Andy McEwen and his first week in Craig Montana
Ed Note: Andy McEwen arrived 10 days ago. He and SOL went fishing last Monday. He caught a couple good ones including the brown trout above. He has since fished a number of times, experienced the backing on a fly reel, worked 3 days, and met a few new friends. Pretty good start Andy. Keep it up! Andy wrote this piece for the blog Sunday afternoon.
Tranquility meets oblivion to when you stare off into the Florida orange sunset and watch fish sip spinners on a cool Montana evening. The ills of society disappear, worries ease, and life is simply simple here in Craig Montana.
As a 23 year old from Saint Louis Missouri, less than 6 months out of graduating college top of my program from a very urban university during a global pandemic, simplicity along with big trout are all I wanted.
Craig Montana is just that.
Growing up fly fishing for Gar and Carp on tributaries of the Missouri River in Saint Louis Missouri and for the small wild trout in the spring streams in Missouri’s southern Ozarks, I heard legends about the massive fish that swim in the tailwaters of the Missouri River in Craig Montana. Living permanently out here for a little over a week now, I am still in utter shock about the amount and size of the massive trout that call this water their home.
From my perspective, there is not much better than driving the recreation road from Cascade to Craig looking for rising trout while jamming out to Sublime and Pearl Jam. Stopping on a little gravel pull off and watching fish rise while thinking about nothing but wanting to see one of them jump while running you to your backing is an everyday occurrence here in Craig.
For a kid from Saint Louis, Craig Montana does not even seem like real life. Fly fishy people everywhere and big wild trout feeding in island sets on the tailwaters of the second biggest river in the United States… why would you not want to live here.