June Is A Great Month For Adventures In The PNW
Personally I love the protracted Spring season that the PNW offers. It starts early in the coastal lowlands and then creeps its way up the hills into the mountains over the course of the whole summer really. It isn’t until late August that the peaks of the mountains become covered in wildflowers. That is a whole lot of Spring.
Whats on with June? To start with, I’m headed East to the wilds of Montana for a week long fishing trip with some of my family. The target is scores and I mean literally scores of Kokanee salmon from the cold clear waters of those Montana lakes.
This turns into a week long trek from the coast. One day of travel to Idaho. A day to get organized and then a day to get to Montana and set up camp. Then it is a few days of fishing. Montana limits are pretty generous on Kokanee and last time I went the group brought back ~200 fish.
The many hours on the road through three states for me totally worth the 5 days or so away from the noise of urban life. Most of where I go in North Idaho and Montana is out of cell signal range, so that forces one to slow down and be with where they are at. Last year I could just get text messages in and out if I put my phone on top of my tent and just left it there for a while.
Pro Tip: If you really need to get a message out, send a plain old text. Even when the cell signal is too weak to hold a call, texts will usually go through.
Lesson I’ve learned from last year, is that it is probably still too cold to sleep all night in the hammock. Tried it once, was fine except for where my ass compressed my sleeping bag. There it got real cold.
For now though I’m assembling gear, all critical mind you. Even the new rod, reel and line. Have to come armed for combat against my brother the expert fisherman of the family.
You can look for a complete update on the Montana Kokanee Fishing Trip later this month over on FishingPNW.com.