We made quick time to Craig in the new fishing rig (more on this in the future) and as we dropped through the canyon from Helena to Craig the temp followed suit and we arrived at Headhunter's to temps somewhere around 36 degrees. Mark and John at Headhunters were helpful as always and we chatted about what a great city Tacoma, WA is, bought some bugs and a shuttle, and went up to launch at Wolf Creek.
|Ben picking out the right bug.|
|Mmmm, hot soup and snow.|
|Ben with a nice snowcovered Missouri winter trout.|
The bug of the day turned out to be anything pink, as predicted by Headhunters, and although we found a couple of fish in shallower riffles, the 4-5 deep slow drops were the ticket, as was stopping when you found a fish (when your anchor line wasn't frozen). At the takeout in Craig we loaded up the boat and gear, chiseled off our wading boots that were now completely frozen, and adjusted the heater about 20 times between Craig and Helena because of the 20 different levels of cold we had experienced. Definitely a successful day for floating in January, and if it gets above freezing again before I head west (currently -1 in TB Town) I might head back up to the big river.