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We’re Back

To paraphrase the Moose Jockey’s from up North who run LoFiFly… Every now and then your blog and blogging efforts go to shit. Sometimes it’s a little drawn out.

Sorry we’re not sorry. We were busy. Hunting season went from Sept 1st till Jan 15th. That’s a long time and it’s also a lot of work. But we now have an apartment with skulls on the wall and meat in the freezer. So it was worth it.

But we are back. Because we need it…And apparently enough of you want it to bug us about it non-stop… So here it is.

We will have posts about the fall and winter fishing and all of our clusters of hunting outings.

Just give us time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

This is a fish someone caught.

Montana Brown Trout

That’s right LoFi. We called you out. Only because we love you.

We missed you guys.


A Random Hodgepodge of Words and Photos

This past month has been a whirlwind. We have fished with old and new friends, in new water, and at all times of day and night. But we are back. We are back to our routine. Monday Morning Macro… Friday Fish Faces… And a few gear reviews coming.

We have had 3 pairs of Redington Sonic Pros for the last few months and have been putting them through a pretty intense early season testing. I also received a pair of Double Hauls from Costa before the Salmon flies popped up and will have a write up on them asap as well. None of this “One time on the water and we think they are the greatest thing ever”. We want to be honest about the products people send us. We aren’t here for a garage full of free gear. But rather to see how the product stands up to our “Whirling Dervish” style of fly fishing. But more on that later.

We have recently started fishing with local Fly Fishing Guide, Musician, Photographer, Philosopher, Entomologist, and Blogger Billy Pfeiffer. Billy runs Zoo City Aquarium a great blog about guiding, fishing, and winter snow sports. But we really hang out with Billy because he has a kick ass dog. Kona.

Billy is a great dude who at any moment can blow your mind with some 90 hip hop lyrics or the most complex break down of fly fishing. We are looking forward to fishing with Kona and maybe Billy some more.

It’s the time of year that all fly flickin’ types spend the rest of the year waiting for. It’s short and sweet so you have to get your fill while you can. That’s why we have been spending our time on the water rather than behind a computer screen.

I’m not sure if Billy ties great looking flies or he just convinced this fish to eat

Look at that water

We went to the Scott Fly Rod Factory today. I got some great photos and got a step by step tour of how they build their rods. It was great. More to come soon. Posts for days.

Zach and Stan


Friday Fish Face

Lot’s of fishing this weekend. The Bitterroot and The Mo. Anthony is trucking over to Idaho. We are heading all directions.

Just a few close ups to get everyone excited for the weekend. Because I know I am.


Skwalas? BWO’s? Midges? Anything? I want to catch a fish on top this weekend. Challenge Accepted.



Friday Night Fix

We’re heading out of town for the long weekend. By this time tomorrow yours truly, and the rest of the FCFT crew will be man spooning for warmth on the banks of the Missouri. Needless to say you won’t be hearing from us for a while. If we never return, here is something to remember us by.

(YGF) and I headed out for a day on the water. He wanted a rematch and I wanted to test out the new camera. Good news, I love the camera. We even managed to put a few good fish in the net, which my 55-200mm lens did a splendid job of shrinking. However, it worked quite well on the mating pair of grosbeaks pictured below. Bad news, the pike won again…

They Liked “Meaty” Offerings

Great Color

Eye To Eye

Everyone Was Eyeing Me Up

For All The Birdwatchers Out There

It Never Gets Old

Hope you all have a great weekend.



As Requested

We have gotten a few requests for more sucker pictures. I had no idea they would be such a hit. But regardless I will post what I have left with a few extras.

That’s it for the suckers.

This is an owl that we found while exploring one of the Bitterroot’s springs. It seems that the private property barbed wire isn’t only for us fisherpersons.  Hard to tell if this owl flew into the fence or was put there by something. What do you think?

Bitterroot Sunrise.

It has been dumping snow here in the Missoula Valley. Something like 2 feet in 2 days. Skiing was great today up at Snowbowl. Sometimes you just can’t fish, and when life gives you La Nina, you go ski powder.

If you have yet to check out the video Ivan from Yukon Goes Fishing has made that includes the FCFT crew fishing with him give it a watch. I think its pretty sweet.