In Search of (Liquid) Water

by Phillip Dobson
(Butte, MT)

Fishable water!

Fishable water!

Happy winter everyone! This is definitely my favorite time of year despite the fishing difficulties.

I attempted a little fishing the other day before the Solstice. The temperature had come up more than sixty degrees in three days, so I was hopeful when I headed over to the Big Hole.

I can honestly say that I didn't expect THAT much ice. Most of the river was frozen completely across. The areas that weren't solid featured dangerous ice shelves over deep water. I did find an accessible area that I fished for an hour or so. It was beautifully peaceful out on the river. The water was clear and shallow, and I unfortunately didn't see any fish.

Notch Bottom seemed like the most promising access area as it tends to be a little warmer. Drifted snow ended those plans, however. After half an hour of digging the truck out, I called it quits.

Time to play the waiting game until conditions improve. In the meantime, I'm going to play in the mountains.

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