A look inside the "Trout Life" under the Big Sky

Friends and Family

“It’s pretty amazing living somewhere where other people get to come on their vacations”

It’s too easy to forget where I call home. Talking fishing over a Summer Honey with a buddy, I was reminded of that. I am also reminded every time someone comes into town that I get the chance to fish with. Showing someone my favorite reasons of why I live here is like getting a fresh look around. It’s like seeing these mountains, rivers, fish, and animals for the first time again. It’s as much of a vacation for me as it is for them.

That’s just another reason why I love summer in Montana so much. Getting the chance to not only see friends and family but to share this place with them.

Sometimes its too easy to forget that I am fortunate enough to call this beautiful place home. When work is long, money is short, and getting caught up in the little things is far too easy. Thankfully I get the chance to see it all with fresh eyes every time I get the opportunity to share it with someone else. And I am very lucky for that to be the case.

Over the past two weeks Stan and I have had friends and family come into town. Stan’s great friends Dan and Shannon from high school stopped in Missoula on their trip across the country. Daniel had never fly fished and getting the chance to row him down the Missouri while Stan put him on fish after fish was a blast.

Dan’s first fish on a fly rod. I don’t think I caught a fish like that for a few years at least.

It was like he had been doing it for years.

We were blown away by the size of this whitefish. As usual… The photo doesn’t do it justice.

The following week my cousin Austin came up for a few days from North Carolina. We have had the chance to fish all over the country and Canada together, but this was the first time he had come out to visit since I have been living in Montana. Austin said he hadn’t picked up a fly rod in over a year, but he didn’t seem to miss a beat.

Back in the saddle

All the water was high and off color. But the fish seemed to cooperate. which was very considerate of them because we only had two days to get it done.

Like he does it everyday.

We didn’t even get out of town before Austin was sticking some solid fish.

Thanks to Dan, Shannon, and Austin for coming to visit and showing me how lucky I am to live here. Getting the chance to share this place is like I get to see it all for the first time again. So please do me a favor, come visit, and ask to be shown around.

-Zach

FCFT

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49 responses

  1. Congrats on the great weekend. Looks like it was a lot of fun.

    May 29, 2012 at 10:09 am

  2. who needs other places to fish when you have Hollywood? nice fish…es.

    May 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

  3. Haha, I’ve always loved fishing. Nice pics 🙂

    May 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

  4. Looks like a wonderful time! Did you throw the fish back in the lake? ..

    Katie
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    May 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

  5. Fly fishing rules. Now… if only I was good at it. 😉

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    May 31, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  6. Wow! Fire up the grill. Amazing fishing hole you have there. I have never been to Montana or been fly fishing; but your pictures make me want to consider the possibilities.
    Thanks for sharing. You Matter! Smiles, Nancy

    May 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

  7. Nicely written post. Unfortunately you’re making me wish I’d made more of an effort to go fly fishing last season 😦 Must try harder this summer!

    May 31, 2012 at 2:46 pm

  8. Alex Jones

    Nice, do you keep the fish or do you return them back to the water?

    May 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  9. Nice pics

    May 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  10. There’s no place like home! Nice post – congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    May 31, 2012 at 3:10 pm

  11. nicely done!

    May 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

  12. lijiujiu

    Great post!
    Fishing is a interesting thing, wish you have a good luck…
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    May 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  13. Reblogged this on HoneyHole Anglers.

    May 31, 2012 at 6:53 pm

  14. nazarioartpainting

    And then you fried the fish? Mmmh!

    May 31, 2012 at 7:14 pm

  15. You are pretty good at fishing! Try to comment my blog, universalminds.wordpress.com because that would be awesome!

    May 31, 2012 at 7:21 pm

  16. Nice pics! Thanks for sharing.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:01 pm

  17. Fish Hunt..Thank you for sharing..:)

    June 1, 2012 at 12:13 am

  18. Alyssa

    Ahh, fishing… I love fishing too. Great catch and great photos as well. Cheers to you! 🙂

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    June 1, 2012 at 2:20 am

  19. Great and fun times with family and friends…always amazing!

    June 1, 2012 at 2:59 am

  20. Shoby

    Nice Fish

    June 1, 2012 at 4:18 am

  21. Reblogged this on Anything Interesting on WordPress.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:19 am

  22. niki

    Looks like fun! I love fishing but it’s been a while since my last fishing trip. It’s always a great time for family and friends.

    June 1, 2012 at 7:25 am

  23. great awesome pic’s…

    June 1, 2012 at 7:58 am

  24. Great photos! Almost make me want to go fishing! 😉

    Some of my friends are fishing enthusiast and I am sure they will agree that these photos definitely make you want to go fishing right now 😉

    June 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

  25. scintillatebrightly

    Great pics. Austin’s cute by the way. Too bad he lives in NC.

    June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

  26. Great pics! I also live in a vacation destination but I am reminded every morning on my drive in facing the Rockies!

    June 1, 2012 at 4:30 pm

  27. Awesome Pictures! Congrats 🙂

    June 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  28. christinemaeengc

    Great captured,very delicious!Very enjoyable weekend. https://www.acuprice.com/

    June 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  29. Lovely pictures , cant wait to be done with medical school to actually go fishing !! 🙂

    June 2, 2012 at 3:09 am

  30. Beautiful and fascinating blog…

    June 2, 2012 at 3:46 am

  31. Wow,nice day!
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    June 2, 2012 at 4:33 am

  32. Congrats on FP. Looks like you really love your scene. You are among the lucky few 🙂

    June 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

  33. Je to prima jít na ryby, já takhle chodím do lesa na houby, tam také zapomenu na celý svět. Anna

    June 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

  34. Great blog and visuals and congrats on Freshly Pressed!!!

    June 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  35. Great photos, and thanks for reminding me that I miss fishing.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

  36. Oh, how I adore trout fishing! Your photos are wonderful, and you are, indeed, lucky to live where you do! Ellie (http://www.themuseisworking.com)

    June 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  37. ya know whats weird, some of the fishes in the pictures look like they have lipstick and blush on 😛

    June 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  38. Not much into fishing but it looked like you had a great time. I’ll have to try it again sometime. And what is a Summer Honey? I noticed your blog in freshly pressed and thought I’d check it out. Thanks for the blog!

    June 3, 2012 at 8:06 am

  39. Seem like you had a great time fishing! 🙂
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    June 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

  40. sounds like a really nice time

    June 4, 2012 at 2:46 am

  41. Life at its best

    June 4, 2012 at 5:16 am

  42. DCM

    Great post! I really love living in Montana too, lots of stuff to do… I try to keep track of it here http://mthuntingandfishing.wordpress.com/

    June 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  43. jimmywagner

    Sounds and looks like my kind of place

    June 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

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