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Kevin is a passionate fishing guide and photographer who specializes in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

March 26, 2009

Spring cleaning will have to wait! Delayed by 12" of fresh snow . WHERE THE HELL IS SPRING?

I guess I'll have to go skiing, seeing there's another 12" of new snow in the front yard. 

The cleaning will have to wait a few more hours.

Streamer Arsenal. Lots of unweighted flies
Spring cleaning the fly boxes.

March 23, 2009

Busted by the Warden. Almost!

Lesson #1 Read the fishing regulations
Lesson #2 Be honest with the Game Warden
Lesson #3 Pray that the Warden doesn't have enough tickets and warnings in their possession

The snow had melted and the sun was shining. Given the snow conditions on the previous days ski tour, we thought we'd be better off fishing the Henry's fork today. The Warm River stretch seemed like a good location. And it was. We had lots of success catching many small rainbows. Small fish were not what we really wanted though. In order to fix of desire to catch some "nice" trout we decided to try our luck further downstream. "How about the Ashton Dam stretch?" Hammer suggested.

Now, a little back story here is important to fully appreciate and realize the importance of the events that are about to unfold. 

Twice last season, we had our asses handed to us on this stretch. Nada, nothing, zilch. Yep, that's right. Two fishing guides from the area had our ego's battered and severely bruised for catching nothing. 

So it seemed a little weird when we walked up to this stretch and on cast number two I hooked into a heavy trout. 
"Fish on." I thought at that moment, the hex is over and things are different now. Until the fish shook it's fat head and spit the hook. "Damn." 

Cast number three. "Fish on." Holy shit. A real nice fish with lot's of color. This color often comes from...
Oh no. Spawning grounds. 

Just then, a indescript looking genntleman walks over and ask how we're doing? Great! we commented. 

"Did you know this area is closed to fishing during the spawn?" Uh, um....
"Can I see your fishing licenses?" "I'm the Warden."


At this very moment, I'm not sure if a crowbar would have helped to get my tail out of my ass, or, my foot out of my mouth. 
A jack hammer, maybe. If you added a little lube. 

The Warden asks if we're guides?  "Yes"  Wondering why he's asked us this, but knowing that we'd better just be honest. Andrew left his license in his wallet, so the Warden escorted us to our vehicle where the wallet was. As we walked the walk of shame, we submitted to small talk while trying to feel out the situation and in hopes that we might befriend the Warden and get off with a warning and a slap on the wrist. All our hope fell away when both doors of the access cab opened and he reached for the "the clip board". After a few awkward moments, the Warden explains that he only has two tickets and one warning in his possession. "Since I'm off duty and returning from a nordic ski day, I have to be fair" he explains. In the back of my mind I'm thinking that we're going to have to Roe Sham Boe for the warning. Go for the rock, It'll be quicker since my fists are all clenched up anyways, I'm thinking. 

But not to worry. We were set free. And maybe this was the better solution. Our guilt and shame was penalty enough.

After many miles of sulking in our guilt and continued awkward silence, Andrew pipes up. "You guys really are cursed by that stretch of water. Aren't you?" 

March 19, 2009

March 17, 2009

schizophrenia sets in

Come on ma. Make up your mind. Is it winter or spring? Is it going to rain or snow? Should I fish or ski?

March 15, 2009

O.M.D. or just plain stupid?

Over Motivated Disorder or just plain stupid? Hammer, Henry, Luna and I went for a early spring foray on the S. Fork yesterday. 35 degrees, 12 mph wind and ice floating down the river. The dogs didn't even get wet. They had the right idea and Henry was sure to let us know that he was not happy about it one bit. Hammer took the dogs back to the shelter of the vehicle while the knuckleheads forged on. After a few hours of freezing our fingers, seeking shelter out of the wind and slipping on ice, we did start sticking the NATIVES. Whitey after whitey. We were able to get a few nice trout too. All in all, a nice first day back on home waters.
"It's good to be home."

March 3, 2009

iPhone App Usage Drops Off

iPhone App Usage Drops Off
A study has shown that less than 5 percent of consumers still use their free iPhone applications a month after downloading them. What do you think?

Chris Feyen,
Sales Manager
"Yeah, I stopped using the 'Dial Phone Numbers and Talk' application like two days after getting it."

Katy Heller,
Snowplow Operator
"If I were interested in anything free, I wouldn't have an iPhone."

Duane LaRocco,
Forms Developer
"I got that Obama iFan app, but about a week ago I got really bored with Obama being president."

Kevin Emery,
Fishing Guide - Want To Be Blogger
"I got the iPhone so I could follow the blogs of all the other bloggers who follow blogs, so I could start my own blog."