Happy Holidays from Gates Lodge

Happy Holidays from Gates Lodge

The other day, on a short float with my kid, I was demonstrating how to work a streamer when a nice brown ate the fly.  The problem was we were free-floating — I hadn’t dropped anchor — and he was in the front seat.  The result — a predictable...
Faces of winter

Faces of winter

Winter only seems like a one-trick pony.  It’s not.  Today’s high: 9 degrees, windchill of -13.  Tomorrow, 29 degrees.  Friday, 34 degrees.  It rained most of Monday, the river came up, the trout ate streamers.  Tomorrow, in the snow and warmth (all is...
Winter fishing is better in the snow

Winter fishing is better in the snow

To misphrase the Dude: “Snow really ties the woods together.”  Things get a bit dim in the winter around here, especially on these short days.  It’s nice to have some early snow, and extra water in the river.  Walking upstream in higher water is...
A few warm days

A few warm days

After nine days in North Dakota chasing the wily pheasant (and a few Hungarian partridges, now skinned and preserved) I was anxious to hit the river to see what’s doing, as they say.  Denny, Kim and I sped to the river around 1 pm today for a short float which...
Here’s a tip, keep your faucets on drip

Here’s a tip, keep your faucets on drip

This is not the November I envisioned.  In my head I had 40s, drop-back trout, nymph fishing, a few streamer floats.  Instead todays high was 18, wind chill had us below zero, and it snowed all day.  I stared at the sign in front of the shop: Here’s a tip, get...