Montana Outdoors

May 20, 2013

Thompson River today

Filed under: Fishing — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:26 pm

Fishing season opened here on Saturday and today on this stretch of water I caught enough Brown Trout to make a very nice meal for an old friend. That’s a good day.

Thompson River


  1. Oh I would love to wet a line in that river!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 20, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

  2. It is definitely one gorgeous stretch of water.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — May 21, 2013 @ 12:22 am

  3. That’s a beautiful place to fish. I was watching some brook trout in a stream last weekend, but it was impossible to get a good photo of them.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — May 21, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    • I have never had any success photographing fish either. Fairly good at catching them though! This particular stream is home to Browns and Rainbows with a few Cutthroats. One of the smaller streams that feeds it though is just full of small brook trout.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

  4. Beautiful stretch of water. Hope the fish taste good.


    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — May 21, 2013 @ 4:37 am

    • They are delicious, and much cherished by many of the older folks in the area. I usually give away most of my catch from there and settle for a nice big rainbow from the big river near my house when I can catch one.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

  5. Beautiful image, Terry…what a place to spend a morning or afternoon…or day.


    Comment by seekraz — May 21, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    • I’ve spent many a day there, Scott, going back to the 40’s. Hopefully I will spend many more there too.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

  6. Looks like it was a fine day!


    Comment by dhphotosite — May 21, 2013 @ 7:08 am

    • It was. One of the clear, sunny days of spring, a rarity so far this year.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  7. May 21 2013
    I can’t believe it is so lovely there. You are blessed.


    Comment by Anonymous — May 21, 2013 @ 8:29 am

  8. What a beautiful place to spend a day fishing, and I bet your friend loved the trout!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — May 21, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    • She did. Her husband was a good friend and a great fisherman. Since he has been gone, I make it a point to provide her with plenty of fish each summer because she enjoys them so much.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

  9. I love this photo because it inspires me.
    I imagine the wind, the sounds of forest and sounds of water, I imagine the dance of clouds and many other things. Thank you!


    Comment by Cornel A. — May 21, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    • That is a very pleasant place to be. There is plenty of wildlife in the area too.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  10. Mmm! Trout sounds good…


    Comment by Roberta — May 21, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    • I have seen the prices for trout in the stores and these, fresh from the stream, are far superior to those. I am fortunate to have grown up fishing these streams.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

  11. I’m not a fisher, but that stream looks mighty appealing. I can almost hear the water gurgling its way downstream.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — May 21, 2013 @ 3:50 pm

    • We lived in Arizona for about 25 years and that experience made us appreciate ice cold running water so much more! I love these mountain streams!


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 9:14 pm

  12. Does it run like this most of the year, or is it swollen with snow melt? Our streams and rivers rise and fall so radically with rain – I’m not very knowledgeable about mountain streams.


    Comment by shoreacres — May 21, 2013 @ 8:57 pm

    • This one typically rises several feet from snow melt but stays clear. Right now it is perhaps a foot higher than in mid-summer. We live near the Clark Fork of the Columbia and it is quite a large river. It is coming down from its peak spring flow right now and is about 8 feet above its summer level and it is quite muddy. When we get rain while the snowpack is melting it will affect the streams but other than that rain has little effect on the streams here; the forests absorb most of the rain and will release it slowly.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  13. It looks like the river is still quite high but clear. My Father fished Thompson River opening day but he didn’t send any pictures so I am glad I got to see this one.


    Comment by Dave — May 21, 2013 @ 9:06 pm

    • It’s actually not all that high. I think it has come down from its peak already. This was taken about 19 miles up from Hwy 200 just above where the Little Thompson flows into it. I haven’t visited the lower end of the river yet this year.


      Comment by montucky — May 21, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  14. really gorgeous. I met a man from Bozeman the other day at the store!


    Comment by skouba — May 23, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    • I’ve been thinking about you Stacey. I hope your family hasn’t been affected by those storms!


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

      • thanks for the thoughts. no we are all good. sad for those hit….


        Comment by skouba — May 24, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

  15. Those smaller streams are the best for fly fishing. There’s no place in the world like W. Mont!


    Comment by twoscamps — May 23, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    • I prefer them too although I often do quite well in the Clark Fork below the house. I don’t return to many of the streams I loved as a kid though. They have succumbed to exploitation over the years. I am thankful that I knew them when they were good.


      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

  16. What a gorgeous place to spend a day. Lovely photo.


    Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

    • Over the years I have spent many days there, and I hope to spend many more.


      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

  17. A really beautiful image !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — May 24, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    • I’m happy to say, that is also an image from my youth.


      Comment by montucky — May 25, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

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