I arrived in Bozeman on Monday afternoon. My car was waiting for me in the short term lot as usual thanks to the folks at Osterman’s Car Storage in Belgrade. It was a beautiful day and an easy drive into Missoula. The Clark Fork River meanders along I-90 from just outside Anaconda through Missoula. It was very tempting to get off the freeway and look for rising fish, but I had too many errands in Missoula to do.
It was hot in Missoula…over 94 degrees F. I wasn’t looking forward to a blistering hot day fishing on the river with Chris McAdams (www.kingfisherflyshop.com), but as luck would have it a reprieve was forecast for Tuesday. There was overcast and rain coming. Good omens for a productive day on the river.
I stopped at RMSP (www.rmsp.com) and said Hi to a few friends who have been so good to me. They had good reports about the wildflowers and weather for my upcoming workshop in Glacier National Park. Now, I’m really excited.
Monday night I spent the evening at the Iron Horse bar with one of the instructors at RMSP, Tim Cooper (www.timcooperphotography.com), and his girl friend Marissa. I turned into a beautiful evening and it was great to reconnect with Tim and meet Marissa. The time with Tim makes me look forward to his workshop in October.
Tuesday dawned with promise of rain showers and generally overcast skies. It looked like it would be a great day fro dry fly fishing on the Bitterroot River. My luck was not so good. It was an average day with a couple of good sized Cutt-Bows and a few Rainbows.
Then, it was off to Whitefish to see the Shaws. It rained almost the entire trip through the Flathead Valley. It was a very needed drenching, and though it slowed me down I know the valley needed it. And, even better, there were no fires in the Valley, unlike last year when it seemed the entire Valley was ablaze.
It was great getting in to the Shaws’ Lazy Creek Ranch home, but it was late. We caught up a little bit and planned the rest of our adventure after Liz and Rose get into Whitefish.