Fly Fishing in Paradise Valley

It’s finally time to wrap up the wrap up of our trip to Montana and Yellowstone National Park.  After we left the Park, we headed out the North Entrance, through Gardiner and on toward Emigrant, Montana in Paradise Valley.  When we left off, we had happy hour’ed on the Yellowstone River, ate a gluttonous, delicious dinner at Chico Hot Springs Resort, and retired to our room at the Paradise Gateway B&B.

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We woke up the next morning bright and early for a guided full-day fly fishing trip on the Yellowstone River.  Wheat booked this trip ahead of time through Montana Angler, a service recommended to him by his uncle.  We can’t recommend them enough!

We met our guide at a fly fishing shop in Emigrant, purchased fishing licenses and a few supplies, and followed him to a nearby boat landing.  As I mentioned before, as luck would have it, our guide, Doug Casey (definitely ask for him if you ever go!), was our age and from Snellville, Georgia, so we got along just fine.

We began with some parking lot lessons in casting with a fly rod, which I had never done before.  After a few tries and Doug getting the boat ready, we were off.  No motors are allowed on the rivers in the area, so the boats seat two, plus the guide, who paddles and navigates the (occasionally treacherous) waters.  I told Doug that the rednecks back home would have none of that nonsense – we would have trolling motors on those boats quicker than you could say, “catfish.”

Brown Trout on the Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

We had an absolute blast all day, catching a ton of fish and getting the hang of fly fishing.  We both caught a ton of whitefish, and Wheat caught a cutthroat trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout!  I ended up catching everything but a cutthroat trout.  It was SO MUCH FUN, and so different from the fishing I’m used to doing.

I (like everyone else I’ve told about our trip, apparently) wanted to know what a whitefish was, exactly.  Doug explained that the gray and white fish is a relative of trout, but it isn’t as tasty.  Smoked, however, it’s really good.  He found it funny that I promptly dubbed it the “Mullet of Montana.”

Wheat with Trout on Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

Natalie with a Trout Caught Fly Fishing on the Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

In addition to the fishing being fun, the scenery down the 14 miles of river through Paradise Valley was unbelievable.  This is the area where A River Runs Through It with a very young Brad Pitt was filmed.  It’s gorgeous.

Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

Trout on the Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

Trout on the Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

Trout Caught on the Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

Wheat with a Trout Caught on the Yellowstone River | Oysters & Pearls

Fly Fishing for Trout | Oysters & Pearls

Natalie of Oysters & Pearls with a Trout Caught on the Yellowstone River  | Oysters & Pearls

Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley, Montana | Oysters & Pearls

This stitched quote from A River Runs Through It was hanging in our B&B, so it seems appropriate to end on this note.  This was my absolute favorite part of our vacation, I think.  I can’t wait to get better at fly fishing and go back!

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Until Next Time

Maiden South and First Bainbridge Farmers’ Market

It was a big weekend in Downtown Bainbridge!    
Maiden South Maidens on Sneak Peek Day: October 11th, 2014 | Oysters & Pearls    

Not only did we have our Maiden South Sneak Peek, but it was the very first Bainbridge Farmers’ Market, too!  We estimate that around 300 people attended the Market on Saturday.  300 PEOPLE!  We had ten amazing vendors, including Hopkins Farms, Mountain Shadow Farm, Peace Valley Bakery, and more.  We had freshly baked cinnamon rolls, pound cakes, and bread, locally grass-fed beef and pecans, and lots of beautiful, fresh, locally grown veggies.  There were people walking around with breakfast and locally roasted coffee from The Bean, painting pumpkins in Willis Park, buying veggies, and ducking in and out of local shops.  It was a locavore’s dream and I’m so proud I got to be a part of making it happen.

 

First Ever Bainbridge Farmers' Market, October 11th 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

   
Hopkins Farms at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls    
Hopkins Farms at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & PearlsHopkins Farms at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Hopkins Farms at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

 

Hopkins Farms at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Mountain Shadow Farm at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Mountain Shadow Farm at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

Mountain Shadow Farm at the Bainbridge Farmers' Market | Oysters & Pearls

 

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We also had lots of friends, family, and O&P readers come into the shop to look around, have a mimosa, and say hi!  So many people lent their support to this little endeavor and Jess and I appreciate it so much.  We hope you’ll come back this next weekend – you’ll actually be able to shop! :)  Here are a few little scenes from our “Sneak Peek” on Saturday.

Maiden South Sneak Peek, October 11, 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South Sneak Peek, October 11, 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South Sneak Peek, October 11, 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South Sneak Peek, October 11, 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Maiden South Sneak Peek, October 11, 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

We had so much fun talking to everyone, meeting new people, and giving everyone a little taste of what Maiden South is going to be like.  We hope you’ll all come back and see us on the 18th – we can’t wait to show everyone all the handmade goodness we’ve been collecting the past few months!

 Maiden South Grand Opening Announcement | Oysters & Pearls

 

Until Next Time

Maiden South: Flash Back and Sneak Peek Friday

This is an exciting weekend for me.  My little side venture, Maiden South, is coming to fruition!  Our building renovation has come to an end, and now we get to move in!  The little shop that could finally can, and we hope you’ll join us for a special little
sneak peek this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Jess and I have worked our little behinds off the past few months to not only get our store ready to open, but to help our little downtown become the bustling, hip, fun, lively downtown we see in our daydreams.  This Saturday, October 11th, two of those daydreams will come to life: Maiden South, and the Bainbridge Farmers’ Market will have our first open air market on West Street.  We hope you will come shop at the Market, shop and dine with our local businesses and restaurants, and although we won’t be selling anything yet, we sure do hope you’ll pop in for a quick look around (and maybe a mimosa to help us celebrate). :)

If you can’t be there with us on Saturday, we hope you’ll consider this your sneak peek, and we hope you’ll come visit us in person soon!  Sign up for our emails over at www.maidensouth.com to be the first to know when we open our doors for business, both in Bainbridge and online!

With that, how about a little trip down memory lane?  This little ten-foot-wide, hundred-ish year old space has come an awfully long way from its humble beginnings!

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Stay tuned… this little shop ain’t finished yet!

Until Next Time