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Old 03-06-2013, 10:55 PM
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Default Bitterroot River, first fish of the year...

...and hallelujah and amen to that! Wow, it's been a long dark winter. At least the last 6 weeks have been.

Spring fishing in W Montana is gearing up. Stoneflies are moving and midges swarming. I got out for a couple hours on Saturday afternoon, it felt good but it was really just to get out. Today I took the day off, happy birthday to me! I'd been planning on fishing all day for my birthday and the weather cooperated, it was overcast and didn't storm on me, got up to mid 40s so it could have been a lot worse.

I caught my first trout of the season, a nice rainbow. Then a couple more nymphing. Then moved downstream to get closer to my car as a bank of dark clouds was rolling in with thunderstorms in the forecast. I didn't want to get stuck out there in a storm, it's really open as you will see.

Well it never stormed and I walked into a some pods of fish rolling on midges! I tied on a #20 Syl's midge I tied this winter after reading his book and began to barely swing it through the broad riffle. It worked! That was very nice, but hard to set that little hook. I broke two off, missed a handful of sets and landed three brownies.

It was a splendid birthday.

The Bitterroot, near Victor, Montana.
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Glad you like your present! Looks like a great day, thanks for posting the pictures.
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Default Re: Bitterroot River, first fish of the year...

love it!! so jealous....
absolutely nothin happening around here
this happened this tuesday into wednesday...

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Right on man!
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Default Re: Bitterroot River, first fish of the year...

Nice......that's the way to spend a birthday.......I believe the Bitterroot is in my future this year.........say about mid september......thanks for sharing......
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Looks like you had a great day John, congratulations. Victor is full of eye candy if you like log homes.

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We've been having some warmer weather too - went out and floated the Madison on Saturday... terrible wind, but lots of fish
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John: Congrats on the first outing of the year and a great looking Rainbow to boot!
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Don't know a better way to celebrate one's birthday John
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Default Re: Bitterroot River, first fish of the year...

Hey thanks guys, and thanks for looking.

Those log jams and the sheer breadth of the river bottom there is amazing. The floods a couple years ago brought a tremendous amount of debris and large trees down the river. In a couple months one will not be able to even get to the places I stood to take some of those pictures...well actually any of those spots. Run-off season always amazes me...but till then you gotta get your fishin in!

I think I'm going back next weekend for a float, should be skwala fishing by then.
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