There is something about fishing for trout that reminds me of my
favorite vacations. Nothing is quite as relaxing and mentally stimulating
at the same time. I’ll never forget my first image of what fly fishing
for trout is really like. The movie “A River Runs Through
It” takes place in Montana. It follows the lives of two brothers
who fly fish their local streams in Montana with their father. It
was not long after my father took me to see that movie that we took
our first trip out west. Being from Florida, I loved being on the
open water and fishing for Red Fish or Snapper with a spin casting
rod and reel. Having done this most of my life, I was intimidated
by the images I had seen on the big screen. I was not sure I could
learn a new art of fishing that looked so fluid.
Montana is a wonderful state that is about as large as California
and has 1/30th of the population. I had never seen such wide open
spaces. Wintertime skiing in Montana had been my only experience
out there, and it was a completely different experience. We stayed
in Big Sky and traveled all around that area in search of the best
spots. Luckily we had a native Montanan with us who had fished the
state since childhood. He knew every hot spot like the back of his
hand. All I had to do was learn the new art of fly fishing.
We set out to a prairie that had a river on it that meandered like
something you’ve seen on a postcard. This was after the three mile
hike in from the road that started with a sign reading “Beware
of grizzly bears”. To start out, I had loaded my line with
a Mepps lure so that I did not have worry about bait while I practiced.
To cast you let out a couple of feet of slack and also hold a couple
of feet of line in your free hand. Wave the rod forward and back
with mainly just your wrist, you get the feel for the weight of
the rod and the line. While doing this you just search the opposite
bank for some still water. Trout love to wait in the still water
for food to pass by with the current. Then you simply cast just
upstream from the still inlet that you spotted releasing the extra
line that is in your free hand to extend the cast. By letting the
current do the work you can dangle the lure near the hole to entice
the trout. It takes less time than you think to master fishing with
a fly rod and you quickly learn that finding the right spot is the
difficult part that comes with years of practice.
Fishing with a fly hook is not much different, but floats on the
water. It can get frustrating and first and if you find your self
with an empty creel, just ask a local where Loveland Pass is. This
is a small lake that is stocked with trout. It’s got a great view
of the mountains and it is just off of the highway. It’s a local
secret and you can catch as many fish as you desire.
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