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We’ll we got back form the Bighorn river last Monday night. We had a great time despite the 50mph winds and the 3,000 people that also thought it would be a great weekend to fish. Not many fish were caught, and Grace didn’t get one either. She is however hooked for life. She got to sample Montana and the West. I think she fell in love with it. I told her if she had a great time on this trip she’ll really love when the weather is better and the fish are a bit more willing to play. She toughed out the worst conditions that I’ve fished in for some time and was willing to keep at it. She proved her salt and is welcome on any trip.
The experience really got me thinking. Man do I have it good here in the Upper Midwest. There are hardly any crowds on the rivers I fish and the fishing really is world class. If I see one or two boats on the water during the day I wonder what is going on. I know that this is going to start happening more and more as people learn how good we have it, but I can never see it as bad as I did this last weekend. There were at least three people in each hole and I bet we saw at least 100 boats on Sunday.
I encourage everyone to step back a little and look what we have right in front of us. The fishing here is as good as anywhere. It might not be trout but I’ll take a 18″ smallmouth over a 18″ trout any day of the week. We are blessed to live in such a great area that is basically unknown.
Get out and enjoy it!!!!
A big Bighorn River Rainbow from a few years back. Hopefully to be repeated this year.
In three days my daughter Grace, friend Jim(I use that word loosely) and I are head the the Bighorn River in Montana for a long weekend trout excursion. This will be Grace’s first big fishing trip and I’m praying that it goes well. All I’m asking for is that she catch just one nice trout (16″+) on her own. Hopefully this isn’t to tall of an order.
This brings me back to my title of this post. Is it the planning or is it the trip? I’m one of those guys that takes almost more pleasure in the planning stage. Don’t get me wrong, I love the trip part too, but I think it is the planning and anticipation that I get a bigger kick out. Maybe it has something to do with Grace going along, but this trip really has me giddy. I have been tying flys, ordering things I don’t really need, checking the boat at least once a day, and driving my wife a little nuts.
My friend Jim will show up at the house the night we leave with his stuff and we’ll leave. That’s it, he’ll just be glad to be out of the office for a few days. I on the other hand am to busy getting everything just so before the trip. I think he knows there’s not to much to worry about because I have that handled for everyone involved. I have been lying awake at night thinking about what flys to use, what holes to fish, and what to do if someone beats us to them. I shouldn’t do this because usually a trip never matches ones anticipation.
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I would love to get others ideas.
I’ll let you all know how it goes on a post when we get back.
There is still plenty of room for our spring creek trip on April 17th thru the 20th. Give me a call if you are interested.
I also one spot to fill on the smallmouth trip from hell.
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