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Archive for March, 2012

Mile High Post

I’m sitting in the Denver Airport with an hour to kill so I might as well do something productive… I was lucky enough to have family in town the last three weekends. Needless to say I didn’t have much free time on my hands. Here are a couple photos that don’t fit into any one category but deserve a little facetime. It’s the least I can do considering I stole Zach’s camera yesterday and deprived Mandy a picture of her biggest fish to date. Enjoy.

False  Casts and Chained Tires

Wanted, A Bass Sparkle Drift Boat

Went Fishing With Burke Holmes On Thursday…

The Dude Can Fish

We Hit the Cycle




And Browns

Peace Out Missoula

I’ll be in North Dakota all week. If you don’t here from me I either froze to death or blew away…




The Busy Midterm Week Excuse For A Post

It’s almost spring break, which means it’s time for midterms. I have been busy studying, reading scientific articles and writing papers. Not a whole bunch of spare time this week for fishing. But thats about to change.

I have however been able to fish the Hollywood hole two evenings in a row. Lots of pre-spawners stacking up there. Mandy even got a measured and verified 18 inch bow last night. Her biggest yet. I think I was more excited than she was. However I didn’t have the camera because Anthony dumped his in the drink last week and borrowed mine for a trip down the Bitterroot. But he got some great fish shots so all is forgiven.

Because I don’t have much to show you today why don’t you check out some other stuff that is FCFT approved.

As always, check out your Mo river expert Headhunters with up to the second Missouri River info, Hatch reports, shuttles, and free coffee. I owe Mark a huge thank you for last weekend. I had a little trailer issue that was discovered at the dam when putting the raft in. I was freaking out and Mark told me to relax, have fun, and catch some fish and it would all be taken care of. With their help we had a great day and all issues were fixed. These guys can handle anything you throw at them. (I did my best to throw them a curve ball and they took it in stride) I couldn’t have picked a better place to have a bearing go out. Thank you Mark, John and all the Headhunters crew for all the help. You guys rule.

Check out A Classic Journey’s Blog and Video fishing reports for the best info in the Missoula and Bitterroot valleys. Joe and crew run a great show. They have been catching some damn nice fish on top. So please give them a look. I like all of their stuff if that says anything…

Check out Missoula based fly blog Zoo City Aquarium. These fellas are powder and fish hounds. They have some quality stuff and I enjoy checking out everything they post up.

The dudes at Bent Rod Media do some pretty amazing stuff with photos and video. If we are ever in their neck of the woods I am sure we will have to meet up. I really liked the newest carp video. It looked nice to fish in flip flops.

The Boughton brothers of Montana Wild just released a teaser for their newest fly fishing video. They have the best hunting videos I have ever seen. (someone get these guys a contract) Check out their coyote video if you haven’t seen it. They are now venturing into fly videos and from the teaser the camera work looks to be great.

Cody and Alex, two dudes we met on the Mo also have fly blogs OakFish and Fly Fishing Life respectively. Young guns bringing up some good stuff.

The newest Drake Mag is out and I have been thumbing through it when I have had a little bit of time. Great photos and writing. By far the best mag in fly fishing. Its easy to read these thing cover to cover 100 times.

One more test then its Spring Break. Anthony is off to NoDak. He sees big pike in the very near future. Stan and I are hanging around these parts and fishing as much as we can. The skwalas are coming off, the weather is looking warmer, and life is good. Plus that raft isn’t going to take itself down the river.

Peace Out Suckas

Give all of these folks a look. Its all good stuff. That’s why I put it up here.



Fly Flickin 101

We are now halfway through the semester and spring break can’t come fast enough.  With studying for midterms and writing papers it’s hard to find time to do anything during the week, let alone fish… But somehow the planets aligned and I don’t have class or work on Wednesday afternoons, it also turns out that the worlds best fly fisher(self acclaimed) Burke doesn’t have any obligations on Wednesdays.

So the last few weeks we’ve decided to add a little fish catching into the curriculum.  Burke spends his summers guiding so he has a few secrets up his sleeve and we spend most of the days on his favorite water.  Here’s the result of  one of our more recent trips.

Pushing the 4wt

Beats sitting in class

 Field Work?



Somehow the man tracked me down and I was roped into working today, but Anthony and Burke will be out and about. Back to class!



Fish On Top

This weekend seemed to solidify the fact that it is spring here in Montana. We had warmer weather, bugs, and rising fish. Pretty mush everything a fly fisher-person could ask for in March. Midges, Blue wings, and Skwalas all made an appearance and the trout got after them. It was fun headhunting for risers and actually catching those fish. Picking off all the fish out of a rising pod is good for the soul.

We floated both the Bitterroot and the Mo. Fish were caught and good times were had.

First and Foremost… An offering to the trout gods.

We met up with Bob from Stevi and floated the Upper Root. It was a good day and we had a great time. I even managed to poach a fish out from Stan’s drift.

Teach me how to dougie

Leopard Print

Midge Masher

Alex and Sam caught fish all day while I attempted to keep the boat off the fish. It was supposed to be 60 and sunny but we didn’t see any of that.

Beauty Mark

Down town brown town

Cutt’s Bows and Browns.

That’s all folks. It’s sunny. I don’t want to be on the computer anymore.



Monday Morning Macro

Skwala Edition.

We found these guys this weekend. And more importantly, fish that were looking up to eat them. It was good to start the weekend off right with a fish on top right of the boat launch.


Spring has Sprung.

We are getting closer and closer to amazing things on the rivers. More photos and writing to follow as usual.