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Roma McCoy and Dave Keller


As the onset of winter slows filming on Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout, I’m busy lining production for next summer. My plan is to get into the Paradise Valley and profile the “Big 3” but I’ll also be returning to a few locations to pick up some shots. One of those locations will be the phenomenal fishery at Circle 3 Ranch. The Circle 3 spring creek is home to some of the biggest Brown Trout I’ve ever seen and one day on location was just not enough. Not to mention the fact that Poncho McCoy (who manages the ranch) has invited me back, hopefully this time I can get him to pick up a rod for the camera. Poncho McCoy is recognized as pioneer in the spring creek angling/ranching field. Fifteen years ago Poncho began some unheard of ranching practices. Those, along with some extensive stream restoration work created the incredible fishery that exists at his former ranch McCoy Spring Creeks. New owner Cliff Inge has taken up where Poncho left off and the new McCoy Spring Creeks will be featured extensively in Spring Creek: Ranchers, Anglers, Water and Trout. Poncho's daughter Roma, was lucky enough to grow up on a spring creek and learned to cast a fly rod on some of the best waters in Montana.  She's pictured above with boyfriend Dave Keller (also an accomplished fly fisher) at the Circle 3 Ranch this summer.  The fat rainbow Roma is holding, fell to a hopper pattern and was taken above the pond, on the upper stretch of the Circle 3 spring creek.  Thanks to Poncho McCoy for the picture and his hospitality. More Later T>