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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


As the winter winds down we continue to get good moisture both in the form of valley snow/rain and mountain snow and are looking really good for the coming summer. Last week I finally got out of the boat shop and headed to the Oregon coast to fish for winter steelhead. We had decent fishing and landed some nice ones each day. The new skiff is coming along nicely and sure is a looker! It should be done in a week or so if I can keep up the pace. I have set this one up with both front and back casting braces so it has a stand and fish option just like a driftboat but with the wider hull foot print and flat bottom so it runs in really shallow water. Can't wait to get this one out on the water. If the weather continues to warm slowly like it has been doing we should begin to have decent dry fly fishing by Mid March and great dry fly fishing by the 20th of March and I still have a few openings for the spring Skwala Hatch. Shoot me an email if you are interested @

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

First Trout of 2012

While the winter hasn't been exactly freezing and cold we have great snow packs and will continue to get more.  We have been having these warm spells recently so on Sat. a buddy and I drove over and fished the Missouri River in Central Montana and it is official, the trout are biting in 2012.  We had great nymph fishing and could have caught fish on Midges if the wind would have laid down for a second.  I haven't yet been out but have heard the Bitterroot is starting to fish as well look for midging fish and skwala nymph action in the afternoons.  Mostly I have been holed up in my new boat shop creating a low side bitterroot skiff for this year.  I was so pleased with last years design I needed to refine and create once more to try and perfect the final product.  Our season starts around March 20 around here and that mean there should be dry fly fishing by that time, we will begin to be able to catch consistent numbers on nymphs in a couple of weeks.  I still have openings in March and April so give me a call and get on the books for one of the best dry fly fishing times of year!