Spence, I thought I heard when you went out West last summer you decided to become a trout bum in West Yellowstone and live happily ever after.
John, I recently wrote you a wonderful PM, poetic through and through, but it took me so long to compose it my login timed out and I couldn't find the darn thing! I'm pretty sure you are a lucky man, cause I'm too lazy to try and recompose it. :)
Ahh...Montana! Yes I was lucky enough to revisit Big Sky Country/The Last Best Place last summer. Fished for two weeks and was joined by my wife for the two week trip home. It was our 25th.
We stayed a couple nights in good old Cabin 4 at the Campfire Lodge...Forever known now as the "Love Shack" by my fishing buddies...In fact a couple of them have taken to calling me that...I hope this will pass.
I stopped in to see Slattery and company and had breakfast there one morning before my wife showed up to talk with him about his friend Mark Libertone. Unfortunately Mark never had the chance to visit there himself and passed sometime soon thereafter.I hope he would of been pleased we were thinking about him. I had told him I was going to visit there on my trip.
Heading back out again this summer, but instead of a month away from home, it should be 10 days or so. I have a couple floats set up on the Bighorn on the way out, and a float on the Madison as well. Maybe this year out I'll get Sayfu to meet up with me and fish a day with me.
I have a couple trips planned to Grayling area...Kurt is right, my wife has realized, even post retirement, that she'll be dropping my ashes discretely into the old Au Sable...Because I won't be leaving Michigan on a permanent basis. :)
I have a very special trip planned sometime this summer. One of my PA Boys, JohnW, is going to fish with me...Last April I was spoiled by those guys and fished PA with Tony, Eric, Bruce, Louis, and got to meet with Shawn one day on Spring Creek. Poor John was being worked hard then and couldn't make it, but he's coming my way...All work and no fishing makes John a dull boy! :)
I have a couple floats set up for us with the two best guides on the river...They will remain nameless here so I don't piss off the rest of them. :) John will get the grand tour and will be fished so hard he'll have to have his rotator-cuff looked at when he gettings home.
Back to flies...I promised myself not to hijack threads anymore. Tim Neal from Grayling and contributor on this site has been giving the PA Boys tying lessons...He has been giving them the skinny on the Robert's Yellow Drake. Tim was a neighbor, when he was young, of Clarence Roberts and has tied so many of them in his professional tying career that he can tie them, the pattern, down to a size 18 Olive! He even sent me one for the Ephoron hatch!
Maybe we could get Tony and Eric to post some of their versions of the fly...They have been sending them to me...The pattern, in their hands, has now been tied for their famous Green Drake! They look really cool, deadly, but maybe they want to keep them under wraps until they can try them out on Penn's Creek.