The past year was not without its challenges, but overall we made it a memorable one on the waters around Montana. We were faced with lower water on some of our rivers, warmer than average temperatures, forrest fires and days of smoke filled skies. On most days the trout still cooperated and when fishing wasContinue reading “Looking Forward to 2022”
Instead of wintering in New Zealand, as we did in 2020, our adventure this past off-season was welcoming our second child, Eliza, into the world. Although we have our hands full with two children under 2 years old; Jessie and Eliza have stolen our hearts and are our world! I can’t wait for the days when these two will join meContinue reading “Back to the Water”
Recently I have been reflecting on how the sport of fly-fishing changes as we evolve as anglers.
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.
As the seasons change from Fall to Winter, I have recently had some days off and have spent these chilly afternoons watching new documentaries about a few famous 70’s rock bands: “The History of The Eagles” & “Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave here Tomorrow.” Since then I have been driving my wife crazy byContinue reading “Sun Setting on a Great Season”
I am often asked; “How hard is fly-fishing to learn?” Trying to display empathy I typically explain; “It’s not that hard. Once you learn the basics, it just takes practice.” I will also add: “It’s kind of like golf. You’ll never master the sport, but you will learn more every time you are on theContinue reading “Learning How to Fish in New Zealand”
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”
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”
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”
“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?”