Fall is for friends, BWO’s, and fishing
Although ti does not feel like fall out there. It feels like February. The phone weather app states it feels like 12F outside.
And it does.
So we wait. Until tomorrow. Air temps rising to the 40’s this weekend and that will be just fine. Then snow again for our 6th snow event on Monday. Or on Halloween tomorrow. We may have some more tomorrow. Probably actually.
I’ve been reflecting on fishing friendships this past week. Great relationships develop through outdoor activities. Long term ones too. Been fishing with the gang at RIO Line Co for 17 years. Enjoy the entire gang. Been fishing with a couple of the fellers for the entire length of that trip. RIO hosts fly shop buyers, owners, and managers here on the Mighty Mo in October and we have been a part of it for a long time.
And those friendships are awesome. Fellowship, fishing, and a bit of bullshitting occurs. All of it fun. And sometimes the fishing is very good.
Like this year. The fishing was very good. Streamer fishing brought lots of nice trout to hand. Lots.
And the dry fly bite did not disappoint either. A bit of history…it has not been all that good during the fall session for the BWO that past 8-10 years. This year it was great. Floats all over the river proved to be fantastic with the BWO’s playing their role perfectly.
Super fun times had by all. The long time friendships make these events and moments in time even more special.
Meeting new folks from fly shops around the U S of A and internationally allows us to get a greater, larger, better perspective of the fly fishing business. It also lets us see how other fly fishing business models work. Spitballing ideas, marketing techniques, and retail concepts makes us all better as an industry.
These are important relationships that should last a lifetime.
Fishing friends are what make us happy here in downtown Craig Montana. You folks out there, who visit, read, and fish here on the Mighty Mo are important to us. We love all of you.
You make our world go round and we thank you here, daily, weekly, monthly, yearly. You are our core. You make us stronger daily.
So today I think about you folks around this great fishing country, the world, and beyond? I think about my friends who were just here on the Missouri River. I yearn for more time on the water with them. I am looking forward to more time on the water for me too.
Now the guide trips are waning, the shop has become quieter, and it is time for us to get out there and swing some flies. It is time to walk the banks looking for the right head to hunt. It is time for 2020 prep. It is time for you to book your 2020 trip as well.
But don’t forget about this fall, or early winter. A quiet river out there. Nice. Book a guide trip, a room here in Craig, or order that Trout Spey Rod we have on sale here. Or just dream of it.
But I challenge you to let your fishing buddies wander in your mind today. Include them in your smiles.
I know I am.