Archive for August, 2010
I had an incredible day today at McCoy Spring Creeks with Steve Bielenberg and Steve Summerhill. This beautiful brown was just one of a number big fish that Summerhill stung during the day. When the day was over we cracked a bottle of the Mission Hill Merlot, Steve B fired up the grill and we swapped a few fishing stories over a fantastic steak. Both Steve B. and Steve S. think I should move to Montana. I agree. More Later T>
Drove all day to get to Dillon. Once in town, I checked in with Tim Tollet at Frontier Angler to say hello. Tim suggested I go fish the evening rise at Poindexter. Poindexter Slough is side channel of the Beaverhead River, located about two minutes south of Dillon. Poindexter looks like and fishes just like a traditional spring creek. There's notable spring activity flowing into the slough but flow rates are completely controlled from the Beaverhead. The evening rise never really materialized but I got some great footage. Tomorrow McCoy Spring Creeks. More Later T>
That was just about the only Cutthroat, Gerry touched all day. I have no idea why, but the East Kootenay's just didn't produce like normal. The upper Elk was a bust and so were most of the tribs. The weather wreaked havoc on us today. It was snowing up high most of the morning and the Steeples were capped in snow on the drive back. We never saw a Green Drake hatch and the BWO's hardly materialized either. So after a tough day of fishing Gerry and I sat back and enjoyed a few of Tree Brewing's Cutthroat Pale Ale. That saved the day. The fishing was disappointing. What wasn't disappointing though was my stay with my great friends Gerry and Susan. Susan all looks after the menu and it's a good thing. After a day of freezing cold rain we came home to a great Beef stew and as always Uvetsi was served on Saturday. I gave Susan and Gerry one of the Mission Hill Select Lot Collection Merlot's. Lucky for me they opened it right away and we washed our miserable day's fishing away with a stellar bottle of wine. Off to Dillon tomorrow, the weather isn't looking any better.
I love Cutthroat and not just the fish. No, I love Cutthroat Pale Ale, because it's a classic Pale Ale. The perfect balance of five different malts and hand selected Hops. The distinctive flavour and aroma make this one truly smooth and inviting beer. Okay, okay, I (may have) cut and pasted that from the website but it's true. I also love all the great people down the street at Tree Brewing like Meghan Yewell, because Tree Brewing and Cutthroat Pale Ale like to sponsor every fishy, trout themed or fly fishing inspired idea, that I come up with. For instance, the RM Angler Fly Fishing Film Festival, a benefit for the local TU Chapter that anglers here in Kelowna are starting up. Tree Brewing has now stepped in to be my Beer supplier for all those thirsty Montanan's, who may require a celebretory libation after a hard day's angling and filming on any number of spring creeks. While many people I spoke to in Montana, didn't seem to know much about the great wines made here in the Okanagan, the sure know about our Beer. And so it seemed only appropriate that I should endeavour to supply some finest post fishing pops for their participation in the film. Thanks to Tree Brewing those thirsty Montanan's shall get to taste some of the liquid gold brewed right here in Kelowna. We'll just see how much of all this liquor I get through the border! Cheers! More Later T>
Friday after work I'm heading straight for the Rocky Mountains. It's time to hook up with my old friend and former outfitter, Gerry Frederick. Back in the day when I used to impersonate a fishing guide, I used to guide for Gerry's Rocky Mountain Angler Fly Fishing School and Guide Service, out of Cranbrook. Now Gerry and I actually get to fish every once in awhile instead of the landing other people's fish we can land our own. So any visit to Gerry's requires the sharpening of the BARBS and I'm not taling about the ones on the end of a hook. Frederick and I are masters of the verbal barbs while fishing. Gerry was up the White today and while managing not to get hit by any windfall he does say the Bulls have moved into the White. We'll be there Saturday and find out if they are taking the fly or already have more amorous ideas on their minds. Gerry.... starting making the Uvetsi.
Shooting at McCoy Spring Creeks next week could preset some minor problems. I'll be shooting with McCoy Fishing Manager and larger than life, spring creek guru Steve "Saftey First" Bielenberg and his guest Steve Summerhill from The River's Edge Fly Shop. With these two guys on stream, the fish at McCoy's should be nervous. I should be able fill my waders for the "fish porn" category of the film! When the fishing does finally end, the real fun will begin when Steve B. starts the BBQ and I crank open few wines from Mission Hill. Tuesday won't be the only shoot with Steve Summerhill on Friday I plan to visit The River's Edge and get tuned into just how important fly fishing is to the fabric of Montana. Maybe I can even drag him over to Milesnick's for the evening rise. Here's a bio on Steve Summerhill:
Steve Summerhill has enjoyed the sport of fly fishing for over 30 years in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and in many different Salt water destinations. Having guided since 1991, he has a good understanding of what it takes to be a successful guide in an ever growing business. Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University and now lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife and three children. He bagan his guiding career as an Orvis endorsed guide out of Ennis, Montana and is now the outfitter and co-owner of The River's Edge Fly Shop in Bozeman, Montana.