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Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Fly Fishing for steelhead is exciting! He said these two fish are in the smoker right now. What a pair of bookends they would make.
Jack and I are spending about 8 hours a day working on the business, then attend meetings, Lady Griz Basketball (my daughter plays), play music with the band, and more. Winter is busier than you might think. He ties flies, writes material, works on gear and vehicles. I do admin and web stuff. The work is necessary, but so is a mind and fitness break. For Jack's work and for health, it is important to stay fit. We work in couple of hours of outdoor activity each day. The photos show one of our outdoor excursions with our dog, Bela.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Clark Fork River: Missoula, MT
Sat, Jan 24, 2:00 PM Run Time: 30 min.
OUTDR 153 on Dish Network
Genre: Sports, Sports non-event
First Aired: Jan 23, 2009
Topic: Fishing the Clark Fork River
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 5:30-7:30PM, the Clark Fork Coalition and Montana Trout Unlimited will co-host Guiding Without the Dam, an update for guides on the Milltown cleanup project, at the Coalition offices at 140 S. 4th St. W. Free pizza and beer will be served.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-542-0539.
Clark Fork Coalition
Montana Trout Unlimited
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
In this compilation of short stories and poetry centered on rivers, mountains, and wild locations of great natural beauty, novelist and avid outdoors man Alan Pilkington shares the memories of the unforgettable times he spent as a young man on the banks of a mountain river outside of Melbourne, Australia.
Pilkington was born into a family where the men went to the mountains and fished for trout in the tumbling streams of the southern parts of Australia's Great Dividing Range. Cultivating a lifelong love affair with the outdoors through his many stays in cabins built by successive family generations, he learned about the bush and its creatures while gaining a deep appreciation for the value of wilderness. Pilkington shares the journal entries, stories, and poems he composed while on fly-fishing and hunting adventures in Australia, New Zealand, England, the United States, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania–some serious, some lighthearted–all with a focus on rivers and how they provide inner-peace to all who seek it through them. Rivers of My Memory will touch anyone with a passion for the wilderness and who have rivers happily entwined in their memories.
Note from Alan:
Thank you for supporting my writing in the past. Rivers of My Memory is my first published work of short stories and poems. It is now available.
If you'd like to learn more about it, go to my web site http://www.alanpilkington.com/; you'll find links there to the publisher and to online
Blog note: Alan is a friend of ours. With that being said, I love his novels. I haven't read this yet...it is just out. I am anxious to open the cover and get started. With his other books, I became immersed and didn't want them to end. You will want to check them out.
Click this link see another post about Alan's outdoor adventures.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Original Wapiti Post text:
A friend sent us these photos today. Brrrr....
An unidentified photographer took these pictures in Miles City Montana where the Tongue River flows into the Yellowstone River. The buck made it to shore. The photographer saw him jump to safety when the ice jammed close to shore.
Monday, January 12, 2009
The skwalla draws attention to the largest trout in the river and the beauty of it all is that it is top water fishing. In my mind anyone can (and frequently does) put on a bobber with a nymph pattern and fish to the large trout -- even using skwalla nymph patterns. But to fool large trout on the surface in the right conditions is what our spring fishing is all about.
Knowledgeable, observant anglers pay attention to the natural world around them. The phenological events of spring are indicators for the fisherman. We watch for the appearance of buttercups, biscuitroot, pasque flowers, and glacier lilies on the hillsides. The robins, western meadowlarks, and western bluebirds are giving us a reminder that it is time to fish.
1. Phenological: the relationship between a regularly recurring biological phenomenon and climatic or environmental factors that may influence it.
Here are photos of a few of my favorite fly patterns that have evolved over three decades of spring fishing on the Bitterroot and Clark Fork.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This blog entry is for March since we begin our new year of boat fly fishing in this month. The earliest photo I have is on March 13. On any given day, you can have sun, snow, sleet, rain or a mixture of all of it. When you are floating, it is important to know the river and your boat - understanding the type of water and the distance between put-ins and take-outs. We always take a thermos of hot coffee (or cocoa) and/or soup along, and we dress in layers. It can be exhilarating to experience weather changes, the related hatches and trout feeding responses, so hold on to your hat! Remember in this season, if today is not great fishing, tomorrow probably will be. The message here is be patient and plan for at least a few days. It will be worth it.
Note: one of the photos of Jack is from the Clark Fork. We also fish the Blackfoot, Big Hole and Missouri, depending on the weather.
These photos are varied in quality. To view the slideshow in full screen mode, click View Album and choose "Slide Show."
A future entry will show the river in April. Besides featuring fish, it will have more photos of scenes including wildlife and birds. The river bottom is a "happening place" in the spring.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I am posting a slideshow of select photos through the years. We wish you all a Happy New Year. It would be great to see you in 2009.
To view in full screen, click on "View Album" then select "Slide Show." You might need to slow it down a bit (+).
Monday, January 5, 2009
Thanks Joe and Betty for all the good times we have shared. We look forward to many more.
In the slideshow, you will see some of their passions...take a look. They know how to have fun all year-round! The fishing photos are ours, the rest are courtesy of Joe.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
We were there for the retirement party which meant us old codgers and our younger friends with children attended. No problem, in the non-smoking taproom there were other young families, singles, skiers, and plenty of locals. The old shop handles lots of people easily. They don't serve food at this time, but many people were ordering from Kodiak Jax which offers delivery.
for an article from NewWest.com about the brewery. It talks about the founders, brewmaster, the building and history, and more...good article!
Open Sun. - Fri. 3-8pm and Sat 12-8pm
114 Main St. Stevensville, MT * 406 777-0680
I am waiting for Tim Akimoff of the Missoulian and Grizzly Growler to do a story on this brewery. Tim....where are you? I assure you, this brewery is much more than a "rumor." It is here to stay!
I am sharing photos of the Bitterroot valley, river and mountains in December. View the slide show or click on it to view the web album.
We had rain, then snow, then FREEZING COLD, then rain, more snow...a very unusual early winter. There is a lot of moisture, much beauty, and I need to mention the avalanche danger again. We will all be eager to get out to ski the backcountry. Please check the avalanche site for western Montana before you go. Be safe.