Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Our son Tyson attends school at the University of Montana Western in Dillon. He has a scholarship to play football there. His coach wanted them down for a summer training camp, a two day ordeal from 8 am till 11 pm. I think the coach has figured it out that the kids can’t party much if he has them on this type of schedule. This is Tyson’s second year and of course he has to live off campus. I thought apartment hunting was a perfect reason to get down into southwest Montana and try some trout fishing, or at the very least a laid back weekend of camping.
I set my sights on the Big Hole River. We left Ronan about 4 pm. It’s about a three and a half hour journey to my destination, a beautiful fishing access site right on the rivers bank. As we pulled off I-15, I could see the river was a bit swollen, well maybe uh higher than I’ve ever seen it! Must have been the record rains we’ve had the last coulple weeks. As we pulled into the access I could see a damp spot on the gravel road where water had run across earlier. This was a good sign. The water is residing right? We backed into a site. I took my time setting up the camper, a 2 beer setup. We were all set up about an hour later. I had been watching the water level the entire time. It had dropped six to eight inches already. It was residing. Knew it all along.
The water level did continue drop the rest of the weekend. The sun was shining most of the time with a couple of scattered thunder showers, but it was a great time on the Big Hole. Fishing wasn’t that good, the high water must of drowned them. All kidding aside, this little river will turn into a blue ribbon trout stream in the next couple weeks. There’s a plenty of them here and you need to be with us next time. Come join us at the Montana Outfitters Hub, we can point you in the right direction.