About a year ago, not knowing how brutal this winter was going to be, we planned a trip down to the Bahamas in January. We thought it would be a nice break from the cold and, if we got lucky, maybe catch a bonefish or two.
Well this winter has been long and cold, with polar vortex now a phrase I’ve heard too many times, so this escape to the sunny tropics was a welcome relief. But, even in this paradise, cold fronts managed to sneak their way across Florida and the Gulf Stream to find us on our little island. Instead of warm ocean breezes on sunny days, we mostly faced overcast skies with strong winds and unseasonably cool temperatures.
Regardless of the conditions, we got out and found fish, often right along the beach where we were staying. We had Kalik and rum with a side of grouper fingers and conch. We learned some German and didn’t crash driving on the left side of the road. We had fun and we are ready to go back.
It has been a long while, like a year, since we’ve posted anything. Instead of recapping everything, let’s start with last fall and our semi-annual trip to South Carolina.
As I’ve come to expect, we had miserable weather and almost didn’t fish since there was a small craft advisory in effect during our trip. We kept a close eye to the radar and Windfinder to pick our windows and we had some success despite the tough conditions.
Instead of the the typical turkey-day traditions, we decided to go swing flies for steelhead this Thanksgiving. The fishing was slow, but we still managed to get some tugs and even landed a couple fish. Here’s some evidence.
Dudes, sports, guests, clients whatever you call them, people paying guides are the reason many of us like my self get to make a living doing something we love. This video is a combination of two days fly fishing on the Big Hole River in SW Montana with two of my favorite “Dudes”. We had a ton of laughs, beautiful weather and great fishing. These two closed down my guide season for the year, and provided an excellent ending to a fantastic guide season.
For more videos and thoughts from Southwest Montana check out the blog, evoanglers.com.