A late May trip to check out some water that reportedly holds some really big fish

Big water in wide open country. Weather was cool and unsettled with lots of wind.

Until next time. Maybe a little later in the year when it is a little warmer and a few bugs on the surface.

Wyoming Trout in May

Posted: May 22, 2024 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Check out this beautiful fly-caught German Brown trout from Fontenelle Dam on The Green River in Wyoming! A terrific photo taken by Dan Shively of my Dad just two days ago.

Fun on the Coast

Posted: April 11, 2024 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

The guide for 2 days on the John Day called a week before the trip and said he could not make it. After a lot of scrambling, we lined up a top gun on the coast and decided to trade fly rods for back bouncing rods. We were in early November and were going to be fishing on the back end of a pretty good few days of high water and only the second one of the season. We were hoping for a fish or two to bring home for the smoker. The guide was happy we knew how to back bounce and told us it was going to be good –

First hour on the first day
No body else on the upper river
My fishing buddy’s first time fishing this river

Day 2
We moved a few rivers South and were in the water while it was still dark. There were three trailers parked and 3 boats ahead of us. We floated for 20 minutes and passed one boat before getting to the “place.” Our guy pulls out the back bouncing gear and says ” I can tell it is going to be good.”

After some high water earlier in the week, the river dropped and is in great shape. We are fishing deep slots mostly cl9ose to the bank

Three of us limited by about 12:30. Crazy good fishing and the right mix of hatchery and wild fish. Without a doubt one of my best days of chinook fishing.

Last Fall Recap!

Posted: April 8, 2024 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Hello to all my AllAroundAnglers out there who might still be reading along! So much has changed over the years and I have really lost track of this website and keeping you all posted on here! I suppose we can blame it on Instagram because if you follow me there you would know what’s happening. So, just in case you don’t…I woke up today compelled to bring you into the fold.

Last fall season was truly epic in so many ways! Maxwell was able to get his very own FIRST STEELHEAD on a long day float him and I did together. My wife ran shuttle and the Fish Gods shined on us with a beautifully fought and earned 34” late summer steelhead! My son burst into tears upon netting it and that almost didn’t even happen. The fish popped off next to the boat and was UNSECURED and swimming free before Max himself scooped it into the net. Just barely so! His tears were tears of joy and disbelief to have accomplished something so unexpected.

The best part of this story is that he had put his rod away as we were approaching the end of our float. He had turned to me after seven hours of floating and fishing and said ‘well Dad, I guess we just weren’t lucky enough today to catch one.’ I looked at him and said ‘Son, there’s always one more cast you can make to change your luck!’ And that’s exactly what happened: One more cast. That was the cast that changed everything!

Here are some photos of this past fall including the fish in this story! I hope you all enjoy.

Wyoming fishing road trip reunion…

Posted: September 8, 2023 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

After 25 years the boys were finally able to pin down a date together to return to the Wyoming trout streams that were so formative in our youth. Please enjoy a few shots from this epic reset!

Deschutes Spring Fling

Posted: June 21, 2023 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

I was able to get the crew together for another spring Deschutes trip this year! Initially, the trip was supposed to be to the John day river but high water pushed us elsewhere. Needless to say, water was high there as well. I would end up, snapping in or and getting some of the worst poison oak I’ve ever had. All of that being said, I am still so grateful for these friends, and here’s some videos and pictures from our trip.

Somewhere in Western Wyoming

Posted: March 15, 2023 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

We always love returning to the family cabin in Wyoming. Although the area is no longer “undiscovered” it remains pretty uncrowded. There is always the chance of a really good sized trout when hitting one of the local streams. Here are a few shots from angling in 2022.

on our way to the river…mid September
One of our favorites
Just minding her own business
Toad on a dry
Semi toad
Another dandy
Finally a rainbow

Baja Adventure

Posted: March 12, 2023 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Four intrepid anglers headed to Baja to fish mangroves andl blue water on the Pacific side. Here are some of the highlights.

Mangroves forever
Barrier dunes

From the bay, we headed to do some offshore fishing.

Yellowfin Tuna
Striped Marlin

Yellowfin Tuna
Fish on!
All on a fly

A Run Silvers…

Posted: October 16, 2022 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

After a quick start to an early run there was a dip in the action due to low water. With the water newly on the rise look out for more photos soon!

Upper Green River, WY

Posted: September 1, 2022 by Hellcat in Fish Reports

Starting in 1984 I began to visit a very magical place passed down through generations in my family sitting in the mountains of the wind river range in Pinedale Wyoming.

This was the very first place I ever caught a trout on a fly and I will never forget that yellow humpy getting slurped off the surface igniting a lifelong passion that I still pursue to this day.

I keep this website functional for a very few people who are incredibly important to me and who share this passion for the outdoors and for angling.

One of those people is my Dad. You might know him as Sal Monid from the glory days of Triple A! He and my son and I shared some pretty special time together there this past month. Super special we have this property and access the wild outdoors we can continue to pass down to future generations in the family!

Please enjoy a few photos from this year’s trip!