Montana Moment for 6/18

A little MT nature photography to make your weekend.

It has been a great Scenic Nature week here in Bozeman that began Tuesday PM with an incredible cold-front storm that moved through the valley.  We also had many more sightings of Momma Antelope with her baby fawn and several Elk just below our home.

Wednesday was the annual fishing day at Hyalite Reservoir for Blair Karasin, Jim Squyres and me to catch Yellowstone Cutthroat trout, Arctic Grayling and Brookies (which are the best eating species of trout).

 

Finally, our “stone-cold-killer” cat Earnie brought me a Father’s day present to make my weekend.

Montana Moment for 6/10

A little nature photography to start your weekend.

It has been a great four days here in Bozeman that began Wednesday AM when we have had the privilege of seeing Momma Antelope drop a baby fawn just below our home.

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Wednesday PM presented a great amplified sunset that allowed me to capture uncle Blair’s favorite deck chairs.  Thursday PM produced a dark gray cold front move across the Gallatin valley. And finally, this morning at 5:40 a massive cold front wedge moved in that abruptly dropped temperatures to 39 degrees packed with wind gusts of 30 miles an hour.

More to follow and – Plan your trips!

T.O.

FFP update from Montana… (20170529)

It was a spectacular day in Yellowstone yesterday for Larry, Dan and I as we explored both the Firehole and Upper Madison Rivers in the Park.

Whereas the fishing was “short” so to speak (lots of small fish), some of the scenic and wildlife shots were spectacular.  Especially of Momma Moose with two new additions and Mr. Keep Back or I will Trample you – Tonka. The park was also extraordinarily crowded for late May (see tourist shot with women doing a “selfie” at the Mud pits). Continue reading »

Making Lemonade

You’ve heard the saying… What do you do when life hands you a pile of lemons? Make lemonade.

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That’s exactly what Billy Rotne, Rod Mergardt and I did when fishing in FL last week. In 4 days of fishing (hard), in perfect weather, we managed just three Redfish, two small Tarpon (in the 20 Lb range) and a handful of other “non-targeted” fish (shark, sea trout, catfish etc.). The lone highlight of the trip was a double hook-up by Rod and I with a 17.5 Lb. and 33 Lb. Redfish across from T.O.’s bar on Mosquito Lagoon. Rod also had a close encounter of the 4th kind with a baby manatee that was approximately 60 pounds.

Rod’s 17 lb Redfish also had an attached tag that revealed it’s growth and migration over the past several years. A very interesting report is attached. Continue reading »

Winter Field Campaign Update

The Winter Field Campaign with Captain Marty started with a sprint as Rod Mergardt, Lee Zipp and I landed 15 great fish with over 350 Lbs of combined weight.  The top 7 Redfish were 31, 31, 30, 28, 27, 26, and 24 pounds.   The black drum we landed ranged from 16 to 28 Lbs and Lee also landed two great Sheephead in the 5+ pound range.

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The weather cooperated far better than originally forecast with a thick blanket of cloud cover all day, temperatures in the 60’s and light winds.  Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for potential Thunderstorms in the AM but we will give it a go and see if we can get out in-between the storms.

A quick review of the pictures revealed a few great ones.  More to follow.

T.O.

Conclusion of the 2016 Fall Field Campaign

A day of recovery and travel as we close out the Fall Field Campaign for 2016.

2016ffc-conclusion-8It’s only fitting that during the last hour on the last day of the Fall Season that Jay Peck and I managed to find the elusive Brownzilla (the Monster Brown Trout from Little Sandy Creek).  The only problem was that we were a few days late because Brownzilla had deposited her Eggs during spawning and was subsequently about 2 to 3 pounds lighter.  Still, she weighed in at 18 pounds and topped the list of the most impressive fish of the trip.  The fish would have exceeded 20 Lbs. easily last week but it gives me motivation to wait another 360 days to get even and hunt for her big brother in November of 2017.

2016ffc-conclusion-7The tale of the tape for the largest double-digit fish of the day included 1 fish at Continue reading »

Friday on Little Sandy Creek (A Top 10?)

A little reflection…

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Most of the people receiving my fishing posts via e-mail are people who I regularly fish with.  Some just like to fish occasionally (like my family members) or appreciate the beauty of the unique fish that we love to target.  Finally, there are some friends and business colleagues that don’t fish at all but love some of the wildlife or panoramic photos that I always include.  Regardless of what you like most with these photos, there is a lot that goes into trying to capture and prepare these shots before they journey into cyber space.  For those of you that have watched me work at this art, you know that It’s both physically challenging and emotionally rewarding.  For every hour of successful fishing in the field, there is almost an equal number of hours that go into the post-production computer work to edit and fine tune the final images.

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Also, when you’re “hard-wired” as an achievement oriented person (like most of you are), you just don’t “go fishing” Continue reading »

A Special Day on Little Sandy Creek

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If there is possibly a positive aspect of climate change, it could be that some species of fish get bigger (and better to catch) while some glide into extinction.  That could be the case in upstate NY with the migratory brown trout on Little Sandy Creek.

ffc2016-a-special-day-on-little-sandy-creek-11Jay Peck and I had another special and epic Continue reading »

2016 Fall Field Campaign moves East

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From Jay Peck in NY today.  A 17+ Lb brown trout and two 15 pounders.
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Brownzilla, here we come!
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-T.O.

Conclusion to the Fall Field Campaign in Yellowstone

20161104-conclusion-to-ffc-in-yellowstone-5Some photos from my last few days in Yellowstone National park with Rod Mergardt as it was a great Fall Field Campaign conclusion for MT. A cold start yesterday (at 17 degrees at 8:00 AM) but bluebird day with intense cobalt blue skies and warm temps by 3:00 PM (around 47 degrees). The fish were a little late in migrating up the Madison river out of Hebgen Lake this year (by about 2 weeks due to the changing climate impact) but they showed up in full spawning colors.

 

Our “secret spot” is Continue reading »