The weather forecast for this weekend was supposed to be outstanding (and it was). Since Saturday was to be an amazing day I wanted to get out Friday to avoid some of the crowds. Friday was forecast to be a gloomy day with ~50% chance of precipitation any direction I wanted to go. I figured I would give it a shot anyway.
I began by opening Google Maps and mapping out my journey. I wanted to catch some trouts out of stillwater. I also didn't want to drive a half day just to get some fish. The closest variety came from the Seeley Lake chain of lakes up MT-83.
I started driving up the highway and I was amazed by the gorgeous scenery. Unfortunately all the water was chocolate. As I headed toward Seeley Lake I stopped at a couple lakes to give them a shot. First I geared up the tube and started relaxing by just kicking around to likely places of structure where fish would likely be feeding.
North side of Lake Alva:
The fishing was good! Even the catching was good. Lots of rainbows and cutthroats. Only one perch though Here are some fish to hand:
The fly of the day was an olive seal bugger. I tied it with Troutsmen Yukon Olive dubbing - it has quite the glow but I figured that the overcast day would calm the flash down a bit. I was also able to nail a bunch of cutthroats on emerging bugs near the inlet at Alva. A simple Hare's Ear in #14 was the ticket.
The catch of the day came on the seal bugger. To date, this is the largest rainbow I have ever landed. Fortunately, I borrowed a worm-drowner's net and he was able to shoot some pics for me. She was a hog!!!
My best guess on length and weight are low balls (in the eyes of the on-lookers). They are 26 inches and ~8 pounds (I was in a hurry to get her back in the water). She was aggressive, persistent and strong. It was nice watching her swim away back to the depths.
P.S. The signs are nifty!
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