Just a great day of riding. I had downhill and
down wind the whole day as I pedaled down the
beautiful Big Hole River Valley.
Temperatures were about perfect, there was very little traffic,
and the wildlife was everywhere; I saw deer, moose,
elk and antelope. Bird sightings included golden
eagles and bald eagles, whooping cranes, and four species
I was hoping for better luck fishing. I stopped maybe half a dozen
times and cast to a lot of picky fish. I went through one
swarm of a mayfly hatch where I had to cover my mouth! So
the fish were not in need of a fake fly when thy had so many
juicy real ones. When all those little mayflies died maybe
an hour after hatching, I didn’t have a fly to match the spinner
stage. Technical fly fishing while biking is tough but fun
to try nonetheless. At least I didn’t freeze fly fishing in
my bike shorts and a pair of tennis shoes (got some weird looks from a few passing motorists). And I managed
several whitefish plus a grayling…the latter being a rare catch
in the lower 48.
Here’s a short video clip of the typical riding today…as usual, my media doesn’t do the beauty justice!