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
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
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