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Spring has Arrived in MT, too!

Carol and I have just returned from a short trip to Yellowstone NP, watching bears, wolves, and bison -- especially these little ones, called "red dogs", just days old.

But, the real reason I'm writing is to share a couple of photos with those of you who fished here in Missoula last fall. We had some nice time sitting along the bank of Rattlesnake Creek when it looked like this:

Well, today it looks like this:

It's still within its banks, and our fingers are crossed that it stays there. Predictions are for a crest early Sunday morning, day after tomorrow.

On the fishy side of things, this high water gets the rainbows and cutthroat in the Clark Fork thinking about coming up the creek to spawn. As the current gets more manageable and the water clarity improves, I can watch some pretty nice fish spawning in the gravel below the river-side deck.

I haven't been out fishing, though Rock Creek is often fishable, even during high water. Side channels that are dry during the main season are running nicely now and hold fish that have moved out of the strong currents of the main channel. I'll post a fishing report if I'm able to get out before we head home.

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