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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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Hot Creek Ranch is situated off Hwy. 395 – East of the Mammoth Lakes Airport. My first visit to the ranch was in Mid September 1976. After returning from my extended trip to Aspen, I had resumed my career in the entertainment industry, joining with two twin brothers to start a new public relations firm on Sunset Blvd. I needed a fly fishing fix.

 

June 2018…

Hot Creek at sunset…

We arrived on early a Thursday morning. Fall was in the air and a fresh frost covered the ground in front of our cabin. Ilse and Nadia came for leisure and horseback riding. I came for the fish.

Dry fly fishing with single barbless hooks is the code on this property. To insure adherence to this rule, a crusty old codger rode a beat up motorcycle with spongy suspension on twice-daily rounds along the trail next to the creek, monitoring every fisherman.

A small store at the ranch sold limited angling supplies and flies that were created for this water. I purchased several small dry fly patterns in sizes 18 & 20. None of my choices were particularly effective. I had tied some skating spider patterns consisting of a tail and two oversized hackles attached to a short shank dry fly hook with the convex sides of the hackles facing each other at mid hook. After giving up on the flies I had bought and increasingly frustrated by the blustery afternoon wind, I tied one of my creations (thanks Ed Hewitt) to the end of a 12 ft. knotless, 5x leader and to that attached a tippet of 18 inches ( grease this puppy!) and one of the flies in a ginger color. I began casting down stream and downwind with my Leonard.

Some Dry Flies I have collected and tied through the years for Hot Creek…

As the leader and fly bounced up and down over the surface of the stream, I positioned myself so that the line, leader and fly lifted and dropped inches from the opposite bank. Within moments, a rocket smashed through the surface film and engulfed the offering. I watched as a hefty Brown raced downstream and cart wheeled in the air. On the strike, the fish had solidly hooked itself. I palmed the reel quickly as my line played out only then realizing that I had set my drag far too lightly. The tippet held and within a minute I brought the struggling eighteen incher to hand on the near bank. I immediately released the fish and prepared myself for what I believed was going to be an epic afternoon.

I would like to report that I caught numerous Trout of gargantuan proportions that day. However, as it played out, I raised an infinitely larger number of fish than I was able to hook. In any case, it was one of the most memorable days of my early fly-fishing experiences.

Another view of the Ranch at Hot Creek…

When the wind is blowing on moving water anywhere, I generally spend some quality time with the spider. …(or Hewitt’s Neversink Skater)

Nadia and Ilse at Hot Creek…

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Nadia with Pop’s Winston Fiberglass, 7’6′, 4WT Rod, Hot Creek Ranch…

Looking down the Creek towards the canyon where the public water is located…

PT/TB

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Channel section of Lower Madison River in Montana

Channels section of Lower Madison River in Montana.

BRAINWASHED CHILDREN

Michael Barker, Owens River

Ally Barker, Madison River

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