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A Day on the Stone

Posted by Shaun Ash on 19 January 2015

A Day On The Stone.
Livingstone Montana, is one of those great fly fishing towns, with the beautiful Yellowstone river woven through the town and surrounding valley. Lots of access,lots of water and lots of fish and nearly as many of drift boats.
Christine and Adam are both fly tragic's like me so part of the fun of Livingstone was visiting the many fly shops,stocking up on flys, checking out rods and talking to the locals about fly fishing and finding a guide with a drift boat that could handle Adam's wheelchair.

We walked into the fly shop closes to where we were staying and it was good luck because the people at the  Sweetwater fly shop turned out to be not only a great fly shop and guide business, they have a drift boat that was wheelchair friendly and a guide Beau that had fished with wheelchair anglers before, it was all coming together.

This gave us great confidence that Adams first trip in a drift boat would be an event to be remembered.

The morning of the drift was completely different than the weather of all the previous day's it had gone from being hot and dry to cool and grey with some rain, good trout weather ??.
We meet the guides at the fly shop, sorted out lunches, loaded into the trucks and headed out of town  to the put in spot, which for today was up river at" Point of Rocks".


From there we had a full days drift, Christine and Adam in one boat with Beau at the oars and me in another, with Vern at the oars.

The day was spent fishing to banks,through runs always searching the water with streamers,dries and or nymphs.
The trick is to cast, mend the have the fly drift or worked at the pace of the drift boat.
Adam quickly became the "Mountain Whitefish" champ but it taught him to follow the indicator, and set when told, this paid off when he connected with and landed his first ever Brown trout,very cool.
Christine was working hard from the back of the drift boat but over the day Christine chalked up some nice cutthroat trout the odd whitefish and her first Brown as well, this was turning into great day.
My day with Vern could not have been better a few cutthroats two nice Brown trout and lots of new techniques all while drifting a great river with ever changing scenery pretty magical when the whole families involved.
The big take away item was changing the rig via multiple rods to suit the location, and fish every location thoroughly and if the presentation was good a take followed, the day came with a great lunch at a half way on a gravel bar.

Author: Shaun Ash
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I have fished all my life on one form or another, but only introduced to Fly Fishing some 7 years ago:~ after joining the local fishing club. Initially self taught from videos but a couple of years...

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