Summer Highlights

  Labor Day is just around the corner and the “dog days” of summer are in the rear view.  Hard to believe that the season has gone by so quickly, but there is still plenty of great fishing ahead through September and October.  This summer has been filled with long beautiful days, great clients andContinue reading “Summer Highlights”

Exploring the Big Hole Valley

This spring has been all about exploring. Discovering new stretches of river, new side channels, new honey holes, new dirt roads and hiking new trails. I have spent most of my free time in the Big Hole Valley.  Floating and exploring new sections of the river and discovering new areas in the Anaconda Pintler WildernessContinue reading “Exploring the Big Hole Valley”

Montana Stay-cation

For a few months I have been day dreaming about a week long float on the Smith River this spring.  We successfully drew a permit for the float, my wife and I both got time off work and the I had planted the seed about the adventure with my best friends in Colorado months ago.  EverythingContinue reading “Montana Stay-cation”

Just Like Riding a Bike?

“It’s NOT just like riding a bike, John!”  My buddy Josh yelled from across the river as I lost another fish.  This type of banter is very common when on the water with good friends, but it also made me realize that practice is an important part of fly-fishing. A brutally cold winter, working withContinue reading “Just Like Riding a Bike?”

Overnight & Multi-Day Packages for 2017

There is nothing better than waking up to the sounds of a flowing river, brewing fresh coffee next to a camp fire, planning out the float for the day and rigging up the flies to start the morning.  Hard to beat life on the river! Since becoming an outfitter a few years ago I haveContinue reading “Overnight & Multi-Day Packages for 2017”

Cures for Cabin Fever

Near the end of January a phenomenon hits many Montana residents known as “Cabin Fever.”  Google defines cabin fever as: irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.  These symptoms began to settle in last week following recent weeks of sub-zero temperatures.   Thankfully we had a breakContinue reading “Cures for Cabin Fever”

Winter Tips: January 6, 2017

After enduring multiple days of sub zero temperatures in Montana, its hard to not dream about warm summer days and casting dry flies to rising trout.  Recently I have focused my attention on the tying vise and restocking on the essential patterns, but you can also spend some time surfing the internet and improving yourContinue reading “Winter Tips: January 6, 2017”

How a Fly-Fish Guide & a Writer Spend their Honeymoon

Our honeymoon adventure was a road trip from Los Olivos, California back home to Philipsburg, Montana.  Following Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, up the California and Oregon coasts.  Nice hotel rooms, camping, great meals, seafood, wine tasting, micro brews, amazing concert, hiking, fishing, biking and over 3,000 miles on the road. Tuesday November 8thContinue reading “How a Fly-Fish Guide & a Writer Spend their Honeymoon”

Guides Day Off

“Make hay while the sun shines!” This is the old saying for farmers, ranchers and fly-fishing guides around the west.  During primetime guide season days off are few and far between.  Near the end of August I ended up with few unexpected free days in a row.  Instead of using the days to refuel andContinue reading “Guides Day Off”

Fish On!

I try not to go overboard with gratuitous grip n’ grin pictures, but I couldn’t help myself…. Over the last couple of weeks fishing all around Montana has been excellent.  Being centrally based in Philipsburg, Montana I get the rare opportunity to explore & fish on a diverse selection of waters.  In the last monthContinue reading “Fish On!”