We’re spoiled in Gallatin Valley. With a multitude of healthy fisheries all within a half hour drive, it’s hard to find a reason to leave to fish somewhere else in the summer. Even if you want to get away from the crowds, you can take the time to hike 4 miles back and find yourself in some alpine lakes that rarely get touched. With all of these options, why would anyone want to waste time in the car when they could spend it on the river instead?
Nonetheless, two weeks ago I chose to travel to fish and I can’t get the experience out of my mind. The process of getting to the river, setting up camp, and finding the best spot on the water is filled with a sense of newness. Spending time sitting on the bank of the creek with the necessary pre-fishing cup of coffee and watching the water. Seeing a trout rise and having to really study the hatch instead of knowing what should be going off reminded me about how much of a mental exercise fly fishing can be. Even wading through new water reminds me how lucky I am to have a river (or two) that I know well enough to move in comfortably.
Honestly, the entire trip took me back to the time when fly fishing was a new hobby…only there were fewer knots this time around. And while there is a sense of home that comes from being in a familiar river, this trip was a nice way to reboot. Hopefully all of the folks that come and visit us in Bozeman during the summer feel the same thing as they get away from their home waters. Of course, we want you to have a good time and relax, but we also want you to walk away with a sense of love for fly fishing and a renewed desire for the home waters.
Just a pleasant reminder that we will be CLOSED for the 4th of July.