View Full Version : Montana - October 2008

12-15-2008, 12:03 AM
I drove out to Montana the first week of October and pulled my claka with me to unwind after being in Iraq for 13 months. I ended up staying about three and a half weeks. I fished the Yellowstone, Madison, Shields, Boulder, Clark Fork and several others. My brother , who had never fly fished, rode out there with me and fish with me for the first week. The second week left me camping and fishing by myself and it snowed about 8 to 12 inch's. That made for VERY COLD camping and fishing, but it didn't dampen my spirits, it just made for some very cold nights. The third week my fiancee flew out and we continued fishing and exploring Montana. I caught alot of fish and was tickled pink about my first cutthroat. I did land a few browns that were 25'+ but was unable to get any pictures of them. Anyway Montana was truly GODS country. Everyone was very nice and helpful that I talked with. Below are a few fish and some scenery.








12-15-2008, 12:45 AM
Those are some great pictures! Looks like a good trip! Welcome home and thanks so much for your service.

12-15-2008, 08:09 AM
You know why they call it big sky country once you have seen it. Glad you enjoyed your trip but most of all, thanks for your dedication and service to allow us our freedoms.

12-15-2008, 01:06 PM
A fiancée that will wet wade in October...in Montana...son you got yourself a keeper!

Glad you had a great time! Thanks for your service!

Cutthroats - I'm very partial to them, as well. They attack a fly like a Brookie and fight like a Rainbow (and they aren't as smart as a Brown!!)

fly fisherman DK
12-15-2008, 06:24 PM
Nice pics!!! I would love to take a trip their some day. Also, thank you for your service.

fly fisherman DK

12-19-2008, 12:29 AM
Great Pictures! The shot of the two of you fishing the big river with the blueish mountains in the background is fantastic (yellowstone?). Glad you had such a good trip, that place is good for the soul.
As others have said; Thank you for your service. This country would not exist as it is, maybe not at all, without people like you.
Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

12-19-2008, 01:02 PM
Welcome home! As the others have said, thank you for your service A couple of my friend's sons have served in Iraq and and through them, I can understand why you needed to go fishing when you got home. It's not a cake walk over there. Again, thank you for your service, but most of all, welcome home.

The Yellowstone area is a very special place, you chose well.

As for your fiance - brother, she came to Montana in OCTOBER and went fishing with you. MARRY HER TODAY - DO NOT WAIT - DO NOT DELAY.


12-19-2008, 01:17 PM
Welcome home! There's something extremely therapeutic about fishing a fly in God's cathedral. You chose well. I can remember decompressing half a hundred years ago...seems that long ago now, from my time on the other side oif the world. My goal at the time was to live to see 1972. Take all the time you need and be well!

01-05-2009, 06:38 PM
Welcome Home, and thank you for your service. I ws in Montana and Idaho this summer; both were fantastic. ID was Kelly Creek and Cayuse Creek, but as there was record snowfall last winter water was bigger than usual and while we all caught west slope Cutts, not as many were there about half the water as was flowing. Montana was two floats on the Big Hole, both were great. It is truly Big Sky, and I for one hope to get back there soon. Best for the future. HW3, COL USA Ret.

01-20-2009, 10:45 PM
I loves me some Yellowstone fishing. If my wife ever leaves me, I'm buying a one-way ticket to Billings; driving to Gardiner, and volunteering to work the remainder of my days at Parks Fly Shop, as long as Nancy will feed me. Thanks for these pics, man. They brought back some great memories. And thanks for serving.

And I agree; a fiance who wet wades in late autumn MT is worth her weight in gold. Marry that girl! (And never, ever post her pic over at the Drake.)

02-01-2009, 01:05 PM
Nice Pics. What part of the Clark Fork did you fish when you were here?