So here I go again. Yep, blogging away, my second time in three years. The raft, frame and trailer business is going strong. We have added a new line of custom rafts from Sotar since the last blog (Feb 2016) and it seems to be a popular addition. This year has once again started strong and looks to be another record year for us although as I write this, there is no fishing to be had anywhere close by. A banner winter with most of our ranges in the 150-200% of normal snowpack and a long, cold prolonged spring, has us in the middle of the highest floodwaters seen in over 100 years. The Clark Fork river is pushing 14' above flood stage and although dropping a little today with cold temps overnite, we still have an unbelievable amount of snow in the mountains which means more high water on the way. Hopefully, the waters will stabilize some and finish runoff without any more major flooding although it doesnt look that way right now. Thoughts and prayers go out the those affected by the flooding. Floating and fishing season will be here before too long and hopefully I will see you out there somewhere on the water.
So here I am sitting at the computer. Quite possibly one of my least favorite things in the world. It ranks right up there with teeth cleanings at the dentist and mucking out my garage. One of those things that needs to be done but one that I put off as long as possible. So here we go...
Well, as hard as it is to believe, spring is just around the corner. A string of 40 plus degree days here in western Montana has the rafting nation itching to get out there and on the river. The phone has been ringing off the hook and the emails are pouring in. The orders are starting to stack up and it looks like it will be another crazy year. A few more short weeks and the Skwallas should be starting to look for a warm rock or tree branch to crawl up on and dry those wings. Alot of the bucks have shed their horns and those bigger bulls that we all dream of should only have a month left with their current headgear. Next to fall, this is my favorite time of the year. And just like fall, there are too many things I want to do and not enough time to do them all. Steelhead are beckoning from Oregon and Idaho, big brown horns are laying on all the south facing slopes waiting for me to pick them up, trout are starting to wake up and eat for a few hours in the afternoon and oh yes, there are trailers and raft frames that need to be built.
So, get out there and find a few fish and maybe even a fresh horn (just stay out of my spots) but if you are contemplating a new trailer or frame this year, give me a call and the sooner the better. Lets get your project started so you can be enjoying it as soon as possible although I would imagine that Mother Nature has a little more winter coming before its all done. Everybody pray for some good snowpack and I hope to talk to you soon