Category Archives: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

Slimy Ladies on the Beach

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

1As the weather cooled in SW Montana, we headed south to Tampa, Florida to visit relatives (Apollo Beach to be exact) for Thanksgiving. Of course, I wasn’t going to travel that far south to one of the most varied Gulf Coast fishing destinations without a flyrod. November in the Tampa Bay region is a time of transition and finding fish can sometimes be a challenge. I had heard good reports of Pompano along the beaches, so that’s what I really prepared for, but the opportunity to fish with a friend for a couple of days found me in Tampa Bay’s backwaters as well.

Where the Bubbles Cavort and Muster

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

photo1As hard as I might try, I really can’t find where they come from. They are always there, always (eventually) moving downstream. There always seems to be an endless supply of them—the bubbles–thin spheres of liquid enclosing air or another gas. It never seems they are alone either, showing great affinity for their kind. They will gather in small or large groups, cavorting and mustering in ways that make their presence even more obvious. Of course, they float along the surface of the stream and like the words on a page they provide great insights into the plot of the novel we call the river. I must admit I pay little attention to them in familiar waters, but on new water or in times of great variations in flow, bubbles are very important to the angler. more…

The Road to Notch Bottom

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

windingAs I write, it’s late September in SW Montana and the leaves are beginning to turn. Rivers are still low from the summer heat and irrigation demands. Yet they are cooling and the bigger browns are beginning to turn into butter yellow specimens preparing for the spawn. Low water and higher temps of the summer have kept some rivers off limits. Our Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks isn’t capricious and its rules as when to close and open stretches of any given river are well documented and adhered to. They do a good job of protecting the trout from the stresses of summer when warranted. As such, one of my favorite stretches of the Big Hole River remained closed to all angling as I headed out on this late September morning. But all was not lost, I was headed to one of the most scenic and idealistic stretches of the Big Hole River—Notch Bottom. It may be one of the most beautiful stretches of Montana trout stream there is. more…