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A River Runs Through It: My Adventure on the Gallatin River

Posted by Adventure 16 | 08.20.2015

August 6-17, 2015
Beehive Basin, Gallatin National Forest, Big Sky, Montana
By A16 Buyer's Assistant Matthew Smith

It rained in the area for several days prior to arriving and rained our first full day there. The river was occluded and even nymphing was a challenge. We decided to do hiking for the first few days as the weather had cleared although the river had not. We selected Beehive Basin for our day hike and it is known for its scenic grandeur and encounters with fauna. We had about 1400 feet of elevation gain and our highest point was 9419 feet. Although we didn't encounter any fauna while hiking, we did encounter a red fox, cow and calf moose, several elk, and a bald eagle after we had made it back to the trail head.

I did some small stream fishing with my friends’ new tenkara rod and thoroughly enjoyed it. As the Gallatin River cleared, I tied on a Royal Wulf and started walking the river. It took no time at all until I slayed my first trout. I nice 12 inch Rainbow that used the swift current of the river to fight like a much larger fish. It took several minutes and about 50 yards of walking down stream to bring it in. I did not keep the fish and decided to release him back to his habitat.

Although the number of days spent fishing was reduced due to the weather and more importantly due to the cloudiness of the Gallatin River, the time spent fishing was enjoyed. In all, I caught 3 fish and released all. You will hear no fish tales here! Being on the river reminds me of my place in this world and inspires me to be a better person.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters.”

? Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories