Montana Outdoors

July 14, 2009

Last night it rained…

Last evening on the river at around half past eight I brought about a pound and a half of brightly colored Rainbow trout to my net and saved it for tonight’s dinner; such a thrill using an ultra-light fly rod and a fly I tied myself.

Then, during the night, it rained and an Evening Primrose chose to bloom.

Isn’t summer magnificent?

Yellow evening primrose

Yellow evening primrose

Yellow Evening Primrose
Oenothera villosa


  1. that top photo is absolutely perfect. hope you enjoyed the trout!!


    Comment by kcjewel — July 14, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    • Thanks, Jewel! I was happy with that photo: the flower is tall enough that I was able to use a tripod and a remote shutter release for a change and so there wasn’t much of a problem with blur. The trout was delicious!


      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

  2. So happy for you! Yum. Rainbow trout. There is no place like Montana in the summer. And wasn’t that rain great? Love the photos of the Evening Primrose.


    Comment by Maureen — July 14, 2009 @ 7:15 pm

    • The rain yesterday was wonderful and then more during the night was an extra bonus! You’re right about Montana in the summer! There’s nothing like it!


      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

  3. PS It must be a wonderful thing to catch a fish with a fly you tied! Is it too much to ask what fly you tied to catch that wonderful fish?


    Comment by Maureen — July 14, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

    • I use two flies, one as a lead, then about 18 inches above it, one on a 5 inch leader. For that one I almost always use a common Grey Hackle pattern and in fast water it just dances on the water: trout can’t resist it and this one took it as well. It was just about 18 inches and a lot of fun to play in fairly fast water!


      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

  4. Nice. I only see the faint pink primrose around here. I’m jealous.


    Comment by iheartfilm — July 14, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  5. Another marvelous flower! Great shot. Love the rain drops on the petals.

    Fresh Rainbow trout would be very tasty about now! I’ve cooked my share.

    Back in the late 60’s, my family and I were camping in the more or less wilds of the Cascade Mts / Wenatchee National Forest about 15 miles NE back in from Lake Wenatchee on the Chiwawa River Road (that is how it is spelled on the map but pronounced Chihuahua)at Chickaman Creek. We had hiked the creek down to the river.

    My fishing experience was very slim. I found a clear pond in the river that had several huge salmon lazing about the bottom. The water was crystal clear. I threw in a line. Then I remembered an old saying, if the fish can see the fisherman, they aren’t going to bite. I was amazed when one huge specimen (they were at least 3 ft long!!) lazily swam up to investigate my bait. Then I thought: Lord, what in the world will I do with this fish if he takes that bait?? He would have weighed about 40 pounds! Thankfully, he swam away as lazy as he had approached. Whew!


    Comment by Iona — July 14, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    • That’s a good story! A fish that size would be a challenge to land.

      The saying about fish seeing you is a good one. My Dad was a great fisherman and I remember many times seeing him approach a stream so he wouldn’t be seen and slowly parting the bushes with one hand while poking him pole out with the other. I’m sure that’s a large part of my fishing success even now.


      Comment by montucky — July 15, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  6. Yes, it is magnificent. And you definitely seem to be living the good life! Beautiful flowers.


    Comment by Candace — July 15, 2009 @ 12:40 am

    • This has been a very good summer here so far. The weather has warmed up though and I’ve been expecting some wildfire activity but my pager hasn’t gone off for nearly two weeks now.


      Comment by montucky — July 15, 2009 @ 9:36 am

  7. Nice before and after shot there. I personally love the beads of water on soft flower petals.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 15, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  8. Very pretty flower photos – I love the raindrops on the heart-shaped petals of the second one.

    And a pound and a half of trout, yummm!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — July 18, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    • Yes, there’s nothing like a fresh trout and a summer rain!


      Comment by montucky — July 18, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

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