Once again FISH ( Forum for Indiana Studies in Health) had a fantastic trip! This year (which was the 18th year FISH has gotten together) we headquartered ourselves at Chico Hot Springs near Emigrant, Montana. We fished the area extensively and covered the water from Yellowstone National Park to the lower Yellowstone River and also made some trips to the Bozeman area to fish 16-Mile Creek and the East Fork of the Gallatin River. In the park, we fished Soda Butte Creek, Slough Creek and the Lamar River. Our weather was fantastic with hot days and unseasonably mild evenings. On the Yellowstone River, groups floated from Gardiner to below Big Timber using both streamers and hopper/droppers. We caught browns and rainbows up to 22 inches on the Yellowstone River and if you check out the gallery, you'll see some of our finer specimens including a monster caught by Jim Snyder and another beast caught by Julie Carmichael. In the park, we had some good fishing for cutthroat trout and saw some of the spectacular scenery our nation's first national park has to offer. On private water, Rick Cockrum and Chic Born sampled DuPuys Spring Creek and Rex and Chad Killian experienced what they said was their finest day of trout fishing ever on 16 Mile Creek.
Our accommodations, meals and experience at Chico were all top-notch and we thank everyone there for their hard work. And we would also like to thank our guides out of Bozeman, you guys were terrific. If you are a FISH member and are reading this, please send me your photos and I'll post them. See you all next year for FISH XIX!!