Saturday, September 24, 2016

Practice kit making with Willow...

Here's my bow drill kit and some practice, willow spindle and hearth board.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Rubbing two sticks together.... FIRE!

Something different today I have had this on my bucket list for a while..... I made friction fire today for the very first time!

Yeah baby.... decided to give it a go yesterday. I used pear wood and was unsuccessful. I could get smoke but did not get a good burning coal. 

Today, I tried basswood. I made a new spindle and hearth board and went to work. My goal was to just get a burning and sustainable coal.

Here she is my first coal.... using the bow drill.

Tools used.... for a second and then third coal..... on this one I had a tinder bundle waiting and ...

Yes sir, blew it to flame.... It was so cool to accomplish this goal.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

One and done!

I had just a couple of hours to fish this morning so I choose a section of the Yellowstone River close to Gardiner.  I was able to catch this Rainbow right-off-the-bat and then the wind came up big time. Gusting up river with a fury..... Casting was tough but getting a good drag free drift was even tougher.... I fished for an hour without a look from another fish and packed it in... Well hey, at least I did't get skunked...

Caught and released....

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wildlife & Wild Fires...

     We set out for an afternoon drive down through Lamar Valley to Barronette Peak to look for mountain goats.  Using the binoculars and spotting scope we were able to find and watch five goats.  There were two adults and three kids - a nice family.  It was amazing to see how high they were and the ease with which they moved around on the side of a stoney mountain.  We sadly did not get any photos since they would have been tiny white dots in the frame.
     As we came back through Lamar Valley we spotted a bald eagle.  Michelle went out for a closer look and was treated to a graceful fly over after leaving it's perch.

A huge bison on our way to Lamar Valley.

Just over the mountains from Lamar Valley is the Buffalo fire.

The flames were often visible and frequently shot up into the sky.  Smoke soon filled the Lamar Valley casting an eerie feel.

The view from our campsite is a bit smokey due to another fire near Fawn Pass.  As we ate dinner we noticed small bits of ash falling around us.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A morning drift with friends

Today I went on a float trip down the Yellowstone River with my guiding buddies. Both off these guys are guides for Parks Fly Shop as was I when I was guiding. In fact, Wilson took my place when I stopped guiding. So, it was fun to all fish together; talk, relax, laugh and even catch a few. And thats just what we did...... talked.... relaxed.... laughed and we all caught a few trout and lots of White fish. I regret not taking more photos but, we were too busy having fun... These guys are the best!

My good friends Wilson and Ben.

Wilson with a little Cutthroat.

Myself and Wilson.... taking a break....beautiful country and a beautiful day.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Just another day at the office....

Things were looking up today. I took lots of fish. Most of them on the Korn's Split-tail yellow and orange hopper. It's so nice to see them come up from the bottom and just hammer that hopper. I was lucky enough to catch at least one of everything today completing the "Yellowstone Slam" of; Cutthroat, Cutt-bow, Rainbow, Brown Trout and White Fish.

Brown trout

Rainbow Trout

another Rainbow

one of many Browns brought to hand today....

on the fly....

Yeah he's a good one...

And then this female Brown took me back down river a ways. She got out in the fast water and really put up a nice fight before I could finally land her...

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More fishing with friends...

Chasing the browns.... My friend and fellow past fly shop guide Jordan is visiting Gardiner for just a few days. With today being his last day we got out early so that Jordan could catch his plane in Bozeman at 2pm. We were able to catch a bunch of browns all in the 12-16 inch range and Jordan caught a nice 15 inch rainbow as a bonus. Jordan lives in Edinburg, Va. just a few miles from our oldest son's house.... I'm hoping we can fish together again sometime this fall back East in the Shenandoah River Valley.

My first fish of the day.

Jordan and a nice Brown trout.

All-n-all a great morning on the river...