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Snangler’s Sunrise

Imagine a restaurant that you can’t wear waders into, they don’t serve dixie cup roadies, and there are items on the menu that would require  travel beyond Montana to pronounce correctly. I didn’t expect to see Snangler in a collared shirt sitting at the end of this bar sipping a colored martini sporting unstained civilian Read More »

Skwalas, I don’t know, I just go fishing

I log the data that comes in from each fishing day.  Water temp, flow, wind, traffic, flies, type of water build, weather, and success rate are the core of the entries along with random events that for some odd reason consistently show up to be relevent.  Over the last 19 years of guiding I have Read More »

Snangler’s Fly Fishing Social Media #homelessguide

A group of men half stood at a darkened table ringed by bar stools at the back of the authentically dilapidated pub in Wolf Creek Montana. The glow from their phones was a small campfire. They did not look at each other. This scene was not out of place in the new Missouri River culture, but Read More »

This is an extremely well shot and thought out video about the history and hopeful future of the Blackfoot River. It’s calling for legislation to protect the tributaries of the Blackfoot River. As with any legislation that curtails the future ability of others to develop natural resources for money it will be met with stiff Read More »

The Internet Ate My Blog

Earlier this week I wrote wrote an incredible blog saturated with life changing content for all readers lucky enough to get the brief chance to peak at its wisdom. Then the internet ate my blog. All content was lost when a DNS server migration went awry. At least that’s what the tech guys said. But Read More »

Twilight Steelhead

Money and time was the debt.  I had borrowed too much of one and not spent enough of the other over the last year.  I accepted when John offered to forgive those amounts via a short trip to our far north west coast. He demanded we travel there in the winter. I didn’t want to go. Read More »

Dead Hoots

A raft with three men illegally pulled into the unusually not busy boat ramp with two laughing anglers at 4:47. The third man on the oars was bellowing right along with them.  I was eating lunch leftovers of cold hard boiled eggs in the shade.  The voyeurism was welcome. The broad chested man on the Read More »

Photo Essay Bitterroot River Montana

I recommend going outside. It will be cold. Start a fire, laugh, fish a little.  If you are lucky you will have some unexpected adventures show up. Bring some friends because an extra set of hands can be helpful. If the day lays out perfectly you will encounter a few fish.  They will be worth Read More »

Winter Laughs

Bitterroot River Montana December 2018 Fishing – Sort Of The pace of a Missoula fishing guide’s life slows down quite a bit in the winter.  Most of us take on odd jobs while our rivers sleep. We do watch the Missoula weather and the magic number we like is a winter day over 40 degrees Read More »

Slice of River Life – Missoula Montana Guide Brooks Jessen I have worked with Missoula fly fishing guide Brooks Jessen on water and in field for two decades.  He became a fishing guide on almost the same day I did. He is a true veteran of the outdoors. As a guide’s career wears on he Read More »