Sunset on Summer 2020

As the calendar turns to Fall, and leaves begin to change, it is amazing to think about how fast the summer has flown by.  2020 has been unpredictable and crazy for everyone, but thankfully the fishing has been one predictable thing to help it feel like a normal summer.  It has been an extremely rewarding year to help peopleContinue reading “Sunset on Summer 2020”

New Zealand Backcountry

This is what makes New Zealand so unique and special: the backcountry, and the chance of finding the fish of a lifetime in a small stream. After a 3 hour hike, covering 7.5 miles, I reached the wee headwaters of one of the local rivers. As I first started stalking the banks there was notContinue reading “New Zealand Backcountry”

Challenges & Rewards of Southland

My Recent Adventures Fishing in New Zealand Fly-fishing is hard. Fishing a new river for the first time can be very hard. Fly-fishing the South Island of New Zealand on my own is one of the most challenging tasks I have experienced in the sport.   We are based in Te Anau in the SouthlandContinue reading “Challenges & Rewards of Southland”

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”

Sun Setting on a Great Season

  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”

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”

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?”

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!”

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”