September 4, 2009

Fly Fishing with Ted Turner

Perhaps you read my tweet from Montana when I announced that I went fly fishing with Ted Turner and that he caught five fish and I barely caught one.  Ted is an avid fisherman who finds the ancient angling method of fly fishing especially relaxing.  He is also very involved with restoring endangered species of native fish, such as the Westslope cutthroat trout, back into the streams and rivers of Montana.  After donning my waders, I met up with Ted and Chris Francis, Ted's fly fishing guide of twenty years.  Chris has the ability to 'read' the water and determine where the fishing will be best on a particular day.  He knows which rivers and streams will fish the best during specific times of the year.  After preparing my gear, Chris pointed me into the beautiful Ruby River to try my luck at hooking a fish.  We were fishing for cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout.  Although I wasn't very successful, I think that one day, if I have the time, I'd love to try this sport again.