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By ScottP
#693615
Restocked the pantry, did some laundry, helped a friend build his patio, then headed back out again. Time to see if all the 8oz tube of Aquaseal I used on my waders (thanks Simms) plugged all the leaks. Flathead is starting to come up but still not much color to it

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Passing Marias (Pass)

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Decent snowpack; fingers crossed for a continuation of the cool spring we’ve had so far

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Rolling backup

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With runoff starting, I figure I have 3 options - tailwater, spring creek and stillwater. Waiting for the above leviathan to clear the highway, I make a command decision (Rock-Paper-Scissors) and stillwater wins. A bit of a gamble since I’m not sure if the ice has come off yet.


The road in is not very rutted and the scenery is pleasant

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And this is even nicer.

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A quick peek from the high ground and I find a pod of fish trying to procreate. Doesn’t show well in this light but there are anywhere from 3-6 ‘bows swimming around those rocks on the right center side of the pic

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Only took about 100 casts and 3 fly changes but finally connect with a fat hen; there would be no hunger in the lodge tonite (figuratively speaking; she goes right back in)

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One more bump and that’s a wrap. I also quickly find that I need a bit more Aquaseal on some seams on the right leg


An impressive erection, considering the wind

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Time to see what the tailwater has to offer. Score my favorite site again. Lack of others is not a surprise; they’re pumping a lot of water thru the dam and wading venues are somewhat limited

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Amazing; I usually have to donate a roll or two to the campground crapper. Montana FWP must be flush with cash this year

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Off to search for slow inside seams (A.K.A. whitefish water)

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This place is usually productive (interesting, no one else is here, although there were 2 other rigs in the parking lot)

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And it is; all on a Zebra

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2 hours of this and my legs no longer seem attached to my body (I check the flow data later and it reads 41; feels a hell of lot colder than that). The siren goes off once; more water coming thru the gates and the fishing pretty much shuts down for me (the fleet wasn’t doing much either up in the bathtub).


Next morning

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This just doesn’t seem right

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I swallow my pride and ask them to tell me where the bugs are (huge surprise, I never see a single fish up; they’re holding on to the rocks with all their fins to keep from being swept down to Ft. Peck)

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Nobody here, and I’m not that early

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Walking the bank, looking for spawners (always like to know how the next generation stacks up)

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There’s about 10 lined up here

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Back up to the frogwater

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Again, they’re interested in Zebras (color doesn’t seem to matter; red, black, purple and brown all worked)

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Siren goes off 3 times while I’m here; if this keeps up I’ll be casting from the road. Decide to stroll up above the wire to see what’s going on; this is 10,500 cfs

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What a waste; walleye and caviar combo platter

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Hail to the King

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Time to move on

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Part of the Triad; as common as grain silos on the Highline here

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Something a little more intimate; water is in good shape

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Bugs are out

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But fish are few and far between

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Next day is even less productive; still, a pretty place to get skunked, and the water leaking into my right leg is a balmy 52 degrees

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One more stop out in the big open

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Nice spot; good orientation for solar collection

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Prickle pigs

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Nice water

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Only a bump in the runs, so I try light to dark, shallow to deep

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And find the whitey hole; again the Zebra rules

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Welcome to Deadshit Creek

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I would love to latch on to a live one of these

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Next morning I climb the hills to take in the view. No sense fishing too early; water temps are in the 30’s and that leak in the waders is no better

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Lots of these in the stubble

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Hoodoos, prickly pear and grouse scat (I flushed a pair of sharpies on the way up); a prairie hat trick

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Back on the water I score another whitey in faster stuff

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next cast it’s something different; this time it’s the scud they prefer

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Evening comes and the wind lays down; just me and the owls to enjoy it

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They’re still hooting in the morning when the moon goes down

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Time to point the rig back to the Flathead and patch the rest of those leaks

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Last edited by ScottP on Wed May 01, 2019 7:52 am, edited 3 times in total.
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By V Wake
#693617
Spawning fish with zebras?! Can you post the step-by-step so I can tie a few? Down here we just snag’em with 15#. I didn’t know they’d actually eat a fly when spawning.

Scott, I bet you make a killer bowl of cereal. Keep on, brother. Haters gonna hate.
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By ScottP
#693618
V Wake wrote: Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:22 pm Spawning fish with zebras?!
Poor editing on my part (fixed that). Spawners were for viewing purposes only (except the horndogs on the stillwater; they’re just going thru the motions)
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Great stuff Scott. I always appreciate your wanderings, I hope someday I'm able to putz around country like that with just a camper and my thoughts.
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By Bobwhite
#693640
Great stuff, all a round. Thanks for the road trip!
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By ScottP
#693683
stillsteamin wrote: Wed May 01, 2019 9:56 am I hope someday I'm able to putz around country like that with just a camper and my thoughts.
I highly recommend retirement when you’re ready for it.
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By Kfoxwyo
#693697
As always Scott P, thanks for the posts and motivation to get back. It always reminds me that how ever many miles I have out on in MT that there is so much of it-I cant say I recognize 95% of your pics locations and this makes me happy.

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