I was slapping my flies down hard to give them extra velocity to get deep fast, and that was exactly what needed to happen. On my first cast right behind the rock, my slinky sprang to life. I set the hook quick, and the weight of a fighting fish was unmistakable. It performed a few acrobatic tricks by leaping out of the water a few times before I netted it, and on a day like today, I was happy to even see a fish.
I spent a lot of time nymphing behind that first large rock after I let my fish go, only to come up empty handed. I made my way right behind the large rock to nymph the rocks directly upstream and, once again, I slapped my flies down hard to get them deep fast.
I was leading my flies downstream when my slinky jolted straight, and I set the hook.
"There's another one!" I yelled upstream to Joel who was throwing a streamer. He gave me a thumbs up and continued to pitch his streamer as I netted my fish.
I dipped the little rainbow back into the water,and watched it bolt away in the murky water. I hooked my net onto my back, and gathered my flies to make another cast when I saw Joel was hooked into a fish. His electric blue fly rod shimmered in the light as the weight of a fish doubled it over.
Joel brought the fish in fast, and didn't bother with a net. He simply scooped up his fish with his hands when it was tired.
With the water getting more and more murky, we decided it was time to head back into town for the cocktail hour at the Orvis Rendezvous. After having a baby, it would be nice to kick back and have a drink or two with friends in the fly fishing industry.
"I'm going to get a Sex on the Beach!" I told the gang, as we entered the Rendezvous.
"You are not going to ask for a Sex on the Beach." Travis stated with confidence, as we walked into the festivities.
"Like hell I'm not!" I said, and got right in line to order my drink.
"I think I'm going to have to see this for myself." Jason said, as I got closer to ordering. I was soon the next one to place my order, and with Orvis taking care of the bill I was feeling chipper.
"What would you like, dear?" The bartender asked as I stepped up to the counter.
"I'll take a Sex on the Beach, please..." I said, looking over to see Deb, Joel, Jason, and Travis watching with unbelievably large smiles.
"You know what... make that a double!" I said smiling, which got Jason's eyes to widen. The bartender quickly made my drink, and Jason drew his camera from his pocket and snapped a picture just as she was handing it to me.
Travis, Jason, Joel and Deb all got beers from the cooler next to the bar, and we kicked around saying hi to fellow fish bums for a few hours before heading to the Tamarack Restaurant for dinner. The Tamarack is one of our favorite places to eat while in Missoula, and after a few drinks at the Orvis Rendezvous it was the best way to end the evening.