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Many years ago, up on the East Fork of the Carson River, near Markleeville, CA, I took my rig in for a week of Fly Fishing. Four wheel drive is required to get into this spot …there is a river to ford and thankfully, not another person around.

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This was in July, just after the 4th. I got into a wonderful time of catching very large Cutthroat Trout on drifting October Caddis larvae…the only problem…I did not have enough larvae patterns in the right size to keep on hooking the Trout. Now, I always carry fly tying materials with me when I go into remote locations. In those days, that consisted of hooks, fur, feathers and synthetics in a collection of cardboard boxes and cigar boxes. So, I set to tying up these little guys on a wooden bench. A huge gust of wind came up and blew my boxes and materials off the bench and into the river…

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THAT experience resulted in my building the following box – which was featured in an old issue of Fly Fisherman Magazine…it has been everywhere with me since that disastrous occasion…

The BOX…EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS:  H- 15 1/4 ” – D-15 1/4″ – W 13 3/4″

REAR view of The BOX…and, the piano hinge that makes it work…A brass handle is on top for carrying…

Interior view of The BOX…along with my old Thompson vise…I use the Renzetti Travler now…

The trays I use for holding gadgets…the bungee cords and hooks in the back of The BOX are for securing necks and hanging materials. I put a metal file box inside to hold liquids, wax and fragile tying tools…All of the materials used can be picked up at a hardware store or Home CheapO…the dimensions are based on what one wants…I built it around the pull out trays. It amazes me on how much I can stuff into this contraption…I can set it up in the rear of my vehicle in inclement weather…I can create anything I need anywhere-anyplace…

“THE BOX”, on the road in Nye, MT…

The RIG…the PACKMULE TRAILER allowed Michael and Ally to sit inside the JEEP…instead of being tied to the roof…

PT/TB 

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The following photos are panoramic pictures of various places that involve mountains, rivers, lakes and a kid with her favorite desert…Thanks to my daughter Nadia, I can play around with them and put them up…Most will be used as kind of “rotating header” through the coming months. Until Nadia assisted me, they were going nowhere. I have this nifty little feature on an older Olympus Stylus Epic that I picked many years ago…that camera has been in the drink several times … Being old school, I keep using all of my film cameras…I just like ’em…

So Michael says to me, as we are coming around this curve on the way to the Stillwater River…”COOL DAD, ROADKILL…stop I want to shoot it!!!” Here it is…I should have bagged the remains for Fly Tying…good deer hair on the parts that weren’t scattered all over the place…

This is one of many Trout on the wall at Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop in Livingston, Montana… Michael went berserk taking photos of almost every fish on the wall..I didn’t know he was using the panorama feature…that costs one hell of a lot of $$$ to print up…oh well…

This is a great spot on the Madison River, above $3.00 Bridge at sunset…Ally and I scored some nice Browns and Rainbows here…

Little Virginia Lake up above Bridgeport, CA…just about sunset when a Retro Caddis will put a bend in ‘yer rod…Michael had a bunch of “bends” on this particular evening…

The backyard at Montana Hanna’s in Nye, MT… unfortunately this primo eatery, saloon and fly shop is in a state of flux at the present moment…perhaps, it will open again?…

Ally and her favorite desert..at the Continental Divide Restaurant in Ennis, MT…that would be creme brulee she is preparing to devour…with an “evil” look…

The Stillwater River, South of Buffalo Jump, MT…a great place to fish Caddis dries in the evening….

Ally, taking a break before the evening hatch on the Madison River, MT…above $3.00 Bridge…

Ennis Lake at sunset…me and Ally had been down in Beartrap Canyon and decided to leave before dark (good idea)…Ally took this picture…

Madison River below Varney Bridge… I have caught many nice Browns in this back channel…and no driftboats go through here…unless they are totally lost…

Sunrise coming up over the Absarokee Mountains…Michael has a fascination with sunrises…me…SUNSETS

Down in the Channels Section of the Madison River, North of Ennis, before the lake…

There is one Big Brown in this water near Varney Bridge…I know, he broke me off…

Everyone of the little islands in the channels section of the Madison River have nice fish lurking around them… I like to FF in here in the early Summer and Fall…

Anyone who FF’s the Eastern Side of the Sierras knows this place… this was just after the first October snowfall…

Another nice stretch of the Madison below Varney Bridge…

Another view of the Absarokee Mountains near Roscoe, MT…on the road to Red Lodge…

My favorite section of the Stillwater River…

A Rainbow Trout that Michael captured, on film, somewhere…

The backway into Bridgeport, CA from Yerington, NV…this is a spectacular drive…

PT/TB


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From the time Ally was a very little girl, she went (FLY) fishing with her Dad. Here are just a few of the places we have been….

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Ally at 5 , East Walker River, Bridgeport, CA..4th of July, 1994…

Ally’s first BIG fish, Trumbull Lake, 1995 (Yeah-POWER BAIT) …

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How to clean Trout, Lone Pine, Sandtrap, 1993…Ally, Michael and PT…

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Ally, Lake Sabrina, Bishop, CA, 1995…

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Ally and Michael. Lower Twin Lake, Bridgeport, CA 1993 …

Ally on the Stillwater River, MT near Buffalo Jump, 1998…

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Ally with attack “Brookie”, Nye, Montana, Private Lake, August, 1998… ( a lot more will be coming about this trip)… *RIGHT HERE* 7.6.10

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Ally, on her “custom” lounge rock, Boulder River, Montana, July, 2001…

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Ally in the channels section of The Madison River, MT…Summer, 2001…

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Ally, Doggin’ Michael, Madison River, 2001

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Ally on another “custom” seat, Madison River, MT above Ennis, Summer 2001…

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Ally – just another rock in the water, Stillwater River, Montana, Summer, 2001…

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Ally, on one of those “Smoky Montana Days”, Stillwater River, MT near Buffalo Jump, Summer, 2001….

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Ally, hangin’ in the saloon at Montana Hanna’s, Nye, Montana, Summer, 2001…

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Ally, in front of Jack Dennis’ Fly Shop, Jackson Hole, WY (The “Drive From Hell Day”), Summer, 2001…

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Ally, almost ready for fishing, Sportsman’s Inn, Ennis, MT, 2001…

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Ally, Rockin’, Madison River,MT, above $3.00 Bridge, Summer, 2001…

Ally, at the Sandtrap, Shepherds Creek, Lone Pine, CA, 2000…

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Ally – standing in a Spring Seep, $3.00 Bridge, Madison River, MT, 2001, Summer…

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Ally, ready for dinner at Montana Hanna’s, Lena’s Cabins, Absarokee, MT, Summer, 2001…

Ally, In Bear Trap Canyon, Madison River, below Ennis Lake, 2001…

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Ally on The Stillwater, 2001…

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Ally, preparing to kick Dad’s butt in pool, Montana Hanna’s, Nye, MT, Summer, 2001…

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Ally – holding head while Michael Fly Fishes, Madison River, Summer, 2004…

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Ally, waiting for the rain, Stillwater River, MT, 2001….

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Ally, on the road, between Absarokee, and Red Lodge, MT, Summer, 2004…

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Ally and Michael at The Continental Divide in Ennis,MT -Eating ” their favorite” (CREAM BRULEE)…Summer, 2004…

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Ally, Owens River, Wild Trout Section, 2000…

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Ally, in the back yard at Montana Hanna’s, at sunset, Nye, MT …Summer 2004…

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Ally, stirring up the bugs, Madison River, 2001…

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Ally, I PODing it , Boulder River, MT…Summer, 2004…

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Ally and Michael getting ready to feast, Pollard Hotel, Red Lodge, MT…Summer, 2004,,,

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A nice Brown Trout from The Owens River, 2002…

One of my favorite pictures of Ally, Madison River just above $3.00 Bridge, 2001…(click to enlarge)

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THIS is $3.00 Bridge… Summer 2004…

One of the “other” pastimes that Ally is really good at…

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Sunset on The Madison, $3.00 Bridge, 2001…

More to come…

PT/TB

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Jean Marie Hon, 1984, birthmark in left eye-I love that…

Jean Marie…Graduation U.C.L.A. – 1981…


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PT, Nadia and my Mother, 1973, just after she was diagnosed with brain cancer…

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PT, Munich , 1975

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Outside Dublin, 1975…

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Fritz Weper’s house in Munich, 1975…

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Nadia, 1974, the day she met Frank Zappa

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Hot Creek Ranch, 1975…

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Hot Creek , from the Ranch towards the canyon, 1975..

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Hot Creek, on the Ranch, looking at the Sierra Nevada Mountains…

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Nadia and a Winston Fiberglass, Hot Creek Ranch, 1975…

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Nadia in Lone Pine, CA , 1974…

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Onion Valley, above Independence, CA, 1974…

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Jean Marie at home, 1983…

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My Dad in Lone Pine, 1973…

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My Dad, Michael and Jean, 1983…

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PT, Michael and Jean in San Francisco, 1987…

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Wonder where Ally got her love of firearms?…

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Michael,PT, Jean and Ally. 1990…

Ally and Michael…up in Saline Valley, CA…

Ally, on a cold, windy and overcast day in the White Mountains overlooking the Owens Valley…

Ally and dad, hanging in Deep Springs Valley, CA…

Ally and Dad, up at Island Sky Ranch, Nye, MT…

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Ally and Monty, Montana / Idaho border 1998…

Ally and Michael dune-ing it out in the Saline Valley…

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Ally and Angelo getting ready to dance in the moonlight, Owens River, 2002…ally-santrap-19961

Ally, Lone Pine Creek sand trap, 2002…

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Jean, Tim and my Dad, 1989…

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Brown on the Owens, 2007, Spring…

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Chunky Owens Rainbow, Zed Rod, 9’6″, #4wt., 2007…

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Owens Brown, 2007…

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One of my favorite spots in the Wild Trout section of the Owens River…

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The Owens, Late Winter 2002…

Up in the White Mountains…

All of these will eventually find their way into my stories, but for now, they are here….

PT/TB

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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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