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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.



Quadruple Double Digit Saturday

For the first time in a long time the FCFT crew piled into the same truck, to go fishing in the same place. Our newest fishing buddy Alex hoped in as a +1 and we got to it. Alex is a nymphing machine and he showed us young whippersnappers a thing or two.

We headed up the Bitterroot after some water free of the skwala crowd. The hot sunny weather had us and the trout feeling excited. No hogs, no rises, but the four of us caught fish all day. We had a blast fishing with and getting to know Alex. He fit right in with the bullshitting and shenanigans. It was just one of those days that makes the long dark Missoula winters survivable.

Enough yappin. Here’s the puddin.

The guy literally fishes with his rod in one hand and his net in the other.

Alex Doing What He Does

And… Stan doing what he does.

Pretty fish and Anthony is smiling. What else do you want?

This Wasn’t His First Rodeo

Later Dude

Jeepers thas a biggin’

Coming Soon, Whitefish The Movie. We’re not kidding.

Pretty colors add at least 2 inches. Right?


It really was a great day of fly flickin. Not much more you can ask for. Alex was a fishy fella and we will be back on the water with him soon. Besides, anyone who can stand an hour or more in the truck with us three must be a pretty okay dude.

-Anthony, Stan, and Zach


Monday Morning Macro

Go Pro edition.

As usual its late. The crew had a good long weekend in Craig fishing the Missouri. We shot a little video, caught some fish, and drank a lot of dollar beers a Joe’s. Good time for sure. Updates to follow.



Mid Week Pick Me Up

Wednesday is always the longest day of the week for me. People say Monday is, but on Wednesday you can see the light at the end of the tunnel… But its still a long tunnel.

Anyways, enough self pity. Here are a few photos to help make that light a little brighter.

Eagles and Fish.

We are  off to Craig for the long weekend. Winter fishing and camping. Hopefully it’s not as cold as last year in Paradise Valley when our waders froze in an upright position.

Word on the street is that we will be filming this weekend. Lets hope Stan can behave himself on camera.