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9-5-02 - Wildlife abounds along the Blackfoot. Nailed this Garter Snake with the camera!
The Blackfoot was wide and DEEP at Sheep Flats. We may not have been getting our flies down enough.
Just another view of the Blackfoot River at Thibodeau.

9-5-02 - Montana Part I - The Blackfoot River

Rivers Fished: Blackfoot River
Fish Caught: 0
Outing Date: 9-5-02
Weather: Partly Cloudy to Cloudy
Air Temp: 70's
Water Temp: N/A
Water Level: N/A
Water Color: Clear
Fish Species: There were fish?
Pattern Fished: San Juan Worms, Streamers (including Whitlock's Hare Sculpin), Terrestrials
Pattern Color: Assorted
Fishing Quality: Would have been better if we saw fish ;)

Alright, so it's a year later and I'm sitting writing this report; the "report before the reports" ever started! Why? Why not?! Afterall, this is the trip that got me back into Fly Fishing with a PASSION. This was the trip that finally got me seeking out LOCAL trout fishing opportunities, which rapidly (in a week's time) lead to salmon fishing, trib fishing, TSS, posting reports, and eventually this website, MP's Rambling Reports. So in a way this is kindof the "what started it all" story. Yes, I've fly fished since I was 10. I've fished out west before whenever I could. But this is what I would say is the true start of the last year's fly fishing life that you've all shared with me. So there's "WHY?" :)

Basically this was the first time my buddy Dan would be fly fishing...he had a friend in Missoula that we'd be staying with so off we went on one of the best road trips I've ever been on.

We started our drive on 9-4-02, maybe even 9-3, drove through the night, stopped at Mount Rushmore, and eventually found ourselves IN Montana.

So 9-5-02 was our first day out to fish. Neither of us were familiar with the area and the Blackfoot came suggested by a few of our local connections. A quick stop at the Kingfisher Fly Shop in town for licenses, fly recommendations and a map of the river and we were on our way.

Well there's not much to be said about the fishing. We tried the first 2 access points in as you head upstream, Sheep Flats and Thibodeau. We were skunked for the day..I honestly can't even recall SEEING a fish in the crystal clear water. Oh well, it was our first day and probably the first time I had been fly fishing in a couple months, let alone my first time fishing for trout in a year or two (at least). Tomorrow will be better....


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