Blackfoot River Boulders – This river of the Rockies has an added aura of spectacular due to its wildly strewn boulders that range in size from a Yeti cooler to a Volkswagen to the size of our house foundation! Some of them protrude boldly and make a challenging obstacle course for the oarsman. Other smooth pieces lie in wait under the cool flow of the Blackfoot. It’s a wondrous feeling to float over the older-than-time slabs that peer up from just below the water’s surface. A magical place, the Blackfoot River.
The Elk River, Fernie, British Columbia – The splendor of the Canadian Rockies accentuate the beauty of this glittering jewel as it flows through the small town of Fernie. We enjoyed a guided fly fishing trip on the Elk River from Hosmer to this take out spot, in Fernie.
Healthy forests, friendly folks with sophisticated accents, access to high mountain and back roads fisheries, and wild Westslope cutthroat trout rising to dry flies make this beaconing waterway all the more appealing!
A favorite place on the Big Hole River – This is a spot we generally stop and appreciate when floating the lower Big Hole River, somewhere between Brown’s Bridge and Notch Bottom.
Anchor on Rock Creek – We took a camping trip up Rock Creek last year with a group of friends and landed browns, cutthroats and even a bull trout or two. I took this photo (a twist on my usual water under the rocks scene) during a thunder and lightning “break.” Wielding graphite rods during a lightning storm, even in a rubber boat, is not a good idea!
Productive Shelf on the Blackfoot River – Here’s another photo from one of our memorable trips on the Blackfoot River. We’ve caught a lot of fish in this exquisite aquamarine-colored water! We anchor the boat, get out, and fish the riffle as it flows over a pebbled shelf. A favorite every time we float the ‘foot.
They’re a little hard to see in this brilliant photo, but there was an awesome Brown Drake Hatch on Flathead Lake over the 4th of July.
Rimmed by the Pintler Mountains, Georgetown Lake is one of Montana’s premier flatwater fisheries.
I’ll never tire of river rock photos. They always remind me of this quote:
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories