Photos of the Day: Mollie in Montana

Written by: Mollie Simpkins, Retreat Coordinator at Casting for Recovery Mid-Atlantic Program

Mollie in Montana

The fat rainbows on Burns Lake were hot for black nymphs..

photo courtesy Mollie Simpkins

I just got back from Montana and have some fun fish pics thought I would share. Three of these were caught on Burns Lake outside Big Timber. The trout were mad for hoppers for a stretch, but were mostly interested in black beadhead nymphs. It was awesome!

Meg in Montana

The author’s friend, Meg Konkel got in on the action, as well.

photo courtesy Mollie Simpkins

Meatrack Creek was a two-hour ride on horseback inside the in Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. My guide and I rode for two hours, which in itself was spectacular, but once I got on the water..Heaven. The water was rather low, but fish were happy to see the big fat hoppers. There was actually one hole in which three fish would rise at a time for the feast.

Mollie in Montana

Despite the low water, the trout were fighting over hopper patterns.

photo courtesy Mollie Simpkins

I fished with guide Dennis Alverson out of Livingston for the first time last year and couldn’t wait to get back to go with him this year. Not only did he take me to the Meatrack, but the first full day I was there, he took Meg and me out on the Yellowstone. Dennis is not just a fantastic guide, but a heck of a lot of fun, too!

Mollie in Montana

Dennis Alverson, the intrepid guide, searches for rises upstream.

photo courtesy Mollie Simpkins

Mollie in Montana

For someone who lives on the East Coast, this is a pretty big brookie!

photo courtesy Mollie Simpkins


Mollie Simpkins is the Retreat Coordinator at Casting for Recovery Mid-Atlantic Program

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