Archive for April, 2010

Fly fishing on Saturday

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

We only saw a couple sand hill cranes on the way down. We were joined by Erwin’s sister, Edie, and one of her beautiful labs, Tootsie.  For me, first cast had a fish. What a great start! I had trouble landing fish, must be my hands were too tired, I cleaned my house the day before. The weather was great, we had some rain showers, but we were under a bridge fishing so this was not a problem. The rain stopped and you would never know it had ever rained. The rest of the day was fabulous weather. We caught a lot of fish, but not as many of the bigger fish. They mostly ranged in the 14 – 18 inch range. Had one nice fish up to the shore ready to pull the hook and he jumped and took both my hooks with him and no picture. Nevaeh is gettting really good, she knows the midge hatch and the mayfly hatch. There was a really good hatch, but we didn’t try any dries even with the fish coming to the surface. We did really well on emergers. Toward the end of the day, they let some water out of the dam and brought the level up. Some moss was floating down, but the fishing remained good. Had to use less weight and not fish as deep. On the way home , we checked the horses and they were all there and looked good, except for the hair that is shedding off. Nevaeh wanted to pet her horse, Jose , but he wasn’t in the mood to put his head in the truck window. The mules, Lucky and Nell,  on the other hand would have gotten in with us if we would have opened the door for them. Looking forward to riding. At the horse pasture we saw more mule deer than we have seen in years. Herds of about 50 and there were three of them. On the way home , we found the elk. They have started to move back up the valley to the higher country. There were  at least a couple hundred strung across the hill.

Sunday April 11 fishing

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

We started out our day with cloud cover, but good temperatures. As we started down the road , we saw deer, big horn sheep, and antelope. The sheep was with the antelope. We got to the river and we were catching fish. This was a good start. Nevaeh fell in the water and needed to change clothes, so we improvised with

Erwin’s rain coat and an extra shirt we brought. We got to stay and flyfish all day! Erwin would catch fish ever time he casted. He caught so many fish, I got tired of taking pictures. Most of the fish ranged 14 inches with some going 17 and a couple 20 inches. I caught a couple whitefish, which we ususally don’t get. Nevaeh always wants a rainbow fish. The majority of the fish are browns. There was a hatch of mayflies and midges. The fish were coming to the service to feed, it was awesome. We didn’t put on any dry flies , we stuck with emergers and nymphs. After fishing, we went to check the horses and saw a herd of about 30 mule deer. It was a great day in the Ruby Valley of Montana to be fly fishing.

Erwin & Sherry Clark
Broken Arrow Lodge & Outfitters
Erwin Clark, Outfitter #5715
406-842-5437
P.O. Box 177, Alder MT 59710
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