Tuesday night later in the afternoon Marshall, Chandler and myself decided to take the boat out with aspirations to see some new water Northeast of Livingston. All three of us are well aware of the wonderful streamer fishing rumors that swirl with the river below Livingston. So we got in the streamer-state-of-mind and set out from the Pig Farm boat access at around 5:30pm. Chandler was fishing a cone-headed wooly bugger behind 2x tippet. Marshall was fishing an Olive Boogy Man behind 350 grain sink tip and intermediate line. We started by casting our streamers along the right-hand bank and stripping like mad. Chandler ran into two Brown Trout approximately 15 inches in length during the first 1/4 of the float. One of the trout decided to stubbornly turn his head and venture downstream which made for a moment of panic as Chandler got further and further into his backing. After a healthy jog down a rather rocky stretch of shoreline Chandler finally landed the first fish of the float. The Cutthroat proved to be interested in Marshall’s Olive Boogy Man as we got deeper into the float and farther from Pig Farm. Marshall managed to land two nice Cutthroat Trout on his streamer. We also managed a hungry Cutthroat on an orange Chubby Chernobyl. Marshall landed two very nice Browns over the course of the float. His second fish (pictured below, photo by Mike) was a healthy Brown in the 18 inch category. In my humble opinion the picture doesn’t do the fish justice. Tons of fish were actively chasing the streamers we were throwing and we missed roughly 5 fish that bumped our streamers and moved perhaps a dozen more.
The river was tricky to navigate at a few places throughout the float so if you decide to venture below Livingston be aware and active on the sticks. Overall, we had a fishy float to say the least. Perhaps the best part of the evening was the lack of boats on the water; as a matter-of-fact, we didn’t see another boat all evening. If you are comfortable throwing cast after cast towards the banks on this lower stretch of the river you are sure to move fish and have a productive float. Stop by the shop and we can hook up you with patterns, maps, anything else you may need.
Tight Lines and Good Times.