Fall Colors

Big Hole 292 cfs
Beaverhead 115 cfs
Jefferson 700 cfs

What can I say without being repeditive of the last couple days on the Big Hole. A bit breezy and bright but the fishing was still excellent. Small mayfly’s, small nymphs, bigger dry fly’s such as a madam x in the afternoon and streamers as soon as the sun goes behind the mountain. That just about says it all and the scenery with all the yellow and golds is just about as good as it gets.

I heard a statement a few days ago from a local person who said I was running scared because of the stand I took on the river issue and this statement was not from a rancher or irrigator. I was going to try to ignore it but it just kept eating at my craw. I would like to give you a little bit of my history. Rode bulls as a teenager, volunteer Vietman Era veteran, made several jumps out of a perfectly good airplane, floated class five rapids, in the off season operate a D10 dozer in some very steep terrain, did outside collections for a bank in the five points section of Denver, (that was kinda scary). Running scared is not part of my resume. Now that I got that off my chest, I feel better already.


  1. Al –
    You forgot to mention that you have repeatedly agreed to guide me on especially windy days, knowing full well that all I want to do is throw weighted buggers.

    I laughed at your comment the other day when you said that “people get the hang of throwing weigthed bugs”. I thought of myself casting astride a steep wind, causing the line to release sideways toward the target. I have developed the technique of ducking as this battle mace swings over the boat. That is why I like to sit in back…so you never see how close I come to hooking you!


  2. John A. Vylonis

    Al;its nice to know you always tell it like it is, I have much respect for you and Art…jav in Michigan

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