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The 2010 Season Is Upon Us

by Blue Damsel Manager on May 14, 2010

Here we are again, ready for another great summer season at Blue Damsel Lodge. We had fantastic weather and fishing this spring, which has now come and gone.

Steve had some good fish stories, but no back up photos, so, as you can see, Keith doesn’t seem to be buying this without photo proof!

With a light snowpack, we are getting things started earlier this year and our early June anglers have an excellent chance of hitting that magic salmon fly hatch without much risk of significant runoff. As is usually the case by now, we have very few dates left when the whole lodge is available for a large group, but for smaller groups, we still have availability in all phases of our season-June through early October. We are currently having typical May weather-some cool weather with some precipitation, followed by warm days and some spring runoff. It is looking like the rivers will be in good shape by very early June and Jamie says he saw salmon flies this week already. Things are shaping up for a great season and we are ready. Hope to see you soon.

Nice Rainbow

by Blue Damsel Manager on April 22, 2010

At Last, Spring Is Here!

by Blue Damsel Manager on April 12, 2010

Well, after a long winter, life stirs up Rock Creek. Josh and Colin have been working hard re-opening the lodge for the past several weeks, and in just two days the first guests of the 2010 season will finally arrive.

And the fishing? Well, it’s been nothing short of fantastic. Though double nymph rigs and indicators might be the ticket in the morning, afternoons have been all-you-can-eat dry fly buffets with trout looking for skwalas, march browns, nemouras, and/ or blue-winged olives. We’ve been fishing the length of the Clark Fork, the length of the Bitterroot, and several spots on the Blackfoot (it’s a little colder, a little slower to get going), and are happy to report good to superb fishing just about everywhere.
So it’s time to dust off the rod tube, unearth the vest, and take that old fishing cap out of the trunk. Let’s go fishing! We can’t wait to see you.

Happy Holidays!

by Blue Damsel Manager on December 25, 2009

To the Blue Damsel Extended Family,

It’s been a few short months since we locked up on Rock Creek, but already we are looking forward to opening back up in 2010. Last season was one of the best in recent memory. Cool temps and happy trout kept guests, staff, and guides smiling all season long. Among the notable events: the Upper Clark Fork is starting to fish like the dam was never there (see blog post on Milltown Dam), several monster bull trout were hooked and landed (see proof below), and it’s reported that Keith actually caught a trout (although there is no proof).
We wish you all a happy and safe holiday season. You are all in our thoughts, and we hope to see you again in 2010.
Thank you for being a part of our family.
Best wishes!
Keith, Josh, Colin, Jamie, Mac, and Barley

Fall Colors

by Blue Damsel Manager on September 19, 2009

The aspens are turning yellow and the nights have been dipping into the thirties. Despite recent days in the 80’s, fall is in the air, and the trout are happy about it. Yesterday, the Blackfoot coughed-up 3 Cutthroats over 17″ all on hoppers. Tricos and baetis are going strong on the Root, and the Upper Clarkfork has been dynamite. The brown trout seem to be moving around a bit more, and we have had more reports of streamer fishing being a good morning strategy. We are looking for mahogany and hecuba mayflies to factor in a bit more in the coming weeks too, with lots of big fish working the surface for end-of-season meals. All this good fishing coupled with Chef Josh’s usual meals has got everybody feeling pretty good.

September Caddis?

by Blue Damsel Manager on September 6, 2009

In this neck of the woods, we are proud of the size of our bugs. Kicking off with skwalas in March, there is always something big and nasty for trout to eat. Whether salmon flies, green drakes, golden stones, hoppers, or hecubas, there is a good chance fish are eating size #6-10 dry flies. In the fall, yet another fly shows up on our rivers.

The past few days we have seen more and more October Caddis, Montana’s largest species of caddis. The flies are enormous, sometimes covering two knuckles on your index finger, and fish love them. Skating huge elk hair caddis or orange stimulators at this time of year can be the ticket. And when a fish eats an October Caddis, they really eat it. It can be explosive–more akin to a largemouth bass eat than a trout–and the outcome is a pure adrenaline rush.
We are so pleased that the cooling days of fall are here. The fire place hasn’t been used in a few months, and we are looking forward to the sound of crackling wood and the smell of burning pine in the lodge once more.
We hope to see you soon.

Long Nights and Happy Trout

by Blue Damsel Manager on August 25, 2009

Although mid-day temps have been in the low nineties, longer and colder nights have meant cooler water temps. This has made for some great fishing opportunities around the lodge. Hopper/ droppers are still the game of choice (a red chernobyl got the job done on some big Upper Clark Fork browns yesterday), but we are starting to see more mayflies. BWOs, hecubas, and mahoganies are all around the corner, and fishing a purple haze or parachute adams is starting to become a better bet.

Our guides have been spread out on all rivers as of late, with the best fishing coming from the middle Blackfoot and upper Clark. We have not seen a 20-incher this week, and that surely means we’re due. Maybe today will be the day!
Things at the lodge are running smoothly. Josh has been busy picking cherries and huckleberries and creating some great pies, while Keith and Colin have been working on some new tunes for the campfire.
We wish everyone a happy end of summer!

Early Bird Gets the Worm

by Blue Damsel Manager on July 27, 2009

After a week in the mid-nineties, we have finally decided to start our days a little earlier. The past two days we met our guides between 6:30 and 7:00 and were wetting lines by 8:00 am. The results have been great. Fishing hopper/ droppers right off the bat has had people landing quality trout within sight of the put-in. By mid-morning, we are fishing double-dry rigs in the warming summer air. The meat of our good fishing has been between 9:00 am and noon, with lots of golden stones and PMD’s beginning to move around for the day. The guests in the lodge right now met their guides at 6:30 am. They will be back at the lodge for a cold drink and nap by 3:30. And then it’s off to wade fish Rock Creek before flank steak and strawberry pie. That’s what we call a good day of fishing!

Early Bird Gets the Worm

by Blue Damsel Manager on July 27, 2009

Blue Skies and Big Fish

by Blue Damsel Manager on July 20, 2009

As many of you know, mid-July in our neck of the woods can mean long, hot days, dry weather, and forest fires. Although the trout fishing usually survives (if not improves) under a smoky sky, we always prefer our beloved big blue. We are happy to report that so far this year there are no signs of fire. In fact, our summer has been so cool, and relatively wet, that river conditions are still favorable enough to catch fish right through the heat of the afternoon. This morning, our guests were chowing on Josh’s famous buckwheat pancakes at 7:30 and fishing on the river at 9:00. And when fish are eating bushy #8 dry flies, life is easy. We are fishing hoppers, golden stones, and PMDs these days, and enjoying the extra rest and happy trout provided by this awesome Montana weather.