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Fishing guide Dan Vermillion reacts as President Obama almost snags a trout on the East Gallatin River near Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. White House photo by Pete Souza.

Photo Fishing: Obama Nearly Hooks Trout in Montana

The White House’s official blog this week included some fab photos of President Obama on his trip to Montana last month, the Flathead Beacon reports.

For more photos from Obama’s western vacation, check out the official White House Photostream.

Dan Vermillion, the guide who accompanied the president on the Gallatin, did a Q and A with Outside magazine, and described his reaction when he got a call from the White House asking if he’d be interested in taking the Pres fishing. “Are you kidding?” Vermillion is quoted in Outside. “I would be deeply honored.”

To read more about the two-plus hour expedition, how Vermillion picked his river, what gear was used, and what it’s like to fish with Secret Service agents hovering in the background, check out the story by Ryan T. Bell.
A “hopper-dropper fly combo, Morrish’s Hopper-Cater grasshopper and a bead head pheasant tail nymph” were involved, as Bell reports.

The trout were biting, but none were netted.

Hat tip to the Flathead Beacon blog.

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  1. Hell, first-timer Sutton Stokes did better than that.

  2. if he cant hook a trout with a guide on the East Gallatin he better stick to hoops.

  3. Hey Dan, did ya pinch the barb?

  4. snags???? was he trolling a big treble hook.??

  5. Sutton: 1
    Obama: 0

    Not that fishing is a competitive thing.