Firewood and Brook Trout

Big Hole River 404 cfs

I noticed the wood pile at my neighbors place down the road a bit was almost down to nothing. I know they burn a lot of wood through the winter and it’s starting to get a little wintery now.
This was an excuse to get in the old GMC and head to the hills. I knew of a spot where there were some nice dead standing trees and it was close to a fine brook trout stream. I asked Roger if he wanted to come along and he jumped at the opportunity. I thought now this is great as he can help load while I cut. When we got there I showed him some pools in the creek and told when I fish it I start there and just keep working my way upstream. He started there and said he would be back shortly to help load the blocks of wood. I dropped two good sized trees that I figured would make a good load. I took my time cutting as I figured he would be back soon to help. To make short of it I cut and loaded all of it and still no Roger. It was getting late and I was starting to think maybe a bear ate him but any bear that saw that goofy hat he wears would head for the next mountain range. He finally showed up with a smile and said the brookies were nailing a super beetle pattern and he just couldn’t quit.

Any way we were coming down Pump Station Rd. with the load and my neighbor just happened to be standing outside. I stopped the truck and asked him where he wanted it. I said this is an early Christmas present. In this country there is no finer gift than a good load of fire wood for those that heat with it.
It was a long time ago but I remember when a good neighbor dropped a load of wood for me when I was in need.

My neighbors have a nice fire goin, Roger is havin brook trout for breakfast and as for me—-I’m just glad to be there.


  1. Thats what is lacking in this country today just being a good guy and a good neighbor, forgetting all of the bs that we see and hear every day. you made my day!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Flynn Sherick

    You are a good man—the world would be a better place with more people like you.I will look forward to fishing with you sometime this next year—as a forth generation montanan–it’s nice to see the montana way is still practiced.Wishing you tight lines—Flynn

  3. As the flakes are falling fast and furious at my place, I can smell that woodsmoke curling from your neighbors chimney. The sizzle of the brookie in the background. Ahhhhhh-I love this time of year!

    You reminded me of a Christmas morning not too long ago when my family awoke to find an envelope taped to our front door. It contained a $100 bill with an anonymous note. All I can say is that it was well-timed. We now try to carry on the tradition each year.

  4. I worked with Roger for many years and had a good laugh at your story. Roger is a unique and dear friend and makes you work hard for the pleasure of his company. Out here in Washington the Buffalo Boys have a saying, “One for all and all for Roger.”

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