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    Bike fishin' (and other diversions)

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    A certain internet luminary came through town over the weekend, and beyond a lot of eating, laying around, and prevaricating, we got out to enjoy the rapidly closing summer. I tried to show him the relevant local sights.

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    On Saturday we rode as much of the greatest local hits as either of our tired selves cared to (him work, me the first week of the new term of grad school), but I got the feeling that the buff, wooded skinny just didn't cut it, even with all the fall line climbing.

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    So on Sunday we rode to fish. If you look you can see the battering ram on the Lev, aka my two piece Orvis, sadly neglected for many years now. Over a year living in MT, and I had yet to buy a fishing license. Locals don't appreciate their own stuff sometimes.

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    I'm glad I remedied that this weekend. As someone who also likes their trails to consist as much of rock(s) as possible, I have to agree when he said something to the effect of "The fishing's a lot better than the riding around here."

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    I shocked myself by catching a few, including one that was quite large for the stream, and more than big enough to eat.

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    Yum.

    Our guest is off to bigger and better things at the moment, and I'm quite occupied and kept out of trouble with classes, teaching, grading, and working. Which doesn't keep from being in denial about it all, or from wanting to fun hog as much as I can weasel out of each day.

    Labor day my wife and I went hiking in Glacier (the Highline Trail would be a killer ride), and found that summer is indeed over in Montana.

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    To Autumn.

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    What a great series of images!

    Thanks s much for sharing... As another one who hasn't fished as much as I'd like
    (who really does fish enough?) I can relate... But I have to ask - is that a bass popper you caught that cut' on? I

    I love being in the mts this time of year... the fall snow-squalls add a fantastic sense of the beauty and power of the changing seasons...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevereeneo
    But I have to ask - is that a bass popper you caught that cut' on? I

    It may well be.

    I have to confess that by that late in the day, I had lost an embarrassing amount of flys and feet of tippet to low (but not low enough!) spruce branches. It was what I had left, and bore out the consensus of the fly shop guys that this time of year, and far enough from the road, the fish will eat just about anything.

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    Those are some beautiful trout. Good eats!
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    I am putting my house on the market to come live in your neck of the woods.

    Sigh... Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mynamesrob
    I am putting my house on the market to come live in your neck of the woods.

    Sigh... Thanks for sharing!

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    Agreed!! Awesome photos of a bunch of cool places.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    It's a nice place, it is.

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    Wow! Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    It's a nice place, it is.
    That Insignia is doing well. We bought the same camera for the 8yo, and he has killed it twice, but they keep replacing them no questions asked

    Glad to see you grabbing all that territory has to offer.
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    To Autumn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el-cid
    Ya just gotta' appreciate a little Slow Elk.


    I was psyched to see it went we went to fill up on Tuesday ($5 growler night).


    Eric, the little blue camera is indeed amazing. It's slow, and does horridly in the cold (battery life), and has plenty of other things that annoy me, but it cost 60 bucks, so I'm not complaining. When I drop it in a river I won't shed a tear.

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    I'd have felt a little better, you being a fly fisher, if you'd have dropped that trout back in the river too, but that's just me and most fly fishers, and the code of honor among fly fishermen. Think Lee Wulff, about a fish being too valuable a resource to be caught only once.

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    Man, I hiked Highline less than a month ago and it was 90 degrees with many wildflowers, though the beargrass was long past. That's the mountains, I guess.

    Gotta agree with you about the trails here. I spent the summer riding in Oregon and Washington and though I appreciate being able to ride to dirt, you can only ride Three Larches so many times, and it really isn't that great anyways So I've been grabbing the cross bike a lot and riding dirt roads. Lots of that, and fall is my favorite time for long, cruisy rides.

    I'm not a fisherman, but my roommates have been going out near every day. maybe there's something to it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy
    I'd have felt a little better, you being a fly fisher, if you'd have dropped that trout back in the river too, but that's just me and most fly fishers, and the code of honor among fly fishermen. Think Lee Wulff, about a fish being too valuable a resource to be caught only once.
    Thanks again for the guide service and holy-macaroni vittles, D. No trouble keeping weight on that weekend!

    As to the quote/opinion above, that's one way to look at it, but I don't think it's accurate any more to say 'most' fly fishers feel that way. That's an antiquated viewpoint, presented in a rather snooty way if you ask me.

    The other way to look at it is that if you drop every trout back in the river, then there continues to be massive competition for all available food. Bunches and bunches of fish competing for a limited food supply results in stunted growth and small fish. Not always a bad thing, but think of the thrill of catching a football of a cutthroat versus a hammer handle of a rainbow. I neither want nor need to catch a 'big' fish every time out, but I like knowing that they're there. And if we didn't pull a fish out for the frying pan every now and then, we'd only have small fish to catch.

    FWIW, I subscribe to both theories. Most of the time I catch and release. A few select times a year I tote one home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    When I drop it in a river I won't shed a tear.
    Just fish it out, dry it off and take it back. Works for us
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    No flaming yet for not posting in Passion? Maybe people around here really are starting to be more civil.

    Beautiful pics, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    A few select times a year I tote one home.

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    Just the way it should be. Trout is good eats!

    My fly fishing experience is probably more entertaining for the fish - as they taunt me and refuse to eat my flies. It's sport for them.....therefore I harbor no guilt at the odd occasion that I do actually catch one and it ends up in the frying pan.
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    Oh, were you riding a long travel bike here, Mikesee? yeah, I can see how that would be boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ionsmuse
    he said something to the effect of "The fishing's a lot better than the riding around here."
    Had to think about it a bit. My quote was more along the lines of, "If I lived here I'd fish a lot more than I'd ride...".

    I had a blast riding there, but I was way overbiked and I had BC looming in the back of my head. Very, very few trails could have impressed given that.

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    Same day, different viewpoint.

    Sometimes you gotta spend time <span style="font-style:italic;">between</span> the mountains--down in a valley. Sunday D and I decided that was our best option. He dusted off his fly rod and strapped it onto his Lev, then we rode up Rattlesnake Creek as far as Franklin Bridge.
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    We each tied on our best guess and proceeded to wade and hopscotch into position.
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    The creek is mostly small and tight this high up, with lots of overhanging veg that kept you on your toes when casting, or kept you busy unhooking leaves and untangling knots.
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    The water was crystal clear and visibility down into it was *perfect*, but we were far enough up that I wasn't certain the fish could even make it this high. Despite several great placements and favorable drifts, the first 30 minutes passed without a hit or even a sighting. So I moved lower, and just as I passed D he hooked into a healthy fighter and it was awesome to watch him light up. Among the memorable comments he made while playing this fish were "<span style="font-style:italic;">Remarkable!</span>" and "<span style="font-style:italic;">I never thought I'd catch a fish today!!</span>"
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    Technically he didn't catch it, as it managed to flop off before he landed it. But the thrill was there and he was glowing and bubbling as I moved to a lower set of holes.
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    Much wading and looking ensued until I found a small set of holes and pouroffs that looked favorable. I fed out some line, rolled a cast across the creek, then let the current do its thing. Just as the fly passed a small eddy before a pouroff I saw a flash of silver come up, touch the fly, then dart back down as the fly poured over into the next hole. I smiled and retrieved the line--I had someone to play with!

    I rolled the cast a touch higher this time, let the fly drift over the hole, and saw the exact same flash, touch, dive. But no hit, no hook. Sweet--this guy was a bit smarter than the average bear!

    Another roll, another drift, another flash, nada. Dangit. I pulled in the line, snipped off that fly, retied another, then rolled the cast out there. Drift, flash, nada. Doh!

    In all, I cast twelve (!) times to this same fish, with 5 different flies (!!) before he hit hard and the fight was on. He wasn't much for size but I can appreciate a worthy adversary of any dimension.
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    The next hour or so was full of similar moments--savvy fish educating me on how things are done around here. I hooked into at least a dozen and landed maybe 7 of them. Great, great fun. When I'd exhausted all of the holes in the vicinity I bushwhacked out to the road and walked back up to the bikes, where D was napping in the shade. We agreed to roll awhile toward home but keep our eyes peeled for another good hole to play in.
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    As we rigged up and tied back on, D made a comment about not even caring if he caught anything here, since he'd already caught 'that one' above. I reminded him that he'd actually not landed it, explaining that he was still 'technically skunked' for the day. He chuckled and nodded and started bushwhacking down to the creek. Seemed like not 90 seconds later I heard a hoot and looked up to see this:
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    The fight was on!

    Doesn't seem very excited, does he?!!
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    With that formality out of the way, D headed downstream and I headed up. Big holes, many hits, technical casting--way, way fun. At some point I reversed my course and started downstream, just as D passed me heading up.

    Hard to say how much time passed, so engrossed was I in the moment to moment.
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    Next thing I knew D was yelling to me from above (at the bikes) and held a keeper over his head. That was my cue. I reeled in, hiked up, admired his catch, then we rolled back down the valley toward home.

    D seemed positively possessed as we motored homeward--if I wasn't constantly mashing the pedals he'd open a huge gap and those gaps were simply not closable on this day. He was inspired!

    Cheers,

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    Great post. Having never caught a fish in my adulthood, it looks interesting.

    Dayum, D is skinny. Must be all the hiking.
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    Mike - in that second to last pic - did you have a polarized filter on your camera or was it really that clear?
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    Its threads like this, that make me miss living in Bozeman, & Livingston. Its a great reminder of a place that is dear to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    As to the quote/opinion above, that's one way to look at it, but I don't think it's accurate any more to say 'most' fly fishers feel that way. That's an antiquated viewpoint, presented in a rather snooty way if you ask me.

    The other way to look at it is that if you drop every trout back in the river, then there continues to be massive competition for all available food. Bunches and bunches of fish competing for a limited food supply results in stunted growth and small fish. Not always a bad thing, but think of the thrill of catching a football of a cutthroat versus a hammer handle of a rainbow. I neither want nor need to catch a 'big' fish every time out, but I like knowing that they're there. And if we didn't pull a fish out for the frying pan every now and then, we'd only have small fish to catch.

    FWIW, I subscribe to both theories. Most of the time I catch and release. A few select times a year I tote one home.

    MC

    Mike, you obviously are more experienced at building wheels than fly fishing, and have spent very little time with fisheries biologists. Your blanket statement about C&R being antiquated couldn't be further from the truth. As human populations continue to expand, and fishing areas continue to shrink, regulations are getting more and more strict about zero limits, slot size limits and artificial single hook barbless fishing areas being added and created. The fish above is a wild fish, a Snake River Finespotted cutthroat. It is not some put and take Rubber Hatchery rainbow trout with raceway ruined fins from being crowded out that is designed to be caught and kept.

    Insect eating trout taste like what they eat, crap. Fish that eat other fish, like Sailfish, swordfish, tuna, salmon, halibut, and big trout that eat other trout, taste good. Even Kokanee salmon that eat Daphnia, or zooplankton, taste better than that trout.

    You may consider fly fishermen snooty, because they hold themselves to a higher standard than most anglers... but I guess, then, that would also apply to you being a "built by hand" wheel builder snoot too. Yes? Pot, meet kettle!
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    I use an emmrod, when I think I might wet a line whilst riding. It's pretty non-traditional and not as precise as my 8ft 4wt Diamondback, but fits easily in my Camelbak and is bombproof. Here is the site. It's a two piece and throws well for it's stature.

    http://www.emmrod.com/index.cfm?page...l&model=Stream Master

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeromelo
    I use an emmrod, when I think I might wet a line whilst riding. It's pretty non-traditional and not as precise as my 8ft 4wt Diamondback, but fits easily in my Camelbak and is bombproof. Here is the site. It's a two piece and throws well for it's stature.

    http://www.emmrod.com/index.cfm?page...l&model=Stream Master
    I carry a Sage Light Line 3 piece... It might be a 3 weight 7' 9" rod for smaller creeks, or a 4 weight 9 footer for dries, or a 5 weight 9 footer if it's a bit windy or I need to put a 40 foot cast out to the far side of the stream and mend the current like a mad man for a drag free drift. Most of my reels are Abel, and a Ross San Miguel on the 3 weight. A man's got to have options in his quiver, with the right tool for the right job.

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    Stellar thread!!!!

    Two of my favorite ways to spend time... peddling on dirt and fishing.

    How many fly rods does an angler need? Just one more... and I suppose the same cold be said of bikes! (My favorite rod of late has been a 3 wt, New Zealand made Composite Developments... the smoothest casting rod I've ever owed - with my Temple Fork 4pc, 5 wt a close second...)

    This weekend I'm headed to Taos, New Mexico to ride the South Boundary Trail and then fish on a small stream in a place called the Valle Vidal... if I can only remember to take some pictures I'll have to post 'em here.

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    That Emmrod sure looks interesting. The price is right, though.

    The rod I'm using is an Orvis blank built by my dad before I was born. Lots of nostalgia, and to my supremely uneducated hand pretty sweet casting, too.

    It is two piece, and a pain to haul on the bike or backpack. I'm currently intent on one of these, on the recommendation of local fishers more experienced than I.

    Just got back from backpacking in Yellowstone, and did a bit of fishing along the way.

    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_Cag-KqEptWf3nIYVqxWvw?authkey=Gv1sRgCPHLvrud9oOOXg&fea t=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.ggpht.com/_A06QdYL6xw8/Sq5gSctODII/AAAAAAAAGsA/QeH9J3Fq0II/s800/DSCI0197.JPG" /></a>

    Skunked on two separate occasions on the upper Firehole; plenty of strikes and a few little guys on a line, but none brought to hand. Smart trout, and a spectacular and very engaging stream to fish.

    I think trout taste good, but perhaps I've just eaten too many insects myself whilst riding along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    Mike - in that second to last pic - did you have a polarized filter on your camera or was it really that clear?

    I don't think he had a filter, and I know Rattlesnake Creek is that clear.

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    Dunno how I missed this. Looks like you have settled in quite nicely Dave. Good luck for the last year of grad school!

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    I really like the idea of Tenkara fishing ... I'm going to have to look into it more. There are some fantastic small streams around the southwest that would be perfect for that... like just where I'm headed this weekend in New Mexico!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    Mike - in that second to last pic - did you have a polarized filter on your camera or was it really that clear?
    Polarized shades made it look even mo betta, but no filter on the camera.

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