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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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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