There is an inherent problem with running a fly fishing blog if you are a fly fisher and a guide. If the weather is good you are probably fly fishing. If business is good, you should be on a river guiding regardless of the weather. If you are on a river, you should not be blogging. While it is possible to post to a fly fishing blog with a smart phone, its not what I’m thinking about when I’m chasing fish. I would much rather be Montana fly fishing on a beautiful spring day than posting a fly fishing blog.
Not a fly fishing blogs day
Another problem with Montana fly fishing is that I can barely take time out for pictures. When I do take pictures, they are usually on someone else’s camera. Thus I rely on guests and friends to send me a few shots now and then to show what’s happening on the water. Here are a few that I collected from the last two weeks.
Dan has traded North Dakota spring walleye for Missouri River rainbows and brown trout. He is really happy about it.
My son Kyle got to join one of his hockey coaches for a beautiful spring day of fishing. He was the net boy as in, “Hey Kyle, Paul has another fish. Get the net boy.”
Once in awhile I join in the fishing action. When I get the chance, I’m going to swing something on my favorite 4wt Sage One Switch rod.
Terry Jenner just joined the board of the Missouri River Fly Fishers. It was an easy choice after a great day of catching fish on the Missouri River.
Terry is the coordinator of Project Healing Waters in Great Falls, Montana. Terry has had me teaching some fly tying classes for several months. Terry has his vets tying flies, going on guided trips and taking casting lessons. He is always looking for volunteers.
Sometimes Trout get tired of eating little midges, baetis and those scudly crustaceans. I like to see how big a fly I can get them to eat. They can’t pass up the Bi Polar when they want to eat something big.
There are all kinds of different looking trout in the Missouri River. When you feel that tug, you never know what that fish will look like. That adds to the fun.
Once in awhile there might even be a walleye surprise.
Besides all the fish, the Missouri River is pretty easy on the eyes.
I hope you get out there this spring wherever you are and enjoy some great fly fishing. In between those times, it can be fun to check out a few fly fishing blogs. Here are ten of my favorites to peruse when you are not fly fishing.
Simms Wading Room
Windknots & Tangled Lines
Gink and Gasoline
I just noticed on my little weather widgets that it is 73 degrees in Cooper Landing Alaska and 59 degrees in Craig Montana. Maybe I will need to start thinking about Alaska fly fishing again. Nate already has his trip planned for September.