Social Distancing in Montana

When I reflect on my last post where in I suggested 2020 is likely to be a bumpy ride, little did I know how bumpy weird it would get. To that end, the Governor of Montana has issued Executive Orders which essentially lock down non essential businesses and activities which includes a shelter in place/stay at home directive.  In that respect, we are not unique, much of the nation has similar constraints enacted.  However, the Orders in place do allow for Outdoor Recreation, with all the appropriate social distancing rules. 

If there is anything we have out here in the great beyond, it’s room for social distancing. And thus I and a friend socially distanced ourselves on the waters of Rock Creek near the hometown Berg of Bob.  We kept our distances, drove two vehicles, and not only didn’t come within the recommended six feet, but our thoughts were, “if I can hit you with my rod tip, you’re too damn close”.  No water, beers or anything else was shared…. We shared nothing but time spent in a place which hadn’t seemed to change.  For about three hours, the world in front of us was familiar and predictable.  Currents still flowed strong, hiddy hole pools held fish or at least the possibilities of fish.  The right flies cast to the right locations and drifted appropriately produced the spotted gems which serve as a reason to reacquaint ourselves with natures’ alternative reality.  Three hours isn’t a long time, but it was enough time, until next time.

 

Nobody Downstream

Nobody Upstream

 

Nobody Upstream

Nobody Downstream

Appropriate Social Distance Maintained

Appropriate Social Distance Maintained

Same As It Ever Was

Same As It Ever Was

Pretty Spots

Pretty Spots

Nice Hat, Fish, and the Socially Distanced

Nice Hat, Fish, and the Socially Distanced

Life can be a challenge, but outcomes are largely determined by how we face those challenges.  It does not require strength of character to cave in and  believe it’s all going to hell, because unless we let it, it won’t.  Indeed, we are living in strange times.  Stay positive, check in on your friends, family, and neighbors, this too shall pass.  And if you have the chance, I highly recommend you heed the Governor’s Orders and socially distance yourselves outside.  It helps.

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Been Awhile

Like since the middle of last September.  In fact I last checked in as the bottom fell out of our fall weather and we were quickly, abruptly and rudely thrown into winter.  Crappiest fall I’ve ever seen in Montana and the fishing was non-existent….. thus the depressed silence.

It’s now 2020 and what a funkie year it promises to be, fasten your seat belt kids the ride might get rough.  But at least there’s fishing to ease the pain.  Thus far the weather this winter has been dame nice and it wasn’t long after bird season ended that fishing season started for this kid.  No, it wasn’t fast nor furious.  It was down and deep and way deep at times but fish were there.  Water temp was 40 and the air temp was darn near 50.  The eagles and the geese were thick and not another soul in sight.  Exactly what the doctor ordered in order to air out the brain and stretch the legs.

Stay tuned, we’re just getting started and if we cross our fingers and think good thoughts, good things are bound to happen.  I’ll try to stay a bit more vigilant.

 

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First fattie of 2020 Yes, that is dried up goose poop

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It’s that time ….

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Mike with the fattie de jour

File this one under the heading of ….”A picture is worth a thousand words….”  Any questions?

Tick, tick, tick …. time flies by.  It’s the best of the best time of the year.  Fishing has been absolutely on fire if you’re in the right place with all the right stuff.

Got trout?  Got Fall?  Got streamer game?  Got dries and nymphs?  Good!  You’re gonna need them all.

 

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