Time Flies

It is the most amazing experience watching the passage of time through the growth of my little girl. Every summer seems to fly by but this summer has gone faster than any other before. It started in May, full of anticipation and uncertainty. During my first couple of guide days through the end of theContinue reading “Time Flies”

Five Reasons to Experience Winter Fly-Fishing

Why wait till spring to get back on the water? There are plenty of trout to be caught throughout the winter when conditions are right.

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”

Walleye on the Fly

Fish On!! While floating the Missouri River you often hear this phrase echoing from boat to boat.  Most of the time the excited angler has hooked into one of the healthy Rainbow or Brown Trout that inhabit the river. Sometimes you can be lucky enough to hook one of the other, more rare, species thatContinue reading “Walleye on the Fly”