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Fish Today. Hunt Tomorrow.

It looks like streamer weather out there. Clouds, rain, not too much wind. Perfect. The browns have been mean lately and will to eat some junky looking streamers.

Tomorrow Stan and I are heading East for a weekend deer hunting trip. We are hoping to find some bucks Stan saw earlier this year. They have been in the back of his mind the whole time and have kept him from shooting anything else. I know what that means and I am excited about it.



Weekend Blabbering.

The F3T was in Missoula last Friday night and it was a blast. As par for the course they videos were great. Those guys can really throw together one hell of a good time.

The Grizzly Hackle pre-party. FCFT meets YGF

The sign says it all

Stan and Anthony with Jay Johnson of Motiv

A sold out Wilma

They sold out The Wilma with over 1100 people in attendance. The rowdy crowd was pumped up to see the guys in Craig in “Sipping Dry”. Headhunters was well represented.

It was a great night with lots of great videos. As always it makes the list of water to fish longer and longer.

However we did manage to get out and fish this weekend. It was slow fishing with spotty weather. The fish did seem spunky enough to eat a few streamers which can make up for a slow day with the visual eats of angry fish. Hopefully we caught enough fish so Ivan can crank out another stellar YGF video.

Film. Cast. Walk. Repeat.

The required scenery shot.

Wristbands and Flash. The deadly combo.

When you dan’t catch a lot, you gotta make the ones you do catch count.

Maybe the most dedicated net job I have ever seen. Anthony was waist deep fighting a root ball to get this guy in the net. Definitively a better effort than the guy holding the rod.

Great weekend with the F3T and a big fish.

That’s why we live in Montana.



“Oven Fresh”

A hot batch of “The Drake” arrived in the mail box today. Always a good day. Good writing and better photography. It’s my favorite fly mag. They know how to do it right.

One of many local shops, The Missoulian Angler, has a 70% off all flies sale going on now. I stopped by and spent some change on what would have been a gas tanks worth of streamers. Gotta get while the gettin’ is good.

New flies and a hot off the press Drake.

I doubt I will be able to not go in at least once more before the sale is over. I have been twice already and bins are emptying out quick. Isn’t a Christmas bonus for flies anyway? I think so.

Today is a Bob Dylan “Blowin’ In The Wind” kind of day. Hopefully the wind blows us towards some redfish in the marsh soon.

Happy second night of Hanukkah.


The Mighty Mo’

The Clark Fork looks like a California mud slide. That’s okay just fish the Bitterroot, negative Ghost rider. It went up 2ooo cfs over two days. Well okay then, Rock Creek it is. It will be fine… Right?

Well where do you get your trout fix when the regulars are out of order? You go where we humans can control nature, the way its supposed to be, or maybe its the other way around? Regardless you go to Craig, Montana and fish the Missouri.

We made the 200 some mile drive over to the front range in an April blizzard and hoped for the best.


Ice build up from the drive in the morning

First Stop: Headhunter fly shop. After reading their Blog for a few months now it was on top of the to do list. These guys are the real deal. They know who, what, when, where and how on the Mo. We were blown away by the shop itself as well as the atmosphere inside. John and Mark know whats up. For some reason when I go into other fly shops I feel like I have to use my inside voice, keep my hands in my pockets and wear my Sunday best. Headhunters creates a vibe that makes you want to hangout and listen to these guys tell stories for too long considering the world class fish in the river literally out the front door. A relaxed attitude, music, free coffee and great company make Headhunters the place to be if you are fishing the Missouri. They also gave the best advise I have ever gotten from a shop as well. For now lets just say, they told us where the fish where and gave us what we needed to hook up on some of the Mo’s finest.

Next: The Mo. It was snowing/sleeting/raining/spitting/hailing/ect… How naive of us to think it was spring already. We got on the river around 10:30 and had the best fishing we have ever had in Montana till we had to get lunch or pass out from a sugar low. I had heard that the Missouri had a lot of fish and a lot of big fish, but that is something, as a fly fisherman you have to find out for yourself. The rainbows are still up in the creeks spawning so all the fish we caught were browns. It is always a good omen when you land a fish off your first cast. White streamers seemed to be the meal ticket and as legend has it, when the “White Bite” is on, its going to be killer. It was. Its not everyday that you get to tell your fishing buddy “This is the biggest fish I have caught in Montana” two fish in a row. Within twenty minutes and fifty square yards we had caught and landed three fish that pushed 60 inches between them.

Its not often the first time you fish a river you absolutely kill it. Needless to say, we will be going back to visit they guys at Headhunters and the big trout in the Missouri. When the real run-off is in full swing over here, the Holter dam keeps the Mo in check and you can bet “The worlds biggest spring creek” will be getting a few visits from the FCFT crew.

Enjoy the photo’s of the adventure and let us know what you think.

Happy Monday.



This snake was missing half of its tail from hard spawning. Look how excited Sean is. Like a kid in a candy shop.

Gotta love the Mo'


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