First Fish of 2018 – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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First Fish of 2018

For the better part of ten years or so I’ve found myself going to DePuy’s Spring Creek some time in the first week of January to get the skunk off the new year. 2018 was no exception.

This year I went with Ron from the shop and our good friend Bob. It was the first day promising to creep above freezing in quite a while. Despite temps only being in the upper teens in Bozeman and passing a couple of bad accidents on the highway, there was no wind and it was only going to get warmer. It never really got that warm. Rod guides froze a little all day and gloves and hats were needed. Not bad otherwise. Crowds were certainly not an issue.

Depuys Bring Creek winter fly fishing with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman's fly shop and fly fishing guide service.Depuys Bring Creek winter fly fishing with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman's fly shop and fly fishing guide service.Depuys Bring Creek winter fly fishing with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman's fly shop and fly fishing guide service.

As far as the fishing goes, I probably should have done a little better. I guess you can’t always choose the first of the new year. This was my first for 2018. There isn’t even a cool story like, ” I was just getting a little line out, going to make my first cast and…”. Nope, it actually took me almost an hour just to find him. I did catch that fish on the exact Midge I tied for Wednesday’s Blog. I landed four or five more like that one and lost three larger fish, maybe pushing 17″; I’ve had worse days I suppose. At least everyone landed half a dozen fish or better and nobody went swimming.

The best thing about fly fishing in Montana is the feeling of never ending wildlife around you. One of the things none of us had ever seen before was the Deer feeding in the creek like Moose. The banks were lined with Deer all day, walking the banks, crossing the creek and sometimes fully dunking their head to eat the underwater vegitation. There were a ton of Ducks, Geese and Swans as well as Eagles and Hawks.

Depuys Bring Creek winter fly fishing with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman's fly shop and fly fishing guide service. Depuys Bring Creek winter fly fishing with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman's fly shop and fly fishing guide service.Depuys Bring Creek winter fly fishing with Fins & Feathers of Bozeman's fly shop and fly fishing guide service.

I hope you all get the Skunk off the 2018 calendar year soon. Hopefully your first fish will be a little larger than mine.

Come in and see us at our Bozeman Fly Shop if you need a fresh stash of winter flies for your next trip over to DePuy’s!