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By ScottP
#695164
Thirteen days out; did some fishing (besides the Mo, I saw one other person with a rod the whole trip), did some birding, met up with good friends.

Up and at ‘em; not exactly first light but what’s the hurry?

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Clear sailing

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Jammer

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Looks like a good place to bale out

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Drop the anchor and start grabbing photons

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Time to see if the cutts are out and about

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A good place to start; one little guy but I miss connection on a nice one at the back end

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Up a little farther

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and we’re in business

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Not too many hoppers around but they’re just stupid cutts anyway

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These work, too

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A few more spots, a few more fish and the skunk is off

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Nice way to end the day

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Time to pull up stakes and see what else we can find

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Drop off the rig and go get the feet wet

Intimate surroundings

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Put it tight to the willows and the browns come out to play

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They’re not real particular

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A few bugs around but I can’t find anything they’re really excited about

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Had real good luck with spruce moths here last year

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but only see a few this time (seems like everything’s running a bit late this year) and although I get a fish or two,

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they’re looking for something else



The something else appears to be pink; hello Pookie

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Only cutt-bow of the trip

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I can do it classy, too; Irish lough flies bring them up

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Interesting country up higher

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Evenings are nice here, too

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On a tip from a friend, I check out some water near by that he thought might be fun

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The stuff with barbed wire and orange fence posts sure looks good; here’s where the public land starts

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A little tight in those willows; I pop the safety off the bear spray and look for some open water

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It looks like dapping is in order

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Damned if it doesn’t work; hardest part was getting the hopper thru all the overhanging grass (conehead hoppers?)

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I don’t think there was room for this one to turn sideways

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That was a great way to spend the morning; back to the wide open spaces

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A few more fish

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This time on Mr. Wilson’s hopper (R.I.P. Muz)

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Last evening here

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2 juvie bald eagles fighting over a fish carcass

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Off to visit an old friend who has always been generous

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For not the first time, I miss connection with a nice one where the bank hangs over the creek

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But manage a few elsewhere

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Clouds start building up to the west and even though there’s no rain in the forecast, the weather does what it damn well pleases out here so I head back to camp, pull up stakes and head to the mean streets of Three Forks for a few days

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It’s going to be close but I think I’ll dodge this one (I get nailed about an hour later when I hit the interstate)

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Huh?

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Haven’t seen my little buddy since March; he doesn’t seem to have missed me

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I was wrong

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A couple days of good company and beagle love then it’s back on the road again. Need to gas up but it’s looking a bit threatening

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It holds off a bit but by the time I make the turn north it hits; Hand of God and all that (luckily just wind and rain here; they had golf ball sized hail just to the south)

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By the time I get to the campground it’s blown thru; pretty quiet in town

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Head for the water to see if anything’s happening this evening. Not much; only a random caddis here and there and no fish up. I get 3 on but nothing comes to net.

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A few tricos on the camper in the morning

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But the spinner fall never really happens; I see a few fish fall to the fleet but I’m not here for bobber fishing. Time to head on


Playing the shell game

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Golden bones; this could be interesting

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Try to get closer to see if I can find some decent footing in the muck in the event I hook one

Heading back to the truck to break out the 6 wt and this guy pops up

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I spook another one 5 minutes later, just walking on the gravel road; scratch the carp idea, I’ll stick to birding for the rest of the day and have one more go with the westies in the morning


Pre General Lee

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Pretty country

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Prairie

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Prairie falcon

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First hole

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First fish (on the Muz hopper)

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More water

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A few more fish

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And I guess I’ve accomplished whatever it was I was trying to do; time to think on that


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Lots of people say I don’t know jack; I beg to differ

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Off to the park to meet up with the wife

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She takes a boat ride with friends

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And I take a hike

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Wildflowers are winding down

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But the hucks are tasty

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And I’ve got nothing to grouse about

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Last edited by ScottP on Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:20 am, edited 3 times in total.
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By B.M. Barrelcooker
#695167
Dang that looks great....everything but the rattler.

Thank you for posting that.
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By LA Fly Guy
#695168
What kinda fly did you toss at the rattler?
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By ScottP
#695170
LA Fly Guy wrote: Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:56 am What kinda fly did you toss at the rattler?
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Snake Fly, of course
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By fallen513
#695178
shame you didn’t get many pics
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By fishpimp
#695179
That willow choked stream...money!
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By Kfoxwyo
#695185
Very nice water, thank you-
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By The Wandering Blues
#695204
My wife thought I might be looking at porn. Then she saw a trout pic and rolled her eyes. Nice, nice trip.
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By markl
#695220
That was fantastic! And, a fair number of fish to net I would say. I'm with the others on the rattler though. I hate snakes.
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