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Old 07-16-2012, 11:15 PM
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Default Magical day on Cutthroat Crick

I had the day off today. I love having a Monday off, because it's all mine! And you know what to do with a day that's all yours in mid-July...

I've been looking forward to heading out to my favorite stream in the area, I hadn't seen it yet this season. And I wasn't disappointed. I caught fish, a lot of really nice fish, and many on flies I received in recent swaps.

The water was perfect; cold, clear and at an ideal level. The holes on this river are deep blue-green but when the runs and riffles are still 30" deep, that is where the fish are. I was on the water by 10:00am and fished a PMD for an hour or more and saw no fish. I was happy and fishing patiently, it was just a perfect day. I knew I had to nymph until some bug activity happened. I went to my box and picked out the Rainbow Prince that I received from Ant in a swap two winters ago and bam. Fish one. And another, this was a real nice rainbow, at least 16" and thick. Very nice for this stream.
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Next cast I set again and this fish was a rocket. All the fish I caught today were solid and tireless. But this fish went on sprints and held it's ground. When I finally netted it I was thrilled. It was another pure rainbow, and bright slab. It was easily 18" if not close to 20". A stunning fish that escaped the net before I clicked the shutter.

I landed 4 or 5 fish in that hole, on that one nymph.
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A 17" Cuttbow
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It doesn't look like much here, but that's my honey hole, till next time...
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I ate lunch back the car and let my feet warm from numb to cold whilst I enjoyed a beer at 1:30. Heaven.

When I got back to the river the Drakes flying, big greenies and mid-sized browns. I rose and landed a couple fish and felt good about getting some fish on top. Then a couple more. I switched up flies and tied on one of the beautiful acrylic ants that I received from Silvercreek in our recent terrestrial swap; trailed behind one of my many Turk's variants I've been loving lately. First cast, cutty rolled on the Turk's. Nice typical cutthroat for here.

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Then on the ant!
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Honestly, at this point I was sated and nearly walking on the water. But there was the amazing hole that I tried to fish with dries when I stared and then the nymph on my way to lunch, but the water moves through in that way that makes it impossible to get good drifts. It was screaming for a streamer. I pondered my streamer wallet and picked PAB's Slumpbuster from the winter small streamer swap. Second big swing through, at the bottom of this great piece of water I felt the pull. This fish was heavy and mad and ran hard enough fast enough down the fast current that I actually ran after it little bit. If it would have decided to keep running downstream, I could have been in trouble. But I stopped it and after one last long fight, brought this beautiful cuttbow to the net. Orange/copper slabs and green back. An honest 17" fish.

Lucy the fish spotter on one of it's leaps.
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Landed in the rocks.
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This picture looks bad, but trust me, I wasn't trying to drown it! (And I wasn't giving her the "death grip"). She got out of there fast when I let go.
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Some days everything seems to come together, and today was perfect. I felt like I used everything I've learned in that last 15 years today. I was more satisfied than I've been after a day fishing in long time. But I was still sad to step out of the water.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:34 PM
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Very nice day by the looks of it. Gotta love those native fish.
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My goodness, that looks like paradise. When the sun is on your shoulders, you're catching fatty cutts, and you got a friend by your side (dog)......life just doesn't get much better.

Thanks for sharing and congrats on your day. You deserve it

p.s. Is this a native westslope cutt stream???..........I'm jealous of your home location
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Thanks guys.

Countr...I did deserve it! We all do! Thanks, and yes, it's a big tributary and an important Westslope Cutthroat and Bull Trout trib, though I've never caught bull there. I can't remember every catching a brown either. Mostly cutts and rainbows and a lot of hybrids of course.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:15 AM
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Beautiful specimens and fine pics! Better skip work tomorrow! milt.
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Im with milt time to play hookie and hook into some fish.

Dean great pics man looks like you had an awsome day!
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Dean: I'm jealous! Great trip report, photos and fish!
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Nice looking spot. Too bad about all the rainbows, it won't be a cutthroat crick forever...
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Dean, that is great stuff there my man!

I am trying so hard to make it to Bozeman for the rest of my life.

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