Yes thats coming my friend be patient. lol I am writting a journal every day and on ourt trek back I will start to compile the lengthy and detailed trip report! Our fishing schedule is more brutal than my work schedule. I was using 250 grain sinking line and small smelt deciever patterns size 8 a little grey over white, but after the gail winds kicked up we had to use the egg beaters.
As usual GREAT PICS!…Looks like the spot to be if you’re a fly fisherman…what else could you want…picturesque,pristine water and what appears to be fantastic fishing…now that’s LIVING!! Stay safe and enjoy…
No matter what sport of outdoor activity you participate in you must be prepared for accidents as much as you can. I have spent countless years taking safety classes from water safety, fire safety, hazardous chemicals, field medical situations, and heat related conditions. I have also had countless hours of water survival technique classes. Then there is the acceptable risk factor. I also need to add another factor my partner and I have entered several confined spaces together and trust each other with our lives.
I knew going into this that the lake canoe did not have high walls and that was a concern. I bought outriggers that would give us extra balance and buoyancy. As, you can see in the photos what I am talking about.
All our gear was lashed into the canoe except my coffee cup. We had an extra oar in the canoe lashed to the canoe. My 24”x27”x14” dry box was lashed into the canoe and secured. These two items saved us from losing the canoe. All of our rods and other gear was not lost. All of the gear was tied in by rope or lashed in with heavt velcro straps.
My details of what lead to our titanic moment on the Kootenai River. The river was 57 degrees on this day. I ran upon a submerged rock and could not push off fast enough and the current pinned the canoe to the rock. We would get lose but not fast enough. The stern go swamped and filled up with water. As you can see in the photos.
We had on out PFD’s, wading belts and wore not cotton. This only allowed the water to get in up to our knees. In our fight or flight moment we choose to fight for each other, and my partner did not abandon me, and I did not abandon him. We where about 17 feet from river left, but it felt like a mile. We kicked out legs as hard until we drifted closer to the river bottom. My partner reached bottom and then I touched bottom.
Even thought the water was that cold and due to what we wore along with the air temp of 60 ish hypothermia was not an issue yet. The risk of hypothermia waned as we emptied the canoe of water and cargo before pressing on.
We had three miles to go according to my Garmin. With a combination of portaging and canoeing we made it safely to our takeout. I have several take aways from this trip for sure!
Be safe on the water and be prepared is not my only take aways and there are many more!
We are laughing now, but only because all that we did preparing for what if worked out in our favor along with alot of luck!
Water in Waders
Yes, I know this was not the best choice for river fishing in Montana on a river I am not familiar with!
Here is the better part of the day report. I used my switch rod all day throwing 350 grain skagit short head with a 10’ clear sinking poly leader.
The patterns I would use was a good ole #12 brown tungsten soft hackle. These fish where holding in 2-4 FOW (feet of water). The one fish is a Columbia Redband Trout, and the other fish was a Whitefish and both took the swung soft hackle.
The Kootenai was under 7000 cf/s and had several sections that where very wadable, but that current is swift and one must be very wary of that!
We are headed to the Helena area in the AM tommorow for our last days of vacation!
Very happy for you and your friend that everything went well with your mishap…obviously the years of training and staying level headed let you both enjoy the rest of the trip…the “Big Man “above had a eye on you…your pics have been outstanding…looking forward to more…thanks