Saturday, August 22, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009


A few fishy pictures snapped on the river in front of the B&B this morning.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Kootenai Creek Fire

While doing a little fishing this afternoon, I looked up at the fire and there were huge plumes of flame clearly visible from the river near the B&B. I snapped these with my cell phone, but they do not do justice to the amazing huge flames that can be seen from miles away.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Pontoon Boat Day

I had a chance to float the river from the B&B to the Stevi bridge today. It was great. I threw one of the cruiser bikes in the back of the pickup and drove to the bridge. I left the truck there and rode the bike back to the B&B. That took about a half hour. I packed a lunch and rolled my pontoon boat down to the river using the special wheel assembly that I made myself by gluing together some PVC pipe and fittings. I started floating at about 1pm. At about 1:30 I stopped on a secluded sand bar and ate my lunch of sandwich, pretzels and beer. I watched some large trout feeding nearby and tried a few lazy casts. Back in the water I came to a pod of feeding trout and caught one while I was floating. I pulled over and fished from shore for a while and caught a beautifully colored cutthroat, about 12 inches. I found an abandoned cooler roped to an inner-tube and another inner-tube near the river bank. The cooler had trash and a few unopened beverages in it. I left it all there, thinking that someone was probably coming back to retrieve it. I wonder what the circumstances were? Hope everyone was OK. I floated on down to the bridge and took a nice swim with some little kids near the take-out. The wheel assembly worked great to roll the boat up to the pickup. I was back at the B&B by 3 pm. I should do this every day!

Floatin' the Bitterroot

When the temperature soars into the 90's, it seems that the whole valley heads for the river, especially on a Sunday afternoon. I snapped this photo of a group of rafters that stopped in front of the B&B for a while on Sunday (with my cell phone). What a great way to spend a hot afternoon. The River is fishing great and who can resist a dip in the refreshing water when it is sooo hot!