Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Escape Series

Today's escape photo was shot at an unknown location in the summer of 2009. Shawn landed this brute of a brown trout on a VW hopper, and we then called it a day. This photo always makes me thankful of the fact that places like this still exist and that I am fortunate enough to know of its existence.

Canon 40D
17-40 F4L
17 mm
F 4.0
ISO 640

Post processing: Ok this photo took a serious amount of work. I took the original image which was under exposed and cranked the exposure up, which blew out the sky. To fix this, I used some Topaz product demo to do a single shot HDR which gave me the sky and reflection exactly how I wanted it. I then used photoshop CS5 to make a composite image with the sky and rive from the HDR photo merged with the bumped exposure version with the angler and fish. This gave me a final merged image that was just about where I wanted it to be, except there was too much noise. I used noise ninja in Aperture to fix that problem and used a little bit of the clone tool in PS CS5 to fix some problematic areas.

It took a bit of tinkering but I really like the way this photo came out.

Salmonfly video from Detonation Studios.

Montana Salmon Fly part 1 from Detonation Studios on Vimeo.

New short from Ian at Detonation Studios about salmonflies, check him out here: Link.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friday Fishing Report: Liftoff

Do I really need to write anything else?
As seen above, we have liftoff on the Big Hole, and they are spread through out the system.  I spent most of the last week over there, and although haven't had much dry fly fishing yet, it is time.  Took a break from the Hole on Monday and had a blast with some new guests from Missouri over on the Beaverhead.  What was supposed to be a fathers day trip got pushed to Monday, but the father continued the mojo with some awesome fishing out of the back of the bus, and some trout a little bigger than those in the Ruby Deux.  I'm off to the Hole again with Modobi and Bubba in about an hour, hopefully they're looking up.
Pat and Allison know how to finish the day, a double within site of the ramp.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WIld Steelhead

My buddy Will tipped me off on this and was slow to post it, click this link and do some research about the Snider Creek Hatchery on the Sol Duc.  It is a unique hatchery project, but hatchery fish of any kind don't compare to the real thing and the native fish society is supporting it's removal.

Sol Duc fish, as fresh as they get

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Escape Series

OK OK I promise I'll be more consistent with this column. So here we go . . .

This photo of JMills comes from the Beaverhead during his last venture East. Doesn't this just make you want to be meandering through the high desert as if you're on an amusement park boat ride, throwing heavy-duty nymph rigs to hungry brown trout.

Canon 40D
17-40 F4L
B+W circular polarizer


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Fishing Report

This past week has been a good one including birthdays, guests at the house, lots of fishing, as well as a pig roast and awesome party down at The Roost.  The Mills crew came out for a few days which was a blast and I got to school Josh on bobber fishing the upper Beav, and he got to school a crowded room of fishing guides on the finer points of beer chugging (you have to see it to believe it).  C-squad also came out, and him and I got to fish together a few days around here and one on the Missouri.  Cliff of Cliff's Fly Boxes joined us on the Mo, and although fishing was slow by Mo standards, we still found a handful of nice trout, and a little stronger appreciation for what we have in our backyard.  The last day that c-squad and I got out and fished we brought along my b-day gift, a new GoPro video camera.  These little guys shoot in a super wide angle, and come with a waterproof housing so ideal for fly fishing.  I'm still learning how to operate it, along with editing using my imovie '08 model, but so far so good.  Here's a clip from the other day.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday Fishing Report

"All sorts of bad things were happening" before this trout was landed
All sorts of variety for this weeks fishing report.  My good friend, T.Craig (aka Mr. Seahawks Hat) flew in thursday for a long weekend (if you can call Friday-Tuesday that) of fishing.  Instead of listening to his friend in Seattle who thought he was nuts for coming out here this time of year, Tom arrived for the best 5 days of fishing I have seen so far this season.
This spot look familiar?
Celebrating the end of her school year and a small break from students, Ke'lah joined us Fri-Sunday to mop up the leftovers out of the back of the boat, and did a hell of a job at that.  We began with a late start on the Beav friday, and aside from meeting a blog reader out of the SLC and a strong streamer finish, it was rather ho-hum.  The weekend couldn't be more opposite.  After a cold week the Hole dropped into shape, and with the warm weather predicted for the weekend we new that we had to "strike like cobra" while we had the chance.  This decision worked out incredibly well, and each day provided non-stop action under the bobber, including enough bobber eaters to make us throw the big dry for a while.  A mule at the hitching post followed up by some home made pizza back at the casa-de-willauer and Ke'lah was ready to go back to work, and T and I were off to the Mo.
The rod that you can't see above the frame, is bent to shit.
Early Monday morning found us saying bye to Ke'lah and meeting up with Greg Bricker in Whitehall for the trip up to Craig.  If you haven't been to Craig, it is a great scene this time of year.  Every guide in SWMT that doesn't have access to Beav tags is up there, and because it is such a big river it can easily handle the pressure.  The crew at Headhunters hooked us up with the goods as usual, but rather than just some flies, a shuttle and a little prefishing chill time at the shop we got ahold of one of their cabins for the night.  If you're staying in Craig, check them out, they are cozy, affordable and stumbling distance from Isaac's.  A quick gear drop off and we had the boat in the water.  Greg started out with two at the take out, and this trend pretty much continued for 1.5 days (T flew out at 3:30, otherwise it would have been 2 days of crushing).  If you've been to the Mo this time of year, you know how remarkable it can be, and if you haven't, get ahold of me.
It's all about the hat!  Great brown for T.Craig.
There were many highlights to the trip, but the couple that stood out were one grande brown so that Tom can maintain the legend of the Seahawks hat, Greg's anchor bracket technique and eating a next level dinner at Izaak's.  Definitely a great end to the weekend shared with good friends.
Average.  Thanks to Silvey's Pupa
Anchor bracket technique perfected!

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Ke'lah holding the first double of the day, damn near in sight of the launch.

Last weekends hot weather combined with a nice series of rainstorms is currently flushing the Big Hole, which is now around 10k, but boy was it rocking while it was in shape.  Looking like it's going to be another tailwater weekend.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Roadtrip to the Mo

Bricker with a hot one!
Just got in yesterday afternoon from a short 1.5 day roadtrip to the Missouri with T.Craig and Grag Bricker.  Turns out this was a great idea because the weather is crushing outside right now, and a better day for fly tying than fly fishing.  The fish above is one of many on the short trip, including a big brown that will show up in friday's fishing report.  Check back then for more info.

Monday, June 6, 2011

YGF Video

I got together and fished with Ivan (Ee-von) from YGF this past wednesday on the upper Beav.  If you follow Ivan's blog, you'll notice he has a bunch of sweet clips from his various adventures around Montana, and his trip over the hill to fish with me was no different.  His videos are awesome, and show a great taste of what goes on out here.  Check it out!

YGF X Evolution Anglers: BOOM GOES THE BROWNOMITE from Yukon Goes Fishing on Vimeo.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Fishing Report

Larry pulling on one.
This past week was a Beav week until about Thursday.  I got up there last Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, each day fishing a little different.  We're super lucky to have such a good tailwater 30 minutes from home while we wait for snow to melt everywhere else.  After Saturday the traffic wasn't bad either which was nice.

I started out last Friday guiding my buddy Derek Brown and his dad Larry.  Derek and his wife are both veterinarians in Dillon and have an awesome dog boarding setup as well, so if your ever out here with fido and need to board him or have an emergency, check them out.  As for the fishing it started out a little rough, but finished strong.

Bubba got back to the north country from Texas last week and we were able to get him in the boat most of last week which was a blast.  Saturday was particularly good because we floated through the resident only zone, and Bubba as a non resident had to row the whole time which was a nice treat, but he did get his licks in above and below the non-resident zone.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Baja Rooster Vid

Baja 2011 from marty sheppard on Vimeo.

Check out this sweet video shot by Marty and Mia Sheppard and the Little Creek Outfitters crew including good friends Brian and Dawn Chou.  B.Seng was down there as well and some of his photos from the trip will be popping up here soon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The start of something good

More of these swimming up the Elwah in the near future

The powerplant on the Elwah is getting shut down today, which is a big step in the process of the long awaited dam removal, and is going to be great for it's native fish.  Here's the story, link