What happens when you get a boat full of guys who guide on the same river? Do they catch a ridiculous amount of fish? Do they just drink beer and talk smack? Do they experiment with flies they’ve tied? Do they ever not catch fish? Do they harass and joke with the other guides about their fishing techniques?
The answer…All of the above…
The thing about guides having a day off is that we just get to go out and enjoy the day. Yeah, sure we’ll fish hard and scout out some new water for clients. Sometimes. But more than anything we’re just out to enjoy the day. That’s why we guide, we enjoy being on the water and we enjoy watching others fish As you get older and you’ve caught your fair share of fish, it no longer becomes all about catching fish. It’s more of having a good time and getting away from the world for a while.
We prefer dry flies. Next, we prefer streamers. If we can’t get it done on those, it’s time for a beer. If a beer doesn’t fix the fishing… we go to Plan C.
ABSOLUTE WORST CASE SCENARIO: Break out the bobbers. Just to put a bend in the rod. Don’t get me wrong. Nymphing is great, it’s productive. But after guiding several days and looking at bobbers all day; the last thing we want to do is nymph. Especially when there is fish in the river like the one below… hungry ones that want a streamer, not a sow bug.
A guide’s day off is not all about fishing, we also have to get groceries for making lunches for the next few trips. We have to tie more bugs because we lose a lot of bugs. Do we squeeze a nap into our day off?
Want to experience a guide’s day off? We’ll float you down the river, no problem.
Give the shop a call 406-666-2391
Until next time, Oar Rights out.
Keep up to date with the latest news at the camp!
Early June 2019 Fishing Report
Flows are staying in a comfortable range, for both the fish and anglers. The rainbows are still spawning, though some have finished up their reproducing. PLEASE LEAVE THESE FISH ALONE. Avoid walking on the cleaned out patches of gravel and at least 15 feet below the clean patches. The eggs need time to hatch. On another…
Mid-May 2019 Fishing Report
Not a lot has changed here on the ‘Horn. The flows have been stable for several weeks now. Same goes for the water temp. Will the flows and temp increase? Temp? Yes for sure. Flows? Maybe. We’ve had quite the cold snap here in the big city of Fort Smith. Rain and some snow in…
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