Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
umichjesse

montana-wyoming trip

Recommended Posts

I am going back to school next week to get my MBA so I quit my job of four years and took a month vacation before school starts. I spent 4th of July weekend at my cabin in northern Minnesota then headed west on highway 2 until I hit glacier park. I have spent the last few weeks in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, backpacking, mountain biking, and of course, fly fishing.

I started out the trip on a solo backpacking trip deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness south of Glacier.

DSCN1152.JPG

I mainly followed the South Fork of the Flathead River and took a few day trips up tributaries to some mountain lakes.

DSCN1182.JPG

This was a late spring so the river was rip roaring still from snow melt. I could only cross the river every ten miles or so when there was a pack bridge for horses. I was warned that the fishing would be slow with the high water, but I managed to find plenty of cutthroats in any slow water that I could find. Most of the fish were between 13 and 16 inches with only a couple pushing 20. In the evenings the fish loved dries, but when the sun was high I had the best luck dredging deep water in the canyon with nymphs.

DSCN1209.JPG

July_2008_065.jpg

DSCN1184.JPG

DSCN1206.JPG

DSCN1217.JPG

DSCN1207.JPG

I also caught a number of bull trout when I switched to throwing streamers. I don't think the larger fish started running up the river yet to spawn because all of the fish I caught were under twenty inches and looked like resident fish. However, it was still really cool to catch these endangered fish in one of their last Montana strongholds.

DSCN1232.JPG

After my trip in the "Bob" I met up with friends in Bozeman and couch camped for a week. Typically I would go fishing somewhere each day while they worked, then we would go for an evening mountain bike ride once they were free, and would finish the night tipping back some barley pops on the front porch.

DSCN1259.JPG

I could get used to this kind of living.

A few hundred miles south of the Flathead, the rivers within an hour or two of Bozeman had already cleared from their spring runoff and were fishing absolutely great. I avoided some the bigger famous waters that get pounded by guide boats and fished a number of smaller tributaries where wading works better than a boat. I used my SE Minnesota spring creek tactics and hammered the fish. I couldn't believe some of the fish I pulled out one particular stream one day. I dredged the undercut banks with buggers and dam creeks and stuck fat brown after fat brown.

DSCN1247.JPG

DSCN1253.JPG

From Bozeman I followed the Madison river down into Wyoming. I love this valley and from this picture I snapped out my window on the drive down, you can see why.

DSCN1267.JPG

In Wyoming, I met up with some more friends and went backpacking in the Wind River Range.

My buddy Mitch:

DSCN1299.JPG

Me:

DSCN1294.JPG

We hiked to dozens of lakes above the tree line. Some were loaded with stunted brookies, while others held beautiful goldens and cutts.

Male golden:

DSCN1298.JPG

Female golden:

DSCN1301.JPG

Male cutthroat:

DSCN1313.JPG

Some of the small streams feed and draining these lakes we full of spawning fish in inches of water. Some of these goldens and cuts were well over twenty inches and pushing 3-4 lbs easy. We left these spawners alone and hope to catch a big fish in the lakes but they alluded us. Our trip was probably a week or too early.

Another shot of Mitch:

DSCN1303.JPG

After the Winds, I shot east across the sage brush to fish walleye and golf with my uncle in Gillette, Wyoming. I had temporarily left trout country. From Gillette I headed south toward Colorado. I stopped and fished some foothill streams in south central Wyoming and again found some awesome fish in small water.

DSCN1321.JPG

DSCN1322.JPG

DSCN1320.JPG

I next headed to Denver and spent four days with a couple of my cousins, biking, golfing, climbing a couple fourteeners, and sampling Denver's nightlife. It was a great weekend to end month long vacation.

14,500 feet up:

July_2008_187.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

nice work, jesse...... hopefully i'll have some golden pics to match yers in a week or so...... we're heading out on friday..... awesome pictures, [PoorWordUsage] of a trip it looks like....

(will)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good call, taking some time before entering the real world. Enjoy life while you can, especially when young. As you get older it seems there is no time left for yourself. Way to go!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unreal I can't wait to get to the bob marshall. have a buddies dad you worked out there after high school guided man horse/ camping trips. you made my mind up w/ those stellar pics! thnx for sharing!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Lotsa rib comps do that for overnites low 'n slow, if they're doing briquettes. Always worked for me.
    • What does use the minion method mean?
    • Folks  use the minion method in smokers with no issues.
    • I agree. Don't use kingsford unless you put it in after it has turned all white. There are chemicals on it to make it light easier. 
    • I saved about $200 by picking up a used one.  It was a clean unit, just a couple minor scratches on the side.  It's been flawless. I knew what I was looking for and when I found it I was there within hours.  That is the game when you're looking to save money on those generators. I've never seen a retail sale on them worth going out of the way for.  
    • Just make sure you get it going good first without fluid or make sure the fluid is burned off.   I tried charcoal in my electric smoker once and didn't get the fluid burned off enough before I put the snack sticks in and the taste of the lighter fluid soaked into the casing pretty good and rendered it inedible. 
    • Nah, not but hurt at all.  
    • Welcome to the forum.  Could you give us a little more details on what you would be jigging for in the Philippines? 
    • RRmawi, Welcome to the forums.  I don't have one and by no replies it looks like not many others do as well? Sounds like you mite have some corrosion or wear happening in the connections and controllers.  Did you try replacing the batteries in the remote already? You could try some dielectric grease on all the connections to see if it's a contact issue. Or some Electicric contact spray on the switch's.  If you got some water in the motor from a leaking seal that could also affect the current flow through the system as well. Good luck and let us know what you find out.
    • I've been using gas grills at home and at the camper for some time now.  I do really miss the Smokey flavor of charcoal but the speed of gas to get a dinner done and back out on the lake is nice. I do wrap some hickory up in tin foil to smoke on the gas grills when doing ribs or other longer cook meat though. Lately I have been wondering how wrapping up some kingsford charcoal in tin foil or trying some in the smoker to get that great charcoal flavor would work? Anyone else ever try it for smoking on a gas grill wrapped in tin foil or in a smoking tube or in a smoker instead of wood?
  • Our Sponsors