Wolf Creek Classic #TBT
Squeeky lived in downtown Wolf Creek in the late 90’s. Many trout bums have lived in Wolf Creek Montana.
A great little community with many amenities that any trout inclined slacker would enjoy.
The Canyon Store is a big draw! Gas pumps, roller dogs, candy, and of course the most important beyond gasoline is beer.
And they have a wide variety too. From all of the cheap domestics to the hottest of local brews for you the angler to enjoy.
Also gee-gaws and such for the traveling angler. Gotta bring something home for the Missus. And sometimes it cannot be some sort of new overpriced nippers from the fly shop.
I lived in an old large brick house behind the Wolf Creek Store for 3 seasons. Loved living there. Within walking distance from the store! Never went thirsty!
But the Wolf Creek property is under change. Bill and June Kersey owned it when I was a resident. Way back in the day Frenchy’s was a Wolf Creek resort. Offering a restaurant and lodging for the weary travelers or an Oasis in the Montana sun for those wishing to recreate in the local area including hunting opportunities along with the fishing from the river or the lake.
Bill and June had the place for a several decades. Long time outfitter and Mo River Guide Chuck Tuchschmidt of Eagle Creek Outfitters had summered there a few years when I caught up with Chuck at Bridger Bowl outside of Bozo. Was teaching skiing there int he late 90’s and lunched in front of Chuck at Jimmy B’s the burger Joint and Bar at Bridger Bowl. He asked what I was doing for the summer, seeing my ski school jacket, and I mentioned I was headed up to the Mo for the summer chef’ing at the Trout Shop. And he asked if I needed a place to live. He said to stop in and take a look at the joint.
3br, 1 bath, made of large format brick, under a shade tree or two, my rent share of 175/mo., located behind the gas station/beer store, in sleepy and mostly quiet Wolf Creek.
So I said yes.
Lived there for 3 summers. Loved it. Then Chuck bought a trailer up on the Street of Dreams outside of the Dearborn. And that was the end fo my Wolf Creek residence.
The property had lots of single BR cabins with a couple that may have had 2 BR’s. A small and often loud clanging gas furnace and maybe some insects, spiders, mice, and possum wandering in and out of your place.
The large house behind the store was on the property where Chuck and I lived. A lodge with an old lunchroom inside is where Chuck and I and the Kersey’s would chain saleCamels and chat.
A legendary property in WC. All changing.
Kept a PO Box there for 25 years. Finally changed it to Cascade recently when my wife and I built a house 4 years ago.
But it all started, save for the years in my tent vagabonding around acting as a trout bum from ’92 through ’97, in Wolf Creek.
SOL started guiding while living at this house. Lot, and lots, and lots of commercial flies were tied inside the insulating brick walls!
The Wolf Creek house had great memories and growth. A few drunken nights as well. Fond memories for sure.
Now the property will become a RV Park. Not quite as glamorous as the cabins, lodge, and legend of Frenchy’s we remember.
So long Frenchy’s Motel and Cabins. We will all miss you.