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Ally made her first trip to Montana in August, 1998. Her Brother Michael was supposed to go as well, however unforeseen CIRCUMSTANCES prevented that from happening…A friend of mine, whose Father was a retired Superior Court Judge in Billings, MT offered us an opportunity to visit his Ranch. It had been a premier “DUDE” Ranch back in the 30’s and 40’s…I had never been in this part of Montana…

Ally stands at the entrance to Island Lake Ranch…yes, this Ranch had a lake with an island in the middle of it, as well as, 5 ponds filled with TROUT and a pristine stream running through the property…

Coming down the road to the Main Lodge which was used as the living facility for the owner and our dining facility on a daily basis…

This is the LODGE. In front of it is a TROUT pond that was stocked on a regular schedule for the grandkids…worms, crickets and small spinners were on the Menu…

This is “THE BUNKHOUSE” that Ally and I stayed in for 3 1/2 weeks…hated it…

This is the view that Ally and I had…EVERY MORNING…when we woke up from the back porch…

This is what greeted us from the front porch…those are the stables for the horses down below…

The interior of the main LODGE with steps leading up to the dining area…

These two boys, with Ally, are the son’s of my friend Diane whose Dad owned this joint…each of them tried to outdo the other for Ally’s attention…it had already started…

My friend Diane’s cabin clear on the other side of the ranch…long walk for those boys…heh,heh…

Ally and her suitors hanging out in the game section of the LODGE…

A view looking East towards Nye, MT and the Stillwater River…

Another cabin on the ranch…

One more of the small cabins with a pond in front of it where I took some nice Trout on midges…

Ally, at nine, geared up and ready to Fly Fish at MORAINE on the STILLWATER…Hmmmm, where have I seen that VEST before…?

Access sites on the Stillwater River, MT…

Ally’s first Trout on the Stillwater…she ate it…

“Hey Dad, I think you need to use a #20, Yellow Humpy in here on 6x tippet…”

” I ‘ll just wait while you rig up…”

Ally at Buffalo Jump on the Stillwater, note the “My Fish is BIGGER than DAD’s Fish T Shirt…

Ally’s reaction after a 12″ Brookie jumped on a wooly bugger hanging off a bubble and fly combo… dead in the water…

Ally with the “ATTACK BROOKIE” at the Lake with the Island…she ate this one too…

Looking downstream on the Stillwater towards the Bridge at Buffalo Jump…

Ally and PT in the backyard at Montana Hanna’s…gettin’ ready for some PRIMO STEAK….

Ally, swingin’ at sunset…Montana Hanna’s…

Ally, on the side of the road to Red Lodge, MT we had just had a great lunch at The Grizzly Bar and Grill which is down below in Roscoe, MT and were on our way to this place:

The MONTANA CANDY EMPORIUM in Red Lodge ,MT…We make pilgrimages (many) every time we visit Montana…yum, yum….

GRIZZLY BAR and RES ROSCOE MT -1-Grizzly Bar and Grill. Roscoe, MT…MMMmmmm…good eats !!!

Where the hay for the horses comes from…

On our way out, heading to Missoula…We’ll be back …(And, we were)…

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…

CONTINENTAL DIVIDE -1-Yes…the food is the best in Montana…

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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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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

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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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