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Upper end of Nelson's
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My Dad with a colorful rainbow - We released all our fish and this was long before C&R handling techniques
My Dad with a colorful rainbow - We released all our fish and this was long before C&R handling techniques
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Leonard and 19" rainbow
Leonard and 19" rainbow

Report at a Glance

General RegionSW Montana
Specific LocationLivingston
Time of Day11:00 a.m. to dark
Fish CaughtRainbows, browns, cutthroats
Conditions & HatchesPMD's

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WbranchAugust 5th, 2020, 3:23 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
This is a little anecdote that was recently published on another forum and I thought some of you might enjoy reading it and seeing the pictures.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfAugust 6th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Great story, Matt. Well-written and very interesting.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
FalsiflyAugust 7th, 2020, 4:48 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 661
Wow Matt, life has been good. Not to detract from the fishing but as a "60's" muscle car enthusiast that must have been quite a change in life going from the GTO to the VW. Anyway great story.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
PartsmanAugust 7th, 2020, 5:26 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Thank you Matt for sharing a important part of your life with us, and also for all the help you give to folks here! Those are some cool pictures!
AdirmanAugust 7th, 2020, 7:44 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 505
GREAT story Matt ,thanks so much for sharing 😊
OldredbarnJuly 23rd, 2022, 6:40 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608

Sorry I somehow missed this post of yours. You have shared some stories in the past with us about the early days of the storied Paradise Valley spring creeks. I think I remember a VW bus and bell bottoms. 😆

It’s great that you got the chance to fish them back then. I have a friend that was hanging out there about the same time as you.

I didn’t get to visit them until 1995 when I fished Armstrong’s and DePuys. I didn’t make it to Nelson’s until 2004.

If only every stream were as prolific in terms of bugs as these streams are. Having visited them it’s easy to see how guys like Swisher and Richards used them as laboratories for their books, especially “Emergers”.

The midge fishing out west and especially on these creeks is phenomenal. You can just sit there watching the whole process taking place. Millions of emerging midges.

My first visit was DePuys. By the end of the day I was there alone. I sat by the stream looking at the Absorokas and beat myself up for never getting my grandfather out there to see the west.

Thanks for sharing! Nice memories from you, and for me. 😉
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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