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My Daughter Nadia came across these photographs ( and a lot more) that I did not know I had. These are a mixed bunch of our visits to Montana through the years…I LOVE that state…

The Fly Fisherman Statue in Ennis, MT…

The Channels Section of the Madison River at sunset…Ally’s apparition appears in the BG…maybe it’s a BIG TROUT?…

Where one does not want to tread if they are fishing below Varney Bridge on the Madison…stay below the high water mark…

Michael trudges along the road on the Upper Boulder River, MT…

Lots of nice Trout in here…Channels Section, Madison River, MT…

Ranch along the road near Nye, MT and the Stillwater River…

Another nice stretch of water among the islands in the channels section of the Madison River, Valley Gardens…Near Ennis, MT…

Michael working to the bank on the Stillwater River, MT…

Outdoor dining at Montana Hanna’s, between Fishtail and Nye, MT….yummy…

Ally, bankin’ it on the Madison River, channels section…

Ally, on a hot and humid day on The Madison River, MT…

There be some big TROUT, just around the bend!!!…

Ally, fixin’ a rod wrap…on the Madison River…

Michael with a nice Trout below Varney Bridge…

Michael working a seam in the channels section of the Madison River, MT…

Michael changes patterns with a let up in the wind…

Looking down towards Ennis, MT…that is a FIRE starting in the Gallatins to the right hand side of the photo…Ally and I drove down fro Gardiner to Livingston two days later at night…the fire had become HUGE…

Up at $3.00 Bridge on the Madison…”The River is right over there!”…

Ally and Michael “pow-wow” on the Madison…planning the evening’s strategy…

Next: Some mo’ OWENS VALLEY

PT/TB

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I had been with Jean Marie for about 5 months when we decided to take a one week vacation to Aspen, Colorado in September, 1978. She had never been fly fishing. She had, however, taken trips with me to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Most of those trips required my presence because of the clients I worked with. We were not living together at this point, both of us had different residences, Jean lived on Olympic near La Cienega and I lived just off La Cienega near Burton Way in Los Angeles

I had just changed PR firms at this point and wanted to spend some time with the fish before I burrowed myself back into the insanity of the Music Business. We left LA on a clear and hot Friday afternoon, driving straight through Bishop ( the freshly mowed alfalfa smelled wonderful ) to Ely, Nevada – arriving at 3 AM where we spent a few hours in the most less than rustic motel that I have ever been in (It didn’t matter). We continued on, early the next morning, towards Green River, Utah. Just outside that speed trap, I was pulled over by a cigar chomping constable and fined for the same. He had me follow him into that oil spot, leading me to the local Justice of The Peace where I could immediately pay my fine (in cash) of course.As we stepped into the JP’s office, his wife came in and stated that her hubby wasn’t in but that I COULD make payment directly to her. She opened a roll top desk and wads of greenbacks spilled out of the desk and dumped onto the floor (retirement funds, no doubt). I paid my fine and eased out of town. For many years afterwards, I made a point of depositing bodily fluids whenever I crossed the state line into or out of that desert domain. It felt GOOD!

We continued on through Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs arriving in Aspen early on Saturday evening. We stayed with Stefan and Stascha Kaelin. They owned Kaelin Swiss Sports in Aspen and were great hosts.

Jean in front of the Kaelin house, September, 1978

The next morning, I stopped by Chuck Fothergill’s to pick up some gear – where my friend George Odier commented on my recent acquisition. Then, it was on to the Roaring Fork. We parked, ate some lunch and rigged up at Woody Creek Bridge.

Jean caught her first Rainbow down there, September, 1978

We used Rat Faced McDougals and Adams dry fly patterns. I wanted Jean to experience the thrill of seeing a big fish grab a surface fly. She had some inital problems getting her casting stroke down. However, by the end of the day, she a hooked and released a number of excellent fish.

Jean, laying out a cast, Roaring Fork River, Sept., 1978

We fished together for the next several days on the Fork and on the Frying Pan. Her angling skills increased with each outing and she got into several nice fish at this spot on the ” Pan”.

That obstruction in the center of the flow holds good fish in front, both sides and in the slow water behind the rock. I hooked a really big fish on the near side in ’75 that broke me off when it dove under the rock.

Jean takes a break, Aspen, Sept., 1978 ( band aid from fly wound – see below)

Most of our evenings were spent clubbing in Aspen which was a great place to pursue that activity. Also,the restaurants were great and less expensive in those days.

The Frying Pan, Sept., 1978

” No, you don’t UNDERSTAND – I WANT those sunglasses”

Jean rigs up on the Roaring Fork

On the fourth day, Jean was fishing a stretch of the “Pan” below me when I heard her let out a scream. She had hooked herself in the finger with a # 14 Adams. As I made my way out of the water to the road side, I saw a Game Warden approaching Jean. He asked her for her license ( yeah) and she proffered that she couldn’t reach it in her back pocket with the fly stuck in her finger. He offered to help ( how convenient) but noticed me approaching and demurred. That effectively stopped the day’s fishing. She wouldn’t let me push it through, crush the barb and pull it back out. We finally did that and looped a section of tippet material in the bend when we got back to Stefan’s. I paid for that – later that night (no comment).

PT on the “Pan”, Sept., 1978

Jean coming off the Roaring Fork, Sept., 1978 and…

Getting prepped for a night out in one or two of Aspen’s many restaurants and clubs to be followed by ….

Nymphet on a rock, Roaring Fork River, Sept., 1978

I had a client who called me and was becoming OBNOXIOUS and all kinda’ clingy so it was necessary for us to head back to Los Angeles. We spent a last night in Aspen with the Kaelin’s and headed out for Grand Junction the next morning. We spent a final (great) night in a small motel outside of Salina, Utah and arrived back in SMOGVILLE the next afternoon…

Jean said, ” I wanna’ come back to Aspen….and, will hold this position until I do….

We came back…( and she held several other unique positions before that happened)….

Grainy B&W Retro…

But, that is – another story…..

NEXT: Sleuthing the Owens Valley and the East Walker River with Jean

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Thanks to Ally Barker, Michael Barker and Nadia for digging these up for me!

Seems that an extraordinary amount of hits are coming from the name Jean Marie Hon so, here ya’ go…

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In Malibu…after we got married in Lake Tahoe…

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Jean Marie on Lone Pine Creek just after we started dating….

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Wedding at Harrah’s in Lake Tahoe, July 5, 1981

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Dionne ( Michael’s GM ) and Gianni hosted the bride and groom…

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Finger lickin’ GOOD!!!

Jean Marie in Aspen, July and August 1981…

JMH FP ROCK -1-In the Frying Pan River…

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Jean Marie and her sister Cindy at the Continental Divide…

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Jean Marie and Cindy take a break on the Frying Pan…

This is what the gurls are staring at and…

I caught this fish in that stretch of water…

More fishing on the “Pan”, 1978….

Another photo of the “Pan”, just below where Jean got sympathy from a game warden for hooking her hand…

This has nothing to do with FF…

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Jean Marie stops traffic in New Orleans, October 1978…

JMH NO HEAD -1-In New Orleans…

JMH KERN RIVER TENT -2-

On the Kern River 1980…

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Jean Marie booting up…

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Mt. Tamalpaias, Dec. 1978…

Nadia and Pop…

Tim and Jean Marie shortly before Michael takes up Fly Fishing…

Jean graduates from UCLA in June, 1981

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Going Rhodesian, Randall knife at hand, Chimney Peaks, 1980….

Jean Marie and Nadia at the FAIRE (being faries), 1980…

A really good steak in Basalt…

Jean Marie doing Great Western S&L commercial, 1984…

Michael, Nadia and Jean Marie…1985…

Looking upstream on the Roaring Fork…

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* THERE ARE MANY MORE PHOTOS ON MY FRONT PAGE, CLICK ON RECENT POSTS IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN OR PLANETTROUT ABOVE MY HEADER *

Nadia at Hot Creek Ranch – 1976

Michael and Ally’s Mom, Frying Pan River, Basalt, CO, 1980

Jean Marie Hon

Jean Marie Hon


Mike and Ally, Mt. Whitney fish hatchery, 1995

Planettrout, Frying Pan, 1978-Press POWELL, 8 1/2ft., 5WT, SA (Hardy made reel)

Ally, Sandtrap, Symmes Creek, 1997

Ally, Dad’s fish, Virginia Lakes, 1999

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Nadia and Ally, 1995…

Ally, Madison River, $3.00 Bridge sunset, 2001

Ally & Michael, Madison River 2004

Ally & Michael , Madison Valley Turnout 2004

Ally in Fishtail, Stillwater River, 1998

Ally, doing her thing (Browning HP) ,Hogback Creek, 1996

Ally, Virginia Lakes, 1999

More of Ally’s favorite pastime..somewhere , out there… M1A1,( IMI Nimrod Scope )

Ally, Chimney Peak, 1995

Ally, Stillwater River, 1998

Michael, Virginia Lake (Little), 2002

Michael, Owens River, 2007

Ally, Roscoe, MT 1998

Michael at the sandtrap, Lone Pine,1986

Michael, Deep Springs Valley, 2002

Michael, checking Allo’s shot placement, 2001

Road to “Alien” (GREY’S) habitat….2000

“The Greys”….heh,heh…

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Well, I was there for 3 1/2 months…

Madison Rainbow – in and out of the H2O for less than ten seconds… Scott G, 10ft. 5WT

10 days of drifting…

with this guy and,

this guy, Craig (in the boat) and THE WHITEFISH KING…

There were LOTS of these, Madison River… T&T Paradigm, 9ft., 5WT

Madison River Brown, Channels section…. Loomis Streamdance, 10ft. , 5WT

That fish came out of the undercut bank here…

and this one came out of the honey hole above $3.00 Bridge… Orvis, Battenkill, 81/2ft., 6WT

Ally approves…

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The Spot…. ( 310 fish in 10 days )

Just upstream and to the right of the spot…

Between the lakes… Madison River

The Madison Valley from Craig’s cabin…

Twin Bridges Fly Shop

The road to Ennis, MT from Bozeman…

Quake Lake, 6:00AM, on the way to Blue Ribbon Flies…

Me ‘n Ally on the Boulder River, again…

Michael on the Madison, $3.00 Bridge…

Rules on the Stillwater…

Ally,after eating at Montana Hannas…

Ally, on the rocks, Stillwater River…

Having second thoughts about crossing here…Stillwater River, late June 2004

Lower water, Stillwater River, August, 2004

Rain on the Stillwater, July, 2004

Michael with a Stillwater Rainbow

The ROAD KILL cafe, on the Boulder…

The Madison below Varney Bridge…

Michael on the Boulder… WINSTON WT, 9ft. 6WT…

Michael with another fish on the Madison at $3.00 bridge…

Michael, just below the “honey hole”, Madison River…

$3.00 Bridge…

Ally, preparing to move up river on the Madison… Scott A2, 10ft., 6WT

Madison, just before sunset…


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Stillwater River above Swallows

Ally down in Beartrap Canyon, Madison River

Ally below Varney Bridge on the Madison with MY fiberglass Winston…oooopppss, Sage SP….

Ally, outside Ennis, hoping to net something… WINSTON 1975 “STALKER”, 7 1/2ft. 4 WT (SF Manu.)

Road from NYE, MT to the Stillwater…

Ally catching a Rainbow below the handicapped access – Stillwater River, that’s the WINSTON!

Ally helps Michael below Varney Bridge

What keeps Ally on the Stillwater…gaming!

Fish on the Stillwater…

Ally, trudging the road of happy …boulders, on the Stillwater

Go there and DIE, Dad!

Speeding to the Boulder River

Nice Stillwater Rainbow

..and another

No comment…

Sprinkler attack dog, Montana Hannas…

Lenas’ Cabins, Absarokee, MT nice place for the Stillwater, Rosebud Creek…

Mike and Ally, days end, Boulder River

Approaching Dean, MT…way to the Stillwater

Sunset, Valley Gardens, Madison River…

Rainbow, from this section…

Michael and Ally in the Channels section of the Madison, Valley Gardens

Michael. below Varney Bridge

Ally, the Madison flows into Ennis Lake below here…

Freezing at the Palisades, Madison River…

Eating before fishing, Palisades…

Michael gets ready to lay one out on the Stillwater

Horses on the road to Red Lodge, MT…

Pollard Hotel, Red Lodge, MT…

Mid- River Pow Wow, Stillwater…

Heading out, Valley Gardens, Madison River…

Below Varney Bridge…

Leaving the Sportsmans for…

Breakfast at Ennis Pharmacy…

Mike on the Boulder River, MT

What was that? Boulder River

Michael coming up through a large pool on the Boulder…

Michael giving Ally a gift on the Stillwater…

Eh, which fly do I use? Stillwater River

An H & L Variant, of course! Stillwater River – attached to 7.5ft. ,custom bamboo 4wt.

Road along the Stillwater…

There’s that H & L Variant!

A few small fies….

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Montana Hannas, August 2004

This is our…Montana, road to Red Lodge…

Michael, 2004, the cows were impressed!

Madison, $3.00 Bridge, Sunset 2004

A cold day in September, only me at $3.00 Bridge – 2004

Continental Divide, Ennis, MT – 2004

Same place, Ally’s favorite – creme brule

Stillwater,towards Buffalo Jump, 2004

Stillwater, towards Absarokee – 2004

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Michael on the Owens, Fall 2002

Ally blasting on the Owens, Fall 2003

Above: Michael & Ally Goose Lake, Owens Valley, Winter 1994

Above: Pond, Road to Glacier, Big Pine, CA Fall 2000

Michael & Ally, $3.00 Bridge, 2004

Planettrout, North Fork of The Tule River, Spring 2007

Michael, Hot Creek, CA, 2003

Michael in the foothills, 2003

$3.00 Bridge, Madison River, 2004

Ally, Virginia Lakes, Fall 2003

Above, Brown on the Madison, $3.00 Bridge, September, 2004

Top: Virginia Lakes (Little) Sept, 2004

Bottom: Me ‘n Angelo, East walker River, May 2006

East Walker River, May, 2006

Michael and Ally, Lone Pine Creek, 2000

Michael and Ally, Trumbull Lake, 1995

Michael, West Walker, 2003

Looking for “GREYS”, Deep Springs Valley, 2000

Michael and Angelo, Owens River 2002

Nadia and Fishing Pal “Angelo” 2008

Ally at Lake Sabrina, Bishop, CA 1995

Stillwater River, Sept, 2001

Michael, North Fork of The Tule River, Spring 2003

Planettrout, Owens River, Spring 2001

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After leaving Ennis, we made our way South through Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, WY. We spent the night in Jackson and visited the Milliondollar Cowboy bar and consumed vast quantities of” Jack Black. The next morning we visited Jack Dennis Fly Shop and purchased some flies and clothing.

For some reason, probably alcohol induced, we decided to take a dirt road out of Green River, WY to Rifle, CO. We never saw another car on that road but did see numerous antelope in the fields and low lying hills parallel to our path. Our destination was Aspen, CO where Fritz’s then girlfriend (now wife) and my wife (now # 1 ex.) and daughter Nadia would meet us. Bernie didn’t have anyone meeting him.

I remember making a request to my wife Ilse, that she bring a bag of luggage containing additional clothes for me since we were traveling in a 1974 Monte Carlo stuffed with camping gear and had decided to travel light. When we arrived at the Aspen airport, our significant others had already arrived from LA. There was no bag for me and three large ones for my wife and daughter – this was not going well. Now, about the fishing….

PT and Nadia, Aspen 1975

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After fishing on Vancouver Island for ten days, the three of us drove South and East across Washington, Idaho and into Montana. We stopped in Butte, MT where I purchased two Scientific Angler reels, then followed the Jefferson River towards Ennis, MT. When we arrived, we set up a campsite at Valley Gardens and returned to town for groceries. While there, we met two hippies who invited us to party with them at the Sportsman’s Cafe and Lodge – which was in the process of being rebuilt. I believe they were working on the reconstruction.

At the Lodge, we met an extremely attractive young woman riding a bike, She had a voice that reminded me of Lauren Bacall – smoky and sensuous. Her name was Allyson She invited us to a BBQ that her mother was having that evening. It was difficult for me to discern this woman’s age. She was somewhere between 13 and 25.

At the BBQ her mother asked where we were from. Fritz and Bernie were both actors who lived and worked in Munich. I had worked for the past three years as a publicist and manager in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. She asked me which firm I had worked for and when I replied, “Jay Bernstein”, she nearly fell over. It seems that Jay had represented her deceased husband, Nick Adams, as a client.

THE MOST challenging Publicist….EVER!!! (notice the “beepers” on the hips)

I travel 1300 miles to get away from the insanity of show business and find myself talking shop!

We spent a week fishing in the channels section of the Madison River. I tied one of my first successful patterns while camping by the river. It was called the “Mink Thing”( FF Mag. John Scharf Jan. ’75) and had been featured in a recent issue of the then new Fly Fisherman Magazine. Most likely, it imitates a Caddis Pupae ascending when fished on the swing, the article pointed out that the mink fur retains air bubbles, which endows the fly a realistic appearance. I tied them in size 14 & 16 on Mustard 3906B hooks with a dozen or more lead wire wraps. I have consistently used this pattern, in ensuing years, in the early spring throughout the West with wonderful results. I now tie it on TMC 5262 hooks with sable mixed with the mink.

Ennis, MT is one of my favorite places to visit and fish. It is no longer the sleepy little town that it was in the mid-70 but the bars Bernie, Fritz and I downed many “ Jack Blacks” in are still present.

I no longer imbibe and have not since June 1994 but I have an addiction (and so do my kids) to the crème Brule served at the Continental Divide restaurant there.

This morning after pill…

“Mink Thing” at Valley Gardens on the Madison River 1975

Ed’s Tackle Shop, Ennis, MT – The Giant Royal Coachman, 1975 (now the Orvis Shop)…

PT at Valley Gardens campsite on the Madison, 1975…

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