Breaking up for Spring!!

March 21st, 2017 by Kristi Spoon

beginning spring thaw 2014 sizedOver the years a number of people have asked what it’s like when the creek is completely frozen over – how thick is the ice – and other questions.  The creek has opened up a little just behind the cabin so I was able to get a picture showing the thickness of the snow and how it starts to break up.  The fish are excited to see the daylight & are hungry for the bugs that spring will ultimately deliver to them.  While I was out there I saw bobcat tracks & those of my neighborhood moose who have wandered by.

I also get questions about the little building in the picture and the “trolly” that runs across the creek.  Many years ago the State of Montana had an active gauging station here that was used to measure the stream flow of the Middle Fork of Rock Creek and also the water table.  They moved the functioning station further up Ross’s Fork but we’ve left the older version for historic value. 

If you are thinking of a fly fishing trip or planning a family vacation at a Montana cabin on Rock Creek it’s time to book your reservation.  With two cabins on over 100 acres surrounded by open space, you’re sure to find a spot to hook a trout or  just sit on the deck and relax after a fabulous day of adventures in Philipsburg.

Winter has arrived on the Creek

November 19th, 2015 by Kristi Spoon

1st snow of winter Nov 2015I’ve been told that the first day of winter, also known as the Winter Solstice, is not until December 22 this year.  I guess Mother Nature has her own ideas!

The seasons definitely show their colors at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.  The Indian Summer held warm days with cool nights, leading us into an incredible Autumn filled with brilliant colors, cattle coming out of the forest and the bugle of the elusive elk.  When winter arrives she usually comes with snow and cold and usually hangs around until sometime in April; not warming until the last calf has arrived.

But truly, time flies and it really won’t be long before the last of the snow melts off.  That’s when the creek air is pure, the grasses explode and the fish are hungry!  Don’t wait to book your 2016 vacation.  Plan now while there is good availability.

Come share the seasons with us here at the top of Rock Creek!

A little upgrade to the Log Cabin

June 9th, 2015 by Kristi Spoon

cabin kitchen counterThe Log Cabin at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch just got a little face-lift.  New quartz and granite counter tops have been added to the kitchen and bath.  Cabin bath counter sized


Summertime Surprises

July 13th, 2014 by Kristi Spoon

What a great kick off to summer we are having.  It’s the middle of July and the creek is PERFECT – in fact, the only way it gets any better is if someone is sitting on the bank with a couple cold ones waiting to toast when you pull in that 22″ cutthroat from the hole behind the cabin!!

The salmon flies have moved up the creek & are hanging around in the heat – some of those little creatures are over 3″!!!  salmon fly bThe fish are hungry & there are openings for reservations in July & August.  Book your trip now for last minute great choices to fish for brown trout, cutthroat, brookies & rainbow.

Montana on Rock Creek  in the summer under the Big Sky – it doesn’t get any better!!

 

The View from the Deck

March 12th, 2014 by Kristi Spoon

Warren Peak winter 2014 sizedI just had to share the fabulous view of Warren Peak (again).  Warren Peak is located in the Anaconda Pintlars and this mountain range is your view when you plan your vacation rental at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.  Fly fishing for brown trout, cutthroats and rainbows; bird watching the eagles, osprey, hawks, bluebirds and songbirds; wildlife of moose, elk, deer, bighorn sheep; hiking the many trails of the foothills or surrounding mountains; and this amazing view.

What’s stopping you – book your summer vacation now!!

PS – do you see the handsome hawk in the tree?

 

 

Daylight Savings time must mean Spring??

March 11th, 2014 by Kristi Spoon

Winter morning 2014 from deck sizedDaylight savings time must mean Spring is just around the corner.  No one could be more excited to hear the sound of birds, the flow of the creek and the change in temperature.  It’s been a long winter here at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.  Located at over 5000 feet in the Rocky Mountains we have seen our share of cold temperatures and snow this winter.  We kicked off calving season with the temperature hanging around 39 below zero39 below recorded 2014 sized – yup, that’s below.  It was followed by about 3 feet of snow, and more snow.  Seems each morning I wake to at least a few inches of fresh white snow.

The fresh snow doesn’t seems to stay long, daytime temperatures are up to the high 30’s now – above zero.  Yesterday I heard a loud noise & actually saw the Middle Fork of Rock Creek starting to loosen up a bit.  It will be fishing season before you know it!!  Hiding out there under the ice are brown trout, cutthroats & rainbows that will be hungry to chase the fly at the end of your line.

Openings are starting to fill for this summer so book the Cabin or Pintlar View for your vacation rental now.  Book online or call to make your reservations to stay with us this summer.  I’m sure a little more snow melts with each booking!!!

Rock Creek Montana Fly Fishing – 2014

December 30th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

It’s time to start thinking about tossing out your line on Rock Creek this summer and doing a little fly fishing.  hd-laurie-fishing

Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch is graced with both the Middle Fork and the East Fork of Rock Creek flowing through it.   The miles of stream flowing through the ranch are very private and offer trout fishing waters for everyone from the novice to experienced fly fisherman.

There are not many properties that offer the privacy and amazing stream access that is offered at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch.  There are two cabin rentals that are separated by a large horse pasture with the Middle Fork of Rock Creek just off the decks.  We are located above 5000 feet so the water runs cold and clear throughout the fishing season.

Spring and summer bookings are happening now, so check your calendar, book your stay and come sit by the creek with us.

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Wildlife in Montana

October 26th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

Every year I continue to be amazed by the wildlife that surrounds me on Rock Creek.  We have deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, bunnies and even the occasional bison.

Rocky with horses

Many of you have heard my story about “Rocky” the buffalo that wandered in one morning.  He was actually a somewhat domesticated bison that traveled all the way from a ranch outside of Anaconda.  He came across the Flint Creek Pass, by Georgetown Lake and over to Moose Lake.  Rocky somehow meandered down to us & hung out for a few days with our horses.  I think he may have had a crush on “Dizzy” (blonde palamino) because they would actually eat out of the feeder together.  So you know, bison are really never domesticated.  They are mighty, powerful and can pretty much go and do whatever they want.   I watched him several times simply sit on his haunches and leap the fences.

Since it is autumn, the buck deer and bull elk are busy looking for the perfect girl.  Daybreak often draws me to the back deck to listen to the incredible call of the elk.  It still causes me to close my eyes, breathe deeply and embrace the magnificence of this animal.  When the snow pushes them around, both elk and deer can be found on the back hill behind the cabin, basking in the morning sun.Elk behind cabin 2013calf moose

We have a mama moose that often brings her calf, or calves by.  Around February she sometimes nests in the willows by the creek, across the fence from the horses.  The dogs get annoyed by her but I never tire of her visits.   In September one of the calves got separated from its sibling on the other side of the fence.  We opened up the gate and they re-united behind the cabin.

The seasons on Rock Creek are different and unique from each other.  Visiting during spring and summer makes fishing a highlight for many.  Don’t underestimate visiting us this fall or winter.  Each season brings its own beauty and brilliance.Elk early fall 2013 cropped sized

 

Welcome to the Pintlar View at Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch

August 28th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

Pintlar welcomePintlar pot of goldIt’s been brought to my attention that the pictures and description I have posted for the Pintlar View didn’t do it justice.  It really is a pot of gold sitting at the bottom of a Montana rainbow.  Let me expand a little on the amenities of this fabulous vacation rental sitting on the Middle Fork of Rock Creek, located outside Philpsburg, MT.  Be sure to look at the Photo Gallery.

The kitchen is newly updated with hickory cabinets, granite and wood countertops with a beautiful tile and granite backsplash, new side by side refrigerator with ice maker and water in the door, dishwasher, new overhead microwave, glass top range and dishwasher.  There is a large picture window in the kitchen looking towards Eagle’s Canyon and a pasture with a couple of new foals.  Off the kitchen sits the log dining table which easily seats up to eight.  The open floorplan affords those in the dining area to enjoy the large picture windows or step out to the covered front deck with gliding chairs to relax on a warm evening.Pintlar kitchen

Leather sofa and love seat with a log bench allow for enjoying the big screen tv equipped with satellite service.  Picture windows and sliding glass doors lead to the back deck with an uncompromised view of the Anaconda Pintlars; the view is truly spectacular.  The deck has both Adirondack  chairs and bench seating with a large picnic table to accommodate both groups and more intimate gatherings.  If you are looking for that Montana campfire, a firepit sits in back, overlooking the creek, just waiting to make those Mountain S’mores.Pintlar back deck

Destination Montana is proudly represented in the Pintlar View with their oversized log furniture in all the bedrooms, the dining table and a 4 inch thick island countertop.  The log beds are all fitted with new pillowtop matresses, finished off with down comforters and lots of fluffy pillows.  Perfect for those cool Montana nights.  The master bedroom has a king size bed with french doors leading out to a small flagstone patio and also has an accommodating master bath.  There are two other bedrooms; one with a queen bed, the other with two doubles.  A second bath boasts of  shower/tub and travertine countertop.

If you are looking for a place to toss your line or just enjoy a creekside getaway, the Pintlar View is now open and accepting reservations for 2014.  Rates will be going up after December, so book now for the best deal.  There are even a few fall openings if you’d like to slip up to the creek sooner.

Fall Fishing on Montana Rock Creek

August 24th, 2013 by Kristi Spoon

We’ve already had our first frost, the willows felt it and already a few leaves have already yellowed.  It must mean autumn is on its way.

side-Magnificent_Rainbow-Laurie-LaneIf you are thinking of fall fishing on Montana’s premiere blue ribbon trout stream, then a reservation with Spoon’s Rock Creek Ranch would make the trip spectacular.

Fall fishing has always been my personal favorite.  As the temperatures drop, the fish ready themselves for the upcoming change in seasons and are hungry to fatten themselves up for the long winter ahead.  I’ve tested their interest in hoppers and they are already striking quickly as the treat flows by the hole out back.

Check the availability calendar if you are interested in a trip to the Creek.  There are a couple larger blocks available as well as smaller in both the Pintlar View and the Log Cabin for September and October vacation rental.

The Moose Meadows fire has been under control for a few weeks, the road is back open, the waters cool and the fish are hungry – What’s keeping you from tossing your line in the creek?Strike-by-Laurie-LaneArtwork on this blog is shown with copyright approval and is available for purchase from Laurie Lane Photography.

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