Been guiding a number of days the last few weeks and it has been such a positive start to the season. Lots of good days of awesome fishing and happy clients who after a number of years rowing them down rivers feel more like friends than customers. This is one of my favorite parts of working in this industry and really what makes it all work for me since when it comes down to it we are all here to enjoy fly fishing. Being able to share your passion with others who see and understand the beauty of the sport is the most rewarding aspect of our work. Sorry to get all sappy on you but it is just such a cool thing to be a part of and I'm so stoked to see what the upcoming season brings. "They can't all be great days but if you can get more great than bad days on the water you're doing good" an old veteran guide once told me.
Got a chance to actually do some fishing for myself yesterday and had a blast with buddies Ken Stock and Dan Johansen. Dan started the day with a toad brown on a streamer and things stayed decent all day long. Got lots of fish on new streamer and nymph patterns that I've been tying up all winter. Also got a number of grabs and one commit to a swung sculpin on the two hander.
It rained and snowed on us off and on all day to make things feel like winter fishing normally does. We've been kinda spoiled this year with the decent fishing weather. The old timers say that when you get a mild winter the Summer can flip on you and these years are when you can see snow in June or July even. I remember a big snow storm in 2001 that dumped five inches on July 3rd then melted the next day. Montana will always keep you on your toes and rarely to i put my winter coat in storage any time of year. That's why they make Gore-Tex and down jackets right?