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Big Hole River 1620 cfs—Maidenrock

There were mixed reports on the fishing today. One boat came in and said it was super and that they caught around forty fish. Another boat came in and said it was slow and they caught four. As for my boat, we didn’t do that well but they were rookies and they got ten or so. There were many missed fish. We stayed on top water and they learned that too much slack or just a very slight hesitation was all the fish needed to spit the fly. Joanne caught fish and was very happy with the trip. She told me that on a recent trip on the south fork of the Snake the guide quickly learned she was a rookie and would not let her fish for the entire trip. He said he didn’t deal with rookies and she was not allowed to fish. I couldn’t believe it but Jay backed her up and said that was the deal. I asked them if they paid the s.o.b. at the end. They said it was booked through a well known Yellowstone fishing company. Needless to say they will never book with them again. She actually had to just sit in the back of the boat all day and do nothing. I will admit that at times rookies are a pain in the butt, but then you have to think that everyone was a rookie to start. I don’t think even Lefty started out casting 50 feet into a teacup (which my guys from the last couple days could do). It just takes a little patience on the guides part—-at times it takes a lot of patience on his part. If the guide does not want to deal with it this should be explained before they start the trip and take their money. Thumbs down to that nose up company.

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