Otter Creek,
Belt, MT

Friday, April 16, 1993

Success at last! Caught two 14-inch brown trout using a brown Muddler Minnow from Scheels. I fished a short section of the stream about a mile downstream from Raynesford in the evening after work.

In each case, I drifted the fly down the creek letting line out as it drifted. This creek is so narrow, I think casting upstream would spook the fish. Too bad there aren't more places along here with good access.


Saturday, April 17, 1993

Went back to where I found them the first time. I tried a section of the creek upstream from Raynesford about a half mile. This stretch is tougher for casting than the part below town. And, it's deeper, quicker and narrower. I didn't catch anything, but I did see two trout that were bigger than the ones caught yesterday. Wish I had the same flies as yesterday.


Wednesday, April 21, 1993

Drove out after a rough day of work. The water level was a few inches higher than normal due to the rain. Didn't land anything, but a few trout took to the Muddler Minnow.

As I was getting ready to leave, an old-timer stopped his Geo Metro and approached me. He said it wasn't fishing season yet and if the wildlife guy caught me, I'd have a hefty fine to pay. I thought it was okay for catch and release, but when I checked the rules, he was right.


Saturday, May 15

Opening day in Montana and a lot of anglers were out. I stopped at the stretch I'd illegally been at before. This evening the weather was warm, but mostly cloudy. The river was as clear as I'd ever seen it. I tried a bead head Hares Ear Nymph, a Blue Winged Olive, and a Muddler Minnow, but the fish wouldn't take a thing. I saw a few surface aggressively at something, but I couldn't tell what. For about an hour just before dusk, there was an enormous hatch of a very tiny fly. Don't know what it was, but it was much smaller than a gnat. The trout didn't seem to interested in them as they stayed a few feet above the surface of the water.

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