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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 »

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 »

Update from Yellowstone (Part II)

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2,041…  That’s the number of photos that I managed to take last weekend while fishing in Yellowstone National Park with Katie.  Man, selecting the final-cut pictures for this year’s Success Profiles calendar is going to be really tough.

The most exciting part of our weekend involved an encounter that Continue reading »

Campaign Update from Yellowstone

No, not that campaign…  The Fall Field Campaign!

_dsc6523-1280x695It’s officially been 350 days since Katie and I were last fishing for migratory Rainbow and Brown Trout in our “secret spot” in Yellowstone.  It’s really hard to have that kind of air bubble in the calendar but man, was yesterday worth the wait.  The weather was setting up to be bad, really bad (high winds, snow and rain) but mother nature gave us a 12 hour window that was nearly perfect – well, perfect for fishing that is.  We started out with overcast skies, a low ceiling of fog, spitting rain, 35 degrees, and absolutely no wind.  That might not sound like a sunny day on the beach but it is actually ideal for catching really big trout.  By the time we left, the temperature had gradually risen to 47 and the dark weather conditions held steady from 9:30 AM till 5:30 PM.

We put over 20 fish into the net but probably hooked 60.  We fooled them with every fly pattern in our box (Streamers, CDC Betas Emergers, Egg patterns, soft hackle wet flies etc.).  The water level is higher than we’ve seen in many years but that’s because of the increased rainfall as of late.  This is really good news for the migratory fish and they are very big, healthy and strong.  The first 4 fish that I hooked were 20” and I managed to land three (a hook to land percentage that would gradually plummet during the course of the day).  In the back of my mind, I could hear Dan Larson’s voice screaming for most of the day as I lost several great fish… “AAAAUUGGGGGAAUU!” Continue reading »

Fall Field Campaign Update

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Is it possible to visit a “Third World Country” and fish without leaving the Lower 48?  Yes, and it’s called LOU EEZ EE ANNA.

What a great trip!  Katie and I had wonderful accommodations, great meals and entertainment staying in downtown New Orleans at the Courtyard Marriott (St, Charles and Canal St) in the heart of the “combat zone.”  We were guided for Continue reading »

Day two in North Carolina

Fishing Report: Day Two

It was another spectacular day inshore fishing with Captain Richard Andrews, hunting Monster Red Drum near Bath NC.  We first were treated to a vivid Red sunrise followed by a perfect weather day with Temps in the high 80’s, a gentle breeze and no chop or waves to speak of.

Rob, Hunter and I had a classic “Top 10 Day” as we Continue reading »

2016 Fall Field Campaign Moves to N.C.

The Campaign moved northeast today to Bath, NC to hunt the migratory Redfish in the “Inner Banks.”

2016 Fall Fishing Campaign in North Carolina

Hunter and Rob Brinkerhoff joined me with Captain Richard Andrews as we spent the day fishing every technique we could muster.  The day was Continue reading »

The Official 2016 Fall Field Campaign Begins

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The official 2016 Fall Field Campaign launched today with a first class outing in the Ponce Inlet hunting for Redzilla.

20160908-2016-fall-field-campaign-10Captain Billy Rotne, James Jiloty and I endured intense tropical storms, wind and “washing machine” chop as we fished deep for spawn – staging Redfish. We owned the water all day because no one else (in the State of Florida) was brave enough to go out in these conditions. In fact, the local Coast Guard Fleet conducted rescue tests (man overboard) all day long in the stormy conditions.

Billy relented to “giving it a go” at 8:00 AM after I informed him that if I didn’t catch a big fish TODAY, I was probably going to kill someone before I returned home to MT. For the record, I haven’t caught a big fish in over 90 Days! Yes, I’ve been fishing but mostly for trout and none of the many we put in the net were really very BIG.

20160908-2016-fall-field-campaign-1The Score: We landed 4 monster Redfish today between 30 and 36 pounds, some smaller juveniles and a Bonner head shark. The fish of the day for me was a real stud of a Redfish that taped out at 43.5” x 25.0” and weighed around 36 pounds. James hooked and landed another huge fish that immediately peeled off 200 yards of line as it sprinted towards Jacksonville. He was barely able to turn the fish back toward the boat as the line came dangerously close to the last remaining reel wraps at the end of the spool.

The campaign rolls on to the “inner banks” of NC (Bath September 9-11), to fish with Captain Richard Andrews, Rob and Hunter Brinkerhoff. Once again, we will hunt for the elusive Redzilla.

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More pictures to follow over the next 120 days AND make sure to book your trips.

T.O.