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”

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”

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!”

Salmonfly Frenzy

Set, set!  There it is!  Fish on!  Bam!  Oh yeah!  Fish off!  Son of a #&*$@! These are the echoes that fill the air through the canyons of Rock Creek as the annual emergence of the famous Salmonflies cause both trout and anglers alike to go into a frenzy. The trout have endured the longContinue reading “Salmonfly Frenzy”

Cleaning Up the Clark Fork

As an avid outdoorsman, and Outfitter, I believe it is important to take care of the resources that we enjoy everyday.  Last week I was lucky to be a volunteer in the 2nd annual Clark Fork River Clean Up sponsored by The Ranch at Rock Creek, the Clark Fork Coalition and Trout Unlimited. The participationContinue reading “Cleaning Up the Clark Fork”

Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch

Some days the fishing guides smile on you & some days they don’t cooperate. About a week ago I spent 5 days floating the Smith River and due to water conditions I only landed 1 fish. Being slightly frustrated, my next outing brought me to the Roaring Fork River on a recent road trip toContinue reading “Mother’s Day Caddis Hatch”

First Time Experiences with the Fly Rod

I was 12 years old and had been fly-fishing with my Dad for about a year.  Until that point I had hooked plenty of trees, bushes and rocks but had yet to hook my first fish on a fly.  I was beginning to get really frustrated with this new fishing technique and was on theContinue reading “First Time Experiences with the Fly Rod”

Research & Development

Wikipedia defines Research and Development, or R & D, as: “A general term for activities in connection with corporate or governmental innovation. R & D is a component of innovation and is situated at the front end of the innovation lifecycle.” I have termed this spring my Research & Development period for McKinnie Fly FishingContinue reading “Research & Development”

That Time of Year Already…

As I was leaving the bar a few nights ago I stopped to talk to a buddy about some upcoming fishing trips.  Someone overhearing our conversation remarked to us, “Is it that time of year already?”  Both us being hardcore fly fisherman we responded emphatically, “It’s always that time!”  Meaning that, regardless of the weather,Continue reading “That Time of Year Already…”