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Bighorn River in Wyoming: A Lesson Learned Thru Guiding

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Kenny Jackson on the Yellowstone

Wide Receiver Kenny Jackson ropes the fish of the month!

I sent out an email to one of my favorite clients after getting off the phone with my Grandfather Dutch who has lost his balance/equilibrium and can no longer hunt or fish which were and still are his favorite things to do in the world. This is the email I sent out that he told me I had to share on the Blog so I will.. Please read it in its entirety…..
I had the opportunity to bring out Kenny Jackson a former Wide Receiver who played for the Eagles and Penn State during college. It was in the middle of the mid summer grind which is a very busy time but the fishing can be slow especially with new anglers. This is the only time of the year when guides find themselves short, grumpy and burned out….
I want to share a photo and a story about the day. Kenny somehow ended up in my boat as a fluke from some random outfitter. They had fished for 2 days before and caught almost no fish with the other guide and Kenny got dumped out of the boat in a rapids section of the Yellowstone.
Long story short, fishing had been slow all week and that day was no different. I worked my nuts off to get maybe a 16 strikes all day long. By lunch we had put 8 whitefish and 3 smaller trout in the net. We might have lost 2 bigger fish but we never saw them so we will never know. I am thinking FUCK! FUCK FUCK! as I am used to guiding veteran fishermen who expect to catch 40 fish mid summer and I want to deliver for one of the coolest and most appreciative anglers I have ever worked with.
Im stressing inside but….
The entire time Kenny is enjoying ever second and aspect of the float trip from the water, mountains, trees, rocks, birds, clouds, being on a boat without a loud engine, all the things that we as guides and veteran fisherman take for granted. The most amazing part about his attitude and perspective was how little catching fish mattered. He was fishing hard, casting better and better, putting the fly where I asked him to etc. He kept after it and kept relating it to golf when you hit one good drive and thats what brings you back. He loved the challenge more than anything… HE WAS AN ETERNAL OPTIMIST.
We get to the last fishy stretch of the float about 1500 feet from the boat ramp…. mind you I extended the float mid-float with my shuttle because fishing was so slow and I wanted him to catch a good trout…. we floated 12 miles instead of the normal 7.5 to 8. We are in a section with good shelves and Im thinking it will happen here, in fact I knew it was going to. Right in front of two random boats Kenny hooks up with this rainbow that goes ballistic. He fights it like a champ and puts the fish in the net. Our boat goes ballistic as do the other two boats who clearly were having slow days as well.
Moral of the story. Slow down and appreciate the simple things in life that we often overlook and take for granted. This one day changed my attitude towards guiding and why we are so lucky as fly-fishermen.
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River Cocktails…..

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Only way to cure a hangover...Clients certainly know how to enjoy themselves even if it entails starting at 9:30 in the AM…. you know who you are! Holiday season is upon us. Just please remember to not drink and drive during this time of the year. We want to see you all back in our boats this spring and summer!

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wind river fishing report

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

another big brown

Capt C and top guide Steve Beaz took the jetsled out yesterday to see how the wedding of the waters was fishing. Streamers were the ticket with black, brown or olive articulated streamers working best. Fish were holding tight to the bank, however a few fish were picked up mid river in shallower spots. Buffalo Creek is still dumping in mud, but the river remains very fish-able. Floating moss is starting to become a problem and will only worsen. Subsurface fishing will become more and more difficult as the summer passes. Tricos should start popping on the Bighorn River soon. Until then get out and enjoy the few rivers that are fishing well. Enjoy!

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