All and all it was a pretty eventful night. Lots of bug life and seasonal wildlife to be found on our local rivers when the warmth from the afternoon carries on into evening. The big rising trout we were hunting for after the bugs came off never showed themselves on the surface. As is true in most fishing days around here 99% of the time, we just needed one last thing to fall in place and it didnt quite all come together. Regardless of the productivity in terms of fish to hand, the weather, light, and bug life was phenomenal. With nothing but a single Bluegill landed, it will go down as one of the better nights on the water for us this year.
Two sets of eyes hunting for fish through the Midge clusters.
Ethan with his first Bluegill of the year....
Ethan also spotted a Paint Turtle sitting in the middle of the highway while we were switching spots halfway through the evening. It was a nice distraction to get our minds off of the picky cruising fish we were throwing at for the past two hours, and was a perfect excuse for me to jump out and dodge traffic, camera in hand and help this Turtle with the second half of his treacherous jounrey. We both can feel better about trying to make the world a better place. If not for the trout bums of Bozeman, simply a Turtle that may live long and prosper in the carp water of Southwest Montana. The little things making the day.
Had time for this lonely shot of our friend before traffic forced us both to clear out.
Photos- Jake Gates
Anglers- Ethan Markie & Marley Dog.