Social Distancing and Catching Rainbows on Holter
By Kamp Cook

Posted: April 8, 2020

There are some that say Montana has been practicing social distancing since 1889. If you think about it, a campfire (depending on the heat) can keep most people 6 feet away from each other. Another great Montana past time is fishing. And NO I’m not talking about shoulder to shoulder combat fishing on shore. I’m talking about enjoying some peace and quiet out on the water.

After 2 weeks of following the “stay-at-home” order, I finally could not take it anymore. I needed to get me and my kid outside. Thankfully, Gov. Bullock encourages Montanans to enjoy the great outdoors, just as long as we stay the minimum 6 feet away. So I figure “what better way to enjoy a nice Spring day, than to take my son fishing.”

As it turns out, The Captain was also tired of being cooped up inside and suggested we take his new Smokercraft boat out fishing. We grabbed out fishing gear and were soon on the road to the beautiful Gates of the Mountains near Helena.

The way we saw it, if either of us was going to get within the other persons 6ft “bubble” they were likely to get smacked with a fishing rod. After touring the gorgeous scenery of Holter Lake, we soon got down to fishing.

Our weapon of choice: 1/4 ounce Traditional Marabou jigs from Kits Tackle. Black seemed to work the best in the past. We also saw good results using the 1/4 ounce “Egg Sucking Leech” pattern from Bart’s Zonkers collection at Kit’s Tackle.
We trolled the shoreline with “long lines” equipped with cyclones. While some of us casted the Marabou jigs to shore.

The result was the memories that last a lifetime.

For the record: B-Rad outfished his Ol’Man AGAIN!