Montana Outdoors

June 20, 2010

Muddy water

Filed under: Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 10:13 pm

Our river is high and muddy from the recent rains. It is now roughly eight feet above the level of late summer. I don’t suppose that the trout mind, but it sure isn’t a friendly place to fish with my flies. This photo was taken this afternoon during a break in the clouds.

Clark Fork River during spring runoffClark Fork of the Columbia River


  1. I guess not! Hey, how far are you from Cottonwood, Idaho? That is where my mom was born.


    Comment by sandy — June 21, 2010 @ 4:51 am

    • We’re about 250 miles from Cottonwood. I’ve not been there, but fairly close to it many times driving from Missoula to Boise Idaho (about 10 miles). I also spent one summer with the Forest Service in a camp just out of Orofino which isn’t too far from Cottonwood. That’s a very pretty part of the country.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2010 @ 7:44 am

      • I have never been north in Idaho, just across the lower part of the state traveling from Oregon (where I was born) to Oklahoma. Maybe some day, I will get up that way, after we move back out west.


        Comment by sandy — June 22, 2010 @ 5:37 am

  2. Sure is muddy from the rains. The mountain streams in Washington state are running clear and turquoise green. Such a change from the muddy Mississippi I grew up living next to.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 21, 2010 @ 6:10 am

    • Our small streams are clear too, although running a bit high from the rains. The river is usually this way near the end of May and closer to normal by this time. We won’t complain though. We badly needed the rain.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2010 @ 7:47 am

  3. How beautiful! Trout fishing is something I miss. There are trout in Tn but not close to me other than a few planted Rainbows in the freezing Jan. weather – and those dont live past spring in our warm lakes. Plant ‘n take is that theme here. Beautiful photograph!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 21, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    • The fishing isn’t what it used to be here, but there are still some fairly good places to do. I’m fortunate because I can just walk down to the river and fish in the evening and there are some pretty good trout there.


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

  4. Looks like it’s running fast.


    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

  5. We’ve had some muddy rivers with all the rain lately. This is a lovely natural shot, though, with the magnificent cloudy sky!


    Comment by Anna — June 23, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    • The river is still just as high now, but not nearly as muddy. Today was dry, but the clouds were high and solid.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

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