As anglers, we spend a lot of hots days in the sun, sweating our asses off in pursuit of fish. After a few hours of such self inflicted torture the thought of an ice cold drink starts to sound pretty damn good. You have a couple options. You can always lug a cooler out to […]
Small waters have always held a special appeal for me. They exist in beautiful, uncrowded places, full of wild fish that really aren’t too picky. I like being able to throw three or four patterns in a small box and not have to worry about matching the hatch exactly. Everything is downsized, even the fish, […]
It seems like I write about going fishing because of women problems more than I should. (Here and here, for past reference). Today I seem to be singing the same song. There’s no major damage, but it’s still pretty damn frustrating. No one wants to hear that “there just isn’t a spark”. That has got […]
As Mark is currently engaged in driving across the nation, I have taken it upon myself to provide this week’s Friday Feast. This week’s meal is not quite the bountiful repasts that Mark usually provides though. Welcome to the world of the broke ass mid-20 year old. The Popeye is a damn simple dish, but […]
Slow days at a fly shop can lead to interesting conversation. The other day the talk shifted to Florida, saltwater fishing and booze. Brantley has ties in Florida, so he had lots of stories for Steve and me. One thing he did share really piqued my interest; a drink his girlfriend shared with him: the […]
Shane casts from his pontoon boat to fish sipping PMDs along the banks of the Beaverhead last week. We spent a good amount of time just inching our way down this stretch of slow water, searching for heads coming up to sip the big sailboats floating down the river. More to come about this trip […]
A couple of weeks ago, Shane’s friend from back home in Michigan came out to Montana for his first visit in Big Sky country. Ryan is an accomplished fisherman with a spinning rod, but had never even held a fly rod before his trip. His first day on the water was at the Railroad Ranch, […]
As an angler, I delight in finding the places that no one knows about, that aren’t on the radar, and are still a secret even in today’s world. This could be a small mountain creek, a river that gets overlooked, or a lake that simple doesn’t get talked about. Searching out and finding those places […]
Shane shows the group just how big the fish he lost was. On the Railroad Ranch on the Henry’s Fork, you never know… More to come from this trip. Stay tuned.
You know that it’s going to be a good day on the water when you are out fishing with your friends. Even more so when you are fishing hallowed water like the Railroad Ranch on the Henry’s Fork. And even more so when a bottle of fine bourbon gets passed around while you are gearing […]
While fishing the Lower Madison just downstream of the Red Mountain Campground last week, we ran across an unusual sight. A catfish. It was dead, but still. A catfish in the Madison. I have never seen any in that section, or even heard of them in there. Maybe it’s a common thing, but it sure […]
Fly tyers are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest; that new thing that will give them the extra edge to create better looking, more realistic bugs. The industry has seen some great changes and new products over the past five years. Here’s a new one that caught my eye. They’re called Bug Collars, […]
Ethan breaks from tradition with an Oly. As I’ve said many times before, even cheap beer tastes damn good on the river.
Montana is full of iconic rivers and iconic places. All the places that have been in magazines, videos and books for decades. Places that every fisherman in the world might know and want to visit and fish. Living here, you would think a fishy person like me would have gone around and fished them all […]
Cheap beer is cheap beer. But drink it out on the water with a buddy and it’s the nectar of the gods. Need I say more?