Sunshine On Rock Creek

Happiness is early morning sun on the bunkhouse deck. Now, I’m not a big fan of selfies, but Gail’s smile is worth it – even tho’ the river is blown out.

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Winter Wildlife – 2016/2017

From our game camera this last winter: apart from bears in our apple tree, numerous deer, the only wildlife of note was a cougar, a fox, a hare, and a one antlered deer. Oh, and two Sasquatch disguised as hikers.

Smokey in our backyard apple tree



Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion

One antlered deer

Surprised, Bugs asks, “Elmer? Izzat you?”

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Clinch Knots on #18 flies and #6 tippet.

For really small flies, #6 tippets, fat fingers, bad eyesight, or stiff cold hands this tool looks to be the cat’s pajamas. Just ordered one from Amazon to test it out – $14.95. Will test it out and report back.

NOTE: From the comments this tool is largely restricted to tying clinch knots. So if you’re tying a palomar for your favorite steelhead fly, you won’t need this. But for clinch knots, I think this is gonna be a winner.

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Do You Have What It Takes – Part II

The other day I went golfing for the first time this year. Did pretty well – played nine holes (the back nine) and shot a 38. The weather was gorgeous – 60+ degrees, clear as a bell. Woke up this morning to this:

View from our Missoula Apt


Which, of course, suggests the following meme:


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Finally, Spring!


Crocus – 1 April, 2017. Just outside our cabin

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Living in Montana? Do You Have What It Takes?

Well, I’ve got a .300 Mag, .45 Desert Eagle, and 9mm for the little guys. So, yeah, I think I have what it takes.

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March 13th, 2017

These pics were kindly taken by our friends and fellow Trouthaven residents, Andy and Jacey Watson. This is a lot of snow for this time of year so everyone is looking for decent water flows this season.


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Trouthaven – Sunday, 15 January 2017

Yesterday, Sunday 15 January, 2016, Lynn Farmer, Gail and I went up Rock Creek to our cabins. The snow was too deep for Lynn’s truck (even with chains), so we parked just off the main road and hiked in to Trouthaven.These are a few of the pictures we took.

Here’s Gail returning to the truck after hiking into the cabin (about 0.5 miles) on Snow Shoes for the first time.

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December, 2016

Pictures taken at the Howard’s house in Bozeman in December 2016 as we wait for our house in Missoula to be finished.


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Trouthaven Cabin – Dec 2016

Picture courtesy of Karen Gunderson Booker. In this picture we’re looking South to our Cabin.

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