Archive for September, 2010
Word is the browns are on the move on the Madison. Just ask James Fraser who stuck this hog, while fishing Darlington Spring Creek last Thursday. James was fishing on his friend Fred Broling's ranch. Fred's ranch and stretch of Darlington Spring Creek is featured in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Fred recently hired Jim Lovell and his company Confluence Consulting to undertake a mile long restoration to his section of Darlington Spring Creek , a tributary to the Madison River. James caught both of the big browns on olive streamers, stripped fast through two of Darlington's small pools. "The big male took it on the second cast, at which point I was wishing I had retied a new knot in my 4x." James had just caught a nice female of 20" and was about to call it a day when he decided to return to a scour pool on the property that he had fished earlier and give it anothe try. "I felt the grab and then could harly budge the fish out from under me" . James says there are more big fish in the same pool as get got several hits there. I'm going to have a arrange a trip late in the fall for these massive spawning browns. Till then I'll see browns like this in my dreams. Thanks to James Fraser for sharing his photos and story. As well as a big thanks to Fred Broling who allowed Jim Lovell to show me his ranch and film the restoration work. Can I come back in the fall? More Later T>
I just wanted to thank everyone who participated in or helped with the shooting of Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout this summer. Here's a list and hopefully I haven't missed anyone. Of course my friend Pete Caron, my angler for the first week in Montana. Steve Bielenberg and Cliff Inge at McCoy Spring Creeks. Dave Ashcraft at the Big Hole C4 Lodge. Pay Byorth at Montana Trout Unlimited. Tom and Mary Kay Milesnick over at the MZ Bar Ranch in Belgrade. Keith Comiso and Steve Gamble at the Gallatin River Lodge. David Thompson at Brickhouse Creative, who's help was incredible... especially when he rowed me out into Circle 3's pond so I could fish! Steve Summerhill and all the great people at The River's Edge Flyshop. Poncho McCoy and everyone at Circle 3 Spring Creek. Again David Thompson and Ben Winship for donating music from Fishing Music. Greg Fay at Fay Ranches . Jim Lovell and the crew at Confluence Consulting Inc. as well as the ranch owners of the stretch of Darlington Spring Creek we visited. Doug and Mary Hamilton at the Ponds. Tim Tollett and Frontier Anglers. Jeff Laszlo of Granger Ranches and driving force behind the award winning O'Dell Spring Creek Restoration project. Photographer Chris Stanford. Lori Pike and everyone at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery. Meghan Yewell and the great folks at Tree Brewing and Cutthroat Pale Ale. Mike Gettleman. Jim and Heather O'Connor at the 7 Half Diamond Ranch. Nick and Savass and the crew at Troutwaters Fly and Tackle. Web designer and friend Stephen Hayes-McCoy. Jim Klug and the cool folks at Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Brian at The Madison River Fishing Company. Gerry and Susan Frederick. The Montana Film Office. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Jon Summerland at the Okanagan Film Commission. Phil Epp. Dr. Murray A. Roed. And of course my wife Jessica Samuels. There's still lots of shooting going on this year, including shoots on the Kettle River and the Adams River. As well a full summer and fall of on location shooting in Montana is in the planning. Post production on Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout will begin late 2011. Till then, thanks to everyone.