made quick work of a bunch of nice browns while bobber fishing. The weather started out nice, but by lunch time it was looking a bit nasty to the west. After turning down Dave's advice to eat while it was nice out, we ended up getting crushed by rain for the majority of the afternoon. Fishing continued to be good, and it was obvious that Salmonflies were on the verge of popping, a day away at the latest. But, the rain continued, and by the next day, the Hole had jumped from 4000 CFS to nearly 10000. Every salmonfly was now completely submered, so we spent day two in the rain on the upper beav, and made plans to spend the next two days on the Mo.
Serious hail on the Big Hole.
Dave with a nice one on the Upper Beav.
After the Beav we ran up to the Mo, and after a rough first day had some really good fishing on day 2. When you go up to the Mo there are 2 places you have to go to, Headhunters and Izaaks. Headhunters is an awesome fly shop with a great bug selection and not alot of bullshit like 40 different casting blouses. Izaak's is right next door and has some excellent food, and a ton of incredible anglers hanging out there every night.
Dave with a nice one on the Mo.
After 2 days on the Mo we came back to Twin and spent another day on the Beav. Fishing was good and it was a nice way to end the week. It's amazing how fast trips like this go by. Dave is off to Hawaii in the fall, so I guess our next adventure may be chasing some giant bonefish around.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
This summer at The Stonefly Inn we have completely given up on plastic water bottles. Now, at the end of the day instead of throwing away the better part of a case of water, we are washing bottles, and refilling them with cold, clean Twin Bridges water (which tastes a hell of a lot better than and bottled crap that a fishing guides can afford). This idea came about last year, and after a week long test run we decided to stick with it. This change has been incredibly successful, and I would recommend it to any guide or outfitter who is: 1. Tired of wasting plastic bottles 2. Tired of paying more for bottled water than gas 3. Care about small things that can make a difference. I have not had a single complaint about these bottles from clients, and in fact the majority are impressed with how much colder they are and how good our local water is. Imagine how much plastic would be not wasted if just half of the guides in your local area did this? Check out the report from my outfitter Rooster who came up with the idea: The Stonefly Inn.