Keith Bigelow
3rd Annual Fly Fishing Road Trip
Summer 2009

Keith Bigelow

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today I began my 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Road Trip. My first stop tonight is Klamath Falls, Oregon.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

As you can see from the map, I'll be driving north to British Columbia for my first day of fishing on the Columbia River. Then I'll be driving southeast to Montana for stops in Missoula, Bozeman, Livingston and Cameron, for fishing trips on the Bitterroot River, Yellowstone River, Boulder River, Stillwater River, Gallitin River and Madison River. Next, I'll be going south for a stop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to fish the Snake River, Hoback River and Gros Ventre River and then a brief stop in Idaho to fish the South Fork of the Snake River on my way home.


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Today I drove North on I-5 passing Mt. Shasta and Shasta Lake which seemed so low on water. I stopped in Klamath Falls, OR for the night.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Today I continued driving north from Klamath Falls, OR to Richland, WA. Central Oregon and Eastern Washington is almost all high desert and a small 2-lane road the entire way, which made today a long day of driving.

There were a few nice scenes like this, which I think is Mt. Batchelor.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

I enjoy finding interesting and unusual things to photograph as I travel.

Here's an interesting fact, this sign popped up about 100 miles north of Bend, OR about 50 miles from civilization.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

And this is one of those unusual things that pop up along the way.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

You may not have been able to figure out what was on the tree, but they were pairs of shoes. It seemed so strange to see this so far out in the country. I'd love to know what the story is behind this tree and how it all began.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

A close up of the tree.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tonight I'm staying in Richland, WA right on the banks of the Columbia River. This is a view from my Hotel room.

Yes, this is the same Columbia River that I will be fishing on Tuesday and Wednesday, although I'll be over 400 miles upstream. The river stretches from British Columbia through Washington state, forming much of the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. The river is 1,243 miles long.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Today I drove from Richland, WA to Spokane and then on north across the border into Canada.


Monday, July 27, 2009


Monday, July 27, 2009


Monday, July 27, 2009


Monday, July 27, 2009

I'm staying in the small town of Castlegar for the next 3 nights. It's right on the bank of the Columbia River.


Monday, July 27, 2009


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Today I'm fishing the Columbia River with Chris Dawson of Dave Brown Outfitters and ...


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

And his trusty sidekick "Rio"


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Here's a nice Columbia River Rainbow Trout


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another Columbia River Rainbow Trout with the fly still in it's mouth


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fished the Columbia River with Chris Dawson again today. It's been VERY hot with some amazing lightning storms. On the Columbia River we fish from 1:00 to 10:00 PM due to the heat.

Here's our lunch stop for today.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here's the big fish of the trip, a 23" Rainbow Trout.


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Here's is our lunch stop for the day.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Today I left Castlegar, British Columbia and drove back into the USA.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

I entered the USA through Washington and then drove southeast through Idaho and into Montana. I'm spending the next two nights in Missoula, Montana.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Today I fished the Bitterroot River, north of Missoula, with Bob Powell. We got an early start because of the continued hot weather and were on the water before 8:00 am. The fishing on the main river was very slow so we parked the boat along the river and hiked up a couple of spring fed creeks, the cold water from the natural springs attracted the fish.


Friday, July 31, 2009

The fishing on the main river was very slow so we parked the boat along the river and hiked up a couple of spring fed creeks, the cold water from the natural springs attracted the fish.


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009

A young whitetail Deer watching us from the river bank.


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009


Friday, July 31, 2009

This is the largest trout of the trip so far. A very large Brown Trout of 23 1/4".


Friday, July 31, 2009

Here I am releasing that big trout.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Here is our lunch spot today.










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