First and foremost I would like to thank all of our Firehole Ranch guests for another fun and exciting fishing season! As I scroll through some of the 2012 photos, all of the great memories rush back. There were fishing days that almost seemed too easy and just enough tough days to keep egos in check. There were some really big fish along with enough small ones to fill the gaps in between. There were memorable and friendly BBQ Tic-Tac-Toe competitions. It was an unusual water year – perfect for the first half and drastically warm and low for the second half of the season, confining many of the Greater Yellowstone fishing guides. Luckily, at Firehole Ranch we had enough river and stillwater options, creative guides, friendly staff and amazing cuisine to hopefully satisfy all of our guests’ needs.
It’s been more than a month since the guides wrapped up their last day of guiding for the ranch, plenty of time to rest fatigued muscles and minds. Plenty of time for Rowan Nyman to spend time with his family, snap photos, and catch up with his favorite bug, the Blue Winged Olive. Plenty of time for Scotty Hall to do a little streamer fishing and set up for his busy ski instructing season in Big Sky at “the Club”. Plenty of time for Trey Braasch to spend a few days on the Clearwater River in Idaho swinging flies for some truly giant steelhead. Hopefully enough time for Chris King to move into his new house, prepare for the new baby on the way, and of course, squeeze in a little fishing for lake run spawners in Yellowstone National Park on the Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole Rivers. Plenty of time for George Kelly to rekindle a few memories on the Bighorn River and do a little bird hunting with his son Mike and hound Moose. Plenty of time for Allan Muchmore to do a three day float on the Yellowstone River with Brady and venture out to Spokane, Washington to visit his mother for her birthday. Plenty of time for Brady Hughes to catch every fish behind every rock on every river with every one of his fishy friends and relieve his wife Caroline a little from her intense accelerated nursing school schedule. And of course last and very least, plenty of time for me, Josh Duchateau, to fish a stillwater, fish a small stream, fish a large river, entertain parents, bird hunt, antelope hunt, deer hunt, elk hunt, sleep, order flies for the 2013 fishing season and spend some much needed time hiking with my wonderful wife, Sandy.
To wrap it up, I hope all of our guests had a great experience with us at Firehole Ranch and that you will choose to return or at least highly recommend our services. Stay tuned in to our Facebook and blog sites to enjoy of tidbits of life in Montana during winter.
Head Guide and Outfitter