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    Default Breaking in the new fishing machine TR

    Part 1

    Last time out for the year, first time in the new wheels.



    Top end of the Missions





    chugging down 93





    dukw season




    Grizz den




    get to add this to the (ever growing) list of places I've tasted skunk




    they were friendlier and looking up on the other side of the Divide










    the longest road in MT





    microburst hit here end of July, 90+ mph winds; cleaned up pretty well


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    Part 2

    heading towards the benches







    things were hopping here (as it turned out a sign of things to come)







    southbound and things start clearing out







    end of the road, day 1; usually at least a three day stay but hatches weren't hatching and hoppers were off-and-on (more off than on)







    just enough lift to get over the hump







    Washing Machine Charlie making his morning run; two baldies in the tree on the west shore (flushed before I could get a pic)







    into the park; water temps supposed to be workable, but I was itching for some cutts







    a bit of a delay through here







    ignoring the "Full" sign, I scored a nice campsite



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    Part 3

    bit of a walk to get here, usually worth it (it was ); hoppers not so much but drakes brought 'em up










    I've looked at them from both sides now










    surprisingly uncrowded here, and drakes trumped terrestrials again










    reason for the lack of crowd; thought they were a mass gathering of wolfers but it turned out a grizz was sleeping on top of a dead bison right at junction meadow







    let's see what's on the left side










    these are truly sad times; used to be a whole tree, but with cutbacks in the Park Service....



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    Part 4

    a bit early for run-ups and the locals were less than overwhelmed with my offerings; Walter, sorry I missed you but it was nice to talk to the boss









    flora




    fauna





    back on the west side, hoping for Miller time; nope, not really





    bit of a change from the previous 2 nights





    hopper water, yes? a real one hit the water and barely made it 5'; foam ones didn't draw a pass. tagged a few swinging softhackles





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    Part 5

    crazy crowded (with schools back in session, folks coming here had more time to spend on the water)

    time to hit the road and see where all this water comes together






    cool ride, nice guy




    next morning, time to visit some old friends (the yellow's head was covered with pseudo duns); he fished with me for a while, helped me land a nice brown, then peed on my tires



    shameless




    people yes, crowds no, lots of places to play; a bit early for baetis but swinging softhackles was as productive as bobber fishing (and a lot easier with the wind blowing downstream)






    Sisters on the Fly make a swing through MT; didn't get a chance to warn them about the campground crapper (2nd worst in the state) before they found out the hard way



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    Part 6

    last morning







    Before I headed out my campground neighbor, a guide on a busman's holiday, mentioned things had been crazy good on the hopper/dropper a bit down river the day before and I should give it a look; always listen when a guide makes a suggestion. Welcome to the pig farm






    don't think I moved more than 100 yards; they came in all the colors of the rainbow




    and somber shades of autumn





    hate to leave when they're still biting but it's 5 hours back to home base and only thing left in the beef jerky bag is the pack of silica gel; the sights makes the ride a breeze









    a bit of fresh snow on top; Winter is coming




    Regards,
    Scott

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    HI Scott
    Really enjoyed the "ride along". Gets my morning off to a good start. Thanks for posting.
    Bernie

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    Scott,based on the beauty a truly successful trip.Thanks

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