Sunday, August 19th – I made it to Missoula!

Slept till 11am EST! Felt like crap from the jet lag as I could not sleep on the flight due to crying, screaming and screeching babies almost non-stop for the four hour flight. Thankful to have the movie and the headphones !

I went to my favorite Missoula coffee shop, Black Coffee Roasting Company, on Spruce street to get the day started.

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This Ford Pinto wagon was parked in the exact same spot when I was here two years ago!


Afterwards I went to Grizzly Hackle flyshop to pick up the gear bags I had sent through UPS ahead of time at about 1:30 and met Matthew and Nathan who got me squared away with suggestions for flies to use and a few places to go.


It is located in a wonderful area downtown with Caras Riverpark behind the store on the Clark Fork River and Tamarack Brewing Company next door.

Clark Fork Missoula

It would be difficult to get any work done at this shop with the river and the brewery so close!

Headed out to Rock Creek to fish the Norton area for a bit.


Stopped in to see the folks at Rock Creek Mercantile for the latest fishing report.


Caught some nice fish with a 15” Brown topping the list.







I got a grand slam of a Rainbow, Brook, Cutbow, Westslope Cutthroat, Brown and a juvenile Bull trout all in one afternoon! Wow!









Got some on top water but most on the dropper.

Fished until dark.

Ate dinner at the Iron Horse Brew Pub in Missoula. They serve until 11:00pm!

They have a very creative Pub Style menu bordering on the gourmet side of things at reasonable prices.


Hung out there for a bit to watch some football then went back to the Hilton Garden Inn for the night.

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