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Started by flatlander, July 28, 2015, 12:42:24 PM
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The town has grown a little since I was last here. They got a new bridge, traded a gas station for a restaurant, and added a few fly shops. "North" Craig with the Troutshop Lodge and Joe's Bar in the background:
"South" Craig with Izzak's restaurant and Head Hunter's Fly Shop in the foreground. Izzak's was formerly a gas station and Head Hunter's is where the old Parrot Head Fly Shop was. There are a couple of other fly shops on the street and that is pretty much it:
Except for the law office sandwiched between the Troutshop Lodge and Joe's. The real estate office is next door and looks worse if you can believe it:
More local flavor:
John flew in to Bozeman and met me on the river for the first half of the trip:
Tricos were the order of the day with a decent Pale Evening Dun hatch and scattered caddis activity:
John and I had a go at the Trico fishing during the early part of the trip, but opted to run up the body count and watch a bobber most of the time:
Nymphing on the Mo was pretty much a no-brainer, unlike the dry fly fishing. When I asked the owner of Head Hunter's and long-time Mo guide, Mark Raisler, what the answer was for the PED's, he replied, "There is no answer."
We caught loads of these:
The average rainbow ran about 17" - 18". The Mo is an unbelievable bug factory and the fish have crazy growth rates. They're hard fighters, too. You are pretty much guaranteed to see your backing multiple times.
When your average fish size is running 18" and the rest of the state is under hoot owl restrictions, you have to expect crowds. This shot doesn't do justice to the number of rigs in the parking lot...maybe showing a 1/4 of the Craig Ramp lot. The shuttle drivers were stuffing trucks all over Craig trying to accommodate everybody:
But despite the crowds, everyone got along and there was plenty of fishing for everyone. Beetle caught more than a few:
Occasionally, he would actually let me fish:
...but mostly I did a lot of this:
After John left, I focused on the tricos and dry fly fishing. I got up early and tried to be the first boat on the river. Wolf Creek Bridge at 5:45 am:
I would stake out a good spot and wait for the spinner falls:
Finally got back in the swing of things and started catching fish on top...like you're supposed to:
...but that didn't keep me from reverting back to the dark side after the spinner fall was done. Don't know how Woolly does such a good job taking pictures of fish. This one is out of focus, but it was pretty decent brown...sort of a rarity on the Mo which I'm told is about 90% rainbows:
Fishing out of the boat by yourself can turn into something of a sightseeing trip. Lot of wildlife and things to see along the banks:
Looking forward to returning to Craig:
Dang Flats. bd;0
That eagle shot is neat too. Eating something dead on the tracks?
Damnation. I thought the teaser pics were hard to stomach. bd;0
Good stuff, Flats. When I grow up I want to stowaway with you.
Trout suck, but that didnt. Kick ass flats
J,I never saw what he was eating...probably a fish he stole from an osprey or a fisherman. We hired a guide for the first full day we were there. When we got down to the area that guy (or gal) has a nest, the guide told us to watch out for an eagle that had been stealing fish off anglers' lines. Next thing I know, John hooked a fish and had it close to the boat. I looked up in the sky, and sure as shit, here comes the eagle, talons out, diving right at us. I can't remember if the fish came unbuttoned or the guide netted him, but the eagle thought better of it and flew off.
Doug,You can stow away next time if you'll do half the driving.
That's a heck of a trip. That's awesome man.
Damn Malcolm, that's awesome.
solo float cuts into fishing time but is a different kind of enjoyable.
Do you pronounce the word Craig "KREG" or like it's supposed to be, "CRAIG"?
Looks like a great trip, Malcolm.
Thats a fat assed brown...whats the story on the grave markers? #morbid
Don't know about the graves Spork. Kinda surprised they had never washed away being that close to the river
Quote from: Flatlander on July 28, 2015, 12:42:24 PM
Fishing out of the boat by yourself can turn into something of a sightseeing trip.
Sweet - what's with the Loch Ness Monster pic between the grave markers and the eagle
i row and drive!
great shots, thanks for letting me ride along and drool
next time, next time......