Rusty's - Five Rivers Lodge – Dillon Montana - Fishing Trip – June 25 – 29, 2014
I left my home on June 23rd and drove to Payson Utah to spend the first night. The next morning I drove from Payson Utah to Dillon Montana to met with Tim Tollett, owner of Frontier Anglers. Tim and I set the dates for our October Duck Hunt on private lands.
I left Tim's place and drove to Sweetgrass Rods, in Twin Bridges, to spend a couple of hours talking with Glenn Brackett and his wife. I watched Glenn cut some strips for his bamboo rods. I left Glenn's shop and drove to Winston Rod where I spent a couple of hours chatting with Annette McClean. I have known Glenn and Annette for decades.
From Winston Rod I drove to the Five Rivers Lodge off Highway 41. I checked in and their staff put my things into my room. I was joining Bob Marriott and his crew for another great fishing adventure. We had drinks, met the rest of the group, and then enjoyed a 5 star meal and then chatted until it was time to go to bed.
We awoke , had a great breakfast, and then we gathered our gear and met out Guides. I was sharing a room with a gentleman named John from Detroit Michigan. John and I had met in January on another one of Bob's trips to the San Juan in New Mexico. John and I met our guide name Wes. Wes owns a Fly Shop in a nearby town and was to be our guide for the next three days. We loaded our gear into the truck and headed for the Big Hole River for the first day. We arrived at the put in and launched our boat. It started off to be a beautiful day. We drifted down the river catching many fine fish and then the thunder and lightning started. We finally pulled over under some trees and all hell broke loose for a while. The storm finally passed and we continued downstream and caught many more fish. We reached the take out and headed back to the lodge for a great dinner and to tell fish stories of the day.
The second day we arose, had breakfast, and headed for the Beaver head where it comes out of the Clark Canyon Reservoir. This put in is the worst put in I have ever seen. Even all the guides that were there agreed with me. We loaded the boat and took off. We immediately got into fish and it continued the rest of the day. Another Great day of the water. We did get some rain but is was mild compared to the first day.
The third day we arose, had breakfast, and headed to the Beaver head again. We put in and I had three fine fish not 100 feet from the launch. We continued to catch many fine trout the rest of the day. As we drifted these rivers we observed many wildlife sighting which just made the trip even better.
The morning of the fourth day we had breakfast, packed our gear and headed home. Most of my fishing mates flew out but I drove to Beaver Utah, spent the night, and got home for next afternoon.
Bob Marriott’s staff puts on this trip every year. All I can say is that the Five Rivers Lodge is a 5 star lodge in every way and the fishing of the rivers there is just outstanding. Lord willing I will return next year. I have attached some pictures to show you what you will be catching.
Tight Lines and God Bless.
This is a great opportunity for budding biologists, ecologists and fisheries management to get field experience and exposure to CDFW, CalTrout and the IFFF. This year could be extremely tough on fish, so let’s give them a hand by removing a stressor (non-native fish), something we can do with immediate beneficial impacts.
Season Two of the Lahontan cutthroat trout recovery effort on Silver Creek is quickly approaching. Last year we had one intern with CalTrout and cleared one mile. This year the clubs of the Southwest Council IFFF are hiring two interns to work with CDFW and 2 CalTrout interns to remove brook trout from two miles of stream.
WHEN: Volunteers are needed over a five week period starting Friday July 18th and ending Wednesday September 10th. You can sign up for a portion of a week too. The schedule is as follows:
Friday July 18 through Wednesday July 23
Thursday July 31 through Wednesday Aug 6
Thursday Aug 14 through Wednesday Aug 20
Tuesday Aug 26 through Thursday Aug 28
Thursday Sept 4 through Wednesday Sept 10