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”

Learning How to Fish in New Zealand

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”

Meaning of the Holidays

The Christmas tree has been cut down and decorated, stockings are hung with care and we have rung in the holidays with the annual Yule Night Celebration in downtown Philipsburg.I must admit that the Holidays, and Christmas, have always been one of my favorite times of the year.  Just last weekend my wife compared myContinue reading “Meaning of the Holidays”

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”

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”

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”

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”